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Author and military historian Victor Davis Hanson believes the 2020 presidential election has moved beyond the scope of politics to become an existential battle over America’s future.
The senior fellow at the Hoover Institution discussed the wave of demonstrations against historic monuments and statues during a Fox News appearance, telling host Tucker Carlson that the November election has become a “Manichean choice” on civilization as we know it.
(Source: Fox News)
Hanson noted on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the recent escalation of attempts to vandalize, destroy and remove historic statues across the nation is another example of cultural revolutions perpetrated by a minority of the population, pointing out that it is “not about the icon or the statue, it’s about humiliation and power.”
He spoke following an attempt by protesters to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park in Washington D.C. while also trying to set up the “Black House Autonomous Zone” in the area, copying Seattle’s “Capitol Hill Organized Protest.”
Citing examples like the calls to take down the iconic statue of President Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Hanson argued that the ones demanding the destruction of America’s history only do so where they know they will be unopposed.
He contended that they won’t take on the issue if they know “people will stand up and say you’re not going to do it.”
President Donald Trump described the decision to remove Roosevelt’s statue as “ridiculous.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 22, 2020
Hanson called out conservatives who have “empowered” the demonstrators by agreeing that the Confederates were racist, thinking that capitulating with local government intervention like a city council vote will end the conflict.
“The mob says back to them, ‘Well, if you want it gone, why waste the city council vote?'” Hanson said, adding that “personal agendas” have also surfaced like the recent move by the CEO of Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy advises whites to express their ‘shame’ over racism by shining a black person’s shoes https://t.co/vas23twOxG
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 19, 2020
He called out those who “piggy-back” onto the revolution “thinking it’s going to carry them in their career to new trajectories” while they are actually “deeply embedded in corporate profiting.”
“We are looking for one brave woman, a few brave men to say, ‘It’s not going to happen anymore, you’re not going to do it, come into my neighborhood and you’re not going to like what’s going to happen,'” he said. “We haven’t had that.”
“I don’t want to get political, but this election no longer is about Donald Trump’s tweeting,” Hanson told Carlson. “It’s not about Joe Biden’s cognitive impairment. It has nothing to do anymore with a lockdown, the virus, the economy, foreign policy.
“It’s an existential question, a Manichean choice between whether you want civilization and you believe that America doesn’t have to be perfect to be good…or you feel it was inherently flawed with a cancer and we have to use radiation and chemotherapy and kill the host to kill the cancer,” he continued.
“And that’s the choice we are looking at. And I’m going to vote for civilization,” Hanson concluded.
“Well, it’s our only option,” Carlson agreed.
“The Republican Party is our only option. Speaking of a flawed option, but there’s no other,” he added. “I think conservatives have been very slow to pick up on that, unfortunately, it’s true and it’s scary.”
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