American Elephants

The American Amateur Spirit by The Elephant's Child


From Daniel Boorstin’s Hidden History: Daniel Boorstin is a former
Librarian of Congress and author of many important books
about American history.

The Amateur Spirit and its Enemies

Aristocracies are governed by people born to govern, totalitarian societies by people who make ruling their profession. But our representative government must be led by people never born to govern, temporarily drawn from the community, and sooner or later
sent back home.

The two new breeds whose power and prestige menace the amateur spirit are the professionals and the bureaucrats. Both are by-products of American wealth and American progress. But they can stifle the amateur spirit on which the special quality and vision of
our American Leaders must depend.

A Shooting at Maryland’s Capital-Gazette Newspaper, 5 Dead. by The Elephant's Child

A suspect named Jarrod Ramos was identified as the shooter who killed five journalists on Thursday at Maryland’s The Capital-Gazette newspaper. As soon as news of the shooting appeared, journalists were blaming President Trump. Apparently calling the press “fake news” and suggesting that inaccurate news is harmful to the country means he is responsible for someone killing five journalists. This is why they get called “fake news.”

Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor famously said that journalists were easy—they were 28 years old and didn’t know anything. As I mentioned a new Axios/SurveyMonkeyPoll asked ‘How often do you think news sources report news they know to be fake, false or purposely misleading? Democrats 53%, Independents 79%, GOP 92%.  That should be a huge wake-up call to the journalist profession. Won’t happen.

The suspect had a long standing issue with the newspaper, going back years, long before Donald Trump ran for office. How interesting that supposedly unbiased “journalists” would instantly assume that it was Trump’s fault. Or that it would be assumed that Trump was ripping little children from the arms of their mothers, or that Trump was banning travel from Muslim countries because of racist prejudice against Muslims, or that the Wall on the Southern border was a racist effort to keep brown people from Mexico out of the country. So why would anyone think that “fake news” is a problem?

This is a Wonderful Video! (55 seconds) by The Elephant's Child

The Supreme Court Upheld Trump’s Travel Ban by The Elephant's Child
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of President Trump and his immigration policy across the board, holding that the permanent entry restrictions from countries involved with terrorism and terrorist-prone nations codified in Presidential Proclamation is fully consistent with Congress’s Immigration and Nationality Act, as well as the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority that admission and exclusion of foreign nationals is a “fundamental sovereign attribute exercised by the Government’s political departments largely immune from judicial control,” quoting from an earlier case, and that the president has extraordinarily broad discretion under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f) to exclude aliens when he believes doing so is in the nation’s interests.

President Trump’s policy is permitted by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution, because Presidential Proclamation 9645 provides a religion-neutral explanation for the policy that is facially legitimate, rejecting plaintiffs’ arguments that the policy advanced an impermissible religious purpose.

Democrats have a problematic history with race and racism. The election of the First Black President was supposed to absolve them from past history. But to make sure of it, they have taken every opportunity to accuse Republicans of Racism. They have made Racism the defining issue of our times, university and college campuses have been aflame with the racist question. Speakers shouted down or attacked because students are told they are racist.

Thus they attempted to turn Trump’s Travel Ban into a “racist ban.” Every “mainstream media” source speaks of the travel ban as a “Muslim Ban”, though it is no such thing. It is interesting that Democrats are unconcerned about terrorism, which has a record of mass murder all over Europe, and speak only of a religion. If there were any way to sort out the terrorists from the merely religious it would simplify the problems. President Trump’s first duty is to try to protect the American people.

When you are more worried about rejecting people on the basis religious differences when the plain, clear object is to ban ISIS fighters who thrive on blowing themselves up in the midst of big crowds, running airplanes into tall buildings, and attacking with machetes, knives or trucks — you’ve got your priorities badly mixed up.

One is not allowed to be Black and Republican. When Kanye West said that he liked the way Candace Owens spoke, a shock wave swept through the Democrat Party. That is not allowed.

Unhinged Democrats by The Elephant's Child

Thanks, Lefties! Makes a great campaign ad for us. Who would want to be associated with this bunch of unhinged progressives?

A Huge News Day. Civil War Coming? by The Elephant's Child

A strange, strange news day. Lots of big news and local news as well. Here in Seattle, police officers are quitting the Seattle Police force, and moving to one of the suburbs, or the Sheriffs’ Office. They are fed up with the way they are being treated by the Seattle City Council and the Police Department management. They feel disrespected, over regulated to no purpose, and their safety is not a proper concern. Firemen are also protesting that they are being forced into unsafe situations with large numbers of homeless who are heroin and meth addicts.

In Portland, protesters have been blocking the ICE offices, demanding that ICE be shut down. Camped out around the offices, for some time. Leftist propaganda about separating children from mothers and claims that border control is “racist” are assumed to be fact.

Democrats have more or less lost their minds not just over the retirement of Justice Kennedy, but over the probability that President Trump will nominate another new conservative justice. President Trump will nominate someone who will respect and adhere to the Constitution, but Lefties are sure that it means that the court will end abortion and same-sex marriage, because they assume that all conservatives are ignorant southern racists and bigots.

Back in New York, in a primary election, incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) who was being mentioned as a future candidate for Speaker of the House was defeated by a 28 year-old Bernie Sanders supporting political novice. Crowley was chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and had not faced a primary challenge in 14 years. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez crushed Crowley 57.6% to 42.4%. Exactly what this portends is unclear. It would seem to indicate unhappiness with the existing Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez is a proclaimed Socialist, apparently unaware that the inevitable result of Socialism is Venezuela. Interesting platform: Medicare for all, medicine, vision dental & mental health care. Universal Jobs Guarantee, living wage for everyone. Fully Funded Public Schools & Universities, tax Wall Street to support tuition-free public universities and trade schools. Paid Family and Sick Leave. Housing as a Human Right, safe secure habitable & affordable homes. Justice System Reform : end the War on Drugs, demilitarize our police and abolish for-profit incarceration. Immigration Justice: protect DREAMers & TPS recipients, simplify the paths to citizenship and abolish ICE.  Infrastructural Overhaul: Invest in 100% renewable green industry. Clean Campaign Finance: end corrupting influence of corporate finance in public elections. An Economy of Peace: support our veterans and actively values all humanity. Try not to laugh. This young woman has reached the age of 28 without learning anything whatsoever. The scary thing is that people actually voted for her, which demonstrates the ignorance of the electorate as well. Not the slightest idea of how any of this would be paid for, or even that it would have to be paid for.

New Axios/SurveyMonkeyPoll :  The question — How often do you think news sources report news they know to be fake, false or purposely misleading? Democrats 53%, Independents 79% GOP 92%, Conducted June 15-19.

Important Brief Essay from American Greatness: Liberalism and the Abnormal Trump by Mark Bauerline:

“The enduring triumph of liberalism was not the civil rights movement, women’s liberation, open borders, or even Obergefell v. Hodges. Something more fundamental happened long ago that made those changes possible. Liberalism began when a space was carved out in society wherein people of different beliefs and backgrounds could go about their business without tensions arising.”

RICOCHET: “Do the Democrats Want a Civil War? We Need to Know by Paul A. Rahe.

This seems to be an idea more frequently occurring in the national conversation. Unsettling.

Estimates of the number of guns in private hands in America vary widely. Nobody knows. The Small Arms Survey says 270 million. NPR says 246 million. There were 23 million background checks in 2015 —  3 X as many as in 2000. Probably mostly Republicans.


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