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What Progressives Should Know About Trump Voters by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson has a particularly interesting column today at CNN, of all places.  It is titled “What progressives should know about Trump Voters.” CNN may just be the perfect place for that.

1. Voters appreciate that the economy is currently experiencing near record-low peacetime unemployment, record-low minority unemployment, and virtual 3% annualized GDP growth. Interest and inflation rates remain low. Workers’ wages increased after years of stagnation. The US is now the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas. And gasoline prices remain affordable. The President continues to redress asymmetrical trade with China, as well as with former NAFTA partners and Europe. He jawbones companies to curb offshoring and outsourcing. The current economic recovery and low consumer prices have uplifted millions of middle-class Americans who appreciate the upswing.

2. Trump does not exist in a vacuum. Many supporters turned off by some of his antics are still far more appalled by an emerging radical neo-socialist Democratic agenda. If the alternative to Trump is a disturbing tolerance among some Democrats for anti-Semitism, the Green New Deal, reparations, a permissive approach to abortion even very late in pregnancy, a wealth tax, a 70-90% top income tax rate, the abolition of ICE, open borders, and Medicare for all, Trump’s record between 2017-20 will seem moderate and preferable. Progressives do not fully appreciate how the hysterics and media coverage of the Kavanaugh hearings, the Covington teenagers and the Jussie Smollett psychodrama turned off half the country. Such incidents and their reportage confirmed suspicions of cultural bias, media distortions, and an absence of fair play and reciprocity.

Do read the whole thing. You’ll be glad you did. Ignore CNN’s cute inserts.



Is the Situation at the Border a National Emergency or Not? by The Elephant's Child

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Another day and another vicious murder by an illegal immigrant in California, a sanctuary state. 300 illegals were apprehended at the Texas border, In Arizona, another bunch was caught with 160 pounds of meth and fentanyl. In Texas, there are 200 cases of mumps in detention. In February, the Border Patrol dealt with 600,000 illegals, the highest number in a decade. Illegals have been told that having a child with them, will help them to apply for amnesty. The child may or may not belong to the illegals, and once the illegals have applied for amnesty and get a court date (at what point they will disappear never to be seen again). The child or children will be circulated back across the border to help another group apply for amnesty. We have 300 dead Americans each week from heroin. 200,000 criminals are responsible of 100,000 assaults,30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 murders.

In our Congress, our elected representatives can’t seem to understand why President Trump would have the nerve to declare a National Emergency, and the arguments seem not to be about the plaintive cries from the Border Patrol for help, but about the niceties of national emergency declarations, and just who is in charge here.

If you feel the urge to comment, don’t comment on articles you have read, comment directly to your elected representatives. Go to Senate.gov or House.gov, and follow the directions to find your very own elected person. If you are, like me, represented entirely by Democrats, go find the person you want to influence. If it is your own rep, you can also comment at their office in your home state. They don’t particularly want to hear from you, but your attention matters, and they really do pay attention to the attention they get. They work for us, they just forget that until reminded. They have highly-paid cushy jobs and they want to be returned to office.



Playing Games With Language, Nasty Political Games. by The Elephant's Child

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Are you familiar with the term “Intersectionality? It is defined as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, gender, as applied to an individual or a group. In other words it is modern or post-modern (whatever post-modern is) gobbledygook.

“Diversity” has become the byword in our colleges and universities, our schools and offices and workplaces. Which means when photographed, all races and at least two sexes must be portrayed, or you get a bad mark and must remedy it for the next photo. There is supposedly some advantage to have representation of all races roughly in proportion to their representation in society. We have read of Asian students with really high test scores being turned down at Harvard, because they have too many Asian students with really high test scores. Why would it not be in Harvard’s interest to have the most brilliant class in the country? To have a reputation for high scholarship? It is more important supposedly to have diversity. Why? In any case, Asian students are suing.

We live in a culture of victimhood. Look at the Jussie Smolett case. Here is a good looking young black man with a prominent role in a successful TV series, and he came to believe that he was not enough of a victim to get the attention to which he felt entitled. He was reportedly receiving a million dollar salary, but believed that if he was the victim of a racial attack — what? More attention, probably, bigger salary? why? And he has learned the hard lesson that trying to fool the courts with a phony attack reported to the police is not a good idea.

