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  • The Strategies of Targeting Trump

    10/14/2019 5:45:04 AM PDT · by billorites · 10 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | October 13, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>There is no logical Democratic explanation for impeaching Donald Trump. The various factions within the Democratic Party calling for impeachment are united only by their loathing of Donald Trump, the person, and his systematic repeal of the Obama progressive project.</p>
  • On the Whistleblower Kerfuffle, Imagine a Different Scenario

    10/12/2019 9:23:16 AM PDT · by billorites · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | October 11, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>If in early 2015, some White House staffers transcribing confidential presidential calls were disturbed about one conversation that President Obama had with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. The two allegedly had confidentially discussed the staggered release of some $1.7 billion in withheld U.S. dollars to Iran — as an understood exchange for the release of 4 American hostages, $400 million of which was to be delivered, in an unmarked cargo plane at night, and in various currencies to Tehran.</p>
  • Is America Entering a Dark Age?

    10/10/2019 2:19:26 PM PDT · by billorites · 92 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 10, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Many of the stories about the gods and heroes of Greek mythology were compiled during Greek Dark Ages. Impoverished tribes passed down oral traditions that originated after the fall of the lost palatial civilizations of the Mycenaean Greeks. Dark Age Greeks tried to make sense of the massive ruins of their forgotten forbearers' monumental palaces that were still standing around. As illiterates, they were curious about occasional clay tablets they plowed up in their fields with incomprehensible ancient Linear B inscriptions. We of the 21st century are beginning to look back at our own lost epic times and wonder about...
  • Members of Previous Generations Now Seem Like Giants

    10/10/2019 5:33:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Many of the stories about the gods and heroes of Greek mythology were compiled during Greek Dark Ages. Impoverished tribes passed down oral traditions that originated after the fall of the lost palatial civilizations of the Mycenaean Greeks. Dark Age Greeks tried to make sense of the massive ruins of their forgotten forbearers' monumental palaces that were still standing around. As illiterates, they were curious about occasional clay tablets they plowed up in their fields with incomprehensible ancient Linear B inscriptions. We of the 21st century are beginning to look back at our own lost epic times and wonder about...
  • Impeachment Coup Analytics: Democrats are running out of time before November 2020 election

    09/30/2019 5:50:46 AM PDT · by billorites · 28 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | September 29, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Aside from the emotional issue that Democrats, NeverTrumpers, and celebrities loathe Donald Trump, recently Representative Al Green (D-Texas) reminded us why the Democrats are trying to impeach the president rather than just defeat him in the 2020 general election.</p> <p>“To defeat him at the polls would do history a disservice, would do our nation a disservice,” Green said.  “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach the president, he will get re-elected.”</p>
  • Our rights are threatened by an unelected, politically correct, morally righteous elite

    09/28/2019 7:21:51 AM PDT · by Boomer · 13 replies
    FNC Opinion ^ | 9/28/19 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Full Title: Victor Davis Hanson: Our rights are threatened by an unelected, politically correct, morally righteous elite Multiculturalism has reduced the idea of e pluribus unum to a regressive tribalism. Americans often seem to owe their first allegiance to those who look like they do. Citizens cannot even agree over once-hallowed and shared national holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. It is eerie how such current American retribalization resembles the collapse of Rome, as Goths, Huns and Vandals all squabbled among one another for what was left of 1,200 years of Roman citizenship — eager to...
  • VDH: Mitt Romney’s Naďve Incoherence (Older but insightful article)

    09/27/2019 3:14:51 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Mitt Romney is a fine and decent person, whom I voted for without regret, then or now, and who strangely just published a scathing op-ed in the Washington Post about President Trump days before assuming office as Utah’s newly elected junior senator. But why in the world would he reserve his invective for January, rather than in October, when it surely would have had greater force? As far as Romney’s calls for Trump to be less ad hominem in his retaliatory remarks, he may be right, both in terms of presidential behavior and political wisdom (given that Trump needs to...
  • Why the Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump

    09/26/2019 12:55:34 PM PDT · by billorites · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | September 26, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Contrary to suggestions by some, most Trump supporters are not automatons or blind supporters. What bothers them, and should bother others, about the latest Ukraine hysterias is the familiar monotony of this latest scripted psychodrama.</p> <p>The whistleblower admits to hearsay (“I was not a direct witness to most of the events described”). His term-paper report is laden with anonymously sourced rumors, e.g., “According to multiple White House officials I spoke with,” “I was told by White House officials,” “Based on my understanding,” “I learned from multiple officials,” “I do not know whether similar measures were taken,” “I do not know whether those officials spoke with or met with . . . ”</p>
  • The Death of American Citizenship

    09/26/2019 5:58:38 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 26, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Yet the concept of citizenship is being assaulted on the premodern side by the legal blending of mere residency with citizenship.
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Wages War on Progressive Culture...

