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Victor Davis Hanson

Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

Illustration on Joe Biden by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The mythologies of 'Joe being Joe' Biden

Some polls put 76-year-old Joe Biden as the Democratic front-runner for the 2020 presidential election. There is certainly some logic to that reckoning. Published February 13, 2019

Illustration on the return of ancient pejudices by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The return of ancient prejudices

In the latter half of the 19th century and early in the 20th century, as Catholic immigrants poured in from Ireland and eastern Europe, an anti-Catholic wave spread over a mostly Protestant United States. The majority slur then was that Catholic newcomers' first loyalty would be to "Rome," not the United States. Published February 6, 2019

Illustration on Trump's salutory effect on U.S. opinion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beyond the weekly hysterias

The news obsesses over the recent government shutdown, the latest Robert Mueller arrest and, of course, fake news — from the BuzzFeed Michael Cohen non-story to the smears of the Covington Catholic High School students. Published January 31, 2019

Illustration on auditing the auditors by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Auditing America's auditors

The Roman satirist Juvenal, in a famous passage, asked, "Who will watch the watchmen?" Published January 23, 2019

Illustration on remembering 2018 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Actually, 2018 was a pretty good year'

The year 2018 will be deplored by pundits as a bad year of more unpredictable Donald Trump, headlined by wild stock market gyrations, the melodramas of the Robert Mueller investigation and the musical-chair tenures of officials in the Trump administration. Published January 2, 2019

Illustration on the Mueller probe by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Stirring up more trouble than it finds

After 19 months, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has charged a number of targets with almost every conceivable sin — except collusion with Russia to throw an election. Yet suspicion of collusion was the reason that Mr. Mueller was appointed in the first place. Published December 26, 2018

Illustration on illegal immigration and the border wall by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

It was always about the wall

There was likely never going to be "comprehensive immigration reform" or any deal amnestying the DACA recipients in exchange for building the wall. Democrats in the present political landscape will not consent to a wall. For them, a successful border wall is now considered bad politics in almost every manner imaginable. Published December 19, 2018

Illustration on the attitude of perpetual presidency on the part of Barack Obama by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The perpetual presidency

Former President Barack Obama recently continued his series of public broadsides against his successor, President Donald Trump. Published December 5, 2018

Illustration on President Trump's need to reach out to minority voters by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Is there a 51 percent solution for Trump?

President Trump's challenges are not really his economic policies and foreign affairs agendas. For the most part, they are supported by the American people and are resulting in prosperity at home and security abroad. Published November 28, 2018

Illustration on 1968's lingering influence on current culture and policy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Did 1968 win the cultural war?

Fifty years ago this year, the '60s revolution sought to overturn U.S. customs, traditions, ideology and politics. Published November 21, 2018

Illustration on rules for civil discourse by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Maybe we could use a civic Hippocratic oath

Amob of protesters associated with the radical left-wing group Antifa swarmed the private residence of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the night of Nov. 7. They yelled, "Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!" The mob's apparent aim was to catch Mr. Carlson's family inside and so terrify them that he might temper his conservative views. Only Mr. Carlson's wife was home at the time. She locked herself in a pantry and called police. Published November 14, 2018

Illustration on the end of World War I by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When World War I ended

The First World War ended 100 years ago this month on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Nearly 20 million people had perished since the war began on July 28, 1914. Published November 7, 2018

Illustration on the importance of rule of law by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When laws are not enforced, anarchy follows

What makes citizens obey the law is not always their sterling character. Instead, fear of punishment — the shame of arrest, fines or imprisonment — more often makes us comply with laws. Law enforcement is not just a way to deal with individual violators but also a way to remind society at large that there can be no civilization without legality. Published October 31, 2018

Illustration on the last minute gambits of the Democrat Party approaching the mid-term elections by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A gambit in search of empathy

For progressives, the looming midterm elections apparently should not hinge on a booming economy, a near-record-low unemployment rate, a strong stock market and unprecedented energy production. Instead, progressives hope that race and gender questions overshadow pocketbook issues. Published October 24, 2018

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.  Kanye West will visit the White House on Thursday to meet with President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner talk about manufacturing in America, gang violence, prison reform and Chicago violence. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Trump's rising approval rating among black voters

The provocative Donald Trump certainly seems to be disliked by a majority of African-American professional athletes, cable news hosts, academics and the Black Congressional caucus. Yet there are subtle but increasing indications that his approval among other African-Americans may be reaching historic highs for a modern Republican president. Published October 17, 2018

A new era for the China-Russia-U.S. triangle

Mr. Kissinger's approach was sometimes called "triangulation." But distilled down to its essence, the phrase meant ensuring that China and Russia were not friendlier to each other than each was to the United States. Given that the Soviet Union was much stronger than China at the time, Mr. Kissinger especially courted Beijing. Published October 10, 2018