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Articles by Victor Davis Hanson

Illustration on the Obama legacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Time

Assessing the Obama legacy

In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Obama summarized his achievements. That same night, the White House issued a press release touting Mr. Obama's accomplishments. Published December 7, 2016

Illustration on the Left's subversion of language by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Enemies of language

Throughout history, revolutionaries of all stripes have warped the meaning of words to subvert reality. Published November 23, 2016

Trump Orange Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump's bizarre winning formula

The Democratic Party handed Donald Trump a rare opportunity to make radical changes to the electoral map that could last for years to come. Published November 16, 2016

Illustration on the results of the election by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A blow to the self-important elite

There were a lot of losers in this election, well beyond Hillary Clinton and the smug, incompetent pollsters and know-it-all, groupthink pundits who embarrassed themselves. Published November 9, 2016

California's Failing Highway 99 Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Lessons from the highway of death

California State Route 99 is the north-south highway that cuts through the great Central Valley. And it has changed little since the mid-1960s. Published October 26, 2016

Illustration on the presidential race by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The contests within the presidential race

A presidential campaign is figuratively called a "race." Two runners sprint toward the Election Day finish line for the prize of the presidency. Published October 19, 2016

Capitol Castle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Medieval America

Pessimists often compare today's troubled America to a tottering late Rome or an insolvent and descending British Empire. But medieval Europe (roughly 500 to 1450 A.D.) is the more apt comparison. Published October 12, 2016

Sorting Out Victim Status Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

From Greek tragedy to American therapy

The Greeks gave us tragedy -- the idea that life is never fair. Terrible stuff for no reason tragically falls on good people. Life's choices are sometimes only between the bad and the far worse. Published October 5, 2016

Illustration on Obama's exit before the consequences by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

War clouds are gathering

This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm. Published September 21, 2016

Illustration on the real Obama legacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The legacies of Barack Obama

On his recent Asian tour, President Obama characterized his fellow Americans (the most productive workers in the world) as "lazy." Published September 14, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's campaign style by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump up, Clinton down, Obama out

In most presidential elections, the two candidates spar over issues. The president campaigns for his party's nominee in hopes of continuing his legacy. Published September 7, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's actual record of achievement by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

If Democrats could say what they actually think

A group of 50 conservative foreign policy elites and veteran national security officials of prior Republican administrations recently wrote an open letter denouncing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Published August 17, 2016

Illustration on the unpredictable Donald Trump campaign by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Donald Trump, postmodern candidate

Early 20th century modernism ignored classical rules of expression. But late 20th century postmodernism blew up those rules altogether. Published August 3, 2016