American Elephants


Last Night’s Vicious Democrat Debate by The Elephant's Child

Democratic Debate last night. I did not watch, since I think they’re all loons. It was apparently a vicious time with everybody attacking everybody else. Bloomberg, Biden and Sanders all lead in different primary states.

President Donald Trump’s “Hire American,” low-immigration policy is giving American employees a larger share of company profits, so the federal government should raise the supply of foreign workers, according to a mournful editorial column in the Wall Street Journal.

“Corporate profits have been declining as employers increase wages to hire scarce blue-collar workers … corporate profits could soon drop to historic lows, which could reduce business investment and GDP growth,” says the editorial board’s complaint, titled “America’s Disappearing Workers.”

The candidates are not doing their homework, nor are their staffs. They  hardly seem to know what is going on in the country. Part of it is illusion, about the Russians, the President, and of course the panic about climate doom. Nobody seems to want to study up on what the scientists have to say, if the saintly Greta Thunberg says it’s a problem, well there you go. Straight from the mouth of an autistic 17 year old.

Start with this: “Over 440 Scientific Papers Published in 2019 Support a skeptical position on Climate Alarm.” There is a great deal of doubt that anthropogenic CO² emissions function as the control knob  of the climate. As I have remarked many times before, back in 2015, Christiana Figueres, who was general secretary of the IPCC  (the International Panel on Climate Change) in early February remarked in a news conference that the object of the Climate Crisis was not to save the Earth from climate doom, but as the best chance they had to eliminate Capitalism from the world. And do read the post just below by Ian Plimer, about the history of world climate.

Bernie Sanders, Socialist candidate, wants to eliminate fracking, apparently unaware that the replacement of large amounts of oil and gasoline with clean natural gas has meant that the United States has eliminated more CO² than any other nation on earth, because of the vast plenitude of natural gas made available by the technique of fracking. I’m rather fond of Capitalism myself.  Our huge supplies of natural gas are quite damaging to the Russian economy, and Iran, for they count on selling their oil to the Europeans, who would much rather have clean natural gas.

If you’ve got Fareed Zakaria doubting you, maybe there’s some hope.



The Impeachment Circus Continues! by The Elephant's Child

The Impeachment Circus has moved to the Senate for trial. Nancy Pelosi is operating under the illusion that everyone hates President Trump just as much as she and her cohorts do, because Democrats speak only to other Democrats and are unfamiliar with the ideas of conservatives. They just regard us as the enemy.

She made a big deal of appointing the Democrat judges for the Senate trial. She had special pens made up with her name on them, and handed them out on silver platters. (Really!) Clearly, she seems to believe that this is a very big deal and they will go down in history as ridding the American people of a terrible president. They have struggled so hard to find something to impeach him for. They were so sure in the first place that they would be able to get him for working with the Russians, and that didn’t work, though I think they still believe that was real and they just couldn’t find the evidence.

Nancy Pelosi tweeted on January 14: “American elections should be decided by the American people not by the Russian Government.”

The fairly obvious response is that the American election was decided by the American people. They chose Donald Trump!

You may have thought that Hillary Clinton was the better candidate, and that the first woman to be president would be a big deal, but a very large number of people thought Hillary was a compulsive liar, had been a remarkably poor Secretary of State, was very unlikable, drinks too much, and doesn’t do her homework. And then there was Benghazi.

I have never understood the Democrats’ seething hatred for Donald Trump. Sure he has a funny haircut, uses tanning creme, wears his neckties too long and tweets. So What? He has the American economy booming, the envy of the world. The greatest benefits of the thriving economy have gone to the poorest people, those who were unemployed and now have jobs. We are now a major oil exporter. We have a trade deal with our closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada. The Wall on our Southern border is going up, and the flow of illegal criminals and drugs is being reduced. And he has eliminated one of the world’s worst terrorists, whose plots will no longer threaten us here at home.

Perhaps that is the major reason they hate him. Obama was quite sure that in today’s times there was no possibility of getting economic growth above two percent. Democrats depend on buying votes. Medicare for all, free healthcare, free college, paid off student loans. And here’s this president that they hate and he’s doing all these things that Americans seem to like. They are terrified that he might even be reelected for another four years.

And of course the biggest thing is that they are no longer in control. They see themselves as morally superior, entitled to be in charge, and to have all the most important ruling roles.



Assigned Reading by The Elephant's Child

The new American history by Wilfred M. McClay has had excellent reviews and I’m giving it as Christmas gifts, but I haven’t read it yet.

Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story

Another I like is John Steele Gordon’s

An Empire of Wealth:
The Epic History of American Economic Power

Essential:
The Black Book of Communism
Crimes, Terror, Repression

Communism
A History
By Richard Pipes

The Black Book is huge, over 700 pages, Richard Pipes book is small at 160 pages, but dense. Read both.

