America is in great shape energy-wise. We have more gas and oil reserves than ever before. Indeed, the United States could shortly become the world’s largest exporter of coal. Our cheaper power rates may bring energy-intensive industry back from Europe and Asia. If America’s small colleges are nearly broke and our public schools failing, nonetheless our blue-chip universities’ math, science, and engineering departments, and professional schools, remain the best in the world. (Snip)In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion;
"To keep America exceptional, we need eccentrics, contrarians, doubters, politically incorrect truth-tellers. Take them away, and we are a nation of head-nodders like most other states." Thank you, VDH; that was much needed music to my ears.
Thank you so much staff/Ms.Lucianne for making this a Must Read. VDH is proving in this article that "those who don´t know history are doomed to repeat it." That can be good- if we have another 1776 type of repetition or it can be bad if the elitists have their way.
I think the millions who attend sporting events still get a thrill out of the words of the Star Spangled Banner and the words: And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. We 1776ers are still here and with great writers and speakers like Victor David Hanson to remind us, we aren´t giving up even though our flag may have some tatters - it still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Beat me to it #7! VDH reminds me of a biblical prophet. Jeremiah is the best example because his country did not repent and the Scriptures are clear on the outcome. Most everyone I know senses that our society is taking a destructive path.
Yes, there are millions of us who get it. I live in a small city, and a vibrant conservative group started an organization for women that meets once a month over lunch. We have about 400 women now and we are involved! We know what´s going on in our city council and we know what our state legislature is up to. We are making a difference on a local level re: immigration, common core and agenda 21. We have a book club which discusses crucial conservative literature. Americans don´t have to sit on their hands and watch the country´s demise. Get involved and get educated!
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M Stuart, 7/30/2013 9:12:11 AM (No. 9449375)
What amazing writing! So spot on!
I´ve never seen so many people in America with their heads down just holding on, waiting for this nightmare to be over.
Almost nobody wants to start a business. Nobody believes that 0bama´s ideas are good for America. Nobody believes that his cram-downs of the law can be stopped. Nobody believes in fairness. We unhappily accept that we will be treated worse than illegrants, race-baiters, & blood-sucking govt abusers.
I love this man. Everything he writes should be must read. He is spot on. This country has so much to offer but, we are getting beat down by the liars in power. It just seems we can not stop their agenda. O just issues executive order after executive order and no one does anything about it.
I am sorry to say, that even though I still have hope things will improve that I am beat up and only going through the motions right now.
We´re reverting to the way the conservatives/Americans reacted to the way the Boomer generation took over the college campuses and streets: with denial and overall frozen posture, unable or unwilling to take the risk. Do we really think we no longer have to fight?
Great piece. The only thing he missed is that a lot of the lofo´s aren´t even aware of the lies and obfuscations. The angst and alienation comes from being forced to imbibe political correctness and leftist ideology (as he says), but the truly depressing thing is that your fellow citizens are buying it without checking it. They don´t see that Fauxbama is lying and constantly contradicting himself. They find warmth and comfort in their ignorance.
FTA: "We are becoming like Eastern Europeans who were oblivious that the faces on the May Day dais had sometimes changed."
The United States of America, the nation that gave the world George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight David Eisenhower and Sir Ronaldus Magnus, now offers up the undocumented, communist foreign student Barry Soetoro, also known as Barack Hussein Obama?...Our "ship of state" needs a new "heading"...and fast!
As someone who escaped from a communist country, allow me to translate VDH´s excellent jeremiad...America is becoming a communist country.
Not that the government has taken possession of all businesses and property...yet...but in the shift away from the preeminence of the individual to the collective and collectivist thought. The government lies. Everyone knows it lies. And everyone is afraid to do anything about it.
We sugar coat it. We use terms like "politically correct" to explain away why we are afraid to openly speak the truth or be socially ostracized (or worse) for thought crimes.
THAT is the essence of a communist state. And that is what America is becoming.
America´s founders gave us the antidotes. Freedom of speech, and if necessary, the 2nd Amendment. This is the last best place on Earth. Resist.
Love the reference to Jeremiah! This all boils down to TRUTH vs LIES, and we must believe that truth, in the end , will out! As #11 said, get involved, engage wherever you can, to destroy the lies; we are, after all, Americans!
Victor Davis Hansen gives us a full resume´ of America´s ongoing and wonderful strengths, then he lays out a Bill of Particulars of all the odd, trouble making weaknesses we suffer in America. A good review, BUT he leaves out the sleeping watch dogs of all this greed and injustice. Hansen totally overlooks the daily network brainwashing damage done by our mainstream press and TV news actors like Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Steve Pelley. He avoids busting indoctrinating TV media. The agitators and censors all.
