American Elephants


What Progressives Should Know About Trump Voters by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson has a particularly interesting column today at CNN, of all places.  It is titled “What progressives should know about Trump Voters.” CNN may just be the perfect place for that.

1. Voters appreciate that the economy is currently experiencing near record-low peacetime unemployment, record-low minority unemployment, and virtual 3% annualized GDP growth. Interest and inflation rates remain low. Workers’ wages increased after years of stagnation. The US is now the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas. And gasoline prices remain affordable. The President continues to redress asymmetrical trade with China, as well as with former NAFTA partners and Europe. He jawbones companies to curb offshoring and outsourcing. The current economic recovery and low consumer prices have uplifted millions of middle-class Americans who appreciate the upswing.

2. Trump does not exist in a vacuum. Many supporters turned off by some of his antics are still far more appalled by an emerging radical neo-socialist Democratic agenda. If the alternative to Trump is a disturbing tolerance among some Democrats for anti-Semitism, the Green New Deal, reparations, a permissive approach to abortion even very late in pregnancy, a wealth tax, a 70-90% top income tax rate, the abolition of ICE, open borders, and Medicare for all, Trump’s record between 2017-20 will seem moderate and preferable. Progressives do not fully appreciate how the hysterics and media coverage of the Kavanaugh hearings, the Covington teenagers and the Jussie Smollett psychodrama turned off half the country. Such incidents and their reportage confirmed suspicions of cultural bias, media distortions, and an absence of fair play and reciprocity.

Do read the whole thing. You’ll be glad you did. Ignore CNN’s cute inserts.



California’s Coming Collapse by The Elephant's Child

From American Greatness: From Victor Davis Hanson’s post there. Dr. Hanson is committed to California where his forbears settled early, and built the house where he still lives. He commutes to Stanford each week as a member of the Hoover Institution. The contrast is notable, and gives him something of a broader view of the state and its problems.

I lived in California several different times, in different parts of the State, and, with apologies to Californians, loathed the place.



Tucker Carlson Takes On the Ruling Class by The Elephant's Child

I don’t know about you, but I am getting terminally fed up with Racism, sexism, white privilege, nationalism and all the other ‘isms and insults that are passing for news and facts in the media and in our nation’s capitol.

We have supposed candidates for the highest office in the land who are  apologizing for their white privilege. The governor of my state is running on climate . He doesn’t seem to know a thing about climate, thinks a changing climate is responsible for hurricanes, California wildfires, drought, tornadoes, and as far as I know, earthquakes and floods, and the orcas.

The “Green New Deal,” a sappy, quite impossible, national program dreamed up over a weekend by AOC’s Justice Democrats was signed on to by almost all potential Democrat candidates, proving nothing so much as the fact that the whole bunch of them know nothing. Absolutely nothing, and should be barred from political office of any kind at any time.

Democrats went certifiably crazy when Donald Trump was elected, along with a significant number of Never Trump Republicans. They have been throwing every vile insult at the elected president daily. Much of the problem seems to be that he did not have the qualifications that the Ruling Class considers essential for a president, either being a governor, or having served in the military. In other words, “He’s Not One of Us” We have a ruling class that cannot seem to manage the affairs of government, are handing off much of their jobs to federal agencies to manage, and are now demanding a raise in their pay. For What?

They are particularly interested in abolishing the Electoral College, so they apparently have no understanding whatsoever of why the founders created such a thing. If they do not understand that, Congress should shut down for a week and invite some of our most esteemed historians in to give them a quick course in the nation’s founding. And give them a significant list of required reading s well. If they feel no underlying deep need to be well informed on the matters that my come before them, perhaps we should come up with something like the SAT which would determine whether or not they are qualified to run for office.

So there!



Is the Situation at the Border a National Emergency or Not? by The Elephant's Child

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Another day and another vicious murder by an illegal immigrant in California, a sanctuary state. 300 illegals were apprehended at the Texas border, In Arizona, another bunch was caught with 160 pounds of meth and fentanyl. In Texas, there are 200 cases of mumps in detention. In February, the Border Patrol dealt with 600,000 illegals, the highest number in a decade. Illegals have been told that having a child with them, will help them to apply for amnesty. The child may or may not belong to the illegals, and once the illegals have applied for amnesty and get a court date (at what point they will disappear never to be seen again). The child or children will be circulated back across the border to help another group apply for amnesty. We have 300 dead Americans each week from heroin. 200,000 criminals are responsible of 100,000 assaults,30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 murders.

In our Congress, our elected representatives can’t seem to understand why President Trump would have the nerve to declare a National Emergency, and the arguments seem not to be about the plaintive cries from the Border Patrol for help, but about the niceties of national emergency declarations, and just who is in charge here.

If you feel the urge to comment, don’t comment on articles you have read, comment directly to your elected representatives. Go to Senate.gov or House.gov, and follow the directions to find your very own elected person. If you are, like me, represented entirely by Democrats, go find the person you want to influence. If it is your own rep, you can also comment at their office in your home state. They don’t particularly want to hear from you, but your attention matters, and they really do pay attention to the attention they get. They work for us, they just forget that until reminded. They have highly-paid cushy jobs and they want to be returned to office.



Have The Democrats Finally Gone Too Far? Yes. by The Elephant's Child

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I have a bad habit of jotting down brief notes as I read my way round the internet on a little grocery list kind of pad, and then not being able to read them because I scribbled.  Most get scrapped. but I keep a few, like these:

Sept. 18, 2014 – New York Times reported that the term “assault weapons” was created by Democrats in order to build momentum to ban  “a politically defined category of guns.”  and I added ARLS
are responsible for less thn 2% of all gun deaths. and 4.4 shootings in schools per 100,000 students—98% not by rifles or shotguns.

