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  • Is Trump the Only Adult in the Room?

    12/12/2019 3:34:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump certainly is mercurial at times. He can be uncouth. But then again, no president in modern memory has been on the receiving end of such overwhelmingly negative media coverage and a three-year effort to abort his presidency, beginning the day after his election. Do we remember the effort to subvert the Electoral College to prevent Trump from assuming office? The first impeachment try during his initial week in office? Attempts to remove Trump using the ossified Logan Act or the emoluments clause of the Constitution? The idea of declaring Trump unhinged, subject to removal by invoking the 25th...
  • Today's Quotefall Puzzle by Victor Davis Hanson

    12/10/2019 8:00:28 AM PST · by GOP Congress · 3 replies
    Self-Published | 12/10/2019 | Self-Published
    Today's Quotefall Puzzle features a quote by Victor Davis Hanson. Click puzzle (or click here) for full size rendition, then use your browser's print command to print puzzle. Victor Davis Hanson is a Canadian philosopher and societal pragmatist who has authored several books on the effect of runaway socialism All hints, along with the answer, are provided in the first reply comment below, using filtered font to prevent accidental spoilers. Please refrain from disclosing the full answer in comments to prevent spoilers.To solve the puzzle: Enter the letters in the top half (letter columns) of the puzzle into the white squares on...
  • The Legacy of Low-Bar Impeachment

    12/09/2019 1:34:45 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 17 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 12-8-2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From now on, impeachment can be used against any first-term president with a record of success. It will be used solely as a political strategy by the opposition party that controls the House to weaken a president’s reelection chances. That’s the Democratic Party’s legacy and Democrats will live to rue it. (emphasis mine) Since the embarrassing impeachment and failed conviction of President Andrew Johnson in 1868, Americans more or less had avoided that ultimate constitutional method of removing a chief executive from power. The Johnson impeachment had been so steeped in personal hatred, political rivalry, and post-war agendas that the...
  • When Our Guardians Fail Us

    12/05/2019 5:37:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One symptom of a society in crisis is the unreliability or even corruption of its own auditors. After all, when the watchmen have lost moral authority to watch, who can be believed or trusted? Or, as the Roman satirist Juvenal famously put it, "Who will guard the guardians?" It was recently reported that FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith altered an email to bolster a suspicious FBI effort to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant authorizing the surveillance of Carter Page, a onetime employee of the Trump campaign. If true, Clinesmith helped the FBI successfully delude the court into granting what...
  • How America’s Students Need to Get ‘Woke’news

    12/02/2019 6:40:45 AM PST · by billorites · 9 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | December 1, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Today’s university students want to “wake” the nation to problems that they and their professors have identified as threatening our very existence. And they issue these periodic alarms in hyperbolic terms: we have just 10, 20—fill in the blanks—years to end fossil fuel use or else die from global warming.</p>
  • History Is Clear: Socialism Isn't the Cure. So Why Do Millennials Like It?

    11/07/2019 6:47:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/07/2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Multiple forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail.</p> <p>Russia and China are still struggling with the legacy of genocidal communism. Eastern Europe still suffers after decades of Soviet-imposed socialist chaos.</p> <p>Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea and Venezuela are unfree, poor and failed states. Baathism -- a synonym for pan-Arabic socialism -- ruined the postwar Middle East.</p>
  • 'Coup' Concerns Suddenly Don't Seem So Far-fetched

    11/21/2019 5:05:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    For most of the last three years, Donald Trump's critics have scoffed at supposed "conspiracy theories" that claimed a "deep state" of bureaucrats were aborting the Trump presidency. We have been told the word "coup" is hyperbole that reveals the paranoid minds of Trump supporters. Yet oddly, many people brag that they are proud members of a deep state and occasionally boast about the idea of a coup. Recently, former acting CIA chief John McLaughlin proclaimed in a public forum, "Thank God for the deep state." Former CIA director John Brennan agreed and praised the "deep state people" for...
  • The Looming ‘1984’ Election

    11/11/2019 6:00:11 PM PST · by bitt · 20 replies
    amgreatness.com ^ | 11/11/2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Like it or not, 2020 is going to be a plebiscite on an American version of Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-Four. For a variety of reasons, the 2020 election is going to be a referendum beyond Donald Trump’s record and his Democratic opposition. The furor that Trump has incurred, and the radical antithesis to his agenda and first term, have redefined the looming election. It is becoming a stark choice between a revolutionary future versus American traditionalism. The choice in reductionist terms will be one between a growing, statist Panopticon, fueled by social media, a media-progressive nexus, and an electronic posse. Online trolls...
  • As “America The Great” Fights; Trump-Hatred Soars

    11/11/2019 12:05:05 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 20 replies
    It’s often said by conservative voices that Trump hatred is not about Trump, it’s about you! (Meaning Trump supporters.) That’s partially true. Trump haters certainly do hate his supporters, too. But it goes much deeper than that. Trump haters despise an America that sits atop the world economically, militarily and morally — particularly morally. They scoff at the idea of a bright shining city on a hill. And that means that this battle right now, today, is far bigger than Donald Trump, although he is an avatar for it. This battle is about whether America remains America — or the...
  • The Military-Intelligence Complex

