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The Marxist Lie of White Privilege: Dr. Jordan B. Peterson by The Elephant's Child

We’ve been hearing a lot about “White Privilege” lately, with the Democrats’ shift from collusion to race, race, race. Interesting to find out where it all comes from.



Why Does Race Dominate the Political Conversation? by The Elephant's Child

Heather MacDonald, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

Long before the El Paso massacre, President Trump’s political opponents accused him of sowing “division” with his “racist language.” Mr. Trump “exploits race,” “uses race for his gain,” is engaged in a “racially divisive reprise” of his 2016 campaign, stokes “racial resentments,” and puts “race at the fore,” the New York Times has reported over the past several months.

I don’t know about you, but I had certainly heard the claims of Trump’s racism, but I didn’t hear the examples. The president doesn’t seem to use racial categories in his tweets, or in his speeches. (The article is may be behind a subscription barrier)

The Democrats and the Media certainly do. Ms. MacDonald wrote:

 



New Words Devised Especially for The Presidential Campaign by The Elephant's Child

What a strange, strange time we are living in. The important words to describe it are new combinations of old words. “Social justice.”not just justice dealt out under the law, but social justice. What does that mean? Something like everybody is to be nice? The words are ubiquitous, you hear them everywhere, but the meaning is pretty flimsy.  Then there’s cosmic justice—applying to everybody, everywhere? Virtue signaling is a little clearer— see what a good person I am? I can’t wait for society’s verdict, you need to see how good I am immediately. The one that really bothers me is hate speech which is rapidly becoming any speech that you do not like. This is not speech that urges you to hate someone else, but again, any speech that you do not like, particularly that emanating from the other political party, or criticizing you or what you believe in.  Foul language is fine. Vulgarity is Acceptable, But do Not Disagree. If you know all the important words and their definitions, you are woke, or with the contemporary use of language. It’s easy.

Since the Mueller affair didn’t work to dispose of President Trump, the Democrats are hard at work trying to move the emotions of the voters largely by calling names. “Racist” is the most important, every one of the dozens of people on the Democrat debate stage has insisted that Donald Trump is a racist, with not a shred of evidence. Trying to suggest that the reason we are trying to keep illegal aliens out of the country is because of their race rather than the simple fact that we have laws that tell just how you may apply to enter our country legally and how to do it. They have dragged out pictures of Obama’s chain link fenced-off areas for detaining illegals, especially if there are children involved. Children in cages, especially frightened children in cages or crying children in cages has such an emotional effect that AOC made a fool of herself getting pictures taken of herself standing, weeping, in front of a chain link fence that supposedly held the aforesaid weeping children, except that other shots showed it to be a parking lot on the other side of the fence. Virtue signaling.

There are some suggestions that many American blacks are recognizing the president’s accomplishments in creating jobs. Black unemployment is the lowest it has ever been, and even the kids are finding it easy to get a job. Do you suppose that Democrats are so intent on keeping every single black vote that they would be insisting every time they speak to emphasize what a racist the President is? Are they that crass? Of course they are. The New York Times has a series going to explain to all those who managed not to learn any American history is school, that the United States of America was based on slavery, founded on slavery, and grew wealthy and prospered because of slavery. Useful if you are trying to blame the slave trade on Donald Trump, but dependent on the ignorance nurtured by our public schools.

Slavery was common in the world at the time of our nation’s founding. The native American Indians kept slaves of other tribes they had defeated or captured in wars. The Kwakiutls of the northwest coast made regular trips south to the coast of present day Washington and Oregon to capture slaves in their big war canoes. Arab ships prowled the coasts of Europe and England to capture white women (preferably blondes) for concubines for their harems. The Moslem traders who captured African natives for the slave trade, drove long columns of slaves north to the Mediterranean, and to the ports on the Atlantic coast where the slave ships came.

