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Thomas Sowell Has Some Explaining for Us: by The Elephant's Child

This is an oldie, but worth reviewing for its appropriateness for today. A fascinating interview with Thomas Sowell about “intellectuals”. Do make time to watch the whole thing, It throws a lot of light upon what is happening in our present day, how to consider what’s going on. Whats the matter with intellectuals anyway? Aren’t they smarter than the rest of us? Shouldn’t we listen to them?

So whose opinion matters? See the previous post on “Opinion.


Election Results Continue to Trickle In. by The Elephant's Child


Digesting the election results. Some excellent results, some really dreadful. Here in Washington State, we apparently defeated the “green” carbon tax proposal which was an attempt to start a nationwide bid for a national carbon tax. Our governor tried to get it through the legislature and failed, but I guess nationally they thought this was a “green” state where it would be an easy pass.

We failed to get rid of Senator Maria Cantwell, which was a disappointment. We have two useless senators, both Democrats, and since the Democrats go by seniority, Patty Murray is now in the leadership, which explains a lot. The coastal belt, like in Oregon and California is heavily Blue, and the rest of the more rural part of the state decisively Republican.

You probably saw the press conference at the White House where Cnn’s Jim Acosta tried to take on the President of the United States, and lost his press credentials. Rude, wouldn’t surrender the microphone, struck a White House intern who tried to take the microphone away, and when it was removed kept right on talking and preventing other reporters from their turns. Good riddance. American journalism depends on freedom of the press, but when they present the facts on the ground with their own partisan slant, it deprives the people of the facts they need to understand what is going on.

Anastasia Ocasia Cortez won her election and will serve in the House, which is unfortunate as she doesn’t seem to know anything at all. “Beto” (Robert Francis) O’Rourke lost to Ted Cruz quite properly. Hollywood is dismayed as they fell in love with “Beto” as they liked his looks, and are anxious to see him run for the Presidency. (Which should tell you a lot about Hollywood).

Perhaps you noticed that when the media reported the Senate results, they said Republicans “clung” to the Senate, as if that was just a case of desperate luck.  Lots of races still undecided. Fox News committed a dirty trick, in declaring the Democrats as having won the House before people on the West Coast had even voted.

This election did expose a wide gap in understanding of the Constitution and the reasons its provisions have proved to stand the test of time. Democrats do not understand the basic structure of the government. The House represents the population, the people of the states. The Senate represents the States. Each state gets two Senators, without reference to population numbers. The least populous State gets the same vote as the most populous.

Democrats just discovered that when Hillary won the popular vote and lost the election because of the structure of the electoral college which is designed to prevent the populous states from bullying the little states with it’s population size. Which is a very good thing. The most populous states are badly run, and everyone is fleeing to locales with lower taxes, lower crime, lower debt and fewer sanctuary cities.

Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Invented America by The Elephant's Child

A little history for the day before the mid-term election. Here’s a Praeger University short history of one of our founding fathers: Alexander Hamilton.

You might want to follow this up with Hamilton’s Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt by John Steele Gordon.  As Hamilton said: “A national debt, if it be not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.”

There is no news today, only endless speculation. Is the election really a referendum on Trump as some have claimed, or is it strictly on a candidate by candidate contest? Tomorrow will tell, or Wednesday depending on how long it takes to get the results. Maybe we should go out and build bonfires tonight.

This is also Guy Fawkes Day, which I’m sure you all remember:

Remember, Remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Ever Should Be Forgot.

England, 1605, Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder. The explosion under the House of Lords was supposed to kill the King and the Royal Family. Fawkes was tried for treason. Bonfires were lit all around London celebrating the fact that King James had survived the attempt on his life. So it’s still Bonfire Night, devoted to bonfires and fireworks, as it has been celebrated for years. I’m assuming it still is going on. Never been there on November 5th, but I always remember the nursery rhyme.

The Democrats Insist This Election Is About Trump by The Elephant's Child

Everything in the “news” today seems to be speculation about the mid-term elections. Nobody knows anything, including the polls. (recall last election)
The most interesting comment I have seen came from Mark Levin, who asked: “Aren’t you getting tired of being called Nazis?” Yes I am. See the previous post on the degradation and politicization of language.

