American Elephants


The First Year of the Battle by The Elephant's Child

Much is being made of the fact this is the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States. And a very strange year it has been.

At the website American Greatness (recommended) Scott Gerber, a law professor at Ohio Northern University, has reviewed the past year. The liberal media began calling for the undermining of Trump’s presidency from almost the moment he was elected. President Trump frequently refers to the daily barrage of attacks as a “witch hunt”— and it has been. I knew it was bad, but Dr. Gerber puts it all together into a fascinating but damning essay. Do read the whole thing.

The liberal media began calling for the undermining of Trump’s presidency from almost the moment he was elected. For example, on November 17, 2016, Paul Waldman opined in the Washington Post that President-elect Trump “shouldn’t ever be treated like an ordinary president with whom Democrats just have some substantive disagreements,” while Dahlia Lithwick and David S. Cohen insisted in the New York Times on December 14, “As Monday’s Electoral College vote approaches, Democrats should be fighting tooth and nail.”

With respect to the Electoral College itself, Theodore G. Venetoulis proclaimed in the Baltimore Sun that it was “the electors’ duty” to reject Trump and let the U.S. House of Representatives pick the president.

For the Left, their entire reason for existence is being in control. From being in charge, all blessings flow:  big donations, graft, obsequious attendants, attention of the media, fame, fortune, publisher’s willing to publish, television appearances, large gifts, big salaries, recognition, even the possibility of making the history books, wealth and position. And the reason for all those ‘blessings’ is their stated desire to make everybody more equal.  And thus you are supposed to believe their cries to soak the rich, and succor the poor in making the bounty of America more available to all. Uh huh.

The Left has always treated Republican presidents badly. Eisenhower, in spite of winning a rather large war in Europe, was supposed to be not very bright man from Kansas who was more interested in golf than world events. And everyone knows about Nixon.  Ronald Reagan was a minor movie star, not very bright, and shockingly inept on the world stage, embarrassing in his meetings with Gorbachev. Both Bushes got the full treatment, in spite of the fact that the senior President Bush was a real war hero. George W. got us into an unnecessary war, ran it badly, “Bush lied,people died”, and although there weren’t any nukes, there were vast quantities of poison gasses. But everybody was tortured at Gitmo, and look how badly he performed with Hurricane Katrina. Iraq was a success until Obama snatched defeat from the path of victory. Democrats have always been rotten, but this time they have a young, ill-informed and passionately partisan media, easy to manipulate, as Ben Rhodes has told us.

President Donald Trump is doing a pretty remarkable job. The market is reaching new all-time highs, unemployment is low, consumer confidence is soaring, the cabinet is outstanding and getting important things done (which the Left really hates). His current Asian tour is impressive. His judicial nominees are outstanding, if the Senate will just get busy and confirm them all. I guess the problem is really us. We should be loudly celebrating the accomplishments. The Left runs on talking points and attempting to control the national conversation. Republicans are not inclined to brag and celebrate loudly, which I guess we should be doing. It is all about the national conversation and allowing Democrats to control that is a big mistake. This time they really have gone too far.

 

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How Goes The Existential War for the Soul of America? by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson  starts off today’s post at American Greatness saying:

“We are in a veritable war of competing visions. The strife inside the two parties is irrelevant—when compared to the larger existential war for the soul of America.

Like it or not, Donald Trump in fits and starts has chosen not to accommodate the progressive vision. But in most unlikely fashion he leads the fight against it. …

And yet, warts and all, the Trump presidency on all fronts is all that now stands in the way of the completion of what was started in 2009.

He adds that “we are  no longer in an era of liberal reform, it is now a postmodern world of intolerance and lockstep orthodoxy.” that certainly sounds about right.

Trump’s approval polls are supposedly dismal, yet consumer confidence is way up, as is employment, and  unemployment is down, so perhaps the internals of the polls are off.  The media seems to be solidly against Trump and thoroughly confused about what is a valid complaint and what is just silly. Today’s silliness was the occasion of President Trump feeding the Koi with Prime Minister Abe in Japan, when the media erupted because they thought Trump dumped in too much Koi food.  He was following the example of the Prime Minister.

The Bushes, father and son, have announced that Trump is a blowhard, and they don’t approve of him, but where were they when Obama was blithely throwing away the hard progress in Iraq, for nothing, and making the despicable Iran Deal, helping Iran to achieve nuclear weapons.