The majority of African slaves in the transatlantic trade went to the sugar islands and to South America, not the United States. It was exceedingly common for people in the British Isles and Europe who didn’t have the necessary funds to come to America as indentured servants, who had to work a defined number of years to earn their freedom, though usually at more pleasant work than African slaves had on southern plantations. Farm work was very labor intensive. Tractors were a distant future invention, but there were plows to be pulled by horses.  My point is only that the history of slavery is far more complicated than the New York Times cares to admit, and still exists in some parts of the world. When you are trying to blame the president and his party for the entire slave trade, and for rampant white supremacy, you get pretty far off into the weeds.

Democrats are moving their attacks to the imminent recession to be caused by Trump, of course. Any day now the market will tank and it will all be Trump’s fault. Scaring the public into a market downturn will, they hope, cause a bad recession. Trying to damage the public in order to defeat Donald Trump in the upcoming election is a new low, and one of their sleaziest ones. Trump’s tax cuts, they are sure, went only to his richest friends and to the biggest corporations. Economics is not one of their strong points. But please do pay attention to their efforts to sway an election. Politics has become remarkably ugly, and they really should be held to account.



Keep Calm and Try to Talk Sensibly. by The Elephant's Child

The Cry is echoing around the Media: “Stop Gun Violence!” Unfortunately there is no such thing as gun violence. Guns are inanimate objects. it’s the people that are violent. The question is much more difficult, and we don’t really know who is going to be violent and when, nor do we really know how to stop them when we do know. It really helps when you can address the problem in clear language. Stop shouting “Do-Something”. There are limits to federal solutions.

Having misidentified the perpetrators as the guns themselves, you get drawn into all sorts of silly arguments about banning and confiscating, and which guns and why, and why the NRA is evil, and why the Second Amendment should be overturned and so on and so forth. Ban Assault weapons is the usual first bright idea, but it turns out that nobody knows what an assault weapon is other than it’s one of those that look “scary.” And that is true. Gun makers have added scopes and fancy details to make the guns look more appealing and masculine and military-looking.

City people are likely to be less familiar with guns than rural people. Rural people are more apt to be plagued with varmints — a handy all-purpose word to cover woodrats, porcupines, skunks, coyotes, ground squirrels, badgers, hawks, rattlesnakes, wolves and wildcats, among other wild animals. Ranchers sometimes have to put down a badly injured animal to stop its suffering. Guns are just a necessary tool.

Many rural people hunt to fill their freezers with a meat supply for the winter months. Some city people also hunt, and many people hunt for sport rather than for food. Pheasant is very tasty indeed. In the South people shoot squirrels a lot, and oddly, I just saw pictures online of squirrel heads mounted, much as elk and antelope are, which was new to me. I couldn’t quite decide whether it was cute or horrifying. I’ve never considered squirrels as bad animals, but I have shot large numbers of woodrats. They really are nasty critters.

There you have an extensive discussion of gun violence without  any indication about what to do about the violence part, and how one is to identify the violent. President Trump is interested in the Red Flag warning for those who seem— troubled or dangerous. Parkland is an example of a mass shooting where there were red flags all over the place about the young shooter, but no one recognized the flags. There are no easy answers. Human kind is far from perfect, quarrelsome, troubled, angry, despondent, but also kind and caring. Might help if we forced people to talk about the problems seriously instead of in soundbites. Conversation instead of shrieking. So there you are, four paragraphs that solve nothing, nothing at all.



With the Climate Crisis, Its One Damn Thing After Another by The Elephant's Child

About the time one claim about Climate Change begins to fall apart, they seem to have another one ready. It’s meat! To save the planet we have to stop eating meat. All those animals that we raise for meat, especially cows, have a flatulence problem. A new UN Report takes aim at meat eating. The UN seeks expansion of their climate mandate to regulate what you eat. We have to have enough mandates to make the United Nations a busy and prosperous organization, so lifestyle controls seem worthwhile. Are you ready to give up Prime Rib in the interest of saving the planet? How about Porterhouse? Hamburgers? Bacon? (Yes, bacon comes from pigs.)

