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  • VDH: The Origins of Progressive Agony (This is really good)

    10/16/2018 8:21:56 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Pre-election, a smug Hillary Clinton pontificated that Trump had to grow up and accept the impending verdict of the voters that would shortly demolish his candidacy and humiliate his person. She would add insult to Trump’s injury by sweeping Georgia and Arizona and by a landslide that would reinvigorate the Obama dream. *snip* Hillary’s defeat caused unimaginable shock. It almost immediately prompted a collective psychological meltdown. The tragedy was not just that an inept Clinton had squandered the gifts of a $1 billion war chest, the deep-state collusion of the Obama administration, and a completely captive and obsequious media. But...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Who and What Threaten the Constitution?

    10/15/2018 4:58:28 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    RCP/AmGreatness ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Donald Trump on occasion can talk recklessly. He is certainly trying to “fundamentally transform” the United States in exactly the opposite direction from which Barack Obama promised to do the same sort of massive recalibration. According to polls (such as they are), half the country fears Trump. The media despises him. Yet Trump poses no threat to the U.S. Constitution. Those who since 2016 have tried to destroy his candidacy and then his presidency most certainly do. When, and if, we ever lose our freedoms, it will not likely be due to a boisterous Donald Trump, damning “fake news” at...
  • Is the United States on the verge of civil war?

    09/30/2018 10:57:22 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 219 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | Sep. 29, 2018 | victor davis hanson
    Americans keep dividing into two hostile camps. It seems the country is back to 1860 on the eve of the Civil War, rather than in 2018, during the greatest age of affluence, leisure and freedom in the history of civilization. The ancient historian Thucydides called the civil discord that tore apart the fifth century B.C. Greek city-states “stasis.” He saw stasis as a bitter civil war between the revolutionary masses and the traditionalist middle and upper classes. Something like that ancient divide is now infecting every aspect of American life. Americans increasingly are either proud of past U.S. traditions, ongoing...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's Story Has "Collapsed" [Too Many Narratives]

    10/05/2018 6:52:18 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    RCP ^ | Ian Schwartz
    Author and conservative writer Victor Davis Hanson appeared on Laura Ingraham's FOX News show on Wednesday to weigh in on the Kavanaugh saga and explain how the story of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, is falling apart. *snip* Hanson responded to those who say Ford is incredibly believable: VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Coming into where we are today, she wasn't able to locate the supposed assault or the time or the date and she had the early 80s, the mid-80s, the late 80s, she was a young teenager, a little bit older. But...
  • Campus Chaos Has Come to Congress

    10/04/2018 7:14:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | October 4, 2018 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    The Senate adopted the modern university’s doctrine of self-censorship, no-go zones, and safe spaces The polarizing atmosphere of the university has now spread to Congress. During the recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, we witnessed how college values have become the norms of the Senate. On campus, constitutional due process vanishes when accusations of sexual harassment arise. America saw that when false charges were lodged against the Duke University lacrosse players and during Rolling Stone magazine’s concocted smear of a University of Virginia fraternity. Americans may disagree about the relative credibility of either Kavanaugh or his accuser,...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Polarizing Atmosphere of the University Has Now Spread to Congress

    10/04/2018 6:12:52 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    RCP ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    During the recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, we witnessed how college values have become the norms of the Senate. On campus, constitutional due process vanishes when accusations of sexual harassment arise. America saw that when false charges were lodged against the Duke University lacrosse players and during Rolling Stone magazine's concocted smear of a University of Virginia fraternity. Americans may disagree about the relative credibility of either Kavanaugh or his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. But they all witnessed how the asymmetry of the campus governed the hearings. Ford's veracity hinged on empathy and perceived believability. There...
  • Epitaph for a Dying Culture

    10/01/2018 5:59:50 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 50 replies
    RUTHFULLY YOURS ^ | 1 Oct. 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    So, here we were to be left with a new legal and cultural standard in adjudicating future disagreements and disputes, an utterly anti-Western standard quite befitting for our new relativist age: The veracity of accusations will hinge on the particular identity, emotions, and ideology of the accuser; Evidence, or lack of it, will be tangential, given the supposed unimpeachable motives of the ideologically correct accuser; The burden of proof and evidence will rest with the accused to disprove the preordained assumption of guilt; Hearsay will be a valuable narrative and constitute legitimate evidence; Truth is not universal, but individualized. Ford’s...
  • We Are Living Nineteen Eighty-Four

    09/25/2018 2:11:56 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 26 replies
    NRO ^ | 25 Sep 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Truth, due process, evidence, rights of the accused: All are swept aside in pursuit of the progressive agenda. George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is no longer fiction. We are living it right now. Google techies planned to massage Internet searches to emphasize correct thinking. A member of the so-called deep state, in an anonymous op-ed, brags that its “resistance” is undermining an elected president. The FBI, CIA, DOJ, and NSC were all weaponized in 2016 to ensure that the proper president would be elected — the choice adjudicated by properly progressive ideology. Wearing a wire is now redefined...
  • VDH: Obama Won

    09/25/2018 3:35:12 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 20 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 9-23-2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. —Barack Obama, October 30, 2008 (snip) The agenda of balkanizing America into tribes, and white/nonwhite binaries, and galvanizing the rich and poor against the middle class was Obama’s only real legacy. But it is a legacy that nonetheless fundamentally transformed America.
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Are we on the verge of civil war?

