22 thoughts on “DeSantis, Disney and Travel Bans”

  1. Trump can have a huge reach on Twitter. All he has to do is acknowledge that tweeting positive, patriotic, and substantive messages trump petty, juvenile, and irrelevant ones.

    1. Thomas O'Brien

      Yes, he can be bold and he can be presidential.

      He does not need the petty name calling. If he can manage to avoid the pettiness, he will win over many of the security conscious woman surbanites.

  2. In regards to racial slurs, instead of government banning offensive language which leads to greater censorship and oppression, here are two guidelines to keep harmony in society.

    1. As the sender of words. you may want to think about how they are received so that you don’t unnecessarily offend. (Leviticus 19:18; Mark 12:31 …you shall love your neighbor as yourself…)

    2. As a receiver of language, remember that you are the only person that you have control over so allow yourself to be humbled and don’t let unkind words destroy your mood.
    (Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.)

    1. thebaron@enter.net

      That requires a level of personal maturity that is less and less common today. Ever since the first Boomers hit college, and were exposed to Leftism, we have been on a trend towards greater childishness. It’s hard to be an adult. It takes effort to care for yourself, to take responsibility for yourself. But it is precisely the mature adult that a republic needs.
      Conversely, it’s easy to be a child, to demand whatever you want, when you want it, and to rely on the adults in your life to take care of you. And that is precisely the kind of citizen (subject) a totalitarian tyranny needs.
      That’s where we are today.

      1. That’s a good point, childishness characterizes our times.

        Here’s an elaboration given to warn a pastor about false teachers in the church during the first century –

        But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

  3. Robert J Stewart

    DeSantis has written a very interesting book, “The Courage to be Free”. Unlike a lot of the books authored by politicians, this book is filled with references to people I have come to respect and follow, such as Thomas Sowell. DeSantis is very well informed on the intellectual basis for both our present difficulties, as well as the thoughtful and compelling arguments that people like Sowell have authored that point to the path forward. Unlike Trump, DeSantis understands the depth and extent of the failures of our “elite”.

    1. DeSantis offers a lot in a variety of ways, all honorable, due, and just in time.

      Trump offers, especially among the “elite” string-pullers, the delight of the bull in a china-shop completely out of its element, utterly destroying the refined ware, dumping on the shiny clean tiled floor. It’s so dang cool hearing the deep, bellow of anger then the expensive glass and precious china fall and shatter and the subsequent, “oh no, the brute!”

      It’s better than the old SNL. Please, four more.

  4. Solid on Ukraine again, but, do you think the MAGAers want a negotiated settlement or to dump Ukraine, let Russia do as it likes, and warm up to “illiberal democracies” like Hungary?

    On those pesky academic papers: are the spurs hung up, or are you going to respond to Matthews and the ANZACs? They’ve trashed your take on hoplite warfare based on experimental archeology and pottery evidence as well as the texts and I’d love to hear you respond. I still have a few bruises from demonstrating your rugby scrum theory to students…

    1. With regard to Ukraine, in light of the credibly reported corruption and left-biased estimates of up to 70% of the aid being lost, the adage, ‘stop throwing good money after bad’, seems appropriate. Besides, any negotiating carries a fairly high probability that we will borrow to restore the war damage (caused by our munitions, missiles, and mistake). Especially since it could likely be Saudi Arabia and China negotiating for us again. There is some probability the US will at least partially fund the repair of that darn pipeline (that our gov and lapdogs insist Putin took out).

      The Big Guy has his. It’s time to truncate and get the heck out of Dodge.
      It’s time to get ready for the big one.

      1. Slow day again at NRO, Leroy? If they were losing 70 percent of what they were given: a. Russia would have overrun half the country after their reorganization following the battle of Kyiv. B. All those other countries (Poland, England, Baltics, Germany, France, etc.) would not be lending to them.

        The rest is inexact and partially wild speculation. Kyiv is working overtime to line up a diverse coalition of States and private companies for the rebuild. Try some new talking points instead of repeating the same cherry picked newsbites.