But what has gone so haywire in our society that being a victim seems desireable? Why are we having a “International Women’s Day”?Or for that matter, why do we have a big “Women’s March?” What is the nonsense about “toxic masculinity” and “white supremacy”?

Do you choose your friends and close associates so that you have a diverse mixture or race, class, gender, and ethnic origin? Of course you don’t. In theory, we all arrive as squalling babies, are raised to a standard where we can be expected to survive on our own. From that point on, it’s up to you to make of yourself what you choose. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s all about the pursuit. People make different choices, some good, some unfortunate.

How did you decide what you wanted to be when you grew up? Do you have some of the same friends that you had as a kid? How did they decide? Do you wiah you had made other choices?

Howard Schultz, president of Starbucks was raised in the projects, and has managed to do fairly well, and may even run for president. Jeff Bezos, I think, was adopted, built a business in his garage, and he has done all right too. Do you think their success was just a happy accident.

Do we need more instruction into how to pursue happiness, or even how to decide what we mean by happiness? How did we end up here?



Not Intentionally anti-Semitic ? by The Elephant's Child

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi carefully announced today that Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn) recent claim that her pro-Israel colleagues are motivated by  “dual loyalty” to the U.S . and Israel was not “intentionally anti-Semitic.”

Well, of course it was. Ilhan Omar is an observant Muslim. Her customary head covering is an indication, and the religion is deeply in opposition to Israel. That is not something new. It is very unlikely that she will change her beliefs. Might be a good idea to assign her to some other committee than Foreign Affairs where she will continue to do damage to the illusion that our good friends and allies in Israel will not  be continually offended by anti-Semitic remarks and votes in the U.S. Congress.

Democrats of the Jewish faith will continue to be offended. Maybe some will even choose to leave the party, one might hope. We could talk about beliefs and manners and prejudice, or not. Probably no one will change their minds about much of anything. We’ve just had an example of anti-Catholic prejudice in the case of a judiciary appointment. Freedom of Religion is a Constitutional guarantee. If you harbor deep prejudices, keep it to yourself or try to get over it, or just try to avoid situations where you will offend others. We re not much on prejudice here, though one would have a hard time pushing that idea in the face of all the daily cries of “racism.”



A Fishing We Will Go, A Fishing We Will Go, Heigh Ho The Derry-O, A Fishing We Will Go. by The Elephant's Child

Some wag remarked that Congressman Jerry Nadler decided to impeach President Trump on the day he won the election.

According to the Constitution, “the President, Vice President And all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. Since no one has been able, including Mr. Nadler, to present any evidence whatsoever of high Crimes  and Misdemeanors, Mr. Nadler in now embarking on a vast search — not for the high Crimes or Misdemeanors, but for the evidence that there actually were any Crimes, etc. This would seem to my untutored non-legal mind to be a highly questionable “fishing expedition.”

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Mr. Nadler on Sunday if he thought the President had obstructed justice?

“Yes, I do,” replied Mr. Nadler. “It’s very clear that the President obstructed justice. It’s very clear—1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, he tried to—he fired—he tried to protect [Michael] Flynn from being investigated by the FBI. He fired [FBI director Jim] Comey in order to stop the Russian thing, as he told NBC News.”

Credit Mr. Nadler for candor that Democrats didn’t display when they campaigned last year. Then they talked only about holding the President “accountable.” Now they claim they already have enough to impeach Mr. Trump, though as Mr. Nadler admitted Sunday, “you have to persuade enough of the opposition party voters, Trump voters . . . that you’re not just trying to steal the last—to reverse the results of the last election.”

That may be harder than he imagines, and not only because of Mr. Nadler’s Freudian slip there of “steal.” Based on the public evidence so far, Mr. Trump hasn’t obstructed justice in any of the examples Mr. Nadler cited. Mr. Nadler wants to turn the President’s exercise of his normal constitutional powers into impeachable offenses.

The Wall Street Journal goes on to cite the opinions of such legal heavyweights as former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, David Rivkin, and Attorney General William Barr while he was still in private life. A president cannot obstruct justice when he takes actions that are consistent with his Article II powers under the constitution, which includes firing inferior executive branch officers like Mr. Comey.

Getting uglier by the day out there. I suspect that President Trump’s remarkable success in revitalizing the economy and improving the lives of everyday Americans is what is enraging the Democrats so much. They don’t understand economics, assume that tax cuts have no function beyond enriching the rich, and were quite sure Obama was correct when he said the economy could no longer grow at more than two percent because times had just changed.

