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BuckyCheese
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VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
There are 10 new ideas that are changing America, maybe permanently.

1) Money is a construct. It can be created from thin air. Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much.

2) Laws are not necessarily binding anymore. Joe Biden took an oath to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But he has willfully rendered federal immigration laws null and void. Some rioters are prosecuted for violating federal laws, others not so much. Arrests, prosecutions and trials are all fluid. Ideology governs when a law is still considered a law.

Crime rates do not necessarily matter. If someone is carjacked, assaulted or shot, it can be understood to be as much the victim’s fault as the perpetrator’s. Either the victim was too lax, uncaring and insensitive, or he provoked his attacker. How useful the crime is to the larger agendas of the left determines whether a victim is really a victim, and the victimizer really a victimizer.

3) Racialism is now acceptable. We are defined first by our ethnicity or religion, and only secondarily — if at all — by an American commonality. The explicit exclusion of whites from college dorms, safe spaces and federal aid programs is now noncontroversial. It is unspoken payback for perceived past sins, or a type of “good” racism. Falsely being called a racist makes one more guilty than falsely calling someone else a racist.

4) The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen. The newcomer, unlike the host, is not stained by the sins of America’s founding and history. Most citizens currently must follow quarantine rules and social distancing, stay out of school and obey all the laws.

Yet those entering the United States illegally need not follow such apparently superfluous COVID-19 rules. Their children should be immediately schooled without worry of quarantine. Immigrants need not worry about their illegal entry or residence in America. Our elites believe illegal entrants more closely resemble the “founders” than do legal citizens, about half of whom they consider irredeemable.

5) Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children. They cannot be asked to provide an ID to vote. “Noble lies” by our elites about COVID-19 rules are necessary to protect “Neanderthals” from themselves.

Americans deserve relief from the stress of grades, standardized testing and normative rules of school behavior. They still are clueless about why it is good for them to pay far more for their gasoline, heating and air conditioning.

6) Hypocrisy is passé. Virtue-signaling is alive. Climate change activists fly on private jets. Social justice warriors live in gated communities. Multibillionaire elitists pose as victims of sexism, racism and homophobia. The elite need these exemptions to help the helpless. It is what you say to lesser others about how to live, not how you yourself live, that matters.

7) Ignoring or perpetuating homelessness is preferable to ending it. It is more humane to let thousands of homeless people live, eat, defecate and use drugs on public streets and sidewalks than it is to green-light affordable housing, mandate hospitalization for the mentally ill and create sufficient public shelter areas.

8) McCarthyism is good. Destroying lives and careers for incorrect thoughts saves more lives and careers. Cancel culture and the Twitter Reign of Terror provide needed deterrence.

Now that Americans know they are one wrong word, act or look away from losing their livelihoods, they are more careful and will behave in a more enlightened fashion. The social media guillotine is the humane, scientific tool of the woke.

9) Ignorance is preferable to knowledge. Neither statue-toppling, nor name-changing, nor the 1619 Project require any evidence or historical knowledge. Heroes of the past were simple constructs. Undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees reflect credentials, not knowledge. The brand, not what created it, is all that matters.

10) Wokeness is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity. Its priesthood outnumbers the clergy and exercises far more power. Silicon Valley is the new Vatican, and Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter are the new gospels.

Americans privately fear these rules while publicly appearing to accept them. They still could be transitory and invite a reaction. Or they are already near-permanent and institutionalized.

The answer determines whether a constitutional republic continues as once envisioned, or warps into something never imagined by those who created it.

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goldenturbo
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
Spot on. By Victor Davis Hanson almost four months ago and it's gotten ten times worse since then. We are circling the drain.


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Taxing Authority
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
That makes me sad. But he's not wrong.


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SportTiger1
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
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Americans privately fear these rules while publicly appearing to accept them. They still could be transitory and invite a reaction. Or they are already near-permanent and institutionalized.

The answer determines whether a constitutional republic continues as once envisioned, or warps into something never imagined by those who created it.


So incredibly accurate


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LSUbest
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
But there is one thing standing in their way.


Never bet against the American people.
We are many, they are few.


xxTIMMYxx
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
This shite is happening all over the world under everyone’s noses


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InBRagainstmywill
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
Very well written.


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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
Evil will not prevail


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Navtiger1
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
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Never bet against the American people.


Why the American people have become comfortable, fat, lazy, gullible, and stupid.

quote:

We are many, they are few.


The few are far more than you give them credit for and the many are not as patinate as you would need them to be.


BuckyCheese
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
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Why the American people have become comfortable, fat, lazy, gullible, and stupid.



Yep.

Even in the most recent presidential election, the one that had the largest turnout in history we are told, only had around 65% of eligible voters actually vote.

Way too many sit home while they say their vote won't matter.

Does anyone really think those people are going to do anything other than go down with the ship?

While still bitching about where the country is going of course.

Republicans could win about every state in the country if they actually turned out en masse, and voted for what they believe in. Way too much apathy and nit picking of candidates means it doesn't happen.


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Figgy
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
He’s a brilliant guy. Blessed with an abundance of common sense & personal drive combined with being highly educated. He farms just 30 minutes south of me and knows these farming/migrant communities well. He is anything but an academic that thinks that he is above the common man. The country could use a lot more Dr Hanson types.


BuckyCheese
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
I recall him talking about how over the years the family farm/orchard has gone from not locking their doors to having a wall around the house.

And that's out in the Valley.


Figgy
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I wouldn’t blame them at all for doing that. When you’re out in the countryside around here you may not have a neighbor within a mile. We’ll get the occasional news story of a dead body being found in a orchard. They’re good dumping grounds because there are no cameras and the roads aren’t heavily trafficked. So it’s better safe than sorry. They farm in a town named Selma. It’s heavily dependent upon migrant labor and other “low skilled” employees. Many of the people bust their butts doing very hard work that feeds us and much of the world. For that they have my utmost respect. But the communities never really seem to get ahead. I can’t really say that education is a high priority and they tend to drink like fish which brings its own set of problems.


BuckyCheese
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
Bump for the morning crew


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LSUbest
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
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The few are far more than you give them credit for and the many are not as patinate as you would need them to be.


Your breath smells like communist donkey come.


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Ace Midnight
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re: VDH-The 10 radical rules changing America
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Never bet against the American people.


I might have agreed 15 years ago. Maybe 10.

I can't with any degree of confidence bet anything on the "American people" in 2021.

Sorry. Just can't do it.


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