American Elephants


C’mon, C’mon, C’mon, Man! by The Elephant's Child

The reports are in, President Trump had a very good second debate. It was inevitable that the Biden history of profiting from government office would become not just well known, but a major subject of discussion.

I have never really understood the Left’s fury with Donald Trump, yes, he defeated Hillary, who was going to be their first woman president, and those firsts are important ways to secure the reputation of the left. Unfortunately a good percentage of the population found Hillary a compulsive liar, and unfit for the office, and she lost. But their fury with Trump never dissipated at all, but grew steadily. The insults grew steadily, and the accusations ever swelled. He was not just an orange bad man, but worse than Hitler, and they have been steadily trying to accuse him of personally killing every single person who has died from the Corona Virus, because he did nothing, and didn’t even care if people died. The basis for this is that he tried to keep people from panicking  from fear of contagion.

Joe Biden was trying to stick him with that last night, which is absurd. Covid-19 was an unknown virus when it first attacked America a few miles north of my house, when a man flew in from Wuhan, China to visit a relative in a nursing home, and infected many of the patients and staff. As soon as that was known, President Trump halted all flights from China to a huge outcry from the Left. Racist! xenophobe, Asia hating, and so on. but it undoubtedly saved many lives. His actions were prompt, he brought on the best known experts in Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National institute of Infectious Diseases and Dr. Deborah Birx, sent hospital ships to New York and Los Angeles. Governors asked for ventilators, Trump worked with U.S. Auto companies to get them in production. Soon people carrying the virus were coming in to the East Coast from Europe, and Governor Cuomo made the mistake of urging the sick elderly to be cared for in nursing homes, which he assumed would have better staff and equipment to deal with sick elderly people, which resulted in huge numbers of deaths. Cuomo hasn’t admitted to this day that he made a stupid mistake, and continues trying to cover up.

The point is that we didn’t really know anything about the virus, how it spread and how to prevent more people from contagion. We are still learning. President Trump, his wife and son have all been infected and recovered. To attempt to blame Donald Trump for all the Corona virus deaths is just low and disgusting.

Donald Trump has long been a successful businessman and understands the problems that businesses face, and promptly set about improving their situation by removing unnecessary regulations, and making it easier for business to do business.

One of the most interesting exchanges that nobody else seemed to think important was when Joe Biden accused Trump of being friendly with Kim Jong Il, the ruler of North Korea, who had nuclear weapons and was a dangerous enemy, as if that was somehow out of the line. Trump blandly explained that it was more useful to be able to have conversations with him than to treat him as an enemy. Better to be talking than shooting nukes at each other, or killing young American men, but Joe didn’t seem to understand the idea. The growing number of Arab nations who have agreed to consular relationships with Israel was not mentioned either.

In the meantime, Douglas Emhoff, Kamala Harris’s husband was heard bragging that his wife was going to be President of the United States. Now that is scary.



What a Strange and Vicious Election Campaign! by The Elephant's Child
The same Democrats who accuse Trump of all sorts of hate and demagoguery are the exact same Democrats who told black people that that Mitt Romney and the abolitionist Republican party were going to re-enslave them. And that John McCain was a racist, white supremacist, bloodthirsty war-monger who was cheating on his wife. “Progressive” Democrats are not the solution to our problems, they are the problem.

This is certainly the strangest election of my lifetime. For the last four years the politics have been vicious. The Democrats expected to win the last election with Hillary Clinton. They had counted on winning with the first woman president, and they had no idea how unpopular Hillary was. They carefully planted “evidence” of some kind of collusion between Donald  Trump and the Russians, that they were sure would sink his candidacy.  Didn’t work. Trump won. Perhaps there is some case in the past of the losing party behaving so badly, but I’m unaware of it, and I thought I had a fairly good grasp of history.

Think back over the last four years. Before “Black Lives Matter” and before the riots and statue toppling. Donald Trump was attacked viciously from day one. He has been prominent for years, as a TV personality, as a builder, and simply as a personality in New York. Democrats reacted with fury. I’ve lived under quite a few presidents (don’t ask) and political partisans may not like the president of the opposing party, but I have never, never seen such viciousness.

