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  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Metaphysics of Trump

    02/28/2017 6:45:17 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 40 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Paradox: How does a supposedly bad man appoint good people eager to advance a conservative agenda that supposedly more moral Republicans failed to realize? We variously read that Trump should be impeached, removed, neutralized — or worse. But until he is, are his appointments, executive orders, and impending legislative agenda equally abhorrent? General acclamation followed the Trump appointments of retired Generals H. R. McMaster as national-security adviser, James Mattis as defense secretary, and John Kelly to head Homeland Security. The brief celebration of Trump’s selections was almost as loud as the otherwise daily denunciations of Trump himself. Trump’s equally inspired...
  • The Labyrinth of Illegal Immigration

    02/23/2017 5:08:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Activists portray illegal immigration solely as a human story of the desperately poor from south of the border fleeing misery to start new, productive lives in the U.S. -- despite exploitation and America's nativist immigration laws. But the truth is always more complex -- and can reveal self-interested as well as idealistic parties. Employers have long sought to undercut the wages of the American underclass by preference for cheaper imported labor. The upper-middle classes have developed aristocratic ideas of hiring inexpensive "help" to relieve them of domestic chores. The Mexican government keeps taxes low on its elite in part by...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Seven Days in February

    02/21/2017 4:22:59 PM PST · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | February 20, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Trumps’ critics, left and right, aim to bring about the cataclysm they predicted. A 1964 political melodrama, Seven Days in May, envisioned a futuristic (1970s) failed military cabal that sought to sideline the president of the United States over his proposed nuclear-disarmament treaty with the Soviets. Something far less dramatic but perhaps as disturbing as Hollywood fiction played out this February... Currently, the political and media opponents of Donald Trump are seeking to subvert his presidency in a manner unprecedented in the recent history of American politics. The so-called resistance among EPA federal employees is trying to disrupt Trump administration...
  • VDH: The End Of Identity Politics

    02/20/2017 4:16:50 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies
    hoover.org ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    This shift from the ideal of the melting pot to the triumph of salad-bowl separatism occurred, in part, because the Democratic Party found electoral resonance in big government’s generous entitlements and social programs tailored to particular groups. By then, immigration into the United States had radically shifted and become less diverse. Rather than including states in Europe and the former British Commonwealth, most immigrants were poorer and almost exclusively hailed from the nations of Latin America, Asia, and Africa, resulting in poorer immigrants who, upon arrival, needed more government help. Another reason for the shift was the general protest culture...
  • Tear down this dam?

    02/14/2017 4:05:52 PM PST · by CedarDave · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Oroville dam, the tallest in the nation, is currently in danger of structural failure. Thousands living downstream from its desperate cascading water releases are evacuating their homes in Hollywood disaster-film fashion. Something premodern and apocalyptic like this was not supposed to have happened in a postmodern California of Google, Hollywood, and Napa Valley wineries. California’s politicians and pundits in recent years of drought swore the state was entering a cycle of permanent drought (and thus saw no need to start construction on a single dam to store the rain and snow that supposedly would not return). Instead, they warned of...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Uses of Populism

    02/14/2017 5:19:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    The spark that ignites populist movements is not so much disparities in wealth and status (they are not always French Revolution or Bolshevik-like class-driven attempts to grab power) as rank hypocrisies: Elites condescendingly prescribe nostrums to hoi polloi, but always on the dual premise that those who are dictating will be immune from the ramifications of their own sometimes burdensome edicts, and those who are dictated to are supposedly too dense to know what is good for them. (Think Steven Chu, the former energy secretary, who either did not commute by car or had a short drive to work, while...
  • California Goes Confederate

    02/10/2017 3:07:28 PM PST · by gubamyster · 61 replies
    VDH Private Papers ^ | February 9, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Threatening secession is far from the only thing that the Golden State has in common with the Old South. Over 60 percent of California voters went for Hillary Clinton — a margin of more than 4 million votes over Donald Trump. Since Clinton’s defeat, the state seems to have become unhinged over Trump’s unexpected election. “Calexit” supporters brag that they will have enough signatures to qualify for a ballot measure calling for California’s secession from the United States. Some California officials have talked of the state not remitting its legally obligated tax dollars to the federal government. They talk of...
  • California Goes Confederate

