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Victor Davis Hanson

 

 

” Barack Obama did not blow apart Hillary Clinton’s huge lead during the 2008 Democratic primaries just because he was a landmark African-American candidate, new to the scene, and a skilled campaigner. Even Democrats were all Clintoned out

  By such weariness, I don’t suggest that either of the Clintons is unpopular. Indeed, Americans apparently look fondly back on the high-growth 1990s as the continuation of the Reagan-Bush boom years, and a time when Democrats and Republicans finally fixed budget deficits. (Note well that when Obama went back to the Clinton-era tax rates for the more affluent, the deficit dipped, but certainly did not approach the balanced budget that was once achieved by spending discipline under the Clinton-Gingrich compromise.)

  The problem instead is Hillary Clinton herself. She is not a very good speaker, and is prone to shrill outbursts and occasional chortling. She has a bad habit of committing serial gaffes (e.g., speaking too candidly), and what she says on Monday is often contradicted by her rantings on Tuesday. She seems cheap and obsessed with raking in free stuff. When Bill steps in to correct her mistakes, either sloppily or out of some strange psychological spite, he usually makes things even worse. We saw that often in 2008 and are seeing it again now. But aside from the cosmetics of her political style, the Clintons are faced with two fundamental obstacles in 2016.”

 

 

 

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No More Sunshine Patriots

” In the prologue to his book, “The Savior Generals,” Victor Davis Hanson asks the question, “What wins wars?” Is it superior manpower, resources, strategic planning, or cutting-edge technology? Hanson explains that these certainly play a role, but they’re not always enough. Sometimes it’s the human element that makes the difference. On rare occasions, “generals and the leadership of single individuals can still matter more than these seemingly larger inanimate forces.”

Hanson is talking about military conflict, but this observation can be applied to politics as well, to the culture war we’re fighting. Americans are, in some ways, like the Athenians who fled their city, a once-thriving democracy, as the Persian King Xerxes torched it, killing or enslaving all who stood in his way. We’re not facing physical threats and our cities are not literally burning, but our way of life is just as threatened, our vibrant Republic is on the brink of annihilation.

There certainly is a sense of desperation among conservatives and libertarians—not despair, but a heightened awareness that something drastic must happen now or we will never be able to regain what we’ve lost. We are facing an American crisis.

“These are,” as Thomas Paine wrote, “the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

To overcome this crisis, to win, we must recognize that we’re in a war. A war against tyranny. A war against progressive philosophies that seek to undermine and destroy the foundations of our freedoms. A war against those who disregard our Constitution and rule by fiat, who treat our homeland like a whore to be ravaged at will, and who violate our privacy in the name of safety.  

If we’re going to triumph, we need good strategies and wise tactics, but we also need a leader, a savior. Not a messiah in the soteriological sense, but a “savior general,” a leader who is willing to face insurmountable odds as Henry V did and recognize that when it comes to war, passivity, civility, and compromise have no place.” 

Careers have ended over less than the administration cover-up

Professor Hanson lays it out …

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  ” We have had ambassadors murdered abroad before, but we have never seen anything quite like the tragic fate of Chris Stevens. Amid all the controversy over
Libya, we have lost sight of the human —and often horrific — story of Benghazi: a U.S. ambassador attacked, cut off and killed alone, after being abused by frenzied terrorists, and a second member of the embassy staff murdered, as two American
private citizens rushed to the rescue, heroically warding off Islamist hit teams, until they were overwhelmed and also killed.

  Seven weeks after the tragedy in Benghazi, new government narratives just keep appearing, as various branches of government point the finger at one another. Now the president insists that “the
minute” he “found out what was going on” he gave “very clear directives” to “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.” The
secretary of defense argues that he knew too little to send in military forces to save the post. Meanwhile, we are hearing from other sources that the beleaguered compound in extremis was denied help on three separate occasions, and there are still more contradictory accounts.

  When the government systematically misleads and cannot establish a believable narrative, almost everyone involved is
eventually tarred. The final chart of those officials in the Nixon White House who were devoured by Watergate was vast — and so
it is becoming with the disaster in Libya. If we have learned anything from Watergate and Iran-Contra, it is that the longer officials deceive and obfuscate, the greater the number of wrecked careers and
reputations. “

The Fantasy House of Barack Obama

It All Failed?

  “By Fantasy House I do not mean — or rather only mean — Barack Obama’s La-La land in which Austrians speak Austrian, Hawaii is in Asia, Afghans speak Arabic, the Maldives lie off Argentina, there are seven additional states, servicemen are zombie corpse-men, and Kansas twisters kill 10,000 at a time.

Rather I refer to the fantasies that Obama employs to deal with a very real world he inhabits. The president just told Univision that you “cannot change Washington from the inside.” In other words, the president just shattered his own four-year fantasy that he, like Lincoln, would take the train from Illinois to D.C., not just to remake America, but also to change the very way things are done there.”

“Dream Team: The 10 Best Conservative Columnists”

   “Never before have right-leaning readers been able to enjoy such a
surplus of excellence in political
commentary. Every day, on sites like this one and countless others, über-talented wordsmiths stir conservative passion and shape the national debate. In honor of our country’s Olympic basketball legacy, selecting our own literary Dream Team is in order, in recognition of ten authors atop our political pyramid. “

   Professor Hanson , perhaps more than any other prominent commentator writing today , truly grasps the essence of what “is” Obama .

    To our minds no one can offer a more thorough yet concise compendium of our disastrous experiment with an affirmative action presidency .

    

” Has any major public figure (57 states, Austrian language, corpse-men, Maldives for Falklands,
private sector “doing fine,” etc.) been a more underwhelming advertisement for the quality of
a Harvard education or a Chicago Law School part-time billet? Has any presidential candidate or president set a partisan crowd to laughing by rubbing his chin with his middle finger as he derides an opponent, or made a joke about
killing potential suitors of his daughters with.deadly Predator drones, or recited a double entendre “go-down” joke about a sex act?

  From Recession to Recovery to Stasis

   As we see in New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin, the cure for the present economic malaise is not rocket science — a curbing of the size of government, a revision of the tax code, a modest rollback of regulation, reform of public
employment, and holding the line on new taxes. Do that and public confidence returns, businesses start hiring, and finances settle
down. Do the opposite — as we see in Mediterranean Europe, California, or Illinois over the last decade — and chaos ensues. “

Where Do We Draw the Line ?

Professor Hanson on our imperial president :

 

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   “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 action — then what can he not do? Obama is turning out to be the most subversive chief executive in terms of eroding U.S. law since Richard Nixon.”

 

 

Victor Davis Hanson explains the coming death of Liberal Profligacy .

  “The liberal model — borrowing huge sums,rigging interest and the currency to enable state profligacy, turning large swaths of the
population into less productive unionized government workers or dependents on the dole who vote in thanks to political hacks — simply does not work. How could beautiful blue-state California lose almost a millions refugees to arid
Texas? I like Texas, but Dallas had far less of nature to work with than did San Francisco. (It takes a lot of human failure for thousands to
give up verdant California to move to Utah or the Nevada desert.) What we are witnessing is nothing short of surreal: in the manner that
Tijuana was a different universe from San Diego, so too the entire state of California is becoming a different world from its neighbors. Whether one examines its near dead-last schools, its oppressive income and sales taxes, its decaying
roads and infrastructure, its absurd prison system, its dysfunctional state offices (try the DMV), or its priestly public employee caste,
California is becoming Detroit.”