No, Donald Trump is not a Nazi. To the extent to which he is “authoritarian,” that’s why we have presidents – to get things done. And he’s done a pretty impressive bunch of things: When President Trump was elected, Nov. 8th 2016, the DOW stood at 18,332 and has moved up to 26,964. During President Trump’s first year in office, 2017, the DOW has closed at new record all-time highs – 103 times.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 250,000 new jobs were created in October. More people are working in the US than ever before and unemployment is at 50 year lows. In Trump’s first two years, the economy has gained over 4.3 million jobs. If you recall, President Obama said that the economy could not grow at a rate greater than 2% – It was a new era and we just had to get used to it.

The Washington Examiner lists 289 accomplishments in just 20 months. All of which the Democrats hate. But the tax cuts and relief from burdensome regulations have left businesses free to expand, build, improve and hire. People get the courage to act on their ideas and dreams, and introduce new products. I guess that since these were done by the hated Trump, all are derided as evil or wrong, and would be instantly eliminated by the Democrats.

African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have reached record lows. Women’s unemployment is at the lowest rate in nearly 65 years.

For all that, President Trump has been called a Fascist, Nazi, Racist, Anti-Semite (his daughter, son in law, and their children are all Jewish), and until he was elected President – nobody ever called him a racist. It’s not just that the insults are misplaced, but that they are so dumb. There are true-believers in the horrors of Climate Change (think nutty Tom Steyer) who are sure that getting us out of the Paris Climate Accords means that the planet will die next month or something, but President Trump was right. It was simply a plan to transfer as much American money to Africa as possible, and the goal of “climate change” is not to keep the planet from warming, but to destroy Capitalism.

Do look at the long accomplishment list.  As they said, It’s 20 months of promise-keeping. Oddly, the Democrats, always right on top of things, have insisted that this mid-term election should be a referendum on Trump, even though he is not on the ballot.

ADDENDUM: I should add that the reason the Democrats have insisted that this election should be about Trump, is because they are sure that hating Trump and all his accomplishments is a universal belief amongst all  but the stupidest Deplorables, and because as David Gerlernter said “Have you noticed that the Democrats have no issues?” And they don’t – other than raising taxes promptly and eliminating all the other useful things Trump has done. They really and truly just don’t understand basic economics.

They Just HATE Being Laughed At, So Try to Contain Yourselves by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi is a gift to the Republican Party. After she explained about how the “wrap-up smear” that they applied to Judge Brett Kavanaugh, works, she has now explained how the Democrats will calm the political rhetoric that is traumatizing the nation.  When Democrats win the House, it will all calm down.

Just like your two-year-old will stop the tantrum when he gets the cookie he wants! I mean, we knew this, but it is extra-delightful to have the House Minority Leader confirm it, in public, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday evening. 

COLBERT: There’s been a lot of talk about lowering the temperature of political discourse. Have you seen evidence of that?

PELOSI: Well, I think when we win, you will see evidence of that. Because when we do win, we will have, as we open the new Congress, we will honor the vows of our founders. E Pluribus Unum.

PELOSI: We couldn’t imagine how many we would be or different we would be from each other, but they did know we have to strive for oneness. “It’s okay to disagree in the marketplace of ideas. That’s exciting. But it is also important to find solutions that unify and not divide. And that’s what makes a big difference between Democrats and what’s in the White House now.”

Do try to avoid giving them the House. She already told us that the first thing they would do when they get back in charge, would be to raise your taxes.

Absolutely brilliant!

Illegal Immigration Is All About Power for the Left by The Elephant's Child

This seems to be Tucker Carlson Day at American Elephants, (I have two others on Free Speech waiting in the shadows). Of course illegal immigration is about power.  But how did they come to the conclusion that everything is about their power? They were thrilled with Obama as president, yet he did  a miserable job. Real good talker though.

What shifted? Was it that when Donald Trump made his campaign promises they sneered, and thought thank goodness we’re electing Hillary? And then when he was elected, it was a horrible shock Then, he began to fulfill his campaign promises, cutting taxes. That is unacceptable for Democrats. They need lots of taxes, big taxes, so they have the funds to dole out benefits to convince the deplorables to vote for them.

Is all the venom and hate because Donald Trump has cut taxes and the economy is booming as a result? Donald Trump has nominated outstanding Judges to the Supreme Court and successfully gotten them installed after all  the work Democrats did to fight the nomination? Is it because he got out of the useless Paris Climate Accords, and celebrates it? Is it because right in the middle of the Craziness of the Left every day, President Trump (You’ll notice that they never call him President Trump — it’s just Trump.) is inclined to brag a little about his accomplishments?  I think I may be onto something here.

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