“If the multibillion-dollar NFL decides that multimillionaire players have no obligation to stand to honor a collective national anthem, and that there will be separate anthems and politicized uniforms, then millions of Americans will quietly shrug and change the channel.”—-Victor Davis Hanson at PJMedia
Classicist historian Victor Davis Hanson:
“Historically, the tips of the spears of cultural revolutions are accustomed to comfort. But they grow angry when they realize that they will never become securely comfortable….
“The woke but godless, the arrogant but ignorant, the violent but physically unimpressive, the degreed but poorly educated, the broke but acquisitive, the ambitious but stalled — these are history’s ingredients of riot and revolution.”
Which is why they’ll likely go on rioting in Pedo Joe’s high-tax, big government regulations economy, and why they’re likely to stop if/when the Trump low tax reduced-regulation capitalist economy gets going again.
UPDATE: Meanwhile AG Barr says the FBI has arrested 150 rioters and has 500 ongoing investigations into the riot instigators. Yes, only 150. And Bull Durham’s probe of the Deep State also is coming up a dud.
Watching a Bob Hope-James Cagney dance routine (yes, Hope could dance) I was reminded of this recent essay by historian Victor Davis Hanson:
“Our ancestors were builders and pioneers and mostly fearless. We are regulators, auditors, bureaucrats, adjudicators, censors, critics, plaintiffs, defendants, social media junkies and thin-skinned scolds. A distant generation created; we mostly delay, idle and gripe.”
It’s Mexifornia, of course. Where historian Victor Davis Hanson sees:
“We have the highest income tax rates,” said Hanson of California. “We have the highest gas tax rates. We have among the highest sales tax. Our schools [and] our infrastructure is in the bottom ten percent. I don’t remember one out of every three people being admitted to a hospital suffering from diabetes in California. When I was growing up we didn’t have two or three dialysis clinics in every single little town. We have an epidemic of health problems and yet the money to address that is such that we can’t spend it on infrastructure.”
What happens in California stays in California. Let’s hope.
“So here is the near future: Every time the New York Times runs another anti-Semitic cartoon (and it will), each time a left-wing member of Congress questions the patriotism or morality of American Jews (and one will), and on every occasion Jewish students are harassed on campus (and they will be), we go another mile down the road to the well-known historical disaster that is looming ahead.”
Except this time Jews will not be disarmed. The sheep dogs among us will be carrying, while the sheep prattle on about love-thy-neighbor.
Via National Review
Another thing classics professor and historian Victor Davis Hanson worries about is that the political divisions today are very much like the political divisions of 1861—the beginning, in that spring, of the American Civil War.
That’s because, like the political divisions of 1861, today’s divisions are geographical. Then you had the North versus the South. Today you have the coasts, West and East, versus the interior of the country.
That’s reflected in U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke’s campaign funding. Liberal Dimocrat Beto gets the most of his record-breaking $38 million, not from Texas citizens and corporations but from those of the East and West coasts, specifically California and New York.
Now Beto’s going to lose, sure enough. I doubt even he expects to win. But the point is that the liberal coasts are trying to buy congressional elections in the conservative interior to further their own national agendas. And that will create resentments that, if continued long enough, could turn to warfare.
It’s easy to guess that her unmasking of intelligence taps came on orders from Bronco Bama himself.
“Yet, to be fair, it is difficult to know whether Rice was a seasoned architect of that duplicity. Given her reputation as a useful naïf and loyal fall person, perhaps she was easily manipulated into going on five Sunday shows to mislead and distort. Her subordinate Ben Rhodes needed a vessel to assure the nation that the Benghazi attacks were not due to administration policy failures, and Rice was deemed the ideal vehicle to spread that myth.”
Via Victor Davis Hanson in National Review