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Is the Election Rigged? Is it Unacceptable to Ask? by The Elephant's Child

voters-vote-in-a-voting-b-007After the second debate, several prominent conservative sites again had the vapors. Donald Trump suggested that the votes were rigged, and to suggest any such thing was just beyond the pale. How dare he suggest a rigged vote!

After this third debate, we had the same thing. Donald Trump refused to state flatly that he would accept the results of the vote, and it was another hissy fit. He is suggesting… How dare he…. Madison and Jefferson would…

At the same time. James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has some Democrat activists, notably  one Scott Foval, deputy political director at People for the American Way, saying they had been busing people in from other states to vote illegally, for fifty years. They “manipulated the vote” and devised extensive methods of avoiding suspicion. (If  you have not watched the two videos, you should.) After the videos were released, Scott Foval and Bob Creamer were fired. It was noticed that Bob Creamer had visited the White House 342 times. To talk to whom? A Wikileaks Podesta email says it’s OK for illegal aliens to vote if they have a driver’s license. The top election official in Indiana says she has found thousands more incidents of what she characterized as potential “voter fraud.” Several states have noted dead people voting. New Yorkers who have a second home in Florida end up voting in both states. But suggesting a rigged vote is unacceptable?

Republicans have tried to clear up suspicions of vote fraud by requiring photo ID to vote. You cannot enter the Justice building without photo ID, buy an airline ticket, write a check, open a bank account  or visit the doctor, but the very suggestion that you should have photo ID to vote, elicits screams of “Racism” from the Democrats.

So please explain why it is supposed to be shocking that Donald Trump would suggest that the media is rigging the election, or that failing to say he would immediately accept the results of the election is beyond question, and unacceptable.

Here in Washington State we have been forced to accept a mail-in ballot system, one that most poll watchers say is most ripe for fraud. That came after there was a huge scandal when Christine Gregoire was elected on the third re-count after a new package of ballots was found in a back room somewhere or other. We have seen  years when, gosh, those military ballots just didn’t get back from overseas in time to be counted.

Each of us American citizens have a single vote, and we really want it to be counted. It is inconceivable that some people just don’t bother voting. And we really do expect a clean and fair election.

How Can You Trust Anyone Who Has a ‘Public Position’ and a ‘Private Position’ on The Same Issues? by The Elephant's Child

hillary-clinton-4Hillary fairly recently famously said that she has, like everyone else, ‘public positions’ on issues and ‘private positions.’ I don’t know if that is like everyone else. I have public positions, and if I privately think something other than that, I keep my mouth shut, or risk an argument, don’t you? Although there are reports that most people have lost friends over this election.

There is a commercial that airs frequently on the radio in which Hillary says “Donald Trump is running a campaign based on insults,” “I believe in treating people with respect.” Sure she does. It has been extensively detailed that as First Lady, she treated the Secret Service agents assigned to protect her with their lives like dirt, screaming at them if they even ventured to say “good morning.” She addressed them when they displeased her as “S**t-kicking-mother-F******s. It appears that she hasn’t changed. Her treatment of State Department security people was so bad that State Department security personnel refused to work for her and they had to assign new recruits to her team.

Wikileaks has captured another moment when Hillary was doing the public/private thing. It’s just so complicated when you are trying to please everybody. Having an actual position is sure to offend someone. In this case it was pipelines. Hillary opposed a New Hampshire natural gas pipeline (New England needs more natural gas since they are shutting down nuclear plants and relying far too much on wind), but she privately told the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)that she was for a pipeline,as a pipeline project provides real jobs for lots of laborers though such jobs are temporary.

She has privately told the building trades that she does not oppose pipelines,” Budzinski wrote. “Can we outline instances where a pipeline would have her support?”

“They are also concerned that she committed to not making pipeline by pipeline decisions and it now appears she is breaking to pressure and doing just that,” she wrote, referring to LIUNA’s concern Clinton was turning against her broad support for pipelines.

