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Lots of good comments (as always) after the essay at the pajamasmedia website.

Hanson is using "we" to generalize attitudes of the country that elected Obama and the Western world that was cheering for it. Please, Freepers, everybody knows that "we" as freepers are ahead of the curve.
1 posted on 02/08/2010 6:53:14 AM PST by Tolik
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Victor Davis Hanson:

Just a partial list: http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index:

America Rides Off into the Sunset. The only people excited about the “change” in America's foreign policy are the world’s bad actors
Mr. President, Words Matter. Obama, the rhetorician, forgot that people might actually take seriously what he said
Our Obama Saga [Victor Davis Hanson dissects Obama, painfully, again]
The Obamarang. [Victor Davis Hanson dissects, deconstructs, ridicules and demolishes Zero’s lies]
Trashing the Job Makers. The Obama administration’s tax-talking frenzy has left business owners feeling uncertain
The Usual Straw Men. Obama’s half-hearted pivoting was quite transparent
As Predictable as Clockwork — the Obama three-step [Victor Davis Hanson continues to ridicule Zero]
Obama versus Obama (More classic VDH slapdown of the ONE)
Obama in Free Fall
Obama And Campaign Financing (Victor Davis Hanson On Obama's Hypocrisy Alert)
Post-election Thoughts (Liberals do not understand populist outrage. Bloodletting will Continue)
Our Philosopher-King Obama. He doesn’t mind pushing noble legislation that most people oppose
Why The Great And Growing Backlash? What Scott Brown’s election portends for the Obama agenda
"Let me be perfectly NOT clear" & "Make lots of MISTAKES about it" [Victor Davis Hanson on Obama's lies]
Our Sorta, Kinda War on Terror - President Obama has not signed up for a serious effort against radical Islam
Truths We Dare Not Speak. Five propositions that simply have become taboo
When Conservative Felonies Become Liberal Misdemeanors
2010: Our Year of Decision
Beating the Dead Terrorist Horse. September 11 taught us many lessons. To our peril, we have forgotten them
Bush Did It! And, Really, Bush Did It! And Bush Really Did It!
A Humpty-Dumpty View of the World
2009 Chickens and Their 2010 Roost
Where Did These Guys Come From? The Origins of Obamism
The War Against the Wannabe Rich. Why attack the productive classes who want to be rich?
The Long March From California to Copenhagen [Hanson on debate between capitalism and socialism]
The Palin Wonder
Why Are We Tiring of Obama?
Change, Weakness, Disaster, Obama: Answers from Victor Davis Hanson
If Iran Refuses To Cooperate, Block Its Ports
Resetting the Reset Button [Victor Davis Hanson dissects 0's pathetic diplomacy]
Riding the Back of the Tiger [Victor Davis Hanson on Obama not understanding What Causes Wars...]
What Bush Inherited, and What He Left Left Behind
Who Are ‘They’? To Obama, “they” are responsible for all our troubles. Problem is, “they” are most of us
Afghan Mythologies. We have everything we need to defeat the Taliban.
The Discreet Charm of the Left-wing Plutocracy
Truman and the Principles of U.S. Foreign Policy. Jimmy Carter rejected the postwar consensus. President Obama appears to be following a similar path
Dr. Barack and Mr. Obama - The backlash is sharp as voters learn that Obama is not the man they thought he was
Obama and "Redistributive Change". His real agenda
The War Against the Producers
President Palin’s First 100 Days. Imagine if Sarah Palin had Obama’s record
Thoughts About Depressed Americans
Our Battered American [gets angrier - Must Read Rant]
Just a partial list. Much more at the link:  http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index
2 posted on 02/08/2010 6:53:43 AM PST by Tolik
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  Ping !

Let me know if you want in or out.

Links:   

FR Index of his articles:  http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index
NRO archive: http://author.nationalreview.com/?q=MjI1MQ==
Pajamasmedia:  http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/
His website: http://victorhanson.com/

3 posted on 02/08/2010 6:54:52 AM PST by Tolik
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To: SunkenCiv

PING


4 posted on 02/08/2010 7:06:32 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik
Excellent article.

Our entire society is propped up on lies. It's easy to see that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme which is doomed to eventual failure, but the fact is that almost everything about our society is just as tenuous. I just don't see how we avoid a huge crash and a transformation of values. Virtually everything we believe, is false. We have built our house on sand.

Hopefully when the rebuilding comes, there will be more appreciation for the Truth in the Bible. Let us build on rock next time.

6 posted on 02/08/2010 7:36:15 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (I was born in America, but now I live in Declinistan.)
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To: Tolik
“Please, Freepers, everybody knows that “we” as freepers are ahead of the curve.”

Our CULTURE AND OUR GOVERNING AND FUNCTIONAL INSTITUTIONS are now corrupt and delusional. That is US whether we like it or not.

7 posted on 02/08/2010 7:41:06 AM PST by TalBlack
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To: Tolik
I hate euphemisms.

If present trends continue, Californians will become Oakies.

