Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Victor Davis Hanson

The Western world is in turmoil largely because of the widening gap between what the people see as true and the “truth” that their governing classes impose on them for the purported greater moral good. The result is a schizophrenia

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Donald R. McClarey

Ah, the Germans Again

Once all the Germans were warlike and mean, But that couldn’t happen again. We taught them a lesson in 1918 And they’ve hardly bothered us since then. Tom Lehrer, The MLF Lullaby       My favorite living historian, Victor

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Glenn Reynolds

  Trump, as I keep saying, is a symptom of how rottenly dysfunctional our sorry political class is. Take away Trump and they’re just as awful and destructive. He just brings their awfulness to the fore, where it’s no longer

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The Korean War: It Was Worth It

    My favorite living historian, Victor Davis Hanson, explains the Korean War courtesy of Prager University.  Was it worth it?  Look at the picture below and judge for yourself:              

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Trump Beating Trump

My favorite living historian, Victor Davis Hanson, gives us the grim details of the recent political malpractice of Donald Trump: All of the above was doable and could have ensured Trump the election, despite the unethical and historically unprecedented entrance

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Trump v. Clinton: Pass the Popcorn

    My favorite living historian Victor Davis Hanson has some predictions about what is to come in the presidential election campaign this summer.  As I do, he understands that the normal political rules simply do not apply this year:

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Our Will Be Done

  “Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat“     My favorite living historian Victor Davis Hanson has a brilliant post on the rot that infects the West:   Sanctuary cities illustrate how progressive doctrine can by itself nullify the rule

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Victor Davis Hanson

    A multicultural approach to the conquest of Mexico usually does not investigate the tragedy of the collision between 16th-century imperial Spain and the Aztec Empire. More often it renders the conquest as melodrama between a mostly noble indigenous

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Evil on the March

My favorite living historian Victor Davis Hanson wonders if we are living in a world today where the orcs are winning. Tolkien’s literary purpose with orcs was not to explore the many shades of evil or the struggle within oneself

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A Moral Crisis

    Victor Davis Hanson, my favorite living historian, has long thought and written about the problem of illegal immigration into the US.  Go here to read some of his earlier thoughts about the issue.  He agrees that what is

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Humanities Replaced by Banalities

In fine, I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time. Thucydides     I recall as a boy the first day I made

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Lepanto

  This year on Sunday October 13, 2013, Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Go here to read all about it.  My parish is gathering together at noon CST on October 13 to pray the rosary

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Elites v. The Rest

        The older I get, the more I comprehend that one of the ways of understanding how contemporary American politics works is  the vast gulf that often exists between elite opinion and motivations in this country and the opinions

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Hypocritical Prudes

  Horace Walpole once famously observed that the world is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy to those who feel.  The times in which we live certainly gives support to the sometime accuracy of that maxim.  My favorite living historian,

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Interesting Times

    My favorite living historian, Victor Davis Hanson, has a new post in which he details bad signs aplenty of scary times ahead:   Read the News and Weep That is not conspiracy talk, but simply a distillation of

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Age of Unbelief

      Tying in with my co-blogger Dave Hartline’s post, which may be read here, my favorite living historian Victor Davis Hanson has a brilliant column today on the cynicism towards government that has justifiably grrown like Topsy during the period of

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Most Important Under Reported Story of the Year

    My favorite living historian Victor Davis Hanson puts his finger on one of the most important developments of the past few years which has received little press coverage: There is a revolution going on America. But it is

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Egypt and the Obama Doctrine

    I was inclined to cut the Obama administration some slack initially in regard to the crisis in Egypt.  It is a tough situation and it was difficult to see anything that the US could or should do.  Mubarak

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Cynical Brilliance

  My favorite living historian, Victor Davis Hanson, hails the brilliance of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the “Cordoba Initiative”, the group seeking to build the Ground Zero Mosque. 1.  First the name of the group takes advantage of

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War Crimes

As the New York Times remembers Hiroshima, Richard Fernandez asks us to name the two greatest losses of civilian life in the Pacific war. (“Hint. In both cases the civilian casualties were greater than Hiroshima’s. In one case the event

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Illegal Immigration: A Winning Issue for Democrats?

Some Democrats think that the Arizona law cracking down on illegal aliens will save them from electoral disaster in November.  They think this will rile up the Hispanics, and to fan the flames a few Democrats are making free with their favorite

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Mexifornia: A State of Becoming

Immigration seems to be a hot topic these days at American Catholic.  The author who best represents my views is Victor Davis Hanson, one of my favorite living historians,  in his book Mexifornia:  A State of Becoming.  In that book Hanson

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Why the Fiscal Lunacy?

One of my favorite living historians is Victor Davis Hanson.  I have read every book he has written and most of his articles.  Trained as a classicist and historian of antiquity, he has written on a broad range of topics, from the hoplites of

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