Donald Trump is not one to suffer quietly under attack, nor to wait quietly for someone else to defend him. He responds. And he has found Twitter an easy way to respond. Some people object. UN-PRESIDENTIAL!! Presidents should be former generals, or sons of presidents, or a prominent governor, or, or. Just not. He has done a remarkable lot for the American people. And now Nancy Pelosi is trying desperately to find a way to declare the president so unfit from his bout with the Covid-19 virus that he is somehow incapable of performing the duties of the presidency adequately.

So what about Joe Biden? We know he was Barack Obama’s vice president, but we, as usual, don’t know much about vice presidents do. They own the record of the president they serve. So what’s the record of the Obama administration? Read it and weep.

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Look at those carefully. Cost of living way up, federal debt way up,  unemployment way up, median family income way down. That’s not partisan politics, but just what their policies produced.

Democrat efforts to blame Trump for all the deaths from Covid -19 were a complete failure. His reaction to the news from Washington State of the deaths of residents and staff in the nursing home visited by someone from Wuhan, China was prompt and decisive. He banned all flights from China to vast outcry from the Democrats who loudly accused the president of racism, attacks on Asian people, because they were a different color, that sort of thing. Democrats belive in “Global Warming” and the end of the Earth in the near future, probably  because they have never bothered to study up on the science, and they fall for anything that seems as if it might be useful.

Because petroleum scientists have discovered a better way to find natural gas and extract it, we are no longer dependent on oil and gas from the Middle East, and we have plentiful supplies. Gas prices are the lowest in years, hovering mostly only slightly over $2 for a gallon of regular. The highest gas prices are found in California. Biden wants to ban Fracking, the very technology that has made us energy independent. The cost of energy percolates through everything we buy or do.

The “Green New Deal” advocated by AOC, would be a disaster for the economy, and accomplish nothing whatsoever for the climate. Joe Biden was eager to sign on, which is frighteing. Carbon Dioxide is a natural fertilizer for plants, and makes crops grow better. It is not the control knob for the climate, which has been changing for centuries and probably will continue to do so. We have had ice ages and warm periods, and the warm years are nicer. The climate seems to be controlled by the action of the sun. If you study up, you won’t fall for the climate catastrophists.

Donald Trump is doing a remarkably good job. He understands what he is doing, and how his policies will work to improve the lives of Americans.  And they are working.



The Debate. What was said and what was not. by The Elephant's Child

We had our first debate last night, and it was an “interesting” experience. The two candidates bring different qualities and experience to the fray, Donald Trump is the current president and has a record, which is pretty impressive. Best economy going. Brought peace to the Middle East, with three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. Outstanding economy for black Americans, with excellent employment, and boosts for black entrepreneurs with new opportunity zones. We’ve also had protests, riots, destruction, damage to businesses and looting in the name of “Black Lives Matter” and “Antifa” both of which seem to be Communist inspired. It’s hard to get one’s mind around all that has gone on and sort it out.

Democrats were set on a Hillary Clinton win, and the brownie points of electing the first woman president. When that didn’t work out, they seem to have gone a little bit over the hill. Joe Biden, as the Vice President for the first Black president, seemed to be better than the vast array of unknowns who ran for the nomination.

All of this underscores that the great scandal of 2016 wasn’t Russian collusion. It was the unleashing of America’s premier law enforcement agency against a presidential campaign based on Russian disinformation midwifed and financed by the Clinton campaign. The public is finally getting the truth about the FBI’s malfeasance, and Messrs. Barr and Durham deserve credit for exposing it.’

An FBI agent who played a lead role investigating Michael Flynn told the Justice Department there was never evidence of wrongdoing by the retired general or Russian collusion by President Trump, but the probe was kept open by Special Counsel Robert Mueller because his team had a “get Trump” goal, according to an explosive interview released Friday

Democrats were so anxious to get rid of the horrendous Trump that they have lost all sense of right and wrong, and what is acceptable. Their effort continues. Now it’s “white supremacy”, and when that fades away for lack of any proof whatsoever, they’ll come up with something else. I believe they are talking about impeaching him once again. This is just wrong.



