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  • Are We in Revolutionary Times?

    06/15/2012 7:50:51 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 97 replies
    National Review ^ | 6-15-2012 | Victor Davis Hanson - Commentary
    June 15, 2012 Are We in Revolutionary Times? Victor Davis Hanson Legally, President Obama has reiterated the principle that he can pick and choose which U.S. laws he wishes to enforce (see his decision to reverse the order of the Chrysler creditors, his decision not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, and his administration’s contempt for national-security confidentiality and Senate and House subpoenas to the attorney general). If one individual can decide to exempt nearly a million residents from the law — when he most certainly could not get the law amended or repealed through proper legislative or judicial...
  • The new American Helots

    06/15/2012 4:56:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2012 | David Hanson
    Ancient Sparta turned its conquered neighbors into indentured serfs -- half free, half slave. The resulting Helot underclass produced the food of the Spartan state, freeing Sparta's elite males to train for war and the duties of citizenship. Over the last few decades, we've created our modern version of these Helots -- millions of indebted young Americans with little prospect of finding permanent well-paying work, servicing their enormous college debts or reaping commensurate financial returns on their costly educations. Student-loan debts now average about $25,000 per graduating senior. But the percentage of youths 16 to 24 who are working (about...
  • ‘Austerity’ versus ‘Growth’

    06/12/2012 6:38:16 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/12/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Western governments clothe their irresponsibility in misleading words. Who would not prefer “growth” to “austerity”? That is the false dichotomy that insolvent Western governments, both here and abroad, are now constructing. After all, everyone prefers growing things to starving them. Yet in truth, there is no such clear-cut choice. In other words, “austerity” is a lie. For all the talk of terrible hardship and suffering, most of insolvent southern Europe still enjoys entitlements undreamed of by prior generations. When the French lamented that they were being squeezed to death by postponing retirement, they meant to age 62 rather than 60...
  • VDH: Obama's "Hope And Change" Has Become President's "Us Versus Them"

    06/09/2012 1:23:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 8, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Barack Obama lately has been accusing presumptive rival Mitt Romney of not waging his campaign in the nice (but losing) manner of John McCain in 2008. But a more marked difference can be seen in Obama himself, whose style and record bear no resemblance to his glory days of four years ago. Recently, the president purportedly has been reassuring Democratic donors that his signature achievement, ObamaCare, could be readjusted in the second term — something Republicans have promised to do for the last three years. What an evolution: We have gone from being told we would love Obama-Care, to granting...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The New Obama (What a difference four years make.)

    06/07/2012 5:09:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 7, 2012 12 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Barack Obama lately has been accusing presumptive rival Mitt Romney of not waging his campaign in the nice (but losing) manner of John McCain in 2008. But a more marked difference can be seen in Obama himself, whose style and record bear no resemblance to his glory days of four years ago.</p>
  • Culture Still Matters

    05/31/2012 4:31:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    RUDESHEIM, Germany -- This week I am leading a military history tour on the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam. You can learn a lot about Europe's current economic crises by just ignoring the sophisticated barrage of news analysis and instead watching, listening, and talking to people as you go down river. Switzerland, by modern standards, should be poor. Like Bolivia, it is landlocked. Like Italy, it has no real gas or oil wealth. Like Afghanistan, its northern climate and mountainous terrain limit agricultural productivity to upland plains. And like Turkey, it is not a part of the European...
  • HELP me find a Victor Davis Hanson Article

    06/01/2012 9:15:40 PM PDT · by Crapgame · 17 replies
    Within the past couple of days, there was an article by Victor Davis Hanson on "Why Culture Still Matters" or something to that effect. It was a series of poignant observations about Europe in particular and our own social decay. As usual Hanson pulled no punches. I read it here on FreeRepublic and now I cannot find it. No keyword searches are bringing it up for me and it is not posted on his private papers website. Does anyone else recall the article or know where I can find it?
  • Many Obama's

    05/29/2012 7:13:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/29/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    As the campaign heats up, one problem is that we continue to meet lots of different Barack Obamas — to such a degree that we don’t know which, if any, is really president. I think the president believes that private-equity firms harm the economy and that their CEOs are at best indifferent and sometimes unsympathetic to the struggle of average Americans. I say “I think” because Obama has himself collected millions of dollars from such profit-driven firms, and uses their grandees to raise cash for his reelection. Cynical, hypocritical, or unaware? You decide. I think the president is in favor...
  • The Power of Cool - VDavidH

