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  • The Regrettable Decline of Higher Learning

    02/04/2016 5:25:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>What do campus microaggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings, speech codes and censorship have to do with higher learning?</p> <p>American universities want it both ways. They expect unquestioned subsidized support from the public, but also to operate in a way impossible for anyone else.</p>
  • Forget Trump but Not the Trumpsters

    02/02/2016 11:52:22 AM PST · by Truthsearcher · 91 replies
    National Review ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    ...Forget Trump and consider instead Trump’s constituencies. They are weary of being lectured that they deserve presidential rebuke for their supposed Islamophobia because they are angry about the terrorist killings of Americans. The middle classes are exhausted from being sermonized that they do not “pay their fair share,” when their state and federal tax bite is nearly 50 percent — especially when half the population pays no income tax, and massive federal entitlements have done little to address the pathologies of the underclasses. The contractor and the insurance salesman are furious at being scolded that “they didn’t build” their businesses,...
  • California of the Dark Ages

    02/01/2016 10:15:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-31-16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>I recently took a few road trips longitudinally and latitudinally across California. The state bears little to no resemblance to what I was born into. In a word, it is now a medieval place of lords and peasants-and few in between. Or rather, as I gazed out on the California Aqueduct, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Luis Reservoir, I realized we are like the hapless, squatter Greeks of the Dark Ages, who could not figure out who those mythical Mycenaean lords were that built huge projects still standing in their midst, long after Lord Ajax and King Odysseus disappeared into exaggeration and myth. Henry Huntington built the entire Big Creek Hydroelectric Project in the time it took our generation to go to three hearings on a proposed dam.</p>
  • Either Carry a Big Stick-Or Shut Up!

    01/25/2016 3:59:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 24, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Western culture is deservedly exceptional. No other tradition has given the individual such security, freedom, and prosperity.</p> <p>The Athens-Jerusalem mixture of Christian humility (and guilt) and the classical Socratic introspection combined in the West to make it a particularly self-reflective and self-critical society, in a way completely untrue of other traditions.</p>
  • Obama's Failings Among the Reasons for Trump's Rise

    01/14/2016 3:58:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>One, Barack Obama is the Dr. Frankenstein of the supposed Trump monster.</p> <p>If a charismatic, Ivy League-educated, landmark president who entered office with unprecedented goodwill and both houses of Congress on his side could manage to wreck the Democratic Party while turning off 52 percent of the country, then many voters feel that a billionaire New York dealmaker could hardly do worse.</p>
  • Obama's failings among reasons for Trump's rise

    01/13/2016 4:04:39 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 1/13/16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Three truths fuel Donald Trump. One, Barack Obama is the Dr. Frankenstein of the supposed Trump monster. If a charismatic, Ivy League-educated, landmark president who entered office with unprecedented goodwill and both houses of Congress on his side could manage to wreck the Democratic Party while turning off 52 percent of the country, then many voters feel that a billionaire New York dealmaker could hardly do worse.
  • Hating the West, Inc.

    01/05/2016 4:40:31 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/5/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Western elites and Third World critics both enjoy Western largesse. Professing dislike of the West and its culture and legacy is an industry on campus. The subtext of “white privilege” is that it consists of unearned status accorded those of European background. To listen to the anti-Westerners, you would think that the inventors of electrical generation, indoor plumbing, and vaccinations were enemies of the planet. Multiculturalism, the orthodoxy of popular culture, and the current bite of the media and the arts are all predicated on the idea that Western civilization is more toxic than admirable. Citing the evils of the...
  • California Is Leading From Behind

    12/31/2015 6:52:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California has given us three new truths about government. One, the higher that taxes rise, the worst state services become. Two, the worse a natural disaster hits, the more the state contributes to its havoc. And three, the more existential the problem, the more the state ignores it. California somehow has managed to have the fourth-highest gas taxes in the nation, yet its roads are rated 44th among the 50 states. Nearly 70 percent of California roads are considered to be in poor or mediocre condition by the state Senate. In response, the state Legislature naturally wants to raise gas...
  • Bitter Clingers 2.0

