American Elephants


Yoo Hoo, Hawaii!! You have a problem here! by The Elephant's Child

Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Senator Mazie Hirono D-HA made  a disgraceful spectacle of herself, calling Mr. Barr every name in the book. Reading from a prepared script, she started her questioning with: “The American people know that you are no different from Rudy Giuliani or KellyAnne Conway or any of the other people who sacrificed their once decent reputations for the grifter and liar who sits in the Oval Office.”

Hirono also accused the attorney general of trying to “clear Donald Trump before anyone had a chance to read the special counsel’s report and come to their own conclusions.”

“You put the power and authority of the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice behind a public relations effort to help Donald Trump protect himself,” she charged.

My goodness. I understand that the Democrats were expecting the Mueller Report to give them the evidence they needed to put President Trump in prison, and are deeply disappointed that it didn’t, but really? Democrats are, of course, angry about loosing the election, so much so that they want to destroy the Constitution, rewrite the whole thing so they never loose another one — because they must be in control.

Hirono wrote her whole screed down so she wouldn’t forget any of her carefully prepared insults.  It’s not about Hillary – they clearly don’t care about her. They have convinced themselves that Donald Trump is an evil demon sitting up there in the oval office deliberately destroying the country before our very eyes.

You hear some of the celebrities from Hollywood blathering on like this, but when they attempt to come up with a specific, it’s usually putting little children in cages — which I guess is the baddest thing they can think of — which the Trump administration has never done. The pictures are all from the Obama administration, which did. It’s just a bubbling rage, simmering there in their heads, and they not only cannot control it, but they can no longer even make sense.



If You Were Wondering Why the Left Seems So Insane… by The Elephant's Child

John Marini is  professor of political science at the University of Nevada. He writes. in the latest edition of Imprimis, about political scandal.

Nearly every political administration has potential scandal lying just below the surface. There are always those in government who seek to profit privately from public service, and there are always those who will abuse their power. All governments provide the occasion for scoundrels of both kinds. But the scandals they precipitate rarely erupt into full-blown crises of the political order. What differentiates the scandals that do?

Scandal can provide a way for defenders of the status quo to undermine the legitimacy of those who have been elected on a platform of challenging the status quo.

To understand a political scandal fully, one must take into account all of the interests of those involved. The problem is that these interests are rarely revealed—which is why it is so tempting for partisans, particularly if they are at a political disadvantage, to resort to scandal to attack their opponents. Many great scandals arise as a means of attacking political foes while obscuring the political differences that are at issue. This is especially likely to occur in the aftermath of elections that threaten the authority of an established order. In such circumstances, scandal provides a way for defenders of the status quo to undermine the legitimacy of those who have been elected on a platform of challenging the status quo—diluting, as a consequence, the authority of the electorate.

And here’s Andy Puzder on Fox News:

To the great shock and disappointment of liberals who have been desperately hoping for a downturn, the U.S. economy once again blew away expectations, recording 3.2 percent GDP growth rate in the first quarter of this year.

Liberals have been predicting an impending recession for months. Frustrated with the obvious success of President Trump’s sweeping middle-class tax cuts – which they had claimed would result in “Armageddon” – Democrats next argued that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) would only produce a “sugar high” for the economy. With each successive quarter that their predictions have failed to materialize, they’ve only become more frustrated with the economy’s long-term prospects. …

This isn’t a one-time anomaly, either. GDP growth has been increasing steadily throughout Trump’s presidency, and the most recent data bring us to three consecutive quarters in which year-over-year growth has been 3 percent or higher. In fact, GDP growth has averaged 3.3 percent over the past four quarters.

Camille Paglia wrote, back in 2014:

The basic leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring Utopia. Progressives have unquestioned faith in the perfectibility of mankind.

William Voegeli at a Heritage panel on the future of the left, also in 2014

The fundamental assumption of the Left is the innate goodness of each person. This assumption means that they are seeking to undermine the Constitution which is based on a very different version of human nature. The Constitution puts the three branches of government against each other so that each will keep the others in check. The Constitution expects selfish ambition and by expecting ambition it legitimizes it — which is precisely what the left does not want to do. The left wants to supply not the “defect of better motives” but just better motives. Liberals want to set up a system that allows our latent goodness to “flourish” and the checks of our constitutional system can be discarded in favor of technocratic centralized disinterestedness that allows each individual to live an authentic life of his choosing.