    02/09/2017 6:31:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 146 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Over sixty percent of California voters went for Hillary Clinton -- a margin of more than 4 million votes over Donald Trump. Since Clinton's defeat, the state seems to have become unhinged over Trump's unexpected election. "Calexit" supporters brag that they will have enough signatures to qualify for a ballot measure calling for California's secession from the United States. Some California officials have talked of the state not remitting its legally obligated tax dollars to the federal government. They talk of expanding its sanctuary cities into an entire sanctuary state that would nullify federal immigration law. Californians also now talk...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: When Normalcy Is Revolution

    02/02/2017 5:46:49 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    RCP ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    For all the hysteria over the bluntness of the mercurial Trump, his agenda marks a return to what used to be seen as fairly normal, as the U.S. goes from hard left back to the populist center. Trump promises not just to reverse almost immediately all of Obama's policies, but to do so in a pragmatic fashion that does not seem to be guided by any orthodox or consistently conservative ideology. Trade deals and jobs are Trump's obsessions -- mostly for the benefit of blue-collar America. He calls for full-bore gas and oil development, a common culture in lieu of...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Prosperity Is Destiny

    01/24/2017 9:11:17 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    In truth, we are on the cusp of a great experiment. For decades, conservatives, both traditional and pro-growth supply-siders, have preached that deregulation, reasonable and predictable Federal Reserve interest rates, reduced government, a radically simplified and pruned-back tax code, new incentives for investment, an open energy market, and a can-do psychological landscape that encourages entrepreneurship will make the economy soar at rates of 4 percent GDP and more. We shall soon see. If Trump unleashes American know-how and strengthens the economy, then his cultural and domestic agendas, as well as his personal demeanor and language, however radical and jarring, will...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: It's No Revelation That Intelligence Agencies Are Politicized

    01/19/2017 4:53:35 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | ?? | Victor Davis Hanson
    Furor has arisen over President-elect Donald Trump's charges that our intelligence agencies are politicized. Spare us the outrage. For decades, directors of intelligence agencies have often quite inappropriately massaged their assessments to fit administration agendas. Careerists at these agencies naturally want to continue working from one administration to the next in "the king is dead; long live the king!" style. So they make the necessary political adjustments, which are sometimes quite at odds with their own agency's findings and to the detriment of national security. The result is often confusion -- and misinformation passed off as authoritative intelligence. After Barack...
  • Trump and the American Divide

    01/15/2017 11:18:00 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 51 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>At 7 AM in California’s rural Central Valley, not long before the recent presidential election, I stopped to talk with an elderly irrigator on the shared border alleyway of my farm. His face was a wrinkled latticework, his false teeth yellow. His truck smelled of cigarettes, its cab overflowing with flotsam and jetsam: butts, scribbled notes, drip-irrigation parts, and empty soda cans. He rolled down the window and muttered something about the plunging water-table level and whether a weak front would bring any rain. And then, this dinosaur put one finger up on the wheel as a salutation and drove off in a dust cloud.</p>
  • Obama’s Legacy Of Deceit

    01/09/2017 7:35:26 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | 5 Jan, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In its remaining days in power, the Obama administration suddenly punished Vladimir Putin’s Russia for allegedly interfering in the U.S. presidential election. It claimed that Russian or Russian-hired hackers tapped into the records of the Democratic National Committee as well as the correspondence of John Podesta, a Clinton advisor. But what the Obama administration did not say was that such cyber-crimes are by now old hat. Both the Russian and Chinese governments have been hacking into far more important U.S. records and government archives for years without earning retaliation The administration also did not mention that the election hacking occurred...
  • Hate Crime Legislation a Good Idea That Went Bad

