American Elephants


A Belief in the Inevitability of Our Particular Institutions by The Elephant's Child

From
“Hidden History” by Daniel Boorstin

“The United States was born in a colonial rebellion. Our national birth certificate is a Declaration of Independence. not a Declaration of the “Rights of Man.”

The position of the best theorists of the Revolution was that the British, by their treatment of the American colonies were being untrue to the ancient spirit of their own institutions. The slogan “Taxation Without Representation is Tyranny” was clearly formed on a British assumption. They were fighting not so much to establish new rights as to preserve old ones. From the colonists point of view, until 1776 it was Parliament that had been revolutionary  by exercising a power for which there was no warrant in English constitutional precedent. Second, the American Revolution was not the product of a nationalistic philosophy.

The original creation of a United States was the work of doubly reluctant citizens – because of their local loyalties and their imperial loyalties. The story of the critical period of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution tells of a gradual overcoming of their reluctance – it was overcome not by any widespread conversion to a nationalist theory – but by a gradual realization of the need for effective union.

Our revolution was successful at the first try. The political objective – independence from British rule, was achieved by one relatively short continuous effort. 1776 has no sequel – and needed none.

If we understand the “conservatism” of the Revolution, we begin to see that it represents the continuity of American History – and has engraved on our national consciousness a belief in the inevitability of our particular institutions.”

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Daniel J. Boorstin was an historian at the University of Chicago and became the Librarian of Congress in 1975 and served until 1987. Here’s a link to the Boorstin pages at Amazon. He was a prolific author, and you can’t go wrong with any of his books, and they will enrich your life.

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The Booming Economy Creates Confidence, And Black Business Ownership Has Jumped by 400 Percent. by The Elephant's Child

Black Small Business ownership under President Trump’s booming economy has jumped by 400 Percent in just one year. President Trump’s approval rating among African Americans has hit 31 percent. The Left, unsurprisingly, is outraged, or possibly anxious. Their constant accusations of “racism” don’t seem to be working. It’s very good news that they are opening businesses, and we certainly wish them all success.

Just a heartening reminder that Capitalism works.

inforgraphic of 2018's small business trends specifically in the African American demographiccWith the Trump administration’s growing, healthy economy, small business is growing and prospering, and among the small business owners are healthy numbers of young, black entrepreneurs. Here’s an explanatory graph from Guidant Financial on the very encouraging phenomenon:



Things Are Just Getting Better and Better by The Elephant's Child

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It wasn’t too long ago that President Obama was saying that manufacturing wasn’t coming back, and there was little hope of getting the economy above 2% growth, times were just different. now. At least that’s how I remember it.

The second quarter GDP came in last Friday at 4.1%, evidence of a steady revitalized economy. The manufacturing sector added 37,000 jobs and has added 327,000 over the last 12 months. That was the highest total 12 month record since April 1995. President Trump said during the campaign that he would “restore manufacturing in the United States.” The number of manufacturing jobs is not yet up to the sectors peak in the late 1970s, but it’s unclear if automation is reducing the numbers needed.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says a record 155,965,000 people were employed in July, the 11th record-breaker since Trump took office 19 months ago. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 2,7 percent.

That’s a lot of numbers that don’t mean much to most people, but when you have a new higher-paying job, or a raise, and it starts appearing in your paycheck, it’s very nice. Democrats complain bitterly about tax cuts, Nancy Pelosi announced that the first thing the Democrats would do when they get back in power, would be to do away with Trump’s “tax cuts for the rich.” Which is the usual party line for them, but someone who pays a huge amount in taxes gets a bigger amount of money back than does the person who pays only modest taxes. It’s based on percentages. When a business gets a tax cut and keeps more of their own money, they can hire, add facilities, start new divisions and do more to earn more—which ends up in workers’ paychecks.

Lefties are hung up on the idea of making everybody equal, except for themselves, of course, because you need somebody to run things. The Right wants to give everybody the opportunity to make the best of themselves that they are able to do.

“The left objects to “things as they are”and wants things to be “as they might be. That was the Obama’s way of putting it. But what they mean  is the perennial Left’s concept . They don’t like human beings as they are  and want to “fix” them—humanity needs to be fixed so they are more egalitarian, nice, and don’t disagree with the Left.” A quotation I copied down, but forgot to note who I was quoting.



An “Oldie” Worth Remembering by The Elephant's Child

As long as I’m doing Constitutions and what people believe, here is an oldie but goodie, with the late Milton Friedman explaining the most basic facts of Capitalism to Phil Donahue, who, of course, doesn’t get it at all. Always worth a refresher on what is important.

I particularly like John Steele Gordon’s  An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power, which beautifully describes how Capitalism and a free people who can act on their ideas and dreams have brought forth a powerful and wealthy nation that is the envy of the world.



Here is the Naturalization Oath to Become an American Citizen by The Elephant's Child

Naturalization Oath of Allegiance
to the United States of America

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”



A Little History for the 4th of July by The Elephant's Child

Life doesn’t always turn out as you expected it too.The world keeps moving on and changing inexorably, and we need to move and change with it. Pause and think about the big shifts in history when one of the parties said in essence —this will not stand. I just read a brief history of the time when Spain threw out Islam, and the triumph of Christianity.

Hat salesman to President of the United States. Some of our better presidents weren’t from the political class. Might keep that in mind as well.



This is a Wonderful Video! (55 seconds) by The Elephant's Child




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