History is What Happened in the Past. by The Elephant's Child

Former Vice President Joe Biden has clarified matters. Donald Trump caused the Corona virus, didn’t act on it promptly enough, didn’t do the right things when he finally did act, and thus caused all the deaths and misery and unemployment that have resulted. He has also caused all the riots and protests, is a thoroughly bad man and must be replaced as soon as possible by the aforesaid Joe Biden.

So naturally, the news today was entirely about Nancy Pelosi getting her hair done, cut and color, I presume. Partly it seemed to be about whether or not she wore a mask, (She didn’t). which was required. The salon didn’t open their doors, for they have been shut down by local laws. When Nancy became the object of the day’s news, she blamed it all on the salon which played some kind of dirty trick on her. She said she takes responsibility for allowing herself to be “set up” by the salon. I suspect she’s going to have to find a new salon after all this.They were not allowed to be open and opened just for her. Her haircut even trumped the news that the Stock Market today his the highest point ever. Go figure.

The Portland mayor, has been chased out of his home by rioters who broke into his condominium, but he has a number of other homes, so it is apparently not a big deal. Joe Biden, having demonized Donald Trump for going to Kenosha, is now going to go to Kenosha himself, but he will commiserate with the parents of the dead and be compassionate and kind and that will make all the difference.

Looks like we may have a covid vaccine this fall, by October or November. Dr. Scott Atlas, Presidential advisor has sharply dissented with media accusations that it is being rushed because of the election, and said the development is carefully following all the protocols. It is just going well.

The Covid crisis is just another weapon they want to use against President Trump. He’s done pretty well with a disease that we didn’t know anything about when it arrived. Trump shut down all air traffic from China immediately and acted quickly to get ventilators, masks, and all the supplies hospitals across the country might need. Even Democrat governors were praising him for his quick response to their needs.

Expect more. More riots, more shootings, more statue attackers. More demands for reparations. Some have even demanded that the Mayor of Washington D.C. tear down the Washington Monument because George Washington once owned slaves. If you have ever seen it, it is a rather large object.

History is what happened in the past. Changing names, altering buildings, tearing down statues does not change a thing. What happened in the past — happened. We can learn from the past, but we cannot change it. You might remind others of that simple fact.



President’s Day is Tomorrow, Monday the 17th of February by The Elephant's Child

George Washington Portrait, Gilbert-Stuart, 1795

This year President’s Day is on Monday, the 17th. It was designed to honor George Washington’s birthday which is actually on the 22nd, but then they decided to add in the rest of the presidents so no one would be excluded, and to stop any vast array of birthdays of presidents around the calendar. Trump is the 45th president, so you can see the problem, and just imagine the outcry if we deigned to set aside a special day to honor Donald John Trump, however much he might deserve it.

If you are interested in our first president, and the leader of the army in the Revolution, you can read past pieces about Washington in our archives, especially the ones about his image, and the conspiracy behind that. There’s an image at the head of one that is a “forensic reconstruction“, and some biographies are recommended.

If  you have a dollar bill handy, especially a fairly crisp one, compare the portrait of Washington on the dollar bill with the image at the head of American Elephants today. That’s because artist Gilbert Stuart was unkind to George Washington because Washington was more annoyed than grateful that Stuart was painting his picture. The face on the dollar bill comes from Stuart’s mean portrait. Even the reconstruction is surely faulty since Washington had spent years outdoors in all kinds of weather, with fair skin, lots of sunburns and lots of wrinkles, which do alter the appearance. Every classroom when I was growing up had a portrait of Lincoln and Washington, and a flag in the corner to which we all pledged allegiance. There is a generation that learned their history from Howard Zinn, and consequently don’t know that America really is a special country.*

I don’t know if there are any employers who give a day off for President’s Day, but that could be another 3 day weekend which are very nice, but not so much in mid February.

