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  • Trump: Something New under the Political Sun

    05/03/2016 3:31:54 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ^ | May 3,2016 | by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    To get a clearer idea of the feelings of Trump supporters, read the comments section following any mainstream news story that deals with race, class, and gender in politically correct fashion. A stream-of-consciousness litany of his supporters’ peeves, for good or ill, would run like this: The wrong people are in the news. Instead of generals, and small-business owners, and muscular workers, we instead see smarmy smart-asses, the pajama boys and mattress girls of the world of TV, who roll their eyes, wink about a joke only the anointed get, and smirk that what they say could have three different...
  • The Nihilism of Sanctuary Cities

    05/02/2016 9:35:17 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2 May 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There are an estimated 300 or so jurisdictions -- entire states, counties, cities, and municipalities -- that since the early 1980s have enacted “sanctuary city” laws, forbidding full enforcement of federal immigration law within their jurisdictions. Most of these entities are controlled by Democrats in general and liberals in particular. Sanctuary officials feel that federal enforcement of the southern border is either unnecessary or immoral, and thus they have decided that there is no real crime in entering and residing in the United States unlawfully. While the majority of illegal aliens are no doubt law-abiding and have avoided public dependence,...
  • 21st Century Cakifornia Reverts Back to the Wild West

    04/25/2016 10:26:17 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 25 April 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I grew up listening to stories of turn-of-the-century rural Central California from my grandfather Rees Alonzo Davis (1890-1976). He was the third generation of the Davis family to have lived in my present house—great nephew of Daniel Rhoades, who had walked into the High Sierra in early 1847 as part of a party sent to help save the Donner Party. Years later, after a small strike in the Mother Lode, Rhoades became a land baron near the shores of the now dry Tulare Lake, in modern-day Lemoore (where his strange mausoleum is currently a California historical site). He died, I...
  • The Horrors of Hiroshima in Context

    04/21/2016 4:41:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 129 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The dropping of two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 remains the only wartime use of nuclear weapons in history. No one knows exactly how many Japanese citizens were killed by the two American bombs. A macabre guess is around 140,000. The atomic attacks finally shocked Emperor Hirohito and the Japanese militarists into surrendering. John Kerry recently visited Hiroshima. He became the first Secretary of State to do so -- purportedly as a precursor to a planned visit next month by President Obama, who is rumored to be considering an apology to Japan...
  • Is NATO Worth Preserving?

    04/14/2016 5:17:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump recently ignited another controversy when he mused that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was obsolete. He hinted that it might no longer be worth the huge American investment. In typical Trump style, he hit a nerve, but he then offered few details about the consequences of either staying in or leaving NATO. NATO is certainly no longer aimed at keeping a huge Soviet land army out of democratic Western Europe, as was envisioned in 1949. The alliance has been unwisely expanded from its original 12-nation membership to include 28 countries, absorbing many of the old communist Warsaw Pact...
  • White Elites versus White Working Class

    04/12/2016 8:09:44 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | April 12, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>White elites are the main reason Donald Trump’s campaign hasn’t sputtered and failed.</p> <p>Why do the angry white poor and working class support the unlikely populist Donald Trump — a spoiled bully who made and lost fortunes in part by gaming the system, who seems to take gratuitous rudeness and cruelty as a birthright, whose lifestyle is symptomatic of American excess, and who for the last half-century has embraced no ideology other than Trump, Inc.?</p>
  • The Politicization of the English Language

    04/07/2016 5:20:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Last week, French President Francois Hollande met President Obama in Washington to discuss joint strategies for stopping the sort of radical Islamic terrorists who have killed dozens of innocents in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino in recent months. Hollande at one point explicitly referred to the violence as "Islamist terrorism." The White House initially deleted that phrase from the audio translation of the official video of the Hollande-Obama meeting, only to restore it when questioned. Did the Obama administration assume that if the public could not hear the translation of the French president saying "Islamist terrorism," then perhaps Hollande did...
  • The Art of National Suicide