    05/24/2012 11:47:18 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 11 replies
    nationalreview ^ | 05 23 12
    When Barack Obama two years ago joked at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that potential suitors of his two daughters might have to deal with Predator drones (“But boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: Predator drones. You will never see it coming.”), the liberal crowd roared. That failed macabre joke would have earned George W. Bush a week of headline condemnation from the New York Times and the Washington Post. Obama, in fact, has increased those judge/jury/executioner targeted assassinations tenfold during his tenure. But apparently, the combination of Obama’s postracial “cool” and the video-game nature of such...
  • Victor Davis Hanson on "Cool" Rich Libs

    05/24/2012 12:11:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 24, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Victor Davis Hanson: "The Power of Cool -- When Barack Obama two years ago joked at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that potential suitors of his two daughters might have to deal with Predator drones ('But boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: Predator drones. You will never see it coming.'), the liberal crowd roared." So Obama telling a joke about boys that want to date his daughters, he'll shoot 'em down out of the sky. The liberal crowd roared. "That failed macabre joke would have earned George W. Bush a week of headline condemnation...
  • The Power of Cool

    05/23/2012 5:51:00 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/23/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When Barack Obama two years ago joked at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that potential suitors of his two daughters might have to deal with Predator drones (“But boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: Predator drones. You will never see it coming.”), the liberal crowd roared. That failed macabre joke would have earned George W. Bush a week of headline condemnation from the New York Times and the Washington Post. Obama, in fact, has increased those judge/jury/executioner targeted assassinations tenfold during his tenure. But apparently, the combination of Obama’s postracial “cool” and the video-game nature of such...
  • Let Sleeping Germans Lie

    05/17/2012 3:33:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The newly elected French Socialist president, Francois Hollande, is warning Germany that Mediterranean ideas of "growth," not Germanic "austerity," should be the new European creed. No surprise there -- reckless debtors often blame their own past imprudence on greedy creditors, especially if the latter are supposed to be guilt-ridden over causing two world wars. All over Europe, the gospel is that tight-fisted Germans are at the root of the European Union meltdown: They worked too hard, saved too much, bought too little and borrowed not at all. All that may be true, in theory. But, in fact, faulting thrift...
  • Can California Be Fixed? (Short Answer = NO)

    05/15/2012 8:21:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | May 15, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Recently, I was driving down pot-holed, two-lane, non-freeway 101 near Monterey (unchanged since the 1960s) when the radio blared that on a recent science test administered to public schools, California scored 47th in the nation. As I looked at the congested traffic on the decrepit highway and digested the idea that our public schools are competitive only with Mississippi and Alabama, I wondered — is that what we get for a more than 10 percent income tax, 10 percent state and local sales taxes, and the highest gas taxes in the nation?
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Chameleon Nation

    05/10/2012 5:13:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 10, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Sometimes a trivial embarrassment can become a teachable moment. It was recently revealed that Harvard professor and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren had self-identified as a Native American for nearly a decade — apparently to enhance her academic career by claiming minority status. Warren, a blond multimillionaire, could not substantiate her claim of 1/32 Cherokee heritage. (And would it have reflected any better on her if she could have?) Instead, she fell back on the stereotyped caricature that a relative of hers had “high cheekbones.”Not long ago, University of Colorado academic Ward Churchill was likewise exposed as a fraud...
  • A Vandalized Valley By Victor Davis Hanson

    05/10/2012 1:30:00 AM PDT · by dennisw · 73 replies
    nationalreview ^ | December 21, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it. Last week an ancestral rural school near the Kings River had its large bronze bell stolen. I think it dated from 1911. I have driven by it...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Presidential Narcissism

    05/09/2012 5:56:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 9, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson:
    Former president Bill Clinton just appeared in a reelection television commercial for President Barack Obama. At one point, Clinton weighs in on the potential consequences of Obama’s decision to go ahead with the planned assassination of Osama bin Laden. He smiles and then pontificates, “Suppose the Navy SEALs had gone in there . . . suppose they had been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him [Obama].”There is a lot that is disturbing about Clinton’s commentary — and about the fact that such an embarrassment was not deleted by the Obama campaign. Clinton offers unintended...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: "All Fall Down"

    05/06/2012 5:34:43 PM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 51 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/06/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The temple of postmodern liberalism was rocked these last few weeks, as a number of supporting columns and buttresses simply crashed, leaving the entire edifice wobbling.
  • Secretaries Gone Wild (The Obama cabinet lacks experience and follows its own rules)

