2012: When Dreams Died
Victor Davis Hanson
The year 2012 saw the triumph of cold reality over pie-in-the-sky dreams.
Instead, Obama's campaign systematically reduced his rival,
Obama once had mused that he wished to be the mirror image of
The so-called fiscal cliff offers more examples of 2012 dreams giving way to reality. Obama will probably get his long-promised taxes on the rich. But so what? There are not enough caricatured "millionaires and billionaires" even to make a dent in his administration's fifth consecutive
Instead, all that is left for Obama is to go over the cliff or wait for Republicans to counter-propose the necessary cuts in entitlements so that he can both reluctantly accept these budget-saving measures and demonize those who so threaten "the most vulnerable." What will stop the massive borrowing is not the myth of bipartisan cooperation, but the reality of returning high interest rates that will make the current splurging simply unsustainable.
What did we learn from the killings of Americans in Benghazi? So far, the fantasy of jailing a single Coptic filmmaker for posting an anti-Islamic video has trumped the reality of holding the administration accountable for allowing lax security and offering only feeble responses to a massacre prompted by a pre-planned, al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic post.
As the year ended, a deranged 20-year-old killer in
But banning the sale of assault weapons will probably not stop another
In February, the
There are ominous signs of impending financial implosion at home. Abroad, we see a soon-to-be nuclear
The year 2012 should have taught us that dreaming is no answer to reality; 2013 will determine how well we learned that lesson.
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