American Elephants


Absolutely Entitled to Be In Charge! by The Elephant's Child

It is certainly clear that Democrats believe they are entitled to run things, to be in charge. Three years later, and they still have not gotten over it. “Entitled” seems to be the key word. They should be in charge – because they are morally superior. They are compassionate. They care.

Republicans clearly do not care. They make it clear every day. Desperate people looking for a better life, and Republicans want to build walls to keep them out. They want to send people to prison just for smoking a joint. They have this cruel police force called ICE that wants to track down immigrants living quietly in this country and deport them. They want to tell women what they can do with their bodies, and deny them health care when they need it most. They clearly do not really care about the people at all.

The earth is facing a horrible doom because Republicans won’t face facts and move to clean renewable energy, and stop the evil oil pipelines that are despoiling the planet, because they favor Big Oil companies instead of clean natural wind and solar energy. It’s very clear that Republican care far more about budgets and big corporations than they do about the American people.

If you just keep their moral superiority in mind, everything will become clearer and less argumentative. They are really trying to improve things. Just see what they are offering to do to improve your lives. Rein in those big corporations that are polluting the planet. Medicare for all, not just the old folks. Compassion for all.  Social Justice for all. More equality. More fairness. What more could you ask?



Jack Dorsey Has Banned Political Advertising From Twitter by The Elephant's Child

What precisely is “hate speech”? Everybody talks about it, but it seems to boil down to — speech you don’t like. It is mentioned all the time, but what makes it hateful? We have had a fairly new entrant in the judging speech area in the popular name of Twitter. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter has announced that he is going to ban all political ads from the platform. This follows a long discussion about political ads in general and the Twitter workforce apparently wanting to ban all Republican ads. Law and Liberty.org made fairly short work of that.

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, is basking in accolades for his decision to ban all political ads from his platform. That is Twitter’s call to make, but if Dorsey is going to wrap himself in a populist defense of the common man’s voice, he might conjure a justification whose posture toward that man is less condescending.

Dorsey argued that the reach of political messages “should be earned, not bought.” To what extent anything on Twitter is “earned” through 280 characters of substantive, nuanced political conversation is questionable. Shallow outrage is likelier to “earn” retweets, which is not to say that Twitter—which can encourage concision, a precondition of wit—does not have its place. Regardless, Dorsey’s claim is the populist celebration of social media: Anyone can speak and, with a sufficiently compelling message, reach a limitless audience.

Yet Dorsey’s reason for pulling political ads is that the same everyday people whose voices deserve projection are so easily duped by readily disprovable claims that they must be protected from seeing them in the first place. A people that cannot exercise sufficient discernment to separate propaganda from information has no business governing itself. Why a people Dorsey so characterizes is qualified to participate in his call for “more forward-looking political ad regulation,” which he acknowledges is “very difficult” but which is actually very unconstitutional, is unclear.

The United States of America was founded on the idea of freedom of speech, but the current generation is a little short in the history department, and doesn’t seem to understand the meaning. What Dorsey means by his statement that “political messages should be earned, not bought” is another mystery. How do we have free speech while calling much of the conversation out there “hate speech?” Does calling the winner of the last election and the people who voted for him “Deplorables” count as “hate speech”or do you have to add in her conclusion that God had picked her out to be the president of the United States? Or just the names she called those who voted for the other side?

Free Speech is hard to understand. You are free to disagree, but you don’t get to demand that you not be allowed to say your piece. You are, of course, responsible for what you say, but you don’t get to be banned.

“There is no such thing as government regulated free speech.”

That’s from Barry Brownstein writing at FEE. “Without Free Speech, All Speech Becomes Government Speech.

When I viewed this video, I wondered if it was a hoax. I thought it must be a group of actors trying to make a point about how far restrictions on speech have gone. Unfortunately, the video captures reality in Scotland in 2019.

The video picks up an exchange between a Scottish high school teacher and a student. The class was asked to sign up for a website, and according to the student, the teacher commented on how old fashioned the website was for listing only two sexes. The student, Murray, remarked, “But sir there’s only two genders,” and the teacher insisted they continue the discussion outside the classroom.