Climate activists cheer the UN report. “We need a radical transformation, not incremental shifts, towards a global land use and food system that serves our climate needs” And that will accomplish absolutely nothing. Al Gore, however, is poised to profit. He is the biggest investor in ‘Beyond Meat’. And watch out for Cory Booker, who I believe is a vegetarian.

You need something done, whether it is the need for a government, or an agency, and they need a big bunch of rules, and people to write the rules and administer the rules, and offices and departments, and first thing you know they are trying to control everything and you have to have a revolution to get rid of them, or at least put them under control.

The climate is always changing, as it has done for millions of years. It has been much colder in the past and much warmer as well. Scientists have just confirmed from their separate observations and figures that there was indeed a Medieval Warm Period, when the weather was much warmer than it is today, and wine grapes grew in England and wheat in Norway. In the 1800s  we had The Little Ice Age, when the common phrase was “1800 and Froze to Death”.

CO² is not a pollutant, but a natural fertilizer for plants. Nurserymen pump carbon dioxide into their greenhouses to make their plants grow healthy. The earth is greening, and the increased green can be seen from space.

Forbes Magazine just decided to censor a climate story journalist Doron Levin wrote for Forbes about the scientific research by Professor Nir Shaviv, an Israeli Astrophysicist, and  Professor Henrik Svensmark in Denmark to demonstrate the effect of cosmic rays on cloud formation.

The activists who want us to give up meat seem to be particularly interested in the nutritional value of insects, but have little concern for the birds destroyed by wind turbines and solar arrays.  So that’s the way of the world this second week of August, 2019. Go figure.

The Fact that the United States has reduced our “greenhouse gas emissions” more than any other nation, gets no mention at all.

ADDENDUM: I should probably mention, in case there are any Western ranchers reading this, that the picture is actually of Swiss cows, and  milk cows rather than range cattle, and I don’t know the breed, I just liked the picture. They are not responsible for porterhouse and/or prime rib, in which case you should look for Herefords.



Mass Shootings, Phony Accusations, No Real Answers by The Elephant's Child

Democrat candidates for the presidential nomination seem to have decided that the way to win the competition is to come up with a nastier insult for the President of the United States. Which is almost funny, since that is the office they seek.

It might be helpful if they would identify some policy correctly, explain why they thought it unfortunate, unworkable or bad, and tell us what they would do instead, but no one has bothered, too troublesome.

The accusations center around “racism” and “white supremacy”which seem to be centered around illegal immigration and control of our border. The American people, according to polls, want the borders controlled, are opposed to illegal immigration, and opposed to open borders. But when Trump opposes illegal immigration, wants more control of the border, it’s different — he’s racist.

I’m convinced that Democrats are terrified that American blacks will notice that Trump’s actions have changed the job market for them completely. Even black youth are close to full employment. I think that’s why the “racist” claims, because Trump clearly is not racist, but if they repeat it frequently enough, people will start to believe it.

A few Democrat-run cities have such frequent shootings that they get mixed up in the mass-shooting list, although for cities like Chicago and Baltimore, it seems to be just an ordinary weekend. That was the case for Chicago last weekend.

Over the weekend we had two big mass shootings, 22 dead in El Paso, 9 dead in Dayton, Ohio, and many wounded. We don’t really know what sets the shooters off. The outcry was predictable. “Gun control”, and every variation of that that people could come up with. “Assault weapons” an undefined term that seems to refer to all guns that are “scary-looking” rather than those that are efficient. Of course all Democrats insisted that both shootings were Trump’s fault. Talk about “Red flag” people. as if we could correctly identify those who are slightly cracked and want to take it out on their fellow citizens.

The biggest mass murder was on Bastille Day, 84 people mowed down with a truck in Nice, France. Clayton Cramer wrote today that there is too much focus on the role of guns in mass murders.

I am currently creating an encyclopedia of mass murder in America and have catalogued 504 incidents so far. Common methods used throughout our history include axes, hatchets, blunt objects, knives, hanging, drowning, poison gas, poison, fire, and aircraft (and not just on 9/11). Some of the rarer weapons demonstrate that where there is an evil will, there is a way. Scythes. Blowtorches.

Human beings are a quarrelsome bunch. We have trouble getting along with our own families, let alone people who seem to be against everything we revere and have heads filled with strange nonsense. How anyone could reach adulthood without learning the value of freedom and the simple fact that socialism does not work remains a mystery. Enchanted with the idea of making everybody equal, I guess. Unfortunately those who most want to make everybody equal always seem to have in mind being in charge of all the rest.

There is a lot of talk about “Red Flags” – supposedly finding some way to identify the crackpots before they begin shooting. Clearly, they are disturbed in some way, but we don’t know in what way and what the impetus might be. There have been suggestions of childhood mistreatment of some sort. One schoolteacher came up with a brilliant way to look out for troubled kids, which you might recommend to any teachers of your acquaintance. Would help produce healthier kids for any reason., even if there was no relation to shootings.

Zero Hedge posted some of issues turned up by two criminologists who have been studying the life histories of mass shooters in the U.S. for a project funded by the Dept. of Justice, looking for some commonalities among the perpetrators of mass shootings. The article has a graph from Babylon Bee with a satirical take, which makes the whole piece somewhat confusing. Ignore the graph and scroll down to the results of the study of life histories. I’m not even sure that what they have found is actually useful, but there are clues. Gun laws and banning “assault weapons” will not help. There are important Second Amendment Issues that prevent the wild-eyed nonsense proposed.

When people are grieving, it’s not really the time for quick decisions.

Most of the reporting and much of the commentary is misguided, unhelpful, and unnecessarily partisan. Americans of all political persuasions would really like to avoid any more of these events.



Why This Sudden Explosion of “Racist”and “White Supremacist” Claims? by The Elephant's Child

You have undoubtedly heard many times today that the President of the United States is a “white supremacist” and a racist and that therefore the shootings in El Paso and Dayton were because of the president’s rhetoric. The proof that he is a white supremacist seems to be that he is worried about the influx of migrants from Central America. In case you had not noticed, natives of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are apt to have brown skin, so any objection to the vast numbers trying to get across our Southern border is obviously “racist.”

The fact that they are trying to get into the country illegally, that they are borrowing children to appear as families, trying to get drugs across the border,claiming asylum to which they are not entitled, and simply trying to get into the country illegally in any way and by any route they can has nothing to do with anything: Donald Trump is ignoring the laws he is sworn to uphold and objecting to poor illegals entirely on the basis of their skin color.

Lets have a little straightforward honesty here. Democrats are terrified that American Blacks will notice that President Trump has dramatically changed the Black unemployment problem. Even more young black people are employed than ever before in history, and black unemployment is at historic lows. America Blacks understandably supported the first black president, and Democrats are deeply afraid they will lose that vote if they notice the financial improvement of near full employment. That’s why the Left is demonizing the president as a “racist” at every opportunity.

Democrats have a propaganda shop at the Center for American Progress, that sends out talking points and what they deem to be the best arguments for the Democratic Party. That’s why so many on the Left seem to be all saying the same thing at the same time, Surely you’ve noticed that sometimes it gets so obvious that they seem to be reading from a script. They forget to put the idea into their own words, or can’t figure out how, and just parrot the talking points.

Democrats have apparently missed the polls that show clearly that Americans want border control. They are trying hard to push for open borders, Democrats want to offer free health care to illegal aliens to encourage more. Insist that any effort to control the border is racist. They demonize ICE, (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) the agency that acts as a police force, enforcing our immigration laws, refer to the chain link fences Obama installed to control the kids, as Trump’s concentration camps.

You can get an idea of the talking points that were issues with the Democrat presidential candidates who were out uniformly talking racism and white supremacy.




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