Thursday, August 22, 2013


America's confusion about what is important and petty begins at the top.

Two Americas – Victor Davis Hanson – 8/22/2013
The historic role of government is changing before our eyes. President Obama is making the argument that the executive branch by presidential fiat can pick and choose which laws should and should not be faithfully executed -- whether Obamacare, immigration amnesties or No Child Left Behind statutes.

The fate of the entire concept of voluntary tax compliance is currently endangered by the politicization of the Internal Revenue Service. Whether the government can monitor the communications of either reporters or average citizens depends on getting to the bottom of the National Security Agency and Justice Department/Associated Press scandals.

Why is the country consumed by the trivial while snoozing through the essential?

We have become a nation of instant electronic communications -- Twitter, Facebook, cell phones and the Internet -- even as reading and math scores plummet in our schools, and newspapers and magazines go broke. We can communicate information at the speed of light but have trouble finding anything meaningful to send back and forth.

America's confusion about what is important and petty begins at the top.

The commander in chief was playing cards while Navy Seals risked their lives to kill America's No. 1 enemy -- only later to use photos of himself watching live feeds for his re-election sloganeering: "bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!"

That pretense sums up the growing void between real and trivial America.

READER COMMENT:  We have done a poor job of passing our values on to our children. My father was a WW2 veteran who served on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific. He understood what he was fighting for when he enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor. We have allowed the progressives to so rewrite our history that it does not even resemble the history I learned in school. We have allowed the progressives to heap shame on us for being mysogenists, racists, and a host of other ists that we never were concerned about in the past. Some of these things have changed for the better, but for most, the change has been overwhelmingly for the worse. People look for reasons to be offended today. Behavior that constitutes mental illness is daily paraded as normal behavior on reality shows. We have lost any sense of reality and how to distinguish reality from fantasy. We cannot even believe a photograph these days because we have no way of knowing if it has been Photoshopped. When we can no longer trust what we see or hear, there is no basis for making informed decisions about anything. We have the ultimate president for such a time. He is as phony as the Photoshopped pictures he gave us showing him glued to the video feed during the bin Laden raid. Can we then wonder why our children are so obsessed with the Khardasians? It makes me glad I cut the cord on my satellite system two years ago and went back to a TV antenna and a Roku box. I watch only what interests me and leave the trash outside my door.

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