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How Will Trump Deal With The Migrant Caravans? by The Elephant's Child

With three or more “caravans” of migrants from Central America heading up the west coast of Mexico towards our southern border, there are lots of questions about immigration. President Trump wants to eliminate birthright citizenship for those who are not born to citizens.

A few years back, more than five but I can’t remember how many, a Russian oligarch arrived in New York harbor in his gigantic yacht, anchored and shortly rushed to a New York hospital so his mistress could have an American citizen baby. Somehow that just didn’t seem right.

This election has made it clear just why the Left is so determined to favor any and all illegal aliens who arrive, and want them to become citizens. The issue of vote fraud has been very clear in California, Florida and quite a few other states, with non-citizens illegally voting. For the current crop of Democrats, being in control is all important, and they are willing to go to any lengths to make sure they are.

Migrant family apprehensions in October are up 378 percent over last year. That’s before any caravan has reached the border. The Left has insisted on portraying the caravans as peaceful migrants, but a hundred migrants have disappeared from the march. Someone rolled a truck up, told the migrants they could get a free ride, and no one has seen them since. The kids can become a “family unit” for traffickers, the women cn go to a brothel and the men may end up as drug mules or in mass graves. Massive numbers do not necessarily promote safety.

So President Trump has sent troops to the border, wants to end “birthright citizenship”, wants to build a wall to make it harder for illegals to get in. What can he do? What are his legal powers? Dan Cadman at the Center For Immigration Studies has spelled out the President’s powers: The Background, The Use of the Military, the Enforcement Powers, The Use of Force, and Border Agent Force Multipliers and other Executive Powers of the President. He can close the border.  This is a very useful view of the President’s Executive Power. Do read the whole thing. It will serve you well, as Democrats start trying to eliminate ICE, (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) the border police, and change the nation’s laws because they want to assure their own power. This is a very troubling period.

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There’s a Lot Of Humor in Here Somewhere by The Elephant's Child

James Acosta is Indignant, enraged! How does the President of the United States dare to remove his press pass! Why he is a certified journalist, and is thus entitled to run the president’s press conferences, keep other reporters from speaking, push away a White House Intern trying to do her job. No fair. James Acosta and CNN are suing the president to make him take it all back.

Jim was just attempting to tell the president that he was wrong, and shouldn’t be calling the Caravans from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador “invaders”, in spite of the fact that if they were seeking asylum, were obligated under international law to accept asylum in the first country they came to, which was Mexico, which offered asylum, though most turned it down. Caravan members have said they are going right on to the United States and going right on through any borders, while they carried and waved their own national flags — which makes them aliens, that is, owing their allegiance to a country other than the United States, and having not applied to become immigrants properly, they are illegal — illegal aliens.

Democrats do like to change the names of things or the definitions, to properly change the way you think about those things. If you think about the vast mobs of people working their way up the west coast of Mexico to forcibly break through our southern border, you must think of them as poor refugeeees, fleeing to America, a “nation of immigrants” (no, we are a nation of citizens who mostly came here legally, with way too many illegal aliens among us. Democrats want them all to come in and vote for Democrats, as too many have just done in Florida.

So Jim Acosta, who was wrong about the illegal invasion, extraordinarily rude, and unprofessional, not giving the rest of the press members their turn, is suing the President of the United States, in his official residence, who decides whether to have press conferences at all, and to whom to give press passes, is having a law suit to get more publicity out of it. Sad.

And some are attacking the president as being racist for not properly supporting “Beto” O’Rourke instead of the Hispanic Ted Cruz. Uh huh.



“Enemy of the People” Or Just Failing to Do Their Assigned Job. by The Elephant's Child

The removal of Jim Acosta’s Press Credential has become a very big deal for the Democrats, they have turned it into a “talking point” which they hope to use to denigrate President Trump, of course. That CNN’s Acosta behaved very badly indeed in trying to hijack a Presidential Press Conference was a disgrace. Still chafing from the suggestion that the press was not truthful and “the enemy of the people” he wanted to disagree with the President because he called the migrant caravan an “invasion,” so he took it upon himself to argue with the President and tell him that he was wrong, while hogging the press conference and the ability to ask questions.  Extraordinarily rude.

