American Elephants

Hearings in Retrospect, Vote Tomorrow. by The Elephant's Child

I have long had a feeling that the Democrats were somehow missing big chunks of history. They don’t seem to understand economics, in the sense of knowing what economics is. It’s simply the buying and selling and exchange of goods and services, and that information about what people are actually doing with their money and their trade gives us information unsullied by opinion and emotion and politics. In other words, it’s real information.

Democrats’ economics is all cluttered up with “feelings”. They are opposed to Big business, CEOs. the rich. They are sure that’s where all the conservative tax cuts go, because they didn’t quite grasp the percentages part of basic math. Nancy Pelosi has said so firmly. Trump’s tax cuts are bad because they all go to the rich and big business—and as soon as the Democrats get back in power, they will cancel all the tax cuts. Never mind that it has been thoroughly proven that cutting taxes allows people to keep more of their own money— and use it to create, invest, invent and expand. Most people don’t simply put the windfall in the bank, but use it to improve their lives.

Democrats operate on the premise that you can buy votes by giving people stuff. Health care, free college, guaranteed basic income, that sort of thing. The problem is that you are often crippling people by giving them free stuff. They cease trying to do for themselves, and wait for more government handouts. To save African-American citizens from the evils of racism, we have given them Affirmative Action, busing, welfare, food stamps, that sort of thing. It’s fine to help people in need, but the other side of it is killing the enterprise that really moves you up the ladder. So you have millionaire football players protesting the provably false notion that America’s police are so racist that they cannot properly protect black people.

The hearing today was contentious, and revealing. Christine Blasey Ford established that her “fear of flying” was merely an attempt to delay the vote, and that she had lied about it as she flies all over the world, but especially to Hawaii. She seemed sincere, and at least somewhat credible. Apparently two men had called the committee before the hearing, and claimed to be those who had actually sexually assaulted Ms. Blasey, with some confirmation, to inform the committee. Some of the questioning was beyond loony. Democrats attempted to make a very big deal of every word in Kavanaugh’s high school yearbooks and the notes in his calendar from the time he was in high school. A Senate hearing and they get into flatulence

It’s worthwhile to take a look back to 1981 and the Clarence Thomas hearings, Senator Joe Biden presiding:

Justice Thomas was badly treated by Senate Democrats. Anita Hill went on to fame and fortune after her phony testimony.  But we have had the benefit of Justice Thomas’s Constitutional jurisprudence for 37 years, and  he’s been very, very good.

Listening to a Senate hearing is unfortunately very informative. So far the hearings have eliminated quite a few people from the list of Democrat potential candidates in 2020. We need to be a lot more careful about who we are sending back there. Trump was right about “draining the swamp.”

Democrats Are a Disgrace to the United States Senate by The Elephant's Child

What a day!

What explains the spectacle, the scandals and the melodramas? Victor Davis Hanson takes on the question, and deals with it quite successfully. Do read the whole thing, it’s not long.

Francis Menton, the Manhattan Contrarian asks: “What Is This About Not Accepting the Results of Elections?” (last Monday).

The fundamental thing that distinguishes the United States from everywhere else in the world is our collective commitment to our Constitution. What does that mean? It’s not a long or complex document. It defines the structure of the government (legislative, executive, judicial), and lays out a series of rights in the first ten amendments. But most fundamentally, it provides for an electoral process for selecting our legislative and executive officials. Commitment to the Constitution means accepting the results of the elections, and the subsequent peaceful transfer of power. During my entire life up to now, that has been how it worked. Now, not so much.

Democrats, having just had an 8 year successful presidency, with the first Black President, and preparing to elect the first woman as president for another 8 years and another Democrat triumph, were totally unprepared for a loss, and a loss to Donald Trump was somehow more than they could bear. Those in power had never imagined that Donald Trump either could or should win the 2016 election.

In an article from the Wall Street Journal, Shelby Steele explains: “For many on the left a hateful anti-Americanism has become a self-congratulatory lifestyle.

It began in the 1960s, when America finally accepted that slavery and segregation were profound moral failings. That acceptance changed America forever. It imposed a new moral imperative: America would have to show itself redeemed of these immoralities in order to stand as a legitimate democracy.

The genius of the left in the ’60s was simply to perceive the new moral imperative, and then to identify itself with it. Thus the labor of redeeming the nation from its immoral past would fall on the left. This is how the left put itself in charge of America’s moral legitimacy. The left, not the right—not conservatism—would set the terms of this legitimacy and deliver America from shame to decency.

The Democrats’ behavior at this hearing and in this confirmation process has been so far from what was intended by the Constitution, it is embarrassing. They clearly don’t care about truth, honor, a hearing conducted by the United States Senate, only about removing Brett Kavanaugh from any possibility of serving on the U.S. Supreme Court—because he might rule against their agenda. The Supreme Court is supposed to be about the Constitution and the law, not about feelings. This is why the Democrats deserve total condemnation for their behavior. This is the third time they have pulled this kind of stunt. Even today I have heard Democrats claiming that Justice Clarence Thomas, confirmed to the Court in 1981, is a sexual predator. Claims made during his hearing, and rejected. Inexcusable.

This has been a total Democrat smear, as has been their posture when their power is questioned or rejected, as it has been. The economy is booming in a way previously unseen in the 21st century. Unemployment is near record lows, and the stock market is reaching new highs. Domestic energy production is reaching record highs. Trump is helping to crush the Islamic State, he has beefed up the military, restored good relations with Israel and with the moderate Arab world. It’s clearly bad enough that Trump won, but he is actually suceeding, when he was supposed to be crude and incompetent. The failures of the previous administration are being fixed, one by one. That’s the source of the fury, which is now focused on Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family. Disgusting.

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