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Have You Noticed Anyone Claiming Racism In This Election? by The Elephant's Child

Well, yes. Charter schools are on the ballot in Left leaning Massachusetts (Question #2) an initiative to expand charter schools, much to the dismay of the teacher’s unions. The Boston Globe supports the plan, which would give 32,000 students the opportunity for a spot. Students in Massachusetts charter schools gain the equivalent of 36 more days of learning in reading and 65 more days in math. A related measure is on the ballot in Georgia (Amendment #1)

Charter schools are public schools. Donald Trump has favored attaching the state’s education money to each student and allowing the parents to pick the school they want their kids to attend.

In Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe has pardoned 60,000 felons just in time to allow them to register to vote. The state’s supreme court said each individual felon’s circumstances must be weighed separately, so McAuliffe used an electronic autopen to sign thousands of letters—as if he had actually reviewed them. He is a longtime buddy of Hillary Clinton, and expects to win the state for her.



Is It Possible to Ensure Election Integrity? by The Elephant's Child

Last month, President Obama was in Florida for a partisan fundraiser, described as part stump speech, part farewell-tour stop.And he took the occasion to knock any efforts by Republicans to “ensure election integrity  one last time.”

The president just doesn’t think there is such a thing as election fraud. As he informed the assembled Floridians, “You are much likelier to get struck by lightning than to have somebody next to you commit voter fraud.”

…But we know one thing for sure. The Left loves this old lightning-strike chestnut.

It’s a claim that was debunked more than four years ago, yet progressives keep trotting it out anyway. So it’s time to debunk it again, by turning to the National Weather Service and the Heritage Foundation’s voter-fraud database. which contains hundreds of cases of election fraud, all of which have been  proven in courts of law and resulted in criminal convictions or overturned elections.
I was always under the impression that the Left could not win elections without voter fraud. There have been new cases discovered almost every week. James  O’Keefe’s work to bring the dark rooms of the Democrat underground to light have shown that they plan to bus in out-of-state voters to win elections. I have some 400 pages saved in my Voter Fraud file. Republicans believe that most people have picture ID, that most people appreciate vote fraud being stamped out, and only legitimate voters allowed to cast a ballot, but the Left fights tooth and nail to keep that requirement being put into law, with cries of “racism.”
You need picture ID to open a bank account, to cash a check, to see the doctor, and to get into the Justice building, or to fly anywhere. Methinks the Left doth protest too much!
Here’s satirist Ami Horowitz going to UC Berkeley and to Harlem to find our if voter ID laws are racist and suppress the black vote:

The very partisan Mainstream Media should be ashamed of themselves.



The American People Have Plenty of Plain Old Common Sense by The Elephant's Child

freedom-postDavid Horowitz again from The Art of Political War:

The Republican Party claims to be the party of personal responsibility yet it has become a party; that takes no responsibility for the predicaments it finds itself in. Instead, Republicans blame bias in the media or the liar in the White House, or their unprincipled opponents, or even the immorality of the American people to explain their defects.

The greatest political deficiency of the Republican Party today is lack of respect for the common sense of the American people. “Respect” in this context does not mean following polls or focus groups or putting one’s finger slavishly in the winds. It means that what is right politically (whether a constitutional framework and consistent with deeply held principles) produces electoral majorities.

Liberals also fail to understand this. But they were fortunate to have in Bill Clinton a leader who did, who disregarded their advice, and who used his power as the head of their party to force them to pay heed to the voice of the people. The reason Bill Clinton survived his impeachment, riding high in the polls, is that he understood what the electorate wanted and gave it to them (or at least made them think that he had).



Freedom May Be Messy, But it’s a Heck of a Lot Better than the Alternative by The Elephant's Child

statue-of-liberty-8From David Horowitz’ Take No Prisoners:

Politics is always a gamble. No one can be sure about what tactic will succeed, which is why we have to respect each other and keep our coalition strong, even when we disagree.

I said we are not good at politics. Actually we’re pretty terrible at politics. Whenever a Republican and  Democrat square off, it’s Godzilla versus Bambi. They call us racists, sexists, homophobes and selfish pigs, and we call them …liberals. Who’s going to win that argument They spend their political dollars calling us names and shredding our reputations; we spend ours explaining why the complicated solutions we propose will work, and why theirs won’t. But when you are being called a racist, an enemy of women and a greedy SOB, who will listen to your ideas about the budget? Who is going to believe you when all your motives are portrayed as vile?