    12/28/2015 7:23:01 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    pjmedia.com/ ^ | 12/27/2015 | Victor Davis Hansen
    Barack Obama in the final stretch of his 2008 primary campaign explained away-off the record in an unguarded moment-his unpopularity in Pennsylvania. The problem then was a biased "them"-not so much the hard-left policies and principles of Barack Obama. These narrow-minded clingers were supposedly not fond of Obama and similar others "who aren't like them." Thus, because of their parochialism, nativism, and fundamentalism, the unenlightened voters of Pennsylvania were unable to appreciate Obama's message of "hope and change" and vero possumus-much less his landmark promises to return the Presidency to constitutional restraint, radically improve American health care, end the role...
  • Of Cannibals and Kings (Liberals are eating their kings - VDH)

    12/27/2015 4:16:59 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Black Lives Matter and other, related groups are still demanding that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel step down well before his term expires. It appears that Emanuel did not release for over a year a police video showing the possibly unjustified shooting of criminal suspect Laquan McDonald. He apparently was too afraid of losing his reelection bid to another liberal--and expected that, as a former Obama confidant, he would be granted immunity from inner-city anger. Is liberal anger at the liberal Emanuel a new trend? Will populists one of these days go after the newly declared populist Hillary Clinton for her...
  • ‘Playing into the Hands of ISIS’?

    12/15/2015 4:17:35 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    American elites take a perverse view of what ISIS is really after. "Playing into the hands of ISIS" is the new Beltway mantra. The finger-shaking by the administration and its supporters warns Americans not to give in to their supposedly natural biases against Muslims. Never mind that FBI statistics show that Jews in this country are the objects of hate crimes at nearly four times the rate of Muslims. It is mysteriously never reported who are the main perpetrators of hate crimes against Jews. In any case, when the administration alleges Islamophobia, it assumes that if it did not, ISIS...
  • Victor Davis Hanson on California: The picture is bleak

    12/10/2015 7:37:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2015 | Carol Brown
    Victor Davis Hanson, whose family has lived in California for generations, has written a new book. Jarrett Stepman of Breitbart reviewed The Decline and Fall of California: From Decadence to Destruction, where Hanson paints a stark picture of California’s decline from a state that exemplified the American dream to one crushed under the weight of its utopian vision. …Clearly modeled on famous British historian Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Hanson’s book makes it clear that the increasingly dystopian California has been the author of its own decline. A half-century of bad policy and failed ideology...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: End College Football

    12/08/2015 11:32:42 AM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 16, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    College football players are gladiators of sorts. On the one hand, they are vastly underpaid for the risks they take as well as the profits they generate for the university and the scores of jobs they subsidize. On the other, in terms of college protocols, they are pampered and exempt from rules that other students follow. Being exploited and privileged is a bad combination. For half a century, liberals have pointed out that football players should drop the amateur pretense, join a semi-pro club, and make the money they deserve -- given that their admissions, grades, and class attendance are...
  • Mass Murder and Identity Politics

    12/08/2015 7:45:16 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/7/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Too many Muslim immigrants are angry rather than grateful toward their new country. Why would Ms. Tashfeen Malik, who was born in Pakistan but lived most of her life in Saudi Arabia, want to come to the United States? She obviously hated the United States and its values, at least enough to help stockpile an arsenal and to kill 14 people and wound another 21 in San Bernardino. Or for that matter, why did her husband and co-mass-murderer Syed Rizwan Farook, if he was unhappy with his native America, not return to his parents' Pakistan, where he might, in greater...
  • Erdogan's Turkey Is a Dubious Ally

    12/03/2015 5:16:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Turkey often appeals to the West for support, given its longtime membership in NATO. Now, Turkish leadership is in a shouting match with Russia's provocative president, Vladimir Putin, over Turkey's downing of a Russian jet in probable Turkish airspace. Each country has accused the other of helping terrorists in Syria. The problem with Turkey and the West, however, is that their relationship is decades out of date. What was once an alliance is now nothing special at all. Barack Obama used to lecture reluctant Europeans about why they should accept Turkey into the European Union as its first Islamic...
  • Waging The War on “Terror,” Vichy-style

