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Nevada Gov. Sisolak Vetoed a Bill to End The Electoral College by The Elephant's Child

Nevada governor Steve Sisolak (D) today vetoed a bill which would have pledged Nevada’s six electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote for the President of the United States, or in other words nullifying Nevada’s voters and allowing California, Texas. Florida and New York to decide all of our elections. It would really simplify things – the rest of us could just not bother to vote, and candidates would save all sorts of money.

What is appalling is that a legislature would produce such a bill, or that our schools should be so deficient in teaching the basics of what our founders struggled to do when they devised the Constitution.

The origin of the whole thing was, of course, Democrats’ rage that Hillary won the popular vote and lost the general election. But the Left is fairly unfamiliar with the Founders, interested only in whether they owned slaves or not — because they learned their history from Howard Zinn, and assume that this country is evil, and will not be improved until governed entirely by the Left, or something like that. If you need a copy, the Cato Institute has dandy little pocket-sized versions as does Amazon.

Harvard professor and historian Bernard Bailyn, who has likely studied more of the early pamphlets than any other scholar, asserts that “influential in shaping the thought of the Revolutionary generation were the ideas and attitudes associated with the writings of Enlightenment rationalism—writings that expressed not simply the rationalism of liberal reform but that of enlightened conservatism as well.” “In pamphlet after pamphlet the American writers cited Locke on natural rights and on the social and  governmental contract, Montesquieu and later Delolme on the character of British liberty and on the institutional requirements for its attainment.”

That’s from Mark Levin’s new Unfreedom of the Press (which I recommend). I also recommend Wilfrid McClay’s Land of Hope which I haven’t read yet. which is reportedly a refutation of everything Howard Zinn wrote by a highly recommended historian.



They Had an Election in Europe by The Elephant's Child

If you find the results of the European elections somewhat confusing, welcome to the club. John O’Sullivan has a clarifying article at National Review entitled “Understanding the Results of the European Parliamentary Elections.”

Britain’s Theresa May has agreed to resign. Germany’s Angela Merkel has “un-resigned” as she was dissatisfied with whoever was to replace her. The elections were for members of the European parliament, not heads of state, yet several have lost, all very confusing. Hungary’s Victor Orban’s party got 51% of the vote, so his refusal to admit migrants has met with approval. Greens did well, and Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 16 year-old who says she can see the molecules of CO² in the air, and led the skip school movement because of climate change, has been awarded a Doctorate by some Swedish university. As you can see, it is indeed very confusing. You will find John O’Sullivan helpful.

The general idea seems to be that the ordinary people of Europe are fairly fed up with the high-handed treatment they are getting from Brussels. The migrants, welcomed by Brussels, are not fitting in well, stabbings and rape, violence and no-go zones are not working out well, and while they like the freedom to move between countries, Brussels is getting way too heavy-handed. But that’s just my impression. Pay no attention to me whatsoever. You will find John O’Sullivan helpful.

Addendum: Angela Merkel spoke out today saying that she didn’t “un-resign” or didn’t mean to or was misunderstood, or something or other. Politics and the press.



Further Clarification: A Fishing Expedition! by The Elephant's Child

Joe DiGenova is a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, highly respected, and deeply knowledgeable about the nation’s capitol and what goes on there. He is really worth paying attention to, because he has a habit of being absolutely right. Fascinating.



Congress Confusing? Here’s Some Clarity. by The Elephant's Child

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) offers a bit of clarification on the Impeachment/Investigation front. in case you find all the commentary coming out of Congress a bit confusing. Helpful to hear from a knowledgeable insider.



True, False, or Virtue Signalling? by The Elephant's Child

The results of an interesting study appeared in the Wall Street Journal last week. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many Democrats professed significant increases in stress, depression and anxiety. Was that real or just showing off — virtue signalling?

Using a unique data set of searches by more than 1 million Bing users before and after the election, we examine the changes in mental-health-related searches. . . . We find that while Democrats may report greater increases in post-election mental distress, their mental health search behavior did not change after the election.

On the other hand, Spanish-speaking Latinos had clear, significant, and sustained increases in searches for “depression,” “anxiety,” “therapy,” and antidepressant medications. This suggests that for many Democrats, expressing mental distress after the election was a form of partisan cheerleading. . . . Democrats, as partisans, are reporting Trump-related mental distress as a form of reverse cheerleading, while Latinos are reporting genuine mental distress. . . . Where partisans are engaging in reverse cheerleading, they will be vocal about their mental distress about the presidency in a public forum but will not engage in behaviors associated with that distress in private. . . . Individuals who are not engaging in reverse cheerleading may or may not share their mental distress publicly but will engage in private behaviors associated with mental health issues.

Why am not surprised?

The study was published by  SAGE Open, on March 27. SAGE Open access is an independent publisher of academic research committed to the goal of global dissemination of research.



May You Live in Interesting Times* by The Elephant's Child

From Scott Johnson @ powerline:

One can feel the anxiety pouring out of the mainstream media stories reporting President Trump’s authorization of Attorney General Barr to declassify the documents underlying the greatest political scandal in American political history — i.e., the Russian collusion hoax. The anxiety is overdetermined. Among other things, it is based in part on the media’s insane opposition to everything Trump and in part on their complicity with the perpetrators of the hoax.

From Victor Davis Hanson @ american greatness:

Mueller spent more than $34 million and wrote over 440 pages to inform the American people that Trump could not realistically be indicted for obstructing justice, mostly because the underlying crime—“collusion”— never existed in the first place. Moreover, Mueller and other officials were never actually hampered in their investigations. No matter: “obstruction” was supposedly the key to destroying the Trump Administration after collusion imploded. To this day it remains the battle cry of the impeach-Trump Left.

From Michael Goodwin @ The New York Post:

Timing is everything, and timing explains President Trump’s decision to finally pull the ripcord and open the Obama administration’s bag of dirty tricks.

With his memo giving Attorney General Bill Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to the investigation of the 2016 campaign, Trump made good on a longstanding promise. Most important, his decision signaled that the War of Washington is entering a crucial new phase.

The president is going nuclear.

Democrats who thought control of the House gave them control of the agenda now will face stiff competition. Their expressions of outrage will seem tired next to the sensational revelations about the actions of Jim Comey, John Brennan and ­others.

From George S. Bardmesser @ The Federalist

Every Time Democrats Talk, I Want to Vote For Trump Twice

I am a middle-of-the-road Republican who voted for Trump with the utmost reluctance in 2016. He sure wasn’t perfect. He was no Cicero, either––though he can give a decent speech when the chips are down. He had a few extra skeletons rattling in his closet, especially compared to colorless non-entities like Jeb. So yeah, I was queasy about voting for an ex-registered-Democrat-from-New-York-and-possible-liberal-now-turned-Republican. …

And let me tell ya, every time one of these newly minted Democratic “stars” opens their mouth, the same thought goes through my mind: Thank God for Trump. Trump is my last line of defense. Trump is the only thing that stands between me and these hallucinogenic socialist nut jobs. Trump is what’s keeping chaos and left-wing insanity at bay.

*Supposedly an ancient Chinese Curse, but no Chinese said it.  Of interest because it purports to be a gracious wish, but is actually a curse. Seemed as if it kinda fits.



“A Whiff of Fear Among those in the Cabal” by The Elephant's Child

I always enjoy Bill Whittle. He never pulls his punches, but tells you what is on his mind. Will we see this preposterous cabal brought down? They have been talking trash about the president ever since he was elected. It’s not about Hillary. It’s quite clear that they have no further interest in her. It’s entirely about power. Their power to control, to decide, to pass out favors, and determine goals and spending to favor themselves.

They want Trump impeached, now. They reject the Mueller report in its entirety because it absolved Trump of colluding, and there were things “redacted” which must have been naming the terrible things he had done. They know absolutely that he obstructed justice, they just aren’t sure just what justice he obstructed. They thought they had something when the former White House counsel  Don McGahn refused to testify, they’re not done with that one, but the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board wrote a careful editorial explaining just why Congress cannot force the former counsel to testify.

Now they want President Trump’s financial records for as far back as it takes to find something, anything, to convict him for. This is simply
a further attempt at a coup. Nancy Pelosi knows that the Americans do not want impeachment. But she has a hot-headed bunch screeching for impeachment now. Democrats are largely aware of the booming economy in the wake of eight long years of presidential assurances that unemployment was unfortunate but times had just changed and growth over two percent was no longer possible. Too Bad, but just the way it is.

That is, of course, part of it. Democrats are terrified that black Americans will notice that Black unemployment is at an historical low. Americans might notice that Democrats are attempting to overturn the Constitution. They might notice that perhaps they should study up a bit to understand what socialism is, how it works, and why countries under socialism so often turn into a disaster like Venezuela, with its people trying desperately to escape. There’s a lot going on here and now that we never dreamed could be happening in the United States of America.




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