American Elephants


An American Ally Assesses Our President by The Elephant's Child

483208412-real-estate-tycoon-donald-trump-flashes-the-thumbs-up.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2

The Wall Street Journal had a most interesting article titled “An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump: When he says something consistently, it will happen. And his message is that America will remain a reliable partner, but don’t expect too much.” It’s by Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia, 2013-2015.  (subscription barrier)

The truth is that the rest of the world needs America much more than America needs us. The U.S. has no threatening neighbors. It’s about as remote from the globe’s trouble spots as is possible to be. It’s richly endowed with resources, including energy and an almost boundless agricultural capacity. Its technology is second to none. Its manufacturing base is vast. Its people are entrepreneurial in their bones. From diversity, it has built unity and an enviable pride in country.

In many respects, America is the world in one country, only a better world than the one outside. If it decided to live in splendid isolation from troubles across the sea, it would lose little and perhaps gain much, at least in the beginning. A fortress America would be as impregnable as any country could be.

 

Advertisements


The Belief System of the Anointed Explained by The Elephant's Child

pic_giant_101614_SM_Capitol-Hill-Flag-DT_1

Well, all is explained. Daniel Greenfield, real investigative reporter, explains why Trump Derangement Syndrome: More Democrats Believe in UFOs Than America”

58% of Democrats believe in UFOs, but only 32% are proud to be American. Only 37% of Republicans believe in flying saucers, but a full 80% are proud of their country.

Almost twice as many Democrats are willing to believe in being abducted by space aliens than in their country. Hillary Clinton had promised that if elected, she would find out the truth about the little green men and suggested that the planet had already been visited by aliens.

“Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51,” she suggested.

The chair of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, John Podesta, an obsessive UFO buff, appeared on an episode of Ancient Aliens which claimed that Hillary Clinton was defeated to suppress the truth about space aliens.



Another Great Jobs Report, Leaving Democrats in Despair by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi presser

The big news from the Labor Department was that 600,000 workers re-entered the work force. Manufacturing jobs increased by 36,000, The 4 week average of continuing  unemployment claims was the lowest in 45 years.

1.03 million workers have returned to the work force.  The June economy added 213.000 new jobs, 22,000 more than economists had expected. 155,576,000 Americans are working.

Naturally, Democrats are distraught.

Nancy Pelosi, minority leader, tweeted:

The June shows what is at stake from the brewing storm of rising health costs, spiraling trade uncertainty & an economy being hollowed out to enrich big corporations & the wealthiest 1 percent. Americans deserve better than the GOP’s raw deal.

Democrats do not believe in tax cuts. It is a matter of faith. Taxes are supposed to go up, not down, and give the Democrat Party more money to play with, to buy votes and buy supporters. Naturally, they blame big corporations, but not rich corporate executives upon whom they depend for donations.

Brian Riedl, of Economics 21 wrote in the E21 Commentary:

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) remains controversial, with public opinion evenly split and many Democrats campaigning on repeal. However, the Democratic critique of the tax cuts has grown increasingly incoherent. The party excoriates the “tax cuts for the rich” while trying to tilt them even further to the wealthy. Democrats slam the deficit effect of the tax cuts while working to worsen budget deficits. In addition, they erroneously describe the law as a “middle-class tax hike” while proposing policies that would truly raise middle-class taxes.

And about the “Tax cuts for the Rich”

The most aggressive liberal complaint was that the TCJA represented a giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. In reality, the tax cuts nudged the distribution of federal taxes in a more progressive direction. The bottom 80 percent of families had previously paid 33 percent of all combined federal taxes, yet received 35 percent of the tax cuts. By contrast, the top one percent had previously paid 27 percent of all federal taxes, but received just 21 percent of the tax cuts. Since upper-income earners received a lower share of the tax cuts, their share of federal taxes paid will slightly rise.

Do read the whole thing. I know, economics??? The more you understand, the better off you will be. At least that’s what I always tell myself, and it certainly doesn’t leave me approving of former Speaker Pelosi and her crew.



What Are the Messages We Send to Our Kids? by The Elephant's Child

For years, the federal government had made an effort to make sure that black children have equal educational opportunities to students of other races. Well meant, but federal regulations are usually not really the best way to accomplish something. We have desegregated the schools, but federal regulation has re-segregated them in terms of racial diversity. Currently, college campuses have been hotbeds of racism, meaning that everything is designated as a racial matter rather than a matter of learning. Diversity has been the guiding principle not only in academe, but in business and industry, organizations and clubs. (See Boy Scouts)

The previous post cited a complaint filed by Asian-Americans about admissions discrimination indicating that Asian Americans score on average 140 points higher than white students and 270 points higher than African-American students claiming 3rd party academic research. That got me thinking about the predominate messages we send, as a society, to our young people and their parents.

In 2011, it was the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, which ignited a global parenting debate with the story of one mother who determined to raise her children the Chinese way: arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. It hit all the hot buttons, about ambition, intellectualism, high culture, the Ivy League, and strong women.

Canadian professor and Clinical Psychologist Jordan Peterson has risen to international #1best-selling book popularity and ubiquitous you-tube presence with a simple message that life is hard, and you have to face it with determination and courage.

The current message for Hispanic families is that they are discriminated against, and the United States used to belong to Mexicans anyway. The Election today in Mexico indicates that Andrés Obrador, the far left candidate who is running on the platform that America’s borders should be open to the entire population of central and South America, was leading in the early exit polls.