    11/14/2015 3:58:38 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 14,2015 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    A few hours before the catastrophic attack in Paris, President Obama had announced that ISIS was now “contained,” a recalibration of his earlier assessments of “on the run” and “Jayvees” from a few years back. In the hours following the attack of jihadist suicide bombers and mass murderers in Paris, the Western press talked of the “scourge of terrorism” and “extremist violence”. Who were these terrorists and generic extremists who slaughtered the innocent in Paris — anti-abortionists, Klansmen, Tea-party zealots? This sickness in the West manifests itself in a variety of creepy ways — to hide bothersome reality by inventing...
  • Tooth-Gnashing in the Republican Establishment

    11/11/2015 4:39:38 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    VictorDavisHanson.com ^ | November 4, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Republicans should be upbeat. They control by large margins the state legislatures and governorships. The Supreme Court is a bit more conservative than liberal. The House and Senate are both run by Republicans. President Obama, after veritably wrecking his party, has for some time scarcely polled above 45 percent in approval ratings — even after borrowing $8 trillion to spread the wealth, pandering to spec ial interests, echoing nonstop the assertions of his iconic status, and blaming all his failures on his predecessors and opponents. In addition, parties usually do not succeed in winning the presidency for three consecutive terms....
  • The Privileged vs. the White Working Class

    11/10/2015 7:26:27 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/10/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Truck drivers, trappers, farmers don't rate in the eyes of our elites. A recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences, co-authored by a Nobel laureate, revealed a spiraling death rate since 1999 of Americans described as middle-aged (45 to 54), middle/working-class (without a college degree) whites (apparently self-identified as such). That is not supposed to happen to sizable demographic groups in our postmodern societies. The regression to shortened lifespans is more akin to the trend in the old Soviet Union than in the United States. The supposed culprits are inordinate use of alcohol and drugs (both legal and...
  • Tooth-Gnashing in the Republican Establishment

    11/03/2015 8:16:11 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/2/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The establishment needs to stop patronizing the grass-roots and listen to their concerns. Republicans should be upbeat. They control by large margins the state legislatures and governorships. The Supreme Court is a bit more conservative than liberal. The House and Senate are both run by Republicans. President Obama, after veritably wrecking his party, has for some time scarcely polled above 45 percent in approval ratings - even after borrowing $8 trillion to spread the wealth, pandering to special interests, echoing nonstop the assertions of his iconic status, and blaming all his failures on his predecessors and opponents. In addition, parties...
  • Community Organizing America

    11/03/2015 6:56:37 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-1-2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    (snip) Long after Barack Obama is gone and ensconced in warm-weather golf-course mansions, the country will remain divided. The them/us splits are the real Obama legacy that tops even his $20 trillion in debt, chronic zero interest rates, a wrecked Middle East, stagnant growth, a hemorrhaging medical system, and record labor non-participation rates. A shattered Humpty Dumpty could not be put back together again. The question is not just whether America's shards can be re-glued into a whole, but whether Obama and those who have profited from breaking apart the body politic even wish it ever to be whole again.
  • Angela Merkel Takes Germany Down a Suicidal Path

    10/29/2015 8:52:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/29/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Germany's political stability and economic sway have until recently earned Chancellor Angela Merkel unprecedented global influence and power. Postwar Germany has become the financial powerhouse of Europe and a model nation. Give credit to German hard work and competency for the country's continuing economic miracle. Less appreciated is how Germany also brilliantly exploited the lucrative in-house trade framework of the European Union market — along with nearly seven decades of subsidized defense from an American-led NATO. The result is that Germany alone now determines the fiscal future of the nearly insolvent southern European Union nations on the Mediterranean. Germany was...
  • Can California Be Saved?