    11/04/2019 6:15:35 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 19 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 11-3-2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    (snip) Attacking Trump in “contemptuous” fashion is not speaking truth to power but a confirmation of the existing status quo of the media, progressive orthodoxy, and the general Washington bipartisan bureaucracy. The result is that many retired high-ranking officers have made the necessary adjustments. Many have gone well beyond legitimately articulating why Trump may be wrong on foreign policy, and now feel free to malign, insult, and even dream of removing their commander-in-chief, on the grounds that Trump is sui generis, that the media will applaud their efforts, and that the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment will canonize their deep-state bravery. Perhaps....
  • California Shows The Limits Of Progressivism (by Victor Davis Hanson)

    11/03/2019 7:41:16 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 14 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Nov 3, 2019 | Victor Davis Hansen
    <p>More than 2 million Californians recently were left without power after the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric—which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year—preemptively shut down transmission lines in fear that they might spark fires during periods of high autumn winds.</p>
  • Is California becoming Premodern?

    11/01/2019 1:57:53 PM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 55 replies
    www.richmond.com ^ | 10/30/19 | Victor Davis Hanson
    (snip) --- Has California become premodern? Millions of fed-up middle-class taxpayers have fled the state. Their presence as a stabilizing influence is sorely missed. About one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients live in California. Millions of poor newcomers require enormously expensive state health, housing, education, legal and law-enforcement services. California is now a one-party state. Democrats have supermajorities in both houses of the legislature. Only seven of the state’s 53 congressional seats are held by Republicans. The result is that there is no credible check on a mostly coastal majority.
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Democrats have turned California into a problem-plagued burning nightmare

    10/31/2019 2:15:21 PM PDT · by MassMinuteman · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    More than 2 million Californians were recently left without power after the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric — which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year — preemptively shut down transmission lines in fear that they might spark fires during periods of high autumn winds. Consumers blame the state for not cleaning up dead trees and brush, along with the utility companies for not updating their ossified equipment. The power companies in turn fault the state for so over-regulating utilities that they had no resources to modernize their grids.
  • Is California Becoming Premodern?

    10/31/2019 3:55:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    More than 2 million Californians were recently left without power after the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric -- which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year -- preemptively shut down transmission lines in fear that they might spark fires during periods of high autumn winds. Consumers blame the state for not cleaning up dead trees and brush, along with the utility companies for not updating their ossified equipment. The power companies in turn fault the state for so over-regulating utilities that they had no resources to modernize their grids. Californians know that having tens of thousands of homeless in...
  • Democrats have turned California into a problem-plagued burning nightmare

    10/31/2019 1:57:04 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    fox news ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Californians know that having tens of thousands of homeless in their major cities is untenable. In some places, municipal sidewalks have become open sewers of garbage, used needles, rodents and infectious diseases. Yet no one dares question progressive orthodoxy by enforcing drug and vagrancy laws, moving the homeless out of cities to suburban or rural facilities, or increasing the number of mental hospitals. Gas prices of $4 to $5 a gallon — the result of high taxes, hyper-regulation and green mandates — add insult to the injury of stalled commuters. Gas tax increases ostensibly intended to fund freeway expansion and...
  • Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura

    10/28/2019 5:33:20 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    American Greatness ^ | October 27,2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    midst of another coup frenzy that has the Left accusing him of being crazy. But he already took the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test. It was a simple cognitive exam and he aced it, as would most people. The Left, remember, had called in a Yale psychiatrist to testify that Trump was demented, during the lulls between the first impeachment, the serial “Russian collusion” hoaxes, the emoluments clause psychodrama and Robert Mueller’s “walls-are-closing-in,” “turning-point,” and “bombshell” investigation. Perhaps the wrong public figures took the test. At times, former Vice President Joe Biden is unaware of which town, indeed which state, he...
  • Why Do They Hate Him So?

    10/21/2019 11:47:39 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    American Greatness ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    But more importantly, Trump’s lidless eyes never sleep. He is a 24/7 force of nature. No controversy is too trivial, too silly, too irrelevant to escape his Twitter commentary. Or rather Trump believes he is an existential war with the media, celebrities, elites of all sorts and the general status quo, or what we might call the American progressive project and its elite coastal architects. Trump senses that the more he offends them, and the more so they pronounce him a dunce, a nut, a boor, a criminal, an ogre, then all the more they reveal what many had suspected...
  • VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Kurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies

    10/20/2019 12:19:34 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    NationalReview ^ | October 16, 2019 | By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    Outrage met Donald Trump’s supposedly rash decision to pull back U.S. troops from possible confrontational zones between our Kurdish friends in Syria and Recep Erdogan’s expeditionary forces. Turkey claims that it will punish the Syrian Kurds for a variety of supposed provocations, including aiding and abetting Kurdish terrorist separatists inside Turkey. But what they say they can so easily do and what they really can do inside Syria are, of course, two different things. ~~skip~~ Otherwise, our presence in the firing line could raise the specter that we’d either refuse our Article V (collective defense) commitments to Turkey that Erdogan...
  • 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>