    03/29/2016 4:47:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/28/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    America can still avoid sharing Europe’s fate. But only if we take action. Because of what Europe has become, it now has few viable choices in dealing with radical Islamic terrorism. Its dilemma is a warning to Americans that we should turn away from a similar path of national suicide. After suffering serial terrorist attacks from foreign nationals and immigrants, a normal nation-state would be expected to make extraordinary efforts to close its borders and redefine its foreign policy in order to protect its national interests. But a France or a Belgium is not quite a sovereign nation any more,...
  • The Hypocrisy Behind the Student Renaming Craze

    03/24/2016 5:07:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>University students across the country -- at Amherst, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UC Berkeley and dozens of other campuses -- are caught up in yet another new fad.</p> <p>This time, the latest college craze is a frenzied attempt to rename campus buildings and streets. Apparently some of those names from the past do not fit students' present litmus tests on race, class and gender correctness.</p>
  • The Buck Never Stops Here

    03/17/2016 4:42:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In a cover story in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine, President Obama offers astonishing scapegoating for his own foreign policy disasters. According to Obama, the deterioration of the ISIS wasteland that is now Libya was not due to improvident administration bombing followed by a hasty departure, but was largely the fault of others. European allies, the president complained, did not do any follow-up nation-building despite the proximity of Libya. Obama depicts French President Nicolas Sarkozy as a showboater who tried to claim credit for the air campaign in Libya after the U.S. had done the heavy lifting. Obama...
  • Trump: A Bogeyman or Just a Man?

    03/15/2016 6:56:30 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/15/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Trump is crude and politically clueless, but no more so than the Clintons, Sanders — or Obama. Donald J. Trump thus far has not shown that he has the level-headedness to be president. He has no political ideology and could just as well govern to the left of Hillary Clinton as to the right of her. Yet his sloppy way of speaking has earned him equally sloppy, over-the-top analogies — to Mussolini, Hitler, George Wallace, and a host of other populist and racist demagogues. But is he uniquely dangerous, ignorant, or cruel in terms of either distant or recent American...
  • The Weirdness of Illegal Immigration

    03/14/2016 9:29:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 14, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Set aside for a moment all the controversies over illegal immigration—the wall, deportation, amnesty, Donald J. Trump, “comprehensive immigration reform,” etc. Instead, contemplate what happens in a social, cultural, and economic context when several million immigrants arrive from one of the poorest areas in the world (e.g., Oaxaca) to one of the most affluent (e.g., California). For guidance, think not of Jorge Ramos, but of the premodern/postmodern collision that is occurring in Germany, Austria, and Denmark. The first casualty is the law. I am not referring to the collapse of federal immigration enforcement, but rather the ripples that must follow...
  • Log Cabin Candidates

    03/03/2016 5:03:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Which presidential candidate was born the poorest? Whose log cabin birthplace was the most ramshackle? Hillary and Bill Clinton are worth well over $100 million, largely due to years of leveraging their government service to pull in astronomical speaking and consulting fees from Wall Street, foreign investors and big banks. Yet Hillary Clinton, a graduate of elite Wellesley College and Yale Law School, often adopts a poor man's drawl and Southern slang before particular audiences. She has claimed that "all my grandparents" were immigrants. Not true. Only one grandfather immigrated to the United States, from Britain. Hillary herself grew up...
  • Obama:The Lamest Duck

    02/29/2016 11:12:02 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 28 Feb 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama is boxed in a state of paralysis—more so than typical lame-duck presidents. His hard-left politics have insidiously eroded the Democratic Party, which has lost both houses of Congress and the vast majority of the state legislatures, state elected offices, and governorships. Obama has redefined the black vote, as a necessary, no-margin-of-error 95% bloc majority to offset his similar creation of an increasingly monolithic 65% bloc white vote. We are no longer individual voters, but, in Chicago-politics style, merely faceless “Latinos,” “Asians,” “African-Americans,” “gays,” “women,” and now “whites.” Obama issues a new initiative—and the nation snoozes. He wastes the...
  • The Tough Choices of Overseas Intervention

    02/25/2016 4:37:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The United States has targeted a lot of rogues and their regimes in recent decades: Muammar Gadhafi, Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Manuel Noriega and the Taliban. As a general rule over the last 100 years, any time the U.S. has bombed or intervened and then abruptly left the targeted country, chaos has followed. But when America has followed up its use of force with unpopular peacekeeping, sometimes American interventions have led to something better. The belated entry of the United States into World War I saved the sinking Allied cause in 1917. Yet after the November 1918...
  • An Iraq of Myth and Fantasy

