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Victor Davis Hanson // American Greatness

Americans mostly have given up on familiar institutions for entertainment, guidance, or reassurance. What now do Hollywood, network news, the media in general, Silicon Valley, the NBA, NFL, MLB, or higher education all have in common? 

A propensity to lecture Americans on their moral inferiorities, a general ethical decline in their own disciplines, and a strange obsession to acquire great wealth while living in contrast to what they advocate for others. Add also incompetence. Movies are mostly bad now. The network news is blow-dried groupthink. There is no “paper of record” anywhere. Twitter and Facebook no longer even try to hide their politicized contortions of warped rules and twisted protocols. 


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6 thoughts on “Feet-of-Clay Icons”

  1. If possible, can you print a transcript with your podcasts? Some of us are hard of hearing but we can read well. TED talks usually print a transcript and by so doing, they increase your audience. You will too.
    have the same problem with Dick Morris, whose commentary is very difficult to hear.
    I get my news on my iPad. My hearing aids don’t overcome the poor quality of sound the IPad produces. I need a transcript. Please consider.

  2. The most serious failure has been the various departments of justice. The FBI, DOJ, IRS – all have shown they cannot be trusted to administer justice. They are all biased toward the left (socialist) view.

  3. Janice Kohles

    Thank you for putting a voice to my thoughts and reassuring me that all my swirling confusion is not just crazed thinking. Keep speaking up for our country. I was a young adult in the 60s and hated what went on and knew immediately that it was back worse than before. God help us all.

  4. Ronald Barton

    It’s the constantly recurring question: “Who ya gonna call?”
    The answer is: nobody. You are on your own. There are no Ghostbusters that can put the evil doers back in the box.

  5. Professor Hanson,
    Contra your belief, our generals are, in the manner of Martin Luther King, Jr., looking at the content of the character of their soldiers — and they find much of that character defective.
    Why don’t you give up your youthful and obviously flawed King worship? It is precisely what has led us to where we are.
    General Washington, General Grant, General Pershing and General Patton would have been right at home in an all-white army and never tolerated the diverse force that the Cold War and domestic politics forced on the services after 1947. They all would have considered such a military insane and doomed. (Care to disagree?) Globalism and domestic politics have merely continued to exert further malign influences since 1991, the last year our armed forces actually won a war.
    You seem to think that as long as some Sikh in a turban or pregnant black lesbian is devoted to a colorblind society they belong in our army serving on the front lines next to each other defending “freedom.” That’s how warped your thinking has become. Epaminondas, Sherman and Patton would have put you in the stockade for that.
    Freeing people is one thing; asserting that we’re all the same and belong together is quite another. Please be true to your great Western ancestors and drop the MLK fetish.

  6. This Memorial Day, I fondly remember deceased family members who served in World War Two, and honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending American ideals of truth, liberty and justice.
    To the military officers who have–out of greed, ego, petty malice and politics–betrayed their sworn oath,
    I have one thing to say: shame on you.

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