Jewish World Review July 17, 2014 / 19 Tammuz, 5774
When America fell apart
By Victor Davis Hanson
JewishWorldReview.com | The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let's take a tour of the disasters.
War looms between
Crimea has become a Russian satellite. The fate of the
From his sanctuary perch in
Foreign leaders don't trust the U.S. They are baffled as to whether America is guilty of incompetence in hiring such a roguish dropout snoop in the first place, or guilty of cynically spying on America's best friends -- or both.
The economy shrank last quarter. Record numbers of adult Americans are still not working. Zero interest rates have destroyed the tradition of passbook savings and the very idea of thrift.
No-interest financial policies ignited a stampede to the stock market that has further enriched the one-percenters -- an artificial boom that everyone believes will soon bust.
The borrowing of
U.S. immigration law simply no longer exists. Incoming foreign nationals more likely welcome arrest than fear it. Tens of thousands of newly arrived immigrants expect that the cynical coalition of commercial interests, ethnic activists and political operatives have subverted existing federal law. America is now wide open. Almost anyone can cross the border and receive subsidized sanctuary. If you object, you are a nativist, racist or xenophobe -- take your pick.
No one denies that top
Americans accept the fact that a video never had anything to do with the killing of four American officials in Benghazi and know that the Obama administration knew precisely that when it assured them otherwise.
No one has heard anything lately from Private
The scandals now come so fast and furiously that we no sooner hear of one than yet another new mess makes us forget it.
What keeps the country afloat this terrible summer?
Some American companies produce more gas and oil than ever despite, not because of, the Obama administration. Most Americans still get up every day, work hard and pay more taxes than they receive in subsidies. American soldiers remain the most formidable in the world despite the confusion of their superiors. The law, regardless of the administration, is still followed by most. And most do not duck out on their daily responsibilities to golf, play pool or go on junkets.
It is still a hard thing to derail America in a summer -- but then again, we have a long way to go until fall.
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Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University.
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