American Elephants

The Closing of the Liberal Mind by The Elephant's Child

From The Victims’ Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind by Bruce Bawer

“For two centuries, America accomplished something that would have previously seemed impossible: the creation of a brand new national identity by individuals who, in forsaking old loyalties and joining to make new lives, melted away ethnic differences. Hector St. John Crèvecouer (Letters from an American Farmer) described Americans as “a new race of men” From a race that, paradoxically, had nothing to do with race.

1944: Gunnar Myrdal marveled at the fact that Americans of every ethnicity, religion and color shared a more explicitly expressed system of general ‘ideals’ than the people of any other country in the Western world. ”

See The Victims’ Revolution


California’s Sanctuary Laws Are Unconstitutional by The Elephant's Child

California’s Governor Jerry Brown ran for the nearest microphone to shriek that the Trump administration “is basically going to war against the state of California.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a lawsuit Tuesday against California’s sanctuary state laws. There are three in particular: The Immigrant Worker Protection Act (HB 450); the Inspection and Review of Facilities Housing Federal Detainees law (AB 103); and the California Values Act (SB54). The Trump administration argues that the California laws are unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause, which states that federal law “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.” The laws prevent corporations and prisons from cooperating with federal authorities.

Governor Jerry Brown tweeted, “At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come to California to further divide and polarize America. Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!”

A Survey USA/KPIX poll conducted last week after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned illegal immigrants last week about potential ICE raids. ICE detained more than 200 illegals last week, but a potential 800 illegals, many of whom are criminals escaped. The poll found that 61% in the San Francisco Bay Area — including 65% of whites, 61% Blacks, 59% Hispanics and 53% of Asians — believe local police should help federal authorities detain illegal immigrants. This is not surprising.

Democrats are anxious to increase the numbers of immigrants, particularly Hispanics, because they are apt to vote Democrat as they usually choose a government that offers more services. The American people clearly want the numbers of illegal immigrants cut back sharply. The Democrats are still calling them “undocumented” rather than “illegal” which is telling. And trying to deny the crimes committed.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew to California this morning to meet with the California Peace Officers Association, a group that has opposed the State’s sanctuary stance consistently. They have to deal with the criminals. Sessions said:

There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is ‘the supreme law of the land.’  I invite any doubters to Gettysburg, and to the graves of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln.

California may top the list of badly managed states. The U-Haul measurement shows a steady outflow of people and businesses. Jerry Brown’s high-speed train to nowhere continues to bankrupt the state, the wildfires this last year that devastated the state were unnecessary because of failure to remove dry undergrowth, water problems led to the Oroville Dam disaster and also to the water needs of the great Central Valley which was the breadbasket of the country. San Francisco streets are filled with human feces and homeless. Los Angeles has tried to tackle the removal of a city of homeless camped along the Los Angeles river. But as long as Silicon Valley is happy, the rest of the state can go hang. The freeways are filled with potholes, I am told. I lived in California for too many years and loathe the state. But many like the weather and the beaches. Jerry Brown huffed:

This is really unprecedented for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer. This is a political stunt,” Brown said. “We know the Trump administration is full of liars. They’ve pled guilty already to the special counsel.”

“This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy. It’s not wise, it’s not right, and it will not stand,” Brown said.

Here’s the Supremacy Clause — Article VI, second clause:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Politicize Everything. Act Without Understanding. by The Elephant's Child

You have  noticed, I am sure, that Democrats are out there in full cry, demanding that any businesses who have had possible dealings with the NRA be forced by the outcry to end any association with the National Rifle Association. Politicizing business is a very bad idea, as I noticed in an earlier post about “The Elephant in the Room.”  If a business decides to get political, half the country will take their business elsewhere.

Viewer interest in the Winter Olympics is down considerably as well, probably due to the young man who went to a foreign country to demonstrate his objection to Vice President Pence’s objection to changing the definition of marriage back when he was a governor, in an insulting display of his disrespect for the Vice President of his country. What is now being called “virtue-signaling” does not fool anyone, nor does it disguise bad manners and as members of our country’s national team, excuse such an embarrassing display.

The Left is very big on organization. That’s the reason for “community organizers.” Whenever opportunity arises, the Left will be there with a group of activists with pre-printed signs. No sloppy homemade signs, they want their organization and activism to be completely visible. The organized don’t really need to know much about the action, just that it’s time to be active with other activists in an action—exciting, and generates a feeling of power. Another example of the Left’s ultimate goal—power and control.

An article at the beginning of the NRA protests featured a photo of protesters with pre-printed signs from CREDO. Never heard of that bunch so I had to look them up. You can go to their website. Click on  “victories” in the header to see what they have been up to. The first signs simply said “Stop the NRA”. The second round said “Another”, then left a blank panel to be filled in with “Student, Mother, Grandmother, or Aunt. ” I would be surprised if any of the women holding signs had any idea of who the NRA is, what they do, or the extent of their membership. Their list of  “victories” is a startling exposé of where much of the fake “news” comes from. And CREDO is just one of their many activist groups.

