American Elephants


Hillary Said She Was Surprised by Trump’s Suggesting that He Might Not Accept the Result of the Vote by The Elephant's Child

Well, Hillary has had some trouble grasping the nature of modern times. Technology has given her some trouble, emails and erasing things, but one would think that any politician would be aware of YouTube and videos of one’s past statements, however confidently given.



A Look at the Real American Crisis! by The Elephant's Child

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-8-49-06-pm-600x463The picture in the post below of the young man holding a homemade sign saying “DEPORT FASHISOM!” was pretty typical. He probably has no idea what fascism is. One of the biggest problems of the Left is that they believe their own propaganda.

Lots of very big words flung around: populism, illiberalism, misogyny, historicism, positivism and of course, the inevitable and constant “racism,” that offer nothing in the way of understanding. John Marini offered some real understanding in the Claremont Review of Books. The piece is long, and I had to look up the big words, but it’s worth your time and provides real food for thought.

Since the end of the Cold War, American leaders have understood their offices in terms of global and administrative rule, rather than political rule on behalf of the American people and the sovereignty of the American nation. Yet those offices were established on the foundation of the moral authority of the people and their Constitution. Once elected or appointed, politicians and bureaucrats have utilized their will, in both domestic and foreign policy, in an unrestrained manner on behalf of bureaucratic rule. They govern on the implicit premise of elections as plebiscites, but it is no longer clear who confers the legitimacy of an electoral mandate. Bureaucratic rule has become so pervasive that it is no longer clear that government is legitimized by the consent of the governed. Rather it is the consent of the various national—and often international—social, economic, political, and cultural interest groups that determine the outcome of elections. True political rule requires, at a minimum, the participation of citizens in their own rule, even if not in government itself. But this is possible only when people understand themselves as citizens and when the regime recognizes them as citizens. This requires distinguishing American citizens from all others and identifying them as one people.

American elections have increasingly been framed by Washington professionals. Social scientists, media pundits, and policy professionals may tilt liberal or conservative and may differ in their party preferences, but they are united in their dependence upon intellectual authority, derived from empirical science and its methodology, in their understanding of politics and economics. At the same time, historicism or (critical theory) has established itself as the closest thing to a public philosophy when it comes to understanding history, society, and culture. Applied to elections, the empirical method required that politics be understood in terms of measurable and quantifiable aggregates. This proved compatible with the positivist understanding of law and interest group liberalism. Critical post-modern theory established personal autonomy and group diversity as central to what is morally defensible in terms of public policy. As a result, political partisanship and analysis has focused on race, class, gender, and other such demographics, to provide the kind of information that has become central to the shaping and predicting of elections and to legitimize dividing the electorate into categories that came to be understood in moral terms. Consequently, political campaigns have made a science of dividing the electorate into groups and reassembling them as voting blocs committed to specific policies and issues denominated by the demographic categories themselves. This strategy requires the systematic mobilization of animosity to ensure participation by identifying and magnifying what it is that must be opposed.

Do read the whole thing. Mr. Trump has brought in a great assortment of free market experts for advice as he works on filling out his cabinet and advisory team.

Here’s an astonishing fact about the expansion of the administrative state. President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council numbered 25 people. Barack Obama’s National Security Council is over 400 people.



The State of the State, And What Do We Do About It? by The Elephant's Child

I didn’t post anything yesterday, the freakouts around the country were just too much. When I got online this afternoon, checked my e-mail, and noticed the headline on one item “The Brain Restoration Project”, and I thought  ‘oh good, they’re doing something about these ignorant protests’, but no such luck. It was a phishing thing trying to get demented older people to sign up for their medicine to prevent Alzheimers. But it’s still all riots and freakouts or speculation about who will be the next person named to the incoming administration and what Trump will do.

Here is clearly part of the remedy, but too late, too late! They’ve already become infantalized. Puppies and coloring books at some colleges, chocolates and puppies elsewhere.

There is something drastically wrong with our colleges and universities. It’s not something wrong with the kids, it’s the administration who are offering safe spaces and coloring books and puppies. How did this happen? And why aren’t the parents who are footing the bill raising Cain? Certainly they did in the case of Mizzou, and it affected their bottom line pretty dramatically.

Of course under the Obama administration any university that receives federal money has been required to have diversity officers, same-sex bathrooms and I’m sure there have been many other rules handed down. The Left wants the kids indoctrinated, and that’s what is happening.



Why Do We Have an “Electoral College”? Is It Fair? by The Elephant's Child

It’s about the time of year when people start complaining about the Electoral College, sure that it must be a bad thing.  Understanding how it works and why we have it is important. It’s a very American institution, and it really is a good thing. We have a lot to be grateful to the founders for.

Ask yourself just why we have a  Senate, with every state assigned two Senators. The House of Representatives represents the people and the population, The Senate represents the States, so that big populous states like California and New York have equal representation to the small state with fewer people. The Founders did a very impressive job of creating our Republic.