8 posted on 02/08/2010 8:03:58 AM PST by Savage Beast (The Left promises the moon. It delivers Detroit--and North Korea.)
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To: Tolik
"sort of like the old demonstrations against Prop. 13 when protestors used to wave the flag of the country they did not wish to return to and trample the flag of the country they so eagerly wished to remain in."

Excellent article. I suspect that VDH meant to refer to Prop. 187 though. I don't remember these kinds of demonstration over the Property Tax issue.

9 posted on 02/08/2010 8:08:22 AM PST by VR-21 (Bring me my broadsword, and clear understanding. Bring me my cross of gold as a talisman.)
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Thanks Tolik.
5. What is going on with the rise of a leftist aristocracy? Al Gore become a multimillionaire railing about reducing our lifestyle in accord with the pseudoscience of his climate-change gurus? John Edwards built a mansion to better voice his sermons on "two nations"? From his estates, John Kerry limoed and jetted in Kennedy-fashion to warn us about a cruel jobless vision of George Bush's America?

A zillionaire Gates family, that has ensured there will be no federal inheritance taxes on their $50 billion, lectures on the benefits of higher inheritance taxes; a speculating Soros expounds on capitalism's sins; a billionaire, tax-savvy Buffet laments the too-low federal income tax; a multimillionaire, low-ratings Katie Couric bristles at Palinism as her network lays off hoi polloi. And on and on.

Yet rarely is voiced the common denominator. High Liberalism is now a psychological manifestation, by which the very rich, immune to both the realities of tough living and the hurt of high taxes, finds solace, self-worth, penance even, by sympathy for big government entitlement for the less fortunate whom they connive hourly to avoid. Prep schools are jammed with the children of those who damn charter schools and vouchers; environmentalism's most articulate advocates of small is better live in ways undreamed by the masses they wish to rein in. The greatest advocates of public expenditure, whether a Rangel, Geithner, or Daschle, are quite busy ensuring that they themselves will not have to pay for it all.

12 posted on 02/08/2010 8:50:34 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: Tolik

“High Liberalism is now a psychological manifestation, by which the very rich, immune to both the realities of tough living and the hurt of high taxes, finds solace, self-worth, penance even, by sympathy for big government entitlement for the less fortunate whom they connive hourly to avoid.”

The flip side of this is why are people not up in arms about the liberal rich? Hate the rich but don’t hate any movie stars, movie directors, musicians, sports stars, etc., who are all millionaires many times over. We can’t hate Brad Pitt or Angela Jolie. The public are told who amongst the rich to hate: Republicans. The public can go f*ck themselves, if they haven’t already.


13 posted on 02/08/2010 9:03:58 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Tolik
[High Liberalism is now a psychological manifestation, by which the very rich, ]
 
 
"The result? The result you can see -- most of the people who graduated in the 60's, dropouts or half-baked intellectuals, are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, and educational systems. You are stuck with them. You can't get rid of to them. They are contaminated. They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern [alluding to Pavlov]. You can not change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information. Even if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still can not change the basic perception and the logic of behavior. In other words [for] these people the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible."
--KGB Defector Yuri Bezmenov, circa 1984
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2095202/posts

15 posted on 02/08/2010 9:42:55 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Tolik

18 posted on 02/08/2010 10:48:11 AM PST by RobFromGa (The FairTax is to tax policy as Global Warming is to science.)
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19 posted on 02/08/2010 3:46:35 PM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: Tolik

It's because totalitarian socialism is a conspiracy and method of and by
the Illuminati to control, impoverish, dumb down, bankrupt, and enslave the masses.
Obama is the puppet of the secret societies who want to impose this agenda.
For some strange reason they like the yahoos like Edwards, Clinton, and Gore
as their front men and mouthpieces. Probably because they are too stupid
to understand the more sinister occult and gnostic aspects of this agenda.
Or too immoral, vainglorious, and power-hungry to care.

"Most of us believe socialism is what the socialists want us to believe it is - a share-the-wealth program. That is the theory. But is that how it works?... If one understands that socialism is not a share-the-wealth program, but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of super-rich men promoting socialism becomes no paradox at all. Instead it becomes the logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs. Communism, or more accurately, socialism, is not a movement of the downtrodden masses, but of the economic elite." - Gary Allen, None Dare Call It Conspiracy


20 posted on 02/08/2010 4:47:44 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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wow!


21 posted on 02/08/2010 7:12:04 PM PST by bitt (One if by land, Two if by sea. Three if by CRIMINALS from Washington, D.C)
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To: Tolik
I never thought that Hanson would ever criticise illegal aliens. Of course, he's right, but in his high visibility position he is painting a target on himself, both physically and politically.

But I suppose reason must eventually override the instinct to go with the familiar, to go along to get along.

23 posted on 02/08/2010 7:55:05 PM PST by Publius6961 (He is not America; he is an employee seemingly unable to rise to minimal expectations.)
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To: Tolik

VDH *bump*.

I like this notion of High Liberalism.


25 posted on 02/09/2010 3:39:04 AM PST by Yardstick
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