Good news is truth seeking journalists like Hansen are on the rise in the internet, social, radio and cable TV, books. Follow Andrew Napolitano, Malkin, Lucianne, Rush Drudge, Breitbart, Levin, Stossel, Bill Whittle, Robert Simon, Ben Shapiro, Steve Forbes, Glenn, Tom Sowell, Rappoport, Savage, Alex Jones, Ben Carson, Joseph Farah. Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Walter Williams, Manning, Jerome Corsi, David Horowitz, Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, Lew Rockwell, Nonie Darvish, Sheriff Joe, Chris Ruddy, Ron Paul, Jonah, David Mamet and some fine Canadian and British people like Pat Cadell. Really good news is this growing, very independent New Multi Media strength.
What a great article, and what great comments, guys!
It always is so upsetting to see that "We´re all doomed!" attitude among Americans, especially conservatives.
This is not the end, not if we don´t just nod along! Thank you #26 for saying it, name calling from the likes of Hillary Clinton or the silly-billies on MSNBC or CNN is the highest honor we can strive for.
And #18, if they don´t show up, Obama´s wrong -we win!
The nation has entered an age of post-constitutional soft tyranny. As French thinker and philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville explained presciently, "It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes , and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
Excerpt from Mark Levin´s new book The Liberty Amendments Restoring the American Republic.
Another excellent VDH in-depth evaluation of the current scene! Even the advertising pioneer, Edward Bernays, would be impressed by the PC influences which have manipulated these transformations in the USA during the past 4 years. -YIKES!!!
But is the, ´´change,´´ actually, ´a mile wide but only an inch deep?´´ The coming elections will be pivitol.
Great article. If you accept cold coffee with a fly floating in it at Starbucks, then that´s what you will keep getting. Same for our government. It is our government,and country. Not theirs. Quit accepting the unacceptable.
Progressivism is not communism, fascism or socialism, but it´s a close cousin that developed around the same time period (late 19th Century). It´s a totalitarian movement that demands total thought control throughout society.
And make no mistake about it, this is not just a problem with the Democratic Party. Republicans are just as eager to embrace the regulatory and surveillance state, if not more so.
I fear for our country´s future--too many people are willing to accept being chained up.
VDH is a classy and classic American entrepreneur and historian. As such, he KNOWS where we are headed if we do not act now.
One of us despairingly said: "It´s just that we have no megaphone. We have to wait for an election every two years." Please pardon me, but this is "wrong thinking." I, and I´d wager Andrew Breitbart and CapMarineTet, would not agree with you.
Each of us is a megaphone, and if we wait for elections (which are regularly stolen from us) we are doomed. Rise up and seize the moment!
Icould repeat everybody else´s eloquent praise for VDH, but why be redundant? Let me just quote what he said about Al Gore: best one-paragraph put-down there ever was:
"In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion; the stern green scold who cashed out to a fossil-fuel exporting sheikdom; the tax raiser who scrambled to sell out before capital gains taxes rose; the humanitarian who profited from anti-Semitic authoritarians; the man of the people who hyped a crisis and then offered a high-priced carbon-offset remedy for it."
As #21 said, America is becoming a communist country. But Ozero´s actions show that he is only using the Democrat Party and Marxism as a vehicle to the Islamization of America. You have only to look at what is happening in other "socialist" countries around the world (and the proliferation of mosques and Muslim immigrants/births in our country) to see that future. This must be stopped!
I would like to thank our hostess for putting this up for a second day as I was out of pocket and would have missed it. It is so interesting that some historians have a particular talent and skill of being able to step back and actually see what is happening now.
I have this: why Paula Deen has "to go to reeducation camp", but prez´s wife after saying "whitey" has not? Because we have the media and entertainment such that Pravda, Moscow Central television and any hitler´s propaganda loudspeaker would be envious of! I also wonder, where our homegrown commies would be if we had freedom of press in America? Would they lose in all elections or only in 90%?
Hate to say it, but the common thread for the "bad news" is moral decay, driven primarily by the "I can get something for nothing" mentality that is promoted and encouraged thru government programs and handouts. It´s common sense (a dying commodity in our society) that once we humans see we don´t have to work for things, it´s inevitable that we will sit back and take advantage of all the handouts that politicians use to get re-elected (to wit: over 40 million food stamp recipients). I keep waiting for our nation to break this cycle (term limits on congress and a balanced budget amendment would be good starters), but I am rapidly losing hope.
Victor David Hanson is one of those greatly gifted and arrestingly articulate writers in the class of Mark Steyn, Jonah Goldberg and Ann Coulter as insightful commentators in whose prose I glory and revel but cringe when they invariably swerve off into areas in which they not only know nothing but refuse to acknowledge that they know nothing and, oh, the embarrassment, sully their image all the more things by repeating all the hoary shibboleths and tired myths, my case in point being VDH on abortion and the case of Kermit Gosnell. What say, Victor, are you up for a bit of debate on Rachel Maddow or Bill O’Reilly with the stakes being airfare and lodging: If the public opinion poll declares me the winner of the debate, I pay yours and vice versa. Whatever happens with the abortion thing, though, I do want to buy you a beer and listen to you talk about everything else because you rock, my man, you rock.
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