All posts tagged victor davis hanson

→ Victor Davis Hanson breaks down the new Obama Lexicon

Some of my favorites:

Affordable Care Act: Mostly unaffordable, uncaring, and inactive.

Drones: Sophisticated, humane military tools in the hands of the right commander in chief.

Filibusters: Unpatriotic obstructionism begun in 2007.

Fracking: Produces way too much unnecessary energy and money.

Unemployment Rate: It depends on why you want to know.

→ Victor Davis Hanson on Flying

I have wondered lately whether a weekend in Guantanamo Bay would be all that much worse than flying in the United States.

At this point, any trip about 13 hours and under, where I am going to be at my destination more than 3 days, is almost a “no brainer” to drive instead of fly. The hassles and costs of flying are just to high to deal with in those situations.

→ Victor Davis Hanson Makes a Sobering Comparison

Like Rome, America apparently can coast for a long time on the fumes of its wonderful political heritage and economic dynamism — even if both are little understood or appreciated by most who still benefit from them.

As always, VDH hit the proverbial nail on the head.

→ Victor Davis Hanson on Mitt Romney

But whatever the verdict, conservatives can appreciate the way Romney conducted himself throughout the campaign. If one reviews the primaries, it is hard to imagine that the other rival candidates would have done as well as Romney has the last eight months. He ran against overwhelming odds that might have stymied others — a biased, sometimes vicious media, the Candy Crowley debacle, suspect polls that sought to create Obama momentum as much as sample voters, incumbency, and a $1 billion negative ad-based Obama campaign that sought to portray him as a near-felon and veritable killer of the innocent.

I have not agreed with all the decisions made by Governor Romney in this campaign. I do think, however, that he has shown that he would make an excellent president.

→ A Final Romney Surge

Victor Davis Hanson writing at National Review:

The result is that Romney’s October momentum seems like it is resuming, as he appears far more presidential than the incumbent, who is running as a challenger on the premise that he has not been president the last four years. Obama’s tenor is reminiscent of a desperate Jerry Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush who in the last 72 hours of their campaigns could feel their presidencies slipping away, without the ability to do much about it. In contrast, Romney’s crowds and buzz are far more reminiscent of a down-the-stretch upbeat 1980 Reagan, 1992 Clinton — and 2008 Obama — whom you could feel in the last few hours of the campaigns were happy warriors surging as never before.

Hopefully this momentum means that we wake up on Wednesday with the news that we will have a new president come January.

→ Victor Davis Hanson on the Debates

By now there is a clear pattern in the three debates: The Democratic candidates are running as if they are not incumbents and talk vaguely about what they might like to do rather than concretely about they have actually done the last four years — often as faux conservatives in touting tax cuts and more drilling. They more often speak, interrupt, and gesticulate, and the moderators are far more accommodating toward them — while Romney and Ryan have the greater recall of facts and present the more systematic argumentation in the face of guffaws, snarls, and meandering emoting.The radically shifting polls reflect that reality: Voters seem not so interested in tit-for-tat score-keeping as much as which candidates seem the more reliable, civil, informed, and trustworthy.

I have watched the other two debates, but I have a feeling I will be watching the NLCS tonight instead of the debate. I have seen all I need to see.

→ The Obama Breaking Point

An excellent piece from Victor Davis Hanson:

For the last two years, millions of Americans have grown, ever so insidiously, tired of Barack Obama and his administration. The Tea Party brought such frustrations to the fore. And now the debates — and the ability of Romney to show millions that he is a decent, competent alternative to Obama rather than the caricatured greedy white man of Obama’s sleazy ads — are closing the deal.

The election is not over, but it is starting to resemble October 29 or November 1 in 1980, when, after just one debate, the nation at last decided that it really did not like Jimmy Carter very much or what he had done, and discovered that Ronald Reagan was not the mad Dr. Strangelove/Jefferson Davis of the Carter summer television ads. Like Carter, Obama both has no wish to defend his record (who would?) and is just as petulant. In the next three weeks, he has only three hours left to save his presidency.

Hopefully, it is Governor Romney who reigns supreme during the 3 hours Dr. Hanson is referring to.

→ National Review Symposium on the Conventions

I, unsurprisingly, agree with Victor Davis Hanson:

So the American voter at least has a choice: vote in a new president to open up and grow the economy while cutting back the unsustainable rate of government growth, or assume that “they” have done horrible things to the Obama team and thus prevented the president from succeeding — and that Romney in charge would be even worse than the last bad four years.

The more the American people understand the choice, the more I believe will vote for Governor Romney.

→ VDH on Obama’s Version of the “Truth”

The Obama health-care plan was once different from Hillary Clinton’s in that it never included an individual mandate, but then it did have a mandate, then it had a tax instead, and it ended up with a penalty. The only constant is that names change as circumstances dictate.

Someone said something about cutting the deficit in half within four years and, through borrowing, forcing unemployment under 6 percent, but I am not sure any more who it was — given that that was 42 months of 8 percent–plus unemployment and $5 trillion in borrowed money ago.

Yes we can?