American Elephants


“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.



Congress Wants to Investigate — Something? by The Elephant's Child

A federal judge today upheld a congressional subpoena seeking President Trump’s financial records from an accounting firm. They argued that Congress is within its rights to investigate potential illegal behavior by a president – even without launching a formal impeachment inquiry.

I am merely a citizen, not a lawyer, but they surely shopped for a compliant judge. Excuse me, but what “potential illegal behavior”? Well, we don’t like him, so he must have done something illegal, and if we can just go through the records of his business dealings for the past 10 or 20 years, we’re sure we can find something.

This is getting so weird! We hear daily that he must be impeached, but nobody ever says what they intend to impeach him for. Maxine Waters started yammering about impeachment the day after he got elected.

Hollywood types, who assume that because we recognize their names, that we are interested in their thoughts, (we aren’t) and prate about destroying democracy, ruining the country, and whatever they can think of, apparently completely unaware of the booming economy, full employment, historically low unemployment, historically low black unemployment. Trump has a potential program to solve our immigration crisis that has real merit.

When special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, Democrats were sure that  he would find evidence of “collusion” with Russia, and were devasted when he claimed not to, but they comforted themselves with “obstruction”and he didn’t find that either, but they were so sure that he obstructed something, that they demanded proof, and the full report, and the redacted part, including the redacted part that Mueller was forbidden by law to give them. Mueller’s report grew to 448 pages.

The special counsel’s office interviewed 500 witnesses, issued 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search-and seisure warrants, and obtained 300 records of electronic communications, and still could not establish the one thing that mattered most in the investigation.

The total reported cost of the Special Counsel’s investigation through September 2018 was $25,215,853.00. The Mueller investigation will go down in history as one of the widest ranging and most expensive Special Counsel investigations ever.

Democrats were still looking for something, anything, that would convince Americans that the president was still guilty of something serious. The White House cooperated fully with the Mueller probe with testimony and documents which might have been withheld as priviledged.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is investigating  the FBI’s reliance on the unverified dossier produced by British ex-spy Christopher Steele in spite of questions about Steele’s credibility. Steele’s dossier was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign through the Perkins Coie law firm and opposition research group Fusion GPS.

With no conspiracy and no collusion, the allegation that the president had obstructed justice to cover up an investigation  into a crime that they could neither identify or describe is getting into thin gruel. They’re pretty much reduced to stunts. Democrats reportedly enlisted Hollywood’s John Cusack to take part in a public reading of the entire Mueller report – it took 12 hours – before C-Span’s cameras. I’ve seen no report on the size of the audience, but it probably did not captivate the nation.

There will be more stunts.



The Usual Argument Over Just Who Is Responsible by The Elephant's Child

The State of Alabama has passed a law limiting the right to an abortion, and Hollywood and feminists have erupted in fury. Nobody is talking sense, nor seems to have any understanding of the real issues. The issue is “a woman’s right to choose.” The problem is that the urge to get an abortion is mostly the result of a significant number of unfortunate choices.

Many feminists have long resented the ability of horny men to satisfy their urges without consequences, and cannot accept the fact that the female of the species is required by nature to be responsible. Modern society has provided all sorts of assistance, but if one ignores the availability of help – it seems a little crass to expect society to bail you out.

Many people believe that what a pregnancy produces is a new human being. Others believe it is merely a clump of cells of no particular value. This is not a resolvable problem. Casting aspersions on the religion of one side or the lack thereof of the other is distinctly unhelpful. Before Alabama passed their law, the Governor of Virginia was talking about letting the mother and her doctor decide whether to care for it or kill it, which after being born – becomes plain old murder.

There are significant women who find themselves unable to conceive, and desperately want to adopt. With more women working, our national birthrate has dropped far below the replacement rate. Do we force women back to the kitchen? Or import babies from countries with too big a birthrate – a Hollywood fad for a while.

It would seem it should be possible for good-hearted people to find a solution if they can examine the facts dispassionately, but then, quite possibly not. We could start by pointing out that Mother Nature demands that the female of the species  be responsible.



Free Speech vs. Preferred Pronouns by The Elephant's Child

Well said. Attempting to make what is classified as a mental disorder called gender dysphoria into a casual choice is confusing a lot of parents, who don’t know where to turn. The Left carries things too far.

They hate President Trump, fear his accomplishments, and hope to defeat him with a web of identity politics. With luck they can make those confused parents be afraid of Trump, or find him too mean to win reelection in 2020. The current biggest evil is wrong-think, or offending fearful snowflakes. We had someone, local, I think, who ‘identified’ as a cat, domestic, I believe.  Had whiskers implanted. Dunno what happened.

I fail to understand why those who are confronted with an idea that they do not understand, fail to study up. Researching ideas is why we have computers. But we have somewhere around 24 Democrat presidential candidates spouting ideas that sound good, they think, but have never investigated at all. If they cannot take the time to study up, and know why they are supporting the policies they claim to favor, they should not be wasting our time. I call it doing your homework.



Trump Is a Dictator and Other Democrat Language Excess by The Elephant's Child

Daniel Henninger had a splendid column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. “Democrat’s assaults on the Trump presidency roll in like the ocean’s tides. But the one that landed on the beach today that deserves to go under the microscope. It is the notion that Donald Trump is a dictator.”

He rolls on through Attorney General William Barr’s refusal to appear before the committee after being slandered and ridiculed the day before, noting the other Democrats who piled on. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) raged that “If a Democratic President acted this way. Republicans would be calling him or her a dictator. Henninger added that this is progress. We’ve moved on from Trump-is-Hitler to mere dictator, which is discussable.

