American Elephants

Boo Hoo! They Lost! We Won. Riots in the Streets! by The Elephant's Child


ABC News on the radio is talking about the protests, and counting up the popular vote for Hillary, with apparently no understanding of how an American election works.  We really need to make plain to the media just what their role as “the fourth estate” is. They are not supposed to be the cheering section for their personal preferences.  If they got into the news business to change the world, they need do some serious re-thinking. If that’s their choice, they need to sign on with a political campaign, and forget trying to be a news media star.

The protests are supposedly because Hillary won the popular vote, and thus she should have won the election.  That’s Not the way it works. See the video on the Electoral College. This is the fifth time in American history when the candidate who won the election lost the popular vote. Here’s historian John Steele Gordon:

The first time this happened was 1824. Then, there were four candidates. John Quincy Adams won 30.9 percent of the popular vote to Andrew Jackson’s 41.4 percent. But neither received a majority in the Electoral College, and the decision went to the House. The fourth candidate, eliminated from contention, was Henry Clay–the Speaker of the House and as wily a politician as this country has ever known. He threw his support to Adams, who was elected by the House. Adams then made Clay his secretary of state, a move that Jackson called a “corrupt bargain.” Four years later, Jackson clobbered Adams, winning 56 percent of the popular vote to 43.6 percent for Adams.

Do read the whole article, it’s not long, but the history is quite interesting. Here’s another.

The protests are something else, however. The pre-printed signs come from International A.N.S.W.E.R. They are advertising for ‘activists’ on Craig’s List, and will pay protesters $15 an hour.

Front Page Magazine: “The Communists Behind the Anti-Trump Protests” by John Perazzo

The Daily Caller:Anti-Trump Protests Funded By Left-Wing ‘Charity'” by Peter Hasson

Commentary: “Democrats Embrace Their RadicalismBy Noah Rothman

Front Page Magazine: “The Left Responds to Trump Win BY Ranting about “White People”



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I find it interesting that people who were all up in arms a month ago at the idea that Trump might not accept the results of the election are now “protesting” because they… refuse to accept the results of the election.

In Houston, a TV news anchor is catching grief because she dared to say (on her personal Facebook page) that she was for Trump and some other things, like blacks kill more blacks than police do. A comment was put out to the effect that “reporters don’t get to make public comments about their opinions” and that they have a responsibility to remain neutral. Apparently all those news people crying on the air (not just on social media) about Hillary losing and what a tragedy for the country it is are being “neutral”.


Comment by Lon Mead

You’re expecting logic, Lon. They operate entirely on emotion.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

And money. Quite a bit of this outrage comes from inside somebody’s wallet.


Comment by Lon Mead

So, we seem to have moved on from the ridiculous to the truly stupid. A number of these rioters (I’m not even going pretend the fiction that these people are “protesters” – the minute a window is broken deliberately, someone is beaten, police are threatened, it stops being a protest and becomes a riot) have taken to posting their stupidities on their Facebook pages. Included are a number of specific threats about killing Trump, Pence, and others.

Alas, a cousin of mine is one of these college-educated morons.

I sent a carefully worded note to my aunt telling her that she may want to explain to her highly intelligent idiot child that making a threat against the president or president-elect is a felony, investigated by the Secret Service. Even f you don’t mean it, it can still result in a felony conviction on your record. This is the sort of thing employee background checks turn up.

Protest is one thing. What these people are doing is quite something else.


Comment by Lon Mead

The ignorant protests are really demonstrating the emptiness and arrogance of Leftist aims. They don’t really get much beyond being in control and how to manipulate things so they arrive at that state. Good grief, we heard from plenty of Democrats that they were unenthusiastic about Hillary. And Hillary herself seemed never to have gotten much beyond wanting to be the first woman president. Big aims? Big plans? Which seems to be the answer to why her term as Sec.State was so empty of accomplishment.


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