American culture

An All-American Response to a Chinese Virus

Melissa Mackenzie, The American Spectator

Ultimately, the American people will have to save the day. They’ll have to leave the beaches and take care of their neighbors and friends. They’ll innovate and find cures. They’ll retool their manufacturing and find ways to make medicine in America again. After a week away, observing a cross section of our citizens, traveling through airports, talking to business owners and their employees, seeing restaurant owners convey their care, watching people blissfully do disease-spreading activities, and observing the inexplicable mix of human fallibility and greatness, I come back to the mainland hopeful. Americans want to do the right thing even when they fall short. May it be enough.

Trump Drives Democrats Crazy At Daytona

We think that maybe Kelly O’Donnell is not old enough to remember the 1992 presidential campaign, but Maggie Haberman certainly is, and so we contrast the reception President Trump got at the Daytona 500 with the reception Bill Clinton got in 1992 when his motorcade entered Darlington speedway, where 70,000 rabid stock-car fans awaited the start of the Southern 500.

When There Is No Normal

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

History lesson: Radicals eventually will need the norms and safeguards they’ve gleefully destroyed. The Left has no awareness that under their new protocols, Barack Obama would have been more exposed to impeachment writs than Donald Trump is today, that the next administration mole as a whistleblower might seek to take out a Democratic president, and that politicized FISA courts might just as easily fast-track the surveilling of progressive campaign aides. We are now in a revolutionary cycle in which existing norms are considered obstacles to equality-of-result politics. The Left believes that they will never need the institutions that they are distorting, but they will soon rue their own folly.

Cultural Winners and Losers of 2019

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

As we end another year, our popular culture still revolves around President Donald Trump, and our news and entertainment conglomerates continue to be outraged that conservative Christians stick with him, so much so they are summarily ignored. Support him as, say, Franklin Graham and a vast majority of evangelicals have done and ... crickets. But what happens when evangelicals don't? Happy days are here again. Whenever a force on the cultural left flaps its wings, it is saluted. In the rare occasion that the entity advances the cultural right, it's slammed, or ignored. But that's not necessarily how America sees it, thanks to social media that has done an end run around the press and told the truth.

Is America Becoming Sinicized?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Why are we becoming more like China than China is like us? China does not fool around. China always channels the victimization myth that supposedly oppressed nonwhite peoples cannot themselves be oppressors. There wasn’t a single major Western politician who warned the world of a frightening, Chinese-dominated future — one in which the West turned into China rather than China into the West. The single figure who finally issued such a warning, brash Donald Trump — without prior military or political experience — was as loudly and publicly damned as he was privately and quietly admired for doing so.

Ignorant Liberals Need To Go Visit America

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Locked up in their largely child-free urban playgrounds, our garbage elite is utterly unaware of the real America and of real Americans themselves. And it is dangerously unaware of – even actively hostile to – our true history. There are lessons there they need to learn as they continue to bully and provoke the mass of Americans who just wish to be left alone. Anyone who causally suggests confiscating millions of weapons from millions of American patriots and who has not walked through Lexington and Concord is a fool. And, sadly, our blue elite is full of fools.

No-One's Life Matters. That's Why There Are Mass Shootings

David P. Goldman, PJ Media

The crisis of Muslim cultures has produced a fearfully large number of individuals willing to kill themselves in order to kill civilians of another Muslim sect, not to mention Americans or Israelis. Our Cultural Revolution has the same effect: We have hollowed out the sense of purpose in life that formerly sustained us and reduced large parts of our population to atomized lost souls. It's not surprising that individuals with severe psychological problems lose all restraint and turn into killers. I find it especially loathsome that the liberal ideologues now blame the problem on guns.

Hopelessness and Hate

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Nobody ever paid serious attention to Santino Legan, Patrick Crusius, or Connor Betts before they went on shooting rampages that have made national headlines. How many adolescent losers, spending hour after hour playing videogames, are potential mass murderers? The experience of social isolation, immersed in digital fantasies of make-believe violence, is not conducive to a hopeful sense of the future. No politician can be blamed for the influences that have produced a generation of psychologically damaged youth. Thirty years ago, Revenge of the Nerds was a Hollywood comedy. Now the nerds have become a terrorist threat, and it’s not the least bit funny.

The Age of Pelagius

Sen. Josh Hawley, Christianity Today

We must rebuild a culture that affirms the dignity of the working man and woman, that protects their way of life and honors their central role in the life of this country. We must rebuild an economy that will offer opportunity for every American worker, whatever degree she may have, wherever he may live—an economy that rewards hard, productive work. For that, after all, is the work that built this country. We must rebuild a democracy run not by the elites, but by the great middle of America, a democracy that allows the working man and woman to realize their God-given ability to govern themselves and help manage the life of his nation.

