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The 2020 Electoral Campaign Has Already Started! Way too Early. by The Elephant's Child

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Now that Michael Avenatti has dropped out of the race for the 2020 presidential nomination, due to people learning a little more about him, all sorts of other Democrats have started their campaigns. It’s more than a little early, but the determination to take on the despised Donald Trump rages. There seems to be some element of the idea that if someone like Donald Trump who was never a governor, nor had experience in Congress, or served in the Military can win an election, then surely they  can run and win too.

With the success in office of the nation’s governors, one wonders why that is a special qualification. Governor Cuomo was just inaugurated for a third term. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is running for the presidency, but the Cato Institute recently evaluated the nation’s governors for their fiscal management of their states. Jay Inslee came in deal last, with a resounding F, followed closely by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who also got an F. Even Jerry Brown got a low D. Nobody seemed to notice that Jay Inslee said he was running, for the entrance of Elizabeth Warren took over the news.

Beto O’Rourke is creating a solo road trip, outside of Texas, to see if he can stir up some interest (in a pickup, of course). His qualification seems to be ‘boyish good looks’ or ‘looking like Jack Kennedy’.  Julian Castro (Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary) plans to announce on Saturday, Kamala Harris is due to start a book tour tomorrow, so she must have written something, there’s Bernie Sanders who has never given up,  Senator Cory Booker (NJ ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). Amy Klobuchar (MI) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) are all interested in running.

If Joe Biden (age 76), former Vice-President, chooses not to run (though he has a lead in early polls in Iowa and nationwide),  he said that family considerations will be an aspect of his decision. This does not count all the notable non politicians  like Tom Steyer, the billionaire loon who has been running his “need to impeach” campaign all over the country, or the former president of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and there are probably a whole bunch more. Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez expressed some interest until someone explained that a basic Constitutional qualification was that you had to be at least 35 years old.

Can you list the number of Democrat Presidents who were elected on the basis of their outstanding ideas? Their specific experience that demonstrated their outstanding abilities? Candidates have always been qualified on the basis of gender, race, color, class, or general good looks. Pretty – is a big qualification for the Left.

A number of pundits have said that Joe Biden is too old, and the nomination will go to Kamala Harris, former Attorney General of California, who is a woman, and part Black.

The Constitution requires the President to be a natural-born citizen, age at least 35 years, and be 14 years a resident. George Washington had some pretty extensive qualifications. Did an outstanding job, and when he was done, packed his bags and went on home. The qualifications have not changed, but our expectations have.

The rage and viciousness of the Democrats has reached new extremes. There’s a major element of the power of — what? Imitation? Propaganda? Wanting to be one of the crowd?  I thought that “Comedienne” Kathy Griffin’s photograph of herself holding up what purported to be a severed head of President Trump — said to Democrats still stunned that Hillary was not to be president as they had expected — that any excrescence, any insult, any outrage was permitted, and they were free to do whatever they chose to express their horror and angst.

That certainly brought out all the crazies. But they have only continued to get crazier.  While pondering the limits of nationhood and the reaction to unwanted and unwelcome migrants from the Middle East and Africa in Europe and the terrorism they have brought, and our own rejection of the illegal immigrants that are using our weak immigration laws to get into the country, use our taxpayer funded welfare and medical care, and flood the country with drugs and gangs. Every major city is suffering from drugs, addiction and gang violence from organizations like MS-13. Criminals who have been previously deported are forcing their way back in, to commit more crimes. Way too many Americans have been murdered by the Democrats weak immigration laws, their desire for open borders to enhance their electoral potential, and their desire to remake the  make-up of the House of Representatives and thus increase their control of the government.  The Goal is control. Absolute control, and eliminating the Republican Party as an opposing party. They can no longer tolerate opposition.

