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Members of Previous Generations Now Seem Like Giants

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

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. As we walk amid the refuse, needles, and excrement of the sidewalks of our fetid cities; as we sit motionless on our jammed ancient freeways; and as we pout on Twitter and electronically whine in the porticos of our Ivy League campuses, will we ask: “Who were these people who left these strange monuments that we use but can neither emulate nor understand?”

The left’s vile smear of America’s founding

Rich Lowry, New York Post

It is certainly true that an American nation existed prior to the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and slavery was its great sin, with permutations still felt today. But to pretend that racism is the essence of America and constituted one of the country’s founding principles is an odious and reductive lie. Rather than enhancing the moral standing of slavery, the Founding tended to undermine it. In the broadest gauge, it’s a mistake to treat the United States as an outlier in terms of its racial attitudes, when it was really an outlier in its (imperfect) embrace of liberty.

Waging War against the Dead

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The 21st century is in danger of becoming an era of statue smashing and historical erasure. Not since the iconoclasts of the Byzantine Empire or the epidemic of statue destruction during the French Revolution has the world seen anything like the current war on the past. There have been some unfortunate lessons from such vendettas against the images and names of the past. The past is not a melodrama but more often a tragedy. Destroying history will not make you feel good about the present. Studying and learning from it might.

Christmas 2018: Not the Worst of Times

Patrick J. Buchanan, Townhall

America has endured, in the lifetime of its older generations, far worse Christmases than this. An unacknowledged cause of establishment frustration and rage at Trump's pullout from Syria and Afghanistan is the growing realization that the post-Cold War new world order it has sought and still seeks to create is likely never to be. Indeed, it is now visibly slipping away. The American people refuse to subscribe to its global agenda. They will not pay the price in blood, treasure and distraction from our own troubles here at home. Trump's victory was America's way of saying, "Goodbye to all that!"

The Liberal Arts Weren’t Murdered — They Committed Suicide

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Universities are simply burying liberal-arts majors that were already killed off not by bottom-line-minded state legislators but by the choices of either students or faculty or by university policies, or by combinations of all three. Over the past few years, lots of employers have privately concluded that today’s graduating liberal-arts majors are quite confident and yet so often poorly educated. Or worse, those hiring were turned off by the strange combination of youthful ignorance and arrogance. Employers had clearly no desire to be enlightened by fresh graduates who were entirely unaware that their inductive skills were suspect or nonexistent.

How Trump's Presidency Will Be Judged

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Where Trump was exceptional in 2016, where he stood out starkly from his GOP rivals, where he won decisive states like Pennsylvania, was on his uniquely Trumpian agenda to put America and Americans first — from which the Bush Republicans recoiled. It is upon three questions that the Trump presidency will be judged: Did he secure America's borders? Did he restore the industrial might of America? Did he take us out of and keep us out of any more neocon wars?

Our War against Memory

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Two millennia after Roman autocrats’ destruction of statues, and armed with the creepy 20th-century model of Fascists and Communists destroying the past, we, of a supposedly enlightened democracy, cannot even rewrite history by democratic means — local, state, and federal commission recommendations, referenda, or majority votes of elected representatives. More often, as moral cowards, we either rely on the mob or some sort of executive order enforced only in the dead of night.

If We Erase Our History, Who Are We?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Our new America is to be a land where all races, tribes, creeds and cultures congregate, all are treated equally, and all move ever closer to an equality of results through the regular redistribution of opportunity, wealth and power. We are going to become “the first universal nation.” “All men are created equal” is an ideological statement. Where is the scientific or historic proof for it? Are we building our utopia on a sandpile of ideology and hope?

Is Christ a Revolutionary?

Father Jerry Pokorsky, CNS News

Christ is indeed a “revolutionary.”  His revolution does not deny history or man’s dignity.  Nor is it violent or ideological.  It is personal.  His is a spiritual revolution that ultimately overthrows all sin, suffering, and death with sacrificial love. It is profitable as individuals and as a nation to take an honest interest in history and culture.  After all, Jesus did.

Hillary, Hitler & Cold War II

Patrick J. Buchanan, Buchanan.org

If there is a Cold War II, or a U.S.-Russia war, historians of tomorrow will as surely point to the Bushes and Clintons who shoved NATO into Moscow’s face, as historians today point to the men of Paris who imposed the Versailles treaty upon a defeated Germany in 1919.

Afghanistan Least Supported War in History

Courtney Coren, Newsmax

Fewer than 20% of Americans support the war in Afghanistan, making the longest conflict in the nation's history the least supported war as well, a new CNN poll reveals.

Reagan: ‘The Butler’ Distorts, Lies

James Arkin, Politico

Michael Reagan says the glossy Hollywood production unfairly depicts his father as a racist.