American Elephants


“The Great German Meltdown:” Victor Davis Hanson by The Elephant's Child

I am troubled by serious essays about the suicide of Europe, but then I’m troubled by the European Union, by Brussels, and most of all by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foolish invitation to the migrants of the world. When I worry about the future, I worry about Europe, as you have probably noticed. One country after another reports (or avoids reporting) about their problems with Moslem migrants. Burned cars, riots, rapes, murders, but what is the most troubling seems to be a refusal to face and deal with reality, and a reluctance to let anyone else know about the problems they face.

Fortunately, Victor Davis Hanson is often there to clarify the problems. He writes for the Hoover Institution about The Great German Meltdown

Every 20 to 50 years in Germany, things start unraveling. Germans feel aggrieved. Ideas and movements gyrate wildly between far left and far right extremes. And the Germans finally find consensus in a sense of victimhood paradoxically expressed as national chauvinism. Germany’s neighbors in 1870, 1914, 1939—and increasingly in the present—usually bear the brunt of this national meltdown.

Germany is supposed to be the economic powerhouse of Europe, its financial leader, and its trusted and responsible political center. Often it plays those roles superbly. But recently, it’s been cracking up—in a way that is hauntingly familiar to its European neighbors. On mass immigration, it is beginning to terrify the nearby nations of Eastern Europe. On Brexit, it bullies the British. On finance, it alienates the southern Europeans. On Russia, it irks the Baltic States and makes the Scandinavians uneasy by doing business with the Russian energy interests. And on all matters American, it increasingly seems incensed.

Certainly, Germany has done some unbelievably strange things in the last ten years. In a fit of fear, after the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011, and in a huff about climate change, Berlin more or less abruptly junked traditionally generated electrical power and opted for inefficient and unreliable “green” renewable wind and solar—despite the less than Mediterranean nature of its climate and warnings of the financial downside. The result is that electricity costs have climbed 50 percent in recent years and are among the most expensive in the developed world—and electricity itself is sometimes scarce. In response to shortfalls in power generation, the German energy industry for now is looking at solutions like coal-fired plants, buying nuclear-generated electricity from its neighbors, and cutting deals with Vladimir Putin for natural gas. In other words, Germany spiraled from the one extreme of green idealists to the other of dirty coal, while counting on others to export their electricity into Germany.

Oh do read the whole thing, and read the comments too. Here, for once, they are polite and thoughtful. Lots of us are concerned. But the Europeans don’t seem to have a very clear view of their own problems, or they don’t want to admit that they have problems, or they refuse to face the problems themselves. I don’t know, but suggesting that migrants be trained as truck drivers seems so completely wacko that I simply do not understand. Perhaps the American media seems just as strange to the Europeans. They are very interested in our goings-on. The media has become a poor representation of events here, is the European media equally partisan and politicized? Do we seem to them so unaware of our own problems?

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The Suicide of Europe by The Elephant's Child

This one is a must watch video. Prager University is doing a wonderful job with their very short videos to teach short classes, and make us think. There are really important subjects out there, and we must, at our peril, pay attention, and give the matter real thought.

Governments can go haywire. European governments have fallen for guilt. Not just undeserved guilt, but guilt that makes no sense. So they pretend. They pretend that that the problems brought by uninvited immigrants must be ignored, so they can pretend they are being nice. It’s hard to take on difficult problems and work out ways to deal with them. It’s easier to avoid any fights and dissension. But the future is out there, waiting to be — what? You can ponder the possibilities.



About Immigration: Victor Davis Hanson by The Elephant's Child



The Irresponsible Press Reached a New Low! by The Elephant's Child

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Again, it’s the talking points. President Donald Trump referred correctly to members of the brutal MS-13 gangs as “animals,” well, all hell broke loose. The Leftist wordsmiths saw what they believed to be an opportunity to impune the president once again. The “racist” President Trump once again called immigrants “animals.” That was an embarrassing lie, they knew it, but —

Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels.

Democrats are scared. They lost the election badly, got a president they dislike, although they might take a look at what he has accomplished for the country, that has not been the case for years. They saw that map of America with the counties that voted Republican, down to the city and county level. Hillary may have referred to the people who didn’t vote for her as “deplorables” but they were simply ordinary people tired of being out of work, tired of food stamps, tired of escalating costs and tired of the dangers they faced from illegal immigrants that no one would do anything about.

Then you have Kanye West, and some black people showing interest in what the president is accomplishing, and it’s pure panic time. Democrats depend on America’s blacks to give them a solid voting block. To keep them in line, they must portray Donald Trump as a racist.

You can always tell when the talking points have gone out. If every Leftist talking head says the same words, you know it’s not an original thought. The Daily Caller has made videos of the talking heads and their talking points. We laugh at them, but the intent is sheer propaganda, and to some extent, it works. The Daily News was again completely irresponsible.

