American Elephants

Why Does Race Dominate the Political Conversation? by The Elephant's Child

Heather MacDonald, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

Long before the El Paso massacre, President Trump’s political opponents accused him of sowing “division” with his “racist language.” Mr. Trump “exploits race,” “uses race for his gain,” is engaged in a “racially divisive reprise” of his 2016 campaign, stokes “racial resentments,” and puts “race at the fore,” the New York Times has reported over the past several months.

I don’t know about you, but I had certainly heard the claims of Trump’s racism, but I didn’t hear the examples. The president doesn’t seem to use racial categories in his tweets, or in his speeches. (The article is may be behind a subscription barrier)

The Democrats and the Media certainly do. Ms. MacDonald wrote:


Have The Democrats Finally Gone Too Far? Yes. by The Elephant's Child


I have a bad habit of jotting down brief notes as I read my way round the internet on a little grocery list kind of pad, and then not being able to read them because I scribbled.  Most get scrapped. but I keep a few, like these:

Sept. 18, 2014 – 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.”  and I added ARLS
are responsible for less thn 2% of all gun deaths. and 4.4 shootings in schools per 100,000 students—98% not by rifles or shotguns.

If the Left is losing, it means the rules need to be changed.

Republicans “spew hate” while Democrats are “passionate”

Today, I noticed more recognition that Democrats are engaging in pure propaganda. They are having trouble dealing with, and covering up for, their new freshmen congresspersons. Afraid to condemn, can’t approve, but how much of a following do these three have?

Here’s Michael Goodwin at the New York Post: “Have the Democrats finally gone too far?

Seth Barron, also N.Y. Post: “Forget about Israel” Ilhan Omar’s not a big fan of America, either.”

Michael Walsh at PJ Media: “Border Emergency? What Border Emergency?”

Erielle Davidson at The Federalist: “Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Jewish Views are Typical for Democrats’ Congressional Black Caucus”

Byron York: Washington Examiner: “Yes Trump is target of ‘presidential harassment’

Melissa Langsam Braunstein: The Federalist: Democrats to Jews: You Don’t Know An Anti-Semite When You Hear One”

It All Falls Apart: The White House Spin Is Not Working by The Elephant's Child

President Obama’s claim of being unaware of any problems until after they have happened is wearing thin even with Liberal stalwarts in the media. There are limits beyond which belief falters. The list is too long. Familiarity with the operations of the White House. Experience with many presidents. Most media personalities are familiar with the demands of the profession of journalism and the hopes and dreams they had when they chose the profession. The White House spin is not working.

Democrats are still searching for excuses, currently about the expense of the failed website construction, and whether we can get our money back.

We talk a lot about how divided the two parties are. Democrats currently talk a lot about how divided the Republicans are. The first is undeniable, the latter isn’t really true. Republicans do not march in lockstep. They are a big opinionated party that disagrees about particular issues, about strategy, and about their own members. They may argue about basic principle but they agree on it in the end.  Democrats don’t do principle.

Or perhaps I should say Progressives don’t do principle. They have said so. They don’t have principles, they have projects and react to issues as they come up. They don’t understand principles. They do talking points. Republicans say Democrats are the party of Big Government, but that is not one of their principles. It’s just common knowledge that wise people in government can do a better job of ordering the affairs of man than can the hoi-polloi out there. You have perhaps noticed the contempt that people in government offices have for the ordinary citizens.

They’re not quite sure what the desired end-point is, for some  it was one-world government and all the “philanthropies” changed their names to “non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) so they would be treated with importance at the UN, but general faith in the UN as a body is diminishing — with reason. Global Warming was going to be a global government thing, but the science isn’t working. It’s always a semi-demi-utopian bright shining vision off in the future that if they just succeed in winning, and getting rid of Republican dissent permanently — will be wonderful.

So that’s their goal. They need to “win.” To be in charge. For many, politics has been their whole life. That wasn’t quite what the Founders intended. They envisioned people who would leave their occupation for a brief time to take part in governance, but that was probably unlikely at any time.

The Democrat Party had its origins in the administration of Andrew Jackson, important general, major slaveholder, Indian fighter, which morphed into the party of slaveholders and the South. They were a large part of the Confederacy, but many Confederates fought for their states, not for slaveholding. They were the party of the Ku Klux Klan, opponents of reconstruction and  the civil rights laws that were passed in the years after the Civil War until the present. They have tried to shuck the taint of slavery, and struggled to twist history into somehow blaming Republicans for slavery. They know that is a fraud, but it leaves them ultra sensitive on the issue and they make a major effort to find “code words” in things Republicans say, They pull odd little stunts to show how “racist” Republicans are.

Perhaps you recall when House Democrats marched across the front of the capitol building to the Senate through a crowd of protestors,( were they Tea Party protestors?), and claimed that the protestors hurled ‘N’ word insults at the black members of the House. Didn’t work in the age of iPhones, Andrew Breitbart offered a huge financial prize to anyone who captured such language. No one heard it. They have sent fraudulent actors to appear carrying racist signs among Tea Party people at a demonstration. And the picture of a man carrying a rifle over his shoulder was shown all over national television and the internet until an un-cropped picture turned up to show that the man was just another black Tea Party member. Someone turned up at the Veterans protest during the Park Service shutdown carrying a Confederate Battle flag, and they haven’t identified him yet, but you can be sure that it was a Democrat. Republicans just don’t think that way.

I have never had any interest in the “first black president” thing, nor, as far as that goes in the “first woman” to be anything. I understand how meaningful the “first black president” has been to black Americans, but I just don’t think that way.  I’m interested in policy, experience, competence, management and yes, principle. And as far as I can tell so are most Republicans.

Supposedly the Democrats are the party of helping poor black Americans, but their record of doing so is entirely in the welfare field. They are vicious in their hate for Black Americans who have spectacularly succeeded in life and have become Republicans.  Dr. Ben Carson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Economist Thomas Sowell, Economist Walter Williams.  Succeeding while black is acceptable, succeeding while black and Republican is definitely not. Here are some ordinary examples of Liberal Intolerance:

At a dinner party
A Kansas University professor
About the Keystone Pipeline
On Fallen Heroes

Can We Make Private Matters Private Once Again? by The Elephant's Child


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced their support last month for selling oral contraceptives over-the-counter without a prescription, in the United States. If approved by the federal government, this would take contraception out of politics, and put it back where it belongs, as a private matter.

The “War on Women” was always a complete lie. Republicans should never have allowed Democrats to demagogue the contraceptive issue and pretend that because Republicans rejected the idea that contraceptives should be a “free” health insurance benefit that therefore added a huge cost for taxpayers, that Republicans somehow opposed contraception.  Democrats are always on the lookout for anything they can translate into a bumper sticker, and that was an easy grab.

Women can now buy the morning-after pill over the counter without a prescription, but oral contraceptives require a prescription. If contraceptives are completely safe, then government should remove themselves from the issue. It is a private matter. The idea that Republicans opposed the use of contraception was a useful charge for Democrat propaganda, they may not want to give it up as an issue so easily. We’ll see.

I wonder how many low-information voters fell for the sleazy “Vote like your lady parts depend on it,” ploy?

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