American Elephants


Bombshell, etc. by The Elephant's Child

When it all begins to seem, well, — too much,  just copy this video so you can play it just once more. It’s quite satisfying.  And if you ever wondered why President Trump is so unforgiving with the media, there you go.



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.



If Impeachment Doesn’t Work, They’ve Focus-Group Tested Another Way to Get Rid of the Orange Bad Man by The Elephant's Child

The desperate Democrats are heading en-masse today 3,781 miles across the Atlantic for the United Nations COP25 big climate change hoopla in Madrid. Nancy Pelosi  is leading a delegation to join some 25,000 people and 1,500 journalists and 16 year-old Climate expert Greta Thunberg, who can see the CO2 rising through the air to create this planetary crisis.

The members of the taxpayer-funded Pelosi Democrat delegation include:

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Committee on Science, Space, Technology
  • Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Committee on Natural Resources
  • Chairwoman Kathy Castor (D-FL), Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
  • Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN)
  • Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
  • Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA)
  • Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA)
  • Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA)
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
  • Congressman Mike Levin (D-CA)
  • Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL)
  • Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO)

Pelosi’s team claims it will will seek to “reaffirm the commitment of the American people to combating the climate crisis” at the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also called COP25, her office said on Saturday confirming the trip.

This is despite the fact the Speaker of the House will represent nobody but herself and her party as she is prevented by law from conducting foreign policy or make any agreements with foreign leaders regarding sovereign treaties.

You can be quite sure that the Democrats have focus-tested and polled to see what their best attack on Trump will be for the 2020 election, and apparently attacking Trump as a “Climate-Denier” when the earth has only 12 to 15 years before it’s all over, is their best bet. You have perhaps noticed that nobody explains just exactly what happens in the 12 or 15 years.

Pelosi said: Taking action to protect our planet is a public health decision for clean air and clean water for our children, an economic decision for creating the green, good-paying jobs of the future, a national security decision to address resource competition and climate migration and also a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation and pass a sustainable, healthy planet to the next generation.

John Kerry argued on Meet the Press that “We have got to treat climate change “like a War”. Named it “World War Zero” and recruited Bill Clinton, and Leonardo DiCaprio, John Kasich and Schwarzenegger. He could probably fit in Jane Fonda too.
Just received my weekly newsletter from SEPP, the Science and Environmental Project, (SEPP.org ) They say:

Two prevalent myths are damaging our economy and hurting the less fortunate: 1) greenhouse gases, chiefly carbon dioxide, are causing dangerous global warming; and 2) wind and solar can easily replace fossil fuels, nuclear, and hydro in electricity generation. Both are false, yet widely accepted. We continue to contest these myths, and others, with hard evidence.

There aren’t millions of “green jobs” out there either. Dr. William Happer has pointed out that we are in the midst of a carbon drought! We need more carbon, not less. Mass Hysteria!

What troubles me is that the Left wants to use the hysteria created by the DiCaprios, Fondas and Pelosis for political ends, because they believe they are meant to be in charge, simply because they are morally superior. Concern about the economy, the welfare of the people, foreign affairs will all be fine because of their moral superiority.



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.



Politics and Impeachment, the Constitution, and All That by The Elephant's Child

Politics is mostly an unpleasant subject wherever and whenever it is practiced. Making informed choices about matters of importance for the city or nation soon gets left in the dust as opinions become bandied about.

Then it gets down to who likes who and why and how dare you disagree with me. Passions are aroused. Demonstrations take place, and first thing you know fights break out, the police are called and so on and so forth.

We had an election in 2016. The Republican candidate was Donald J. Trump. The Democrat candidate was Hillary Clinton. Democrats were confident that Hillary would win easily. They were unaware that many people just did not like Hillary Clinton, and thought it was unlikely that she would do an acceptable job as president. She lost. Trump won. This has resulted in an enraged Democrat Party apparently loathing President Trump and vowing to do everything and anything to bring him down.

He supposedly has a Queens accent. His father was a builder, and sent him out early to work with construction crews, on building sites. To this day he is apt to stop and talk to construction workers on the street, and apparently likes them. This is unacceptable in other areas of New York? Dunno. I’m a Westerner. This, surely is not the cause of all the vile commentary out there. It is a  puzzlement.

It is quite clear that he is doing a good job for the country. Obama told us firmly that the economy would never again get over 2% growth, it was just no longer in the cards. Trump cut taxes, cut some government costs (but not enough) and has begun to move some large agencies out of Washington DC and closer to the areas they are supposed to serve, which has caused consternation among those who like living in Washington DC. The economy is booming, unemployment has reached historic lows. Manufacturing is increasing.  Growth is well over 3%, and more and more people are dropping off food stamps.

Some are finding fault with his campaign promises, for example, he said that he would build a wall on the Southern border and Mexico would help pay for it. With Congressional intransigence, the wall building goes slowly, and spokesmen can’t seem to see that Mexico is helping. They are turning people back at their Southern Border and also further along, offering less assistance to migrants. Did you expect Mexico to send President Trump a check? They did not do that.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has issued (twice) a demand: “Mr. President, You need to prove your innocence!” Um, Fifth Amendment? No person…shall be compelled to be a witness against himself?” And innocence of just what? You are having an enormous problem deciding what it is you think the President is guilty of, other than winning an election.