Is MS-13 really that bad, that dangerous? You can go to Google images, enter MS-13, and prowl around an you’ll find a picture of a man’s corpse  with an unbelievable number of big butcher knives sticking into every part of his body, including the face. At Breitbart, John Binder assembled a list of eleven “animalistic crimes” committed by MS-13. The gang was founded in Los Angeles, but moved to El Salvador, and has torn that country apart.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Trump’s attack on MS-13 gang members, saying, “Does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?”

Multiple media pundits, including the Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin,defended MS-13 gang members against Trump’s “animals” remark, calling the statement “disgusting” and attacking Evangelical Trump supporters. Similarly, the Associated Press was forced to apologize for falsely claiming that Trump was referring to illegal aliens when he made the “animals” remark.

Meanwhile, Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the comment, as Breitbart News reported.

The Washington Post posted a report on the history of MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha late last year, titled “The Satanic History of MS-13” I  have seen reports that suggest that the gangs are active in every major city around the country. I don’t know if that is true, but they are truly dangerous animals, and Americans are not safe.

The sad thing is that we no longer have a media that we can trust. They have forgotten, if they ever knew, the role that they were assigned when this glorious country was founded. Now they are just slimy mouthpieces for the reprehensible Left.

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Control the Words, Control the Culture! by The Elephant's Child

From Praeger University: The Language of the Left. It’s really important to understand just how much we are all influenced by Leftist language. From Diversity and Racism to feminism. The best example is the language of the DACA “kids”. They are “children” ( up to about 35 years old) “brought here against their will”, “through no fault of their own” “yearning for a chance of college.”

The actuality is something different. Only 49% have a high school education. 24% are functionally illiterate, and another 46% have only “basic” English ability. The rest are dropouts. For every DACA recipient who joined the military (about 1 in 1000) 2 have committed serious crimes. At least 1,500 have gang membership (Feb. 2017). By August 2017 that number increased to 2,139. Only 76% of DACA “kids” are from Mexico. Mexican immigrants sponsor 6.38 legal immigrants. These figures are from the Center for Immigration Studies.

The U.S. admits about 1 million legal immigrants a year. Over the last 35 years 61% of that number was chain migration.

Over 500 members of MS13 are linked to crime in 22 states. Gang arrests by ICE declined from 4,600 in 2012 to 1,590 in 2014. MS13 is in 40 states and D.C. In Fredrick Maryland, a MS13 member was employed as a custodian in a middle school. His gang leaders in El Salvador instructed him to “take advantage” of America’s “Lenient policies” to bring in new recruits.



Nancy Pelosi Wants to Raise Your Taxes, Among Other Things. by The Elephant's Child

I have long believed that Democrats simply don’t understand economics at all, but day by day it is becoming clear that is not only true, but drastically underestimates the situation.

Only today, a confident House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) predicted that in the upcoming ‘mid-terms’ in November, Democrats will take back the House and immediately push for amnesty for the so-called ‘Dreamers’ and more gun control legislation. She said that Democrats would “revisit” Donald Trump’s tax cuts and push for an infrastructure bill to “build the infrastructure of America—housing, schools, bridges, water.” You will note that “infrastructure” is always the magic word. She also spoke about building the country’s “human infrastructure,” including education and health care for young people and pension security for their families. She said Democrats will run on “fairness and justice.” Sure they will.

Bernie Sanders goes even farther. He advocates government jobs for everyone, free college, free healthcare, family leave, more generous social security, and probably lots more free stuff, but I couldn’t write that fast.

How does that work? Of course, it doesn’t. Democrats believe that they are the smartest people in the country. Hillary explained quite seriously that they were the enlightened, brilliant, caring and the people who voted for Trump were retarded, ignorant, racist backwoods “deplorables.” (She also said innocently that she had used that line at all her campaign meetings in the Hamptons and everybody thought it was a funny line.)

Back to economics. Guess which economic forecaster accurately predicted growth in 2017? Back at the end of February, the White House released the annual Economic Report of the President. Democrats like Jason Furman who served as the top economic adviser in the Obama White House, say President Trump’s forecasts were way too optimistic.  Mr. Trump says his tax cuts and deregulation will restore robust growth, and Mr. Furman called the Trump estimates “absurd.” James Freeman at the Wall Street Journal referred reporters to the report in which the Trump team predicted 2.3% real economic growth for the calendar year 2017. Which was right on the button.

How do you make an economy grow? Obviously something has to change. In the past the great moves forward have come in response to major innovation:  the Erie Canal opened the Midwest, the telegraph connected the coasts, the continental railroad, and now the internet and information technology. Trump has cut taxes for everyone, but the budget is still way too big and the national debt isn’t any smaller and Trump wants to build a wall clear across the southern border.

