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2013: Welcome to Very, Very Scary Times ... Victor Davis Hanson
PJ Media ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 01/02/2013 6:03:54 AM PST by Rummyfan

On the One Hand…

These should not be foreboding years. The U.S. is in the midst of a veritable energy revolution. There is a godsend of new gas and oil discoveries that will help to curtail our fiscal and foreign policy vulnerabilities — an energy bonanza despite, not because of, the present administration.

Demographically, our rivals — the EU, China, Russia, and Japan — are both shrinking and aging at rates far in excess of our own.

In terms of farming, the United States is exporting more produce than ever before at record prices. Americans eat the safest and cheapest food on the planet.

As far as high-tech gadgetry, the global companies that have most changed the world in recent years — Amazon’s online buying, Google search engines, Apple iPhones, iPads, and Mac laptops — are mostly American. There is a reason why Mexican nationals are not crossing their border into Guatemala — and it is not because they prefer English speakers to Spanish speakers.

Militarily, the United States is light years ahead of its rivals. And so on…

(Excerpt) Read more at pjmedia.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2013; communism; poverty; socialism; spreadthewealth; vdh; victordavishanson

1 posted on 01/02/2013 6:03:58 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

Read the whole thing. It’s chilling.


2 posted on 01/02/2013 6:06:10 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

It always cracks me up when I get to see a VDH post. He’s way ahead of the curve and I believe I was suspended for a time when I first joined FR for using him as a source. The times, they are a changin’.


3 posted on 01/02/2013 6:07:51 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: freeangel

That’s not what your log shows. You were suspended for posting from a source that is not welcome here.


4 posted on 01/02/2013 6:12:43 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Rummyfan

Thanks for posting.

While reading, a thought struck me. (I immediately hit it back and wrestled it into submission.)

An old saw is that, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

Seems to me in our present fix this should be updated to, “The perfect is the most deadly enemy of the good.”

America today provides objectively greater prosperity and freedom to a larger part of its population than any nation before.

It is admittedly not perfect. Therefore it must be fundamentally changed in the ways VDH describes to make it more perfect. Since perfection can never be achieved by humans, the fundamental changes must continue forever. The likely, indeed certain, result is that such changes will eventually result in the collapse of the system that was pretty darn good, and its replacement by a system with greatly reduced prosperity and freedom.


5 posted on 01/02/2013 6:15:14 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Rummyfan

VDH was on John Batchelor the Friday after the election and he speculated that due to the “second term” curse, Obama might not make it to 2017 in office. He thought that some sort scandal would force him from office.


6 posted on 01/02/2013 6:36:00 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Rummyfan

IMHO, the Left now believes (thanks to their sycophants and allies in Silicon Valley) that modern computer technology will now allow them to centrally manage an economy (a task that has never been successfully done before).


7 posted on 01/02/2013 6:37:34 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sherman Logan

It is the inevitable result of man becoming his own god....after ignoring the wisdom of our Creator.


8 posted on 01/02/2013 6:37:49 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Rummyfan

VDH nails it. I would simply point out that those in power care not a fig as to whether communism “works”. I presume that they are smart enough to know that it does not. For them all that matters is power, the pursuit of same and the exercise of same.

For the useful idiots on the sidelines cheering them on - they have been manipulated by the media to think that “sticking it to the man” is going to benefit them in the long run. They are sadly mistaken.


9 posted on 01/02/2013 6:37:58 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Perdogg

I believe there HAVE been scandals....and all are ignored or covered up. I do not think that any “scandal” will force this man from office.


10 posted on 01/02/2013 6:40:04 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Rummyfan

It’s pretty scary — depending on how seriously you take the public musings of koo-koo leftist law professors.


11 posted on 01/02/2013 6:40:51 AM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Rummyfan

“..drag Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi from a truck..If an idiot were to write that trash..”

How is it trash?