Much of the problem is located in our schools, and though this example took place in Scotland, you probably could have found the same conversation on any one of a good many American campuses.

There is a clear reason why the very first Amendment to the Constitution says Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech…Too bad the folks in Silicon Valley don’t seem to get it. Or understand why it is needed.



Beto Has Left the Arena! by The Elephant's Child

Beto O’Rourke announced today that he is exiting the race for the presidency, to resounding cheers. He has a nice smile of the all-American boy type, but a strange conception of what will endear him to America’s voters. I thought inviting us to come along while he got his teeth cleaned (just like you ordinary folk out there) was more than a little weird.

Then a little over a week ago, on National Period Day (who knew?) he announced that “women across the country do not have access to the period products they need” and he was supporting the Menstrual Equity Act. On MSNBCs Politics Nation, he shot off his mouth once again, comparing the Trump administration to Adolf’ Hitler’s Third Reich.

“There is so much that is resonant of the Third Reich in this administration. Whether it is attempting to ban all people of one religion and saying that Muslims are somehow inherently dangerous or defective or disqualified,” O’Rourke said. “Outside of Nazi Germany, it is hard for me to find another modern democracy that had the audacity to say something like this and then this idea from Goebbels and Hitler that the bigger the lie and the more often you repeat it, the more likely people are to believe it. That is Donald Trump to a tee.

Breitbart’s announcement of Beto’s withdrawal from the 2020 race drew over 9,800 comments which I did not read. If you want more of him, here’s this.



Let’s Hear It for the Goats! by The Elephant's Child

California is still burning up. Most of the fires seem to have been caused by sparking of power lines, and PG&E is under attack, and may go under. Except by former California Governor Jerry Brown who went on to Face the Nation to pointedly explain that the fires are directly caused by Donald Trump and the Republicans because of their opposition to drastic climate change policies.

Fortunately the Republicans at the Ronald Reagan Library explained how it should work. They brought in a herd of goats back in May to graze the area and dispose of tinder dry weeds and underbrush. It’s called forest management.

President Trump is to be in California on Saturday to honor the fire crews who worked so hard to save lives and towns in the Camp Fire in Butte County, the most destructive fire in California history.

Brown joined Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday on a tour of areas in and around the Butte County town of Paradise that were devastated by the Camp Fire. At least 71 people were killed in the blaze and more than 11,000 structures burned. The number of people reported missing since the blaze jumped to 1,011 on Friday as crews continue searching for bodies in the wreckage.

Three people have died in the Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The blaze has destroyed 616 structures. Newsom has toured both the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire in recent days, saying he was “in awe of the strength and resilience” of the survivors and thankful to first responders.

Forest fires are not caused by global warming. Hurricanes and earthquakes are not caused by global warming, nor are tornadoes, and forcing Americans to buy electric cars (Chuck Schumer’s latest bright idea), would be a disaster. The climate is actually cooling slightly, as the sun has entered a low sunspot phase.

Victor Davis Hanson who is a 3rd or 4th generation Californian writes plaintively Is California Becoming Premodern?” I lived in California for too many years, and was glad to leave. California has the worst poverty rate in the country, and Silicon Valley is having big arguments over whether they should allow Republican campaign ads at all. We are harassed ever day by what some faded movie celebrity had to say in an attempt to revive a career. It simply shows the paucity of news reporters efforts to grasp what is happening in today’s world. Way too much of what somebody whose name we might recognize said, and way too little of what their research has shown. (because they didn’t do any.)



Now We Have to Offer “Refuge” To Those Displaced By a Changing Climate! by The Elephant's Child

From Breitbart:

Democrat legislators have drafted a bill to import at least 50,000 “climate refugees” per year despite the damaging impact on Americans’ wages and rents.

“America will continue to stand tall as a safe haven for immigrants,” declared Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), who was born in Puerto Rico and chairs the House Committee on Small Business. She said:

Despite this Administration’s efforts to strip the world’s most vulnerable populations of refuge … this legislation will not only reaffirm our nation’s longstanding role as a home to those fleeing conflict and disasters, but it will also update it to reflect changes to our world brought on by a changing climate.

