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  • The Trump Nuclear Bomb (VICTOR DAVIS HANSON)

    06/21/2016 2:08:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 21,2016 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    Other public figures won’t admit they agree with him — but they often quietly adopt his ideas. Donald Trump has a frightening habit of uttering things that many people apparently think, but would never express. And he blusters in such an off-putting and sloppy fashion that he alienates those who otherwise might agree with many of his critiques of political correctness. Nonetheless, when the dust settles, we often see that Trump’s megatonnage strikes a chord — and, with it, sometimes has effected change. In an odd way, the more personally unpopular he becomes for raising taboo issues, the more resonant...
  • ISIS and ‘Domestic’ Terrorism

    06/14/2016 5:00:21 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/13/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In reacting to terrorism, Obama cannot bring himself to say the words ‘radical Islam.’ There are many threads to the horror in Orlando. Most disturbing is the serial inability of the Obama administration — in this case as after the attacks at Fort Hood and in Boston and San Bernardino — even to name the culprits as radical Islamists. Major Hasan shouts “Allahu akbar!” and Omar Mateen calls 911 in mediis interfectis to boast of his ISIS affiliation — and yet the administration can still not utter the name of the catalyst of their attacks: radical Islam. It is hard...
  • America is history's exception

    06/08/2016 7:50:08 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Victor Davis Hanson | Victor Davis Hanson
    The history of nations is mostly characterized by ethnic and racial uniformity, not diversity. Most national boundaries reflected linguistic, religious and ethnic homogeneity. Until the late 20th century, diversity was considered a liability, not a strength.
  • Class, Trump, and the Election

    05/31/2016 10:48:03 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 27 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 5/31/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>If the ‘high IQs’ of the establishment have let America down, where is a voter to turn?</p> <p>Donald Trump seems to have offended almost every possible identity group. But the New York billionaire still also seems to appeal to the working classes (in part no doubt precisely because he has offended so many special-interest factions; in part because he was seen in the primaries as an outsider using his own money; in part because he seems a crude man of action who dislikes most of those of whom Middle America is tired). At this point, his best hope in November, to the extent such a hope exists, rests on turning 2016 into a referendum on class and a collective national interest that transcends race and gender — and on emphasizing the sad fact that America works now mostly for an elite, best epitomized by Clinton, Inc.</p>
  • The lessons of Pearl Harbor 75 years later

    05/26/2016 4:33:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    This year marks the 75th anniversary of the December 7, 1941, Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that killed more than 2,400 Americans. President Obama is visiting Hiroshima this week, the site of the August 6, 1945, dropping of the atomic bomb that helped end World War II in the Pacific Theater. But strangely, he has so far announced no plans to visit Pearl Harbor on the anniversary of the attack. The president, who spent much of his childhood in Hawaii, should -- given that many Americans have forgotten why the Japanese attacked the United States and why they falsely...
  • Hillary’s Sputtering Campaign: Facing Trump, she is weighted down by tons of baggage

    05/24/2016 2:40:28 PM PDT · by billorites · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | May 24, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>This year was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s “turn,” after her humiliating loss in 2008 to Barack Obama. She has paid her dues as secretary of state for Obama. And the apparent Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, is written off by most pundits as a buffoon without a chance in the general election. Yet, Clinton’s campaign continues to be dismal, and is getting worse — to the point where the socialist Bernie Sanders polls better against Trump than does Hillary Clinton. How can that be? At least eight reasons come to mind — several of them relating to Clinton’s innate character flaws and past scandals.</p>
  • Hillary's Sputtering Campaign

    05/24/2016 8:25:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/24/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Facing a free-wheeling Trump, she is weighted down by tons of baggage. This year was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s “turn,” after her humiliating loss in 2008 to Barack Obama. She has paid her dues as secretary of state for Obama. And the apparent Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, is written off by most pundits as a buffoon without a chance in the general election. Yet, Clinton’s campaign continues to be dismal, and is getting worse — to the point where the socialist Bernie Sanders polls better against Trump than does Hillary Clinton. How can that be? At least...
  • The Pajama Boy White House

    05/23/2016 4:51:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | May 17, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    During the showdown over Obamacare, the pro-Obama PAC Organizing for Action put out an ad now known as “Pajama Boy.” It showcased a young fellow in thick retro-rimmed glasses, wearing black-and-red plaid children’s-style pajamas, and sipping from a mug, with a sort of all-knowing expression on his face. The text urged: “Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance. #GetTalking.” Most men in Dayton or Huntsville do not lounge around in the morning in their pajamas, with or without built-in footpads, drinking hot chocolate and scanning health-insurance policies. That our elites either think they do, or think the...
  • The Pajama Boy White House

    05/17/2016 5:11:43 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/17/2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Meet the 30-somethings who are running our federal government. “Cleverness is not wisdom.” — Euripides, Bacchae What exactly has birthed the Pajama Boy aristocracy — our overclass of pretentious, inexperienced, and smug 30-something masters of the universe? Prolonged adolescence? Affluence? The disappearance of physical chores and muscular labor? The collapse of traditional liberal education and the triumph of the therapeutic mindset? Disdain for or ignorance of life outside the Boston–New York–Washington corridor? Political correctness as a sort of careerist indemnity that allows one to live a sheltered and apartheid existence? The shift in collective values and status from production, agriculture,...
  • Lack of American Commitment Makes This a Dangerous Time

    05/19/2016 5:03:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In 1939, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French Prime Minister Edouard Daladier warned Adolf Hitler that if the Third Reich invaded Poland, a European war would follow. Both leaders insisted that they meant it. But Hitler thought that after getting away with militarizing the Rhineland, annexing Austria and dismantling Czechoslovakia, the Allied appeasers were once again just bluffing. England and France declared war two days after Hitler entered Poland. Once hard-won deterrence is lost, it is almost impossible to restore credibility without terrible costs and danger. Last week, Russian officials warned the Obama administration about the installation of a...
  • Meet the 30-somethings who are running our federal government.

    05/17/2016 9:17:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/17/16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What exactly has birthed the Pajama Boy aristocracy — our overclass of pretentious, inexperienced, and smug 30-something masters of the universe? Prolonged adolescence? Affluence? The disappearance of physical chores and muscular labor? The collapse of traditional liberal education and the triumph of the therapeutic mindset? Disdain for or ignorance of life outside the Boston–New York–Washington corridor? Political correctness as a sort of careerist indemnity that allows one to live a sheltered and apartheid existence? The shift in collective values and status from production, agriculture, and manufacturing to government, law, finance, and media? The reinvention of the university as a social-awareness...
  • Obama's Gift of Immunity to Trump

    05/09/2016 9:40:39 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9 May 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    It is now old wisdom that Barack Obama created Trump—as in the idea of a national pushback to Obama’s out-of-the-mainstream agendas and the unconstitutional way in which he pursued them. Forgotten is the insulation that Obama has also provided for the excesses of Trump as a candidate and, especially, if he were to be president. Last week, in sober and judicious tones Obama all but warned Americans that they cannot seriously support Trump, who, he implied, is little more than a reality-TV conman. But such admonitions come from a president whose chief foreign policy advisor, a failed fiction writer and...
  • A Nation of Laws—Sort Of

    05/06/2016 4:36:56 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-3-2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Any fair reading of State Department and general federal government laws regarding the use of classified information by federal employees makes it is clear that Hillary Clinton violated the law—both by improperly setting up her own private server, and then by sending information through it that was classified. And it is evident that Clinton went to such extraordinary lengths in order to mask her communications and shield them from the sort of Freedom of Information Act suits that now are plaguing her—and that she arbitrarily decided which of her private server emails were public and which private, and then simply...
  • Trump: Something New under the Political Sun

    05/03/2016 3:31:54 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 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...