There are complaints that all that Trump is doing is by executive orders, and the next president can just dump those as Trump is doing now. We’ll see. If President Trump can really get the economy going again, he will be reelected and be the most important president since Reagan.

It seems not to be a financial war, but a class war. Trump sounds like somebody from Queens, and tweets. Apparently letting the public know what he thinks and feels is not “presidential.” Is it bad?  Mr. Trump seems to be an emotional man, and unaccustomed to hiding his feelings.

The Silicon Valley Oligarchs, at least as evidenced by Tom Steyer, who is willing to invest $10 million in the attempt to impeach  Donald Trump, with the help of  Maxine Waters and wassername from Florida who wears the sequined cowboy hats. Strange bedfellows indeed. Mr. Steyer is particularly agitated about the Paris Climate Accords, because he is very worried about the planet’s warming, in spite of a lack of any evidence, since the climate continues to cool. Impeachment requires “high crimes and misdemeanors” and the purported contacts with the Russians seem to be entirely with the Clintons, the Podestas, and the DNC.

I’m pretty pleased with what Trump is doing. I’m impressed with his cabinet, and his judges, and I like what they are doing. Scott Pruitt is stopping the insanity at the EPA, and insisting that regulations be about clean air and clean water. No more midnight raids and outrageous fines for nothing at all. Ajit Pai, Rick Perry, Nikki Haley, Ben Carson, Jack Kelly all doing important work, as are all the rest. It is definitely not all executive orders. What a relief to have Obama’s Rules of Engagement gone. He was so afraid that he might be blamed for something.

It clearly is a War of competing visions, and our millennial generation according to polls, apparently thinks socialism or communism would be just fine. I would suggest that their tender feelings and need for safe spaces would not fare well under those regimes, but they apparently aren’t learning anything at all in our universities for their $60,000 a year.

There is quite a bit that really needs to be done, but there’s an enormous amount of nonsense floating around. Democrats have major problems with human nature,and want to fix it. They are all hung up on ideas of racism, white supremacy, inequality, diversity, hate speech, global warming, the survival of the polar bears, and gun control. Issues that are focus group-tested to stir up Democrats, but will not respond to ‘fixing’.  Not very impressive as a goal.



Yoo Hoo! CEOs and Business Managers by The Elephant's Child


I know, I know. About your advertising. You have paid a lot for ads and not received the response you hoped for.  But opting for auto-play ads is a mistake. We’re not as interested in your ads as you assume, and when we park an article with an embedded auto-play ad with a few other saved pieces, it starts playing. And always very very loud. Our automatic reaction is to open the piece, note the name of the advertiser so we can permanently boycott the company and then discard the ad.

We really don’t believe that businesses seeking customers should be publicly playing politics. If you want to sell something, don’t start instructing us in how we should think. We can do very nicely without you. Thought  you might like to know.



Washington State General Election Nov. 7. American Elephant Endorses! by The Elephant's Child


The picture isn’t us, but it captures the spirit of the occasion.

Off-year elections don’t get as much attention as presidential election years, but they are every bit as important for they affect city and county positions, school boards, fire districts, and as is usual a series of proposed tax increases. The Democrats, of course, want more money. Washington State has no income tax, and it would take a Constitutional amendment to get one, and they’re working on it.  In the meantime, raising the property tax to aid “vulnerable populations” — not just modestly—they want to double it! Vote NO  That’s just plain greed.

In the 45th District in the State Senate, Jinyoung Lee Englund, a most attractive newcomer, is the most important candidate in this election. Her election would keep the State Senate from moving to Democrat control, which would be a disaster. Washington might face a constitutional reform to allow a state income tax. We don’t need it, they are just  grasping for power, a characteristic of the Left.

Her opponent, Manka Dhingra,  has said she is willing to raise taxes and support heroin injection sites in King County. This is a batty idea of how to save addicts from overdosing, by providing a nurse at sponsored injection sites. A few days ago it was reported that a young man brought his heroin and needle and told the nurse at the injection site that he had never done this before and wanted to do it right — so the nurse showed him how to use the rubber tubing, and where to inject. How to solve the opioid  crisis! Englund is the daughter of a disabled vet, and the wife of a currently deployed serviceman, and a terrific candidate.

