American Elephants


Pelosi and Schumer, Terrorists and Drug Smugglers, the Border Patrol and President Trump by The Elephant's Child

Nancy Pelosi, upon being sworn in as the new Speaker of the House, has reiterated her refusal to give President Trump even one cent for his border wall. The wall, she announced, is an immorality.  The best approach “is comprehensive immigration reform, where we address the whole package of reforms.” Uh huh. She says:

We’ve been through this, secure our borders, legalize the people who are here so that they can participate fully, do so in a way that energizes America, which has always been the case with newcomers coming. And I emphasize that secure our borders. Because that’s a responsibility, to protect and defend our country. The president would not — the inference that you draw from the wall is that’s the only way to do that. That actually is an immorality.

Just 7 percent of Americans say that illegal immigration is “not a serious problem”, according to a wide-ranging Economist/YouGov survey. 2 percent of Republicans, 7 percent of Independents and even 12 percent of Democrats agreed that it isn’t  problem. 40 percent of Americans overall say that illegal immigration in the U.S. is  serious problem, 73 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats agree. That’s some wide disparity!! 5 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats say it’s  minor problem.

“The fact is, a wall is an immorality!” Pelosi stated loudly. “It’s not who we are as a nation.” Well, it’s the law in the United States of America — or is there some part of the word ‘illegal’ that is too hard to understand?

Ms. Pelosi has a wall around her Pacific Heights home in one of San Francisco’s toniest neighborhoods. Mexico has a wall on their southern border, with guard posts, but the caravans from Honduras and Guatemala broke through. Walls work, if imperfectly, and they are not exactly uncommon. One third of the world’s nations have walls. Here you are getting into world government territory and French President Macron’s claim that “nationalism is treason” which set off the yellow vest riots (still continuing) all over France.

House Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass) (of course) told PJ Media that she hopes President Trump settles for building barriers that are not as high as “a giant wall” while helping to get “our” DREAMers the security they need and deserve. She added “The wall is a bad idea. We have better technology. We already have fencing and barriers but when we have Border Patrol agents that don’t even have cell phone service that’s where we should be investing our dollars, that sort of technology.” We have a major drug trade, with all the misery and death that entails. Cell phones?

Well, how simple. We should have thought of turning away several thousand violent young men who are throwing rocks and trying to kill our Border Patrol officers – by giving them all cell phones. Maybe someone could develop little drones that shoot off little bursts of tear gas. Technology will solve our problems.

I don’t know that many people are aware that a majority of our Hispanic citizens said of the so-called “Dreamers” – to send the kids back where they came from. It was an illegal ploy of the Obama administration.

Democrats want more illegals because they can be Democrat voters, and because we have an upcoming census next year that counts bodies, not citizens, to allot the number of representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Their determined search for complete control is not only ugly, but in complete opposition to the most elementary understanding of the nature of American government and American freedoms.

Our Southern border is approximately 2,000 miles long, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Border states are California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. It is the worlds most crossed border, with approximately 350 million crossings each year. Two rivers, the Rio Grande and the Colorado River, vast tracts of Sonoran Desert. It’s hard country. Some 800 miles may be too remote to need wall or fence.

Democrats continually conflate legal immigrants and illegal immigrants, claiming that we are “a nation of immigrants”, so you are supposed to favor illegal immigrants if your great granny escaped from communist Russia just before Stalin took over. We are a nation of citizens, and there are well over a million people who have applied, according to the law, to immigrate to the United States of America and are stuck on a very long wait list because the government believes that we can deal correctly with about a million new immigrants a year. The list is long and people can wait for years. So we get illegals instead, and H-1B foreign tech graduates who will work for less than our own high-tech grads. Go figure.

A lot of what is current is mixed up in this whole mess — irrational hatred of Trump, the battle over nationalism and one-worldism, the people’s desire to be free of attacks from Islamic fundamentalists, the fight to achieve complete control, the hatred of people who think differently from you, the urge to prevent words or thoughts you disagree with from being heard, diversity of thought rather than skin color, gender and how it relates to bathroom usage, the definition of ‘hate speech’, the need of snowflakes for safe spaces. You can add to the list as you choose. It ‘s all absolutely nuts. For a look at what the border is like, here you go.