    10/22/2015 5:46:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Crime is back up in California. Los Angeles reported a 20.6 percent increase in violent crimes over the first half of 2015 and nearly an 11 percent increase in property crimes.</p> <p>Last year, cash-strapped California taxpayers voted for Proposition 47, which so far has let thousands of convicted criminals go free from prison and back onto the streets. Now the state may have to relearn what lawbreakers often do when let out of jail early.</p>
  • Moral Equivalence in the Middle East

    10/20/2015 6:58:28 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/20/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The West has developed a dangerous concern for proportionality. In the current epidemic of Palestinian violence, scores of Arab youths are attacking, supposedly spontaneously, Israeli citizens with knives. Apparently, edged weapons have more Koranic authority, and, in the sense of media spectacle, they provide greater splashes of blood. Thus the attacker is regularly described as unarmed and a victim when he is disproportionately stopped by bullets. The Obama State Department has condemned the use of excessive Israeli force in response to Palestinian terrorism. John Kirby, the hapless State Department spokesman, blamed both sides for terrorism, and the president himself called...
  • Barack Churchill, 1939

    10/19/2015 4:21:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I have nothing to offer you, except blood, sweat, and arugula.Winston Churchill, well before he became prime minister in May 1940, was busy all through 1939 prompting the British government to prepare for war and then, as first lord of the Admiralty, helping to direct it once it broke out. But what if Churchill had been Barack Obama? What would Britains foremost opponent of appeasement have been like? The Munich AgreementObama-Churchill might have said something like the following in regards to the 1938 Munich Agreement. We live in a complex world and at a challenging time. And none...
  • The Road to Middle East Perdition [Obamas Middle East Blunders, Putins Gains]

    10/13/2015 4:32:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/13/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From reset to the Iran deal, Obamas mistakes are so comprehensive they almost look deliberate. How did Vladimir Putin with his country reeling from falling oil prices, possessing only a second-rate military, in demographic free-fall, and suffering from an array of international sanctions find himself the new play-maker of the Middle East? Putins ascendency was not foreordained. It followed a series of major U.S. miscalculations and blunders of such magnitude that it almost seems they must have been deliberate. What exactly was our road to perdition in the Middle East?1. Reset with Putin When Barack Obama came into...
  • Hillarys Campaign Has Already Begun to Derail

    09/03/2015 6:38:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/03/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Hillary Clintons second race for the presidency is only about a quarter through, but she already seems to be causing general fatigue.</p> <p>The lurid revelations about the Clinton Foundation proved that it was not so much a charity as a huge laundering operation. Quid pro quo donations from the global rich and powerful fueled the Clintons jet-setting networking.</p>
  • Beware Putin and His 'Anti-Hitler Coalition'

    10/08/2015 3:58:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to "help" monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 -- and soon abandoned.</p>
  • Is Obamism Correctable?

    09/15/2015 7:00:58 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/15/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Here and abroad, the Obama administration damages whatever it touches. The next president and Congress will inherit what President Obama left behind. Whether Democrat or Republican, the president will have no choice other than to try to undo much of what Obama has wrought. But can he or she? THE MIDDLE EAST The policy of leading from behind and the crudity of We came, we saw, he [Qaddafi] died have left a human tragedy in Libya. Backing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was an inexplicable choice, and it almost ruined the country ... ISIS was airily written off as a...
  • America's Descent Into Lawlessness

    09/10/2015 4:04:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Do you remember Lewis "Scooter" Libby? In 2003, the Department of Justice appointed a special counsel to investigate allegations that Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, unlawfully disclosed the covert status of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Yet Plame may not have been a covert undercover agent, based on the formal government definition of that role. And even if she were, it was widely known at the time that Secretary of State Colin Powell's subordinate, Richard Armitage, had most likely disclosed her status earlier. In other words, Libby was in an Orwellian position of being accused of a crime...
  • Is the West Dead Yet?

