Victor Davis Hanson Private Papers

Election Fallout: Faith in Democracy, Not Government

by Victor Davis Hanson

San Francisco Chronicle

Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were the only two Democrats to be elected president since 1976. Read more →

A Quintessential General

by Victor Davis Hanson

New Criterion, November 2004

A review of Ulysses S. Grantby Josiah Bunting III (Times Books, 2004) Read more →

American Exceptionalism: The Message of Tuesday’s Verdict

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

Tuesday’s election was the greatest turnout in American political history, the first majority vote for a president-elect since 1988, and the largest number of ballots cast for a president in our history. What are we to make of it all, besides the obvious fact that the citizens have spoken clearly and that their voices were recorded fairly and accurately? Read more →

Interpreting the Returns of Election ’04

All that razzle-dazzle can’t fool average Joe.

by Bruce S. Thornton

Private Papers

Now that, as Hank Williams might put it, it’s all over but the Democrats’ crying, what are some preliminary conclusions we can draw from this election? Read more →

Allow George W. Bush to Finish the Job

In war, the last campaigns are the bloodiest.

by Victor Davis Hanson

Wall Street Journal

A shorter version of this essay appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

In singular moments in our history, the security of the United States hinged on a single presidential election. Read more →

The Power of Will: Winning Still Matters

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

The terrorists cannot win either a conventional or an asymmetrical war against the United States, should it bring its full array of assets to the struggle. Read more →

The Real Divide is Online in Elitist Minds

by Victor Davis Hanson

San Francisco Chronicle

Are things really as ghastly as they appear this election year? President Bush is derided as a liar, brain-dead and a coward, not just by fringe groups but by prominent members of the Democratic establishment. Major intellectuals and artists lament that John Kerry won all three debates by skilled debating — and yet gained little ground. Read more →

Country at a Crossroads

November 2 will say a lot about the American people, and our future

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Magazine

Had Lincoln lost the 1864 vote, a victorious General McClellan would have settled for an American continent divided, with slavery intact. Without Woodrow Wilson’s reelection in 1916 — opposed by the isolationists — Western Europe would have lost millions only to be trampled by Prussian militarism. Read more →

What Would Patton Say About the Present War?

by Victor Davis Hanson


The following text is adapted from a transcript of a lecture delivered on July 23, 2004, on board the MS Heidelberg during a Hillsdale College cruise on the Rhine and Moselle rivers. A shorter version of this informal speech was published recently in Imprimis. Read more →

Kerry’s Dilemma

Or, how to lose and election

by Victor Davis Hanson

National Review Online

There is a good chance that no matter what Kerry says or does in the final two weeks of this election — barring some major catastrophe in Iraq, a presidential gaffe, or massive voting irregularity — he will lose. Read more →

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