Reporters are there to ask questions of the President, and get him to clarify his answers, but not to take control of the press conference. Acosta, having had his turn, refused to turn the microphone to a White House Intern, assigned to pass it on to another reporter waiting for his turn. He didn’t choose to give it up, and there’s disagreement over whether or not he shoved her, or just yanked the microphone away. Obviously a matter of earthshaking political concern. Mr. Acosta, if he cared to investigate the opinions of many Americans, might be astonished to learn that a vast majority of the public are concerned about the extremely partisan reporting by the media, and angry about it.



They’re Not “Invaders” Quite Yet, But It’s What They Intend by The Elephant's Child

Jim Acosta tried to tell the President of the United States that he was wrong – to call the three massive caravans moving towards our Southwest Border aiming to take it by force – “Invaders” instead of the softer term “Caravans.”

About those Caravans and just what they are. On June 24, 2016, in the last year of President Obama’s administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sent a 3-page memorandum to ten top  law enforcement chiefs responsible for border security. The subject line indicated the concern was about a terrorism threat at the country’s borders.

The Secretary ordered them to form a “multi-DHS Component SIA Joint Action Group to take on this new threat. The threat was SIAs or Special Interest Aliens. Migrants from Muslim-majority countries were being smuggled across our southern land border. Nothing  happened because of the election of Donald Trump, and most of the agency heads were being swept out of office by the change. There are three major Muslim majority areas considered “countries of interest.” Africa: Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Middle East: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank, Syria and Turkey.  South Asia: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines and North Korea. Media reports, failing to address homeland security implications, show that Syrians and Iraqis have been reaching the Southwest Border for years with the aid of smugglers, perhaps in the number of thousands. Democrats who rail about the horrors of ICE “ripping little children from the arms of their mothers” fail to understand that it is ICE that is working hard to identify and reject those who have been smuggled to our Southern Border, to hopefully protect us from another 9/11.



Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Invented America by The Elephant's Child

A little history for the day before the mid-term election. Here’s a Praeger University short history of one of our founding fathers: Alexander Hamilton.

You might want to follow this up with Hamilton’s Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt by John Steele Gordon.  As Hamilton said: “A national debt, if it be not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.”

There is no news today, only endless speculation. Is the election really a referendum on Trump as some have claimed, or is it strictly on a candidate by candidate contest? Tomorrow will tell, or Wednesday depending on how long it takes to get the results. Maybe we should go out and build bonfires tonight.

This is also Guy Fawkes Day, which I’m sure you all remember:

Remember, Remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Ever Should Be Forgot.

England, 1605, Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder. The explosion under the House of Lords was supposed to kill the King and the Royal Family. Fawkes was tried for treason. Bonfires were lit all around London celebrating the fact that King James had survived the attempt on his life. So it’s still Bonfire Night, devoted to bonfires and fireworks, as it has been celebrated for years. I’m assuming it still is going on. Never been there on November 5th, but I always remember the nursery rhyme.



Oddly, This Is What The Democrats Oppose! Keep That in Mind by The Elephant's Child

The one identity we’re not encouraged to trumpet is the one that enables us to trumpet all the others, our identity as citizens of a very particular kind of society, built on the rule of law, property rights, freedom of expression, and the universal franchise.……………………………..

Mark Steyn: “The Silver Virus: The West’s Anti-Westernism:”.The New Criterion: Feb. ’02

In the Western myth, many have found exactly what they were looking for. Significantly, the images and the simple story of the western legend first caught on in the early nineteenth century, those years when the young Republic, like a proud and gawky adolescent was trying to decide who and what it was. This myth has been around ever since, simply because it has always done its job.
The legend is rooted in a story with which just about anyone can identify. It tells what happened when ordinary people moved into an extraordinary land. Often enough they overcame the challenges that they met there, but the real point of the story is not what happened to the land, but what happened to the people. They were changed, the legend insists—transformed, reborn. And they were better for it. The ordeal in the wilderness created the American, we believe, free-thinking, open, tough, optimistic, self-reliant—the litany goes on and on. The western hero has embodied these virtues and this message. He is us, only a little bigger, tougher, braver. From James Fenimore Cooper to John Wayne, whenever someone has told us this story and has done it well, we have clapped and made him rich.

………………Robert  G. Athearn: The Mythic West: University Press of Kansas. 1986

The framework that the Founders devised to unite a baker’s dozen of small homogeneous colonies on the Atlantic coast proved strong enough to expand across a continent and halfway round the globe to Hawaii. That’s why the British have successfully exported Westminster constitutions to Belize, Papua New Guinea, and India, the world’s largest democracy, mainly Hindu but with a minority population of 150 million Muslims (that’s some minority) who to their credit have no interest in the fetid swamp of militant Islamism in which so many of their co-religionists elsewhere are festering. Of the world’s fifty most free nations, half were once ruled by Britain. That’s the sort of thing most countries would boast about, not teach in schools as a shameful legacy of oppression.
……………………………………………………………………………………Mark Steyn: Ibid

Our county was not predestined to prosper, it did so through choices made at its Founding and renewed every generation since: the choices of freedom over rule, property over collectivization, the liberty of the individual human spirit over the dictates of the enlightened few. We should be thankful for the wisdom of our ancestors in creating this heritage, and mindful of our stewardship as we are called to carry forward this idea called America.…………………………

……………………………James S. Robbins: “Pilgrim Parable” NRO, November 27, 2002



The Democrats Insist This Election Is About Trump by The Elephant's Child

Everything in the “news” today seems to be speculation about the mid-term elections. Nobody knows anything, including the polls. (recall last election)
The most interesting comment I have seen came from Mark Levin, who asked: “Aren’t you getting tired of being called Nazis?” Yes I am. See the previous post on the degradation and politicization of language.

No, Donald Trump is not a Nazi. To the extent to which he is “authoritarian,” that’s why we have presidents – to get things done. And he’s done a pretty impressive bunch of things: When President Trump was elected, Nov. 8th 2016, the DOW stood at 18,332 and has moved up to 26,964. During President Trump’s first year in office, 2017, the DOW has closed at new record all-time highs – 103 times.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 250,000 new jobs were created in October. More people are working in the US than ever before and unemployment is at 50 year lows. In Trump’s first two years, the economy has gained over 4.3 million jobs. If you recall, President Obama said that the economy could not grow at a rate greater than 2% – It was a new era and we just had to get used to it.

The Washington Examiner lists 289 accomplishments in just 20 months. All of which the Democrats hate. But the tax cuts and relief from burdensome regulations have left businesses free to expand, build, improve and hire. People get the courage to act on their ideas and dreams, and introduce new products. I guess that since these were done by the hated Trump, all are derided as evil or wrong, and would be instantly eliminated by the Democrats.

African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have reached record lows. Women’s unemployment is at the lowest rate in nearly 65 years.

For all that, President Trump has been called a Fascist, Nazi, Racist, Anti-Semite (his daughter, son in law, and their children are all Jewish), and until he was elected President – nobody ever called him a racist. It’s not just that the insults are misplaced, but that they are so dumb. There are true-believers in the horrors of Climate Change (think nutty Tom Steyer) who are sure that getting us out of the Paris Climate Accords means that the planet will die next month or something, but President Trump was right. It was simply a plan to transfer as much American money to Africa as possible, and the goal of “climate change” is not to keep the planet from warming, but to destroy Capitalism.

Do look at the long accomplishment list.  As they said, It’s 20 months of promise-keeping. Oddly, the Democrats, always right on top of things, have insisted that this mid-term election should be a referendum on Trump, even though he is not on the ballot.

ADDENDUM: I should add that the reason the Democrats have insisted that this election should be about Trump, is because they are sure that hating Trump and all his accomplishments is a universal belief amongst all  but the stupidest Deplorables, and because as David Gerlernter said “Have you noticed that the Democrats have no issues?” And they don’t – other than raising taxes promptly and eliminating all the other useful things Trump has done. They really and truly just don’t understand basic economics.




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