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Nancy Pelosi Got Her Speaker’s Gavel Back, Unfortunately. by The Elephant's Child

 

Nancy Pelosi has been reelected to the office of Speaker of the House, and immediately tried to claim that she was the equal of the President of the United States, which was a bit of an exaggeration. Congressman Brad Sherman of Ventura County California introduced articles of impeachment, brand new representative Rashida Tlaib, who chose Palestinian garb in which to take the oath of office announced to her supporters (to wild cheers) that “We’re gonna go in there and impeach the m—–.” Hank Johnson, who last time round  worried that an island might tip over, referred to President Trump as “Hitler,”and said that those who support Trump are “less educated.” Young Ocasio-Cortez announced that to save us all from world-ending climate catastrophe in 5 years to support her Green New Deal, Congress would have to raise taxes on the rich to, oh, 82% or so. Maxine Waters is slated to become chair of the House Financial Services Committee, and is very committed to impeaching the President. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats immediately introduced a bill to restore voting rights to convicted felons nationwide. Pelosi does want to spend all sorts of money on saving us from global warming.

Democrats want to overhaul campaign finance and ethics rules that would  “expand voting rights.” One idea is to allocate a pool of taxpayer money to match small-donor donations 6-1, as a way of encouraging “grassroots campaigning.” This goofy idea would not pass the Senate, but progressives like the idea of empowering the state to allocate money to preferred donors.

Some big cities have already begun handing out tax-funded “democracy vouchers.” In other words, politicians have passed legislation that subsidizes the speech of people who will, for the most part, support them. It’s quite the racket. Pelosi wants to take this corruption national.

Reducing the power of “special interests” in Washington is always a popular issue with voters. The problem, of course, is that every voter considers another group a special interest. Though as a political notion, campaign finance reform remains popular with Americans, specific campaign finance reform legislation is always about inhibiting someone’s speech.

What many Americans don’t seem to accept, particularly partisans, is that not voting or participating in our political process is also a matter of free expression. There’s nothing, after all, in the Constitution about how the state should encourage “grassroots activism.”

Democrats have no interest in working with Republicans to do what is best for the nation, nor in abiding by the Constitution, I forgot to mention that Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) submitted a bill to change the Constitution by eliminating the Electoral College. Democrats have never grasped the reason why the Founders set it up that way, which interferes with their efforts to control the country.

Democrats’ demand to be in control has outweighed any understanding of the United States of America, our history, what the country is all about, the nature of our citizens – in their ugly, greedy desire to be in control with no interference from anyone. Nancy Pelosi not only announced that she was co-equal to the president (she’s not) but that we are nation of immigrants (we are not. We are a nation of citizens, and a nation of laws.) It’s going to be a difficult time.



Trump Derangement Syndrome and How It Works by The Elephant's Child

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Republicans are not usually inclined to take part in demonstrations or marches, to carry political signs, that sort of thing. Instead they are apt to search for more information, maybe write their congressperson, and if they really get irritated, they might go to one of the congressperson’s public meetings. If it turns out that they are represented by a Democrat, they are apt to make sure all of their family votes the next time, and they might even put a sign in their yard. We did have the Tea-Party movement, but the percentage of Republicans inclined to protest is small. Democrats depend on that. Because they are a party dependent on feelings rather than information, marching or waving signs contributes to their sense of well-being, they are being “good people.”

Hollywood celebrities, who are famous for being known, depend on continuing to be known by getting their names in the media as often as possible, hopefully for something important rather than the usual Hollywood scandal.  Someone named Judd Apatow, who apparently has directed a movie, has called for advertisers to stop advertising on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show by threatening, intimidating or bullying them. The idea is to silence conservative voices online or on the radio or television. The Left, usually ill-informed, is deeply afraid of people who actually know what they are talking about. They are very sensitive to being laughed at.

The Constitution’s First Amendment prohibits Congress from making a law abridging the freedom of speech, a direction to Congress, not to Hollywood celebrities who are free to voice any inane ideas they may have. On slow days, celebrities are apt to get more attention if they say something vaguely interesting. Way too much of any day’s news is the words of celebrities, the more provacative the better. In reaction to that, millions of ordinary people have lost interest in patronizing movies, the NFL has had a season of empty stadium seats, and viewers of some television shows have turned to something else instead.

