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Lopez Obrador Will be The New President of Mexico by The Elephant's Child

AMLO, Lopéz Obrador, the far left candidate, has apparently won the presidency of Mexico in today’s election. According to Telesur, the 2018 election season has been one of the country’s deadliest. Since the campaign season started in September, 133 politicians have been killed.

There are 80 million registered voters and millions of ballots have been sent across the country along with international observers for the election, which could see an upset for the ruling political class with leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador out in front.

This is the third time Lopez Obrador has run for the presidency. After losing in previous votes, he has alleged vote rigging and electoral manipulation. At a news conference in Mexico City Friday, electoral officials talked up the strength of the vote in Mexico and urged the country’s registered voters to get out and participate.

The opposition candidates have conceded. The website says that 12 percent of the votes will be counted by midnight, so it’s pretty overwhelming. The Wall Street Journal says AMLO “ran as an outsider, pledging to end corruption, upend the establishment in politics and economics—which he called “mafias of power”—and use subsidies to lift the poor, especially in rural areas. He said he would make Mexicans better off by assigning the state a larger role in the economy.”

Mr. López Obrador’s challenge will be keeping those supporters happy without derailing Mexico’s economic progress under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Except for some of Mexico’s crony capitalists, entrepreneurial Mexico largely opposed his candidacy.

The most extreme fear is that AMLO will attempt to consolidate power a la Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. But Mexico has made considerable economic and political progress in 30 years of reform presidencies. The Mexican government doesn’t hold the oil power that Chávez had, and a Mexican president is constrained by his country’s obligations under Nafta—unless President Trump tears it up. Financial markets will also vote on AMLO’s government each day through foreign-exchange markets and the value of the peso.

If you scroll down on the link to telesur,  you will find a video with English translation explaining the violence in the election.é

 

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What Are the Messages We Send to Our Kids? by The Elephant's Child

For years, the federal government had made an effort to make sure that black children have equal educational opportunities to students of other races. Well meant, but federal regulations are usually not really the best way to accomplish something. We have desegregated the schools, but federal regulation has re-segregated them in terms of racial diversity. Currently, college campuses have been hotbeds of racism, meaning that everything is designated as a racial matter rather than a matter of learning. Diversity has been the guiding principle not only in academe, but in business and industry, organizations and clubs. (See Boy Scouts)

The previous post cited a complaint filed by Asian-Americans about admissions discrimination indicating that Asian Americans score on average 140 points higher than white students and 270 points higher than African-American students claiming 3rd party academic research. That got me thinking about the predominate messages we send, as a society, to our young people and their parents.

In 2011, it was the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, which ignited a global parenting debate with the story of one mother who determined to raise her children the Chinese way: arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. It hit all the hot buttons, about ambition, intellectualism, high culture, the Ivy League, and strong women.

Canadian professor and Clinical Psychologist Jordan Peterson has risen to international #1best-selling book popularity and ubiquitous you-tube presence with a simple message that life is hard, and you have to face it with determination and courage.

The current message for Hispanic families is that they are discriminated against, and the United States used to belong to Mexicans anyway. The Election today in Mexico indicates that Andrés Obrador, the far left candidate who is running on the platform that America’s borders should be open to the entire population of central and South America, was leading in the early exit polls.

The message to black kids is that they need special rules and programs to succeed in school, and it’s doubtful that will help. Young African-American mothers are told that they will get a bigger welfare check if there is not a man around the house. And the black role models in society for kids are athletes and show business, not the Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, not the Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institute, nor the many black corporate CEOs, nor professors and authors like John McWhorter, Professor of Linguistics at Columbia, who wrote a major essay on just this subject for The American Interest.

I took up this subject in a 2016 post about Minnesota’s Cooper High School where the football coach changed the culture by making the football players “dress for success” one day a week.