    05/03/2012 6:39:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/03/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We’ve had some unusual cabinet secretaries in past administrations –Earl Butz, John Mitchell, and James Watt come to mind — but never anything quite like the present bunch. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has overseen some $5 trillion in new debt. To help pay for it, he wants the rich — the top 1 percent, which already contributes more in income taxes than does the bottom 90 percent — to pay more for what he calls “the privilege of being an American.” Geithner, whose department oversees the IRS, should have taken his own advice: As a rich American one-percenter, he once...
  • Cabinets Gone Wild

    05/03/2012 3:18:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We've had some unusual Cabinet secretaries in past administrations -- Earl Butz, John Mitchell and James Watt come to mind -- but never anything quite like the present bunch. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has overseen some $5 trillion in new debt. To help pay for it, he wants the rich -- the top 1 percent already contributes more in income taxes than does the bottom 90 percent -- to pay more for what he calls "the privilege of being an American." Geithner, whose department oversees the IRS, should have taken his own advice: As a rich American one-percenter, he once...
  • The New Reactionaries

    04/30/2012 9:21:39 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 30 Apr 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Our New Regressivism About fifteen years ago, many liberals began to self-identify as progressives—partly because of the implosion of the Great Society and the Reagan reaction that had tarnished the liberal brand and left it as something akin to “permissive” or “naďve,” partly because “progressive” was supposedly an ideological rather than a political identification, and had included some early twentieth-century Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover. But twenty-first century progressivism is not aimed at political reform. There is no new effort at racial unity. There is not much realization that we are in a globalized, rapidly changing, high-tech economy...
  • The Obama Administration Looks To Be Close To A Breakdown

    04/20/2012 9:58:01 PM PDT · by hope · 53 replies
    IBD ^ | 4/20/12
    Administration meltdowns are hardly novel. In almost every presidency there comes a moment when sheer chaos takes hold, whether self-induced or as a result of an outside crisis. Vietnam had effectively destroyed Lyndon Johnson by 1967. Watergate unraveled the Richard Nixon administration, as the disgraced president resigned in the face of certain impeachment. Gerald Ford could not whip inflation and was not re-elected. One-termer Jimmy Carter was undone by the Iranian hostage crisis and skyrocketing oil prices. For a time, it seemed that Ronald Reagan's second term might not survive the Iran-Contra scandal. George H.W. Bush could not be re-elected...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Why Romney Has a Real Chance (It's more like ABO!)

    04/19/2012 2:35:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 99 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 18, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The odds of defeating an incumbent president should be slim but they are in fact at least 50/50. Here are some reasons that this is true. 1) Romney is a more experienced and better candidate than he was in 2008. That often happens after a run or two. Nixon was tougher in 1968 than in 1960 in the way that Reagan was wiser in 1980 than in 1968 and 1976, and George H. W. Bush was better in 1988 than in 1980. McCain ran more effectively in the primaries in 2008 than he did in 2000. The Republican primary rough-housing...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Campaigning on Grievances

    04/12/2012 11:46:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 12, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>In 2008, a mostly unknown Barack Obama ran for president on an inclusive agenda of “hope and change.” That upbeat message was supposed to translate into millions of green jobs, fiscal sobriety, universal health care, a resetting of Bush foreign policy, and racial unity.</p>
  • Enemies of the People

    04/12/2012 4:21:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2012 | Victor Davis Hansen
    In 2008, a mostly unknown Barack Obama ran for president on an inclusive agenda of "hope and change." That upbeat message was supposed to translate into millions of green jobs, fiscal sobriety, universal health care, a resetting of Bush foreign policy, and racial unity. Four years later, none of those promises will be themes of his 2012 re-election campaign. Gas has more than doubled in price. Billions of dollars have been wasted in insider and subsidized wind and solar projects that have produced little green energy. Unemployment rates above 8 percent appear the new norm, when 5 percent in the...
  • Obama off the Cuff

    04/10/2012 5:52:56 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/10/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Conservatives caricature 24/7 Barack Obama’s reliance on the teleprompter. True, his speeches are scripted; but we forget why so: He is very good at reading a prepared script as if he were talking off the top of his head, and he is very bad at actually talking off the top of his head. In the former mode, he sounds pleasantly moderate and mellifluous; in the latter, sort of creepy and awkward. Yet the result is paradoxical: Obama seems to feel false when he sounds balanced and eloquent reading someone else’s ideas on a teleprompter, and genuine only when he is...
  • Obama’s Demagoguery. The president has a bad habit of wading uninformed into local controversies.

