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How Long Must We Endure Democrats’ Corrupt Impeachment Circus? by The Elephant's Child

Pelosi Nadler

[Correction: An earlier version of this post referred to Adam Schiff running the new impeachment hearing instead of Jerry Nadler. We had gotten in the habit of writing about Mr. Schiff. We regret the error.]

After huge press buildup and boundless enthusiasm in every newsroom, Democrat Judiciary Committee Chairman, Jerry Nadler, opened the first day of the impeachment hearing that Democrats have been plotting since before President Trump was even inaugurated. Clearly, Mr. Nadler was trying to build up a dramatic, scholarly case for impeachment, but what ensued was instead a rather embarrassing illustration that even Democrats’ most scholarly experts are little more than angry, petty partisans.

He brought in several law professors, assuming, I guess that Professors of Law would outrank and overpower plain old lawyers, but the professors merely followed the hard left discipline of American universities.  The central idea seems to be that the president is guilty of violating the system of checks and balances and is therefore a threat to the Constitution.  President Trump’s release of aid to Ukraine apparently depended on getting information on his 2020 opponent, Joe Biden. Interestingly, the name of the said opponent was never mentioned as far as I could tell, so the emphasis was not on the name but on the opponent part.

I suspect that a lot of Americans were appalled when they learned that the son of the Vice President of the United States who was in charge of aid to Ukraine, had been hired by Burisma, who paid him 38 monthly payments of $83,333.00 each although he had no qualifications whatsoever for the position, except his father’s last name. Hunter Biden didn’t know anything about the business, the industry, the country, nor did he even speak the language. Interestingly in the Schiff committee hearing, nobody mentioned the name of the 2020 opponent who has not yet been chosen or nominated. A thoroughly strange hearing.

If they had any sense, the Democrats would concentrate on trying to defeat President Trump at the ballot box, as the law prescribes, rather than the current sideshow.

There is currently a group of psychiatrists who are trying to get up an organization to encourage impeachment because they think , supposedly, that the president is clearly mentally ill.  In other words, he’s a Republican.

It must be galling to the Democrats that the economy is booming, unemployment has dropped to the lowest level in years, household income is up, President Trump has just reminded the other members of NATO that they have agreed to cough up the amount that they promised to contribute.

Most Americans have respect for the Constitution and realize that impeachment should be reserved for real and deep misconduct. This is not going to end well for anyone.



And A Quest For Freedom From Hong Kong by The Elephant's Child

On Thanksgiving evening, Hong Kong Protesters decided to sing the American National Anthem as a gesture of thanks for President Trump signing two bills into law on Wednesday that condemned China. When they finished with the Star Spangled Banner, they chanted “USA, USA, USA.”

Seems to me that we sometimes forget that our USA is about freedom. Perhaps I should capitalize that: Freedom. That plucky bunch who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 were searching for Freedom. They were followed by the Winthrop Fleet in 1630 who established the Bay Colony.

The early settlers who first pushed out from the coast, and those who were looking for more freedom pushed on across the Alleghenies, and more pushed on and on until they reached the other ocean.

Lewis and Clark, the Homestead Act, farmers taming wild prairie, always a push for  more freedom. We accept government gingerly, as a necessary evil, and try to keep it in line. All over the world, the people are pushing back against government and against those who would interfere with their desire to be free. It is simply basic human nature. It’s all very complicated, but if the United States of America stands for anything, it stands for a free people. We might do well to be a little clearer about that, so we weren’t taking other countries by surprise. They would know what to expect from us.

In any case, how can you help but sympathize with the citizens of Hong Kong, and wish them well.

This was intended to be published yesterday, but my computer had an attack of nervous prostration, and blushingly hid it’s face in it’s keyboard and refused to cooperate at all. I hope there will not be a repeat of such intransigence. I assumed, since the hour was late, that the network was engaged in a tidying-up exercise when they thought the world would be asleep.



Mark Steyn And Guests Talk About the Climate by The Elephant's Child

Mark Steyn has had a court case hanging over him for ages, by the noxious Michael Mann, he of the “hockey-stick graph”, which, of course has no relation to the real world.  Interesting conversation. Enjoy.



The Left Have Become a Bunch of Ideological Extremists by The Elephant's Child

Fascinating article today at The Federalist: “25 Reasons Today’s Left Has Become A Bunch of Ideological Extremists” with the subhead “Anyone who denies the existence of an influential, mainstream, radical left in America today doesn’t have any idea what the word ‘radical’ means.”

They went from, “Ask not what your country can do for you” to demanding a universal basic income provided by your neighbor.

They went from, “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it” to “speech is violence.”

They went from talking about a crisis at the border to saying anyone who believes there is a border crisis is a racist.