*If you were unfortunate enough to grow up with Howard Zinn’s “history” a must-read is Mary Grabar’s new book Debunking Howard Zinn, in which the author exposes and documents the multitude of lies, bad sources, and deliberate falsehoods Zinn used to influence a generation to think that America is nothing special. They’re probably the same ones now favoring the old socialist Bernie Sanders who lures them in with phony promises of making everybody equal and universal health care, and paying off their student loans. Fat chance.



Ted Cruz Has a Few Words for the Democrats at the State of the Union Speech. by The Elephant's Child
February 6, 2020, 11:59 pm
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Democrats in the State of the Union Speech hissed when the President spoke about seven million Americans coming off of Food Stamps. Did the Democrats assume that the President was denying free food to the poor? What were they thinking?

It is a triumph when people no longer need government help to eat. People want to be responsible for themselves, to earn an honest living, and to have a job. It may not be the world’s best job, but they are standing up and supporting themselves and their families.

I guess to a political party that looks to succeed by buying votes, by giving away goodies, that is hard to understand. Perhaps that has something to do with the failure of Democrat run cities and states. They look at Republicans as ignorant hicks, and don’t understand the first thing about ordinary humanity, or how to govern.



Impeachment Is Over. Bad Job. Case Dismissed. by The Elephant's Child
February 6, 2020, 2:51 am
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Oh my! The Democrats, winding up their very best efforts to capitalize on the articles of impeachment that have resulted from this long, long effort to dispose of the duly elected, but hated, President of the United States of America, have managed to make a colossal mess of the whole thing. Iowa has been holding caucuses for years, it should have been simple, but golly, the results at this late hour, two days late, are still only partly in. Some new software, they claim. Interestingly, Joe Biden, who was the supposed primary opposition in the coming election for President Trump, and the reason for the accusations of Trump’s supposedly impeachable request to investigate him, ( having nothing to do with Hunter Biden’s improbable corrupt payout from the agency his father was in charge of controlling – is now distantly trailing Pete Buttigieg, a radical former mayor, and Bernie Sanders, current socialist. The Democrats are Not Impressed with their list of candidates. Hence Bloomberg and Steyer,the leading radicals for the Democrats.  Impeachment is over. A failed effort. The President is innocent and not, as Nancy Pelosi claims “impeached forever.”

Nancy Pelosi’s smarmy little stunt of ripping up the copy of the President’s speech is failing to bad planning and (even) Democrat disgust. She was filmed showing that the papers of the speech had a tear started, so she could make her dramatic gesture effectively. A number of Democrats were outraged by that, and swore never to vote for a Democrat again.

The “Squad” arranged to fail to be present. AOC stayed home with her new dog, so they wouldn’t have to witness children in cages. Tlaib and Omar pointedly did not attend the 100 year old Tuskegee Airman’s presentation, which outraged other Democrats because that was really an important honor, and a very big deal in the Second World War. Trump made him a General in a ceremony at the White House. But it was pretty obvious that Tlaib and Omar had no clue what a Tuskegee Airman was or why it was supposed to be a big deal.

Democrats, in general, remain furious and outraged, but Impeachment is over. Done. Finished. The President is not guilty, not impeached. Sorry, Nancy, he is not :”impeached forever”. They got themselves all worked up into a frenzy, and don’t know what to do with it. Folks in Utah are talking about recall for Mitt Romney, though recall is apparently not available in Utah. Mitt Romney did come up with a pathetic self-justification, involving his own sterling character and his faith.

Democrats had what might be called a brain freeze, bad planning, bad execution, and a lot of angry citizens. What that means for the 2020 election is unknown. The economy, however, is booming, and favoring the very people who need a booming economy the most. Plentiful jobs, a strong stock market, plentiful energy, and the fires in Australia were not caused by global warming. The Polar Bears are just fine and thriving.



The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency by The Elephant's Child

The impeachment debacle remains on the country’s mind. The essential books seem to be Andy McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency, followed closely by Lee Smith’s The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History.