    09/08/2015 7:56:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 8, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Elites who are exempt by virtue of their money and influence from the consequences of living among millions of displaced Africans, Arabs, or Latin Americans berate ad nauseam their less-well-connected, supposedly illiberal fellow citizens. But note that no elite Westerner wants to face the cause of the malady: namely, that the failure in the Third World to adopt Western ideas of consensual government, equality between the sexes, free-market capitalism, individual liberty, and transparent meritocracy logically leads to mayhem and poverty. Westerners are afraid to explain why the non-West suffers and what it might do to end its own miseries. To...
  • The Exhausting Ms. Clinton

    09/03/2015 5:38:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 3, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Hillary Clinton's second race for the presidency is only about a quarter through, but she already seems to be causing general fatigue. The lurid revelations about the Clinton Foundation proved that it was not so much a charity as a huge laundering operation. Quid pro quo donations from the global rich and powerful fueled the Clintons' jet-setting networking. In between political campaigns, the foundation provided sinecures for out-of-work Clinton politicos. This is hardly proof of Hillary's grass-roots progressivism. Then came Clinton's email fiasco. No one knows how the current investigation of her alleged misuse of email accounts, servers and classified...
  • What Makes Donald Run?

    09/01/2015 4:26:24 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/1/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Hes giving fed-up Republicans something other candidates are not. Donald Trump has at least three things going for him. (snip) What fuels his candidacy is attitude in particular, disdain for those who undeservedly believe they warrant deference. Behind the bombast and the waving hands, he gives the impression of having contempt for the ruling class, (snip) After nearly seven years of Obama, the public is worn out by sanctimoniousness by all the Professor Gates/Trayvon Martin/Ferguson lectures on race by an abject racialist, by all the sermons on climate change by a global jet-setter, by all the community-organizing banality...
  • The Tragic and Complete Collapse of Racial Relations

    08/17/2015 4:42:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 16, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Why do polls show that racial relations have gotten much worse under Barack Obama, who won the White House with over 95% of the black and 45% of the white vote?</p> <p>A recent New York Times/CBS News poll just revealed that about 60% of Americans feel race relations are not good. Some 40% think that they will become even worse. Yet when Obama was elected, 66% of those polled felt race relations were generally OK. All racial groups, according to recent polling, believe that Obamas handling of racial relations has made things worse since 2009. Another recent Pew poll confirms these tensions, and suggests whites are now about as pessimistic as blacks.</p>
  • How Long Will Trumps Cathartic Candidacy for Fed-Up Conservatives Last?

    08/13/2015 6:40:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 137 replies
    National Review ^ | August 12, 2015 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    How Long Will Trumps Cathartic Candidacy for Fed-Up Conservatives Last? by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON August 13, 2015 The coarser and cruder Donald Trump becomes, and the more ill-informed on the issues he sounds, the more he coasts in the polls. Apparently, a few of his targets must be regarded as unsympathetically as their defamer. Trump is rightly mocked for cynically spreading quid pro quo money around. But he quickly counters that his critics from Hillary Clinton to his Republican rivals have all asked him for such cash or for favors. Trump preps little. He has no real agenda....
  • Obama: Tougher on Congress than on Khamenei

    08/11/2015 4:24:31 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/11/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The speech was mean-spirited and dishonest -- and may have been counterproductive. President Obamas speech last week advocating congressional approval of the Iran deal was mostly made-up history mixed with invective. Indeed, he talked far more roughly about his congressional partners than he did about our Iranian enemies, who have worked so hard to kill Americans over the last 35 years. Obama assured us that in the past a nonproliferation treaty . . . prohibited nations from acquiring nuclear weapons. One wonders, then, how India, China, North Korea, and Pakistan ever obtained them, given they were all forbidden to do...
  • Historys Complexity Should Discourage Liberals Cheap Retroactive Morality

