Category Archives: July 2009

The Blues: Disappointment in the Era of Hope and Change

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

The Gloves Come Off?

I think the new combativeness coming out of the White House will only increase — given growing unhappiness over increased joblessness, the omnipresence of old Clinton-era attack dogs, new public doubts that vast new government programs are really the answer to what was in part a government Freddie- and Fannie-inspired crisis, and, especially, the sheer novelty of anyone questioning the messianic Barack Obama. Read more →

Big Government Medicine

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

Big new taxes. Big new spending. Big new government. This seems to be the proposed cure for the Wall Street-inspired recession. Read more →

Obama’s Puzzling Approach to the Muslim World

by Raymond Ibrahim

PJ Media

President Barack Obama and I have one thing in common shared by few Americans: we were brought up by at least one parent — biological or step is irrelevant — who was born and raised in an Islamic milieu. Intimately aware of the inevitable effects of this, I must question Obama’s sincerity in his approach to the Islamic world. Read more →

What Was That ‘Stupidity’ All About?

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s The Corner

The Gates incident seems to have had little to do with race but a lot to do with the natural human misunderstandings that happen every day in police scenes — and its final twist has everything to do with insider privilege and aristocratic disdain. Read more →

Obama’s Path Not Taken

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

What Might Have Happened

Remember Obama’s initial signature speech (e.g., “there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America”), and all the subsequent conciliatory talk of no blue state, no red state America? Read more →

Presidents Aren’t What They Used to Be

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tribune Media Services

From 1933 to 1960, America had nearly three decades of fairly successful presidencies — through the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the threat of nuclear Armageddon. Read more →

The Psychology of Debt: Obama’s Rendezvous with Political Reality

by Victor Davis Hanson

PJ Media

Debt Matters

Over the last two decades it became an article of popular faith that budget deficits did not matter that much. Read more →

Continuity: St. Francis of Assisi, Fr. Zakaria Botros, and Islam

by Raymond Ibrahim

Jihad Watch

While not formally connected, two books I recently finished reading — St. Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of Muslims and Defying Death: Zakaria Botross, Apostle to Islam — complement each other very well, specifically by establishing continuity between medieval and modern Islam, and, in so doing, demonstrating that Islamic intolerance has a long pedigree.  Read more →

On Shearing Sheep

Obama’s economic plans are relentlessly hostile to small business.

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

You don’t produce wool by skinning the sheep. But that seems to be the present strategy to get small businesses to begin hiring, buying, and expanding. Read more →

War and Taxes

Two strikes against the new administration

by Victor Davis Hanson

NRO’s  The Corner

Look Back in Anger at Iraq

It is striking how Obama references past mistakes on Afghanistan and emphasizes the now-tired “reset”-button themes — striking because of what is left unsaid. Read more →

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