Victor Davis Hanson

Illegal Immigration and Eric Cantor

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by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online


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Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture. He recently published an historical novel The End of Sparta (2012), a realistic retelling of Epaminondas invasion and liberation of Spartan-control Messenia. In The Father of Us All (2011), he collected earlier essays on warfare ancient and modern. His upcoming history The Savior Generals(2013) analyzes how five generals in the history of the West changed the course of battles against all odds. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 and the Bradley Prize in 2008. Hanson, who was the fifth successive generation to live in the same house on his family’s farm, was a full-time orchard and vineyard grower from 1980-1984, before joining the nearby CSU Fresno campus in 1984 to initiate a classical languages program. In 1991, he was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given yearly to the country’s top undergraduate teachers of Greek and Latin. Hanson has been a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992-93), a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University (1991-92), a recipient of the Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism (2002), an Alexander Onassis Fellow (2001), and was named alumnus of the year of the University of California, Santa Cruz (2002). He was also the visiting Shifrin Professor of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland (2002-3). He received the Manhattan Institute’s Wriston Lectureship in 2004, and the 2006 Nimitz Lectureship in Military History at UC Berkeley in 2006. Hanson is the author of hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers, and newspaper editorials on matters ranging from ancient Greek, agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture. He has written or edited 17 books, including Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983; paperback ed. University of California Press, 1998); The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2d paperback ed. University of California Press, 2000); Hoplites: The Ancient Greek Battle Experience (Routledge, 1991; paperback., 1992); The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization(Free Press, 1995; 2nd paperback ed., University of California Press, 2000);Fields without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Idea (Free Press, 1996; paperback, Touchstone, 1997; The Bay Area Book reviewers Non-fiction winner for 1996); The Land Was Everything: Letters from an American Farmer (Free Press, 2000; a Los Angeles Times Notable book of the year); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback, 2001); The Soul of Battle (Free Press, 1999, paperback, Anchor/Vintage, 2000); Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001; Anchor/Vintage, 2002; a New York Times bestseller); An Autumn of War (Anchor/Vintage, 2002); Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003),Ripples of Battle (Doubleday, 2003), and Between War and Peace (Random House, 2004). A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War, was published by Random House in October 2005. It was named one of the New York Times Notable 100 Books of 2006. Hanson coauthored, with John Heath, Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (Free Press, 1998; paperback, Encounter Press, 2000); with Bruce Thornton and John Heath, Bonfire of the Humanities (ISI Books, 2001); and with Heather MacDonald, and Steven Malanga, The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today’s (Ivan Dee 2007). He edited a collection of essays on ancient warfare, Makers of Ancient Strategy (Princeton University Press, 2010). Hanson has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, New York Post, National Review, Washington Times, Commentary, The Washington Post, Claremont Review of Books, American Heritage, New Criterion, Policy Review, Wilson Quarterly, Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and has been interviewed often on National Public Radio, PBS Newshour, Fox News, CNN, and C-Span’s Book TV and In-Depth. He serves on the editorial board of the Military History Quarterly, and City Journal. Since 2001, Hanson has written a weekly column for National Review Online, and in 2004, began his weekly syndicated column for Tribune Media Services. In 2006, he also began thrice-weekly blog for Pajamas Media, Works and Days. Hanson was educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA, Classics, 1975, ‘highest honors’ Classics, ‘college honors’, Cowell College), the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (regular member, 1978-79) and received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University in 1980. He divides his time between his forty-acre tree and vine farm near Selma, California, where he was born in 1953, and the Stanford campus.

4 Thoughts on “Illegal Immigration and Eric Cantor

  1. Jerry Heyman on June 12, 2014 at 3:57 am said:

    Comprehensive Immigration Reform was done once already, 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli. Mr Schumer (and others) promised it would “fix” our problems and not be necessary to do similar again in the future. The “broken” system is in fact the system that was set up then, and never enforced.

  2. Jeff S on June 13, 2014 at 3:45 am said:

    How about this for Immigration reform, we simply annex Canada and all of Central America down to the Panama Canal, then our border security would only have to protect about 50 miles…lol…surely we can secure 50 miles? Yeah, you’re right we probably can’t. Nevermind. How about we just use Mexico’s immigration laws? Nevermind, that’s just racist. Hmm, I know, how about we just enforce the laws we already have on the books? Oh wait, thats racist again. I give up.

  3. John Lockwood on June 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm said:

    Although you would never know it from most of the media,
    Mexico is building a border fence on its own southern
    border, to keep out illegal IMMIGRATION. India is doing
    the same thing with its border along Bangladesh.

  4. standrews on June 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm said:

    As a Brat voter in VA-7 I think immigration was not the issue that doomed Eric Cantor. It was just another log on the fire. Rep. Cantor had a longer-term problem with his base. At first he was a good, conservative representative. Then he seemed to be compromised by Washington establishment thinking. Finally he became a leader of the Chamberlainesque GOP establishment. When you go from being proud of your representative to having to apologize to out-of-town conservative relatives for his behavior it is time to look elsewhere for someone to represent you.

    Dr. Hanson is quite correct about Cantor and his ilk failing to answer questions about immigration and other issues as well. It is that failing rather than the issue itself that fostered the disillusionment and ultimately the rejection of Cantor’s leadership. In the absence of answers to the most basic questions, such as why immigration reform, from Republican leaders in Washington the message to the base is “trust us.” Well, I and 36,000 of my neighbors do not trust them, including Rep. Cantor. Cantor’s ad campaign only magnified that distrust by blatantly attempting to mischaracterize David Brat as a “liberal college professor” 50-60 times a day. So in the end we didn’t trust him and he thought we were gullible morons.

    I have been amazed at the reaction to David Brat’s election, often humorously so. I wasn’t trying to shake up Washington or resurrect the fortunes of the tea party. I am not a tea partier. I was simply voting for a candidate that I believe will better serve VA-7.

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