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A Timely Book For Today: Published in 1841. by The Elephant's Child

There is a book out there, first published in 1841, entitled “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.”It was an early study of crowd psychology by Scottish journalist Charles Mackay. It was published in three volumes: “National Delusions,” “Peculiar Follies,: and “Philosophical Delusions.” Mackay was an accomplished storyteller, though he wrote in a journalistic manner and somewhat sensational style.

It has been in print ever since, and Amazon has at least 13 different bindings and prices.  There’s the Crusades, fortune- telling, the influence of politics on the shapes of beards and hair. Haunted houses, prophecies, and economic bubbles. There’s the Railway Mania of the 1840s the South Sea Bubble, The Mississippi Scheme, The Tullipomania, The Witch Trials, Wikipedia has a good coverage, with some interesting illustrations from the period.

Probably time to check a copy out of the Library or buy your own. I’m afraid that’s where we are. Collusion with Russia clearly merits a listing, and perhaps Bitcoin. They urge each other on, and each excess exceeds the previous excess. And each excess gives permission for the next person to play “Can You Top This?”

They talk Democracy, but you have probably noticed that they are not interested in a two-party system. They are destined to rule, and where this is all going, nobody knows.


President Trump Once Again Fulfills his Promise by The Elephant's Child

President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Judge Kavanaugh has served for 12 years on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and has written more than 300 opinions that involve every significant constitutional issue including separation of powers and federalism. The Supreme Court has adopted the logic of 11 of his opinions in whole or in part. He is among a younger generation of judges who base their rulings on the text of the Constitution and Congressional statute. He has the experience and intellect to be a leader on the Court, rather than a predictable vote on an issue.

Naturally, the Left has erupted with the usual silliness. Kavanaugh will end Roe v. Wade, put gay men in jail, and whatever else they can come up with.  That’s not how the Supreme Court operates. They are the court of last resort whose duty is to apply and defend the United States Constitution to the particular case before them. Mr. Trump promised to select a Justice “who will faithfully interpret the Constitution as written,” and that is just what he has done.  Judge Kavanaugh has a record that suggests that he will help to restore the Supreme Court to its proper, more modest role in American politics and American society.

The serious and thoughtful men who wrote and adopted the U.S. Constitution were intent on preserving the freedoms and rights that the country had just fought a long bloody war about. They recognized the imperfect nature of mankind and how easily freedom could be lost to bad ideas. And we always have a remarkable quantity of bad ideas in our society as in any society.

The hard Left just won an election in a safe Democratic district with a young “Democratic Socialist” who is remarkably free from any knowledge of history, politics or international affairs. Dumb as a post. And she tried to palm herself off as just a girl from the Bronx, not. She left the Bronx as a small child and grew up in a tony Westchester suburb with her successful well-to-do architect father. But she had the Hispanic name for a district that is largely Hispanic

Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s take on Judge Kavanaugh, and here is John Hinderaker at Powerline.

A Little History for the 4th of July by The Elephant's Child

Life doesn’t always turn out as you expected it too.The world keeps moving on and changing inexorably, and we need to move and change with it. Pause and think about the big shifts in history when one of the parties said in essence —this will not stand. I just read a brief history of the time when Spain threw out Islam, and the triumph of Christianity.

Hat salesman to President of the United States. Some of our better presidents weren’t from the political class. Might keep that in mind as well.

Diversity & Discrimination In The Ivy League by The Elephant's Child

In early May of 2015  a complaint was filed against Harvard College alleging that the school sets too high a bar for Asian-American applicants by setting a higher bar for admissions than that faced by other groups.

A complaint Friday alleged that Harvard College discriminates against Asian-American applicants by setting a higher bar for admissions than that faced by other groups.

The complaint, filed by a coalition of 64 organizations, says the university has set quotas to keep the numbers of Asian-American students significantly lower than the quality of their applications merits. It cites third-party academic research on the SAT exam showing that Asian-Americans have to score on average about 140 points higher than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students and 450 points higher than African-American students to equal their chances of gaining admission to Harvard. The exam is scored on a 2400-point scale.

The complaint was filed with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. Harvard responded that the school’s admissions policies are “fully compliant with the law” Robert Iuliano, Harvard’s general counsel said the admissions process takes into account many factors besides academics including extracurricular activities and leadership.

“Within its holistic admissions process, and as part of its effort to build a diverse class, Harvard College has demonstrated a strong record of recruiting and admitting Asian American students,” Mr. Iuliano said in a statement. He said the percentage of Asian-American students admitted to the undergraduate school rose to 21% from less than 18% in the past decade.

Forward to April 2018. An organization leading the lawsuit is Students for Fair Admissions, comprised of Asian-American students who applied to get into Harvard and were rejected. The group believes the school is guilty of racial discrimination, specifically against students of Asian descent. .

A degree from Harvard College certainly opens a lot of doors for the applicant. Is it a better education? That’s an interesting question. “Harvard has refused to release information about its application process, calling it a vital trade secret” says the Daily Signal.

