American Elephants

The Campaign Is Not Addressing the Real Issues! by The Elephant's Child

This has not been the presidential campaign I would have chosen. These are not the candidates I would have chosen, but here we are. I heard on the radio today, a black woman who is deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s lack of respect for women — which seems to mean his lack of deference to Hillary because she is a woman — one who just accused his voters of being a “basket of deplorables,” bigoted, racist, intolerant. I guess Hillary will blame that misstep on her pneumonia.

Sorry, Hillary, believing in immigration laws and insisting on preventing the flow of illegal aliens is not bigotry, but common sense. It’s high time the President of the United States and his administration start to take terrorism seriously. The Jihadists do take it seriously, and want to destroy Israel and the United States, and are working seriously towards that goal, while we succumb to political correctness and being afraid to criticize Muslims. That is immediately controlled with cries of “Islamophobia.” The most important thing is never to offend?

Donald Trump is quite clearly not a racist, but that’s a charge the Left drags out in every election. Bill Clinton just snidely said “Make America Great Again” is racist. “If you’re a white Southerner, you know exactly what it means, don’t you,” he told voters in Orlando last Wednesday.“What it means is, ‘I’ll give you the economy you had 50 years ago, and I’ll move you back up on the social totem pole, and other people down.” What that means is that Democrats are fuming at Trump’s outreach to Blacks. They cannot defend their own appalling record at bettering black lives,

Democrats cannot run on the Obama-Clinton economy — a growth rate of 0.95% can’t really even be called a recovery. They can’t run on ObamaCare, which is about to collapse. (Hillary called it “one of the greatest accomplishments of President Obama, the Democratic party and of our country.”) Uh huh, prices are rising dramatically, as much as 50% in some areas, and health insurers are dumping the exchanges. The goal of ObamaCare as a way to switch to single-payer health care is absurd in the light of Britain’s NHS nearing collapse, and killing far too many of their patients. They surely cannot run on their defeat of terrorism and keeping America safe.

They’ve not got much left but the race card to run on. And that is not proving very successful as the black body count rises in Chicago, as the police step back. Heather MacDonald reported yesterday that in 2016, nearly 3,000 people have been shot in the city, an average of one victim every two hours. That’s not improving the lives of black Americans, nor is it something that can be blamed on guns.

“President Obama takes every opportunity to accuse police of racially profiling blacks and Hispanics. The media, activists and academics routinely denounce pedestrian stops and public-order enforcement—such as dispersing crowds of unruly teens—as racial oppression intended to ‘control African-American and poor communities,’ in the words of Columbia law professor Bernard Harcourt. Never mind that it is the law-abiding residents of High crime areas who beg the police to clear their corners of loiterers and trespassers.” MacDonald continues:

The media blame poverty, racism and a lack of government services for the growing mayhem. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blames lenient prison sentences for releasing Chicago’s gun criminals onto the streets too soon. The Illinois Legislature’s Black Caucus, however, blocks any effort to mandate stricter sentences for gun-toting felons—in a sub rosa acknowledgment that the vast majority (80%) of Chicago’s gun criminals are black.

But neither Mr. Johnson’s lax-sentencing explanation nor the media’s systemic-injustice explanation aligns with the timing of Chicago’s surge in violence. Sentencing protocols did not weaken in 2015 when crime started rising. Nor did poverty or alleged racism grow worse. What did change was the intensity of antipolice ideology, driven by the Black Lives Matter movement, relentlessly amplified by the press, and echoed by President Obama.

The solution to Chicago’s violence is for at-risk kids to be raised by mothers and fathers. Until that starts, the only hope lies in police regaining control of the streets.

Denouncing the phony “Black Lives Matter” campaign which is designed only to make Blacks believe that Republicans are racist so they will vote for Hillary, would be a help, Their claims of police brutality are clearly false, but the violence stirred up makes the police pull back from the enforcement needed by innocent Black families.

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Recall, if you will, a scene from 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”: in The Inventing Room, Wonka shows the kids a new gum that he has invented that recreates the flavors and sensations of a five-course meal while you chew it (“Bull!” “No, roast beef. But I haven’t got it quite right yet.”). Gum-chewer Violet grabs a piece and starts chewing, while Wonka tells her to stop. Charlie turns to his Grandpa Joe, and asks “Why doesn’t she listen to Mr. Wonka?”, to which Grandpa Joe replies,” Because, Charlie, she is a nitwit.”

Hillary is a lot like Violet Beauregard.

Despite people who know what the the likely results of her actions tell her, Hillary does what she wants. Generals tell her the course of action she chose in Libya is a mistake, and she does it anyway. The laughable “reset” with Russia was a joke, and Hillary does it anyway. Several people (including, contrary to her claims, a former Secretary of State) tell her that using a private server for all of her business at the State Department is problematic (at best) and in violation of regulations, but she does what she wants. People tell her that she’s not trusted by a majority, and she continues the behavior that causes them to not trust her. Why?

“Because, Charlie, she is a nitwit.”

Trump was not my choice for the Republican nomination, bit there is no scenario where he isn’t a better potential President than Hillary. If the only thing he did was reverse most of Obama’s policies and repealed Obamacare, he’d be a worthwhile president. Hillary would not be “a continuation of Obama”. Hillary would take the precedents of this administration, and take them to even lower.


Comment by Lon Mead

I didn’t see Willy Wonka, but it sounds like a great description. I find it inconceivable that a Secretary of State would ignore requests for more security from one of her ambassadors. The Russian reset was a stupid attempt at a joke, but to fail to make absolutely sure that the translated word was correct speaks to a dangerous incompetence. Her treatment as first lady of the Secret Service agents assigned to protect her with their lives shows that she should never, ever be in any position of power, and her greed is just disgusting. It’s not just the lies.


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