The message to black kids is that they need special rules and programs to succeed in school, and it’s doubtful that will help. Young African-American mothers are told that they will get a bigger welfare check if there is not a man around the house. And the black role models in society for kids are athletes and show business, not the Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, not the Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institute, nor the many black corporate CEOs, nor professors and authors like John McWhorter, Professor of Linguistics at Columbia, who wrote a major essay on just this subject for The American Interest.

I took up this subject in a 2016 post about Minnesota’s Cooper High School where the football coach changed the culture by making the football players “dress for success” one day a week.

ADDENDUM: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr, Ben Carson, who was a world-renowned surgeon, said that he grew up in a neighborhood most American were told never to drive through. He saw bullets, drugs and death in the streets where he played tag and ball with his friends. Both of his older cousins were killed on those streets. He thought that was his destiny, but his mother saved his life with nothing but a library card.

When Dr. Ben Carson was appointed as the Secretary of HUD, the Left was outraged. What did he know about housing and urban development?



The American Amateur Spirit by The Elephant's Child

washington_crossing_the_delaware_by_emanuel_leutze_mma-nyc_1851

From Daniel Boorstin’s Hidden History: Daniel Boorstin is a former
Librarian of Congress and author of many important books
about American history.

The Amateur Spirit and its Enemies

Aristocracies are governed by people born to govern, totalitarian societies by people who make ruling their profession. But our representative government must be led by people never born to govern, temporarily drawn from the community, and sooner or later
sent back home.

The two new breeds whose power and prestige menace the amateur spirit are the professionals and the bureaucrats. Both are by-products of American wealth and American progress. But they can stifle the amateur spirit on which the special quality and vision of
our American Leaders must depend.



The President, The Resistance, The People by The Elephant's Child

From The American Spectator

It’s June and the crush of undocumented immigrants at the U.S. border with Mexico has hit a crisis point.

Government officials are housing migrants in tents and separating some children from their parents. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors attempt to cross the southern border; some 90,000 are expected to be apprehended by year’s end. A former top administration official defends the government’s policy: “We have to send a clear message. Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean your child gets to stay.”

The year was 2014. Barack Obama was president and the quote was uttered by Hillary Clinton, Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 who also plainly stated that thousands of children “should be sent back” to their families.

‘The Resistance’ doesn’t seem to be creating a wedge between President Trump and the party.  It’s turning off Liberal supporters as well.
From Don Surber:

The Times approach to Trump supporters was laughably offensive. It reported, “In interviews across the country over the last few days, dozens of Trump voters, as well as pollsters and strategists, described something like a bonding experience with the president that happens each time Republicans have to answer a now-familiar question: ‘How can you possibly still support this man?'”

Buried in Paragraph 26 was the answer, from John Westling, 70, of Princeton, Minnesota, who said, “Let’s see. Economy booming, check. Unemployment down, check. Border security being addressed, check. Possible end to the Korean War that started when I was 3 years old, 68 years ago, check.”

Democrats fall in love. It’s the leader of “their team”— the savior who will bring them all good things. who will save them from the perils of life. It’s a romantic relationship. I have been in many Democrat homes where there is a picture of the (Democrat) President on the wall.

Republicans care about what the president does.They argue incessantly about what he does for the country, what Congress should do, whether what they have done will be effective. I have never been in a Republican home where there was a picture of the President (of either party) on the wall.



Mexico is Holding Presidential Elections on July 1, 2018 by The Elephant's Child

Andrés-Manuel-López-Obrador-

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, is running for the third time, for the office of the presidency of Mexico. He announced last Tuesday that mass immigration to the United States is a “human right” for all North Americans. He is the former mayor of Mexico City, and is currently leading in the polls. He has run unsuccessfully two times previously.

“And soon, very soon—after the victory of our movement—we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world” Obrador added, saying  that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.” He then declared migration “a human right we will defend,” according to eluniversal.com.

Tucker Carlson noted Thursday that Obrador had previously proposed granting amnesty to Mexican drug cartels. and added “America is now Mexico’s social safety net, and that’s a very good deal for the Mexican ruling class.”

Well. That is certainly an interesting proposal. Is that what the Mexican people want from their president? Is Mexico such a lousy place that everybody wants to move out? Mexico’s population is 21,493,000 and growing by 78% every year. Guatemala’s is 17,239,898. Honduras, 8,435,896. Nicaragua,6,261,822. Belize: 366,954. Costa Rica: 4,937,065, and Panama: 4,137,428. That adds up to something like 8 billion, 700 million people. I don’t think they all want to come to the United States, and I wouldn’t advise it.  We estimate that we can manage to accept 1 million new immigrants a year. Theoretically we have 11 million illegal immigrants currently, but they have been using the same number for years and years.

The “victory of our movement,”and “all the migrants in the world must leave their towns and find a life in the United States”? Is this just a reaction to Trump’s rejection of illegal Mexican immigrants? Certainly cutting back on illegal immigrants means less in the way of remittances for the Mexican government, that act as a safety valve. Do the Drug Cartels provide money to the Mexican government from drugs illegally pushed across the border?

Do the Mexican people think that our opposition to illegal immigrants is because we don’t like the Mexican people? Of course not. The Democrats try to insist that our opposition to illegal immigrants is racist because many Mexicans have brown skin? Silly.  I have always liked legal immigrants who want to become Americans and are willing to wait their turn. Citizenship Ceremonies usually make me cry. They add a lot to our country. But MS-13? Drug smugglers? Sex traffickers? If you want to come to the United States and become one of us—do it the right way. Please.




%d bloggers like this: