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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.

Democrats’ Debate Cowardice, Hypocrisy, and Nuttiness

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

Half of the Democratic 20-person primary field in the debates appeared unhappy, shrill, and self-righteous, and determined that no candidate should out-left any other.

So far, they certainly sound clueless about how they sound to those in western Pennsylvania or southern Michigan.

Their timidity also only accentuated rampant hypocrisy. It manifested itself a number of ways, from fear of defending their own past records to cowardice in calling out the rank socialist absurdities of the demagogues on stage.

Does any candidate believe in one’s prior convictions?

In debate one, Joe Biden could have barked back at the attack-dog Kamala Harris that federally mandated school busing was always a bad and unpopular idea. He could have asked her whether the young Harris was aware of the chaos of the 1970s that surrounded forced busing, the dislocations that caused more problems than any problem that busing solved. He might have mentioned that forced busing would find zero support today.

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The Dream Team Loses to the Nobodies

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

When figurehead Robert Mueller likely allowed Andrew Weissman to form his special counsel team to investigate so-called charges of Russian collusion involving Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin, Washington elites became bouncy. The high-profile legal “powerhouse” lineup immediately looked like a sure-thing—an elite slaughter of the yokels.

As they perused the résumés of the New York and Washington prosecutors, and the Wilmer-Hale veterans, reporters were ecstatic that the supposedly straight-shooting Republican Mueller had turned his investigation into what the media soon boasted was a progressive “dream team” of “all-stars,” a veritable “hunter-killer team” of get-Trump professionals. One would have thought mere names and credentials win indictments, regardless of the evidence.

The subtext was that Trump had all but met his Waterloo. Indictments for conspiracy, obstruction, and worse yet inevitably would follow, until Trump either resigned in disgrace or was impeached. The media counterparts of the dream-team on MSNBC and CNN would make short work of the rubes. On air law professors and legal analysts who knew “Bob” Mueller (the same ones who assured us that “Jim” Comey was a “straight-shooter”), after all, swore this would be true.

Almost all the all-stars were not just liberal but “correct” as well. Many were either Clinton donors; a few in the past had defended either Clinton aides or the Clinton foundation. Many also had been tagged as Department of Justice future superstars. Their tony degrees seemed designed to spell the doom of the buffoon Trump.

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Angry Reader 07-31-2019

From An Angry Reader:

I have known hypocrite God mocking scum like you my entire life. Your cynical article mocking the suffering of the BRAVE German people and glorifying the demonic scum jew who CAUSED are are personally offensive to me and every informed TRUTH loving man woman and child on EARTH! I knew the German people FAR better than you. When I commanded a Special Forces A-team 55 years ago – my operations Sgt. had been a German national and remembered the horrors inflicted on him and his family by war criminal scum like the jew psychopath Eisenhower.

Hitler and the then prosperous German people NEVER EVER wanted a war and YOU KNOW THAT! I have forgotten more about the TRUTHS of that jew incited needless war than you will ever know. Most of my wisdom was by way of REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES – not just texbooks.

You evil conduct and ease with which you twist TRUTHS to deceive naive people is disgusting. Since you are probably not a brain dead moron – the only other possibility for your obvious to twist history are that you are either and or a jew loving leftist ( YOU were raised in the people’s republic of California) or you are just plain criminally EVIL!

While you were learning your ABCs I was commanding a company of 225 American youths to prepare them if need be – to DEFEND OUR COUNTRY against a REAL enemy – not a created one as you have attempted to do for your jew masters. You and YOUR FILTHY ILK are the REAL reason this nation remains CRIMINALLY ignorant of any REAL World War history.

Your use of the jew created slur “NAZI” betrays your ignorance or your loyalty to IsraHELL. I’ll wager you will not refer to blacks – collectively as ‘ NIGGERS” And for your information I too, am a historian having gathered much of my knowledge BOOTS ON THE GROUND in over 30 nations over as many years. I have also published several books dealing with the TRUTHS – as in GOD”S HONEST TRUTH about ALL of the evils of the murderous jews and their evil allies in this once great now degenerate lost nation.