13 posted on 01/02/2013 6:52:25 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SumProVita

As for scandals, all the ones we know, and all the ones we’ve seen blithely papered over and ignored since 2007 -—once more and more people get hurt in ways new and unprecedented,
once they finally HAVE to acknowledge that this Obama Experiment DID NOT WORK FOR THEM, only then will the original scandals, AND THEN SOME, get reawakened, and finally get seen in a new light. It won’t be theoretical any more. The essemtial thing is to keep the pressure up, and I’ve FINALLY been hearing this new ethos or playing hardball as hard as the Dems play it in the past week!!


14 posted on 01/02/2013 7:20:49 AM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: Rummyfan

It IS quite chilling. When even VDH sees this in our future, it is indeed frightening what might lie ahead.


15 posted on 01/02/2013 7:26:49 AM PST by Girlene
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To: Rummyfan
Communism inevitably leads to a slaughter house for those opposing it and misery for everybody else except those at the top.

That is where we are headed.

That is quite a "trade" for a once prosperous and free Constitutional Republic that was the envy of the world.

16 posted on 01/02/2013 7:44:38 AM PST by Gritty (This election represents the last exit ramp before the death spiral - Mark Steyn)
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To: SumProVita

That is the absolute truth. He could do nothing worse than what he’s done.


17 posted on 01/02/2013 7:51:13 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Rummyfan
Obama_muslim-1-1

18 posted on 01/02/2013 7:58:52 AM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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To: Rummyfan

khmer rouge eyeglasses reference. nice hit by VDH.


19 posted on 01/02/2013 9:13:40 AM PST by lucid discourse (got an uncontrollable urge. I got to scream and shout it.)
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To: SumProVita
I believe there HAVE been scandals....and all are ignored or covered up. I do not think that any “scandal” will force this man from office.

The only scandal that could damage Obama among his constituency is incontrovertible proof he has been having conventional heterosexual relations with his wife.

If there was photographic evidence of Obama humping a goat while holding a bloody wriggling human fetus in a set of forceps, he could have it made into a Christmas card sent to every liberal pundit, journalist and politician. He would be hailed as a socialist savior removing the oppressive stigmas and prejudices conservative barbarians exert against goat-humping abortionists everywhere.

20 posted on 01/02/2013 9:30:49 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: demshateGod

“..drag Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi from a truck..If an idiot were to write that trash..”

How is it trash?

The trash is behind the truck in this instance...I get what you mean, but for clarity here is the whole quote from the article:
Note the new ease with which the liberal mind calls for trashing the Constitution, outlawing those whom they don’t like (reminiscent of “punish our enemies”?), and killing those politicians with whom they don’t agree (we are back to Bush Derangement Syndrome, when novels, movies, and op-eds dreamed of the president’s assassination.)

What would be the Register’s reaction should a conservative opponent of abortion dare write, "Repeal the First Amendment; ban Planned Parenthood as a terrorist organization; and drag Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi from a truck"? If an idiot were to write that trash, I doubt the Washington Times or Wall Street Journal would print such sick calls for overturning the Constitution and committing violence against public officials.

VDH had just quoted from the desmoinesregister.com which is a gannett company which can only be linked here.

Quite a revealing article, too bad it can't be poster here as a thread. OK it can be, but with only a title and link. Grrrrrr Gannett's loss.

Disclaimer: Mods, adding more of the article in this reply doesn't exceed the excerpt limit when added to the text in the header)

21 posted on 01/02/2013 10:16:45 AM PST by Syncro ("So?" - Andrew Breitbart (The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
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To: Rummyfan

There is rarely worry expressed that a profligate nation that borrows from others abroad and those not born has no moral compass.

It should be obvious when that same nation is killing
the unborn that it would borrow from by the millions.


22 posted on 01/02/2013 10:29:11 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Rummyfan

There are a lot of great comments as well.


23 posted on 01/02/2013 1:00:32 PM PST by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: Rummyfan

An American CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR explains how we will be better off and more free when we are free FROM the Constitution. Wow.


24 posted on 01/02/2013 1:50:41 PM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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