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Comparisons Are Perhaps Inevitable! by The Elephant's Child

Wilfrid M. McClay, a professor of history at the University of Oklahoma is the author of a new history of the United States: Land of Hope: an Invitation to the Great American Story, which is receiving excellent reviews.

He just wrote a short piece for Hillsdale College’s Imprimis, an always interesting publication, with an essay from an important scholar, free on request from the college. The copy I just received contained this interesting portion of a longer essay.

A related lesson of history is that acts of statesmanship often require courage and imagination, even daring, especially when the outcome seems doubtful. Take the case of Lincoln. So accustomed are we to thinking of Lincoln in heroic terms that we forget the depth and breadth of his unpopularity during his entire time in office. Few great leaders have been more comprehensively disdained, loathed, and underestimated. A low Southern view of him, of course, was to be expected, but it was widely shared in the North as well. As Lincoln biographer David Donald put it, “Lincoln’s own associates thought him “a Simple Susan, a baboon, an aimless punster, a smutty joker” Abolitionist Wendell Phillips called him “a huckster in politics, a first-rate, second rate man.” George McClellan, his opponent in the 1864 election, openly disdained him as a “well-meaning baboon.” For much of that election year, Lincoln was convinced, with good reason, that he was doomed to lose the election, with incalculable consequences for the war effort and the future of the nation.

We need to remember that this is generally how history happens. It is not like a Hollywood movie i which the background music swells and the crowd in the room applauds and leaps to it feet as the orator dispenses timeless words, and the camera pans the room full of smiling faces. In real history, the background music does not swell, the trumpets do not sound, and the carping critics often seem louder than the applause. The leader or the soldier has to wonder whether he is acting in vain, whether the criticisms of others are in fact true, whether time will judge him harshly, whether his sacrifice will count for anything. Few great leaders have felt this burden more completely than Lincoln.



Here’s Michelle Malkin On Illegal Immigration by The Elephant's Child

This is a hard problem for Democrats. They want open borders, at least until we get through the next census count. If they can add enough illegals to get counted in the census in all the sanctuary cities and states, they can add more representatives in the House of Representatives which is organized on the basis of population. The Senate is organized on the basis that each state will have two Senators, no matter what the population, so that all states are represented equally.

Unfortunately for the Democrats, Conservatives believe that immigrants should enter the United States legally. Apply at the U.S. Consulate in their own country, or apply for asylum at the border. Democrats like to believe that letting immigrants just cross the border wherever is because “America is a nation of immigrants”— actually it’s a nation of citizens, and if you want to become a citizen, do it legally, because America is a nation of laws. The Left likes to believe that they are morally superior because they care about the unfortunate or the downtrodden, like illegal aliens.

There’s a big cost to illegal immigration. The State of Idaho spelled out the cost of illegal immigration for their state, that falls on Idaho’s taxpayers. As I keep reminding, governments have no money of their own. Whatever they spend comes out of the pockets of the taxpayers.



Best Read of the Day! by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson takes on President Donald Trump and the 2020 election. So what about the Trade War, impeachment, China, oil and gas, climate change, the economy?



Some Remarkably Bad Ideas from Democrats by The Elephant's Child

We are not alone in our annoyance with the Media and the folks producing the news the Media write about. There’s a lot of disagreement. But then the problem is not those who disagree, it is simply the fact that we are all human, and basically hard to get along with. Unfortunately that isn’t really fixable. We have trouble getting along with our own family, let alone a bunch of strangers who are saying and doing things that we disagree with completely.

•Harry Reid, former Democrat Senate Majority Leader says that the Democrats are heading down the wrong path by pushing “medicare for all” and the decriminalization of illegal border crossings.

•James Piereson, writing in City Journal says “Economic indicators point to continued, moderate growth, despite the prognostications of the pundit class. and the volume of these forecasts is driven by partisan hopes that and economic downturn presents the best opportunity to defeat President Trump next year.”

•Conservatives tend to argue that “green” energy (wind and solar) is unreliable, inefficient and virtually useless, even if we accept the climate change gospel. But far from being
well-intentioned, “green” energy is the great corporate scam of our age.

•In a piece titled “The Left’s Vile Smear of America’s Founding,” Rich Lowry takes on Beto O’Rourke for the claim that “This country, though we would like to think otherwise, was founded on racism, has persisted through racism and is racist today.”

• In Issues and Insights, the Editorial Board points out that “Solar Energy is Good for Virtue Signaling and Not Much Else.” New excellent website founded by the former writers at Investors Business Review.

• The Wall Street Journal notes that “more Americans are defaulting on their student loans, and that government budget gnomes have vastly underestimated the future taxpayer charge.” The Congressional Budget Office in 2010 forecast that eliminating private lenders would save taxpayers $58 billion over 10 years.” Pure fantasy.