“If the president has something that is exculpatory — Mr. President, that means you have anything that shows your innocence — then he should make that known and that’s part of the inquiry,” Pelosi said, as The Week noted. “And so far, we haven’t seen that. But we welcome it.”

Pelosi then went on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday and told host Margaret Brennan that if Trump had “information that is exculpatory — that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame — then we look forward to seeing it.”

Sorry, Nancy, that’s not how we do it in a free American society. In her world, it’s Trump who must prove innocence, not Democrats who must find guilt.

Most, but not all, Americans were born in a neighborhood, usually among people very much like themselves, and they are surprised to learn that there are others who have different customs and beliefs.

Democrats believe firmly that they are morally superior. They believe that they are morally superior because they care — and Republicans don’t. They care about those who want to cross our borders illegally, and those who are hiding from ICE, those who are living here and working here illegally. Now they are campaigning to get those who are fleeing from climate change admitted legally as “refugees”, not to protect them from the ravages of climate change, but to count them in the next census and get their votes in the next election. The Left’s aims are not pure. They simply believe that they are entitled to be in charge, and they cannot stand being deprived.

 



Americans Are Getting Dumber! Here’s Proof. by The Elephant's Child

I wrote a couple of days ago a post about people seeming to get dumber. When you read quite a bit of opinion, you become sure of it. Rasmussen, the big polling company, said today that, and I quote, “Democrats really don’t like America and think it’s time to move on from the culture that got us here,”

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 38% of Likely Democratic Voters believe American society is generally fair and decent. Fifty-one percent (51%) say it’s unfair and discriminatory.

By comparison, 74% of Republicans and unaffiliated voters by a 49% to 36% margin view American society as fair and decent.

Look, let’s get back to basics. You should have learned by the time you are five or six, at least,that Life Is Hard. You fall down and get hurt, you don’t like the food your mother made you eat. You can elaborate far beyond that. Bad marriages, people you love die, disappointments, problems, failure, owing money, illness, disease. It’s just not all sweetness and light. With time, you can get the good stuff to outweigh the bad and shrug off the rest of it.

It’s not just Twitter, though they are a problem. How many pictures have you seen of young people seated somewhere, each and every one interacting with their phone, ignoring those around them? ‘Social Media’ but not much is social about it. We’re told that our young people in college think it would be fine to change our form of government to Communism.  They reached 18 years of age and know nothing? Nothing at all. We are deeply in trouble.

Adam Schiff is basking in his moments of fame, and trying desperately to hype up his moment. A Vice President of the United States has used his position to get his kid a job on a foreign country’s Energy Company’s Board of  Directors at an enormous salary of $83,000 a month, for which he has no qualifications whatsoever, and we are supposed to think it’s all about his father (the former Vice President of the United States) being a rival for the 2020 election? Perhaps Mr. Biden had no felonious intent, and just thought it was nice that these people wanted his son on the board because they liked him and…Sorry, there is no way that does not smell to high heaven. Yes, we know that former government officials get big payoffs from the private sector, book deals, fancy estates, from those looking to use the influence of a big name. But that’s not the way it is supposed to be. We honor our past presidents, even the ones we didn’t  like.

George W. went on home and led outdoor trips for wounded vets, and painted their portraits.  After it was discovered that Harry Truman was living off his army pension and little more, and had the integrity to avoid post-presidential money grubbing, Congress increased presidential pay significantly and a pension was provided so that future presidents were protected from any possible penury.

The news from the Trump presidency is pretty outstanding. Did you know that? The increases in median household income under Donald Trump are very large. Based on Census Bureau monthly data, from January 2017 when Donald Trump entered office through August 2019, middle-class household incomes have risen from $61,000 to an all time high of $66,000 — in 2019 dollars, adjusted for inflation.

The left freaked out for understandable reasons. They are especially agitated because median household incomes have risen by $5,000 under Trump, compared to $1,100 in seven years under President Barack Obama. The data also undermines the case against Trump. Elizabeth Warren likes to say in every speech, “The middle class has been left behind by Trump’s policies.” That’s flat-out wrong.

The self-proclaimed “fact-checkers” on the left went to work to try to discredit the numbers. This includes The Washington Post, PolitiFact and others.

As an aside, we have a big problem in America when the “fact-checkers” are all playing for the liberal team. A case in point is the liberal PolitiFact, which used the screaming headline “Trump’s Shaky $5,000 Boast.” The Post gave Trump two Pinocchios for claiming these income gains and said “Trump Inflates His Economic Record.”

A standard complaint is that these numbers are assembled by a private organization called Sentier Research. But the two Sentier statisticians who analyzed this month’s Census Current Population Survey — a gold mine of economic information — are probably the most knowledgeable people in the country on this data.

Stephen Moore, whose commentary this is, goes on to show how the media has tried to spin this news. If you are interested in liberal spin, this is an excellent example. Do they really just want to get Trump out of there before anyone catches on to what an outstanding job he is doing? You might also enjoy The American Mind’s explanation of the Culture War 2.0, and the changing Rules of Engagement. It’s a 12 minute read, they say.  (I told you, they are having to go to great lengths to get unwilling people to read, and we are getting dumber. ) We have to read to get informed, to know what is true and what is not, and how we are being manipulated. We have to fight back.

“Occasio-Cortez Dismisses Fears Democratic Party Moving Too Far Left: “We Are Bringing the Party Home” Yesterday’s headline at Breitbart.

 




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