The devotion to multiculturalism—the ever-present left-wing philosophy framing the issue of race in terms of oppressor vs. oppressed groups—utterly dominates America’s “elite” institutions. …

The stultified culture of diversity becomes malignant when it’s used to discriminate against some groups for doing too well, such as with Asian applicants to an elite school. But even without these egregious examples, it damages the idea that Americans are to be judged as individuals, not groups.

The Ivy League used similar methods to discriminate against Jews in the past. When that became seen  as racist and unfair, the quotas for ‘leadership’ and ‘well-rounded’ were dropped.

The idea that the only diversity that matters is racial diversity dominates academia, and business today. And it is Bunk. I believe that it is a product of the Democratic Party’s need to hold onto the black vote. Democrats have a long history of racial discrimination. It was Southern Democrats who imported slaves to work their cotton fields, while the North was industrializing. They fought and lost the Civil War, fought and lost the effort to prevent blacks from becoming full citizens, and fought for the right to discriminate against them. The Democrats’ horror at a casual comment by Kanye West saying that he liked the way Candace Owens spoke, was typical.

Diversity is a prevailing ideology of grievance. The idea that a college class needs to be “diverse” in the percentages of racial heritage to give students the experience of associating with people of other races seems absurd. “Tribal” is currently considered something of a dirty word, yet I believe that people remain tribal in that they form groups based on their interests, their heritage, their hobbies, and their passions. I have friends from home, from high school, from college, from my neighborhood, none of whom know each other. When I go to a nearby mall with a food court, I will see groups playing with the giant chess set, groups who are all knitting, and special sections set aside for Seahawks gear and fan stuff. That is tribal, and tribal is just ordinary human nature.

Today, society seems to be breaking down on the issue of politics, or more specifically Donald Trump. We have the increasingly irrelevant Mueller search for some trace of Russian collusion, and Maxine Waters is out there demanding that all Democrats attack Conservatives anywhere they are to be found, and conversely Democrats panicking that Maxine may be messing up their Blue Wave. Silicon Valley has proclaimed itself to be an exclusive bastion of the Left, and just to prove how diverse they are, not only fired someone who suggested that women make different choices than math and physics, but to make sure that they properly designate some things as “hate speech” they have enlisted the Southern Poverty Law Center as their approved “hate speech” censor, which proves my point.

So there you go. Another ordinary day in the Home of the Free and Land of the Brave.

The Supreme Court Upheld Trump’s Travel Ban by The Elephant's Child
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of President Trump and his immigration policy across the board, holding that the permanent entry restrictions from countries involved with terrorism and terrorist-prone nations codified in Presidential Proclamation is fully consistent with Congress’s Immigration and Nationality Act, as well as the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority that admission and exclusion of foreign nationals is a “fundamental sovereign attribute exercised by the Government’s political departments largely immune from judicial control,” quoting from an earlier case, and that the president has extraordinarily broad discretion under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f) to exclude aliens when he believes doing so is in the nation’s interests.

President Trump’s policy is permitted by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution, because Presidential Proclamation 9645 provides a religion-neutral explanation for the policy that is facially legitimate, rejecting plaintiffs’ arguments that the policy advanced an impermissible religious purpose.

Democrats have a problematic history with race and racism. The election of the First Black President was supposed to absolve them from past history. But to make sure of it, they have taken every opportunity to accuse Republicans of Racism. They have made Racism the defining issue of our times, university and college campuses have been aflame with the racist question. Speakers shouted down or attacked because students are told they are racist.

Thus they attempted to turn Trump’s Travel Ban into a “racist ban.” Every “mainstream media” source speaks of the travel ban as a “Muslim Ban”, though it is no such thing. It is interesting that Democrats are unconcerned about terrorism, which has a record of mass murder all over Europe, and speak only of a religion. If there were any way to sort out the terrorists from the merely religious it would simplify the problems. President Trump’s first duty is to try to protect the American people.

When you are more worried about rejecting people on the basis religious differences when the plain, clear object is to ban ISIS fighters who thrive on blowing themselves up in the midst of big crowds, running airplanes into tall buildings, and attacking with machetes, knives or trucks — you’ve got your priorities badly mixed up.

One is not allowed to be Black and Republican. When Kanye West said that he liked the way Candace Owens spoke, a shock wave swept through the Democrat Party. That is not allowed.

Unhinged Democrats by The Elephant's Child

Thanks, Lefties! Makes a great campaign ad for us. Who would want to be associated with this bunch of unhinged progressives?

If You Have Been Wondering Why? Here’s the Answer! by The Elephant's Child

The general era of hysteria, one crisis after another that Democrats erupt over, we have usually attributed to “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” But I ran across this video from November of last year of Victor Davis Hanson chatting with Ginny Thomas, and Dr. Hanson explains it all perfectly. So if you are wondering about all the weeping and gnarling of knuckles over “poor innocent children ‘ripped’ from the arms of their mothers” here’s why: Look closely at the county map of the election, and listen to the whole explanation.

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