Whenever I yearn for the more-American-than-thou (and me), self-righteous certainty of “conservative” Republicans, I thirst for another deluge from classicist-turned-far-right seer Victor Davis Hanson.
As always, his June 8 encomium to Republican Congressman Devin Nunes of Tulare, published in the National Review and The Fresno Bee, allows for no blurring: good versus evil.
Good: Nunes, Nunes’ “bulldog bluntness,” Nunes’ “plowing straight ahead in the fashion of dairy farmers.”
Evil: Washington, “Washington vituperation,” “progressive activists,” mainstream media (excluding those publishing Victor Davis Hanson’s wisdom?).
I discern a third category that Hanson all but ignores. Think Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian agents who infiltrated our American presidential election mere months ago – and Michael Flynn. Flynn, we recall, was fired as President Trump’s national security adviser just weeks into Trump’s flailing presidency.
Flynn’s firing had to do with pesky, secret contacts with Russians. I’m so old! Remember when Republicans exercised their default weapon, accusing Democrats of being soft on the USSR?
Not to worry, Hanson tells us. Succumb not to the media-fanned “climate of hysteria.” Relax with the soothing self-assurance of Victor Davis Hanson. I feel better already.
Jim Steinberg, Fresno