What Happened to California Republicans?

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review From 1967 to 2019, Republicans controlled the California governorship for 31 of 52 years. So why is there currently not a single statewide Republican officeholder? California also has a Democratic governor and Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature. Only seven of … Read more → Please … Read moreWhat Happened to California Republicans?

Trump Russia investigation rested on a house of cards

Please read the following article by my colleague Paul Gregory in The Washington Times A review of the public record demonstrates that the Russia investigation rested on a house of cards assembled by high-level officials to prevent Donald Trump’s election or to ensure that his administration would fail. This conclusion rests on mainstream media accounts, primarily of The New York Times. The Russia probe … Read more → Please … Read moreTrump Russia investigation rested on a house of cards

Ten Reasons Why Impeachment Is Illegitimate

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review There are at least ten reasons why the Democratic impeachment “inquiry” is a euphemism for an ongoing coup attempt. 1) Impeachment 24/7. The impeachment “inquiry,” supposedly prompted by the president’s Ukrainian call, is simply the most recent in a long series of “coups” that sought … Read more → Please … Read moreTen Reasons Why Impeachment Is Illegitimate

The Looming ‘1984’ Election

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review For a variety of reasons, the 2020 election is going to be a referendum beyond Donald Trump’s record and his Democratic opposition. The furor that Trump has incurred, and the radical antithesis to his agenda and first term, have redefined the looming election. It … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Looming ‘1984’ Election

The big winner in Ukraine scandal? Russia — just as it always wanted

The following article is from my colleague Paul Roderick Gregory in The Hill Vladimir Putin’s nightmare is a prosperous, rule-of-law Ukraine integrated into the affluent West on Russia’s border. Such a Ukrainian success story would trace back to its popular revolution on Maidan Square in February 2004. Might Ukraine not … Read more → Please … Read moreThe big winner in Ukraine scandal? Russia — just as it always wanted

Victor Davis Hanson: Socialism guarantees failure and suffering – So why do so many Americans support it?

Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News Multiple forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail. Russia and China are still struggling with the legacy of genocidal communism. Eastern Europe still suffers after decades of Soviet-imposed socialist chaos. Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea and Venezuelaare unfree, poor and failed states. Baathism … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: Socialism guarantees failure and suffering – So why do so many Americans support it?

The Trump Doctrine: Deterrence without Intervention?

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign sought to overturn 75 years of bipartisan foreign policy orthodoxy, especially as it applied to the Middle East. From 1946 to 1989, the Cold War logic was to use both surrogates and U.S. expeditionary forces to stop the spread of … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Trump Doctrine: Deterrence without Intervention?

The Military-Intelligence Complex

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Much has been written about the so-called Resistance of disgruntled Clinton, Obama, and progressive activists who have pledged to stop Donald Trump’s agenda. The choice of the noun “Resistance,” of course, conjures up not mere “opposition,” but is meant to evoke the French “resistance” … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Military-Intelligence Complex

Is California Becoming Premodern

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review More than 2 million Californians were recently left without power after the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric — which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year — preemptively shut down transmission lines in fear that they might spark fires during periods of high … Read more → Please … Read moreIs California Becoming Premodern

Anatomy of 2020: Weighing Issues, Candidates, and the State of Our Union

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review In the 20th century, no Congress brought impeachment proceedings against a first-term president facing a reelection. Both the Nixon and Clinton efforts were aimed at reelected presidents, perhaps on the theory that there was supposedly no other means of bringing them to account once … Read more → Please … Read moreAnatomy of 2020: Weighing Issues, Candidates, and the State of Our Union

Our Untenable Alliance with Turkey

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review There are about 5,000 members of the U.S. military, mostly airmen, stationed at the huge, strategically located air base in Incirlik, Turkey, northwest of the Syrian border. The American forces at Incirlik are also the custodians of about 50 B61 nuclear bombs. Data on … Read more → Please … Read moreOur Untenable Alliance with Turkey

Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, and Ingratitude

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review What do widely diverse crises such as declining demography, increasing indebtedness, Generation Z’s indifference to religion and patriotism, static rates of home ownership, and a national epidemic of ignorance about American history and traditions all have in common? In a word, 21st-century higher education. … Read more → Please … Read moreUniversities Breed Anger, Ignorance, and Ingratitude

Is America Becoming Sinicized?

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Alittle over 40 years ago, Chinese Communist strongman and reformer Deng Xiaoping began 15 years of sweeping economic reforms. They were designed to end the disastrous, even murderous planned economy of Mao Zedong, who died in 1976. The results of Deng’s revolution astonished the … Read more → Please … Read moreIs America Becoming Sinicized?

Kurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Outrage met Donald Trump’s supposedly rash decision to pull back U.S. troops from possible confrontational zones between our Kurdish friends in Syria and Recep Erdogan’s expeditionary forces. Turkey claims that it will punish the Syrian Kurds for a variety of supposed provocations, including aiding … Read more → Please … Read moreKurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies

On the Whistleblower Kerfuffle, Imagine a Different Scenario

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Imagine . . . If in early 2015, some White House staffers transcribing confidential presidential calls were disturbed about one conversation that President Obama had with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. The two allegedly had confidentially discussed the staggered release of some $1.7 billion in … Read more → Please … Read moreOn the Whistleblower Kerfuffle, Imagine a Different Scenario

The Strategies of Targeting Trump

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness There is no logical Democratic explanation for impeaching Donald Trump. The various factions within the Democratic Party calling for impeachment are united only by their loathing of Donald Trump, the person, and his systematic repeal of the Obama progressive project. After failing with the … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Strategies of Targeting Trump

Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review What do the Kavanaugh hearings, Jussie Smollett, the Covington kids, the Mueller investigation, and now the Trump phone call all have in common? Staged melodrama, media collusion hysteria, progressive demands that justice be served immediately, promises of walls-are-closing-in blockbuster revelations from new witnesses, supposed … Read more → Please … Read moreAnti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?

