The Debate and Dante’s Inferno

Join the weekend episode with Victor Davis Hanson and cohost Sami Winc to analyze the Biden-Trump debate, Biden administration’s Saudi-Israeli “Peace” Deal, China wanting to “crack skulls and spill blood,” and 16 stray economists. In the middle segment, VDH talks about Dante’s “Inferno.”

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18 thoughts on “The Debate and Dante's Inferno”

  1. I don’t think Joe Biden left any doubt after the debate that he is physically and cognitively impaired and, ergo, unfit to be president.

    I’ve heard talk of replacing him with Michelle Obama, which would be a disaster for the country. Maybe his handlers deliberately let Joe flounder in order to remove him as soon as possible? I mean they had over a week to prepare, so what went wrong?

    Hopefully, this November the American people will flush the toilet on this worthless shower of (blank) president or whoever replaces him.

  2. In the debate I saw two old men well past retirement age and their personal prime, trading insults, when they should have been lying on a beach. Biden fell into nonsense or incoherence a few times. Trump did not do well either. In fairness, Biden did answer each question, and did give ‘facts’, whether or not true, to back his answers. Trump seemed incapable of answering a question and stuck in a right or wrong debate with what Biden previously said. The moderators had to continually say,”Mr.Trump, the question was’. Do you wish to answer it”. Trump presented few facts as I yelled many he could have used at the tv. He only repeatedly said, “I had the greatest economy in history. No one has ever seen anything like it. ‘”, and other such things. Opinions that weren’t really provable and wouldn’t be allowed in a real debate. Then Trump went to personal attacks. While Dr.Hanson puts a good spin on it, it is no credit to Trump that he didn’t prepare. This is a debate for the presidency and regardless of who the opponent was, he should have been prepared. He was lucky that Biden failed on a few occasions as some have said he offered more substance.Trump just made general statements that without backing facts, were opinions. I long for a communicator and leader like Ike, Kennedy, Reagan, etc. We have many intelligent,capable people with the ability to listen to the needs and wants of all the people and make decisions that will help them all and bring us together. Let’s elect one.

    1. Trump stomped all over Biden who stared off into space when he was being asked questions. Biden was such a profoundly dysfunctional clown like creature that Dana Bash had to hand gesture him back to the podium camera. It is s an embarrassment that he’s representing any country. He should be in a convalescent hospital.

    2. I do wish Trump could have heard you recommending answers to back up his boasting. If an answer is not correct, is it still a fact?(lol)
      I am listed as a non-registered voter in my state (it used to be called independent). After reading the news this weekend summarizing the debate and the options the democrats could possibly put forward, I still cannot vote for that party. The question comes up in a country of ?300M people, aren’t there some better options? Newsome has been measuring for drapes for a while now. IMHO, he is a mini-Trump, except that Trump is not really a politician and Newsome is all politician. Whitmer scares me–look at how she treated the Michiganers during Covid– they could not even go outside to plant a garden(?)but her husband wanted to put his boat in the water (do you know who I am?). From about 3 mos into Covid, we felt that “they” really did not believe in what they were forcing us to do. And the rest of them.
      But, actually, who would want to run for political office now? It costs a flippin’ fortune so the person, their family, and their friends can be run through the mud. I am sure a democrat candidate as a teenager never did anything stupid but if it is a republican, as a teenager something will be found(?).
      Just a bit cynical and a lot concerned.

  3. A minor correction, Victor.
    Our current governor, and former attorney general and Philadelphia DA is Josh Shapiro, not Ben Shapiro. Ben Shapiro is the conservative author, pundit, and talk show host who speaks at 78 while we’re all at 33.

    1. “Ben Shapiro speaks at 78 while we’re all at 33.”

      Well said, Brad. Ben Shapiro is a great commentator on the Daily Wire and elsewhere, but golly it is hard work to keep up with his flow.