ADDENDUM: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr, Ben Carson, who was a world-renowned surgeon, said that he grew up in a neighborhood most American were told never to drive through. He saw bullets, drugs and death in the streets where he played tag and ball with his friends. Both of his older cousins were killed on those streets. He thought that was his destiny, but his mother saved his life with nothing but a library card.

When Dr. Ben Carson was appointed as the Secretary of HUD, the Left was outraged. What did he know about housing and urban development?



Mexico is Holding Presidential Elections on July 1, 2018 by The Elephant's Child

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, is running for the third time, for the office of the presidency of Mexico. He announced last Tuesday that mass immigration to the United States is a “human right” for all North Americans. He is the former mayor of Mexico City, and is currently leading in the polls. He has run unsuccessfully two times previously.

“And soon, very soon—after the victory of our movement—we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world” Obrador added, saying  that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.” He then declared migration “a human right we will defend,” according to eluniversal.com.

Tucker Carlson noted Thursday that Obrador had previously proposed granting amnesty to Mexican drug cartels. and added “America is now Mexico’s social safety net, and that’s a very good deal for the Mexican ruling class.”

Well. That is certainly an interesting proposal. Is that what the Mexican people want from their president? Is Mexico such a lousy place that everybody wants to move out? Mexico’s population is 21,493,000 and growing by 78% every year. Guatemala’s is 17,239,898. Honduras, 8,435,896. Nicaragua,6,261,822. Belize: 366,954. Costa Rica: 4,937,065, and Panama: 4,137,428. That adds up to something like 8 billion, 700 million people. I don’t think they all want to come to the United States, and I wouldn’t advise it.  We estimate that we can manage to accept 1 million new immigrants a year. Theoretically we have 11 million illegal immigrants currently, but they have been using the same number for years and years.

The “victory of our movement,”and “all the migrants in the world must leave their towns and find a life in the United States”? Is this just a reaction to Trump’s rejection of illegal Mexican immigrants? Certainly cutting back on illegal immigrants means less in the way of remittances for the Mexican government, that act as a safety valve. Do the Drug Cartels provide money to the Mexican government from drugs illegally pushed across the border?

Do the Mexican people think that our opposition to illegal immigrants is because we don’t like the Mexican people? Of course not. The Democrats try to insist that our opposition to illegal immigrants is racist because many Mexicans have brown skin? Silly.  I have always liked legal immigrants who want to become Americans and are willing to wait their turn. Citizenship Ceremonies usually make me cry. They add a lot to our country. But MS-13? Drug smugglers? Sex traffickers? If you want to come to the United States and become one of us—do it the right way. Please.



Are You Fed Up? Or Do You Really Want More Information? by The Elephant's Child

Are you completely fed up with the immigrant detention story? Or do you want more clarity? I’m fed up, but keep trying to be sure I understand and can think and write competently about the whole thing.

Daniel Boorstin ( the former Librarian of Congress) wrote a now classic among his many books called The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, 1961. Steven Hayward called it to mind yesterday. I cannot find my copy, but it’s buried in one of my bookcases. Here’s Hayward:

“Boorstin defines a “pseudo-event” as not merely a fact or real event that happened, but a fact or event that is made into “news” of a certain kind by a deliberate and artificial process. You might think of Boorstin’s analysis as no more than the Deep Theory of Public Relations (or as the first analysis of what we today like to call “fake news”), and many of the examples in the book come from the corporate world. Here is some of his description of the dynamics of a “pseudo-event”—see how many aspects of this you can make out in the present controversy:”

1.  It is not spontaneous, but comes about because someone has planned, planted, or incited it. Typically it is not a train wreck or an earthquake, but an interview. [More on this point in a moment—SH.]

2. It is planted primarily (not always exclusively) for the immediate purpose of being reported or reproduced. Therefore, its occurrence is arranged for the convenience of the reporting or reproducing media. Its success is measured by how widely it is reported. . .

3. Its relation to the underlying reality of the situation is ambiguous. Its interest arises largely from the very ambiguity. . .  Without some of this ambiguity a pseudo-event cannot be very interesting.