And yes I have investigated jew LIES about the Hollohoax ON SIGHT. And YES I have investigated IDF war crimes in IsraHELL and in Palestine – including cold-blooded murder of defenseless orphan children with the CIA and top intel people – so please no lectures from the peanut gallery. I don’t deal in opinions gossip or lies. ALL my information is truth repeatable to the face of GOD! Even the jew guides at Dachau openly admitted that no jews had ever been “gassed to death in gas chambers”.

You Sir – do not have a clue as to the TRUTH in these areas – so just please keep you mouth shut should you mock/anger God even MORE!

If there is indeed a just God and a place for evil doers – you will go there. And spare me the insults/ lies intended for your useful idiot readers


Joe Cortina – Veteran – father – author – patriot – elite paratroop commander – aerospace physicist – foreign vice-consul – commercial pilot and independent investigative analyst.


Angry Reader Joe Cortina,

There is no need for the Angry Reader menu of multiple titles, capital letters, the exclamation marks, the personal attacks (“scum”), or the implied threats. Your argument speaks for itself, in that it cites no real data, but lots of anti-Semitic invective.

I think the first 100 pages of The Second World Wars offers a good rebuttal to your allegations. While thousands died of starvation and mistreatment at the concentration/internment camp at Dachau, the main extermination camps that saw the majority of roughly six million Jews gassed or otherwise slaughtered were located, by design, in German-controlled territory of what had once been an independent Poland—both to ensure that the camps were too far away from the reach of most Allied bombing raids, out of sight from the German public, and near the greatest concentrations of prewar European Jewry.

We have Nazi documents and data, physical remains of the eastern death camps, and the testimonies of both Jewish prisoners who survived and the concurrence of German guards and overseers. So the evidence for the Holocaust has always been overwhelming.

I have no insults for you, just a sort of sadness that you are so consumed with hatred.

Victor Hanson

Angry Reader 7-30-2019

From An Angry Reader:

Dont worry , no silly greetings for you. Ha ha ha , reading your opinion in Albuquerque Journal made me laugh out loud. Fortunately, I rarely read such Bull Shit. Such crap is beyond belief.

Thanks for the Laugh ,

Darrell Little


Dear Angry Reader Darrell Little,

I have some admiration for you scoring so high on the Angry Reader scale in a mere three sentences: incorrect grammar, check; dirty words, check; lack of any detail or reference, check; strange rules of capitalization and punctuation, check; ad hominem, sort of check.

What is the logic of “rarely read such…” juxtaposed to taking the trouble to write to the website to offer this tiny little rant? One might think that in fact you read such “Bull S—t” quite often?

Since you have no referent other than anger, I cannot reply to any particular criticism of a column or essay, since you cite nothing other than the gibberish above.

Thanks for the whatever it is,

Victor Hanson

Menacing Invective Against Trump Creates Dangerous Climate

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

Former vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden has bragged on two occasions that he would like to beat up President Donald Trump.

In March 2018, Biden huffed, “They asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no. I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”

Biden’s tough-guy braggadocio was apparently no slip. A year later, he doubled down on his physical threats.

“The idea that I’d be intimidated by Donald Trump? … He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack him in the mouth.”

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100 Years of the Hoover Institution

Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Or at least, in theory, it sort of does.

In 1919 Herbert Hoover — then a 45-year-old multimillionaire, mining engineer, and veteran of efforts to save the starving of Europe and Russia following World War I — gave $50,000 (about $600,000 today) and his million-document collection on the war and its detritus to his beloved alma mater, Stanford University.

By 1921, the expanding “Hoover War Collection” — hardly a “think tank” — had become formalized as Stanford’s prestigious Hoover War Library, with some 1.4 million documents and books.

