American culture

Cultural Suicide Is Painless

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

Wall Street may run the world, but it certainly does not run the NYC government. Electronic capital really does still have human legs and when the proverbial suited investor thinks he will be infected, short of toilet paper, or assaulted on the street, he leaves, taking his laptop with him. The story of all Dark Ages is that when civilizations finally prefer suicide, they do it easily, and the remnants flock to the countryside to preserve what they can—allowing the cities to go on with their ritual self-destruction.  So it has begun to seem this endless summer.

The Thin Veneer of American Civilization

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Sixties generation is going out as it came in: gross, loud, and cowardly, destroying the very institutions for others that it so selfishly consumed for its own benefit. If we wish to know why America’s veneer of civilization was so thin, and this year so easily scraped away, revealing barbarism beneath, look to a generation’s architects in the university, the media, sports, corporations, and politics who long ago seeded their cultural IEDs and are now giddy they are at last going off, though terrified that the ensuing blasts are reverberating ever closer to home.

Our Summer of Cultural Suicide

Victor Davis Hanson, PJ Media

Professional sports, universities and the motion picture industry all know that what they are doing is bad for business. But they still believe they are rich and powerful, and thus invulnerable. They also are ignorant of history and cannot be persuaded that they are destroying themselves. All that matters is that the country itself learns from these suicidal examples and heals itself. If the U.S. is not to become an extinct Easter Island, it must rediscover a respect for its past, honor for the dead who gave us so much, the desire to invest rather than spend, and a need for some sense of transcendence.

Where Are the New Heroes of the Revolution?

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

There are few progressive icons past or present who by the rules of the revolution would not be canceled out. Cultural revolutions are suicidal, nihilistic, and incoherent. Those who survive such cannibalism do so by arbitrarily exempting their leaders from their own rules of mandated purity, anti-Western cant, and no statute of limitations. If there is any coherent message in this otherwise incoherent summer, it is that a few thousand wannabees have launched a revolution with the full expectation that their own careers will be thereby enhanced in the most remuneratively Western and capitalist fashion possible.

Push Back Against ‘Operation Inclusion’ With ‘Operation Restoration’

Roger Kimball, The Epoch Times

The biggest task facing Americans today is reaffirming our American identity. A good place to start is by returning to our founding conviction that “all men are created equal … endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Insisting on that in our schools is the surest way to restore our shared political consensus, that community of sentiment that gives life to the first-person plural, that “We, the People,” which made us who we are. To the extent Operation Restoration succeeds, to that extent the “diversity-industrial complex” will founder.

Year Zero

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Are there now three Americas? One of white guilt and penance, one of black anger and victimization, and another seething in silence as they see their 244 years of history written off as something worse than the pasts of Somalia, Peru, Iran, or Serbia. There are now two realities — beyond two national anthems, beyond black and white dorms, black and white segregated safe spaces on campus, and beyond now segregated black and white history, language, philosophy, and science and math. The counterrevolution will be easy to spot. If sowing the wind has been getting ugly, reaping the whirlwind will be more so.

Trump Will Win If He Responds to Righteous Voter Rage

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

If the disaffected translate their growing fury into voting for someone perceived as answering calmly and forcefully back, protecting them, and punishing those who so brazenly flaunt the law and humiliate any who call them to account, then Trump will be reelected and more easily than our experts can imagine. The choice is still Trump’s: stay calm, speak softly, and carry a club, while promising for the future to protect the vulnerable of all races and classes, and restore a great nation; or talk loudly carrying a twig while whining about unfair personal treatment of the past. It's Victory vs. Socialism.

The Age of the Progressive Cannibal

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

America’s original progressives went by a more honest name: puritans. Their moral crusades, witch hunts, and cruel banishments of Anne Hutchinson, William Blackstone, and others who believed differently provide a neat template for what we currently witness nearly four centuries later. Singers wear their scarlet letters and comedians stand in the pillory. A Cotton Mather lives in our heads censoring our thoughts expressed in our speech. Those puritans smashed stained glass and statues, and these ones do, too. In this sense, progressives never progress. How can one learn from mistakes who never makes them?

Must See Sen. Tom Cotton Video: Biden Will Bring Anarchy To Your Hometown

Senator Tom Cotton is right, Joe Biden is too liberal and too confused to lead, and if we allow Joe Biden to be elected President, anarchy will be coming to our towns and cities. We urge CHQ readers and friends to watch the ad through this link to YouTube and then help make it go viral by sending the link to your family, friends, neighbors, fellow parishioners, civic club members and other contacts.

Peter Wood on the Vandalism of Civilization

Dr. Peter Wood is one of a small but brave band of academics who have the integrity to criticize the role of college and university faculty members and administrators in encouraging “the wreckage of the public square” as he put it. We urge CHQ readers and friends to call upon their colleges and universities, especially publicly funded institutions, to do their part in restoring the principles of respect for the common good and to oppose the wreckage of the public square.

