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#1 User is offline   pepperonikkid 

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  Posted 06 October 2018 - 09:00 PM

Epitaph for a Dying Culture




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By Victor Davis Hanson
September 30th, 2018



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The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and their endless sequelae have ended up as an epitaph for a spent culture for which its remedies are felt to be worse than its diseases. Think 338 B.C., A.D. 476, 1453, or 1939.

The coordinated effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court required the systematic refutation of the entire notion of Western jurisprudence by senators and much of the American legal establishment. And there was no hesitation in doing just that on the part of Senate Democrats, the #MeToo movement, and the press. And I write this at a moment in which conservatives and Republicans still control the majority of governorships, state legislatures, the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and the presidency—a reminder that culture so often is far more powerful than politics.

So, here we were to be left with a new legal and cultural standard in adjudicating future disagreements and disputes, an utterly anti-Western standard quite befitting for our new relativist age:

  • The veracity of accusations will hinge on the particular identity, emotions, and ideology of the accuser;
  • Evidence, or lack of it, will be tangential, given the supposed unimpeachable motives of the ideologically correct accuser;
  • The burden of proof and evidence will rest with the accused to disprove the preordained assumption of guilt;
  • Hearsay will be a valuable narrative and constitute legitimate evidence;
  • Truth is not universal, but individualized. Ford’s “truth” is as valid as the “Truth,” given that competing narratives are adjudicated only by access to power. Ford is a victim, therefore her truth trumps “their” truth based on evidence and testimony.
  • Questionable and inconsistent testimony are proof of trauma and therefore exactitude; recalling an accusation to someone is proof that the action in the accusation took place.
  • Statutes of limitations do not exist; any allegation of decades prior is as valid as any in the present. All of us are subject at any moment to unsubstantiated accusations from decades past that will destroy lives.
  • Assertion of an alleged crime is unimpeachable proof. Recall of where, when, why, and how it took place is irrelevant.
  • Individual accusations will always be subservient to cosmic causes; individuals are irrelevant if they do not serve ideological aims. All accusations fit universal stereotypes whose rules of finding guilt or innocence trump those of individual cases.
  • The accuser establishes the conditions under which charges are investigated; the accused nods assent.


Our cultural traditions are being insidiously rewritten in this new Dark Age. We know now that Euripides’s Phaedra should have been believed, as a female accuser of rape. Perhaps university presses can either reissue properly corrected editions or ban the Hippolytus entirely. No doubt we will ban Racine’s Phèdre as well. Harper Lee’s Tom Robinson deserved his fate because his female accuser should have been believed—and perhaps To Kill a Mockingbird should be rewritten as well. In our time, we have finally and only now belatedly realized that Tawana Brawley’s voice was stifled.

History as Melodrama

In an iconoclastic age, when statues are toppled, and when street names at Stanford University are renamed (but, mysteriously, not the politically incorrect name Stanford itself), the past is captive to the present. Realities are erased according to current ideological agendas.

Our pastime is to blame those of the technologically backward and impoverished past. In most cases, they accomplished things that our present generation lacks the courage and resilience to do—whether navigating the Atlantic in a leaky boat without accurate navigation, homesteading on the prairie in an age without machines or modern medicine, or flying a B-17 without fighter escort over 1943 Germany. Is it our envy of their courage or own self-hatred for our manifest inferiority that forces us to judge figures of the past in our modern courts on the basis of their purported race, class, and gender crimes?

So, history has become melodrama, not tragedy. Figures of the past who were human and not perfect, and who prove, according to today’s value systems, not good progressives are thus deserving of historical annihilation. The affluence and leisure of the present create the luxury of such pampered intellectual indulgence in a way the existential crises of Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II did not.

In our own age, the disproven but still legendary tales of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” the Duke Lacrosse fantasies, the Rolling Stone folktales, or Lena Dunham’s fictive memoir won out and became fact, inasmuch as such lies were not real lies given their service to progressive aims. And that is where we are now headed—the world of the Athenian popular court, the Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, the Star Chamber, the cycles of the French Revolution—except that in all those cases, reason and sanity eventually returned. Perhaps not now. We are entering a new Dark Ages.

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 12:46 AM

Thanks for posting. Once again Mr. Hanson is spot on... and gives a good accounting of what we're up against.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 03:46 AM

View Postgrimreefer, on 07 October 2018 - 12:46 AM, said:

Thanks for posting. Once again Mr. Hanson is spot on... and gives a good accounting of what we're up against.