After two decades, the iconic 285-foot Hoover tower was built in 1941 on Stanford’s 50th anniversary. And by 1947 the library and its staff were formally renamed the “Hoover Institute and Library on War, Revolution and Peace” — still embedded within Stanford University, but perhaps not yet even a true think tank — and in theory not necessarily to be ideologically part of Stanford University.

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Woke Racism

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

Well before Sigmund Freud formalized the idea of “projectionism”—the defense of one’s own shortcomings and sins by attributing them to others—it was a common theme in classical literature and the New Testament: the ridiculing of the mole on someone else’s nose to hide one’s own boil.

The term projection more or less sums up much of the woke identity politics movement, in which obsessions with racial privilege and tribal exceptionalism are justified by accusing others of just such bias.

While such racist projectionism can often be a psychological tic that assuages the guilt of one’s own rank prejudice, just as often accusing others of racism is a peremptory careerist move to win media attention, lucre, or job advancement.

Racists—those who assume those of different races always act collectively in predictable ways, usually far worse than does their own tribe—who charge racism assume that unlike the proverbial wolf crier, there is currently no downside to their hysterias and fantasies.

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The Lessons of the Versailles Treaty

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

The Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France, on June 28, 1919. Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath.

The traditional criticism of the treaty is that the victorious French and British democracies did not listen to the pleas of leniency from progressive American President Woodrow Wilson. Instead, they added insult to the German injury by blaming Germany for starting the war. The final treaty demanded German reparations for war losses. It also forced Germany to cede territory to its victorious neighbors.

The harsh terms of the treaty purportedly embittered and impoverished the Germans. The indignation over Versailles supposedly explained why Germany eventually voted into power the firebrand Nazi Adolf Hitler, sowing the seeds of World War II.

But a century later, how true is the traditional explanation of the Versailles Treaty?

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The Economy, Father of Us All

Victor Davis Hanson // Nationals Review

Each week we are warned of a recession. And each week the economic news “unexpectedly” and “surprisingly” improves or stays steady — in ways well aside from the staples of continued near-record-low peacetime unemployment (3.8 percent), near-record-low minority unemployment, booming annualized GDP (3.1 percent), and a record-high stock market.

In June, retail sales increased for the fourth straight month. The rate of Hispanic home ownership continues to increase. A quarter-million new jobs were created in June, with strong growth in construction and manufacturing. Record oil and gas production seems only to keep increasing. Strong wage growth of 3.4 percent continues.

The point is not so much “It’s the economy, stupid,” but rather that the economy is the font of all contemporary politics, and it adjudicates the parameters of presidential prerogatives.

In the standoff between the “Squad” and Donald Trump, near-record peacetime unemployment in general and in particular historic-low minority unemployment argue against the idea that Trump is racist.

Polls suggest that Donald Trump may well win a greater share of the minority vote than moderates John McCain and Mitt Romney — largely because of a raise in middle-class wages in a tight labor market, and new leverage of entry-level workers over labor-hungry employers. Do working-class blacks and Hispanics suffer then from false consciousness, and do they need tutorials from progressive grandees so they won’t be so incorrect as to appreciate having more jobs at better pay?  Racists do not craft economic policies that empower African Americans far more so than those promoted by the first African-American president.

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

Get along? Apparently no—at least until after 2020. Two examples summarize why.

“We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice,” said U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), one-quarter of “the squad” sowing havoc among Democrats in the House. “ We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.”

Of the Republican Party, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes said the other day: “It must be peacefully, nonviolently, politically destroyed with love, compassion and determination, but utterly confronted and destroyed. That is the only way to break the coalition apart… Not by prying off this or that interest. They are in too deep. They have shamed themselves too much. The heart of the thing must be ripped out. The darkness must be banished.”

In other words, the new progressive message is that we all must vote monolithically and predicated on our superficial appearance, religion, or sexual orientation. And the Trump base must be destroyed, though annihilated with “love” and “compassion.”

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