Welcome to America’s Cultural Revolution

David Harsanyi, National Review

Virtually anyone in the public square who doesn’t conform (save those who work for conservative political journals, perhaps) risks being humiliated and ruined by the mob. Social media have finally given our “little generals” the tools to ferret out suspicious characters and drag them in front of the digital tribunal. By my count, there have been around a dozen struggle sessions for crimes against Black Lives Matter or related issues since last week. Of course everyone should genuinely listen. In a free and healthy nation, no issue should be above criticism or debate. We once called that liberalism.

COVID-19 fear will destroy America

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

Ted Nugent sums it up: “Why do I have to stay home just because you are scared? How about you stay home … you stay in your house indefinitely, you wear a mask, you socially distance yourself from me, you avoid restaurants, you avoid baseball games, you stay off the roads, you avoid malls and beaches and parks … I’m done playing your dumb game … I’m no longer going to be a prisoner of your fear. I’m no longer staying in my house or catering to you because you are scared … YOUR fear is not an excuse to destroy America. YOUR fear is not my fear and your fear does not have the right to interfere with my life, my job, my income or my future as a free American citizen.”

Losing Our Fears, in War and Plague

Victor Davis Hanson, PJ Media

Does World War II offer any lessons regarding our wrecked economy and staggering unemployment from the lockdown reaction to the coronavirus? Perhaps. The government cannot restore prosperity. Only entrepreneurs and risk-takers can. Americans must master their fears of the virus and dare to go back to work. People are tired of being housebound. They want to get back to work to make and spend money. All that is missing is confidence — or rather, the conviction — that the coronavirus is no more dangerous than were the Axis powers and can be beaten far more quickly if we show the sort of will our grandparents had.

Why humanity is worth saving and why we will be OK

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

Actions involving care and generosity are happening everywhere, not only in our country but around the world. Coming together, recognizing and applauding those on the front line in the medical community, is another sign of our inherent desire as human beings to lift up and inspire those who sacrifice everything for the few. It's all about the human condition, and our desire and understanding that inspiring and lifting each other up matters. As social creatures, we will find a way to respect the rules in these very strange times while also reaching out and supporting each other, however we can manage it. It is in our nature. It is who we are.

An All-American Response to a Chinese Virus

Melissa Mackenzie, The American Spectator

Ultimately, the American people will have to save the day. They’ll have to leave the beaches and take care of their neighbors and friends. They’ll innovate and find cures. They’ll retool their manufacturing and find ways to make medicine in America again. After a week away, observing a cross section of our citizens, traveling through airports, talking to business owners and their employees, seeing restaurant owners convey their care, watching people blissfully do disease-spreading activities, and observing the inexplicable mix of human fallibility and greatness, I come back to the mainland hopeful. Americans want to do the right thing even when they fall short. May it be enough.

Trump Drives Democrats Crazy At Daytona

We think that maybe Kelly O’Donnell is not old enough to remember the 1992 presidential campaign, but Maggie Haberman certainly is, and so we contrast the reception President Trump got at the Daytona 500 with the reception Bill Clinton got in 1992 when his motorcade entered Darlington speedway, where 70,000 rabid stock-car fans awaited the start of the Southern 500.

When There Is No Normal

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

History lesson: Radicals eventually will need the norms and safeguards they’ve gleefully destroyed. The Left has no awareness that under their new protocols, Barack Obama would have been more exposed to impeachment writs than Donald Trump is today, that the next administration mole as a whistleblower might seek to take out a Democratic president, and that politicized FISA courts might just as easily fast-track the surveilling of progressive campaign aides. We are now in a revolutionary cycle in which existing norms are considered obstacles to equality-of-result politics. The Left believes that they will never need the institutions that they are distorting, but they will soon rue their own folly.

Cultural Winners and Losers of 2019

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

As we end another year, our popular culture still revolves around President Donald Trump, and our news and entertainment conglomerates continue to be outraged that conservative Christians stick with him, so much so they are summarily ignored. Support him as, say, Franklin Graham and a vast majority of evangelicals have done and ... crickets. But what happens when evangelicals don't? Happy days are here again. Whenever a force on the cultural left flaps its wings, it is saluted. In the rare occasion that the entity advances the cultural right, it's slammed, or ignored. But that's not necessarily how America sees it, thanks to social media that has done an end run around the press and told the truth.

Is America Becoming Sinicized?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Why are we becoming more like China than China is like us? China does not fool around. China always channels the victimization myth that supposedly oppressed nonwhite peoples cannot themselves be oppressors. There wasn’t a single major Western politician who warned the world of a frightening, Chinese-dominated future — one in which the West turned into China rather than China into the West. The single figure who finally issued such a warning, brash Donald Trump — without prior military or political experience — was as loudly and publicly damned as he was privately and quietly admired for doing so.

Ignorant Liberals Need To Go Visit America

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Locked up in their largely child-free urban playgrounds, our garbage elite is utterly unaware of the real America and of real Americans themselves. And it is dangerously unaware of – even actively hostile to – our true history. There are lessons there they need to learn as they continue to bully and provoke the mass of Americans who just wish to be left alone. Anyone who causally suggests confiscating millions of weapons from millions of American patriots and who has not walked through Lexington and Concord is a fool. And, sadly, our blue elite is full of fools.