    09/23/2019 3:44:03 AM PDT · by beachn4fun · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 19, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a "Kulturkampf." As a result, not even former President George W. Bush has incurred the degree of hatred from the left that is now directed at Trump. For most of his time in office, Trump, his family, his friends and his businesses have been investigated, probed, dissected and constantly attacked. In 2016 and early 2017, President Barack Obama's appointees in the FBI, CIA and Department of Justice tried to subvert the Trump campaign, interfere with his transition and, ultimately, abort...
  • Trump's Total Culture War

    09/22/2019 10:46:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 19, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a Kulturkampf. As a result, not even former President George W. Bush has incurred the degree of hatred from the left that is now directed at Trump. For most of his time in office, Trump, his family, his friends and his businesses have been investigated, probed, dissected and constantly attacked.
  • Trump's total culture war

    09/19/2019 9:04:12 AM PDT · by billorites · 6 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | September 19, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a Kulturkampf. As a result, not even former President George W. Bush has incurred the degree of hatred from the left that is now directed at Trump. For most of his time in office, Trump, his family, his friends and his businesses have been investigated, probed, dissected and constantly attacked. In 2016 and early 2017, Barack Obama appointees in the FBI, CIA and Department of Justice tried to subvert the Trump campaign, interfere with his transition and, ultimately, abort his...
  • CNN: Everything but the News

    09/17/2019 2:03:25 PM PDT · by billorites · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | September 17, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>For a while, we thought MSNBC had temporarily usurped CNN as the font of fake news — although both networks had tied for the most negative coverage (93 percent of all their news reports) of President Trump’s first 100 days in office.</p>
  • Trumped Out?

    09/16/2019 5:22:14 AM PDT · by billorites · 53 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | September 15, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>The Drudge Report, once a go-to site for Trumpism, now seems unapologetically anti-Trump, in its often trademark snarky style.</p> <p>Are Trump supporters then weary?</p> <p>The August jobs report “unexpectedly” reminds us that never have so many Americans been at work. The 3.7 percent unemployment rate continues to be the lowest peacetime unemployment figure in 50 years. Black and Hispanic unemployment remain at record lows. Workers’ wages continue to rise. Talk of recession is belied by low interest, low inflation, low unemployment, and a strong stock market. The result is that millions of Americans enjoy far better lives than they had in 2016.</p>
  • Why Socialism, and Why Now?

    08/29/2019 3:58:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    "Socialist! is no longer a McCarthyite slur. Rather, the fresh celebrity "Squad" of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen -- Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) -- often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. A recent Harris poll showed that about half of so-called millennials would like to live in a socialist country. Five years ago, septuagenarian Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) was considered an irrelevant lone socialist in the U.S. Senate -- Vermont's trademark contribution to cranky quirkiness. But in 2016, Sanders' improbable Democratic primary run almost knocked off front-runner Hillary Clinton,...
  • Trump — or What, Exactly? Compare Trump’s policies and behavior to that of his 2020 opponents’

    08/27/2019 10:08:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/27/2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>In traditional political terms, there is always an alternate agenda to an incumbent president’s that reasonable voters can debate.</p> <p>In Trump’s case, two massive annual budget deficits — coming on top of the previous two administrations that doubled the national debt — seem fair game. No president for the past 19 years has sought to offer any remotely sane budget. And with still relatively low interest rates, massive federal spending, a $22 trillion national debt, and an annual deficit of nearly $1 trillion, it is hard to imagine, in extremis, that there remains any notion of “stimulus” or “pump-priming” left.</p>
  • What Could Sink Trump's Chances in 2020?

    08/22/2019 4:46:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What factors usually re-elect or throw out incumbent presidents? The economy counts most. Recessions, or at least chronic economic pessimism, sink incumbents. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were tagged with sluggish growth, high unemployment and a sense of perceived stagnation -- and were easily defeated. The 2008 financial crisis likely ended any chance for John McCain to continue eight years of Republican rule. Barack Obama campaigned on the message that incumbent George W. Bush was to blame for the meltdown and that McCain, his potential Republican successor, would be even worse. A once-unpopular incumbent Ronald Reagan fought...
  • The Strange Case of ‘White Supremacy’

    08/19/2019 4:09:52 PM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies
    amgreatness.com ^ | 8/11/2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Any majority population must be careful not to revert to pre-civilized tribalism and oppressing minority groups. The United States, like every other country that enjoys diverse populations has struggled from its beginning to ensure equality, sometimes unsuccessfully, and only at the cost of thousands of lives. While the United States was founded originally mostly by those of European ancestry and was plagued by the endemic racism of the age, especially in regard to African slaves and Native Americans, nonetheless its unique Constitution, embedded within a larger framework of the Western Enlightenment, institutionalized self-reflection and the chance for amendment. America’s founding...
  • Cosmic Injustice

    08/19/2019 4:16:42 PM PDT · by bitt · 5 replies
    amgreatness.com ^ | 8/18/2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Politicians ignore felonies in their midst, preferring to hector the misdemeanors of the universe. ne of the weirdest characteristics of our global politicians and moral censors is their preference to voice cosmic justice rather than to address less abstract sin within their own purview or authority. These progressive virtue mongers see themselves as citizens of the world rather than of the United States and thus can impotently theorize about problems elsewhere when they cannot solve those in their own midst. Big-city mayors are especially culpable when it comes to ignoring felonies in their midst, preferring to hector the misdemeanors of...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Lies, betrayal and incredible surprises marked start of World War II <tr>

    08/15/2019 3:41:47 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Some 80 years ago, on Aug. 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, formally known as the "Treaty of non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics." The world was shocked — and terrified — by the agreement. Western democracies of the 1930s had counted on the huge resources of Communist Russia, and its hostility to the Nazis, to serve as a brake on Adolf Hitler’s Western ambitions. Great Britain and the other Western European democracies had assumed that the Nazis would never invade them as long as a hostile Soviet Union threatened...