Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2012 06:45 am
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/336467/year-dreams-died-victor-davis-hanson

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Barack Obama in 2008 won an election on an upbeat message of change amid hopes that the first black president would mark a redemptive moment in American history. Four years later, the fantasies are gone. In continuing dismal economic times, Obama ran for reelection neither on his first-term achievements — Obamacare, bailouts, financial stimuli, and Keynesian mega-deficits — nor on more utopian promises.

Instead, Obama’s campaign systematically reduced his rival, Wall Street financier Mitt Romney, to a conniving, felonious financial pirate who did dastardly things, from letting the uninsured die to putting his pet dog Seamus in a cage on top of the family car.

Obama once had mused that he wished to be the mirror image of Ronald Reagan — successfully coaxing America to the left as the folksy Reagan had to the right. Instead, 2012 taught us that a calculating Obama is more a canny Richard Nixon, who likewise used any means necessary to be reelected on the premise that his rival would be even worse. But we know what eventually happened to the triumphant, pre-Watergate Nixon after November 1972; what will be the second-term wages of Obama’s winning ugly?

The so-called fiscal cliff offers more examples of 2012 dreams giving way to reality. Obama will probably get his long-promised taxes on the rich. But so what? There are not enough caricatured “millionaires and billionaires” even to make a dent in his administration’s fifth consecutive $1 trillion–plus deficit.

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Instead, all that is left for Obama is to go over the cliff or wait for Republicans to counter-propose the necessary cuts in entitlements so that he can both reluctantly accept these budget-saving measures and demonize those who so threaten “the most vulnerable.” What will stop the massive borrowing is not the myth of bipartisan cooperation, but the reality of returning high interest rates that will make the current splurging simply unsustainable.
What did we learn from the killings of Americans in Benghazi? So far, the fantasy of securing justice by jailing a single Coptic filmmaker for posting an anti-Islamic video has trumped the reality of holding the administration accountable for allowing lax security and offering only feeble responses to a massacre resulting from a pre-planned attack by al Qaeda–affiliated terrorists on a U.S. diplomatic post.

As the year ended, a deranged 20-year-old killer in Newtown, Conn., shot down 26 children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The nation decried the killer’s access to his murdered mother’s arsenal of semiautomatic weapons to achieve his gruesome toll.

But banning the sale of certain types of weapons will probably not stop another Newtown massacre any more than an earlier ban prevented the Columbine shootings — unless the federal government is prepared to enter American homes and confiscate millions of previously purchased weapons. Steps toward a far more realistic solution — jawbone Hollywood to quit romanticizing gratuitous cruelty and violence; censor sick, macabre video games; restrict some freedoms of the mentally ill; and put armed security guards into the schools — are as much an anathema to civil libertarians as the banning of some guns is a panacea to many of them. So we pontificate while waiting for the next massacre.

In February, the European Union grandly announced a second — and last — 130 billion–euro bailout of Greece and an apparent solution to the southern European debt crisis. But the year ended with Greece having never been poorer or more indebted. The proper solution was never band-aiding Greece with some German euros, but rather asking why under the EU system Greece — and other Mediterranean EU members — had been allowed to become so indebted for so long in the first place.

On June 30, supposed reformist Mohamed Morsi was sworn in as president of a new democratic Egypt amid grand talk of the Arab Spring. But in November, Morsi, as a good Islamist, hounded out of office his secular rivals in the judiciary and suspended the rule of law. And days ago, by popular vote, Morsi oversaw the implementation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s version of sharia law as the basis of the new Egyptian constitution. Given the chaos of Libya and Syria, and the murder of Americans in Benghazi, the cruel winter of 2012 has now ended the dreamy Arab Spring of 2011.

As the year ends, there are ominous signs of impending financial implosion at home. Abroad, we see a soon-to-be nuclear Iran, an even more unhinged nuclear North Korea, a new Islamic coalition against Israel, a bleeding European Union, and a more nationalist Germany and Japan determined to achieve security apart from longstanding but increasingly suspect U.S. guarantees.

The year 2012 should have taught us that dreaming is no answer to reality; 2013 will determine how well we learned that lesson.

— Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author, most recently, of The End of Sparta. © 2012 Tribune Media Services
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2012 07:12 am
@gungasnake,
Some people handle disappointment with more class than others, Gunga!

Some actually just let it eat their guts out.
gungasnake
 
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2012 07:18 am
@Frank Apisa,
Watching people you don't like walking over a cliff is one thing, being dragged over the cliff BY them is something else.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2012 07:25 am
@gungasnake,
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Watching people you don't like walking over a cliff is one thing, being dragged over the cliff BY them is something else.


You are absolutely correct here, Gunga. But how you deal with what you perceive of as "being dragged over the cliff by people you do not like" is another thing entirely.

You are disappointed that the election resulted in Barack Obama being re-elected. Fine. But watching you do what you are doing as a result is almost unbearable to watch.

I don't particularly "like" conservatives...I think they are tools voluntarily propping up Barons. But when I see them in anguish, I feel for them.