    01/12/2017 4:34:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Last week in Chicago, a white special-needs teenager was held captive by four black youths. The victim was bound, gagged, tortured, forced to drink toilet water, partially scalped, and subject to racially and politically motivated verbal abuse. The perpetrators streamed portions of their violent savagery on Facebook. After the victim escaped from his assailants and was found on the streets by a police officer, a Chicago police commander initially said he was unsure whether the attack constituted a hate crime -- as if that distinction might calibrate the crime's viciousness. President Obama was likewise initially hesitant to label this cruelty...
  • It's Still a Mad, Mad California

    01/04/2017 6:35:36 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 1-3-17 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Coastal elites set rules for others, exempt themselves, and tolerate rampant lawlessness from illegal aliens.
  • It’s Still a Mad, Mad California: Coastal elites set rules for others and exempt themselves

    01/03/2017 8:32:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One reason for the emergence of outsider Donald Trump is the old outrage that elites seldom experience the consequences of their own ideologically driven agendas. Hypocrisy, when coupled with sanctimoniousness, grates people like few other human transgressions: Barack Obama opposing charter schools for the inner city as he puts his own children in Washington’s toniest prep schools, or Bay Area greens suing to stop contracted irrigation water from Sierra reservoirs, even as they count on the Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy project to deliver crystal-clear mountain water to their San Francisco taps. The American progressive elite relies on its influence, education, money,...
  • The Resilience of Israel (VDH)

    12/29/2016 5:19:08 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    RCP ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Middle East surrounding democratic Israel is a nightmare. Half a million have died amid the moonscape ruins of Syria. A once-stable Iraq was overrun by the Islamic State. The Arab Spring, U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the coup of General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to regain control of Egypt, and the bombing of Libya all have left North Africa in turmoil. Iran has been empowered by the U.S.-brokered deal and will still become nuclear. Russian President Vladimir Putin's bombers blast civilians not far from Israel's borders. Democrats are considering Rep. Keith Ellison as the next chairman of...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Trump Nail In The Media's Coffin

    12/23/2016 3:10:07 AM PST · by expat_panama · 31 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec. 22, 2016 4:33 PM ET | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    President-elect Donald Trump probably will not often communicate with the nation via traditional press conferences. Nor will Trump likely field many questions from New York/Washington journalists. What we know as "the media" never imagined a Trump victory. It has become unhinged... ...the fading establishment media is now distrusted by a majority of the public, according to Gallup — and becoming irrelevant even among progressives. Once upon a time in the 1960s, all the iconic news anchors, from Walter Cronkite to David Brinkley, were liberal. But they at least hid their inherent biases behind a professional veneer that allowed them to...
  • The Trump Nail in the Media Coffin (VDH)

    12/22/2016 5:41:35 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 47 replies
    RCP ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    President-elect Donald Trump probably will not often communicate with the nation via traditional press conferences. Nor will Trump likely field many questions from New York/Washington journalists. What we know as "the media" never imagined a Trump victory. It has become unhinged at the reality of a Trump presidency. No wonder the fading establishment media is now distrusted by a majority of the public, according to Gallup -- and becoming irrelevant even among progressives. Once upon a time in the 1960s, all the iconic news anchors, from Walter Cronkite to David Brinkley, were liberal. But they at least hid their inherent...
  • The Animal Cunning and Instinct of Donald Trump

    12/20/2016 6:11:09 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | December 20, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The American middle classes, the Chinese, and Vladimir Putin have never been convinced that Ivy League degrees, vast Washington experience, and cultural sophistication necessarily translate into national wisdom. Trump instead relies more on instinct and operates from cunning — and we will soon see whether we should redefine “wisdom.”
  • The Animal Cunning and Instinct of Donald Trump

    12/20/2016 1:58:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 20, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>He grasped that what voters cared about were the very issues politicos were disdainfully ignoring.</p> <p>The American middle classes, the Chinese, and Vladimir Putin have never been convinced that Ivy League degrees, vast Washington experience, and cultural sophistication necessarily translate into national wisdom. Trump instead relies more on instinct and operates from cunning — and we will soon see whether we should redefine “wisdom.” But for now, for example, we have never heard a presidential candidate say such a thing as “We love our miners” — not “we like” miners, but “we love” them. And not just any miners, but “our” miners, as if, like “our vets,” the working people of our moribund economic regions were unique and exceptional people, neither clingers nor irredeemables. In Trump’s gut formulation, miners certainly did not deserve “to be put out of business” by Hillary Clinton, as if they were little more than the necessary casualties of the war against global warming. For Trump, miners were not the human equivalent of the 4,200 bald eagles that the Obama administration recently assured the wind turbine industry can be shredded for the greater good of alternate energy and green profiteering.</p>
  • Has Trump Nominated Too Many Military Leaders -- or Not Enough?