    03/27/2012 6:53:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/27/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The atrocity at first seemed undeniable: A white vigilante, with a Germanic name no less, hunted down and then executed a tiny black youth — who, from his published grammar-school photos, seemed about twelve — while he was walking innocently and eating candy in an exclusive gated community in northern Florida. The gunman had used a racial slur, as supposedly heard on a 911 tape, and ignored the dispatcher’s urging him to back off. The apparently racist, or at least insensitive, white police chief and district attorney then covered up the murder. Understandable outrage followed in the black community, but...
  • Beware of the Mob

    03/25/2012 4:17:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Media ^ | March 25, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Our Modern Lynch Mob Democracies are in general prone to fits of the mob. Just read the Thucydidean account of the debate of Mytilene. Or watch a 1950s Western as the lynch party heads for the town jail. Fear of democratically-sanctioned madness is why the Founders came up not just with classical tripartite government to check and limit power between the judicial, legislative, and executive branches, but also now generally disdained notions of allowing states to impose property qualifications for voting, the Electoral College, two Senators guaranteed per state regardless of population, and Senators originally selected without direct votes....
  • The Sick Man of Europe (Short History of Greece)

    03/09/2012 8:17:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Defining Ideas ^ | March 9, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Not long ago, European Union bankers gave the Greeks a €110 billion bailout—along with stern recommendations to stop cooking their books, to go after tax cheaters, to trim fat public payrolls, to reform ludicrous pensions, and to open up the economy to the private sector. The money men were answered with riots, strikes, and defiance in the streets of Athens. Even as the government has nodded that it would enact prescribed austerity measures, it found ways to delay or subvert them. The Greek message, whether deliberate or not, came off as either, “Don’t tell us how to spend your money,”...
  • Algae, European Gas Prices, and Born in the U.S.A (Must Read)

    02/25/2012 7:12:45 PM PST · by nhwingut · 19 replies · 1+ views
    NRO ^ | 02/25/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    As gas nears $5-a-gallon out west, the president, who has cancelled a key pipeline and frozen federal leases from Alaska to the East Coast, teaches us about American algae potential, in the way he used to emphasize the importance of tire pressure and “tune-ups.” He castigates the opposition for making political hay out of bad news, in the way he routinely did as a senator in compiling the most partisan voting record in the Senate. Energy Secretary Chu cannot and will not say a word about soaring gas prices, since he is on record not so long ago hoping that...
  • As Time Goes By . . . (Victor Davis Hansen)

    02/20/2012 6:00:03 AM PST · by rellimpank · 11 replies · 1+ views
    NRO ^ | 20 feb 2012 | Victor Davis sHansen
    It is hard to remember a more tense time in the last 20 years. Tiny Israel may be poised to preempt the nuclear capabilities of Iran (an Iran that itself once attempted, unsuccessfully, to take out the Iraqi reactor at Osirak before Israel finished the job), whose terrorist appendages and missiles have the ability to do it a great deal of damage in return. How such a war would escalate or end, no one knows. There is no sense of a global effort to stop Iran’s proliferation, given that China and Russia seem to enjoy the irritation that Iran causes...
  • Please, A Little Honesty About Illegal Immigration

    02/16/2012 4:25:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Febrary 16, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Barack Obama recently assured El Salvador that the United States would not deport more 200,000 Salvadorans residing illegally in the United States. As the election nears, and the president looks to court Hispanic voters, he also created a new position of "public advocate" for illegal immigrants. His duties would appear to be to advocate that millions circumvent, rather than follow, current federal law. The administration has also said it will focus enforcement only on those who have committed crimes -- with the implicit understanding that it is no longer a crime to illegally enter and reside in the United...
  • A Post-American World? (Nope, The reports of America's demise are greatly exaggerated)

    02/08/2012 6:11:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In a scathing denunciation of Mitt Romney last week, Fareed Zakaria praised Barack Obama for his nuanced understanding of what Zakaria has called the “Post-American World”: This is a new world, very different from the America-centric one we got used to over the last generation. Obama has succeeded in preserving and even enhancing U.S. influence in this world precisely because he has recognized these new forces at work. He has traveled to the emerging nations and spoken admiringly of their rise. He replaced the old Western club and made the Group of 20 the central decision-making forum for global...
  • What's Next?

