American Elephants


Heather MacDonald on “The Diversity Delusion” by The Elephant's Child

Heather MacDonald spoke a couple of weeks ago at Hillsdale’s Washington DC outpost, about diversity, based on the research done for her new book The Diversity Delusion.  If you wonder why every college now seems to have a Diversity Office, as well as large groups of “snowflakes” and frequently gets into the news for some protest or riot, and is so sensitive that hearing something with which they disagree gives them major cases of the vapors, Heather explains. Her speeches have been protested, yet she speaks in favor of the police, the dismantling of what she properly calls “the diversity delusion.”

At a time when race seems to matter less and less, we talk about it more and more. We have a long and unfortunate history of assuming that race matters, and officialdom still wants to know just what our race is, even in situations where it does not and should not matter. It’s because we are run by a bureaucracy that wants to protect itself by keeping track.  It’s a very interesting speech, and eye-opening about the dysfunction on our college campuses. And yes, if you have kids now in college or soon to be, you need to be informed. Heather MacDonald always does her homework. She searches out the data and verifies it, and what she says can be taken to the bank.

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The Beautiful City of Portland, Oregon by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a travelogue for the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. It’s the city where the Columbia River and the Willamette River (pronounced will Lam et, not willa met) meet and the latter flows right through the middle of the city.

Residents say”don’t go downtown, it’s too dangerous” The problem seems to be Antifa, some kind of vicious organization that claims to be anti-fascist with no understanding of what is and is not  fascist. They dress up in black, particularly black masks to hide their identity, break windows, set fires, beat on cars and threaten ordinary residents who do not do what they are told. Very much like Nazi jackboots of another era. What they want is unclear, other than what they do, which is beyond unacceptable. The Portland Police have chosen to refrain from getting involved, so they just watch, supported by the Mayor,

Occasionally we have an Antifa outbreak in Seattle, when there seems to be something worth rioting about. I don’t know whether it’s the same bunch or not. I don’t know what, if anything, they advocate, other than causing trouble and damage. Significant terms in jail might help. But apparently you are not supposed to do anything about a violent mob of Leftist rioters — someone might get hurt.



Equal Opportunity, Not Equality! by The Elephant's Child

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I read recently that California was trying to pass a law that required corporations to include a woman on their board of directors. Not sure if it was the State of California or the City of San Francisco, and I apparently did not write about it because I can’t find it. Feminists were delighted with the idea, but it was a very bad idea. If you require such a thing, it means that no woman will ever again be able to assume that she arrived at a board of directors position because of her skills and ideas and management ability — but because the law requires it.

That is what we have done to black Americans. We made laws that admitted them to universities based not on their own abilities, but because of their skin color. In many cases, we admitted young black people who were not really prepared for the college to which they were admitted under affirmative action regulations, and unsurprisingly flunked out.  We made laws or regulations that said you had to ignore the misbehavior in schools of black and Hispanic students because of the “school to prison pipeline”— and so you got a mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Democrats base many of their campaigns on pushing for equality for all, but you cannot make all people equal. They are not. Human nature doesn’t work that way. The very best you can offer is equality of opportunity. We want you to be the best you can be with your own character, intelligence and gifts. We have free public schools, some far better than others, and if the one in your district is a bum one, we try to offer you the opportunity to go to a better one.

Ben Carson once said that he came from a neighborhood that you would be afraid to drive through. And he said that his mother saved him from getting killed on the streets — with a library card. And he went on to become a world famous surgeon and a member of the President’s cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He took advantage of opportunity and rose to the pinnacle of society. Opportunity is there — undoubtedly imperfectly, but it’s there. We just have to teach kids how to take advantage of it. Which is another question entirely. Unfortunately, as parents, or just as adults , we don’t know what our kids don’t know. Our heads are filled with a lifetime of learning, but they are new to the business of life.

The Left has mostly given up on pushing affirmative action and switched to “Diversity” instead. But it comes under the same genre. If you get in because you are the right color, is that better than getting in because we have to take affirmative actions to make you equal?



“The Strange Death Of Europe” by The Elephant's Child

Here is another speech, a very good one, and important,by Douglas Murray.

Douglas Kear Murray (born 16 July 1979) is a British author, journalist, and political commentator. He is the founder of the Center for Social Cohesion and is an associate editor of The Spectator, a British magazine discussing culture and politics, and is the associate director of the Henry Jackson Society. (Yes, our own Scoop Jackson) Murray’s most recent book is The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam(2017).

Douglas Murray clearly identifies the strange case of the suicide of Europe, and how and why it is happening. The speech is a very real warning to America. We need to pay attention.

It’s all about guilt, the new theme of our Democratic Party, guilt for the misdeeds of our forbears, the shame of our past, and how (they think) we can redeem ourselves. Throw in political correctness and goofy feminism, racism, and a deep lack of understanding of history, with our Constitution, and  the overweening importance of power and control.



What Happened to California? by The Elephant's Child

Here is Victor Davis Hanson on Tucker Carlson’s program talking about their native state of California. Both were born and grew up in California. Victor Davis Hanson is the 6th generation living in the same house, with obviously a deep sense of family history.I have lived in California, on both sides of the Bay area, and in Southern California. As I often say, I can remember when anyone who did not live in San Francisco dressed up to go to the city. Now, Travel agents and event planners suggest avoiding San Francisco because of the prevalent feces on the sidewalks and the  needles and addicts also on the sidewalks. So how did a once beautiful city and a once ‘golden’ state go so haywire?

California is now a state with probably more billionaires than any other and definitely with the largest number of people in poverty. Jerry Brown is not rated as abjectly low as the governors of Oregon and Washington in fiscal discipline—but what is it with this coastal corridor? There are lessons to be learned here.



CATO Handed Out Report Cards for the Nation’s Governors. by The Elephant's Child

The CATO Institute, a Libertarian think tank, has done a fiscal report card examining the tax and spending decisions made by the nation’s governors since 2016. Five governors were awarded an A in the latest tally. Susana Martinez of New Mexico led the list followed by Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Paul LePage of Maine, and Greg Abbott of Texas. Eleven governors earned a B grade, beginning with Ohio’s John Kasich. There were five C’s, 14 D’s and eight flunked. The worst of the worst?  Came in last with only 25 points out of 100 —Our very own Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, who has presidential ambitions, but then so do Michael Avenatti and Elizabeth Warren. Oregon’s Kate Brown was the next worst after Inslee.  You might want to check out the list for your very own governor and see if he or she is running again.



A Former Democrat Presidential Nominee by The Elephant's Child




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