    12/15/2016 6:03:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President-elect Donald Trump is being faulted for supposedly appointing too many retired generals to Cabinet-level jobs and "militarizing" the government. Former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is slated to be national security adviser. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis has been nominated as defense secretary. Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly is Trump's nominee for secretary of homeland security. High-ranking officers such as Gen. David Petraeus and Adm. Michael Rogers have been rumored for other positions in the Trump administration. All are retired as well as seasoned veterans. They have been previously entrusted with the lives of thousands of soldiers, and they...
  • The Mythologies of the 2016 Election

    12/11/2016 11:06:14 AM PST · by billorites · 15 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Victor Davis Hanson speaks about the 2016 election and the myths surrounding it at the David Horowitz Freedom Center held in Palm Beach two weeks ago. A truly outstanding talk that will have you standing on your chair and cheering. Click here.Running time approximately 45 minutes.
  • Enemies of Language

    11/24/2016 4:10:30 AM PST · by randita · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/24/16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>What would happen if conservatives started to change the words we use for political ends?</p> <p>Throughout history, revolutionaries of all stripes have warped the meaning of words to subvert reality.</p> <p>And now here we go again, with another effort — spearheaded by the media and universities — to use any linguistic means necessary to achieve political ends.</p>
  • Trump's Bizarre Winning Formula

    11/18/2016 8:59:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-18-16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Reformulating the Republican message, Donald Trump was able to exploit political mistakes Democrats have made. The Democratic Party handed Donald Trump a rare opportunity to make radical changes in the electoral map that could last for years to come.
  • Trump's Bizarre Winning Formula

    11/17/2016 5:08:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Democratic Party handed Donald Trump a rare opportunity to make radical changes to the electoral map that could last for years to come. First, the Democrats gave Trump a great gift by completing the ongoing radicalization of their party under President Obama. After 2008, it was no longer a party of the working and middle classes, but a lopsided political pyramid. On top were the cynical elites who turned up in the WikiLeaks John Podesta email trove: self-important media members, Ivy League grandees, Silicon Valley billionaires, Wall Street plutocrats and coastal corridor snobs. They talk left-wing but live royally....
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Hillary and friends are shocked to learn radical fringe politics is NOT the new

    11/14/2016 9:12:10 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11-14-16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump’s victory confounded elite pollsters, journalists, politicians, academic experts and captains of industry. They all wrote him off as a fading gasbag. By every conventional barometer, he should have lost big time. His own party largely abandoned him. Former Republican presidents and primary rivals refused to endorse him. Donors bailed on him. His campaign staff was ridiculed as amateurish. Trump became the worst nightmare of the establishment, both Democratic and Republican. But unnoticed during the last month of the campaigning was a growing realization among Americans that the supposedly sober and judicious Hillary Clinton was irreparably disconnected. On the...
  • Why Trump Won (Victor Davis Hanson)

    11/12/2016 9:16:45 AM PST · by Semper911 · 125 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | November 11, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Throughout the course of the 2016 election, the conventional groupthink was that the renegade Donald Trump had irrevocably torn apart the Republican Party. His base populism supposedly sandbagged more experienced and electable Republican candidates, who were bewildered that a “conservative” would dare to pander to hoi polloi by promising deportations of illegal aliens, renegotiation of trade agreements that “ripped off” working people, and a messy attack on the reigning political correctness.</p>
  • A Blow to the Non-Elite Elite

    11/10/2016 7:55:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There were a lot of losers in this election, well beyond Hillary Clinton and the smug, incompetent pollsters and know-it-all, groupthink pundits who embarrassed themselves. From hacked email troves we received a glimpse of the bankrupt values of Washington journalists, lawyers, politicians, lobbyists and wealthy donors. Despite their brand-name Ivy League degrees and 1 percenter resumes, dozens of the highly paid grandees who run our country and shape our news appear petty and spiteful -- and clueless about the America that exists beyond their Beltway habitat. Leveraging rich people for favors and money seems an obsession. They brag about...
  • Has Clinton topped Nixon?