• And from Victor Davis Hanson: “Progressive Democrats Renounce Their Former Selves.” “Not long ago, the current presidential contenders opposed open borders, sanctuary cities, and federal funding for abortion. Now they can’t move left far and fast enough. Rarely have we seen an entire primary field of candidates scrambling to renounce all their past identities and agendas — and to do so unapologetically, abruptly, and vehemently.



New Words Devised Especially for The Presidential Campaign by The Elephant's Child

What a strange, strange time we are living in. The important words to describe it are new combinations of old words. “Social justice.”not just justice dealt out under the law, but social justice. What does that mean? Something like everybody is to be nice? The words are ubiquitous, you hear them everywhere, but the meaning is pretty flimsy.  Then there’s cosmic justice—applying to everybody, everywhere? Virtue signaling is a little clearer— see what a good person I am? I can’t wait for society’s verdict, you need to see how good I am immediately. The one that really bothers me is hate speech which is rapidly becoming any speech that you do not like. This is not speech that urges you to hate someone else, but again, any speech that you do not like, particularly that emanating from the other political party, or criticizing you or what you believe in.  Foul language is fine. Vulgarity is Acceptable, But do Not Disagree. If you know all the important words and their definitions, you are woke, or with the contemporary use of language. It’s easy.

Since the Mueller affair didn’t work to dispose of President Trump, the Democrats are hard at work trying to move the emotions of the voters largely by calling names. “Racist” is the most important, every one of the dozens of people on the Democrat debate stage has insisted that Donald Trump is a racist, with not a shred of evidence. Trying to suggest that the reason we are trying to keep illegal aliens out of the country is because of their race rather than the simple fact that we have laws that tell just how you may apply to enter our country legally and how to do it. They have dragged out pictures of Obama’s chain link fenced-off areas for detaining illegals, especially if there are children involved. Children in cages, especially frightened children in cages or crying children in cages has such an emotional effect that AOC made a fool of herself getting pictures taken of herself standing, weeping, in front of a chain link fence that supposedly held the aforesaid weeping children, except that other shots showed it to be a parking lot on the other side of the fence. Virtue signaling.

There are some suggestions that many American blacks are recognizing the president’s accomplishments in creating jobs. Black unemployment is the lowest it has ever been, and even the kids are finding it easy to get a job. Do you suppose that Democrats are so intent on keeping every single black vote that they would be insisting every time they speak to emphasize what a racist the President is? Are they that crass? Of course they are. The New York Times has a series going to explain to all those who managed not to learn any American history is school, that the United States of America was based on slavery, founded on slavery, and grew wealthy and prospered because of slavery. Useful if you are trying to blame the slave trade on Donald Trump, but dependent on the ignorance nurtured by our public schools.

Slavery was common in the world at the time of our nation’s founding. The native American Indians kept slaves of other tribes they had defeated or captured in wars. The Kwakiutls of the northwest coast made regular trips south to the coast of present day Washington and Oregon to capture slaves in their big war canoes. Arab ships prowled the coasts of Europe and England to capture white women (preferably blondes) for concubines for their harems. The Moslem traders who captured African natives for the slave trade, drove long columns of slaves north to the Mediterranean, and to the ports on the Atlantic coast where the slave ships came.

The majority of African slaves in the transatlantic trade went to the sugar islands and to South America, not the United States. It was exceedingly common for people in the British Isles and Europe who didn’t have the necessary funds to come to America as indentured servants, who had to work a defined number of years to earn their freedom, though usually at more pleasant work than African slaves had on southern plantations. Farm work was very labor intensive. Tractors were a distant future invention, but there were plows to be pulled by horses.  My point is only that the history of slavery is far more complicated than the New York Times cares to admit, and still exists in some parts of the world. When you are trying to blame the president and his party for the entire slave trade, and for rampant white supremacy, you get pretty far off into the weeds.

Democrats are moving their attacks to the imminent recession to be caused by Trump, of course. Any day now the market will tank and it will all be Trump’s fault. Scaring the public into a market downturn will, they hope, cause a bad recession. Trying to damage the public in order to defeat Donald Trump in the upcoming election is a new low, and one of their sleaziest ones. Trump’s tax cuts, they are sure, went only to his richest friends and to the biggest corporations. Economics is not one of their strong points. But please do pay attention to their efforts to sway an election. Politics has become remarkably ugly, and they really should be held to account.



Democrats: Pot, Kettle, Etc. by The Elephant's Child

Former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) used the dreadful mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio this weekend to spread fake news today about President Donald Trump’s policies and to blame him for the killings. O’Rourke said:

These are white men, motivated by the kind of fear this president traffics in. The mosque in Victoria, Texas, was burned to the ground on the same day that President Trump signed his order [sic] attempting to ban Muslim travel to the United States of America [sic], when he says after Charlottesville that Klansman and white supremacists and neo-Nazis are “very fine people” [sic], the commander-in-chief is sending a very public signal to the rest of this country about what is permissible, and in fact even what he encourages to happen. So let’s connect the dots here on what is happening and why it is happening and who is responsible for this right now. … You don’t get mass shootings like these [sic], you don’t torch mosques, you don’t put kids in cages [sic] until you have a president who has given people permission to do that and that is exactly what is happening in the United States of America today.