The Steele Dossier is central to Lee Smith’s story. We have here some very serious misbehavior by government officials attempting to undo the election of a President of the United States. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Congressman Devin Nunes for his courage in pursuing a shocking effort to bring down a duly elected President, and the gradual exposure of a criminal effort to play politics because they didn’t get their way in the election.

Here  is Lee Smith at Epoch Times with Epoch’s senior editor Jan Jekielek in a lengthy conversation about his book: The Plot Against the President.

It’s long, about an hour and perhaps you have time on a cold post New Year’s Sunday. This whole thing is so complex, and so dreadfully illegal and improper. It all must be exposed and the people need to know what has happened. The Hillary Clinton campaign broke into the Trump campaign. The Clinton Campaign was looking for something to destroy the Trump Campaign and assure a win for Hillary. It’s was to be a story of a President of the United States who had been compromised by the Russians. Didn’t quite work out that way.

I’ve watched this whole thing, and it is fascinating. We are so far only really aware of the FISA debacle. No President of the United States has had to face such a bombard of fake news and have his every move questioned and slandered.

Here is Devin Nunes, valiant detective, former chairman of the Intelligence Committee, displaced by Adam Schiff when the Democrats retook chairmanship of the House. Congressman Nunes has exposed the Steele Dossier and the role of the leftist Press. Lots to be exposed yet, and we seem to have a major spy scandal on our hands. The press does not come off well.

Most of us are aware by now that the American Media has mostly decided to play politics rather than journalism. Listen to a broadcast from the New York Times and you will notice the smarmy replacement of normal vocabulary with propaganda type words. They intend to hit at your emotions rather than your intelligence. Devin Nunes is one of my heroes. And he has to work with Adam Schiff every day.

Consider getting the books as well.



The Unrecognized Perils of Running For the Presidency by The Elephant's Child

You have probably noticed that people who have run unsuccessfully for the presidency of the United States don’t fade quietly away after their unsuccessful run. Immediate example is, of course, Hillary. She seems to have convinced herself that she actually won the election, and through some nefarious trickery, the horrid Trump got the nod, but he didn’t actually win. Everybody cheated, including the now famous “Deplorables.”

Hillary is not alone. Mitt Romney is now in the news for his secret Twitter account where he is accused of being a Twitter ‘Lurker’ under the name “Pierre Delecto” for keeping up with the news. I think if you have seriously competed and lost, you are bound to look at each new event with the consideration of how you would have handled it and what you would have done, and how much better your ideas are. Human nature. I think it extends to those who dropped out early as well.

Every act of a new president will be put under a magnifying device, and certainly Donald Trump has had more nay-sayers than most. Past presidents will feel they have the authority to chime in, and of course present events may suggest the correctness (or not) of their actions in office. Lots of people are suggesting that Hillary may jump in at the last minute.  We’ll see. Wouldn’t take much to convince her that she should.



So Little Time, So Many Really Bad Ideas, And Some People Have Already Voted. by The Elephant's Child

575x323xhillary-angry-575x323-jpg-pagespeed-ic-yslmeuq_rehvu7mvdzdzI tried to watch, but I just couldn’t take much of it. I know how we came to be inflicted with these two candidates, but here we are. Hillary would never have come to public attention had she not married Bill Clinton, who in spite of his enormous failings, was a very talented politician. John Hinderaker mentioned that this is the first time that “service” as First Lady is offered as a qualification for the presidency.

She has terrible judgment, is a complete economic ignoramus, and requires enormous amounts of coaching to get through an appearance. I find her trick of personalizing every issue “I’ve met those women and…because of that non-existing meeting I really know everything about the problem and how to solve it,”offensive. I think she’d already tried that one 3 or 4 times before I turned her off.  She is well coached—if the talk turns to this uncomfortable subject, charge Trump with the Russians, or demand that he release his tax returns or…

Donald Trump has no skill as a debater. He did better tonight than last time, He does not recognize big openings, and is not  prepared with specific answers. An example was the question on abortion. Planned Parenthood does abortions and provides birth control. They are not a health care organization. They do not screen for cancer, they do not have the equipment in any of their locations.

