American Elephants


Victor Davis Hanson and the Search for Meaning by The Elephant's Child

This one is long,  49 minutes, but I cannot imagine, at the moment, any way it could be better spent. It is brilliant. Please do not miss this.

This has been a national nightmare, with everyone going a bit off the rails, and a lot of catastrophic crashes, and we’re a long way from recovery. Victor Davis Hanson does a very good job of clarifying and walking us through the whole thing. Expectations shattered, overreaction, searching for understanding or meaning, shedding certainty, shedding conviction. Strange and difficult times, and as I said — Dr. Hanson is brilliant.



Words of Wisdom for Today: by The Elephant's Child

Andy McCarthy has been invaluable as a source for this whole special prosecutor episode, as he has served as a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, and can explain what’s happening.

Kevin Williamson also has a sharp eye and mind for searching out the reality of a situation:

My own belief is that this was never about removing Trump from office, though of course hamstringing him or humiliating him would have been very satisfying to Democrats. This seems to me to be more about Democrats continuing to tell themselves a comforting fairy tale about why they lost in 2016, and where they really stand politically. Getting cheated out of an election hurts a lot less, psychologically, than getting beat fair and square by Donald Trump — and it does not demand a lot in the way of reconfiguring priorities or rethinking stances. Which is to say, the Democrats’ current commitment to grasping at straws in this matter is, politically speaking, the best news the Trump campaign has had in weeks, the report itself notwithstanding.</>

American Thinker posted a quote from Victor Davis Hanson that beautifully captures the essence of the Notre Dame tragedy in France:

After 800 years, we were the steward of this iconic representation of western civilization, Catholicism, Christendom. And of all the years, 2019, at the height of our sophistication and technology, I’m not blaming the French or anybody, but we were found wanting and we didn’t protect this icon. And we don’t build them anymore.
There’s great churches and cathedrals that go up all over the world, but, Laura, they are in Poland. They are in Cairo. They are in the Ivory Coast, they’re in Brazil, they’re in India. It’s almost as if the places that are less affluent without the technology of western Europe and the United States are like we used to be. They still believe in transcendence. They still believe in something other than this world.

And so it’s going to be very hard in our society to ever build a cathedral again, much less to repair them, because we don’t believe in what they represented. And it’s ironic, because we don’t like the past. We are at war with the past. We tear down monuments. We don’t build cathedrals. We erase names. We say to Father Serra or Christopher Columbus, you don’t live up to our standards of race, class, and gender, moral superiority. Shame on you.



One Might Call This the Age of Apology by The Elephant's Child


The government of Spain has refused to apologize for conquering

Mexico five hundred years ago.

The new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel Lópes Obrador, announced on Monday that he had sent letters to Spain’s King Felipe VI and Pope Francis urging them to apologize for crimes committed against the indigenous peoples of what today is the nation of Mexico.

“There were massacres and oppression. The so-called conquest was waged with the sword and the cross. They built their churches on top of the temples,” Mr López Obrador said in a video message.

He filmed the clip at a Mayan monument near the site of the first battle in which Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés fought indigenous people 500 years ago this month.

Starting from the Tabasco coast and assisted by some indigenous groups who threw in their lot with the invaders, Cortés led a squadron of soldiers eastwards to victory in Tenochtitlan – today’s Mexico City – two years later in 1521. The Aztec empire was destroyed and the indigenous populations were converted to Catholicism.

This could become a bit of a diplomatic row. The Left-wing Mexican leader is simply following what is becoming the current fashion these days. Apologies are everywhere and expected for everything. Brand new political candidates, old political candidates, are apologizing.

Joe Biden, contemplating another run for the presidency, has been on an extensive apology tour. Mike Bloomberg was asked why he hasn’t thrown his hat into the ring, and noted that in order to do it “you have to go on an apology tour”.

“Joe Biden went out and apologized for being male, over 50, white, and he apologized for the one good piece of legislation that is an anti-crime bill,” Bloomberg said.

The media was most interested in Biden’s apologies for Anita Hill, apparently an apology for allowing Clarence Thomas to be confirmed as a conservative justice on the Supreme Court. If you search for “Joe Biden apology” you will find page after page of his apologies about Anita Hill, but I didn’t see an apology to Anita Hill. He apologized for racially profiling blacks. He apologized for saying that Mike Pence is “a decent guy.”(really)

If all that is not off-putting enough, former Vice President Joe Biden went to the NATO Munich Security Conference last month and declared America “an embarrassment” before our European allies.

Violating a decades-old tradition of leaving politics at home when addressing foreign nationals, the potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate spent much of his speech suggesting America had violated its commitment to “human decency” and other cornerstones of democracy. Biden has said that he wishes to restore “civility” and “respect” to American politics.

The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. Americans know that’s not right.

Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke apologized for his jokes about his wife, for the writings he posted online when he was  teenager, for his writings in Columbia University’s student newspaper 30 years ago among other apologies.