Almost every word of that except ‘the’ and ‘you’ are false and Beto should be ashamed of himself for the truly stupid accusations. Jake Tapper, or course did not correct him. Democrat presidential candidate Rep.Tim Ryan (D-OH) said a manifesto railing against immigrants that was posted online just before the shooting in El Paso “could have come out of a Donald Trump Rally.” He said:

When you have the president talk about send them back and people are chanting send them back and this jackass drives ten hours to go shoot Mexicans, that’s a cultural problem the president is throwing jet fuel on making matter worse. You need laws but presidents are the cultural leaders of the country, whether you like it or not.

Mr. Ryan seems not to have noticed that the American people want no illegal immigration, and the Democrats are the ones opting for open borders and refusing to build the walls and change the asylum laws to help defray the chaos on the border.

Kamala Harris, not to be outdone, said there were consequences to President Donald Trump “sowing hate and division in our country”

This is where we also have to acknowledge that we have a president of the United States who using the microphone — which is probably one of the most powerful tools in the hand of the president of the United States, and uses that microphone that is in a way about sowing hate and division in our country, not acknowledging domestic terrorism when it occurs and in a way that’s highly irresponsible and not a reflection of the values of who we are as an American people.

But it is, of course, the president who is “sowing hate and division”, not these nice folks who are just hopeful of replacing this president with themselves. Well, it’s hard to attack his policies since we have a humming economy, record low unemployment, even more black kids have jobs than at any time in the past. The hate and division seem to be working pretty well to get the country back on track after 8 long years of an economy that couldn’t break the 2% growth rate at all.



Are The Democrats All Just Crazy? by The Elephant's Child

I don’t know about you, but I’m still mulling over the 2nd round Democrat debates. More than one person has asked if the Democrats are just crazy? We do not speak the same language with the same understandings. Democrats believe firmly that Republicans give tax breaks to the rich. because those are the people they represent and favor. The good people, the caring people, (the aforementioned Democrats) are trying to make everybody equal. They want to take that excess money away from the rich and give it to the poor, who need it more, unfortunately not because it will actually help the people, but because it will prove what good people the Democrats are.

That you cannot make everybody equal, does not occur to them. That the attempt to make everybody equal usually devolves into socialism and tyranny from a way too powerful government is not within their comprehension. It is deeply important to Democrats to be seen as good people. That’s why they favor open borders. America is, in their minds, a nation of immigrants, (like most of the rest of the world) and the more the merrier, especially when most new citizens are apt to vote Democrat. America, by law admits about one million immigrants who have applied and waited their turn, because the government feels that is about the number we can teach how to become citizens and settle in.

Note the absurd things they choose to believe. We have concentration camps for the children of illegals at the border, where we put them all in cages. They can make our people like illegals better by putting teeter-totters through the border fence where an American and a migrant can play together and become friends. ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the police force that tries to protect American citizens by removing criminal illegal aliens is demonized as Nazis and Storm Troopers. Angel Moms who have lost members of their families to criminal illegal immigrants, not only get no help nor recognition, but are demonized if they say anything nice about members of ICE.

Democrats want to win votes by promising gifts to the voters. Andrew Yang wants to give everyone $1,000 a month Free healthcare, free college education, are common offers, and everybody seems to want to remove fossil fuels and coal and run the economy on “renewable energy”. Unfortunately neither wind nor solar energy are reliable sources of energy. The wind does not blow all the time, sometimes not for days, and seldom at the right speed to produce efficient energy. The sun is too diffuse, there are clouds, and rainy days or weeks, and both sources require 24/7 backup from conventional power sources, but none of the candidates seem even vaguely aware of that fact. The big response is the simple fact that the federal government has no money of its own. Anything promised or gifted means that your taxes have to be raised enough to pay for it.

They all seem to believe that the climate crisis is upon us and we have a varying few years before it’s all over. Beto O’Rourke gives us 10 years, Buttigieg says the tipping point is 12 years away, Jay Inslee says we have to be entirely off fossil fuels in 15 years, Steve Bullock says 2030, Gillibrand — “greatest threat to humanity”, Elizabeth Warren says it’s “the existential crisis for our world and puts every living thing on the planet at risk”.

They all want to impoverish the country in an exercise that cannot have even the slightest effect on world climate. Certifiably nuts. Parroting what is currently fashionable without the slightest reference to science, history, or fact. Do not allow any one of these people anywhere near the reins of government.




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