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They Just Don’t Get It: Victor Davis Hanson

15 May 2012 @ 14:40

One of Victor Davis Hanson’s recent postings over at The Corner is worth quoting in full:

It is really amazing that Elizabeth Warren, in Orwellian fashion, continues to say, “I’m proud of my Native American heritage” after being caught in a blatant deception, in which even her theoretical claim of being a Native American on the dubious basis of a great-great-great grandparent was not substantiated. I guess some of us are on a different planet, because both Warren and Harvard University seem to have been unethical at best and unlawful at worst — if she or anyone from the Law School (no less!) signed forms or affidavits attesting to Warren’s Native American status in accordance with federal affirmative action/diversity guidelines. Fabricating an entire identity seems to me right up there with plagiarism, and yet neither Harvard nor Warren is the least bit troubled by the fact that at the heart of this scandal is an outright lie, both spoken and written. How many Harvard Law Schools or Elizabeth Warrens are there out there in academia, that have been untruthful in assessing their diversity profiles, and is that the reason for the complete silence on this matter from various professional academic and scholarly associations?

This scandal seems every bit as serious as those surrounding Michael A. Bellesiles or Greg Mortenson, in that a university or publisher cannot function without some degree of trust and fidelity. Just as scholars and editors must assume that research is professionally conducted and truthful, so too must universities and professors in good faith follow accepted norms. But in this case, both Harvard and Warren displayed a degree of cynicism that is repellent, both in the attempt to pass off a 1/32nd claim, which itself was never substantiated, as proof of minority status and in the apparent idea that to do so was simply okay in contemporary academia’s diversity culture. And now? Rather than show some shame, the falsity is treated as truth without repercussions.

One has to ask Mr Hanson: In what world have you been living in over the last the last four years? Every single, Goddamn day we see numerous examples of lies being treated as Truth by the Left, which controls all of American Society. Frankly, I am amazed that you continue to be amazed at the perfidy and immoral actions of the Progressives. You’re such an intelligent man [Carnage And Culture is a great book and a must-read], yet you apparently refuse to see just how malignant and metastasized the Leftist cancer is. It has invade every single nook and cranny of our Culture, every institution, every soul. For a man who is so perceptive when it comes to military history, who offers such wonderful insights, it is shocking to see you shocked by anything the Left does.

The Warren story is Standard Operating Procedure.

‘And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed — if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth.’

For the love of God, sir, wake up and smell the rotting flesh.

7 Comments
  1. theebl permalink
    15 May 2012 @ 15:20 15:20

    That was definitely worth posting. I will link you to my posts on the topic today and yesterday.

    Also, you might enjoy this (I know you are a big fan).

    • 15 May 2012 @ 17:36 17:36

      Thanks, Evi.

      I’ve been enjoying Prof. Jacobson’s work on the whole Fauxahontas michegas.

  2. 15 May 2012 @ 19:46 19:46

    My grandmother came from South Dakota. Now, her children (and us grandchildren) don’t have any deficiency of melatonin. We all “tan” well. It was always rumored that there was possibly some Sioux blood in that line of the family (as to which Grandma denied to her death). The strange part was that grandma’s parent were both Swedish !!

    Now, just based on that, can I go ahead and claim Indian status?????

    If I can, I have plans for selling cigarettes and opening a casino.

    But on the serious side, I do have a verified Cherokee in my family line.

  3. M. Thompson permalink
    15 May 2012 @ 20:23 20:23

    Hanson’s still has a bit of the Ivory Tower in him. His recent interview with National Review says he’s spent much of the past few year writing a novel. Also, he’s been a professor in the best way, teaching students something he has been passionate about, for his career, at a minor college, so I’m not surprised he doesn’t care much about the ‘diversity’ game being played.

    However, he could be asking rhetorical questions. Never forget that possibility.

  4. Adobe_Walls permalink
    15 May 2012 @ 21:38 21:38

    VDH has the unfortunate mindset of assessing others based on his standards of ethics assuming that what should be, is. Just as the left assumes everyone else is as ethically deficient as they are, Hanson sees the left as failing to live up to their own ethical standards. He simply won’t grasp that the left has no ethical standards at all. Chamberlain was genuinely shocked that Hitler made assurances that he never had any intention of keeping, even Stalin was surprised by the invasion of Russia as he seems to have been under the impression that he and Hitler had some sort of honor among thieves thing going. This is why the Bolsheviks constantly and consistently get the upper hand on the Republicans, the difference between a Hitler or a Stalin or a Pol Pot for that matter and the Democrats is, Democrats know they can’t get away with being as blatantly ruthless (for the moment) and they don’t have the balls that Hitler or Stalin had.

    • M. Thompson permalink
      15 May 2012 @ 22:40 22:40

      Good point. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is from his expectations of interacting with people. Sometimes, the most fundamental expectations are the hardest to lose.

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