The bill is titled the “Climate Displaced Persons Act,” and it offers green cards to “climate-displaced persons … [who] are individuals who have been forcibly displaced by climate change or climate-induced disruptions, such as sea-level rise, glacial outburst floods, desertification or fires … there could be as many as 200 million CDPs by 2050 globally,” said a statement from Velázquez‘s office.

Doesn’t anybody on the Left side of the aisle do their homework? Study up, so they know what they are talking about? There are certainly those who have been displaced and lost everything because of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Japan has just suffered under a massive earthquake and a typhoon. But these are not climate related events. If your house is built on a known earthquake fault, you might think about moving. Hurricanes are not climate related

This is supposed to be a “humanitarian”program separate from the U.S. refugee admissions program. It would admit a minimum of 50,000 Climate Displaced Persons (CDP) beginning in 2020. The President would be granted authority to “promote resilience among communities facing the impacts of climate change, The Secretary of State must devise a Global Climate Resilience position responsible for all federal efforts to address the effects of events caused by climate change.

There are no “Climate Refugees”. The climate has been changing for millions of years. It has been warmer in the past, and it has been cooler in the past, much warmer and cooler than it is today.

The United States first responsibility is to its citizens, not to those who think they might like it better here. If you want to come to America, go to your nearest consulate and apply, and wait your turn. If you need to fix up your country, figure out what is wrong and enlist others to help fix it. America currently has the finest economy the world has ever known. You might think that some of the discontented might try to find out just what Capitalism is, and why it works, instead of plotting to destroy Capitalism so they can have the kind of economy extolled by the worst mass murderers in the history of the world.



A Little Humor Can Punish or Deflate. A Good Sense of Humor is a Blessing. by The Elephant's Child

After President Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, the Washington Post quickly came up with an unfortunate obituary. The Post’s headline for its obituary, apparently the second attempt was: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48. The Post is pretty political, but who would have believed they could come up with this gem? It has produced mockery across the internet. (They apparently had it better in the first place with “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-‘Chief”) Everybody that writes is out there re-writing obituaries for all the great villains of history.

David Burge: (Iowa Hawk) “Adolph Hitler, Austrian vegan activist and landscape painter dies at 56.

John Noonan: “Osama Bin Laden, spiritual leader and architect of lower Manhattan urban revitalization projects, dead at 54.”

Levi Gilbian: “Jeffrey Dahmer, amateur chef with a flair for exotic cuisine, dies at 34.

Stung by the mockery, the Washington Post switched its obituary headline to a third version. “Abu Bakr Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State dies at 48” But then they go on to describe his background:

From his teens, he was fascinated with Islamic history and the intricacies of Islamic law. Acquaintances would remember him as a shy, nearsighted youth who liked soccer but preferred to spend his free time at the local mosque.

“He always had religious or other books attached on the back of his bike,” Tariq Hameed, an acquaintance from the same lower-middle-class neighborhood, told a Newsweek interviewer in 2014. The young Ibrahim disdained the Western clothes popular with Sammara young men, preferring the traditional prayer cap, beard and white dishdasha robe of the religiously devout, neighbors said.
He graduated from the University of Baghdad in 1996 and received a master’s degree in Koranic recitation from the Saddam University for Islamic Studies in 1999. Immersing himself in the arcane world of 7th-century religious codes, he grew increasingly conservative. Acquaintances remembered how the college-age Mr. Baghdadi took offense at the sight of men and women dancing in the same room during wedding celebrations.

Power Line noted that at approximately the same time when special forces were killing al-Baghdadi, Saturday Night Live was airing a sketch claiming that President Trump has been a boon to ISIS.

Sounds like most everybody got the mocking they deserved.



Victor Davis Hanson on “The Case For Trump” by The Elephant's Child

This was first posted in May, this year. I think it’s time to review it once again, because there is so much here and it is so valuable. Please watch the whole thing, you’ll be glad you did. It’s a long conversation, but you can spread it out over several days if need be.




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