Advertising is expensive, placement on a popular show means more people see your ad. Advertisers are always deeply worried about the effectiveness of their ads. Will lots of people see them, will the ad increase sales. paying for itself, or will the executive get in trouble for an ad that does not work? So advertisers are sensitive to any kind of boycott.  Doesn’t always work as expected. Dick’s Sporting Goods attempted to be sensitive to the gun-banning people, and their sales have tanked. The people didn’t go for football players “taking a knee” instead of respecting the national anthem, and the NFL has had masses of empty seats all year. Hollywood movies are losing money. Big companies used to understand that although nobody cared how they personally voted, their public face was firmly non-political. Newer, younger companies have not learned that lesson, and the Silicon Valley folk do not grasp their own predicament. They have even used the Southern Poverty Law Center (the biggest hate group in the country) as their fact-checker, and are attempting to be helpful to Chinese efforts to control their own citizens ever more completely.

If you watch the way the Communist Chinese government is attempting to control their own citizens with constant computer monitoring, consider that your conversations on social media are being monitored and recorded, that your conversations at home can be monitored with all the new Alexa-type devices, does it make you a little nervous? They reportedly want your DNA. Have you noticed that the Democrat media is trying to talk us into a recession? Just asking.

Did you know that the Mueller probe, the ‘special counsel investigation’ has so far cost the taxpayers $25.2 million? That’s $4.5 million for salaries and rent, $3.9 million from the Department of Justice, $2,686,270 for personnel compensation and benefits and another $1 million for special counsel office employees. $580,098 on travel and transportation, and $779 on the “transportation of things”. There’s more, $25,215,852 worth, but you get the idea. Has it accomplished anything at all, except to demonstrate the irresponsibility and malfeasance of our representatives in Washington D.C.?



It’s Time for Republicans to Start Being Activists! by The Elephant's Child

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a press conference today, said that “the White House would need Congressional approval to get wall funding from another part of the government, and they will not get that approval.”

Schumer said he received an offer from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for $1.6 billion for border security plus a $1 billion “slush fund for the president to use for his radical immigration agenda.” Schumer added that he told McConnell he wouldn’t accept the slush fund.

Schumer further stated, “And as for the idea of what [Sarah Huckabee Sanders] said, they could get wall money from NAFTA or some other part of the government, they need Congressional approval. They’re not getting it for the wall, plain and simple.”

Radical Immigration Agenda” indeed. We are not allowed to be a sovereign nation? We have to let in all the illegal aliens who have previously been deported for the crimes they have committed? Some come back multiple times. We are on to the Democrat agenda. They want more bodies for the 2020 census to increase the numbers of representatives for New York, in Schumer’s case, and the rest of the states. They want more taxpayers money to pay for the welfare and medical care we give to illegal aliens. The heroin and fentanyl that flow over our southern border destroying American lives.  They want illegal aliens to vote.

I would suggest that every time Senator Schumer’s name is mentioned, someone attach a list of the murders, attacks, drug deaths, children attacked, sex trafficking, deaths of illegals abandoned by coyotes, every single result of the failure to secure the southern border. Post pictures of the senator posted with the list of the results of his stupidity. Call his district offices. Call your senators and explain why you want a wall. For phone numbers go to senate.org.

Walls work. Not perfectly, but they help immeasurably. A while back, The Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org) calculated that a wall would pay for itself in the reduced welfare costs and policing costs imposed by illegal aliens. I don’t know if that is true for the walls designed for President Trump, but illegals impose huge costs on taxpayers, the flow of drugs must be stopped, and there are huge costs there as well.



The Founding Fathers Explain Conservatism by The Elephant's Child

First published in January of 2008.  Seems like we need reminding now and
then
.The Founding Fathers

The brilliant Mark Levin laid out the bedrock principles of conservatism using the founders’ own words. It is no coincidence that they are the exact same principles our nation was built upon. These are the exact same principles that made America great, they are the exact same principles that liberty depends upon, and they are the exact same principles that liberalism seeks to destroy:

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
“[T]he powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction.”
~ James Madison
“…[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
~ James Madison
“…the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”
~ Thomas Paine
“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
~ Thomas Paine
“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.”
~ John Adams
“To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
~ George Washington
“One single object. . . [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
“Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
~ John Adams
“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
” I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
“[The purpose of a written constitution is] to bind up the several branches of government by certain laws, which, when they transgress, their acts shall become nullities; to render unnecessary an appeal to the people, or in other words a rebellion, on every infraction of their rights, on the peril that their acquiescence shall be construed into an intention to surrender those rights.”
~ Thomas Jefferson


An Evening With Tucker Carlson by The Elephant's Child

The Independent Institute presented An Evening With Tucker Carlson, in Alameda, California, on October 16th. It is an interesting companion piece to the panel discussion at the Heritage Foundation on “Identity Politics” below.