    02/01/2012 9:50:51 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/31/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    These endless debates have allowed front-runners to stumble and dark horses to catch up — up to a point. Now as the primaries begin to come thick and fast, and debates wane, organization and money matter more and more, and that favors Romney. The front-runner is getting closer to, or may have exceeded, his goal of matching the combined vote tallies of the two major anti-Romney candidates; that said, the race is not over — or rather, in terms of primaries and delegate counts, it has hardly begun, especially in the age of disastrous gaffe or embarrassing disclosure. If Gingrich...
  • What We Do Not Want to Hear Anymore ... Victor Davis Hanson

    01/29/2012 8:39:15 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Jan 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    NO MAS, MR. PRESIDENT The State of the Union could have been written by a computer program. All the now familiar Obama furniture was in the room: the mock outrage at “them,” the psychodramatic first-person boasting (as in, “I will oppose..,” “I will not work with…,” “I will decline…,” “I will not stand by …,” I will not cede…,” “I will not walk away…,” “I will not back down…,” “I will not go back…”); the now customary rear-view-mirror jab at his fading predecessor; the monotonous promising that something is so bad that we must have a new program for it...
  • Civilization in Reverse

    01/19/2012 4:04:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In Greek mythology, the prophetess Cassandra was doomed both to tell the truth and to be ignored. Our modern version is a bankrupt Greece that we seem to discount. News accounts abound now of impoverished Athens residents scrounging pharmacies for scarce aspirin -- as Greece is squeezed to make interest payments to the supposedly euro-pinching German banks. Such accounts may be exaggerations, but they should warn us that yearly progress is never assured. Instead, history offers plenty of examples of life becoming far worse than it had been centuries earlier. The biographer Plutarch, writing 500 years after the glories of...
  • Being There — the Obama Sequel ... Victor Davis Hanson

    01/06/2012 7:33:50 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6 Jan 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Rip Van Obama President Obama went into a deep slumber in December. When he woke up this January, he found himself back even in the polls, with neither a press conference nor another overhyped presidential televised address to be heard. Sleep, quiet, and solitude — all that appears wiser than campaigning, visibility, and speaking, both for Obama and Americans. In short, the president has really hit on something: an Obama going into a Rip Van Winkle somnolent state might just mean waking up again as president. If conservatives once alleged that Obama got elected as Being There’s Chauncey Gardiner —...
  • Diversity, Inc.

    12/28/2011 7:07:34 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/28/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    “Diversity” places appearances above “the content of our character.” ‘Affirmative action” was the logical sequel to the civil-rights legislation of the 1960s. The initial reasoning was attractive enough. New guarantees of equality of opportunity were insufficient to achieve the promised social parity, given the legacy of slavery and the existence of ongoing racial bias. Therefore, to counteract the effects of historical discrimination, the race of individuals must be weighed into contemporary hiring and admissions practices. The key was to avoid the word “quota.” That did not sound very “affirmative” for a program that supposedly was about growing (or “enriching”) the...
  • Obama Derangement Syndrome?

    12/23/2011 2:23:19 PM PST · by decimon · 41 replies
    Works and Days ^ | December 23, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I’d say if you live in the United States of America and you vote for George Bush, you’ve lost your mind. — John Edwards When does the legitimate “I oppose Obama” descend into the illegitimate “I hate Obama”? It is popular now to suggest that conservatives in general and congressional Republicans in particular suffer from an obsession characterized by an uncontrolled antipathy for Barack Obama — personal and visceral — that warps their entire political outlook. No doubt some do experience the same obsessions that infected the Left in their furor at George W. Bush. One can find unhinged posters...
  • A Vandalized Valley

    12/21/2011 11:41:18 AM PST · by stolinsky · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12-21-11 | Victor Davis Hanson
    If you are overstressed by last-minute shopping and holiday traffic, read this and think about people who have REAL trouble. And then think about what to do about it while there is still time to prevent your valley from being vandalized..
  • A Vandalized Valley (VDH nails it)

    12/21/2011 5:47:29 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 31 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    While the elites make excuses, citizens cope with theft and destruction. I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it. Last week an ancestral rural school near the Kings River had its large bronze bell stolen....
  • A Vandalized Valley (VDH nails it)

    12/21/2011 5:47:33 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    While the elites make excuses, citizens cope with theft and destruction. I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it. Last week an ancestral rural school near the Kings River had its large bronze bell stolen....
  • ‘When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend’