Gives you a whole lot of confidence, doesn’t it?


“The Institutional Left Is Conspiring to Produce an Unaware and Compliant Citizenry” by The Elephant's Child


So far we have learned that the fact-checkers don’t really check the facts—their answers are usually wrong. Lots of superlatives: the best, the worst, the most, the least, true evil, total hogwash. Lots of propaganda. What can you believe? Who is telling the truth? Is there any truth anymore? The disclosures from Wikileaks continue to arrive.

Back on April 10, 2015. a memo came out about an off-the-record cocktail party for influential reporters, anchors and editors. The purpose was to give reporters and their editors their first thoughts from team HRC in advance of the announcement and launch period. They would be framing the HRC message and framing the race.  Reporters who had RSVPd were Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopolus, Jon Karl, John Heilman, Mark Halperin, Norah O’Donnell, and many more.

We learned from the released emails that team Hillary hoped to end up with Ben Carson, Ted Cruz or Donald Trump as the Republican candidate and the easiest to defeat. I’m sure that it is simply a coincidence that at the Republican debates with seventeen candidates, very successful governors or members of the Senate or the House, and one female CEO, the media coverage went mostly to just one candidate, and the rest struggled for a chance to speak.

The Podesta emails show team HRC openly debating in emails how to cover-up the Benghazi emails. They know how bad they are and want to get a more favorable narrative out there before the committee learns about it.

There was an allegation that the FBI was offered plum assignments for their agents overseas if they would just look the other way when investigating the Hillary emails. And other allegations that Obama, who had said he didn’t even have Hillary’s email address, was corresponding with her regularly under an assumed name.

The released emails show close cooperation with the media and deference to the campaign. Another features one of Podesta’s colleagues from the Center for American Progress admitting that the institutional left “conspires to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry” ostensibly to impose their radical agenda on us without much resistance.

Hillary told Goldman Sachs executives that Americans who want to limit immigration are “fundamentally un-American” according to the leaked transcript of her October 2013 speech made public by Wikileaks. And she’s all for the H-1B program of importing foreign workers.

Hillary gets the questions for an interview before it happens so she can prepare. She gets the scripts before a TV appearance.  Editors give her team a chance to edit their reports before they are disseminated. The State Department coordinated their release of emails with the campaign, The Podesta emails suggest there should be a Catholic spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.

The leaks certainly prove just what Hillary claimed that there is a public persona and a private one. Probably the very reason she decided on a private server at her home in defiance of federal regulations was to try to be sure that the private persona never got exposed to the vast right-wing conspiracy. If you’re not trying to get rich on the taxpayer’s dime through illegal methods, you don’t have to worry that much about exposure.

There’s a reason why they are called public servants—they are supposed to report to us. They are required by law to save their records which are to be available to the public, on demand. There’s a reason why “government corruption” is the number one real fear among the American people.

Behind the Scenes of the Clinton Campaign, Leaving Nothing to Chance. by The Elephant's Child

Every time you think this campaign season can’t possibly get any weirder—it does. Today James O’Keefe and Project Veritas Action released a first video revealing that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee are taking credit for instigating violence at several Republican events (think starting a riot) during the 2016 election cycle.

They call it  “bird dogging”—they plan confrontations in advance, choose the individuals to provoke, and work to maximize media coverage from a compliant media. They are staging very authentic grassroots protests right in Republican faces at their own events. It’s all coordinated with the Clinton campaign, but they make sure there is “plausible deniability” for the campaign. It’s all very complicated. These people are”consultants” in unofficial roles to avoid violating the law by coordinating directly.

The object, of course, is to create the “desired perception” that Trump is dangerous and divisive, undermines American values and makes our national security questionable. Trump supporters have frequently been attacked by left-wing mobs. Apparently much of it is staged to create negative impressions about the Trump candidacy, and rig the election.The tactic often uses more vulnerable people, the elderly or disabled, to create more shock value. These are not nice people, but they are quite serious.