Also for the State Senate, 7th Legislative District on the East side of the State, Shelly Short, and in the 31st District, Phil Fortunato.

For the State House, in the 7th Legislative District: Vote for Jacquelin Maycumber, and in the 31st Legislative District: Morgan Irwin.

Seattle is electing a new mayor, which we hope will be Jenny Durkan. The previous one was forced to resign after another sex scandal. After the Mayor’s office, the second most powerful office is City Attorney. Seattle has more than 400 illegal homeless encampments, mostly drug addicts, and the highest property crime rate in the country. Time for a new City Attorney. Vote for Scott Lindsay.

The Bellevue City Council is facing some big problems, and some of the incumbents favor building low barrier homeless shelters near schools, parks and residential neighborhoods. “Homeless” is a term the left gave to the addicts sleeping under the freeways, to encourage sympathy, rather than actual help. It’s all about feelings, not assisting in recovery efforts. Conrad Lee is a long time successful councilman who pays real attention to taxes and thrift and responsible spending and should be returned for another term, and as many more as he wants. Jared Nieuwenhuis is an active volunteer, who puts neighborhoods first, wants to reform city hall (splendid idea), supports sustainable growth (apartments are going up all over, and the whole nature of the city is being changed). Steve Fricke is a former Deputy King County Criminal Prosecutor, an engineer, attorney, and community volunteer. Philip Yin, a journalist and small businessman, knows about the problems of small businesses. He will increase transparency, and keep our neighborhoods safe.

There are times when you just have to stand up to be counted.

 



Victor Davis Hanson: “The Mythologies of the 2016 Election” by The Elephant's Child

What really happened in the election and why, and why the Democrats are in such trouble today. I hope you have time for this, because it’s very important. A lot has happened since, and Dr. Hanson explains it.  I posted this a while back, but it bears repeating. It’s hard to find time for anything that lasts more than 15 minutes, I thought you’d have more time on the weekend.The president’s poll numbers may be down, but the economy is up, consumer confidence is up—the highest level since December of 2000. So why are Trump’s poll levels down? Depends on just who they are polling.

We’re in a poorly understood battle today.  The Democrats seem to have gone insane, but they are only firmly out of power, except at the municipal level. We have some remarkably bad mayors out there. Democrats are determined to bring down this president, because they have nothing else. Obama left their party in ruins, and now Hillary’s emails are being released by the FBI, and it may yet be revealed what she was up to. They want her to go away quietly, but the eternal book tour continues.

This video again explains what happened and why — and why we must recognize the Left’s efforts to bring disgrace or impeach this president for disagreeing with them and their agenda.



Victor Davis Hanson “How Did the Universities Change So Badly” by The Elephant's Child

We’ve all watched the complete insanity going on in our Universities and wondered how did we get here? Why can’t the college administrators act like grown ups, and send these misbehaving kids home promptly? This one is brief, only 10 minutes.

At Mizzou, enrollment is way down, some dorms had to be closed, and at every other campus where riots and misbehavior took place without consequences, enrollment is down, donations are down, and new student enrollment is down. At Evergreen, George Bridges reportedly had to seek psychological counseling over the summer, and the professor who was attacked won a significant lawsuit. That would seem to be a sign that all is not well in higher education.

I’m not at all sure that they understand it even yet. Parents send their kids off to be educated, not indoctrinated — and at outrageously exorbitant cost.



From “The Death of Common Sense” By Phillip Howard by The Elephant's Child

The Constitution is a model of flexible law that can evolve with changing times and unforeseen circumstances. This remarkable document, shorter than the EPA’s benzene rules, gave us three branches of government and a Bill of Rights built on vague principles like ‘due process.’

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Fredrich Hayek, the Austria-American economist and Nobel Laureate devoted much of his brilliant career to describing  how rationalism could never work. How can anything good happen, Hayek asked, if individuals cannot think and act for themselves? Rules preclude initiative. Regimentation precludes evolution. Letting accidents happen, mistakes be made, results in new ideas. Trial and error is the key to all progress. The Soviet system of rules and central planning is doomed to failure, Hayek stated fifty years ago,  because it kills the human faculty that makes things work.

Tack these up on your bulletin board, or on your mirror, or buy the book.




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