I feel for you.

Continue to show your agony if you choose. But you would do yourself and your "cause" more good if you handled it in a more mature way.
oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 28 Dec, 2012 11:58 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Frank Apisa wrote:
I don't particularly "like" conservatives...I think they are tools voluntarily propping up Barons. But when I see them in anguish, I feel for them.

I feel for you.


Nonsense. Your fake sympathy is thinly-veiled spite.



Frank Apisa wrote:
Continue to show your agony if you choose. But you would do yourself and your "cause" more good if you handled it in a more mature way.


He wasn't showing agony. He was posting an article that is critical of Barack Obama.
gungasnake
 
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Reply Sat 29 Dec, 2012 06:51 am
@Frank Apisa,
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You are disappointed that the election resulted in Barack Obama being re-elected. Fine. But watching you do what you are doing as a result is almost unbearable to watch. ...


I assume you refer to my telling the truth about your rogue party and your incompetent president...

I mean, the truth is MEANT to be painful to idiots.....

Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 29 Dec, 2012 08:46 am
@oralloy,
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Re: Frank Apisa (Post 5208788)
Frank Apisa wrote:
I don't particularly "like" conservatives...I think they are tools voluntarily propping up Barons. But when I see them in anguish, I feel for them.

I feel for you.



Nonsense. Your fake sympathy is thinly-veiled spite.


I don't think so. I even feel sympathy for you in all your anguish, Oralloy. Don't despair...some day your life will become bearable.


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Frank Apisa wrote:
Continue to show your agony if you choose. But you would do yourself and your "cause" more good if you handled it in a more mature way.


He wasn't showing agony. He was posting an article that is critical of Barack Obama.


Yup...and showing agony, frustration, and anguish all the same time. You seem to think they are mutually exclusive. They are not.
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H2O MAN
 
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Reply Sat 29 Dec, 2012 08:48 am
@gungasnake,
gungasnake wrote:

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You are disappointed that the election resulted in Barack Obama being re-elected. Fine. But watching you do what you are doing as a result is almost unbearable to watch. ...


I assume you refer to my telling the truth about your rogue party and your incompetent president...

I mean, the truth is MEANT to be painful to idiots.....




The rogue party will NEVER admit fault.

They are programed to blame OTHERS for all of their mistakes and failures.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 29 Dec, 2012 08:49 am
@gungasnake,
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Re: Frank Apisa (Post 5208788)
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You are disappointed that the election resulted in Barack Obama being re-elected. Fine. But watching you do what you are doing as a result is almost unbearable to watch. ...


Quote:
I assume you refer to my telling the truth about your rogue party and your incompetent president...



Nope, I was talking about the undercurrent of your spat of posts on the president.

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I mean, the truth is MEANT to be painful to idiots.....


Could be. I wouldn't know...I am not an idiot. I don't think you are either...and I don't think any of the posters here in A2K qualify. So if that is your justification, why are you doing it here?
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H2O MAN
 
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Reply Sat 29 Dec, 2012 08:58 am
@gungasnake,

The rogue party is also programed to deflect & ignore facts, they are also programed to attack the messenger personally.
This personal 'attack' usually includes childish name calling and attempts to change the subject.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 29 Dec, 2012 09:18 am
@H2O MAN,
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Re: gungasnake (Post 5210796)

The rogue party is also programed to deflect & ignore facts, they are also programed to attack the messenger personally.
This personal 'attack' usually includes childish name calling and attempts to change the subject.


Finally we agree.

So why don't you people stop doing that?
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H2O MAN
 
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Reply Sat 29 Dec, 2012 09:30 am
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As the year ends, there are ominous signs of impending financial implosion at home. Abroad, we see a soon-to-be nuclear Iran, an even more unhinged nuclear North Korea, a new Islamic coalition against Israel, a bleeding European Union, and a more nationalist Germany and Japan determined to achieve security apart from longstanding but increasingly suspect U.S. guarantees.


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nothingtodo
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jan, 2013 08:17 am
@gungasnake,
Blah blah blah.

Massacre this massacre that, the black voice requires this stable man in at least til the completion of his term, he has proven the righteous path sought is not solely based on countering opponents politically, he has proven he will think and plan with effort.. Not merely war.

Restrictions on the mentally ill, might start at tagging and location logging, that releases a vast section of humanities fears into the void of lesser concern... All Hell does not squirm at the snakes grip on the enemies of the people and the calm is profound... Not en-stated eternal, endure the times ahead and pocket your politics, the slaves are truly free, Martin Luther did not die in vein and the future belongs to ethics.. What of the things you fear?.. The lunatic starts to speak reason, even in this mentioning of delusion assumed terms like 'Hell' which you deny as sense until your turn to speak dear voter..

Next the clarity of the missing peoples voices will be found by simple law of probability, that free time releases that grip of silence which insist greater arguments are bolder than those arguments which dominate your TV..

Where is the future if not here?

<Foul left in>



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