      2. Also, since you don’t list the article, I assume you are talking about CBS August 8th 2022 article that got walked back. You might look into the October article from the Hudson Institute “10 Myths About Aid to Ukraine”. A little Google will blow the rest of your accusations out of the water.

        1. James LeBot, which defense company do you work for? Just wondering why you are such as Johnny-One-Note.

        2. James LeBotte

          Really? Most of that comment was about hoplite warfare! I just wrote a long piece on farming in early America and then gave a book recommendation on the Iliad and PTSD. I do teaching and consulting. Who do you work for, Wagner PMC? Seems like you only want to talk to me if I contradict your narrative on Ukraine.

  5. Hi
    Listened to the podcast today and heard the discussion of how the republicans lost the popular vote. And have lost the popular vote for the last 20 years or so. Well like VDH I have not seen any issue or candidate I have voted for win an election in the last 20 years. And when those issues have won they were banned by the courts in a week. President Trump lost the nationwide popular vote by about 5 million votes in 2020 President Trump lost the presidential election to Joe Biden in California by 5 million or so votes. So there you go. You want to know who is ruining this country. Look to California.

  6. Thomas O'Brien

    Dr. Hanson you mentioned how Joe Biden accused the truck driver of being drunk that was involved in the accident in which Biden’s first wife died along with their infant daughter children.

    From what I read its actually worse than that. Biden made these accusations along the lines of “They say he liked to drink his lunch”, and after the truck driver could no longer defend his reputation, since some years after the accident he was now deceased.

    Biden’s wife at the time of the accident was in the lane of oncoming traffic and she had her infant daughter on her lap. Hunter and Beau were in the backseat. No doubt she was distracted.

    I suspect Biden felt portraying his wife a victim of a drunk driver, rather than her own carelessness, would bring him more sympathy among voters.

    1. Joe Biden has presented all his adult life as having a sociopathic personality. Otoh, more than a few politicians do too, however, JB, as the Big Guy, has a very high degree of the affliction.

  7. The Republican party only needs to court the suburban independent in purple states. It is no surprise that the Democrats don’t care about what is going on in NYC and San Francisco. Victor, instead of emphasizing California, should pick examples from states like Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

    1. FRANK KOVACS, the above commentator, and you are spot on.

      Victor’s analysis with regards to the GOP popular vote losing streak and independent/suburban/housewife votes vis-a-vis Trump is weak. He seldom makes the point that it boils down to just a few states that decide the presidential election results. Most if not all of his rhetorical questions can be explained with that understanding.

  8. thebaron@enter.net

    On Biden’s decrepitness (yes, if we forgive “mericratic” for “meritocratic”, and “commiserate” for “commensurate”, we can forgive “decrepitness”), no, no sympathy for him at all.

    He was always a nasty, rotten, mendacious, racist jerk. And he has striven for this position his entire public life. He is right where he wants to be. I don’t know that he’d be any worse than he is, if he weren’t senile.

    And the people around him are where they want to be, and they use him to keep their position.

    I have no sympathy for him, or for them. They are a gang of incompetent grifters.

    I have sympathy for us, though, for being childish enough as a society that we’d even consider someone like Biden for any public office, let alone the highest in the land.

    But we’ve brought it on ourselves, so I don’t have quite as much sympathy as I would if this were an external problem. We relapsed into adolescence, and now we pay the price.

  9. thebaron@enter.net

    Sami makes a good point, in the discussion about corporations and wokeism. I agree that these blunders are not solely the results of ignorant corporate leadership who have hired woke incompetents fresh out of universities. By now, there are enough of those woke incompetents in higher corporate positions, too, that that is a contributing factor.

    1. Once the Admin class and the top investors get a certain ammount of money, the actual profit motive is satisfied and they begin, following their education, to look for “existential” meaning to their corporate enterprise (ESG Score, good press, political ambitions, stopping malaria, etc.) It’d be a great impulse if used in the old way: build libraries, endow hospitals, provide financial advice to the local rescue mission.

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