Nadler added that what is at stake in the standoff between President Trump and the Democrats is “the very system of government of the United States is “the very system of government of the United States, the system of limited power…”

Henninger asked “When in the past 20 years has a national Democrat invoked “limited power”?”

He added:

Of late, the Democratic left has adopted a familiar post election strategy: Taint elections they lose, and then delegitimize the opposition in the public’s mind to win the next election. …

America’s political left is impatient for power. It is frustrated it hasn’t been able to achieve its agenda on issues like health-care nationalization or climate policy through the normal legislative process, so it is trying to force it—by redesigning the political system to give itself power long enough to impose what it wants. In short, by dictating policy change.

To get there, the left is pushing to abolish the Electoral College and expand the Supreme Court. As power grabs go, these are pretty naked.

That’s quite clearly what today’s Democrats are up to. They would prefer to be running the country, saving us all from the horrors of climate change to secure their perpetual control. Pay attention to China’s electronic control of the Chinese people, and treatment of dissidents. The Uighurs, a Moslem segment of the Chinese people, are essentially in a concentration camp to be re-educated. Putin has
adopted the Chinese system of computerized facial recognition, which he is putting into force in Moscow. The Russians are apparently to be monitored as the Chinese people are. Total control would seem to be not far behind. Live correctly and behave properly, and the government will allow you to use the government facilities like trains and planes, and perhaps even travel. I suppose such control is so enticing for dictator types that it would be hard to resist. It is up to Americans to be alert to what is going on around the world, and what the implications are for our freedom.

I natter a lot about human nature, and trying to understand that which is just human nature and not subject to being “fixed.”. We are a highly imperfect species, and many cannot resist the attempt to grab for more power and control. Bureaucracy is an enemy, not our friend.



Democrats on the Campaign Trail Now Number 24. I think. by The Elephant's Child

Excellent news today. President Trump has another judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals over Democrat objections.  On Wednesday he got another victory with the confirmation of Kenneth Lee. He is slowly remaking the hard Left Ninth Circuit.

Trade tensions between the U.S. and China have escalated, but the number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits has dropped even further. This suggests that rising tariffs and retaliation by China have not hurt American workers.  Claims were expected to decline to 219,000 but declined by 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 212.000 instead.

Attorney General William Barr has made it clear that he intends to restore his department’s credibility.  He has appointed seasoned U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. If the Justice Department had done this two years ago the country would be in a better place. He gets credit for not calling him a “special counsel”. Mr. Durham is known not only as an experienced prosecutor, but as a straight arrow. He doesn’t bring prosecutions lightly, but is not afraid to hold the powerful to
account. Which is clearly what Democrats are worried about.

Special counsels are only supposed to be appointed when the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate a matter. We had a Justice Department that for two years used the Mueller probe as an excuse to not comply with Congressional oversight. Americans expect accountability and transparency from their government. We’re finally getting them.

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio entered the presidential race today, after imposing the “Green New Deal” on the city, to the outraged laughter of New Yorkers. He announced that he wanted to improve the job situation for American workers. Huh? Been there, done that. I guess Mr. DeBlasio hasn’t noticed. Obama apparently favors Beto O’Rourke, because he reminds him of himself. Still absorbed with number one. From Conrad Black, who knows a thing or two about journalism:

The last fact that the Democrats have not begun to deal with in the effort to unseat the president is his extraordinary success. The economic performance is phenomenal, and the pathetic attempts of President Obama to claim credit for the economic recovery, like his fatuities about “the magic wand,” will be mocked with vicious hilarity. The success of this president in proclaiming a border emergency and doing something about it will be noted.

So far, President Trump has built over 500 miles of border wall. The Democrats don’t understand that a majority of the American people want immigration controlled. The candidates vying for the Democrat nomination are uniformly anxious to not only eliminate the tax cuts which they see as giving money to the rich, but to raise taxes as well. Good luck with that one.

One never knows what to expect. Beto O’Rourke invited us along on his hair cut today, along with his camera crew. But then he posted the video of his teeth-cleaning as well. Is this an effort to show us that he’s just like us ? Like Elizabeth Warren’s “I think I’ll have me a beer?” Poking fun is way more enjoyable than serious criticism.  More richly deserved as well.

 



Adventures Don’t Always Go as Planned! by The Elephant's Child


We are all ordinary human beings, with all the flaws and inconsistencies inherent in that designation. Some of us have PhDs and certified high IQ’s but that doesn’t begin to strip us from the all too frequent possibility of being absolutely wrong more than just part of the time.

Our founding fathers were men who thought deeply about what good government might look like. No hereditary kings, for while some might be good, there were always some lemons in the bunch, and they didn’t like the idea of a ruling class either. They tried to devise a government composed of ordinary common citizens who would serve for awhile, and then be replaced by other common citizens intent on doing good government. All in all they haven’t done too badly, but the ruling class part never worked all that well. Ambition and the perks of power fall into the flaws category.

Bet you didn’t know that the term “Founding Fathers” was coined by Judson Welliver, “literary clerk”( speechwriter or ghost writer) for Warren Harding in 1921.

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Started this piece on Sunday, Mother’s Day. Went to my older son’s house for brunch, fell on the step up from his patio to the kitchen, fell on my face, or rather on my right knee, which ended up in a trip to the emergency room and a stay in the hospital. Back home tonight, but still not very mobile. They removed  several cups of extra fluid from my knee, and said I could go home. (I exaggerate. but that’s what it felt like). Nothing broken, just very bruised. I will resume tomorrow.




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