Last Updated on May 29, 2020
Amidst the race riots tearing apart the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota this week, video footage from 1992 has resurfaced of conservative author and commentator Pat Buchanan stating that the one thing that can stop mobs and rioting is “force, rooted in justice, and backed by moral courage.”
Then-presidential candidate Buchanan made the statement while delivering a powerful personal story at the Republican National Convention about the Los Angeles race riots in 1992.
“Friends, in these wonderful last twenty-five weeks of our campaign, the saddest days were the days of that riot in L.A. Worst riot in American history. But out of that awful tragedy can come a message of hope,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan told the audience of how he went down to the Army compound in Los Angeles, and how an officer of the Eighteenth Cavalry asked him to talk to two troopers, and listen to their story.
“[The soldiers] had come into Los Angeles late in the evening of the second day, and the rioting was still going on, and two of them walked up a dark street, where the mob had burned and looted every single building on the block but one: a convalescent home for the aged. And the mob was headed in, to ransack and loot the apartments of the terrified old men and women inside,” Buchanan said.
“The troopers came up the street, M-16s at the ready, and the mob threatened and cursed, but the mob retreated, because it had met the one thing that could stop it: force, rooted in justice and backed by moral courage,” Buchanan stated, to thunderous applause from the audience.
Buchanan concluded, “And as those boys took back the streets of Los Angeles, block by block, my friends, we must take back our cities, and take back our culture, and take back our country!”
The full video can be seen below.
Buchanan’s famous “Cultural War” speech has been cited by many as one of the strongest cases ever dictated for paleoconservative, America First policies.