Steven Hayward accompanied his article with the shocking photo of an armed federal agent pointing his gun at Elian Gonzalez. That was the Clinton administration.

• Here’s a dandy list of photographs of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities that the media won’t show you. It’s pretty shocking too.

• From David Harsanyi at The Federalist: “Democrats Have Zero Tolerance For Illegal Immigration Solutions.”

• From American Greatness: “Delusion About Detentions: On Family Separation at the Border.”

• From Quillette: “Zero Tolerance at the Mexican Border.”   Which includes a  graph to show just how many people are locked up in the United States.

• From Daniel Greenfield: “Illegal Aliens Fatally Separate American Parents and Children.”   It’s not just Kate Steinle by a long shot. Way too many children have been ripped from their families by illegal aliens.



Viral Photograph — Fake News, Fake Pictures by The Elephant's Child

Did you see this image today on CNN emphasizing the “crying child ‘ripped’ from the arms of his mother.” It went viral. It’s a a picture designed to catch at the heartstrings, and apparently, it did.

Unfortunately, as in much of the fake news department, all is not as it seems. As Zero Hedge reported: the picture is being completely taken out of context—and does not show what it is purported to show.

Most of those sharing it claim the image depicts a boy detained by ICE under the new Trump administration policy of referring all people who cross the border illegally for criminal prosecution.

Among them was journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas who posted the photo last week on Twitter, saying “this is what happens when a government believes people are ‘illegal.” Kids in cages. ‘favorited’ 38,000 times (and 10,000 more on Facebook)…but it’s a lie.

As CNN is forced to admit, the picture was actually taken during a June 10 protest against White House immigration policies at Dallas City Hall, as first reported by fact-checking site Snopes.

Here’s the whole piece from Zero Hedge, with “the rest of the story.” And the rest of the pictures too, to show clearly how it was meant to deceive. (In the larger photo below, you can see the little kid’s blue shirt and pants at the bottom far right of the cage)



Former First Ladies Join In The National Emotional Collapse Over Illegal Immigrant Children by The Elephant's Child

The Democrats are quite sure that they have a good one this time. The good one in question is Donald Trump and “innocent little children ripped from their mothers’ arms.” The talking points went out, and emotions were roused and before you know it they even had a bunch of former first ladies chiming in. And if you think that was a coincidence, I have a bridge….

As Don Surber explained:

The facts show 10,000 parents sent their children north unaccompanied and illegally. Another 2,000 accompanied their children as they tried to cross our border illegally.

The facts also show the husbands of Laura and Michelle enacted and followed this law. Not policy, law. Hillary supported this law in 2014.

The law includes this provision: “As used in this section — (1) the term ‘placement’ means the placement of an unaccompanied alien child in either a detention facility or an alternative to such a facility; and the term ‘unaccompanied alien child’ means a child who —
(A) has no lawful immigration status in the United States;
(B) has not attained 18 years of age; and
(C) with respect to whom — (i) there is no parent or legal guardian in the United States; or (ii) no parent or legal guardian in the United States is available to provide care and physical custody.”

That is the law.

Laura Bush wrote a column for Bezos’ Trump-hating Washington Post, advocating for privileging foreign law-breakers over Americans. I was disappointed, I thought better of Laura Bush. These celebrated women who are famous because of their husbands’ presidencies, are forgetting that their husbands had to obey these laws (not policies) as well and did so.  Hillary conveniently forgets her own past role, but she has always been a compulsive liar, she’s not ready to give up the limelight either.

 



“Virtue Signaling” Explained and Demonstrated by The Elephant's Child

This new era when everybody is a victim and everybody else has to prove how virtuous they are by emoting with the proper passion is getting remarkably tiresome. Tucker Carlson discusses “virtue signaling” which is one of those recent additions to the lexicon, in this audio from his program. Other than those who are doing the “virtue signaling” I don’t know if anyone is actually impressed.




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