The Electoral College is based on the same principles. Since Hillary did very well in the popular vote, you will hear plenty of outcry from the Democrats, demanding that we do away with the Electoral College. This brief video from Prager University explains why that would be a very bad idea.



Newsweek Recalls 125,000 Copies of Its Souvenir Madam President Issue by The Elephant's Child

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From Britain’s The Telegraph today. “Hillary Clinton signs a copy of Newsweek’s ‘Madam President’ commemorative magazine on November 7. They printed one for Donald Trump, too, just in case. The old photo of Harry Truman holding up the newspaper with the Dewey wins headline remains a caution to the press. Can’t help but enjoy it.



How Could Hillary Possibly Govern? by The Elephant's Child

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Hillary cannot stop lying. Today she was in Florida telling listeners that they could count on her to defeat ISIS  because she was in New York on 9/11 and saw the planes hit the towers. Except, no, she wasn’t. She was in the Senate and there’s a picture of her out on the Capitol steps, singing “God Bless America” with the rest of the Senate, and an interview with her on video at 8:00 PM that night.  She is always the hero of some strange movie running in her head when she dodges sniper fire in Bosnia, named after a famous mountain climber who didn’t become famous until years later. Tried to join the Marines!

The lies weren’t really important, and it makes her look silly when she is caught out. It’s compulsive, but creepy. And so much worse when her lies are exposed, than if she had been truthful in the first place.

But how is she possibly going to govern? She is not liked, even by Democrats. Who would trust her? Listening to her screech is beyond painful. She has a truly unpleasant voice. How would she get her appointments through Congress? Are they people she owes? Do they have something on her? How does she interact with other heads of state?

The entire world is watching this campaign unfold. Some news appears in the British papers before anyone here gets it.

The Clinton Foundation has been under investigation by the FBI for over a  year, and is ongoing. It is reported that indictments are likely.

More to come from Wikileaks, more news from the FBI, Justice, State, and the Wiener household, I guess. It’s beginning to seem like the script for a thriller rather than just an ordinary American election that we have every four years. What next? Unfolding.



We The People Of The United States of America — Are Pretty Ticked Off by The Elephant's Child

Reposted from June 25. 2016

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—Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker asked rhetorically “Why are Liberals so Hateful?” Good question. James Taranto pulled up a 2010 piece from Charles Krauthammer, to explain why the liberal elite finds Americans revolting. Krauthammer finds a pattern:

— Promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.

— Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.

— Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.

— Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.

Taranto says: Krauthammer portrays this as a cynical game: “Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. . . . What’s a liberal to do? Pull out the bigotry charge, the trump that preempts debate and gives no credit to the seriousness and substance of the contrary argument.”

Because their motives are pure, their intellectual superiority and managing expertise entitle them to rule over the rest of us ignorant, backward, stupid, religious nuts, and clinging intolerant bigots.

We daily hear about “the elites” and “the working class”— where do they get that? The “elites” naturally include as the cognitive elite the nation’s reporters, columnists and scribes. Businessmen are not really part of the elite—they are more apt to be included in “Wall Street” or excluded as manufacturers. We do have some wealthy playboys (and girls) but most everybody else supposedly works for a living, yet “the working class” are those who perhaps went to trade school or do those “dirty jobs” that Mike Rowe built into a successful career,( with some very good advice for future members of the employed ranks.) That leaves rather a large segment of the American public who actually do work for a living, enjoy it at least part of the time, and feel good about putting supper on the table and enjoying a movie now and then—out of the picture as — what, unmentionables?

Are BREXIT and Trump and all the international anger about being sneeringly called “the working class” when we are obviously more than a little short of work? Unemployment is a big problem in the EU as well as here. Holman Jenkins, business columnist for the Wall Street Journal remarked recently:  “It turns out government cannot spare us collectively from having to adapt and compete in an economy.”

The Left, in their headlong race towards what they conceive to be a more perfect world, when they get the rest of us bullied into shape, simply do not grasp basic human nature. We are flawed creatures, imperfect, and human nature is not perfectible. At the end of their relentless drive towards an imaginary utopia is — Venezuela, or Cuba, or Auschwitz or the Gulag.

Well, no wonder they think of themselves as an “elite.”The federal government has too many people working for the government, and there isn’t enough work for them to do. Government workers make 78% more than the private sector for comparable jobs according to Cato. They call themselves “public servants,” but they don’t mean it. When they start to think of the U.S. Constitution as an impediment rather than a guarantee that the government belongs to the people and the public servants are there to work for us, not the other way around, we’re in trouble. So here we are.

I think it was Mike Lofgren, author of The Deep State, who captured the essence of Leftist discourse: “Take offense, call your opponent names, refuse to let them speak, decline to debate.”

That pretty much covers it.




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