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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.

The Legacies of Robert Mueller’s Investigations

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

Some 450 days ago we were treated to melodramatic announcements from the media about the start-up of Robert Mueller’s “dream” and “all-star” team.

Reporters gushed in the general hysteria of the times that Mueller would no doubt soon indict President Trump, some of his family, and almost anyone else in his campaign—and therefore end the Trump aberration.

Press puff pieces highlighted the résumés of his superstars—of Lisa Page (no comment needed), Peter Strzok (less than no comment needed), Jeannie Rhee (a former attorney for the Clinton Foundation, Ben Rhodes, and for a bit Hillary Clinton), Andrew Weissman (Clinton zealot, Obama and DNC donor, and the cheerleader to Sally Yates’s refusal to carry out a presidential order), Aaron Zebley (the former attorney for Clinton staffer Justin Cooper who set up the infamous Clinton home server and smashed to bits her mobile devices), and a host of other pros, who were all shortly to prove Trump-Russian “collusion.”

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The Deflation of the Academic Brand

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

Trumpism is sometimes derided as an updated know-nothingism that rejects expertise and the input of credentialed expertise. Supposedly, professionals who could now save us tragically have their talent untapped as they sit idle at the Council of Foreign Relations, the economics Department at Harvard, or in the offices of the Brookings Institution — even as Trump’s wheelers and dealers crash and burn, too proud, too smelly, or too ignorant to call in their betters to come in and save Trump from himself.

But do the degreed classes, at least outside math, the sciences, engineering, and medicine, merit such esteem anymore?

Anthony Scaramucci’s Harvard Law degree seemed no guarantee of the Mooch’s circumspection, sobriety, or good judgement.

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08-13-2018 Angry Reader

From An Angry Reader:

Subject: You are a racist idiot

Your articles and ideas lower the IQ of this country every time they are published. The racism you employ in articles about Black Lives Matter, Crime, and pretty much anything you write is so disgusting its hard to swallow. Truly die in a hole.


Dear Quite, Quite Angry Reader Levi Kimmel,

You score impressively high on our Angry Reader unhinged scale: the personal insult (check), the unfounded accusations (check), the lack of a single fact or supporting element of evidence (check), and the expected threat at the end (check). I’d give your letter an 8 of 10 (the all CAPs, obscenity, grammatical incoherence, and serial exclamation marks were absent).

As to your charges, explain how I lower the IQ of the country. Do you mean people read columns and lose computing or comprehension capacity? Are you drawing on some sort of new neurophysiological research?

I have hardly written at all about “crime” or Black Lives Matter; and when I have it is to note the tragic spiral that we find ourselves in with inordinate per capita black crime creating stereotypes which in turn manifest in increased vigilance concerning inner-city black male youth, which in turn is seen as scapegoating and profiling, which in turn further poisons race relations. Our mutual goal should be to create viable job opportunities in the inner city, offer better vocational training, close the border to offer African-Americans more leverage with employers, and to focus on arresting hardened gang member criminals who make life for others so dangerous. As for Black Lives Matter, I object to any tribal chauvinism whether La Raza (“the race”) or any “white” affiliated group. All lives of course matter equally, and there is no such thing as “the race” that is innately superior to any other.

Finally, we all die, and half us will in truth end up in some sort of “hole,” so I don’t quite follow your final threat. Do you mean at 65 that I should prematurely die now rather than naturally in just a few years?

Why are progressives and liberals so full of hatred and venom? Is it a psychological sort of squaring the circle? Are their natural furor and frustrations projected onto others, as they adopt cosmic for-show liberal pieties to mitigate the elemental anger that drives them to issue threats like your own?

Victor Hanson

The Ancient War Between the Press and the President

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

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 news.

Read the full article here.

The Police Were Not Policed

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

No doubt Russia must be watched for its chronic efforts to sow more chaos in American elections — despite Barack Obama’s naïve assertion in 2016 that no entity could possibly ever rig a U.S. election, given the decentralization of state voting.

Lately the heads of four U.S. intelligence and security agencies — Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone, and National Security Adviser John Bolton — held coordinated White House press conferences to remind America of the dangers of Russian chicanery. Trump, who is prone to conflate documented Russian efforts to meddle and cause chaos with unproven accusations of Trump-Russia collusion, should heed their warnings and beef up U.S. counter-espionage efforts and cyber deterrence.

But why do our intelligence heads seem to feel so exasperated that they’re not getting through to the American people? Why do they need to reassert the immediacy of the Russian threat?

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The Elites’ War on the Deplorables

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

Recently Politico reporter Marc Caputo was angered at rude hecklers at a Trump rally who booed beleaguered CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

So Caputo tweeted of them, “If you put everyone’s mouths together in this video, you’d get a full set of teeth.”

Politico had not employed such a crass journalist since before it fired Julia Ioffe for tweeting, “Either Trump is f—ing his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws. Which is worse?” (Ioffe was then snatched up by the Atlantic, which has an unpredictable policy either of excusing or not excusing the controversial expressions of its newly hired journalists.)

I suppose Caputo meant that Trump voters intrinsically lacked either the money to fix their teeth or the knowledge of the hygiene required to take care of them or the aesthetic sensitivity of how awful their mouths looked. Or Caputo was simply rehashing the stereotypes that he had seen on reality TV shows like “Duck Dynasty” and “The Deadliest Catch.”

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Victor Davis Hanson on The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton on Sunday August 5, 2018

Republican lawmaker from Wisconsin seeks to prohibit members of Congress from fundraising while in session.

Watch the full video here.

The American Art of Renewal

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

‘Make America Great Again” is the oft-caricatured slogan of the Donald Trump presidency. When Trump was elected, he boasted of jump-starting the economy to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 4 percent.

Experts laughed him off as a naïf who did not understand that structural changes in demography and technology made such growth impossible. Many economists predicted that Trump would crash the stock and job markets.

Yet less than two years into Trump’s presidency, the economy achieved 4 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018. Unemployment rates are at near-record lows. The stock market and oil and gas production are reaching unprecedented heights.

Please read the full article here.

Mueller’s Problem Is Not Trumpers’ Zeal — but the Perception of Inequality under the Law

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

What is disturbing about the Mueller investigation is not per se that a special counsel is looking into charges of wrongdoing known as “collusion,” but that he is indicting or leveraging suspects, amid a larger landscape of related perceived wrongdoers, who so far have not been subject to the same federal zeal.

We do not know all the details, but the public wonders exactly why Michael Flynn was leveraged to confess about lying to federal authorities (in theory, in part due to surveillance obtained by questionable FISA warrants), while, for example, Clinton aides Human Abedin and Cheryl Mills were given partial immunity for their reported misleading statements about their knowledge of the Clinton email server.

People rightly wonder whether there will be consequences facing Andrew McCabe for allegedly lying about leaking to federal investigators, or for the flagrant way that John Brennan has so serially prevaricated under oath to Congress (about Senate staff computers, drone collateral damage, and the seeding of the Steele dossier).

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Victor Davis Hanson Reveals The Nature of History, Politics and The Left

Watch Victor Davis Hanson on a new episode of Whiskey Politics.

Ep. 128 – Victor Davis Hanson joins Dave Sussman at the Whiskey Politics “Malibu Studio” where they discuss whether America is in a new civil war, illegal immigration, Mexico, NAFTA, Europe, the FBI, cronyism, the Left going Lefter, California splitting, and the increasingly overwhelming news cycle. VDH answers questions from Ricochet Members and Whiskey Politics Facebook fans in this long form interview.

Watch the full video here.


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