In a Classicist first, Victor Davis Hanson reacts in real time to an outbreak of mob violence at the U.S. Capitol. Professor Hanson calls for peace, encourages President Trump to cool the passions of his followers, and provides advice to president-elect Biden on how to lower the country’s temperature.

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  1. Aaron Miller Member
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    Though we don’t know for sure what will happen 2 years from now, I sympathize with those who say hopes for winning mid-term elections are not a serious path to counteracting rigged elections if the election tampering is likely to recur. 

    Trump acted recklessly. He is not responsible for the rush into the capitol — which, so far as we know, had no purpose beyond disrupting the vote and shouting at politicians. He is responsible for enflaming passions in the vicinity and stupidly repeating his unwillingness to cede the election at exactly the wrong time and place. 

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    • January 6, 2021, at 2:53 PM PST
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  2. BruceStewart Coolidge

    Very well done, Dr Hanson.

    • #2
    • January 6, 2021, at 2:58 PM PST
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  3. Percival Thatcher
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    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Though we don’t know for sure what will happen 2 years from now, I sympathize with those who say hopes for winning mid-term elections are not a serious path to counteracting rigged elections if the election tampering is likely to recur.

    Trump acted recklessly. He is not responsible for the rush into the capitol — which, so far as we know, had no purpose beyond disrupting the vote and shouting at politicians. He is responsible for enflaming passions in the vicinity and stupidly repeating his unwillingness to cede the election at exactly the wrong time and place.

    The answer to the last election is to get ready for the next.

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    • January 6, 2021, at 3:41 PM PST
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  4. Aaron Miller Member
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    Percival (View Comment):
    The answer to the last election is to get ready for the next.

    Every time. “Darn, that didn’t work! Let’s try it again. It’s bound to work this time!” 

    Republicans controlled both houses of Congresses for 2 years during President Trump’s term and gave us bupkis. Republicans have had much longer at the state level to secure elections, yet an ATM gets more security. In 2020, courts, legislators, and governors were often the reasons that election laws were violated. Trust the system? 

    An imminent need for revolution is not clear. But Republicans haven’t offered much as an alternative.

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    • January 6, 2021, at 3:58 PM PST
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  5. Percival Thatcher
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    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    The answer to the last election is to get ready for the next.

    Every time. “Darn, that didn’t work! Let’s try it again. It’s bound to work this time!”

    Republicans controlled both houses of Congresses for 2 years during President Trump’s term and gave us bupkis. Republicans have had much longer at the state level to secure elections, yet an ATM gets more security. In 2020, courts, legislators, and governors were often the reasons that election laws were violated. Trust the system?

    An imminent need for revolution is not clear. But Republicans haven’t offered much as an alternative.

    Agreed to all of that. They were more concerned with not handing the Bad Orange Man a win.

    “Winning.” There is a concept that they are probably going to need to work on. I see a handful of current Republicans who might have a clue, surrounded by a cloud of the clueless.

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    • January 6, 2021, at 4:03 PM PST
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  6. Poindexter Member

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Though we don’t know for sure what will happen 2 years from now, I sympathize with those who say hopes for winning mid-term elections are not a serious path to counteracting rigged elections if the election tampering is likely to recur.

    Trump acted recklessly. He is not responsible for the rush into the capitol — which, so far as we know, had no purpose beyond disrupting the vote and shouting at politicians. He is responsible for enflaming passions in the vicinity and stupidly repeating his unwillingness to cede the election at exactly the wrong time and place.

    If he didn’t know what he was doing, he should have known. When it comes to culpability, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two.

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    • January 6, 2021, at 5:18 PM PST
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  7. Architectus Coolidge

    Ricochet Audio Network: an outbreak of mob violence at the U.S. Capitol

    Today’s events have made history! First time in memory that any elected Democrat has publicly denounced mob violence in a city… ;-) 

    • #7
    • January 6, 2021, at 5:45 PM PST
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  8. Blue Yeti Admin

    BruceStewart (View Comment):
    Very well done, Dr Hanson.

    We’re going to do show on this topic in the near future, but you don’t have to call him Dr.

    • #8
    • January 6, 2021, at 7:07 PM PST
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  9. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Ricochet Audio Network:

    In a Classicist first, Victor Davis Hanson reacts in real time to an outbreak of mob violence at the U.S. Capitol. Professor Hanson calls for peace, encourages President Trump to cool the passions of his followers, and provides advice to president-elect Biden on how to lower the country’s temperature.

    The trap of social media and the preceding 24/7 news cycle is that professional pundits feel an existential need to pontificate in the moment. VDH should know better. As he attacked President Trump and all who rallied and all who voted for him, by extension, word was already out from a member of Congress, about Capital Police intelligence the night before that Antifa was planning a false flag operation to discredit the MAGA march on the Capital. It was no coincidence that the radical leftist mayor stood down the D.C. Police, overburdening the small Capital Police force. Facts do not care about your feelings, nor mah principles.

    AND.

    We do not know, and will likely never know, what actually happened. It ain’t necessarily so.

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    • January 6, 2021, at 9:29 PM PST
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  10. Aaron Miller Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    It was no coincidence that the radical leftist mayor stood down the D.C. Police, overburdening the small Capital Police force.

    To be fair, if a leftist nut truly believed President Trump would try to remain in office by force, per the left’s projected fantasies of dictatorship, then it could make some sense to minimize the presence of federal enforcers during the transition of power. 

    But that the mayor who painted Black Lives Matter on a public street and posted city police to guard it yesterday might facilitate an Antifa-DNC publicity stunt is believable too.

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    • January 7, 2021, at 5:45 AM PST
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  11. Aaron Miller Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):
    The trap of social media and the preceding 24/7 news cycle is that professional pundits feel an existential need to pontificate in the moment. VDH should know better.

    He is one of the most level-headed commentators in media. With emotions running wild yesterday, I’m grateful for the attempt to consider the situation calmly.

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    • January 7, 2021, at 5:47 AM PST
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  12. Aaron Miller Member
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    A reminder that the presidential election was, aside from fraud, indisputably rigged: 

    If this is repeated in 2022 and 2024, then America will be on a path to war. 

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    • January 7, 2021, at 7:35 AM PST
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  13. Taras Coolidge

    Poindexter (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Though we don’t know for sure what will happen 2 years from now, I sympathize with those who say hopes for winning mid-term elections are not a serious path to counteracting rigged elections if the election tampering is likely to recur.

    Trump acted recklessly. He is not responsible for the rush into the capitol — which, so far as we know, had no purpose beyond disrupting the vote and shouting at politicians. He is responsible for enflaming passions in the vicinity and stupidly repeating his unwillingness to cede the election at exactly the wrong time and place.

    If he didn’t know what he was doing, he should have known. When it comes to culpability, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two.

    I would argue that, in politics, unilateral disarmament is always wrong.

    If your opponent hits below the belt, you must deter that behavior, even if you have to hit below the belt yourself. The alternative is to congratulate yourself for the nobility of your loss.

    Of course, if this really were a boxing match, you would have the right to be a polite loser. In politics, however, if we lose, then people who hate freedom and hate America win.

    In this particular case, without forceful demonstrations, the liberal media wouldn’t even bother to report that millions of Americans think the election was stolen, much less that they have good reasons to think so.

    • #13
    • January 7, 2021, at 6:53 PM PST
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