Conservative political and social pundit and former presidential candidate Patrick  Buchanan has a grim view of America's future.  Buchanan believes America is dying, and worse, it's dying by its own hand -- committing suicide.

That's the title of Buchanan's latest book:  Suicide of a Superpower.

On his website, Pat Buchanan writes:  "This generation of Americans has been witness to one of the most stunning declines of a great power in the history of the world."

Buchanan carries that theme forward in his new book, and his expansive view of America's present and future is nothing if not apocalyptic.

Buchanan cites many causes of this decline, but the growing welfare state, open borders and official disinterest in controlling immigration are major culprits.

"America is disintegrating. The centrifugal forces pulling us apart are growing inexorably. What unites us is dissolving.  And this is true of Western Civilization....Meanwhile, the state is failing in its most fundamental duties. It is no longer able to defend our borders, balance our budgets, or win our wars."

“We have accepted today the existence in perpetuity of a permanent underclass of scores of millions who cannot cope and must be carried by society -- fed, clothed, housed, tutored, medicated at taxpayer’s expense their entire lives.

We have a dependent nation the size of Spain in our independent America. We have a new division in our country, those who pay a double or triple fare, and those who ride forever free.”

via The American Conservative » Suicide of a Superpower.

What do you think?  Is Buchanan right?  Are things really as bad as that?  Or is he just one more "prophet of doom and gloom" who's just trying to sell books?

Matt Drudge thinks this book reads as if it was written to be left behind in the ruins, to be found by a future civilization.

Drudge also reports this book, which hits bookstores next week, is already ranked #2,668 on AMAZON's hit parade.