The Most Important Thing Any Senator Wrote Last Week

Our United States Senators write thousands of pages of legislation every week; draft bills, committee mark-ups, and the rare bills that become law. But none of those thousands of pages of laws or potential laws written last week compare in importance to a brief article written for Christianity Today by Senator Joshua Hawley of Missouri.

D-Day: June 6, 2044

The values that animated the English-speaking peoples to launch the Great Crusade General Eisenhower spoke of on June 6, 1944, are just as right and true today, as they were then. What is required is for us to have the same courage in defending them, because it is certain that if we do not, no one will be there to wade ashore in 2044 to liberate us.

‘The Longest Day,’ Revisited

William Murchison, The American Spectator

D-Day nostalgia — evidenced by all the excitement of the last reunion of the survivors — finds, it would seem, a secure place among the victims of the fear and explosive emotions of the past half-century when it became necessary, seemingly, to hate and despise fellow Americans, to detect on their garments the fumes of sulfur. Here’s to the boys of Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach and the whole panoply of destruction that lives in an admiration that gives hope of eventual recovery from the wasting disease of hatred. Oh, say, we can see — never mind the barriers so many work to place in our sightlines.

Our Modern Satyricon

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Roman novelist Petronius argues that with too much rapid material progress comes moral regress. His final warning might be especially troubling for the current generation of Western Europeans and Americans. Even as we brag of globalizing the world and enriching the West materially and culturally, we are losing our soul in the process. Getting married, raising families, staying in one place, still working with our hands, and postponing gratification may be seen as boring and out of date. But nearly 2,000 years later, all of that is what still keeps civilization alive.

Jussie Smollett Will Be the New O.J.

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Smollett will be the new O. J., another man getting away with a crime he committed in full public view. That didn't work out very well for The Juice. In fact, he's a pariah for life. And it won't for Smollett either. He will be a despised person for the rest of his days and a symbol of unequal justice. He might as well have gone to jail, served the time, and been forgiven. Maybe he should hire a detective as O. J. did, promising to find just who the perps were — someone perhaps in "the world of Faye Resnick," as Johnny Cochran famously put it.

Netflix as Death Cult

David P. Goldman, PJ Media

Where will healing come to a culture where the obsession with death is the source of hundred-billion-dollar fortunes? Netflix fears competition, to be sure, but not from the likes of Disney or MGM. According to Netflix, its biggest competitor is the video game Fortnite, in which teams of adolescents role-play as survivors in a post-apocalyptic world, killing zombie invaders. Fortnite earned $3 billion in revenues last year. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

What Do We Have In Common?

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

To view the sheer chaos surrounding the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh is to realize that we may simply have nothing in common anymore. What can hold us together? We can start with gratitude, gratitude for this unique moment in human history, for our unique country, for our unique ideals, for our unique institutions. If we're ungrateful, spite will win the day. And that means that we could be setting the charges for a spectacular implosion.

The Passing of a Giant

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

Some of us have time left to make amends or to wring out a few more achievements before we die, but I do not think it is too early to say Charles Krauthammer was one of the great men of my generation. He was singularly remarkable and would be in almost any generation. Charles was an early resister. So far as I know he never said a stupid thing, never an embarrassing thing, never an ignoble or undignified utterance. He had plenty of opportunities. He was a fixture on television talk shows, in books, and in the public prints. In those places all he did was become the most gifted spokesman of his time.

Culture Unbalanced

William Murchison, The American Spectator

Cultural balance is in the nature of a moral edict seemingly unloaded on society from on high. Art and plain old entertainment have come to matter less in many eyes than the redressing of grievances that numerous folk didn’t know were grievances. Ah — but then there was the “Oscars So White” phenomenon a couple of Academy Awards seasons back. If too few actors and actresses of color were up for awards, this plainly (to some) spoke of cultural bias requiring formal redress. Now it’s male bias as obstruction to equality. Self-policing and self-correction via app could be the solution.

Nancy Pelosi And Democrats Embrace Drag Queens

In Nancy Pelosi’s appearance on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and embrace of “drag culture” one can see just how far from the mainstream the normalization of the abnormal in American culture – and Democratic Party politics – has taken us.

Number of Married Couples With Kids Hit 56-Year Low

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

According to the national exit poll for the 2016 election, married voters picked Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton 52 percent to 44 percent. Unmarried voters picked Clinton over Trump 55 percent to 37 percent. If you were seeking to advance the causes that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton advanced in this country, you would hope that the trends that are moving people away from lifelong marriage and responsible parenthood would continue.