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  • When Laws Are Not Enforced, Anarchy Follows

    11/01/2018 4:02:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What makes citizens obey the law is not always their sterling character. Instead, fear of punishment -- the shame of arrest, fines or imprisonment -- more often makes us comply with laws. Law enforcement is not just a way to deal with individual violators but also a way to remind society at large that there can be no civilization without legality. Or, as 17th-century British statesman George Savile famously put it: "Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen." In the modern world, we call such prompt, uniform and guaranteed law enforcement "deterrence," from...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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.
  • 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 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...
  • VDH: FOR ELIZABETH HENG

    08/06/2018 9:01:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 6,2018 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    After John noted the suppression of Elizabeth Heng’s Facebook ad for her congressional campaign yesterday (video embedded below), Victor Davis Hanson wrote us to enlist the support of Power Line readers for Ms. Heng. Alexandra DeSanctis profiled her here for NR and Jack Fowler updated the story with the Facebook angle yesterday here. Heng’s campaign site is here; contribute to her campaign here. Dr. Hanson writes: Elizabeth Heng is the Republican challenger seeking to represent California’s 16th congressional district. She just had a Facebook ad blocked, apparently because the genocide practiced by the former communist regime of Cambodia is either...
  • Deport the Deplorables?

    07/17/2018 9:25:11 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 40 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 17 Jul, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Deport the Deplorables is a slogan of popular culture, found on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and internet postings. But now the mini-industry of deplorable/deportable sloganeering has made its way into more elite circles. With just three words, the phrase “deport the deplorables” sends two popular messages: one, get rid of undesirable American citizens who voted for Donald Trump and who were properly written off in 2016 as deplorables by Hillary Clinton. And, two, by implication, don’t deport the illegal aliens who broke U.S. immigration law. Or put more succinctly, foreign nationals who crash our borders are innately superior people to citizens...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Reciprocity is the method to Trump's madness

    07/13/2018 6:00:07 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Critics of Donald Trump claim there is no rhyme or reason to his foreign policy. But if there is a consistency, it might be called reciprocity. President Trump tries to force other countries to treat the U.S. as it treats them. In “don’t tread on me” style, he also warns enemies that any aggressive act will be replied to in kind. The underlying principle of Trump commercial reciprocity is that the United States is no longer powerful or wealthy enough to alone underwrite the security of the West. It can no longer assume sole enforcement of the rules and protocols...
  • Mexico — What Went Wrong? (LONG)

    06/27/2018 8:12:01 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 40 replies
    https://www.nationalreview.com ^ | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON June 26, 2018 6:30 AM
    Mexico gets a massive cash influx in remittances, American corporations get cheap labor, Democrats get voters . . . Mexico in just a few days could elect one of its more anti-American figures in recent memory, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Obrador has often advanced the idea that a strangely aggrieved Mexico has the right to monitor the status of its citizens living illegally in the United States. Lately, he trumped that notion of entitlement by assuring fellow Mexicans that they have a “human right” to enter the United States as they please. For Obrador, this is an innate privilege that...
  • Hillary’s Hamartia

    06/24/2018 2:45:14 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 12 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | 06.22.2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Sophocles, Euripides, and the Greek epic poets, historians, and tragedians explore the idea of hamartia. Such an innate character flaw, such as Oedipus’s self-regard or Jason’s obtuseness, can be repressed, but it will inevitably resurface at the most inopportune moment. *** The next step in the slow cycle of classical self-destruction is koros—a greed or overreaching ambition that is the result of hamartia. It thus deludes the apparently successful into believing there will be few consequences to their excess. Koros makes self-reflection impossible. *** The final act in a multistoried Greek tragedy is the advent of Nemesis or divine retribution....
  • Scandals Sanitized With Linguistic Trickery

    06/21/2018 3:38:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Throughout Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's massive report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation are lots of strange things. One of the weirdest is the extent to which the FBI went to make up words and phrases to disguise reality. n early draft of the 2016 FBI report on the email scandal was reportedly subjected to linguistic surgery to exonerate the former secretary of state, who at the time was the Democratic nominee for president. Clinton was originally found to be "grossly negligent" in using an illegal email server. That legalistic phrase is used by prosecutors to indict for...
  • The Silencing of the Inspectors General

    06/14/2018 8:14:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an Obama administration appointee, is scheduled to deliver a report this week on DOJ and FBI abuses during the 2016 campaign cycle. Remember: His last investigation of FBI misconduct advised a criminal referral for fired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who allegedly lied to federal investigators. McCabe and at least a half-dozen other FBI employees quit, retired, were fired or were reassigned as a result of fallout from the politicization of the FBI. Yet, as Barack Obama left office, his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, strangely boasted that the Obama administration "has...