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The First Year of the Battle by The Elephant's Child

Much is being made of the fact this is the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States. And a very strange year it has been.

At the website American Greatness (recommended) Scott Gerber, a law professor at Ohio Northern University, has reviewed the past year. The liberal media began calling for the undermining of Trump’s presidency from almost the moment he was elected. President Trump frequently refers to the daily barrage of attacks as a “witch hunt”— and it has been. I knew it was bad, but Dr. Gerber puts it all together into a fascinating but damning essay. Do read the whole thing.

The liberal media began calling for the undermining of Trump’s presidency from almost the moment he was elected. For example, on November 17, 2016, Paul Waldman opined in the Washington Post that President-elect Trump “shouldn’t ever be treated like an ordinary president with whom Democrats just have some substantive disagreements,” while Dahlia Lithwick and David S. Cohen insisted in the New York Times on December 14, “As Monday’s Electoral College vote approaches, Democrats should be fighting tooth and nail.”

With respect to the Electoral College itself, Theodore G. Venetoulis proclaimed in the Baltimore Sun that it was “the electors’ duty” to reject Trump and let the U.S. House of Representatives pick the president.

For the Left, their entire reason for existence is being in control. From being in charge, all blessings flow:  big donations, graft, obsequious attendants, attention of the media, fame, fortune, publisher’s willing to publish, television appearances, large gifts, big salaries, recognition, even the possibility of making the history books, wealth and position. And the reason for all those ‘blessings’ is their stated desire to make everybody more equal.  And thus you are supposed to believe their cries to soak the rich, and succor the poor in making the bounty of America more available to all. Uh huh.

The Left has always treated Republican presidents badly. Eisenhower, in spite of winning a rather large war in Europe, was supposed to be not very bright man from Kansas who was more interested in golf than world events. And everyone knows about Nixon.  Ronald Reagan was a minor movie star, not very bright, and shockingly inept on the world stage, embarrassing in his meetings with Gorbachev. Both Bushes got the full treatment, in spite of the fact that the senior President Bush was a real war hero. George W. got us into an unnecessary war, ran it badly, “Bush lied,people died”, and although there weren’t any nukes, there were vast quantities of poison gasses. But everybody was tortured at Gitmo, and look how badly he performed with Hurricane Katrina. Iraq was a success until Obama snatched defeat from the path of victory. Democrats have always been rotten, but this time they have a young, ill-informed and passionately partisan media, easy to manipulate, as Ben Rhodes has told us.

President Donald Trump is doing a pretty remarkable job. The market is reaching new all-time highs, unemployment is low, consumer confidence is soaring, the cabinet is outstanding and getting important things done (which the Left really hates). His current Asian tour is impressive. His judicial nominees are outstanding, if the Senate will just get busy and confirm them all. I guess the problem is really us. We should be loudly celebrating the accomplishments. The Left runs on talking points and attempting to control the national conversation. Republicans are not inclined to brag and celebrate loudly, which I guess we should be doing. It is all about the national conversation and allowing Democrats to control that is a big mistake. This time they really have gone too far.

 

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Sharyl Atkisson Speaks About Trust, And Why The Media Has Lost ours by The Elephant's Child
November 9, 2017, 6:34 am
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Sharyl Atkisson talks about Journalism, its standards and its record, and explains why they have lost the trust of the American People.



A Shooting at a Church in Texas by The Elephant's Child


Every time you think the Democrats can’t go any lower, you’re wrong. The talking points issued become very clear when they all use the same phrases and come up with the same dumb ideas. This time it was insulting all of those who offered thoughts and prayers for the devastated families, victims of a church shooter. “Doesn’t do a lot of good to offer “thoughts and prayers” when the shooting took place in a church where people were already praying, and how disgusting when they could be doing something like banning guns.” Slight variations in the statements,but that’s the gist.

The tragic shooting was not the result of guns. It was a result of the crazed, in this case, person who wielded the gun. Had he not had a gun, he might have used an axe, made a bomb, driven a large truck into the church or any one of hundreds of  other methods. There are all sorts of venues all over the world that have fallen for the Ban the Guns idea, and accomplished nothing whatsoever. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and the highest murder rate.  In Britain the gun laws are very thorough, even the policemen don’t usually carry guns, and a fat lot of good that has done them. One would think that with the rise of mass killings accomplished by driving a very big truck into a crowd of pedestrians, the calls for “gun control” would diminish slightly, but evidence doesn’t seem to sink in either.

Examples of successful killings seem to inspire other copy-cat attempts. Or have you noticed that airplane hijackings seem to have dropped off the roll of evil events. When a major concert venue is attacked, soon there will be another. Now that Hollywood has erupted with major sex scandals, expect other venues, the UN, EU, and governmental bodies will soon have women speaking out. I guess if one person speaks out about the abuse they received, it’s easier for the next person to speak—and the more do, the easier it becomes. Imitation, or some strange kind of validation.

When there is a ugly scene where innocent people are gunned down, it’s completely natural for people to want to do something to prevent it happening again, to stop such killers. A significant percentage of the shooters seem to be clearly mentally disturbed, yet as a society we don’t really know what to do with that information.




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