It’s clearly time to know a lot more about China than we do. The unknown story of:

MAO
by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

Two from Bernard Lewis:

The Middle East:
A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years

What Went Wrong
The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East

And I like this:
Voices of 1776
The Story of the American Revolution in the Words
of Those Who Were There
by Richard Wheeler

And let me add:
1491
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
By Charles C. Mann



Trump Is a Dictator and Other Democrat Language Excess by The Elephant's Child

Daniel Henninger had a splendid column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. “Democrat’s assaults on the Trump presidency roll in like the ocean’s tides. But the one that landed on the beach today that deserves to go under the microscope. It is the notion that Donald Trump is a dictator.”

He rolls on through Attorney General William Barr’s refusal to appear before the committee after being slandered and ridiculed the day before, noting the other Democrats who piled on. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) raged that “If a Democratic President acted this way. Republicans would be calling him or her a dictator. Henninger added that this is progress. We’ve moved on from Trump-is-Hitler to mere dictator, which is discussable.

Nadler added that what is at stake in the standoff between President Trump and the Democrats is “the very system of government of the United States is “the very system of government of the United States, the system of limited power…”

Henninger asked “When in the past 20 years has a national Democrat invoked “limited power”?”

He added:

Of late, the Democratic left has adopted a familiar post election strategy: Taint elections they lose, and then delegitimize the opposition in the public’s mind to win the next election. …

America’s political left is impatient for power. It is frustrated it hasn’t been able to achieve its agenda on issues like health-care nationalization or climate policy through the normal legislative process, so it is trying to force it—by redesigning the political system to give itself power long enough to impose what it wants. In short, by dictating policy change.

To get there, the left is pushing to abolish the Electoral College and expand the Supreme Court. As power grabs go, these are pretty naked.

That’s quite clearly what today’s Democrats are up to. They would prefer to be running the country, saving us all from the horrors of climate change to secure their perpetual control. Pay attention to China’s electronic control of the Chinese people, and treatment of dissidents. The Uighurs, a Moslem segment of the Chinese people, are essentially in a concentration camp to be re-educated. Putin has
adopted the Chinese system of computerized facial recognition, which he is putting into force in Moscow. The Russians are apparently to be monitored as the Chinese people are. Total control would seem to be not far behind. Live correctly and behave properly, and the government will allow you to use the government facilities like trains and planes, and perhaps even travel. I suppose such control is so enticing for dictator types that it would be hard to resist. It is up to Americans to be alert to what is going on around the world, and what the implications are for our freedom.

I natter a lot about human nature, and trying to understand that which is just human nature and not subject to being “fixed.”. We are a highly imperfect species, and many cannot resist the attempt to grab for more power and control. Bureaucracy is an enemy, not our friend.



Bill Whittle: Mission Accomplished by The Elephant's Child

I always enjoy Bill Whittle’s take on events. I’m not at all sure that we have completely digested the long, long Mueller investigation. Attorney General Barr says he will probably have the documents delivered to Congress in mid-April. Congress wants “everything,’ but much will be redacted as required by law. (Grand Jury stuff and some intelligence things). Democrats remain positive that Trump is really guilty, and someone’s trying to cheat them out of their deserved victory.



South of the Border, the Problems Grow. by The Elephant's Child
March 29, 2019, 12:30 am
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Communism, Economy, Russia, The United States, Venezuela

Last Saturday, two Russian air force planes arrived in Venezuela, outside Caracas, believed to be carrying nearly 100 Russian special forces and cybersecurity personnel. That appears to have escalated the political crisis in the country.

Russia and China have backed President Nicolas Maduro, along with Cuba. Communists stick together.

President Donald Trump called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and said that “all options” were open to make that happen. Other Western countries support newly elected opposition leader Juan Guaido. In January, Guido invoked the Venezuelan constitution to assume Venezuela’s interim presidency, as according to the constitution, Maduro’s 2018 election was illegitimate.

Russia has to get out,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, where he met with Guaido’s wife, Fabiana Rosales.



The Mueller Report: No Collusion, No Obstruction. by The Elephant's Child

The Mueller Report states clearly that they found no evidence of Collusion or Obstruction. No Russians. And we should be reminded that the Mueller team included mostly prominent Democrat lawyers, something that worried Republicans who feared that they might be too partisan to be fair. Democrats are, of course, outraged! They know, beyond all shadow of a doubt, that Trump is GUILTY, and since this Mueller report didn’t find the evidence, they will just have to find it themselves. See Schiff, Nadler, et al.

I believe this is what is called in psychology — “projection”. That is, you project onto others – your own failings or characteristics that you might be a little embarrassed about – particularly your enemies. Look it up. There are a number of definitions, all quite clear. Democrats have long made it obvious that they are quite ready, as today’s crop of Democrat candidates are demonstrating daily, to discard the inconvenient parts of the Constitution if it will help them to get elected.

After all, Teddy Kennedy actually secretly asked the Russians to intervene in the 1984 elections begging them to intervene in  U.S. Presidential election, on behalf of the Democratic party, to unseat President Ronald Reagan. It was not discovered until 1991, eight years later. Sean Davis describes how it all came to be discovered, when Boris Yeltsin opened the Soviet archives, in The Federalist today.




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