One of the biggest threats to the Constitution is the Left's notion that it should be an "Evolving Document". As long as that document and watchdog judges like Brett Kavanaugh are in place, ours is not a dying culture. Wouldn't the Left just love to edit out the 2nd amendment, eh? I personally believe we will never become a nation where the accused is guilty until proven innocent, we overlook a lot for the sake of peace, but Conservatives DO have a limit.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 04:14 AM

View PostNH Populist, on 07 October 2018 - 03:46 AM, said:

One of the biggest threats to the Constitution is the Left's notion that it should be an "Evolving Document". As long as that document and watchdog judges like Brett Kavanaugh are in place, ours is not a dying culture. Wouldn't the Left just love to edit out the 2nd amendment, eh? I personally believe we will never become a nation where the accused is guilty until proven innocent, we overlook a lot for the sake of peace, but Conservatives DO have a limit.

Can't remember where I read it, but someone made the point that the Kavanaugh victory is one of the biggest deals we've seen in awhile. The democrat machine used ALL of its power, cultural and political, to defeat him and they failed.

Gives one hope.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 05:47 AM

View Postgrimreefer, on 07 October 2018 - 04:14 AM, said:

Can't remember where I read it, but someone made the point that the Kavanaugh victory is one of the biggest deals we've seen in awhile. The democrat machine used ALL of its power, cultural and political, to defeat him and they failed.

Gives one hope.


Agreed. It's crazy how the Left has entrenched themselves into our daily lives, they own the mainstream media, taken over most of our institutions of higher learning and done a great job of demonizing the country to a lot of our young people. However, the Left's "Believe us, not your lying eyes" isn't a winning strategy against the successes Donald Trump is having, and Fox News having more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined during the Kavanaugh hearings makes me think more people than ever are starting to get it. Like you said, we can hope, but I like our chances...

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:13 AM

Victor Davis Hanson: "PING"

(The sound of the hammer hitting the nail squarely on the head.)

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 03:35 PM

View Postpepperonikkid, on 06 October 2018 - 09:00 PM, said:

The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and their endless sequelae have ended up as an epitaph for a spent culture for which its remedies are felt to be worse than its diseases. Think 338 B.C., A.D. 476, 1453, or 1939.


VDH makes a good point, but I'd like to put one more date on the table as perhaps EVEN MORE relevant to modern-day USA: 1206 BCE.

Of the above dates? 338 BCE: Defeat of 'classical' Greece by Macedonia. Would have sucked to be Greek but life was good if you were Macedonian. 476 AD: Fall of the last (western) Roman province that actually started in 410 AD. Yes, the beginning of the (western) Dark Ages which is significant to us westerners but really had little impact outside of former Roman territory. 1453: Fall of Constantinople. A tremendous 'moral' defeat for christendom but not all that significant if you were, say, Indian or Persian or Chinese.

But, (circa) 1206 BCE? The beginning of the collapse of Mycenae and with it the great "Bronze Age collapse of Civilization". For all practical purposes, impacted the entire (known) world. By the time the dust settled on the Bronze Age Collapse, EVERY power that had been a "World Power" before 1206 had either ceased to exist or was in shambles. Mycenae ceased to exist. The Hittite Empire (Well-known to old Testament readers) ceased to exist. Babylon was in shambles, having already been sacked by the Assyrians in 1225, and by the end of the Bronze Age Collapse the Assyrians themselves were gone. The Indus Valley Civilzation in India collapsed, not to rise again as a "power" until the Vedic Civilization starting circa 600 BCE or so. Egypt still existed, but a shell of it's former self and later merely a Roman province; They've NEVER regained what they had in 1207 BCE. (Persia and Chine were not yet major powers)

If America-As-We-Know it dies? It will be 1206 BCE all over again. To quote someone far more eloquent than I on the subject:


“Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, ‘We don’t know how lucky we are.’ And the Cuban stopped and said: ‘How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.’ And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.
- Ronald Reagan, October 27, 1964 campaigning for Barry Goldwater, generally known as the "A Time for Choosing" speech.


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 04:37 PM

View PostDean Adam Smithee, on 07 October 2018 - 03:35 PM, said:

VDH makes a good point, but I'd like to put one more date on the table as perhaps EVEN MORE relevant to modern-day USA: 1206 BCE.

Of the above dates? 338 BCE: Defeat of 'classical' Greece by Macedonia. Would have sucked to be Greek but life was good if you were Macedonian. 476 AD: Fall of the last (western) Roman province that actually started in 410 AD. Yes, the beginning of the (western) Dark Ages which is significant to us westerners but really had little impact outside of former Roman territory. 1453: Fall of Constantinople. A tremendous 'moral' defeat for christendom but not all that significant if you were, say, Indian or Persian or Chinese.

