Mr. Buchanan is more of a thinker than I formerly gave him credit for. Most of his positions are carefully thought out and reinforced by excellent historical references. I should add that many of his positions are very controversial and one really has to read the book to understand where he is coming from.
- Free trade is economic suicide for America.
- Despite Milton Friedman we need to protect our economy with tariffs.
- Not strictly enforcing our immigration laws is stupid.
- America must expel illegal immigrants or fail as a nation.
- A fence on the Mexican border is (unfortunately) necessary.
- America needs to be a creditor nation rather than a debtor nation.
- Allowing American industry to move off shore is even more stupid.
- Manufacturing is absolutely essential to America.
- The Federal govt. is far too intrusive and currently out of control.
- It needs to downsize and transfer authority back to the states.
- The States must take back authority for of non-constitutional matters.
- Decisions are best taken by the smallest unit of government able to decide and implement them.
- The courts need to be stripped of their non-constitutional rulings.
- Non-elected judges must not reverse majority votes of citizens.
- American troops protecting foreign soil must come home.
- America must back out of foreign protection alliances and pacts.
This is an excellent and thought provoking book. Debating Buchanan's positions would be fun if it were a future book club selection. With our club divided between (I think) eight political liberals and two political conservatives, "Day Of Reckoning" would spark a lively discussion.