A Few Moments With F.H. Buckley, Author of “The Way Back” – Conclusion of Three Parts

This story is the third in a three-part series. Dwight L. Schwab interviews F.H. Buckley, Foundation Professor at George Mason University School of Law. Up for discussion this time is who will win the presidential election, and what their administration might look like. Also, a quick look back in time to see what has been going on in foreign policy.

Frank Buckley’s latest book – “The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America(Encounter) explains how the Democrats won in 2012 over an issue that should have belonged to the Republicans: income immobility and the rise of a class society in America. Now, four years later, the same issues will determine the outcome of the 2016 election.

“The Way Back” provides an indispensable, nonpartisan road map for choosing the President in 2016, and a viable guide for restoring America’s promise. The book was published in May, 2016.

According to Frank Buckley, the solution to restoring America’s promise lies in employing capitalist means to attain socialist ends.

FH Buckley, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump.
FH Buckley, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr., NewsBlaze.com: What do you think will be the result on November 8th?

Professor F.H. Buckley: I think it will be a Trump victory. I think people will be surprised. They will also be surprised at what a Trump administration will look like. The Trump team, one level down, is full of prudent people. They will not be doing crazy things. On foreign policy for example, it will be staffed by people who feel we have been too adventuresome, governments have been deposed.

More time will be spent looking after Americans. That’s not crazy. It’s that we will not be more involved with foreign craziness like Hillary Clinton. You’ll see a whole lot of people who have not spoken out for the Trump brand, but many will be involved in his government.

They will not be the neocons, they will be conservative people dismayed by the last 20-years of foreign policy.

Schwab: A lot of people my column reaches are liberal and Hillary-backers. I think it is important for a man of your intelligence to be heard above the outrageous rhetoric of the Hillary campaign and their forgetful memory of just how mismanaged the country’s foreign policy has been. That is, during, not only her reign from 2009-13, but by John Kerry and the signing of the Iranian nuclear deal and the tragedy of Syria and the war’s spread to 34-countries with the ISIS savages.

Buckley: Thank you for the kind words. I hope both the pro-Trump base as well as Hillary’s base will read “The Way Back.” I think there are many ideas within the pages that can be shared by all ideologies as a roadmap for America’s return from a very bad eight years of Barack Obama and the dangerous policies his administration have brought forth both in our foreign policy and domestic policy.

The American people need to think long and hard about which distinct road they choose. Do they want a mirror-image of the last eight years that Hillary has cozied up to in her public speaking, or the other road where up to three Supreme Court Justices will be selected by the new president, countless federal judgeships and the handling of failed economic policies?

This by a man who has met huge payrolls, hired thousands of employees and built a successful multi-billion-dollar business empire. It should be noted that while Hillary calls her first term an extension of Obama’s eight years, Obama’s cabinet did not have one single member who had any private sector experience and never had a small business.

It is certain Trump’s selections will include many with real world experience and not a lot of intellectuals, academics and basically people who never stray far from the four walls of their ivy environments.

Schwab: When you put it that way, it is a lot easier to focus on the realities of this choice rather than the shiny object off in the corner that does not address ordinary Americans’ concerns for their own future, and that of generations beyond who will be responsible for the sins of this government today and the reckless spending and out-of-control bureaucracy that threatens the very freedom of this great nation.

Buckley: Well said.

Schwab: Let’s talk again after the election.

Buckley: Can do.

Conclusion of the three-part series of F.H. Buckley interviews. His book, “The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America,” is available at Amazon and finer book stores nationwide.

See also, Part One and Part Two.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.