“Just Think of the Media as Democrat Operatives With Bylines, And It All Makes Sense.” by The Elephant's Child

14753383_10154577228148834_1510771865406524406_o-640x477Deep into a political campaign, tempers are lost, friends are lost. In Hillsborough, North Carolina, there was an arson attack at a Republican Party office. Major damage and destruction from a firebomb attack. No loss of life.  The explosive device was thrown through a window of the office, and the words “Nazi Republicans, leave town or else” were painted on a nearby building. “Nazi Republicans?” That’s a new one, although “Nazi” has come to be a sort of all-purpose epithet, particularly for those completely unfamiliar with history.

This year seems to be the worst one in my memory for hate and anger. One wonders if people are actually aware of the issues. Do they understand what all the fuss about emails is, and why there is so much  talk of putting Hillary in jail, which seems outrageous. The Clinton campaign has made it clear that they have no respect for ordinary American citizens, called them “Deplorables,” Bill Clinton essentially called them Southern White Trash.

The leaks of emails from Wikileaks are painting a difficult picture of the Clinton Campaign. John Podesta is Hillary’s Campaign Chairman, and his leaked emails make it clear that even early on, Hillary wanted to run against one of these three: Ben Carson, Ted Crus or Donald Trump, as the easiest for her to defeat. In the early debates with the absurd Republican bench of 17 candidates, did you wonder why all the attention went to Donald Trump, and the other 16 had a hard time getting a chance to speak at all? As Instapundit says quite regularly, “If you think of the media as Democrat operatives with bylines, it all makes sense.”

Have you bought a copy of Clinton Cash, Peter Schweizer’s 2015 book about how Bill and Hillary Clinton went from “Dead Broke” to multimillionaires? Its also out in a graphic novel form. I haven’t, but was fascinated with Gini Thomas’s interview with Peter Schweizer, in two parts. The second part is here. Mrs. Thomas is an excellent interviewer and Peter Schweizer’s story of the investigation is certainly worth your time. Though if you have been following the revelations from Wikileaks, nothing is really a surprise. No wonder sixty-one percent of Americans say their biggest worry is “government corruption.”

We have had misbehaving government bureucrats before, but never at this scale, and never with the approval of the government itself.

Faux Outrage, Faux Fact Checkers, American Culture Today. by The Elephant's Child

static2-politico-comLast night, everyone agreed that Donald Trump had won the debate with Hillary Clinton. Today the “Fact Checkers” chimed in to suggest that anything Donald Trump has said was false. Hillary Clinton turned to all the great things ObamaCare had achieved,  she claimed to the approval of every “fact-checker,” but it isn’t true. That number came from a March 2016 report that came from the Obama Administration.

So today the flap is all about Trump’s “threatening to jail a political opponent” which is “anti-democratic and anti-American.” Others in the media said it was a case of banana-republic criminalization of politics.  Andy McCarthy wrote:

Donald Trump did memorably say that Hillary Clinton “would be in jail” if he were president; but what he actually vowed to do was appoint a “special prosecutor” to look into Mrs. Clinton’s “situation” — by which he was obviously referring to the e-mail scandal.

The Obama Justice Department’s “investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal” was the real banana-republic event. It was a clear statement that some people are above the law after all. This was a case of criminal misconduct for which others who commit similar felonies go to jail.

Congressional Republicans promptly got the vapors and were absolutely shocked, shocked that anyone would actually say the p-word out loud. Madonna has been doing remarkably vulgar shows for years. See also Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Congress regularly has its scandals and sexual misconduct is usually among them. Sexual misconduct in Washington D.C.? Really?

What I find most annoying is that the American people have watched President Obama ignore the Constitution, circumvent the Constitution, and run the government of the United States by executive orders — and Congress could not seem to find any way to stop him. That simple fact accounts for much of the rise of Donald Trump. The people wanted someone who would not be afraid to fight back.

