American Elephants


Wait! You Have It All Backwards. Crime Comes Before Punishment. by The Elephant's Child

What I am failing to understand, and you probably are too, is that The House of Representatives of the United States Congress has it all backwards, and we’re letting them get away with it.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has decided that the President of the United States must be impeached. They don’t like him. They remain furious that he won control of the government away from them, because they are morally superior. They care about the poor and unfortunate, the downtrodden, the frightened illegals, the homeless, the fugitives from climate change, and so on, and nasty Republicans just don’t.

They made a decision. Donald Trump is an illegal president and he must be impeached. The problem has been to find what it is that he must be impeached for. Classic example of cart before horse! Now that they have decided that he must be impeached, they have to find something that will qualify as an impeachable offense. Not what the founders had in mind. They thought that if a sitting president betrays his office, or betrays the country, Congress should be able to act to remove him from office. Article II, Section 4.

I am certainly not an attorney, but the House of Representatives clearly has it all backwards. They have decided that he must be impeached before the next election, so they are determinedly searching for the awful thing for which he must be impeached. Once they get rid of him then as the morally superior beings they by nature are, they will be back in full charge, and won’t have to bother with this phony booming economy and phony thriving business, and phony people getting off food stamps and especially the phony increase in the average family’s take-home pay. The problem is finding the charge that will accomplish all that. Has to be a biggie. Section 4 says clearly: The President, Vice President, and all Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

That’s why Nancy Pelosi came up with “Bribery” a couple of days ago. Couldn’t find any Treason that they could make stick, and the other high Crimes part was not very clear or specific, but “Bribery” sounded good. Adam Schiff is working desperately on that one. They can surely find a bribe somewhere in returning aid to Ukraine, can’t they?


I found this pertinent cartoon at Powerline in Steven Hayward’s Week in Pictures. Don’t know who devised it, but it is appropriate. If you are alternately appalled and annoyed by this impeachment inquiry, Don’t miss Victor Davis Hanson’s piece at National Review.



The Cavalcade of Events, If You Have the Stomach for It by The Elephant's Child

The Democrats had another Debate last night, and I declined.  Not up for another one. Rachel Maddow was host and proclaimed that ambassador Sondlund had buttressed the case for impeachment with his “bombshell” testimony. (Probably the number one reason why everyone is beginning to really hate the media is their inability to avoid using the word “bombshell”.) Maddow wanted to know if the candidates would vote for impeachment?

“Of course I will,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who urged viewers to “read the Mueller report” about all that obstruction of justice. Why, president Trump “broke the law again and again.”

Amy Klobuchar cited Trump’s “impeachable conduct” and how he is “sucking up to Vladimir Putin every minute of the day” and “leaving the Kurds for slaughter.” But it’s all “really about our Democracy.”

“Sadly we have president who is a pathological liar,” said Bernie Sanders, adding that Trump was the “most corrupt” president of all. But then, Sanders added, the whole political system was corrupt and the economy “rigged” for billionaires and such.

A rather shaky Joe Biden said “Trump doesn’t want me to be the nominee” and “Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be president,” which seemed to work for the studio audience.

Utter brilliance. Democrats were so sure that it was Russia that was trying to steal the election that they haven’t learned anything since.

Nancy Pelosi’s key word was “imposter.” She told CBS that “I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head. And so he has to diminish everyone else.”

Um, booming economy, extremely low unemployment, thriving business, world’s leading exporter of oil and natural gas, lowest unemployment for Blacks since we started keeping unemployment statistics. So he’s an imposter? It was Barack Obama who insisted that it was impossible in these days to get the economy to grow over 2%. It is not an accident, just what Dems are worried that the people will find out.

In the meantime, Lindsey Graham announced that the DOJ Inspector General’s report on Obama administration FISA abuse during the 2016 election will be released December 9. He said” I think this is going to be stunning. I think it is going to be damning. I think it’s going to prove that the system got off the rails and we need corrective action.” US Attorney John Durham’s criminal probe into Justice Department misconduct during the election will soon get its time in the spotlight. That may be fun.



Politics and Impeachment, the Constitution, and All That by The Elephant's Child

Politics is mostly an unpleasant subject wherever and whenever it is practiced. Making informed choices about matters of importance for the city or nation soon gets left in the dust as opinions become bandied about.

Then it gets down to who likes who and why and how dare you disagree with me. Passions are aroused. Demonstrations take place, and first thing you know fights break out, the police are called and so on and so forth.

We had an election in 2016. The Republican candidate was Donald J. Trump. The Democrat candidate was Hillary Clinton. Democrats were confident that Hillary would win easily. They were unaware that many people just did not like Hillary Clinton, and thought it was unlikely that she would do an acceptable job as president. She lost. Trump won. This has resulted in an enraged Democrat Party apparently loathing President Trump and vowing to do everything and anything to bring him down.