Kevin Williamson, same panel:

In order to achieve this goal of a soft liberated citizenry the Left will have to dominate and control more of society—a tendency that is already in evidence.

And here’s Tom Sowell:

The vision of the left is not just a vision of the world. For many, it is also  vision of themselves – a very flattering vision of people trying to save the planet, rescue the exploited, create “social justice”and otherwise be on the side of the angels. This is an exalted vision that few are ready to give up, or to risk on a roll of the dice. Which is what submitting it to the test of factual evidence amounts to. Maybe that is why there are so many fact free arguments on the left, whether it is gun control, minimum wages, or innumerable other issues – and why they react so viscerally to those who challenge their vision.



Politics Becomes More Poisonous Day by Day. by The Elephant's Child

Joe Biden has kinda sorta said he will announce on Thursday and that would seem to be his intent, based on an article at PJ Media on Wednesday. He will be the 21st announced Democrat candidate.


Clearly it’s true. Here is the photo accompanying the story. Brand new healthy tan, newly whitened teeth, and the white hair has become a becoming blonde. Looks good!. Younger too. Now with the endless fun the media has made of the Trump tan and the Trump slightly orange hair, will the media notice or show interest in the Biden blonde? Do I have any wagers? My bets are on no notice whatsoever.

Why is it that we currently have so much attention on skin color, and the diversity thereof, and the castigated old white-skinned men are attempting to darken their skin? People notice skin colors, but not necessarily in any kind of a prejudicial way. They notice when someone is sunburned, or freckled, or has zits. Many people of all different races have healthy good looking skin, and some don’t. The media attempts to claim that any one who does not support open borders does so because they are racist. Silly, but in this era of identity politics, anyone who isn’t Hitler or a Nazi is clearly racist. We seem to have a shortage of sufficiently nasty names. We could have a contest to find better nasty names than those in current usage.

Heather MacDonald has a new book out  on “The Diversity Delusion” with the subhead “How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the Culture.”She is absolutely correct.

Toxic ideas that originated in academia have now spread beyond the university setting, widening America’s cultural divisions. Too many college students enter the working world believing that human beings are defined by their skin color, gender, and sexual preference, and that oppression based on these characteristics defines the American experience. In The Diversity Delusion, Mac Donald argues that the root of this problem is the belief in America’s endemic racism and sexism, a belief that has spawned a massive diversity bureaucracy, especially in higher education.

Diversity is now the most important criteria in everything from hiring decisions, reading assignments, university admissions to photographs and cafeteria food selection. Heather is a careful researcher, and her work or her speeches are always worth your time.

The politicians believe that these are winning issues for them, based simply on their seeming “popularity”in the culture. We need to let them know that they are getting way off track.

The United States is probably the most diversified nation in the world with the most varied blend of races and languages, and we’re really pretty successful with it. I don’t know that calling everyone a racist is  useful way of improving things.



Victor Davis Hanson and the Search for Meaning by The Elephant's Child

This one is long,  49 minutes, but I cannot imagine, at the moment, any way it could be better spent. It is brilliant. Please do not miss this.

This has been a national nightmare, with everyone going a bit off the rails, and a lot of catastrophic crashes, and we’re a long way from recovery. Victor Davis Hanson does a very good job of clarifying and walking us through the whole thing. Expectations shattered, overreaction, searching for understanding or meaning, shedding certainty, shedding conviction. Strange and difficult times, and as I said — Dr. Hanson is brilliant.



Listen Carefully to What These People are Saying! by The Elephant's Child

Interesting to watch and listen to the vast bunch of Democrat candidates for the presidency out trying to raise money and interest roughly a year ahead of the first official notice of their existence. What becomes apparent is that they associate only with other Democrats, otherwise they wouldn’t be so oblivious to the real interests of the American people.

On Friday, in Iowa, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke proposed that:

If we allow farmers to earn a profit in what they grow, if we allow them to contribute their fair share in combating Climate Change by growing cover crops, allowing the technologies that invest in precision tilling and farming, capturing more of that carbon out of the air is another way in which they can make a profit.  Keep those farms together, pass them on to the next generation, and allow them to provide us our food and national security, our independence from the rest of the world, our ability to provide for the rest of the world.