Ideology Overrides Common Sense And Law. by The Elephant's Child

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Donald Trump got a lot of support from his announced plan to build a “Great Big Wall and make Mexico pay for it.” The commentariat reacted immediately with cries of racism and xenophobia, (the fear of anything new or different), but in fact, countries all over the world are reacting to migrants with new fences or walls. Turkey’s new Syrian border fence will have a smart tower every 1,000 feet featuring “a three-language alarm system and automate firing systems” supported by zeppelin drones.

Israel’s Separation Barrier with the West Bank has been hotly debated. There is a Moroccan Wall in the Western Sahara. The Great Wall of Jordan (costs half a billion dollars), and Kenya has an anti-terror wall on its Somalia border.

Saudi Arabia is building a 600 mile “Great Wall” to protect against border infiltrators from Iraq that begin with sand berms, twin chain link fences with razor wire 100m apart separated by concertina fence, then 40 watchtowers equipped with radar and daylight cameras, command-and-control centers, 38 separate communication towers and 32 military response stations. They are serious, but ISIS regards the capture of Saudi Arabia home to the”Two Holy Mosques” of Mecca and Medina, as a key goal.

Many of the EU states are erecting border fences, but those who consider the nation-state to be a fiction, and who sneer at border fences as attempting to keep the barbarians out, note that “barbarians can be defined however the wall -builders desire.” Technology is dismissed as a leftover Cold War trend. An essay from UPI suggests since the advent of the War on Terror, border barriers have been framed as a state’s response to terrorist acts, but are a distorted mirror image of terrorist intentions. Building a wall is easier for a more authoritarian state, and part of a policy framework that includes state-sanctioned repression. But then Evelyn Gordon reports at Commentary about the 13 year-old Israeli-American who was murdered in her bed this morning, stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager.

I would submit that people are by nature tribal. The Middle East is deeply divided by tribes who all seem to be fighting each other. People who share a language, a background and customs are apt to stick together. America was settled by tribes or groups who settled together, the British in new England, the Dutch in New Amsterdam, the Germans in Germantown, members of  religious sects came together. Many were despised when they first arrived, but assimilated, integrated and intermarried — and then they formed new tribes, barn builders,  quilters, musicians and horse breeders and so on and on.

Victor Davis Hanson wrote recently  that “The history of nations is mostly characterized by ethnic and racial uniformity, not diversity.”

Most national boundaries reflected linguistic, religious, and ethnic homogeneity. Until the late 20th century, diversity was considered a liability, not a strength. …

Many societies created words to highlight their own racial purity. At times, “Volk” in German and “Raza” in Spanish (and “Razza” in Italian) meant more than just shared language, residence, or culture; those words also included a racial essence. Even today, it would be hard for someone Japanese to be fully accepted as a Mexican citizen, or for a native-born Mexican to migrate and become a Japanese citizen …

America is history’s exception. It began as a republic founded by European migrants. Like the homogenous citizens of most other nations, they were likely on a trajectory to incorporate racial sameness as the mark of citizenship. But the ultimate logic of America’s unique Constitution was different. So the United States steadily evolved to define Americans by their shared values, not by their superficial appearance. Eventually, anyone who was willing to give up his prior identity and assume a new American persona became American.

Consider the agenda of the Obama administration. Diversity is to be enforced, including forcing suburbs to accept people from the inner city, and forcing people from the inner city to relocate to unfamiliar suburbs. Refugees are to be planted in communities across the country. Idaho just got 7 refugees with active Tuberculosis (TB), following seven other states who have reported active TB among refugees resettled in their states. Of 4,650 refugees resettled in Idaho between 2011 and 2015 — 896 tested positive for latent TB infection. TB is a very serious disease. It had been nearly eradicated. And TB is just one of the diseases that Obama is quite deliberately spreading around the country in the name of ideology.

Illegal alien unaccompanied children have been sent to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.  Attempting to reach some ideological goal by forcing diversity of race and ethnicity in the name of achieving “equality” goes against the natural inclinations of the people involved — to solve a solely political goal of the administration. A goal that seems to be mostly about making themselves feel noble and important, because it certainly has nothing to do with the people and what they want.




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