    02/23/2016 4:22:38 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/23/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump's account of the Iraq War is all wrong. Why aren't his Republican opponents saying so? Donald Trump constantly brings up Iraq to remind voters that Jeb Bush supported his brother's war, while Trump, alone of the Republican candidates, supposedly opposed it well before it started. That is a flat-out lie. There is no evidence that Trump opposed the war before the March 20, 2003 invasion. Like most Americans, he supported the invasion and said just that very clearly in interviews. And like most Americans, Trump quickly turned on a once popular intervention - but only when the postwar...
  • Weimar America

    02/22/2016 5:16:58 AM PST · by rktman · 30 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 2/21/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Neither the president nor his would-be successors talk much about the fact that we are now nearing $20 trillion in debt-in an ossified economy of near-zero interest rates, little if any GDP growth, and record numbers of able-bodied but non-working adults. (The most frequent complaint I hear in my hometown is that the government lags behind in their cost-of-living raises in Social Security disability payments.) No one can figure out how and why America's youth have borrowed a collective $1 trillion for college tuition, and yet received so little education and skills in the bargain. Today's campuses have become as...
  • The Return of Appeasement, Collaboration and Isolationism

    02/18/2016 5:32:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>World War II broke out when Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. A once preventable war had become inevitable -- and would soon become global -- due to three fatal decisions.</p> <p>Most infamously, the Western European democracies had appeased Hitler during the late 1930s in hopes that he would quit gobbling up his neighbors. Unfortunately, the Nazis considered Western appeasement as weakness to be manipulated rather than magnanimity to be reciprocated.</p>
  • Venezuela on the Potomac

    02/16/2016 7:16:20 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/16/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Somehow, having an Enemies List is all right if you're Barack Obama and not Richard Nixon. It has become an iffy idea to cross Barack Obama. After seven years, the president has created a Hugo Chavez–like deterrent landscape, intended to remind friends and enemies alike that he is perfectly willing to use the federal government's vast power to go after those he finds politically inconvenient, while exempting those he understands to be sympathetic to his agendas. In Freudian fashion, Obama has long joked about using the power of government in a personal way. As early as 2009, when he had...
  • Hillary Clinton's Dead-End Campaign (Victor Davis Hanson very enjoyable read alert)

    02/15/2016 3:08:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 14, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Hillary Clinton may yet win the Democratic nomination -- if she is not indicted. After all, it is hard for a New England spread-the-wealth socialist like rival Bernie Sanders to appeal to working-class southern whites, minorities, or the wealthy Democratic establishment. It is still likely that the Democratic Party will find a way to aid an ailing and scandal-plagued Mrs. Clinton, rather than turn over its future to a 74-year-old scold, who for most of his voting life was not a Democrat and whose redistributionist agendas and Woodstock fables about the 1960s make Obama seem centrist in comparison. All that...
  • In Search of Fixes for a Fossilized Economy

    02/11/2016 6:06:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>The U.S. economy grew at an anemic rate of less than 1 percent in the last quarter of 2015.</p> <p>While the unemployment rate has dipped below 5 percent, the all-important labor force participation rate is at a historic low of just 62.7 percent. More than 90 million able-bodied adults are either not currently in the labor force or have stopped looking for work altogether.</p>
  • Victor Davis Hanson: America's Balkan Values

    02/10/2016 10:32:32 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | February 9, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    White liberals and black careerists vigorously reject the MLK ideal of a color-blind society. The racial spoils industry survives on several requisites. One, Americans must be readily identifiable as being non-white or white. Two, once non-white claimants pass the racial litmus test, they must think and speak in a particular progressive manner, in dutiful obeisance to those who set up and perpetuate the racial spoils system. And three, racialism must remain defined as a one-way bias... Much of the liberal press has ridiculed Rubio and Cruz, either because their appearances and Cuban ancestry do not quite make them authentic "Latinos"...
  • 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 Britain’s 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 [Obama’s Middle East Blunders, Putin’s 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, Obama’s 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? Putin’s 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...
  • Hillary’s 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 Clinton’s 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...