But, (circa) 1206 BCE? The beginning of the collapse of Mycenae and with it the great "Bronze Age collapse of Civilization". For all practical purposes, impacted the entire (known) world. By the time the dust settled on the Bronze Age Collapse, EVERY power that had been a "World Power" before 1206 had either ceased to exist or was in shambles. Mycenae ceased to exist. The Hittite Empire (Well-known to old Testament readers) ceased to exist. Babylon was in shambles, having already been sacked by the Assyrians in 1225, and by the end of the Bronze Age Collapse the Assyrians themselves were gone. The Indus Valley Civilzation in India collapsed, not to rise again as a "power" until the Vedic Civilization starting circa 600 BCE or so. Egypt still existed, but a shell of it's former self and later merely a Roman province; They've NEVER regained what they had in 1207 BCE. (Persia and Chine were not yet major powers)

If America-As-We-Know it dies? It will be 1206 BCE all over again. To quote someone far more eloquent than I on the subject:


“Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, ‘We don’t know how lucky we are.’ And the Cuban stopped and said: ‘How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.’ And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.
- Ronald Reagan, October 27, 1964 campaigning for Barry Goldwater, generally known as the "A Time for Choosing" speech.








Reagan was always ahead of the "experts", so is Victor Davis Hanson. He recently alluded to the similarities of the current American left and the French Revolutionaries. Does the term "Reign of Terror" ring a bell ?
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 05:06 PM

Do you think this was intended from the first to be a vicious character assassination? Or did DiFi merely intend to toss it out last minute, thinking the investigation into a 35 year old incident would take at least a month and put them beyond midterms?

She knew, like everyone else with access to his record and who had been around him for his DC career, that he just about the most boring boy scout on the planet. Did she know that thanks to her, within 72 hours people would chant "rapist" upon hearing his name? Up to now I'd have said DiFi is extremely calculating but I wouldn't have suspected her of planning what happened to Kavanaugh and his family. (Then again, no one expects Michael Avanatti or the Spanish Inquisition.)

Pluses for the "intended character assassination" side include Crazy Mazie having early access to the letter. She, I believe, would take a man down with relish just for having y chromosomes.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 05:10 PM

View PostCoach, on 07 October 2018 - 04:37 PM, said:

Reagan was always ahead of the "experts", so is Victor Davis Hanson. He recently alluded to the similarities of the current American left and the French Revolutionaries. Does the term "Reign of Terror" ring a bell ?


Yes, it does. And what sucks is that, knowing myself, when push comes to shove, I'll probably be more Robespierre than Reagan.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 06:34 PM

View PostGertie Keddle, on 07 October 2018 - 05:06 PM, said:

Do you think this was intended from the first to be a vicious character assassination? Or did DiFi merely intend to toss it out last minute, thinking the investigation into a 35 year old incident would take at least a month and put them beyond midterms?

She knew, like everyone else with access to his record and who had been around him for his DC career, that he just about the most boring boy scout on the planet. Did she know that thanks to her, within 72 hours people would chant "rapist" upon hearing his name? Up to now I'd have said DiFi is extremely calculating but I wouldn't have suspected her of planning what happened to Kavanaugh and his family. (Then again, no one expects Michael Avanatti or the Spanish Inquisition.)

Pluses for the "intended character assassination" side include Crazy Mazie having early access to the letter. She, I believe, would take a man down with relish just for having y chromosomes.

I don’t think Feinstein knew which was going to stop the nomination - delay or actual possible success of the accusation sticking. I’m thinking she guessed it would be just delay (as you say too), but I don’t think she or other democrats cared. In fact, they probably high-fived because there were two avenues of success. They probably thought, like they thought with Russia collusion, that if they place enough obstacles in the way, something will stop the candidate (Trump first, now Kavanaugh).

They were wrong. But they’ll keep trying. Hopefully the public are onto their pathetic (if dangerous) games.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 06:48 PM

I think they were also betting on spineless republicans.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 10:20 PM

View Postzurg, on 07 October 2018 - 06:34 PM, said:

I don’t think Feinstein knew which was going to stop the nomination - delay or actual possible success of the accusation sticking. I’m thinking she guessed it would be just delay (as you say too), but I don’t think she or other democrats cared. In fact, they probably high-fived because there were two avenues of success. They probably thought, like they thought with Russia collusion, that if they place enough obstacles in the way, something will stop the candidate (Trump first, now Kavanaugh).

They were wrong. But they’ll keep trying. Hopefully the public are onto their pathetic (if dangerous) games.

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