    11/03/2016 5:03:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Another day, another Hillary Clinton bombshell disclosure. This time the scandal comes from disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop computer, bringing more suggestions of Clinton's sloppy attitude about U.S. intelligence law. Meanwhile, seemingly every day WikiLeaks produces more evidence of the Clinton Foundation leveraging the Clinton State Department for pay-for-play profiteering. At this point, Clinton has trumped former President Richard Nixon's skullduggery -- but without the offset of Nixon's foreign policy accomplishments. Even before the most recent scandals, Clinton's campaign had an eerie resemblance to the Nixon playbook. Compare the election of 2016 to the election of 1972. The favored...
  • The Clintons — At the End of All Things (VDH)

    11/01/2016 9:14:16 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 1, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Epic greed, power, and pride: Where’s the bottom? With Bill and Hillary, there’s no telling. What was the Clinton telos? The end point, the aim of all their lying, cheating, criminality, dishonor, and degradation? Given the latest Weiner scandals coming on top of the latest WikiLeaks scandals, we wonder, what did the Clintons really wish to end up as — and why? Are they Goethe’s Faust or tortured souls crushed by the weight of their money bags in Dante’s Fourth Circle of Hell? For a few criminals, remorse comes with old age; but for the Clintons, near-70 was to be...
  • The Clintons — At the End of All Things

    11/01/2016 7:48:56 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | November 1, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Epic greed, power, and pride : Where’s the bottom? With Bill and Hillary, there’s no telling. What was the Clinton telos? The end point, the aim of all their lying, cheating, criminality, dishonor, and degradation? Given the latest Weiner scandals coming on top of the latest WikiLeaks scandals, we wonder, what did the Clintons really wish to end up as — and why? Are they Goethe’s Faust or tortured souls crushed by the weight of their money bags in Dante’s Fourth Circle of Hell? For a few criminals, remorse comes with old age; but for the Clintons, near-70 was to...
  • The Clintons As Farce

    10/30/2016 4:18:16 PM PDT · by OddLane · 22 replies
    City Journal ^ | October 30, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Hillary Clinton was resting, running out the clock, sitting on a supposed large lead, and hoping that the election was sooner than later. Now after the latest Weiner disclosures, she is crisscrossing the country, terrified of collapsing polls, and wishing that she had three more weeks rather than just one. With the Clintons, farce is the desert to scandal: the profiteering Clinton Foundation as a humanitarian treasure; Hillary the former corporate attorney as child and little-guy crusader; Bill Clinton, both sexual predator and feminist hero. Hillary didn’t just delete e-mails under congressional subpoena; she insisted that some 33,000 e-mails were...
  • Lessons From the Highway of Death

    10/27/2016 5:06:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California State Route 99 is the north-south highway that cuts through the great Central Valley. And it has changed little since the mid-1960s. A half-century ago, when the state population was about 18 million -- not nearly 40 million as it is today -- the 99 used to be a high-speed, four-lane marvel. It was a crown jewel in California's cutting-edge freeway system. Not now. The 99 was recently ranked by ValuePenguin (a private consumer research organization) as the deadliest major highway in the nation. Locals who live along its 400-plus miles often go to bed after seeing lurid...
  • The Case for Trump

    10/17/2016 7:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 17, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Conservatives should vote for the Republican nominee. Donald Trump needs a unified Republican party in the homestretch if he is to have any chance left of catching Hillary Clinton — along with winning higher percentages of the college-educated and women than currently support him. But even before the latest revelations from an eleven-year-old Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump crudely talked about women, he had long ago in the primaries gratuitously insulted his more moderate rivals and their supporters. He bragged about his lone-wolf candidacy and claimed that his polls were — and would be — always tremendous — contrary...
  • Medieval America