It is particularly interesting because for the most part, conservatives, or people on the right are not much interested in organizing or being organized. Fiercely independent, conservatives are inclined to study up, be familiar with the Constitution, our history, and current issues. But marching around holding signs isn’t one of their favorite activities.

Interesting post today at American Thinker, attempting to understand the Left and their actions. Worth your time, and food for thought. The contrast with what the Lefties have to say could not be greater. When folks on the right do get together, they are apt to pick up after themselves. Demonstrations by the Left invariably leave a huge mess behind for someone else to clean up. Look up any big demonstration, Occupy Wall Street, the Women’s March (either one), the Standing Rock protests which left behind a $43 million mess to clean up with 240 rollout dumpsters. That’s fairly symbolic—they usually leave a mess behind in more ways than one.

Here’s Why You Should Object To “Presidents’ Day” by The Elephant's Child

Today is officially President’s Day, in lieu of having to celebrate a birthday for each of the presidents, which is just silly. The people were delighted to have another 3-day weekend, and the unions could offer that to the people from whom they demand dues as a gift from them, or something like that. I’m an anti-President’s Day crank, and firmly believe that we should celebrate only Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays, unless someone turns out to be spectacular in some way, which is unlikely.

We’ve had a few very good presidents, and a lot of mediocre ones and a few really unfortunate ones. Presidents are merely normal human beings with ordinary human failings, who somewhere along the line got the bug to run for the presidency. Some, once infected, never get over it, like Harold Stassen and Hillary.

Today, as a few have reminded us, is a day that should live in infamy. It’s the seventy-sixth anniversary of the day Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066  in February, 1942, which rounded up about 120,000 American immigrants and American citizens of Japanese ancestry and sent them off to internment camps.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, people were afraid of an attack on the West Coast. Many regarded the Japanese-American population of California as a threat. They were forcibly removed to ten “internment” camps. Most lost their homes and businesses. Immigration from Japan had been banned since 1924, and all Japanese immigrants were ineligible for citizenship.

Some people of German or Italian ancestry were also detained or interred, but most were already American citizens. Some were removed from coastal security areas, but authorities soon decided that Italians were not a problem. President Reagan made a public apology with the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1998 which spoke to Japanese Americans and members of the Aleut community. President George H.W. Bush pledg   es to “take a clear stand for justice and recognize that injustices were done to Japanese Americans during World War II.

Some people writing about this today have attempted to make a parallel with President Trump’s exclusion of refugees from Islamic states where terrorism is supported with the Japanese American internment, which is silly, but not surprising in the current atmosphere. The Left is currently in favor of open borders because new immigrants are inclined to vote for Democrats, because they favor more government assistance.  The Left’s  only interest is in power, more voters and a larger body-count for the next census in 2020 so they can dispose of the Electoral College.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is usually judged by academic historians to be one of our greatest presidents, presumably because he was president during World War II, and we won. He made a mess of the Depression with constant tinkering and it was far longer and more damaging than it would have been otherwise. And then there was Yalta.

The State of the Union 2018 by The Elephant's Child

Terrific speech. Uniting, caring, forward looking. Of course the Democrats are not interested in uniting. I cannot remember a year when the opposing party behaved so badly. They went to great lengths to make clear their hatred for our country and this president.

Progressives’ plain rudeness was on national display. Leftist comments on the speech were startlingly notable for the total absence of any sense whatsoever and their plain fuming hate. Calling it “Trump Derangement Syndrome” doesn’t even begin to describe their problem. It’s not interested in our country,our future, our people — just blind fury at being out of power.

The accomplishments of this administration are clear and remarkable. No bragging there, just statement of fact. Senator Schumer remarked yesterday that President Trump should thank President Obama for repairing the economy so that it should show such improvement. Obama had no understanding of how an economy works, but that’s why the record of socialists is so dismal.

The most powerful rebuke in the speech was the line “Americans are Dreamers too.” Good reminder. The illegal immigrant “Dreamers” have shown no particular effort to adapt to or participate in this country. The few who have served in the military should be on a path to citizenship, but the ones who are out demonstrating, screaming, carrying pre-printed signs—demanding citizenship seem to have the illusion that they have fulfilled all the requirements for citizenship by simply being here at taxpayer expense. Many have dropped out of high school, contemptuous of the generosity of the country. We are not a “nation of immigrants.”  We are a nation of Citizens.

