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Don’t Worry — Be Happy!

One of the ironies of our transformation into a European socialist state is that the progressive is often targeted as much as the so-called right-wing nut. The double-income yuppie household in the Bay area, who paid a fortune for a rather modest home, and who voted for Obama, will soon learn of hope and change. They are now considered “rich” and will pay thousands more in state, federal, and FICA payroll taxes, for victimized others who hitherto had no recourse to previously lean government services and entitlements.

The Europeans will soon learn that we are really multilateral now. Europe is, well, on its own, and so can properly go to the U.N. when it harbors worries about Russia, an Iranian missile, or a terrorist enclave. Supporters of Israel who voted for Obama can appreciate a rhetorical President who doesn’t mangle “nuclear” as Mr. Freeman, Ms. Power, et al. open bridges to Syria and Iran, pay for the Hamas reconstruction, and try to get back to the happy, calm years before 1967 when Israel was inside its 1948 borders and gave no offense. And for those who kept screaming that we were not liked abroad, we may well be now, since our positions will be pretty much like those that are shared by others, and even misunderstood states from Iran and Syria to Russia and North Korea will come to see that we have no intention of giving them any grounds for offense.

Victor Davis Hanson — NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.

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