    08/06/2015 5:00:00 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/6/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Some Democratic-party groups are renouncing their once-egalitarian idols, the renaissance genius Thomas Jefferson and the populist Andrew Jackson. Both presidents, some two centuries ago, owned slaves. Consequently, the two men have been suddenly deemed unworthy of further liberal reverence. In Connecticut, for instance, the state Democratic party has removed the two presidents names from an annual fundraiser previously known as the Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner. There are lots of strange paradoxes in the current frenzied liberal dissection of past sins. One, a historic figure must be near perfect in all dimensions of his or her complex life to now pass progressive muster....
  • Donald Trump and the Fed-Up Crowd (VDH)

    07/27/2015 5:28:41 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-26-2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    (snip) To explain the inexplicable rise of Donald Trump is to calibrate the anger of a fed-up crowd that is enjoying the comeuppance of an elite that never pays for the ramifications of its own ideology. The elite media, whose trademark is fad and cant, writes off the fed-up crowd as nave and susceptible to demagoguery as the contradictory and hypocritical Trump manipulates their anger. In fact, they probably got it backwards. Trump is a transitory vehicle of the fed-up crowd, a current expression of their distaste for both Democratic and Republican politics, but not an end in and of...
  • Disregard For the Law is America's Greatest Threat

    07/09/2015 5:29:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Barbarians at the gate usually don't bring down once-successful civilizations. Nor does climate change. Even mass epidemics like the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture. Far more dangerous are institutionalized corruption, a lack of transparency and creeping neglect of existing laws. All the German euros in the world will not save Greece if Greeks continue to dodge taxes, featherbed government and see corruption as a business model. Even obeying so-called minor laws counts. It is no coincidence that a country where drivers routinely flout traffic laws and throw trash out the window is also a...
  • The Failure of Change

    07/07/2015 4:22:29 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/7/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama has built a legacy, all right: appeasement, staggering debt, racial animosity . . . President Obama last week spiked the ball on the Supreme Courts decisions to legalize gay marriage and to ratify the Affordable Care Act. Yet it is difficult to see quite how Obama had much to do with these decisions or, to the degree he did, that they are earth-shattering. He twice ran for president expressing opposition to gay marriage while emphasizing the religious element of holy matrimony, which, he argued, precluded same-sex marriages. Is he delighted that the Court ignored his prior views? On...
  • Is the World Becoming Fed Up?

    07/06/2015 9:50:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 5, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Faster, please: A great pushback is awakening here and abroad, but its timing, nature, and future remain mysterious. Dont stop thinking about tomorrowGiven European socialism, and given its therapeutic culture that assumes morality is relative and situational, it is quite stunning especially to the Greeks that suddenly debts are to mean not endless negotiations, haggling, blame-gaming, and contextualization, but are reduced to something akin to Calvin Coolidges snarky alleged quote, They hired the money, didnt they? Aside from the threats of Vladimir Putin and the wobbling of the European Union, Europe is being overrun with illegal immigrants from...
  • California Is A Microcosm Of American Mediocrity

    07/01/2015 10:31:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | 7-1-15 | Victor Davis Hansen
    California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years. The state is in the midst of a crippling four-year-old drought. Yet it has built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the New Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the state's storage reserves a critical project that was almost canceled by endless environmental lawsuits and protests. Although California has almost doubled in population since the dam's construction, its politicians apparently decided that completing more northern and Sierra Nevada water projects was passe. So the parched state now prays...
  • Progressive Mass Hysteria (VDH)

    07/01/2015 4:01:44 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Thucydides uses the frightening story to warn of the wild and often dangerous swings in public opinion innate to democratic culture. The historian seems at times obsessed with these explosions of Athenian popular passions, offering an even longer and more hair-raising account of popular mood swings over invading Sicily. We forget sometimes that the Athenian democracy that gave us Sophocles and Pericles also, in a fit of unhinged outrage, executed Socrates by a majority vote of one of its popular courts. American democracy has become increasingly Athenian, as it periodically whips itself up into outbursts of frantic indignation....
  • VDH: Hillary Gump

