Speaking out against gay rights in any form is a surefire way to get blacklisted, says conservative commentator and former presidential adviser Patrick J. Buchanan.
Buchanan said the forced resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, following revelations that he supported California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, proves there's a "new blacklist."
"There's a way of silencing and silencing dissent and attacking dissent and this is quite frankly the way of the militant gay rights movement as it's called," Buchanan told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV."
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"They went after [him] … because he stood up against them and he stood with the majority of Californians. He was holding a position held up until about a year ago by the president of the United States, one which all the old and great religions still adhere to today.
Buchanan said the fact that Eich's public contribution of $1,000 to the cause of fighting Proposition 8 has resulted in his ouster as leader of the tech giant, "speaks a lot about the state of American in 2014."
But Buchanan added that the political pressure cooker Eich found himself in is not uncommon in history.
"Every establishment, once it [finds] itself in power, finds out ways and means to silence challengers and silence dissent and purge people who disagree with it," he said.
"All the way down through history starting with Socrates who they made to take poison for corrupting the young."
Buchanan, who was a senior adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, believes the Obama administration is selectively enforcing laws, such as the Affordable Care Act, and turning a blind eye to the IRS tea party targeting scandal.
"You’ve got a situation where the attorney general of the United States and the [President] of the United States decide which laws once passed they're going to enforce," he said.
"Can you imagine what would happen if a conservative president told his attorney general, just don't enforce the Civil Rights laws? People would go bananas in this country. We cease to be under the rule of law if the people who had sworn to uphold those laws won't do it."
Buchanan believes the Obama administration is "undermining the respect for law generally" by not aggressively pursuing alleged wrongdoing by ex-officials like former IRS official Lois Lerner.
"The point is, that permeates the society and both parties and eventually you're going to get down to the point where the party in power does what it pleases," he said.
On the subject of Russia's aggressive military push into Ukraine, Buchanan believes the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin could damage the world economy.
"If he sends the Russian Army into Ukraine, I think he will have crossed his own Rubicon and he will force the Europeans and the others to impose back-and-forth sanctions, which will be damaging to everybody," Buchanan said.
"[It would create] an economic war in which both sides will suffer."
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