See Heather MacDonald’s “Trumped-Up Outrage” from City Journal.

Did You Hear What Hillary…Of Course You Didn’t. The Only News Was That Trump Said Something Crude. by The Elephant's Child

More releases of Hillary e-mails, and more than 2,500 e-mails from John Podesta, Hillary’s Campaign Chairman*, were released by Wikileaks, with more promised. The Podesta e-mails included excerpts from Hillary’s speeches to Wall Street groups. Podesta was a former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, a longtime antiwar activist of the New Left, and is currently the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. His most lasting contribution to the Left’s cause was:

his promotion of a strategy that White House aides dubbed “Project Podesta.” This was a system that enabled the Clintons to push through unpopular policies that neither Congress nor the American people wanted. Its implementation marked a dramatic tilt in the balance of power, giving the executive branch an unprecedented ability to force its will on the legislative branch.

Project Podesta enabled the President to bypass Congress through the use of executive orders, presidential decision directives, White-House-sponsored lawsuits, vacancy appointments to high federal office, selective regulatory actions against targeted corporations, and a host of other extra-constitutional tactics.

Hillary went to ground, and lo and behold, an audio of Donald Trump being crude about women surfaced just in time to keep the media talking about the awfulness of Trump and overshadowing anything that Hillary might have said in those speeches she was so reluctant to talk about. Just a coincidence of course.

Donald Trump is a flawed candidate, not my first choice, nor the first choice of many others. The fact that he said something crude about a woman in a tape from 2005 in a private conversation with another man is not exactly a surprise. We all knew that Trump was frequently crude. Hillary said in a 2013 “private” speech to the National Multifamily Housing Council that it was important to hold two positions on political issues — a “public” one and a separate “private” one. That’s hardly a surprise either.  We all knew that her public pronouncements were just for public consumption. Truth and accuracy are not among her better known characteristics.

The reaction from major Republicans has been outrage and horror that they might get tarnished with the effluent from Trump’s “shocking” remarks. There seems to be some extra importance to the fact that his crude remarks were about women. Would there be as much outrage if he had made crude remarks about men? Or don’t the advances women have made in the way of equality count when they require the extra consideration due simply because they are female?

Donald Trump is not the first politician to make crude remarks. I give you LBJ, who was remarkably crude, And Bill Clinton has been accused of far, far worse. Hillary told executives at a Brazilian bank in a private speech that:

My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,” Clinton says in an excerpt from a speech to Unibanco Itau, a Brazilian bank. “We have to resists protectionism [and] other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade.”

The EU has been such a colossal failure that it’s hard to imagine anyone actually believing a common market in this hemisphere would be desirable. Free markets and trade, of course, but a common market run by the usual corrupt and unaccountable bureaucrats — is one of the dumber ideas I’ve ever heard. No wonder she didn’t want anyone to know what she said in her speeches, to get such big donations for the Clinton Foundation.

Donald Trump has said some rude things, that he shouldn’t have said. Hillary has played fast and loose with our national secrets to get enough payola to afford her walled estate, and the lifestyle among the rich and famous that is so important to her. I was astounded the other day when I heard a woman on a radio show remark that” Hillary had done so much for women.” I couldn’t imagine what she was talking about.

Like so many on the Left, Hillary believes that the recession (the worst since the Great Depression) was caused by George W. Bush’s tax cuts. Collapse of the Housing Bubble? Never heard of it. They also believe firmly that extended unemployment benefits and food stamps help to grow the economy — which is apparently why we have had such a marvelous recovery. Taxes, especially on the rich, bring lots of “government money” which when spent on, oh, global warming and  welfare benefits and food stamps, circulates through the economy, growing as it passes through each hand. Nancy Pelosi explained the economics carefully in a speech at the Brookings Institution. You can look it up.

*I said John Podesta was Hillary’s campaign manager. That was incorrect. He is Campaign Chairman. Campaign Manager is Robert Mook. Corrected.

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