    12/20/2011 5:45:31 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Dec. 16, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama Mythologos Barack Obama is a myth, our modern version of Pecos Bill or Paul Bunyan. What we were told is true, never had much basis in fact — a fact now increasingly clear as hype gives way to reality. “Brilliant” Presidential historian Michael Beschloss, on no evidence, once proclaimed Obama “probably the smartest guy ever to become president.” When he thus summed up liberal consensus, was he perhaps referring to academic achievement? Soaring SAT scores? Seminal publications? IQ scores known only to a small Ivy League cloister? Political wizardry? Who was this Churchillian president so much smarter than the...
  • The Hundred Years' German War

    12/15/2011 2:21:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2011 | Victor Davis Hansen
    The rise of a German Europe began in 1914, failed twice, and has now ended in the victory of German power almost a century later. The Europe that Kaiser Wilhelm lost in 1918, and that Adolf Hitler destroyed in 1945, has at last been won by German Chancellor Angela Merkel without firing a shot. Or so it seems from European newspapers, which now refer bitterly to a "Fourth Reich" and arrogant new Nazi "Gauleiters" who dictate terms to their European subordinates. Popular cartoons depict Germans with stiff-arm salutes and swastikas, establishing new rules of behavior for supposedly inferior peoples. Millions...
  • The Gingrich Gamble

    12/14/2011 6:42:52 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    All the Romney-alternatives — Bachmann, Cain, Christie, Giuliani, Palin, Perry, Rubio, Trump — came and went, or never came at all, except the most unlikely one, Newt Gingrich. With the implosion of the Cain campaign, and the realization that there are for now no more great conservative hopes on the horizon, Gingrich has pulled off one of the more unlikely comebacks in presidential-primary history, and finds himself ahead in the Republican polls. Half the Republican electorate is relieved, or even delighted, about Gingrich. They are sure that almost any Republican could beat an imploding Barack Obama, who gets weirder with...
  • The President Who Never Was

    12/09/2011 9:05:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 9 December 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A Teen-age President in Search of an Adult Identity Barack Obama keeps looking for a presidential identity not his own. In 2008, he wished to be JFK — whom he often referenced as a youthful and charismatic figure supposedly similar to himself. So we heard references to Obama’s father’s arrival to the U.S. during the golden Kennedy Camelot years. Caroline Kennedy herself came out of seclusion to assure us that Obama had the same Kennedy zest, and she flirted with a Senate run to help restore the lost age of grandeur. And at the Brandenburg Gate, Obama would have liked...
  • Slick Willism?

    12/06/2011 6:50:07 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    National Review -- The Corner ^ | 12-6-11 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There are some preliminary reports about Bill Clinton’s purported $50,000-a-month retainer — paid out to Teneo, a firm where he is chairman of the board — from his friend Jon Corzine’s now broke MF Global. It reminds of Newt Gingrich’s getting $30,000 a month for his work as a “historian” for Freddie Mac up until the eve of its crack-up. One comes away with a sort of despair that our most prominent politicians, who have already done quite well in private and public life, still cannot refrain from cashing in on their contacts for even more cash. The symptoms are...
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  • Obama 101 [VDH]

    11/30/2011 7:52:03 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/30/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In the last three years, the president has taught us a great deal about America, the world, and himself. Before Obama, many Americans still believed in massive deficit spending, whether as an article of fairness, a means to economic growth, or just a lazy fallback position to justify an out-of-control federal government. But after the failure of a nearly $800 billion “stimulus” program — intended to keep unemployment under 8 percent — no one believes any more that an already indebted government will foster economic growth by taking on another $4 trillion in debt. In other words, “stimulus” is mostly...
  • Why Not Pay Higher Taxes?

    11/28/2011 3:56:11 AM PST · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/27/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The usual liberal complaint against the conservative opposition to higher income taxes is greed and the better-offs’ self-serving reluctance to pay their “fair share.” But while perhaps true in some instances, I don’t think that is an accurate writ against most of those in that now demonized $200,000 and above categories who resent forking over more. Rather, here are a random 12 complaints that I hear from those who become furious about preposed higher income tax rates: 1) The Entire Bite The most common lament is that taxes are already too high for those who either chose not, or do...
  • Getting Better [VDH]

    11/23/2011 6:55:08 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/22/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Although these debates are by now monotonous, they have the effect of shaping up the candidates (who are doing much better in general) and reminding us why the pre-primary race is really between Romney and Gingrich. I guess Ron Paul did not consider the incineration of 3,000 Americans on American soil on 9/11 — something that neither Fascists or Communists ever achieved, and that by now would have been replicated without the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism protocols, as apparently the Obama administration believed (it embraced or expanded them all) and over 40 foiled plots attest — an act of war. Foreign...