Quietly, Trump has begun to whittle away at the power and permanence of the ruling class by slashing regulations and limiting powers that Congress foolishly allowed the state to take over. The bureaucracy has a say over nearly every aspect of American private and commercial life with no accountability. Democrats are screaming bloody murder over Scott Pruitt’s actions at the EPA—sure that he is destroying the environment. He is not.

The EPA had moved to enhance government control over — the nation’s “navigable waters” which they construed as anything that flowed from your downspout into a stream that flowed into a river that eventually made it into a real navigable water. That’s an enormous amount of “control.” Bureaucracies issue “guidance documents” that provide business with directions about how to comply with the law. Sounds innocent, but Congress makes the law and leaves it up to the bureaucrats to implement them, so their suggestions pretty much have the power of law. For business, the removal of overbearing, useless regulations has been huge, because useless regulations come with a cost of compliance. Apply that freedom across the government, and no wonder business is passing out bonuses and raising salaries and having the money and freedom to expand and innovate.

Bad news for Democrats and the anti Trump mob. Jobless claims are near a 45 year low, job openings are near a record high, and growing shortages of skilled labor are forcing companies to increase pay or improve benefits to attract or retain employees according to Market Watch. The lead Democrats had at the end of last year is gone. Issues like gun control and immigration are not working. Most voters are crediting Trump, not Obama, with the strong economy.

The Mueller probe is falling apart as a federal judge has raised concern over the scope of Robert Mueller’s investigation. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson questioned whether Rosenstein’s “directive appointing Mueller granted him more authority than Justice Department regulations appear to permit” because Justice Department rules require that a special counsel be notified of a “specific factual matter” to pursue. Mueller’s team were even searching Manafort’s home and storage locker before Rosenstein broadened the special counsel’s purview in an August 2017 memo. The Nunes Committee is finally getting the information they have been seeking after threats of impeachment and disgrace, and it’s not pretty. Stormy Daniels was supposed to be the final nail in the Trump coffin, but it appears that the Trump voters don’t really care about an aging porn star.

Republicans are not inclined to fall in love with presidents. They approve or disapprove of what the administration is doing. They recognize American presidents as simply ordinary men with all the flaws and faults that means—called upon for a special job, and hope that they will measure up and do at least part of what needs doing. And we call upon the Constitution to keep them in line and instruct them in how to do the job. We seem to know a little more history than the Left does, and recognize that the desire for ever more control leads inevitably to tyranny. Freedom is messy. People say things that you don’t like, they argue, they may call you names, they try to regulate, to tell you what to do, to force you to do it their way — but to be free, to pass freedom on to your children, you have to tolerate a little mess.



We Aren’t Recognizing the Anger and Despair! by The Elephant's Child

Former FBI  Director James Comey’s new book is being released today, and he will be on a long book tour trying to push the book. He hates President Trump, whines like a 9-year-old, and reflects badly on the organization that he formerly headed. He expected Hillary to win, his wife was really excited about having a female president. He has not behaved well, and serious FBI people are concerned for the reputation of the agency.

Democrats clearly expected Hillary to win, but for the most part they seem to be pretty much done with her. I think that it wasn’t so much Hillary’s loss, but that red map of all the counties in the country that went for Trump. I suspect that they didn’t even consider the possibility that Trump might win, it was unthinkable. All those Republicans, a despicable bunch, and most of the Democrats had particular Republicans to hate, but the idea that Trump could triumph attacked all of their sureties, their world view, the things he espoused were beyond the pale — cutting taxes, closing the border.

Republicans aren’t all that inclined to fall in love with presidents. They recognize that presidents are only ordinary men, with all the flaws and faults of ordinary men, perhaps a little more so, when they suddenly become “the leader of the free world.” The “Never Trumpers”, certified members of the ruling class, were appalled by his tweeting, although many of them were on Twitter as well, but a president—tweeting? Clearly beneath the dignity of the office! His speech offended! Dan Bongino, who is from Queens, said Trump talked like someone from Queens who was in the construction trade. Trump told the people what he thought, and who he did not like nor trust. Beneath the dignity…

Barack Obama was, as someone said—a real good talker. Flowery words, designed to rouse the emotions, but fairly devoid of meaning. But people were thrilled, including the Nobel Prize committee, Not much follow through.

I think it’s that map. The Democrats lost control of practically everything, a huge,  immense loss. Their reason for everything is control. They are the intelligentsia. They are destined to run everything as soon as they dispose of the annoying Republicans. They went to the best schools, they run the biggest companies, they have the most billionaires, and all the movie stars, and the Republicans are backwoods people, racists, sexists, deplorables from flyover country. Who even knows what is down there when you fly from one enlightened coast to the other? Hillary thought it was her due, her destiny. She’s still out complaining, but the Democrats are done with her, and looking for someone who can restore their rightful place in the universe.  Joe Biden?




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