    10/13/2016 6:24:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Pessimists often compare today's troubled America to a tottering late Rome or an insolvent and descending British Empire. But medieval Europe (roughly A.D. 500 to 1450) is the more apt comparison. The medieval world was a nearly 1,000-year period of spectacular, if haphazard, human achievement -- along with endemic insecurity, superstition and two, rather than three, classes. The great medieval universities -- at Bologna, Paris and Oxford -- continued to make strides in science. They were not unlike the medical and engineering schools at Harvard and Stanford. But they were not centers of free thinking. Instead, medieval speech codes were...
  • A Hard Rain is Going to Fall

    09/22/2016 5:13:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm. The summer of 1914 in Europe also seemed quiet. But on July 28, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip with help from his accomplices, fellow Serbian separatists. That isolated act sparked World War I. In the summer of 1939, most observers thought Adolf Hitler was finally through with his serial bullying. Appeasement supposedly had satiated his once enormous territorial appetites. But on Sept. 1, Nazi...
  • Never Never Trump

    09/20/2016 10:03:38 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 51 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 20, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Republican dilemma ny Republican has a difficult pathway to the presidency. On the electoral map, expanding blue blobs in coastal and big-city America swamp the conservative geographical sea of red. Big-electoral-vote states such as California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey are utterly lost before the campaign even begins. The media have devolved into a weird Ministry of Truth. News seems defined now as what information is necessary to release to arrive at correct views. In recent elections, centrists, like John McCain and Mitt Romney – once found useful by the media when running against more-conservative Republicans — were...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Up, Hillary Down, Obama Out

    09/08/2016 4:00:24 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 41 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | September 8, 2016 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    In most presidential elections, the two candidates spar over issues. The president campaigns for his party's nominee in hopes of continuing his legacy. Democrats champion liberalism, Republicans conservatism. In numerous press conferences, journalists try to force newsworthy and embarrassing admissions from the two candidates. Not this year. Barack Obama, who less than two years ago dipped to 40% in approval rating, is nowhere to be seen. He seems to know that the more he is absent and quiet, the more the public likes the idea rather than the reality of him as president -- and his approval rating has risen...
  • The More Things Change, The More They Actually Don't

    09/01/2016 4:39:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In today's technically sophisticated and globally connected world, we assume life has been completely reinvented. In truth, it has not changed all that much. Facebook and Google may have recalibrated our lifestyles, but human nature, geography and culture are nearly timeless. Even as ideologies and governments come and go, the same old, same old problems and challenges remain. Compare what dominated the news in 1966, 50 years ago. Abroad, Israel was constantly fighting on the West Bank against Palestinian guerrilla groups and in the air over Syria. It is likely that in another 50 years the story will remain about...
  • Diversity: History's Pathway to Chaos

    08/25/2016 6:43:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Emphasizing diversity has been the pitfall, not the strength, of nations throughout history. The Roman Empire worked as long as Iberians, Greeks, Jews, Gauls and myriad other African, Asian and European communities spoke Latin, cherished habeas corpus and saw being Roman as preferable to identifying with their own particular tribe. By the fifth century, diversity had won out but would soon prove a fatal liability. Rome disintegrated when it became unable to assimilate new influxes of northern European tribes. Newcomers had no intention of giving up their Gothic, Hunnish or Vandal identities. The propaganda of history's multicultural empires -- the...
  • Where's The Letter From Democratic Security Officials Opposing Hillary?

    08/18/2016 4:38:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A group of 50 conservative foreign policy elites and veteran national security officials of prior Republican administrations recently wrote an open letter denouncing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. They cited especially his lack of character and moral authority -- and his "little understanding of America's national interests." Particularly bothersome, they wrote, is Trump's inability "to separate truth from falsehood." The letter stated that Trump's one-year campaign of blustery rhetoric suggests he could be as reckless in deed in the White House as he has been in word on the campaign trail. Is there a like group of past Democratic wise...
  • The Betrayal of the Intellectuals?