It’s 25 reasons, and interesting and unfortunately true.  How about “They went from working to get drugs out of schools to working to get drag queens and Planned Parenthood into schools. Do read the whole thing. It’s an eye-opener to see how they are changing our understanding of the way things work. Nobody seems to really care about what is true any more. There is a radical left, and what they do in the guise of being ‘nice: and ‘kind and generous’  isn’t exactly what we had in mind.



A Plaintive Plea to Our National Media… by The Elephant's Child

Please, to demonstrate your marvelous skills with the English Language, could you try to find some synonyms for “bombshell”? Thank you. We will be grateful.

P.S. “Blockbuster” won’t do either.



Wait! You Have It All Backwards. Crime Comes Before Punishment. by The Elephant's Child

What I am failing to understand, and you probably are too, is that The House of Representatives of the United States Congress has it all backwards, and we’re letting them get away with it.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has decided that the President of the United States must be impeached. They don’t like him. They remain furious that he won control of the government away from them, because they are morally superior. They care about the poor and unfortunate, the downtrodden, the frightened illegals, the homeless, the fugitives from climate change, and so on, and nasty Republicans just don’t.

They made a decision. Donald Trump is an illegal president and he must be impeached. The problem has been to find what it is that he must be impeached for. Classic example of cart before horse! Now that they have decided that he must be impeached, they have to find something that will qualify as an impeachable offense. Not what the founders had in mind. They thought that if a sitting president betrays his office, or betrays the country, Congress should be able to act to remove him from office. Article II, Section 4.

I am certainly not an attorney, but the House of Representatives clearly has it all backwards. They have decided that he must be impeached before the next election, so they are determinedly searching for the awful thing for which he must be impeached. Once they get rid of him then as the morally superior beings they by nature are, they will be back in full charge, and won’t have to bother with this phony booming economy and phony thriving business, and phony people getting off food stamps and especially the phony increase in the average family’s take-home pay. The problem is finding the charge that will accomplish all that. Has to be a biggie. Section 4 says clearly: The President, Vice President, and all Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

That’s why Nancy Pelosi came up with “Bribery” a couple of days ago. Couldn’t find any Treason that they could make stick, and the other high Crimes part was not very clear or specific, but “Bribery” sounded good. Adam Schiff is working desperately on that one. They can surely find a bribe somewhere in returning aid to Ukraine, can’t they?


I found this pertinent cartoon at Powerline in Steven Hayward’s Week in Pictures. Don’t know who devised it, but it is appropriate. If you are alternately appalled and annoyed by this impeachment inquiry, Don’t miss Victor Davis Hanson’s piece at National Review.



The Cavalcade of Events, If You Have the Stomach for It by The Elephant's Child

The Democrats had another Debate last night, and I declined.  Not up for another one. Rachel Maddow was host and proclaimed that ambassador Sondlund had buttressed the case for impeachment with his “bombshell” testimony. (Probably the number one reason why everyone is beginning to really hate the media is their inability to avoid using the word “bombshell”.) Maddow wanted to know if the candidates would vote for impeachment?

“Of course I will,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who urged viewers to “read the Mueller report” about all that obstruction of justice. Why, president Trump “broke the law again and again.”

Amy Klobuchar cited Trump’s “impeachable conduct” and how he is “sucking up to Vladimir Putin every minute of the day” and “leaving the Kurds for slaughter.” But it’s all “really about our Democracy.”

“Sadly we have president who is a pathological liar,” said Bernie Sanders, adding that Trump was the “most corrupt” president of all. But then, Sanders added, the whole political system was corrupt and the economy “rigged” for billionaires and such.

A rather shaky Joe Biden said “Trump doesn’t want me to be the nominee” and “Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be president,” which seemed to work for the studio audience.

Utter brilliance. Democrats were so sure that it was Russia that was trying to steal the election that they haven’t learned anything since.

Nancy Pelosi’s key word was “imposter.” She told CBS that “I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head. And so he has to diminish everyone else.”

Um, booming economy, extremely low unemployment, thriving business, world’s leading exporter of oil and natural gas, lowest unemployment for Blacks since we started keeping unemployment statistics. So he’s an imposter? It was Barack Obama who insisted that it was impossible in these days to get the economy to grow over 2%. It is not an accident, just what Dems are worried that the people will find out.

In the meantime, Lindsey Graham announced that the DOJ Inspector General’s report on Obama administration FISA abuse during the 2016 election will be released December 9. He said” I think this is going to be stunning. I think it is going to be damning. I think it’s going to prove that the system got off the rails and we need corrective action.” US Attorney John Durham’s criminal probe into Justice Department misconduct during the election will soon get its time in the spotlight. That may be fun.




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