Cory Booker apologized in general for eating meat and cheese and vowed to keep fighting against Big Food corporate interests, suggesting that the planet can’t sustain billion of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture. He says he is a vegan.

I’m not going to continue through the long list of candidates who are all out apologizing for something or other. It’s just the latest fad, and nobody cares. Whatever bad thing you apologize for does not mean you won’t do it again. Things that happened in the past are history. We need history to know where we have been. If we don’t like some part of our history, learn why we did, and why we should do it differently today if that is the case, but your apologies are meaningless pandering. Knock it off.



Donald Trump is Finished! by The Elephant's Child

You may have already seen this video, but I find that it deserves multiple viewings. It’s funny! I have always assumed that Democrats all say the same thing at the same time because they receive “talking points” of carefully selected words generated by their propaganda workshop, but perhaps it is some kind of unconscious mind-meld, or they listen intently to what their compatriots say, so they will know what to say themselves.

What do you think? I don’t think I have ever used the words “beginning of the end” or “the walls are closing in”. I don’t think they are in my normal vocabulary or what I would say in such a situation. How about you?



The “Green New Deal” is, Unfortunately, Quite Impossible by The Elephant's Child

One might think that before you attempt to Re-Organize the Whole Country on wisps and idle thoughts in your first weeks in Congress, you might have consulted someone, (anyone?) who knows something about energy, in order to keep from embarrassing yourself and all the other newbies who have decided to run for president, and just signed right on. You see, you do not know what you are talking about. Yes, this informative video comes from the energy industry, but who do you suppose knows enough about energy to explain the facts?

These are the first two videos in  a projected series of six videos explaining the realities of energy, from the  Clear Energy Alliance.  There’s a  lot more that we need to know, like the wonders and  usefulness of nuclear power. What about Fukushima? Don’t we have to worry about something like that? That’s why I recommend watching for the rest of the series to come.

(h/t: Powerline)



Under-Stories, or What is Behind the News. by The Elephant's Child

 

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez bug eyed

There are some “under-stories” in the news that are being ignored. The big event of the day, drowning out President Trump’s meeting with President Kim of North Korea was the appearance of Michael Cohen before Congress. His appearance was a bit odd, as he is a convicted liar heading for 3 years in prison for, among other lies, lying to Congress.

That would seem to be a good reason why he would not be so honored. However, with the Democrats winning the House in the mid-term election, Adam Schiff succeeded to chairing the committee, and Congressman Schiff has been obvious in his anxiety to get Cohen’s testimony. Schiff is certain that the very next witness will provide the key to impeaching Trump at once.

Like many hearings that are filmed for the public, the new, very young congresswomen wanted to show off a bit. It was embarrassing! They took the occasion to demonstrate their anxiety to find the last and best bit that could be found to bring down this president who was off in Korea trying to find some way to ease the tensions and the threat of a nuclear nation.

Another under-story is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I think her rise is pretty much the Republicans doing. She first appeared when she defeated the long-time representative for the district to everyone’s surprise. But she is of Puerto Rican heritage in a district that is reportedly largely Puerto Rican.

When she appeared in public, Conservatives were fascinated with what she was saying because they found it so, um, ill-informed. She supposedly had a degree in economics and seemed totally unfamiliar with the subject. The more she talked, the more Republicans talked about what she was saying. The more they talked, the more media attention she got. The Media responds to public attention, because they want public attention as well. So there you go. She’s all the Republicans fault. So what do we do now?



Is This The Greatest Government Scandal Ever? by The Elephant's Child

On Thursday, CBS News anchor Scott Pelley said that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told him that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials met to discuss whether or not to remove President Donald Trump from office in the wake of the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. In other words, they were discussing  a coup. These are the people appointed to high government office in the department of the United States that is charged with upholding and being responsible to see that the law is obeyed.  a coup! If you are not sure of the real meaning of that word, look it up.

This is a shocking disclosure. Sorry, you don’t get to plot to remove the president. especially when you work for the president. The interesting thing all along has been the hatred for the president because he defeated Hillary Clinton for the presidency? Because you don’t like him? Because the Democrat party lost control? I can accept  the idea that he scares you because he has a business background rather than a government background, and might not understand all the little things presidents are supposed to overlook, because they’re the Justice Department. You can file articles of impeachment when there is a crime, but there is not, and never has been – a crime. You don’t get to impeach a president because you don’t like him. The Deep State at work.

Nor do you get to impeach a president nor remove him from office because your political party has gone stark raving bonkers. Democrats worship FDR, for saving the country from the Great Depression. But he did no such thing. He had no idea what to do, so he brought in his “Brain Trust” who didn’t know what to do either, so they engaged in endless tinkering which made the Depression last far longer than it would have had he just done nothing. Had he just paid attention to what Coolidge did, which was nothing, the recovery would have come quickly. But Democrats have never understood economics at all. They are fixated on soaking the rich to make everyone equal.

They might turn their attention to all of the things this president is accomplishing for the country, but that would just increase the anger.




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