    08/17/2016 8:42:32 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8-15-2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    After nearly eight years of aiding and abetting Obama, leftists now fear the possible constitutional overreach of our next president. ...... I and many others, long ago in the pre-Trump age, cited the quite dangerous trajectory of Obama’s constitutional overreach. That worry is now shared apparently by the New York Times. Suddenly in year eight, its editors fear that someday another president, perhaps one less sensitive, more uncouth than Obama, might find his exemplar useful, but for less exalted progressive purposes. Thus the Times has characterized Obama’s overreach as “bureaucratic bulldozing rather than legislative transparency.” And more ominously it notes,...
  • Why borders matter — and a borderless world is a fantasy

    08/01/2016 6:01:53 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Aug 1, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Borders are in the news as never before. With Muslim refugees flooding into the European Union from the Middle East, and with terrorism on the rise, a popular revolt is taking shape against the so-called Schengen Area agreements, which give free rights of movement within Europe. The European masses are not racists, but they now apparently wish to accept Middle Eastern immigrants only to the degree that these newcomers arrive legally and promise to become European in values and outlook—protocols that the EU essentially discarded decades ago as intolerant.
  • When A War Went Worldwide 75 Years Ago

    07/28/2016 5:51:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy-five years ago, the world blew up in just six months. World War II ostensibly started two years earlier, when Germany invaded Poland. In truth, after the rapid German defeat of Poland in September 1939, the conflict was mostly confined to Western Europe for nearly the next two years. By summer of 1940, only Britain had survived Hitler's European victories. The dormant European war only went global on June 22, 1941, when Germany suddenly surprise-attacked the Soviet Union, its former partner. America and Asia were still not directly involved in the 1941 expansion of the war until the Japanese attacked...
  • How the Clintons Got Rich Selling Influence While Decrying Greed

    07/27/2016 5:33:30 AM PDT · by randita · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/26/16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Peddling access and elite status, the Clintons have turned progressivism into a lucrative global venture.</p> <p>Most presidents, before and after holding office, are offered multifarious opportunities to get rich, most of them unimaginable to Americans without access to influential and wealthy concerns. But none have so flagrantly circumvented laws and ethical norms as have Bill and Hillary Clinton, a tandem who in little more than a decade went from self-described financial want to a net worth likely over $100 million, or even $150 million.</p>
  • The Dream of Muslim Outreach Has Become a Nightmare

    07/23/2016 3:30:44 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 27 replies
    RCP ^ | 22 July 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the U.S. liked in the Middle East. Then, terrorism would decrease. But, as with his approach to racial relations, Obama's remedies proved worse than the original illness. Obama gave his first presidential interview to Al Arabiya, noting that he has Muslims in his family. He implicitly blamed America's strained relations with many Middle Eastern countries on his supposedly insensitive predecessor, George W. Bush.
  • The Dream Of Muslim Outreach Has Become A Nightmare

    07/21/2016 4:04:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the U.S. liked in the Middle East. Then, terrorism would decrease. But, as with his approach to racial relations, Obama's remedies proved worse than the original illness. Obama gave his first presidential interview to Al Arabiya, noting that he has Muslims in his family. He implicitly blamed America's strained relations with many Middle Eastern countries on his supposedly insensitive predecessor, George W. Bush. The new message of...
  • Enemies See America As Vulnerable Prey

    07/14/2016 4:59:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Here is a sampling of some recent news abroad: A Russian guard attacked a U.S. diplomatic official at the door to the American Embassy in Moscow, even as NATO leaders met to galvanize against the next act of Russian aggression. The Islamic State continued its global terrorist rampage with horrific attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul. Iran rebuffed United Nations warnings and defiantly boasted that it will continue testing ballistic missiles. German intelligence believes that Iran, empowered by the release of $100 billion in impounded cash, is violating its recent American-led nonproliferation deal in an effort to import nuclear bomb-making technology....
  • Will California Ever Thrive Again?

    07/07/2016 5:45:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There was more of the same old, same old California news recently. Some 62 percent of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predictions of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail -- before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason. The basket of California state taxes -- sales, income and gasoline -- rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom....