Venezuela on the Potomac

Somehow, having an Enemies List is all right if you’re Barack Obama and not Richard Nixon. By Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online It has become an iffy idea to cross Barack Obama. After seven years, the president has created a Hugo Chávez–like deterrent landscape, intended to remind friends and enemies alike that he …

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The Scorching of California

How Green extremists made a bad drought worse by Victor Davis Hanson // City Journal  In mid-December, the first large storms in three years drenched California. No one knows whether the rain and snow will continue—only that it must last for weeks if a record three-year drought, both natural and man-made, is to end. In …

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The New Children’s Crusade

Almost everything we are told about illegal immigration is both a lie and amoral. by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online Sometime around 1212, mystics in Europe cooked up the idea that kids could part the seas, reach the Holy Land, reclaim Jerusalem, and convert the infidel Muslims. Thousands of children in Northern Europe …

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Winners and Losers in the War on Poverty

by Bruce S. Thornton // FrontPage Magazine  Progressives and liberals love William James’s idea of a “moral equivalent of war.” As Jonah Goldberg defines this concept, “The core idea, expressed in myriad different ways, is that normal democratic capitalism is insufficient. Society needs an organizing principle that causes the citizenry to drop their individual pursuits, petty ambitions, …

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Beware of Beautifully Misnamed Laws

Who would oppose “affordable care” and “farm security”? by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online  Washington has a bad habit of naming laws by what they are not. These euphemisms usually win temporary public support. After all, who wants to be against anything “affordable”? But on examination, such idealistically named legislation usually turns out to …

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Brennan’s Testimony and Waterboarding Misinformation

by Bruce S. Thornton FrontPage The Senate Intelligence Committee last week grilled Obama’s pick to head the CIA, John Brennan, on all sorts of issues. Democrats worked him over about the CIA’s interrogation, detention, and droning of terrorist suspects, while Republicans were concerned about leaks of classified information. Share This

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Land of the Lawless

by Victor Davis Hanson PJ Media When the Law Does Not Pay I do not think in California there is much law these days. We are regressing to the days of my grandfather’s stories who used to relate to me a wild Central Valley circa 1900 when the sheriff was a day away. Share This

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Imprecise Language Breeds Dangerous Policy

by Bruce S. Thornton Advancing a Free Society In his classic essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell identified a “lack of precision” as the besetting sin of politicized writing, either through incompetence or indifference as to whether “words mean anything or not.” Share This

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On Reminding the Politicians Who’s the Boss

by Bruce S. Thornton The Democrats and their tribunes in the mainstream media weren’t too happy about the House of Representatives reading aloud the Constitution. Share This

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