  4. Charles Carroll

    Dr. Hanson speaks about tribalism and the deep state. Here you go:
    THE GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN USED TO WORK FOR GEORGE SOROS.*
    CALIF GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM IS NANCY PELOSI’S NEPHEW
    ADAM SHIFF’S SISTER IS MARRIED TO ONE OF GEORGE SOROS’ SONS.
    JOHN KERRY’S DAUGHTER IS MARRIED TO A MULLAH’S SON IN IRAN.
    HILLARY’S DAUGHTER CHELSEA IS MARRIED TO GEORGE SOROS’ NEPHEW.
    ABC NEWS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER IAN CAMERON IS MARRIED TO SUSAN RICE, OBAMA’S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.
    CBS PRESIDENT DAVID RHODES IS THE BROTHER OF BEN RHODES, OBAMA’S DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS.
    ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT CLAIRE SHIPMAN IS MARRIED TO JAY CARNEY, FORMER OBAMA WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY.
    ABC NEWS AND UNIVISION REPORTER MATTHEW JAFFE IS MARRIED TO KATIE HOGAN, OBAMA’S FORMER DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY
    ABC PRESIDENT BEN SHERWOOD IS THE BROTHER OF ELIZABETH SHERWOOD, OBAMA’S FORMER SPECIAL ADVISER.
    CNN VP VIRGINIA MOSELEY IS MARRIED TO TOM NIDES, FORMER HILLARY CLINTON’S DEPUTY SECRETARY.

    It turns out that the Clinton Foundation was audited by the law firm DLA Piper. One of the executives there was in charge of the Clinton Foundation audit.
    Who was it? Peter Comey, James Comey’s brother. Peter Comey held an executive position with the Washington law firm that did the audit of the Clinton foundation in 2015. Peter Comey was officially DLA Piper “Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas,” in 2015 when the Clinton Foundation scandals first broke and Hillary was p

  5. Charles Carroll

    The Deep State Gordian Knot continued:
    Dominion (voting machine provider) serves 40% of the US market. It is in 30 states – – The state of Texas rejected the machines.
    Admiral Peter Neffenger is on Biden’s transition team.- Neffenger was the President of the board of Smartmatic
    – Smartmatic (another voting machine supplier) entered into an agreement with Dominion in 2009
    – Smartmatic counted votes in Venezuela
    – Smartmatic is connected to Philippine voter fraud
    – Smartmatic is run by Lord Mark Malloch Brown who works for George Soros (-he and Brown are life-long friends)
    – Brown chairs the Boards of a number of non-profit boards including the Open Society Foundation,
    – Brown chairs the Centre for Global Development.
    – Open society of course is owned by George Soros
    – Smartmatic partnered with DLA Piper Global
    – Douglas C. Emhoff works at DLA Piper Global
    – Douglass C. Emhoff is Kamala Harris’s husband
    – Guess who owns Dominion? – -Blum Capital Partners, L.P.
    – Guess who is on the board for the company? — Richard Blum.
    – Richard C. Blum is Dianne Feinstein’s husband.
    – Nancy Pelosi’s husband is also a major investor
    – An aide to Nancy Pelosi, Nadeam Elshami, was hired by Dominion Voting Systems

    – Dominion Voting Systems is listed on the Clinton Foundation website.

    – Dominion Voting is listed as a $25,000 -$50,000 donor to the Clinton Foundation in 2014 by The Washington Post

    – Georgia Governor Kemp used Dominion Voti

  6. I wish you would comment about what movies you like and why you like them. I particularly like to hear about Civil War film I can’t figure it out.
    Thank Yoy VDH

    1. The smartest people tend to become advisors and work behind the scenes out of view of the political arm wrestling. They are often introverted personality types. It is the moderately intelligent who are good at political wrestling who tend to become the leaders. They are often extraverted personalty types.

  7. Enjoying your viewpoints as always. The debate revealed the hornet’s nest the Democrats decided to sit on to the entertainment of many political junkies. I’m stocking up on popcorn. You mentioned a PSA test and having seen a Johns Hopkins Proctocologist this past year (at 73) I’ll pass his advice on. After age 70 PSA tests are unnecessary. I had filled out a basic symptom check the box form he reviewed and I had 3 of the 8 or so expected symptoms for my age. He explained that at 70 the chances of dying from prostate cancer before dying of another cause were very slim.

    He told me to contact him if my symptoms substantially worsened, told me to make an appointment for review in a year and did not give me a PSA test. I hope this saves you from some unnecessary doctor visits in the future.

  8. I think someone is giving meth to Joe B. That would help explain the frequent angry outbursts and inappropriate over-reactions. People who are suffering from cognitive impairment and are still aware enough to realize it typically get bouts of frustration and anger as a response, and meth probably makes the effect even worse. Adderall or methylphenidate are typically not as harsh in their stimulant effects as meth. Just a guess.

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