If the Left is losing, it means the rules need to be changed.

Republicans “spew hate” while Democrats are “passionate”

Today, I noticed more recognition that Democrats are engaging in pure propaganda. They are having trouble dealing with, and covering up for, their new freshmen congresspersons. Afraid to condemn, can’t approve, but how much of a following do these three have?

Here’s Michael Goodwin at the New York Post: “Have the Democrats finally gone too far?

Seth Barron, also N.Y. Post: “Forget about Israel” Ilhan Omar’s not a big fan of America, either.”

Michael Walsh at PJ Media: “Border Emergency? What Border Emergency?”

Erielle Davidson at The Federalist: “Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Jewish Views are Typical for Democrats’ Congressional Black Caucus”

Byron York: Washington Examiner: “Yes Trump is target of ‘presidential harassment’

Melissa Langsam Braunstein: The Federalist: Democrats to Jews: You Don’t Know An Anti-Semite When You Hear One”



Poisonous Partisan Politics and Propaganda and the Border Crisis by The Elephant's Child

Illegal arrivals at our southern border are at a ten-year high, with no signs of abatement. U.S. authorities say the situation is completely unprecedented and nearing a full-blown crisis.

Democrats clearly want open borders: the Sanctuary cities, refusal to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), issuance of voter registration with drivers’ license applications, and the presence of illegals on most construction sites and waiting out front of Home Depot early in the morning for jobs, among other things, makes it fairly obvious that they oppose border walls and any effort to cut down on the cheap labor they find so useful. Their fight against any border wall, any barrier, and the constant lies about how cruel ICE and the Border Patrol are –”ripping little children from their mothers’ arms,” confirms their partisan political bias.

To the contrary, Border Patrol officers spend a lot of time trying to save lives, rescuing illegals from the rivers, too deep and swift, or stranded in the desert with no water or food, abandoned by smugglers.

The excuses multiply. Walls don’t work! A foolish statement. Why do our penitentaries have walls, why do most countries have walls, why do gardens and playgrounds have walls, why does your office have cubicles? Why do Democrats refuse to support legislation limiting the vote to citizens, and why do they resist any attempt to make voters prove their identity and residence.

According to CBP’s preliminry figures 76,325 illegal aliens were apprehended at the border in February – more than any month in over a decade. A record 40,325 family units arrived. It used to be that illegals were mostly young men who were processed and returned to Mexico within days. Now it is family units who ask for asylum. Now approximtely 25 percent of agents are pulled off the line daily to address the humanitarian crisis, acting as child care providers, and over 1,000 rescues so far this year. There are over 200 cases of mumps in one Texas Detention Center!

It’s that red line! Click on the image, then ‘view image’ to enlarge. From CBP.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says smugglers on the border with Mexico are using “recycling rings” – that is children are passed back across the border to allow other adults to pose as  family units to get entry. Little children are pawns. Family units who ask for asylum are held for 20 days, given a court date and released into the country, never to be seen again, the kids are passed back across the border to aid another asylum request. The “zero tolerance” policy on family separations has just made the sitution worse.



Newly Confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr Wastes No Time! by The Elephant's Child

Newly-confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr spoke today to the National Association of Attorneys General. He laid out in no uncertain terms the negative effects of a porous border.

Barr preceded his warning by noting the rising number of opioid deaths in the United States, particularly the effects of Chinese fentanyl, which is used by Mexican drug cartels to augment the effects of their heroin supply. “The DEA has stated publicly that the Mexican trans national criminal organizations are the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States,” Barr declared, adding “the DEA tells us that the majority of the heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl in this country got here across our southern border.”

This is  very big deal indeed, and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are so intent on trying to bring down the duly elected President of the United States, and refuse to help him in any way – that they are responsible for every drug death in the United States, every rape or murder by an illegal alien, every criminal act, and the drain on taxpayer money from their use of federal welfare benefits, and the cost of schooling for their kids.

Democrats want open borders because the upcoming census (so-far) counts only bodies, not citizens, and the numbers of bodies determines the number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and who has control. The Senate, according to the Constitution, is made up of two Senators for each state, so that each of the states has equal representation. You have perhaps noticed that Democrats want to change the Constitution so that the Senate also is based on the popular vote.

Perhaps it has something to do with having had a  community organizer in charge for 8 years, which gave them the power they crave so deeply. They have always resented and been antagonistic to every Republican president, but this time they seem to have gone fully certifiable.

To hell with the Constitution, the American form of government, and their determination is to find something, anything, to impeach the president for, if they can’t find anything, they will make something up. Is it because  he has got the economy booming, full employment, manufacturing growing, millions no longer needing food stamps, and is a president who is clearly a patriot?

Presidents are someone we hire, believing them capable of managing the country for four years, and then, if he or she has done  good job, we will give them another four. Presidents are neither Kings nor fairy godmothers to perform magic deeds, they’re supposed to use the powers of the presidency to try to fix what’s wrong, and do the best they can in a complicated world run by fallible human beings afflicted with greed and every character flaw known to mankind. That’s why the Founders only gave them four years at a time – they didn’t want them to settle in and get too comfortable. They wanted it to be a temporary job. We don’t, or shouldn’t, fall in love with presidents.

If you care about national borders, drugs and unneeded drug deaths, sex trafficking, child trafficking, taxpayer funding, you should probably make an effort to let your congressperson know that you do care, and will vote accordingly. Call their local office, or go to their Capitol address at House.gov or Senate.gov where you will find directions on how to contact your representative. They do pay attention  to their constituents, because they want to get re-elected. It’s a cushy job.




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