ADDENDUM: House Democrats sent more than 80 letters on Monday, demanding documents from family members, business associates, political confidants and others with ties to President Trump, launching a sprawling probe into whether he and his administration have engaged in obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.

Receiving letters from the House Judiciary Committee have included the president’s two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump; his son-in-law Jared Kushner; his former personal secretary Rhona Graff; Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization; and former top White House aides Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer and Stephen K. Bannon.

Other demands for documents are directed to institutions including the White House, Justice Department, Trump campaign, Trump transition team and the Trump Organization.

The three chairmen making the demands, Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs chairman Eliot Engel, and Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings. The overseer would seem to be Lavrenty Beria, Stalin’s secret police head who once said “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”  (That last was a reminder from Tom Lifson of american thinker)

This is an outrageous fishing expedition.  The business of Congress is supposed to be legislation, not the poisonous political pursuit of something, anything, with which to charge the President of the United States because you don’t like him, and are furious that he defeated your candidate, and left you out of power.



Newly Confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr Wastes No Time! by The Elephant's Child

Newly-confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr spoke today to the National Association of Attorneys General. He laid out in no uncertain terms the negative effects of a porous border.

Barr preceded his warning by noting the rising number of opioid deaths in the United States, particularly the effects of Chinese fentanyl, which is used by Mexican drug cartels to augment the effects of their heroin supply. “The DEA has stated publicly that the Mexican trans national criminal organizations are the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States,” Barr declared, adding “the DEA tells us that the majority of the heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl in this country got here across our southern border.”

This is  very big deal indeed, and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are so intent on trying to bring down the duly elected President of the United States, and refuse to help him in any way – that they are responsible for every drug death in the United States, every rape or murder by an illegal alien, every criminal act, and the drain on taxpayer money from their use of federal welfare benefits, and the cost of schooling for their kids.

Democrats want open borders because the upcoming census (so-far) counts only bodies, not citizens, and the numbers of bodies determines the number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and who has control. The Senate, according to the Constitution, is made up of two Senators for each state, so that each of the states has equal representation. You have perhaps noticed that Democrats want to change the Constitution so that the Senate also is based on the popular vote.

Perhaps it has something to do with having had a  community organizer in charge for 8 years, which gave them the power they crave so deeply. They have always resented and been antagonistic to every Republican president, but this time they seem to have gone fully certifiable.

To hell with the Constitution, the American form of government, and their determination is to find something, anything, to impeach the president for, if they can’t find anything, they will make something up. Is it because  he has got the economy booming, full employment, manufacturing growing, millions no longer needing food stamps, and is a president who is clearly a patriot?

Presidents are someone we hire, believing them capable of managing the country for four years, and then, if he or she has done  good job, we will give them another four. Presidents are neither Kings nor fairy godmothers to perform magic deeds, they’re supposed to use the powers of the presidency to try to fix what’s wrong, and do the best they can in a complicated world run by fallible human beings afflicted with greed and every character flaw known to mankind. That’s why the Founders only gave them four years at a time – they didn’t want them to settle in and get too comfortable. They wanted it to be a temporary job. We don’t, or shouldn’t, fall in love with presidents.

If you care about national borders, drugs and unneeded drug deaths, sex trafficking, child trafficking, taxpayer funding, you should probably make an effort to let your congressperson know that you do care, and will vote accordingly. Call their local office, or go to their Capitol address at House.gov or Senate.gov where you will find directions on how to contact your representative. They do pay attention  to their constituents, because they want to get re-elected. It’s a cushy job.



John McWhorter Sums Up the Jussie Smolett Planned Hate Crime by The Elephant's Child

John McWhorter is an American academic and linguist, who is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history. He is the author of  number of books on language and race relations, and appears frequently in major American publications.

Do watch this short video, because it’s important to understand the current phenomenon of “hate crimes.” What is a hate crime? Why is it worse if you murder someone because you hate them – than if you just brutally stab them to death for no apparent reason? I’m not sure when the idea of “hate crimes” first appeared, but it was somewhere in the Sixties.