He supposedly has a Queens accent. His father was a builder, and sent him out early to work with construction crews, on building sites. To this day he is apt to stop and talk to construction workers on the street, and apparently likes them. This is unacceptable in other areas of New York? Dunno. I’m a Westerner. This, surely is not the cause of all the vile commentary out there. It is a  puzzlement.

It is quite clear that he is doing a good job for the country. Obama told us firmly that the economy would never again get over 2% growth, it was just no longer in the cards. Trump cut taxes, cut some government costs (but not enough) and has begun to move some large agencies out of Washington DC and closer to the areas they are supposed to serve, which has caused consternation among those who like living in Washington DC. The economy is booming, unemployment has reached historic lows. Manufacturing is increasing.  Growth is well over 3%, and more and more people are dropping off food stamps.

Some are finding fault with his campaign promises, for example, he said that he would build a wall on the Southern border and Mexico would help pay for it. With Congressional intransigence, the wall building goes slowly, and spokesmen can’t seem to see that Mexico is helping. They are turning people back at their Southern Border and also further along, offering less assistance to migrants. Did you expect Mexico to send President Trump a check? They did not do that.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has issued (twice) a demand: “Mr. President, You need to prove your innocence!” Um, Fifth Amendment? No person…shall be compelled to be a witness against himself?” And innocence of just what? You are having an enormous problem deciding what it is you think the President is guilty of, other than winning an election.

“If the president has something that is exculpatory — Mr. President, that means you have anything that shows your innocence — then he should make that known and that’s part of the inquiry,” Pelosi said, as The Week noted. “And so far, we haven’t seen that. But we welcome it.”

Pelosi then went on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday and told host Margaret Brennan that if Trump had “information that is exculpatory — that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame — then we look forward to seeing it.”

Sorry, Nancy, that’s not how we do it in a free American society. In her world, it’s Trump who must prove innocence, not Democrats who must find guilt.

Most, but not all, Americans were born in a neighborhood, usually among people very much like themselves, and they are surprised to learn that there are others who have different customs and beliefs.

Democrats believe firmly that they are morally superior. They believe that they are morally superior because they care — and Republicans don’t. They care about those who want to cross our borders illegally, and those who are hiding from ICE, those who are living here and working here illegally. Now they are campaigning to get those who are fleeing from climate change admitted legally as “refugees”, not to protect them from the ravages of climate change, but to count them in the next census and get their votes in the next election. The Left’s aims are not pure. They simply believe that they are entitled to be in charge, and they cannot stand being deprived.

 



The Vast Difficulty of Deciding Just What to Impeach President Trump For! by The Elephant's Child

The language of impeachment keeps shifting around, as Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats focus-test the best wording to influence voters in the 2020 election. Which words to use as the reason to impeach this duly elected president?

It may be somewhat helpful to recognize just how stupid the Democrats believe Trump supporters are. We have heard ourselves described as a “cult”, and frequently in words describing varying amounts of  a lack of intelligence. The chosen accusation seems to be “bribery“, which apparently sounds worse to the panel than other words that they might use like “lying” or “cheating”.

President Trump just gave a speech at the Economic Club of New York, and he made it clear just why the Democrats are so desperate to avoid talking about the economy.

Trump began by resetting the clock back to 2016 when, as we’ve pointed out in this space many times, the economic forecast was grim.

“The so-called experts said Americans had no choice but to accept stagnation, decay, and a shrinking middle class as the new normal,” Trump said. “In short, the American people were told to sit back and accept a slow, inevitable decline.”

The Congressional Budget Office, he said, projected that the number of jobs would increase by just 2 million from January 2017 through the end of this year. The unemployment rate wasn’t supposed to get below 4.4% and was slated to start rising again in 2019.

The CBO said quarterly GDP growth over Trump’s first three years would never top 2.6% and would average 2%.

• The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since the 1960s.

• The unemployment rate for women has not been this low since the 1940s.

• For minorities, it’s lower than any time since the government started keeping track.

• Real wages are up more than 3%.

• Seven million people no longer need food stamps.

• 10,000 new factories have opened (compared with a loss of nearly 60,000 in the previous 16 years.

• Major stock indexes are up between 45% and 60%.

• The U.S is now a net exporter of oil and natural gas.

President Trump also mentioned that “everything we have achieved is under threat from the left-wing ideology that demands absolute conformity, relentless regulation, and a top-down control of the entire U.S. economy.”

“Far-left politicians in our nation’s capital want a massive government takeover of health care; they want to give government bureaucrats domination over every aspect of your business and your life; they want to eliminate American oil and natural gas; they want to enlist us in global projects designed to redistribute American wealth and kill American jobs all over our nation.

“Washington’s Democrats and their radical agenda of socialism would demolish our economy, reinstate the avalanche of regulations that I have already ended, decimate the middle class, and totally bankrupt our nation. As long as I’m president, America will never be a socialist country.”

Take that, Speaker Pelosi.



