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John Hinderaker Said “The Democrats Are Crazy!” by The Elephant's Child

John Hinderaker at Powerline was not alone yesterday in exclaiming on their blog that “The Democrats are Crazy”— in reference to their theatrics at Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing. A lot of people out there were exclaiming the same thing. But it got me to thinking about just why we all have the same reaction to them.

Democrats believe deeply in the use of language to move, emotionally, those who hear their carefully chosen words (we usually call this ‘propaganda’). Democrats are quite sure that Americans, in general, are not all that bright and don’t pay much attention to the news; thus they are easily influenced by short snappy words designed to catch at their emotions. We can recognize this from the “talking points” that emanate from the bowels of “Think Progress,”— but just who develops the “talking points,” I don’t know.

We do notice when a great many leading Democrats all say exactly the same words in the same way, on the same day. We’ve several times managed to catch their words individually and put the clips together—it’s fairly hilarious, and an excruciatingly embarrassing example. But that is the source of the “talking points” charge.

Perhaps you have noticed the Democrat’s desire to admit any and all illegal immigrants who come to to the border as future voters, and bodies for the census, (which will improve their allocation of representatives and votes in the electoral college). The Dems’ desire to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE)—has been dealt with by the suddenly ubiquitous phrase “ripped from the arms of their mothers.” Excellent emotional words to get voters to the polls for the midterms, and it’s working. The fact that it isn’t true does not matter. Back in the Cold War days, propaganda was frequent, and fairly well understood, but it was what the Russians did, not us. Uh-huh.

You probably have noticed occasions when it seems that Lefties are missing the very basic information that informs most of us. In the case of the Kavanaugh hearing, they seem unusually ill-informed about how the Supreme Court works, how they receive cases to adjudicate, and how they decide to deal with a case, and unclear about what the Constitution has to do with it.

They assume that because Kavanaugh is a Republican — he is rabidly pro-life, and will quickly deprive women of their precious right to have an abortion (which they carefully call “women’s health care.”) Never mind that we are just learning that numbers of women are actually dying from abortions at Planned Parenthood. The whole subject would not come up unless a case would come to the Court that found in some fashion that Roe v. Wade was wrongfully decided or that it was proving to be unconstitutional—which is highly unlikely. Justices don’t get to pick past cases and give them a do-over. That’s not what the Supreme Court does. Democrats seem somewhat unfamiliar with the Constitution as well. I think hard reading is perhaps too much for them.

A good supply of “talking points” relieves Democrats of the necessity of time-consuming studying up, or the need to really become knowledgeable about much of anything. Thus they can become passionate advocates for women’s rights, global warming, the plight of the polar bears, or the dangers of genetically modified foods, when a little studying-up would straighten out their misconceptions.

That’s my take. I’m sure all Democrats would disagree and just object that that’s just partisan politics. Of course it is that, but it does help if you know what you are being partisan about.

Stay Classy, Democrats! by The Elephant's Child

Briege over Skagit River

This is becoming annoying. One span of the Skagit River Bridge on I-5 collapsed when a trucker with an oversize wide load hit a structural member of the bridge when trying to move over to accommodate another truck. The bridge was inspected within the last 6 months, and passed inspection.

The Chicago theme we’ve heard before — “Never let a crisis go to waste“— immediately prompted Democrats to blame Republicans. On Twitter, former senior adviser to President Obama, David Axlerod, blamed Republicans for the collapse of a portion of the I-5 bridge in Mont Vernon, Washington. He tweeted:


Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Seattle). (better known as Baghdad Jim) accused Republicans of “throwing American infrastructure…under the bus.”

McDermott cited the incident as proof Republicans were blocking infrastructure investment to hurt President Obama politically. McDermott, possibly the most politically partisan member of the House, added: “Well, they have clearly spent the whole last five years trying to tear the president down, but they have done it by throwing the American infrastructure and the society under the bus,” McDermott said in an interview with MSNBC host Al Sharpton. (Now there’s a dramatic interview!)

“We have the most long-term unemployed that we have had since the 1930s and there’s no excuse for that,” McDermott continued.”There is plenty of work in this society that needs to be done and all it means is that the Congress has to step up, put the money up, and we can have it.” He suggested that lawmaker could find extra money to pay for transportation projects by raising the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax.

Brilliant. Why didn’t anybody ever think of that? Washington’s gas tax is already 37.5 cents-per-gallon, New York’s is already 50.6 cents, California’s 48.7, Illinois’ 39.1. Surely some people remember that we already allocated large quantities of public money for infrastructure as part of the Recovery Act, only to have President Obama giggle and announce that he guessed there weren’t really any of those “shovel-ready” projects after all.

The Left always believes that if you just take money out of taxpayers’ pockets and, after passing it through government bureaucracies, put what’s left back into use by paying Union employees to work on a project. A portion of the money paid will thus return to the government in the form of Union dues used to elect another proud member of the Left. It does not foster growth in the economy, government projects take years to come to fruition after the necessary environmental reviews and permitting processes.

If the permits take too long, you can just have those workers dig holes and fill them up again.

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