    06/29/2015 5:24:09 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-28-2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The fictional and cinema hero Forrest Gump somehow always managed to turn up at historic moments in the latter twentieth century. But whereas Forrest usually had a positive role to play at the hinges of fate, the equally ubiquitous Hillary Gump usually appeared as a bit player who made things far worse. Take the issue of government abuse, ethics, and public transparency. The modern locus classicus of government overreach was the Watergate scandal. Over forty years ago Hillary was there as a young legal intern purportedly advising the House Judiciary Committee during the congressional investigations. She was also reportedly let...
  • The New World Map

    06/18/2015 4:27:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history. Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up...
  • California: Running On Empty (VVDH)

    06/22/2015 5:20:12 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-21-2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The air in the San Joaquin Valley this late-June is, of course, hot and dry, but also dustier and more full of particulates than usual. This year a strange flu reached epidemic proportions. I say strange, because after the initial viral symptoms subsided, ones cough still lingered for weeks and even months. Antibiotics did not seem to faze it. Allergy clinics were full. Almost every valley resident notices that when orchards and vineyards are less watered, when row cropland lies fallow, when lawns die and blow away, when highway landscaping dries up, nature takes over and the air becomes even...
  • 'Barack Obama is the classic appeaser' (VDH)

    06/21/2015 6:13:54 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    WND ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    We now easily damn the idea of appeasement. Since the 1940s it has become a pejorative word for naivet in foreign relations, if not downright cowardice. It was no[t] always so. The term gained popular currency in the Western democracies after the catastrophe of World War I as a sober and judicious way of approaching foreign crises. By understanding the viewpoints of an adversary, not obsessing over minor symbolic contentions involving honor and pride, and offering reasonable concessions designed to assuage tempers, sober adults might avoid another global bloodbath. French and British statesmen certainly thought by allowing Hitler to remilitarize...
  • Goodnight, California

    06/20/2015 11:16:56 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 16, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I offer another chronicle, a 14-hour tour of the skeleton I once knew as California...[Snip]...I turn on the local news and channel surf for 10 minutes. How well we take refuge in the absurd. This litany blares out: Bruce Jenners new sexual identity, the latest racial controversy, this time over the crashing of a private pool party and the police reaction, the Obamas new stretch Air Force One jumbo jet, Marco Rubios one ticket every four years, Miley Cyruss bisexuality. I suppose if one cannot grasp, much less deal with, $19 trillion in debt, a foreign policy in shambles, the...
  • Building the New Dark-Age Mind

    06/09/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9 June 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    History is not static and it does not progress linearly. There was more free speech and unimpeded expression in 5th-century Athens than in Western Europe between 1934-45, or in Eastern Europe during 1946-1989. An American could speak his mind more freely in 1970 than now. Many in the United States had naively believed that the Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution, and over two centuries of American customs and traditions had guaranteed that Americans could always take for granted free speech and unfettered inquiry That is an ahistorical assumption. The wish to silence, censor, and impede thought is just as strong a...
  • Whats Driving the Influx of Migrants and Refugees to the West?

    06/04/2015 4:26:29 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/4/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Tuscany Northern and central Italy are not on the southern Mediterranean. But somehow thousands of refugees from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East are everywhere here as is true of much of the European Union. Some sleep on park benches. Many peddle knock-off electronic goods and counterfeit watches. Angry Italians shoo away refugee beggars from tour groups. The Greek islands near the coast of Turkey are likewise flooded this summer with dispossessed refugees from countries such as Afghanistan and Syria. Apparently a bankrupt Greek government lacks the resources to patrol its vast coastline. Some beleaguered Greeks assume that...
  • Obama vs. 70 Years of Postwar Global Order

    06/02/2015 4:38:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/2/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Where previous presidents fostered American strength, Obama revels in weakness. Director Frank Capras Its a Wonderful Life, set during the Depression, was a divine counterfactual thought experiment designed to remind a suicidal George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) that his hometown, Bedford Falls, would have turned out to be a pretty miserable place called Pottersville without his seemingly ordinary presence. Consider the Obama administrations first six years as a prolonged counterfactual take on what the world might have been like for the last 70 years without a traditionally engaged American president dedicating our country to preserving the postwar Western-inspired global order. The...