The Madness of Progressive Projection

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Strangest among all the many melodramas of the last two weeks were the blaring headlines that President Trump had dared to talk with the Australian Prime Minister—and referenced the role of foreign governments and in particular Australia in U.S. electoral politics in 2016. Given … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Madness of Progressive Projection

Keep It Steady and Cool with Iran, America

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Expect more desperate Iranian efforts to prompt a U.S. military response in the Persian Gulf. Trump’s sanctions have cut off 90 percent of Iran’s oil revenues. Soon Tehran’s shattered economy will be followed by more pent-up domestic unrest of the sort that Barack Obama … Read more → Please … Read moreKeep It Steady and Cool with Iran, America

Impeachment Coup Analytics

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Aside from the emotional issue that Democrats, NeverTrumpers, and celebrities loathe Donald Trump, recently Representative Al Green (D-Texas) reminded us why the Democrats are trying to impeach the president rather than just defeat him in the 2020 general election. “To defeat him at the … Read more → Please … Read moreImpeachment Coup Analytics

Why the Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Contrary to suggestions by some, most Trump supporters are not automatons or blind supporters. What bothers them, and should bother others, about the latest Ukraine hysterias is the familiar monotony of this latest scripted psychodrama. The whistleblower admits to hearsay (“I was not a … Read more → Please … Read moreWhy the Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump

The Death of American Citizenship

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review The American Founders institutionalized the best of a long Western tradition of representative government, with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. These contracts outlined the rare privileges and responsibilities of new American citizens. Yet the concept of citizenship is being assaulted on the … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Death of American Citizenship

Book Review: Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War Between Islam and the West by Raymond Ibrahim. Da Capo Press, 2018. Pp. 297

Please read this book review from my colleague Terry Scambray // New Oxford Review Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War Between Islam and the West by Raymond Ibrahim.  Da Capo Press, 2018.   Pp. 297          We judge individuals by what they say and what they do.  We judge cults, religions and ideologies the same way; that … Read more → Please … Read moreBook Review: Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War Between Islam and the West by Raymond Ibrahim. Da Capo Press, 2018. Pp. 297

09-25-2019 Angry Reader

From An Angry Reader: Subject: Inciting ignorant violence “Ignorance is bliss” until your/his followers are inspired to act violently due to to your/ his misinformation/lies Hiding your vitriol hate behind well written words does not excuse from inciting/ propagating hate and discord John Lowery –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Dear Angry Reader John Lowery, … Read more → Please … Read more09-25-2019 Angry Reader

The Madcap Adventures of ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ Biden

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Sometime-Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden was at it again, voicing his brand of tough-guy boasts that he can “beat Trump like a drum.” A 1980s sci-fi cult film about a weirdo, Buckaroo Banzai, who travels through time dimensions in many manifestations battling evil and saving good … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Madcap Adventures of ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ Biden

Victor Davis Hanson: Trump wages war on progressive culture – Dems respond with Trump Derangement Syndrome

Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News President Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a “Kulturkampf.” As a result, not even former President George W. Bush has incurred the degree of hatred from the left that is now directed at Trump. … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: Trump wages war on progressive culture – Dems respond with Trump Derangement Syndrome

Trumped Out?

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness The new post-Mueller media narrative is “weariness” and “exhaustion” with President Trump’s tweets, his cul de sac Sharpie controversy, his ideas about buying Greenland, his unorthodox art-of-the-deal foreign policy that resulted in a plan to talk to Taliban leaders in the United States, and … Read more → Please … Read moreTrumped Out?

Is England Still Part of Europe?

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review British prime minister Boris Johnson is desperate to translate the British public’s June 2016 vote to leave the European Union into a concrete Brexit. But the real issue is far older and more important than whether 52 percent of Britain finally became understandably aggrieved … Read more → Please … Read moreIs England Still Part of Europe?

Biden or Bust?

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Pundits and politicos play the current parlor game of counting Joe Biden’s daily bloopers, signs of debility, or embarrassments. Unlike former “Apprentice” host Donald Trump’s exaggerations and narcissisms, Biden’s fantasies are not baked into an outsider candidacy that by intent offers as a radical … Read more → Please … Read moreBiden or Bust?

Victor Davis Hanson: World War II rages on in minds of world leaders – It profoundly influences them today

Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: World War II rages on in minds of world leaders – It profoundly influences them today

Strategika Issue 60: The Monroe Doctrine and Current U.S. Foreign Policy

The Monroe Doctrine: Guide to the Future Please read a new essay by my colleague, Williamson Murray in Strategika. The Monroe Doctrine, which purports to warn other states from interfering in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere, has supposedly remained a basic principle of American foreign policy since the first half … Read more → Please … Read moreStrategika Issue 60: The Monroe Doctrine and Current U.S. Foreign Policy

Victor Davis Hanson: Why are so many young people calling themselves socialists?

Victor Davis Hanson // Fox News “Socialist!” is no longer a McCarthyite slur. Rather, the fresh celebrity “Squad” of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen – Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; –  often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. A recent Harris poll showed … Read more → Please … Read moreVictor Davis Hanson: Why are so many young people calling themselves socialists?

The Mythical Trump Hydra

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness Many are the hissing heads of the polycephalic Donald Trump—at least according to the progressive Left and the NeverTrump Right, who see the president of the United States as some sort of mythical nightmare. Here are a few of his supposedly monstrous manifestations. Trump, the Profiteer  … Read more → Please … Read moreThe Mythical Trump Hydra