And on the Unfolding Drama of Impeachment Delusions by The Elephant's Child


Speaking of “Extraordinary Popular Delusions”, an article from The Federalist by Adam Mill says that “Democrats are Embarrassed by Schiff’s Impeachment Tactics, And They Should Be.” Obama has spoken out to warn Democrats of moving too far to the Left. Another Federalist article says “Democrats Concede Their Impeachment Argument is Failing.”

CNN reports that in a private meeting this week, top Democrats conceded that the polls on impeachment were unlikely to shift, and that their basic message is failing to break through for huge swaths of Americans. This is very close to admitting that their ultimate goal, of removing president Trump from office will not be achieved.

The reason this would mean game over for the removal effort is that only a significant uptick for impeachment in polling, especially among Republicans who have been rock solid in support of Trump, could lead to GOP votes to convict in the senate. This may sound cynical, but why should Republican senators defy the wishes of the vast majority of their voters based on the Democrats’ vague and shifting arguments?

Even more telling than the concession that polls won’t be moving is the admission their messaging is failing. This can only really mean one of two things. Either Adam Schiff and his inquiry have failed to prove Trump engaged in impeachable and removal offenses or the 44 percent of Americans who oppose impeachment are too stupid, or brainwashed to accept the case for impeaching Trump.

We all know that Democrats are not as interested in Economics as the rest of us. Obama famously claimed that the American economy would never again reach as high as 3% growth — we were stuck at two for the foreseeable future. Oops!

From the Trump campaign rapid response team just today:

Impeachment “is about patriotism. It’s not about politics”, a very sad and somber Nancy Pelosi insisted again yesterday. “It’s not about anything political. It’s about patriotism.”

Actually, it’s about polling.

The Washington Post reports today that “Democrats have stopped using the term ‘quid pro quo,’ instead describing ‘bribery’ as a more direct summation of Trump’s alleged conduct.” Why?

The shift came after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee conducted focus groups in key House battlegrounds in recent weeks, testing messages related to impeachment. Among the questions put to participants was whether ‘quid pro quo,’ ‘extortion’ or ‘bribery’ was a more compelling description of Trump’s conduct. According to two people familiar with the results, which circulated among Democrats this week, the focus groups found ‘bribery’ to be most damning.”

That’s from Thomas Lifson at American Thinker. As usual, the Democrats are leaving nothing to chance. They are testing with focus groups to determine which words describing President Trump’s conduct will be the most damning in the eyes of the public. So, there you go. That’s how things work in the corridors of the Nation’s Capitol. Do keep that one in mind.
Has anyone noticed that the economy is surging, well over 3%. Household income is way up. The economy is doing extraordinarily well. Everybody is hiring, and it’s hard to see how it could get any better. Sorry, Adam Schiff. Perhaps we could paint your portrait on a wall somewhere.


Absolutely Entitled to Be In Charge! by The Elephant's Child

It is certainly clear that Democrats believe they are entitled to run things, to be in charge. Three years later, and they still have not gotten over it. “Entitled” seems to be the key word. They should be in charge – because they are morally superior. They are compassionate. They care.

Republicans clearly do not care. They make it clear every day. Desperate people looking for a better life, and Republicans want to build walls to keep them out. They want to send people to prison just for smoking a joint. They have this cruel police force called ICE that wants to track down immigrants living quietly in this country and deport them. They want to tell women what they can do with their bodies, and deny them health care when they need it most. They clearly do not really care about the people at all.

The earth is facing a horrible doom because Republicans won’t face facts and move to clean renewable energy, and stop the evil oil pipelines that are despoiling the planet, because they favor Big Oil companies instead of clean natural wind and solar energy. It’s very clear that Republican care far more about budgets and big corporations than they do about the American people.

If you just keep their moral superiority in mind, everything will become clearer and less argumentative. They are really trying to improve things. Just see what they are offering to do to improve your lives. Rein in those big corporations that are polluting the planet. Medicare for all, not just the old folks. Compassion for all.  Social Justice for all. More equality. More fairness. What more could you ask?



The Unrecognized Perils of Running For the Presidency by The Elephant's Child

You have probably noticed that people who have run unsuccessfully for the presidency of the United States don’t fade quietly away after their unsuccessful run. Immediate example is, of course, Hillary. She seems to have convinced herself that she actually won the election, and through some nefarious trickery, the horrid Trump got the nod, but he didn’t actually win. Everybody cheated, including the now famous “Deplorables.”

Hillary is not alone. Mitt Romney is now in the news for his secret Twitter account where he is accused of being a Twitter ‘Lurker’ under the name “Pierre Delecto” for keeping up with the news. I think if you have seriously competed and lost, you are bound to look at each new event with the consideration of how you would have handled it and what you would have done, and how much better your ideas are. Human nature. I think it extends to those who dropped out early as well.

Every act of a new president will be put under a magnifying device, and certainly Donald Trump has had more nay-sayers than most. Past presidents will feel they have the authority to chime in, and of course present events may suggest the correctness (or not) of their actions in office. Lots of people are suggesting that Hillary may jump in at the last minute.  We’ll see. Wouldn’t take much to convince her that she should.




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