I’ll bet that one went over well with Iowa’s farmers, who probably are vastly more concerned with keeping the federal government’s nose out of their farmland and their crops. Beto would “allow” them to make a profit! Since farmers spend  goodly amount of their time outdoors, actually daily aware of the climate, they’re probably not all that concerned about climate change, as the people in city apartments are.

Democrats are remarkably clueless about economics. They are convinced that Republican tax cuts are just give-aways to the rich, and it makes them furious. They will raise the wealthy people’s taxes the minute they get their proper control of government back. One would think that they might notice the booming economy, the dramatic drop in the unemployment rate, but somehow it never penetrates.

Clearly the Supreme Court needs fixing. Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend mayor and Democrat presidential candidate offers his view. Packing the Court is good, but it needs more than that:

We definitely need to do structural reform on the Supreme Court. Adding justices can be part of the solution but not in and of itself, it’s not enough. It’s neither necessary nor sufficient. What we’ve got to do is depoliticize it and one solution that I’ve been discussing in recent weeks is structuring it with 15 members but five of whom can only be seated by a unanimous consensus of the other 10.

They seem to have decided that they do not like not being in control, and they are going to fix things so it never happens again. I think we need to pay attention to what these people are saying as they seek higher office and campaign donations. It’s revealing, and scary that citizens who are running for the highest office in the land could have so little understanding of how things work, and why our government is structured the way it is.



One More For the Long, Long List of Lefty Candidates by The Elephant's Child


Few things testify so strongly to the quality of the ever-growing numbers of declared candidates for the presidency as the numbers of Democrats who look at the field, think that they’re better than that bunch, and decide to run. So we have Eric Swalwell (D-CA) announcing his decision to run today. He is a 4th term representative for the East Bay in the San Francisco area. He represents Alameda County and part of Contra Costa County.

His big issues, he says, are student loans (he says he’s still paying off his) and gun control. Last night he appeared on Stephen Colbert’s Late Night Show. He estimates that there are 15 million “assault weapons” in private hands in America and wants the government to take away all of them. In my own extensive archive, I found a note of the following:

Sept 13, 2014: The New York Times reported that the term “assault weapons was created by Democrats in order to build momentum to ban a “politically defined category of guns.

AWR Hawkins, who is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart, noted that less than 2% of gun deaths can be blamed on AR-15s. He wrote today: This is the third time Swalwell has pushed for a ban and buyback plan, which is confiscatory in nature, insomuch as it is a forced buyback. On May 21, 2018–the date that he publicly introduced the idea–Swalwell told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson of his plan for a government-sponsored “assault weapons” buyback and made clear there would be criminal prosecution of Americans who do not comply.

On April 3, 2019, he reiterated the ban and buyback scheme via Twitter, where he said, “We recently passed background check bills in the House. We must ban and buyback assault weapons next.”

This is the third time Swalwell has pushed for a ban and buyback plan, which is confiscatory in nature, insomuch as it is a forced buyback. On May 21, 2018–the date that he publicly introduced the idea–Swalwell told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson of his plan for a government-sponsored “assault weapons” buyback and made clear there would be criminal prosecution of Americans who do not comply.

I’ve pretty much lost track of how many Democrats are running, but I think it’s getting close to 20.



The Mueller Report: No Collusion, No Obstruction. by The Elephant's Child

The Mueller Report states clearly that they found no evidence of Collusion or Obstruction. No Russians. And we should be reminded that the Mueller team included mostly prominent Democrat lawyers, something that worried Republicans who feared that they might be too partisan to be fair. Democrats are, of course, outraged! They know, beyond all shadow of a doubt, that Trump is GUILTY, and since this Mueller report didn’t find the evidence, they will just have to find it themselves. See Schiff, Nadler, et al.

I believe this is what is called in psychology — “projection”. That is, you project onto others – your own failings or characteristics that you might be a little embarrassed about – particularly your enemies. Look it up. There are a number of definitions, all quite clear. Democrats have long made it obvious that they are quite ready, as today’s crop of Democrat candidates are demonstrating daily, to discard the inconvenient parts of the Constitution if it will help them to get elected.

After all, Teddy Kennedy actually secretly asked the Russians to intervene in the 1984 elections begging them to intervene in  U.S. Presidential election, on behalf of the Democratic party, to unseat President Ronald Reagan. It was not discovered until 1991, eight years later. Sean Davis describes how it all came to be discovered, when Boris Yeltsin opened the Soviet archives, in The Federalist today.




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