The Pajama Boy White House

Meet the 30-somethings who are running our federal government. By Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online “Cleverness is not wisdom.” — Euripides, Bacchae   What exactly has birthed the Pajama Boy aristocracy — our overclass of pretentious, inexperienced, and smug 30-something masters of the universe? Prolonged adolescence? Affluence? The disappearance of physical chores and …

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The Failure of the E.U.

by Bruce S. Thornton // Defining Ideas The European Union has long excited American progressives, who want the United States to model itself after the European body. As each year passes, it has become difficult to understand this admiration. These days the E.U. acts more and more like a bloated bureaucracy staffed with elites armed …

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The New Regressives

by Victor Davis Hanson // PJ Media Today’s liberalism is about as liberal as the Hellenistic world was Hellenic — a glossy veneer over a rotten core. In the old days, liberalism was about the means to an end, not the end itself. Since the days of Socrates, liberalism enshrined free inquiry, guided by inductive …

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When Failure Is Success

For Obama’s supporters, what matters is not what he does, but what he says and represents. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  Losing a job is freedom from job lock. A budget deficit larger than in any previous administration is austerity. A mean right-wing video caused the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. Al-Qaeda …

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Obama’s Newspeak

The meaning of works, and history itself, are malleable when it comes to our president and his record. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  The nightmare societies portrayed in the George Orwell novels 1984 and Animal Farm gave us the word “Orwellian.” That adjective reflects a vast government’s efforts not just to deceive and control the people, but …

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Hope and Change: Take VI

by Victor Davis Hanson // NRO’s The Corner  The anemic retread speech was mostly another yearly pep-talk version of the original “summer of recovery”/“millions of new green jobs” boilerplate, “big bank accounts” bad -ich-guy stuff, and “we’re out of Iraq”/close Guantanamo again.” Been there, done that.  Share This

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Fight the Next War, Not the Last One

by Bruce S. Thornton // FrontPage Magazine  Tuesday night President Obama will deliver another campaign speech, this one marketed as the State of the Union address. As such, we can expect to hear, through the usual white noise of “I,” “me,” and “my,” vacuous bromides like “moving America forward,” and empty promises “to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and empower all who …

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Governing by Pen and Phone

Obama used to sigh that he was not a dictator who could act unilaterally. No more. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  Lately a weakened President Obama has fashioned a new attitude about consensual government: “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the …

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