This is the problem that not only Republicans but also Tea Partiers and conservatives in general have failed to address. It is why the Democratic Party, which supports policies that are morally repugnant and have also failed on an epic scale, still win elections. Medicare is bankrupt and a mess; Social Security is bankrupt and a mess; the War on Poverty is a twenty-trillion dollar catastrophe that has created worse poverty than it was designed to cure—and yet Democrats can still propose and pass the biggest socialist entitlement and redistributionist scheme ever and get away with it. Until Republicans and Tea Partiers are willing to fight fire with fire, these circumstances are not going to change. Twenty-five years after the most oppressive empire in human history collapsed because socialist economics don’t work, 49 percent of American youth, according to a recent Pew poll; think socialism is a good system. That’s a political failure on our part. We won the Cold War, but we didn’t drive a stake through the Communist heart. As a result the vampire of “social justice” has risen to fight another day.



The Intimidation Game 101: How it Works by The Elephant's Child

Here’s Prager University’s latest video featuring the Wall Street Journal columnist, Kimberly Strassel explaining political intimidation, a feature of Leftist tactics. The Left is quite serious with the whole thing, and they want to eliminate those who might disagree with them —permanently. They’ve talked about concentration camps, but laugh it off as jokes. But underneath, that’s what they believe.

This is only a brief introduction to Strassel’s book on the subject, a very serious subject indeed. The hard Left wants to eliminate dissension, disagreement and  essentially—any opposing party. Or didn’t you notice their attempts to silence what they call “climate deniers” — the ordinary folks who think all the panic about climate seems to reside in the programs of the climate scientists in their university labs, not out in the real world.  Ask any farmer.



Immigrants: Don’t Vote for What You Fled! by The Elephant's Child



The Tipping Point! by The Elephant's Child

angry-public-meetingThere are a remarkable number of buzz-words being tossed wantonly around the media: nationalism, corruption, elitism, populism, reactionary, criminalization, Islamophobia, globalization, sexism, and of course—racism—that all-purpose word when clear thought goes haywire. How many of these epithets can you clearly define? Thought so, me neither.

Donald Trump has been quite precise about why he is running. He wants to Make America Great again, Great Big Wall,  deportation of criminal aliens, care for veterans, renegotiation of trade deals,  some very good ideas for economic growth, some not quite so much.

But why is Hillary running? Yes, yes, she wants to be the first woman president, but what precisely do we get out of it?

My understanding is that the American people are pretty angry about ObamaCare, and even more so now that they have announced an average 25% increase in cost. Obama has left our borders wide open and told the Border Patrol to pay no attention. Criminal aliens are not deported or come right back in. On top of that he is offering “asylum” to Syrian refugees, except that most of them aren’t Syrian, and we can’t tell where they’re from because Syrian passports are available cheap, and there is no government and nobody can be vetted.

There is a list of the reasons why one may ask for asylum. The very first reason is religion—if one fears persecution because of their religion, they may be admitted. Chopping off of heads and being burned alive or crucified would seem to qualify as persecution, but President Obama does not recognize Christians as being among those needing asylum.

Obama seems more interested in placing his asylum-seekers in strong Republican districts in the expectation that new immigrants will vote Democratic.

The American people are not anti-immigrant, they are anti-wide open borders. We have a great many people who have applied through the proper channels for American citizenship, and are parked on a years-long wait list, but those who cross our Southern border are instantly welcome.

The American people have noticed that construction, building and landscaping crews are mostly Mexican, while unemployed citizens cannot find jobs, and the media usually prattle on about jobs Americans won’t do. Criminal illegal aliens who have been deported previously return to commit more crimes.  Canada and Australia calmly admit those who offer some talent that will be useful to their countries.

The corruption in government has been so widespread that there is hardly an agency that has not had a major scandal—the EPA, the IRS, the VA, FBI, FDA, ACA, HSA, FEMA, DHS, DOJ and on and on. Yet no one is fired, nothing changes. Budgets that should be slashed are passed in omnibus bills and nothing is cut. Google “Federal acronyms” for a shocking display of the size and reach of the federal government, yet nothing is cut, nothing is ended, and Congress turns more and more of its assigned work of making laws and regulations over to the uncounted and unaccountable agencies.

The reasons that people are fed up are myriad. One person’s outrage may not phase another who is angry about something else entirely. America seems no longer the most powerful nation, but indecisive, pandering, weak.

The young communists of the Black Lives Matter movement are causing and encouraging riots and attacks on the Police, and they are invited to the White House.

We make a huge deal of new relations with Communist Cuba, without a single concession from the Castros, as a great accomplishment. And just what was the tipping point for you? Yet Obama remains more popular than either of our presidential candidates. Why?

I’m not at all sure that I understand this presidential campaign at all.




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