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Posted on 09/24/2004 6:21:27 AM PDT by sola_fide
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Another great piece by Victor Davis Hanson.
This is playing out like a Geek tragedy.....(sic).....
Hope 'ol Danny-boy tips the guy dropping the 'slicer'.
For a small pittance... they used to resharpen the blade to ensure a clean cut.
When dealing with sooo many customers, the blade... alas... loses its edge and the process becomes redundant.
As old a story as the garden of eden and all greek drama...UBRIS...THE FALL:
If we wonder why CBS is in trouble, why no one trusts the universities or the U.N., or why the Democrats may soon lose the Senate, the House, the presidency, and the Supreme Court, the answer has a lot to do with ...ARROGANCE.
Very well said. Dan.............go now!
Nail this one to the door of every network and to the tail of every reporter and editor. He is simply terrific..BRAVO!
VDH should have his own television show just for the sake of a wider audience. He is terrific.
Its interesting since Victor Davis Hanson is a conservative Democrat. He despises his own party for trashing both its soul and and its best causes in the pursuit of power and naked expediency. No wonder they've long had it coming to them.
The libs are going supernova. They'll end up as a white dwarf glowing inconspicuously in a corner of our consciousness.
PREACH IT BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!
Victor Davis Hanson is right on the mark with this beauty!! This article is a keeper!!!!
Well, that does a pretty good job of 'splaining it. Arrogance and Hypocrisy have been the suicidal weapons of modern Liberalism. Is a Liberal just naturally a spoiled arrogant, hypocritical brat out of which spouts Liberal thought as a matter of course, or is Liberal thought and teaching presented in the public school system without much competition resulting in whole new crops of Liberals who didn't use their brain cells to reason things out? Which came first, the Liberal chicken or the Liberal egg? Is Liberalism merely a personality disorder that has been allowed to seek its level like water?
I always seem to miss him when he is on TV. I'm with you, if he had a show, I would be sure to watch. I first "discovered" him after 9/11. The articles he wrote for NRO then were just outstanding. His grasp of history and ability to put current events in historical context are unsurpassed.
I do get the impression that he is a bit of what I call an "agrarian utopist." While I don't share this view, he does make some valid points.
He is big on the agrarian thing, but I can live with that since his allegiance to the traditions of freedom and the eminence of truth are solid. I first found him with his book on 'The Western Way of War' (heavily into the relationships of culture, war and agriculture) but, like you, rediscovered him after 9/11. Maybe the best thing I like is his clarity and the ability to put context into the grasp of every reader. No intellectual BS - just the facts with balance. A good read every time.
Everyone who quotes
the Protector would do well
to remember what
happened when he died.
(And the extremes he went to
to "protect" England
while he was alive.
It's not at all clear he was
really a good guy . . .)
This is a great question and one that could be debated endlessly since it is, in effect, the age-old question of "nature vs. nurture".
If forced to choose, I'd say the latter is the cause, and the former is merely the dreadful result. Being a spoiled hypocrite strikes me as being more of a learned behavior as opposed to an inherent part of one's nature. When you have teachers that are on a constant vigil against having someone's baby dumpling's precious self-esteem shaken in even the slightest way and the teacher dare not tell them them they're wrong or lacking somehow, I'm amazed that the result could be anything else.
Surely the lack of competing ideas and an insistance on "political correctness" leads, ironically, to a kind of cookie-cutter conformity which seems to be the antithesis of the liberal notion of "individuality". (I can't help thinking about the young tattooed and pierced person who did it as a form of self-expression, and ends up looking like all of his or her tattooed and pierced peers who did it for the same reason, and it all makes me chuckle.)
There are many other things that reinforce the liberal mindset in school, but I don't have the time to get into them...I have to get back to work!
Of course, as we learn more about the structure and function of the brain, perhaps we will learn that liberals and conservatives are indeed born and not made, but I have a gut feeling the odds are against it. Time will tell, I suppose.
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