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VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The Left has pushed the envelope

The left is waging a full-fledged cultural revolution against traditional America. And the Maoist results are often as absurd as they are terrifying.

Special counsel John Durham just issued his final report on wrongdoing within the FBI, CIA and the Department of Justice. The summary confirms that our premier investigatory and intelligence agencies interfered in the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.

Directors and high-ranking FBI officials lied under oath. They misled Congress. They altered court documents and deceived federal judges. The FBI hired a foreign national to gather dirt on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — while he was being paid by the rival Hillary Clinton campaign.

The FBI contracted Twitter to suppress news stories. It kept the Hunter Biden laptop under wraps, even as former intelligence officials flat out lied that it was likely “Russian disinformation.” That was a blatant effort to aid the 2020 Biden campaign.

The IRS just conceded whistleblowers were correct, and the agency fired its entire multiyear audit team responsible for investigating Hunter Biden’s purported tax irregularities. The agency claimed it was ordered to do so by the Department of Justice, headed by Biden appointee Merrick Garland.

California is facing a crushing $32 billion deficit. Yet it flirts with an $800 billion “reparations” payout to the state’s Black residents. No one has any idea where the money for that would come from. No one can define who would qualify. No one can explain why a state that never allowed slavery eight generations ago now owes selected Californians billions of dollars it does not have.

One of the reparations board leaders asserts Blacks might be willing to accept an “installment” plan of payments.

The NAACP just issued a “travel alert” advising Blacks not to visit Florida. The announcement was timed to draw negative attention to conservative Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement of a presidential bid.

Chicago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Indianapolis — all outside Florida — have the highest Black murder rates in the nation. Florida by contrast, with a Black population of 3.3 million, has the second-largest number of Black businesses in the nation. The chairman of the NAACP’s board of directors is himself a Florida resident!

Black Lives Matter has just announced it lost millions of dollars in investments and ran up huge deficits. The culprit was its former corrupt leadership.

Its extravagant spending, plush homes and family hangers-on have nearly bankrupted the group. It cannot account for the millions of dollars in corporate guilt and protection money it leveraged following the George Floyd riots in 2020.

In New York, a threatening subway career criminal with 42 prior arrests was subdued by a bystander and died during the confrontation. The criminal is now deified. The would-be Samaritan is charged with felony manslaughter. The deceased’s uncle is vocal about his late nephew’s confrontation. But he himself was just arrested with stolen property and armed with a knife. He was still roaming the streets despite 70 prior arrests and current active arrest warrants.

In almost every American city and town, biological males, with enormous advantages in size and musculoskeletal mass, routinely win women’s sporting competitions. They are systematically destroying decades of progress that sought to ensure parity between men’s and women’s sports.

Corporate America has joined this cultural revolution hysteria. Companies are apparently now hellbent on destroying their brands, profits and net worth.

Under pressure from LGBTQ activists, the Los Angeles Dodgers reinvited the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” to celebrate Pride night at Dodger Stadium. Catholics and Christians had objected to the invitation because the group’s notoriety hinges on its sexualized and often pornographic mockery of Catholic ritual, the Holy Trinity and Christian faith.

The group would never dare extend its street-theater blasphemy to other religious groups such as Muslims or Hindus. The Dodgers do not care that greater Los Angeles may be home to 6 million Mexican American citizens and resident Hispanic immigrants. Most are Catholic and many were avid Dodger fans.

Anheuser-Busch has nearly destroyed its Bud Light brand by hiring transgender performance art activist Dylan Mulvaney to hawk the brand — and his own transitioning — to America’s working classes.

The Disney corporation, for decades, has enjoyed multibillion-dollar concessions and a veritable 40-square-mile private fiefdom gifted from the taxpayers of Florida. No matter. Disney has rebranded it films, amusement parks and television offerings to reflect radical transgender, gay and race advocacies.

The results so far are billion-dollar losses in Disney stock, subscribers and viewers.

A woke CNN has all but destroyed its audience. It now has fewer viewers than certain popular podcasts.

All these implosions are not just shocking but surreal. Why are our government, corporations and popular culture colluding in mass suicide — to the delight of our enemies like Communist China?

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a classicist and historian at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Contact him at authorvdh@gmail.com.

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