    09/20/2018 4:00:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 237 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Americans keep dividing into two hostile camps. It seems the country is back to 1860 on the eve of the Civil War, rather than in 2018, during the greatest age of affluence, leisure and freedom in the history of civilization. The ancient historian Thucydides called the civil discord that tore apart the fifth-century B.C. Greek city-states “stasis.” He saw stasis as a bitter civil war between the revolutionary masses and the traditionalist middle and upper classes. Something like that ancient divide is now infecting every aspect of American life. Americans increasingly are either proud of past U.S. traditions, ongoing reform...
  • The Descent into Progressive Madness

    09/19/2018 1:44:16 PM PDT · by Twotone · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | September 18, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The progressive street is leading fossilized Democrats into a sort of collective madness. The dinosaurs of the party desperately seek relevance by sounding crazier than the new unhinged base that disrupts Senate hearings, loudly pronounces a new socialist future, and envisions octogenarian Maxine Waters as more the future of the party than is septuagenarian Nancy Pelosi. The spectacle is right out of Euripides’s Bacchae, as the creaky old guard of the polis, Tiresias and Cadmus, dress up in trendy, ridiculous ritual costumes to stumble along after the racing and frenzied young maenads in their lethal courtship of suicidal Dionysian madness....
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Circus of Resistance

    09/10/2018 10:34:58 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    AmericanGreatness/RCP ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    The resistance to Donald Trump was warring on all fronts last week. Democratic senators vied with pop-up protestors in the U.S. Senate gallery to disrupt and, if possible, to derail the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. U.S. SenatorCory Booker (D-N.J.) played Spartacus, but could not even get the script right as he claimed to be bravely releasing classified information that was already declassified. I cannot remember another example of a senator who wanted to break the law but could not figure out how to do it. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Harvard Law Professor who still insists she...
  • The Truth Will Set Us All Free

    08/30/2018 10:47:58 AM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/30/2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was star-crossed from the start. His friend and successor as FBI director, James Comey, by his own admission prompted the investigation -- with the deliberate leaking of classified memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump to the press.</p>
  • Trump, in his crude way, is supporting people's right to a voice

    08/23/2018 12:59:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Herald and News ^ | August 23, 2018 | Ben Boychuk, for the Sacramento Bee
    Donald Trump was serious when he campaigned on stricter enforcement of immigration laws. With “zero-tolerance” for illegal border crossers, a travel moratorium from certain countries and stricter limits on the number of legal immigrants, the president has kept his promise (short of building the wall) to reduce the number of newcomers to the United States. Even people who disagree with Trump’s approach on immigration — or think they disagree — should support him. Because it’s not about what might be the best immigration policy but rather who gets to make it. The president, in his crude way, is simply standing...
  • The Reexamination of Security Clearances Was Long Overdue

    08/22/2018 11:52:41 AM PDT · by yoe · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | August 21, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Much has been written about former CIA and FBI official Philip Mudd’s recent unhinged outburst on CNN against Paris Dennard for the latter’s credible suggestion that many ex-officials have monetized the fact that they have retained their security clearances.[snip] In August 2017, Mudd warned a stunned Jake Tapper on CNN that “the government is going to kill this guy [President Trump].”[snip]Mudd further preened about his assassination allusions as “a former government official”: “What I’m saying is government — people talk about the deep state — when you disrespect government officials who’ve done 30 years, they’re going to say, ‘Really?’”[snip]Mudd seems...
  • From One Psychodrama to Another

    08/21/2018 12:02:20 PM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    American Greatness ^ | August 20th, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Michael Wolff and his media-hyped blockbuster—that supposedly game-changing landmark of a book Fire and Fury—are now ancient history. Fading similarly is Karen McDougal, Playboy‘s 1998 Playmate of the Year, and her National Enquirer grifter lawsuit that was also supposed to destroy the Trump presidency.
  • How to Fix the Intelligence Community

    08/19/2018 11:54:38 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 12, 2018 | By Michael Ledeen
    Victor Davis Hanson, as he so often does, gives us an excellent and concise bird’s-eye view of where we stand with the intelligence community: [T]hose who are warning of Russian collusion efforts to warp an election now work for agencies that in the recent past were doing precisely what they now rightly accuse the Russians of doing. The damage that Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and others have done to the reputations of the agencies they ran will live on well after their tenures are over. For once, I think he underestimates the duration and intensity of the rottenness. It isn’t just...
  • The Double Standards Of Postmodern Justice

    08/16/2018 3:39:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The New York Times recently hired as a writer and board member Sarah Jeong. The Times knew that in recent years Jeong had posted a series of unapologetically racist anti-white tweets. She had offered wisdom such as #CancelWhitePeople" and expressed hatred for males. Yet when the Times discovered less graphic versions of such tweets from newly hired technology writer Quinn Norton earlier this year, the newspaper immediately fired Norton. The message of disparate treatment was that what bothers the New York Times is not racism per se, but who is the racist and who are her targets. Over at The...
  • The Elites’ War on the Deplorables

    08/11/2018 8:45:33 AM PDT · by yoe · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 5, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ecently, Politico reporter Marc Caputo was angered at rude hecklers at a Trump rally who booed beleaguered CNN correspondent Jim Acosta. So Caputo tweeted of them, “If you put everyone’s mouths together in this video, you’d get a full set of teeth.”[snip] Again, demonizing the Trump voter as beyond cultural redemption is nothing new. During the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton infamously dismissed Trump supporters as “deplorables” who were “irredeemable” and were “not America.” After her defeat, Clinton proved her early smears were no accident. Speaking in India, she again slurred Trump supporters as being racist, sexist, and xenophobic for their...
  • The Ancient War Between The Press And The President

    08/09/2018 11:42:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The media are furious that President Trump serially decries "fake news." He often rants that journalists who traffic in it are "enemies of the people." Reporters have compared Trump to mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler because of his dislike of the press. Trump may be crude to reporters, but journalists are also not so innocent. They have brought much of the present calumny upon themselves in a variety of ways. The media seem to have little concern that their coverage is biased even though polls show that the vast majority of Americans believe the media intentionally reports fake...