Conservatives seem to recognize that something is truly out-of- whack with the Democrats who seem to have gone rather rudely balmy. Or, more accurately, refer to the quotation from Thomas Sowell just below.

Here Tucker isn’t trying to make sense of what some balmy liberal has to say, but simply being himself and explaining how a “ruling class” is bringing America to the brink of a civil war. If you enjoy Tucker, you will really enjoy this.



Free Market Capitalism Has Made Us the Most Prosperous Nation on Earth. by The Elephant's Child

“The one identity we’re not encouraged to trumpet is the one that enables us to trumpet all the others, our identity as citizens of a very particular kind of society, built on the rule of law, property rights, freedom of expression, and the universal franchise.” …………………………………………………………………                     …..Mark Steyn

“So the key to our unity is a shared commitment to republican ideas of liberty and justice; one nation, with a strong religious heritage, that learned through great sorrow the price of division. The sanctioning of our oath under God is not merely an assertion of religious belief, but an appeal for divine blessing of this strange and mysterious ‘new order of the ages.’ In small symbolic and easily caricatured ways—our national anthem, our coinage, civic prayers and the Pledge—our nation struggles to remind our citizens that there are more spiritual ties that bind us than natural affinities that divide us.”” ………………………………..
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Victor Davis Hanson

So why do we have such a hard time selling free-market capitalism to other countries? Back in 2004 or so, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former French President, was writing a constitution for the European Union. He had a look at the U.S Constitution, but couldn’t accept the idea of all those freedoms for the people, and wrote something else instead. We can’t seem to sell free market capitalism, for that matter, to the Democrats.

The Democrats proclaim themselves to be proud American citizens, but they keep wanting to change the Constitution that gives us all these protections. They not only don’t like the pledge, support the athletes that see the national anthem as a time to protest something or other, but they want to do away with the Electoral College, they hated the Citizens United ruling (freedom of speech for corporations) and want it banished.  They want to do away with the Second Amendment and are screwing around with the First Amendment with all their blather about “hate speech” and all the things you cannot say in public without being attacked, while the general conversation out there grows ever more vile and blasphemous.

What they hate about Capitalism is Big Business, which they regard as evil, although the big tech companies are excused from the “big business” thing, because they are turning out to be Democrats and a source of large donations. CEOs of large corporations receive big salaries and benefits, which are resented by Democrats and especially professors (we have PhDs, how come they make more money?) who have no recognition of what a corporate CEO has to do to get that position.

We don’t have to wait for the bureaucrats in Washington to tell us what is happening to the economy, because we can rely on the ordinary buying and selling of goods and services that is taking place. We can watch the mad rush and fights on Black Friday to tell us that the retail industry is having a very good day. and reporters tell us that it is significantly better than last year.

It is quite interesting that at this particular time, China is going in the opposite direction with ever more control over their own citizens. Their people are monitored all the time, and when they are good citizens, obeying traffic lights, donating blood or volunteering, they are offered more opportunities to take a trip or enjoy a freedom. If they do not behave well, then privileges like using public transportation, or other amenities, are taken away. Democrats here might do well to pay attention to how it works, but they would likely consider it as a good way to control the rest of us, instead of understanding what that kind of control would mean to our freedoms.

Freedom. as they say, isn’t free. We have to keep defending it, each one of us. Well-meaning people want to ban guns, without any grasp of the simple fact that gun bans don’t work. The highest rates of killings and shootings in America occur in the cities with the strictest gun laws. People rail against the police, and want to ban ICE (the border police) largely because the Democrats made a big deal of “ripped from their mother’s arms” in spite of the law that requires children to be kept safe and free while law-breaking parents are detained. You cannot lawfully put little kids in prison. People who live in dangerous neighborhoods usually want more policing, not less. So study up. Become an informed voter. Across the country there are people who won election who are dedicated to removing some of your freedom. There are ballot issues that should have never seen the light of day.




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