Victor Davis Hanson had a column a week ago clarifying the issue, entitled “The Mythologies of Illegal Immigration.” It is well worth your time for a straightforward view of reality. An earlier column this month was “What the ‘Dreamer’ fight is really about.” Professor Hanson’s home is in California’s Central Valley, and he grew up with Mexican immigrants and Mexican illegal immigrants, Some are members of his family. He simply explains the problems in a straightforward manner. He also wrote, with Heather MacDonald and Steve Malanga “The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today’s” for those who are actually interested in a solution.

One thing Dr. Hanson has often called to our attention is President Trump’s use of the word “our.” He always refers to our workers, our miners, our police officers, our military, and our people. No other president has done that.

Efforts at Unity for the good of the country, will, of course, amount to nothing. Democrats will stand ready to punish any of their fellows who do not understand that our Constitutional Republic is not meant to have anyone but Democrats in charge. It’s entirely about the power of the Ruling class, and what they can do with that power.


That Was Then, and This is Now. So Is It Different? by The Elephant's Child

Senator Charles Schumer, Minority Leader of the United States Senate has absolutely clear ideas about the problems of immigration. The only problem is that he’s not exactly consistent.

“Trust is built with consistency.”
……………………………………………………………….Lincoln Chafee

“Clarity and Consistency are not enough, the quest for truth requires humility and effort.”
………………………………………………………………..Tariq Ramadan

“On issues carrying as much emotional freight as race—and there aren’t many—a U.S. senator needs to speak with care and consistency. Otherwise he could find people speaking at his own retirement tribute.”
…………………………………………………………………Gordon Smith

How Do We Know And What Don’t We Know? by The Elephant's Child

How do we know stuff? We were told by our parents or another relative. We learned it in school. We read it in a book. Then it gets even more iffy. We read it in the newspaper. We read it online. Someone sent it to us in an email. A friend who seems smart said so. We read it in a newspaper headline while we were waiting for the bus, or over the shoulder of the guy sitting next to us. Twitter? Facebook? We researched it on Wikipedia. We read the news online (From whom?) Uh huh.

We have to decide what websites online are reliable. On what basis do we decide? How do we decide what books are authoritative? Just because someone printed it and put it between hard covers? Or because the book cost a lot?

Democrats are particularly upset that the economy seems to be responding favorably to President Trump’s actions. Big companies are giving their workers $1,000 bonuses. Both Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz have sneered at that—called it “crumbs.” And said that after taxes it wouldn’t be all that much. Not all workers manage to make as much as members of Congress, who get pretty hefty salaries. For a lot of families, an extra $1,000 is a pretty big deal. Sneering is not cool.

Democrats also believe that tax cuts for business is just giving money to the rich (nobody ever said they were consistent) and it doesn’t do any good for the economy, and the climb in the stock market is just a bubble which will break shortly and bring on a terrible recession. And besides, the improvement in the marketplace was really brought on by Obama’s planning and deeds. Uh huh.

How do we know how the economy is doing? Just because the stocks go up?   No,  we depend on the market itself to tell us about buyers and sellers. When a product doesn’t sell, the  seller has to figure out why. When a store does not sell enough, that needs to be figured out as well, and that is why Toys  Are Us  and Sears are closing stores. We hear every day about “Studies say” and “the polls say” but we have to study who was doing the studies and who was doing the polls and just who they were polling and what they asked.

None of us have enough time, but it helps just to be suspicious. If you are paying enough attention to that which you do not know, you can fix the ones that really matter., and if you know that you don’t know, that’s better than thinking that you do—when you don’t.

President Trump went off to Davos, leaving behind the impression that he may be amenable to offering citizenship to the Dreamers. That’s 1.8 million. Really? Senator Schumer  trotted off to MSNBC to be interviewed by Rachel Maddow. He argued that the “hard right” has always opposed immigration. That “Donald Trump ran on an anti-immigration platform,” and “the Tea Party’s—one of their fundamental values is anti-immigrant, which is horrible, disgusting, but that’s who they are.” But not one of those statements is true. I don’t know anyone that is “anti-immigrant” though I’m sure there are some out there. Republicans are pro-immigrant, but distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants. And have a preference for the former. We don’t play language games by calling them “Dreamers” nor do we refer to them as “undocumented citizens” as ABC did recently.

Representative Adam Schiff, Chairman (as Liz Shield says) of the House Leak Everything Committee appeared on CNN to explain that the House could not release the FISA Memo because the American people were just too dumb to understand the, um, intricacies of the thing.

The presidents we choose are only ordinary people with all the flaws that ordinary people have. It’s a big job and we hope they hire good brains and good managers and good strategists to help. Most of them make mistakes, often big ones, and hopefully when they’re done, they go back to being private citizens instead of making mischief for their successor.

The basic problem is that we have only the past to guide us. The future, no matter how hard we try to read it, remains a mystery until we get there. As the old song goes “What will be will be, the future’s not ours to see.” Doesn’t hurt to study up though.

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