At the Hoover Institution, another black scholar, Shelby Steele, has written on “A Sick Hunger for Racism,” a pointed essay subtitled: “Why can’t leftists let go of the whole idea of all-powerful, permanent white bigotry? Because it empowers them.”

Today Americans know that active racism is no longer the greatest barrier to black and minority advancement. Since the 1960s other pathologies, even if originally generated by racism, have supplanted it. White racism did not shoot more than four thousand people last year in Chicago. To the contrary, America for decades now—with much genuine remorse—has been recoiling from the practice of racism and has gained a firm intolerance for what it once indulged. …

Suddenly America was in moral trouble. The open acknowledgment of the nation’s racist past had destroyed its moral authority, and affirming democratic principles and the rule of law was not a sufficient response. Only a strict moral accounting could restore legitimacy.

Thus, redemption—paying off the nation’s sins—became the moral imperative of a new political and cultural liberalism. President Lyndon Johnson turned redemption into a kind of activism: the Great Society, the War on Poverty, school busing, liberalized welfare policies, affirmative action, and so on.  …

Here we see redemptive liberalism’s great ingenuity: it seized proprietorship over innocence itself. It took on the power to grant or deny moral legitimacy across society. Liberals were free of the past while conservatives longed to resurrect it, bigotry and all. What else could “Make America Great Again” mean? In this way redemptive liberalism reshaped the moral culture of the entire Western world with sweeping idealisms like “diversity,” which are as common today in Europe as in America.

Well, that all sounds familiar. Donald J. Trump, who was never accused of being racist until he became president, is accused of being “racist” dozens, if not hundreds, of times every day. His remark about “s–t hole countries” was immediately seized upon as proof of his racism. Substituting the ‘S’-word for the “Hell-hole” that many people had been using for years, could only refer to skin color in the African, Asian or Middle Eastern countries that were suffering from bad or evil governance, poverty, starvation and brutality – and simply was
more evidence of racism. Thus we celebrate diversity, genderism, sexism, gender fluidity, women (but not men), open borders, want ICE eliminated. Americans with all the opportunity envied all over the world want to celebrate black victimhood instead

You see, Leftists are the good people who are trying to redeem us from the evils of racism, sexiism, homophobism and bigotry — because America is not the freest nation in the world, where you are offerred the chance to make of yourself whatever you strive for, but a biggoted, cruel nation that slaughtered the indigenous peoples, stole their lands, practiced slavery, and where we all live under a cloud of continuing injustice. Surely you have read how awful we are – the Leftist media tells us so every day.

Our colleges and universities turn out students convinced of that vision, and unfamiliar with our Constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and what that means, insists that it is not our actions that matter, but what we say. They are there to redeem us from our past, by removing our history. They just tried to demonstrate their opposition to Confederate monuments in North Carolina by damaging a statue of General Lee, only it was General William E. Lee, a World War II hero, not their intended Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Dummies couldn’t even tell the difference in uniform. In their drive for American redemption the Left is trying to rob us of our history as well.

You have probably seen the hilarious videos of Democrats all using exactly the same words at the same time, proving that they were told which words to use. They do have a propaganda shop that chooses the proper words for Democrats to use, chosen for their effectiveness and adherence to the party line. “Little children ripped from their mother’s arms” is the one that comes most readily to mind, but they are myriad. When one of the leaders errs, and uses an unfortunate word, you will never hear it again. Democrats are the good people trying to redeem America, and the rest of us are bigots, Hitler, racists, racists, and racists.

There are actually more Conservatives in the country than Liberals, but Democrats’ most important voting groups are Blacks and Hispanics. Oddly enough, many of Hispanic heritage came here legally, and oppose illegal immigration as much as the rest of us.  When Obama created his highly illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA program)  those with Hispanic surnames were polled for their reactions, and most said the kids should be sent back home. 

So that’s where we are. Republicans are delighted with the booming economy, plentiful jobs, the lowest Black unemployment ever, growing opportunity, expanding oil supplies, and growing manufacturing. The evidence of racism, whether it is Jussie Smolett or overpaid NFL players kneeling to protest the national anthem, or finding anyone in the past who, like Al Jolson, once wore blackface and sang Southern songs, or spoke about fried chicken or watermelon inappropritely, seems staged and a celebration of Black victimhood.  Democrats cannot allow Blacks to notice that  a Republican president is doing for American Blacks what the first Black American president could not manage to do.




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