Partial-birth abortion in the third trimester is an ugly and unnecessary procedure. Because the baby is too big at that late date to be born normally, the head must be crushed to get the baby out of the birth canal. Understandably, a lot of people object, and unless there is an unusual threat to the life of the mother, should go under the category ‘you should have thought of that earlier.’

It’s when you turn to economic questions that Hillary really demonstrates her complete ignorance. Beginners and low-skill workers are offered a minimum wage because they aren’t worth much and businesses have to teach them how to work. The rules of supply and demand come in here. There is a nearly unlimited supply of beginners and low-skill workers. Easy to get someone else. Forcing businesses to pay a higher minimum wage simply means fewer beginners will be hired, and there will be high unemployment for the low-skilled.

Both Hillary and Nancy Pelosi are sure that if you give food stamps or more unemployment benefits to the poor, they will spend that money, and it will circulate from hand to hand, as they buy groceries, the grocer will buy something he wants, and so on, and the money will somehow magically grow in the process. Seems goofy, but that’s what they think. You see how much that growth has expanded the economy in the last 8 years.

Economies grow with new businesses and new ideas and more expansion of existing businesses.  You don’t do that with food stamps. You also don’t do it by taxing the rich to build “infrastructure.” Roads and bridges, except in the interstate highways, are the business of the states, not the federal government. You don’t just say ‘new highway’, and it happens. There are plans and approvals, legislation, votes, environmental impact statements, protests, lawsuits. It can take years. Remember Obama’s sheepish admission: “I guess there aren’t really any shovel ready jobs.”

Here’s another common sense intrusion. Poor people don’t create jobs, and middle class people don’t create that many new jobs either, unless they have considerable backing.  It’s people who have some extra money to invest who create jobs and growth. They are investing in the hope of growing their investment. When there is the hope of getting investors, people start new businesses. When there is the hope of getting investors, people take the chance of bringing their idea to fruition. Leftists always want to fix things by taking more money from the rich. They believe that money be dispensed by the government, because they’re smarter than the rest of us doofuses.

The people in government regard the rest of us with contempt, disdain, and they think we are ignorant. No wonder they assume that things must be done by government. They’re painfully wrong, as the last eight years demonstrate. One percent growth is not an accomplishment.

Hillary is going to grow the economy with infrastructure (been there, did that, didn’t work) and create jobs with more people building solar panels (been there, done that,didn’t work—think Solyndra). She’s still blabbing about equal pay for women. Is any woman impressed by this? Equal pay for women doing the same job as a man has been fixed law since 1963. Oddly enough, the women working for Hillary are paid considerably less than the men. All hat, no cattle. (old joke)

She’s also advocating more government job training. There are lots of different estimates about how many job-training programs there are currently, but it ranges around 47-49, none particularly effective.

I don’t know what we would get with Donald Trump. His basic economic plan is excellent and tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy will free up lots of money to be invested. What are they going to do with it, stick it in a mattress? They will invest it, and those investments supply the new money that the economy is hungering for. It’s called supply-side economics, and worked for Jack Kennedy and for Ronald Reagan for whom it began a 20-year boom in the economy.

Democrats believe that all good things must pass through the hands of the government. Why they believe that so firmly is a mystery, because there is almost nothing that the federal government does well. There are some things that are so big that they must be done by government, but they are done badly. Think VA, FBI, EPA and so on and so on.That’s why Republicans urge small government. The less they are in charge of, the fewer things they can screw up, and they won’t need so much of our money to do it, which will leave us free to be more creative with our own money.  Have big ideas, and create new things.



This Is A Very Peculiar Election Year by The Elephant's Child

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The peculiarities of this election continue to amaze. Here there just aren’t any Clinton or Trump signs. Went to the grocery store a few days back, and someone had just put up a raft of Trump signs on the median of our main East-West street. Returning 20 minutes later, they were all gone, some in ragged piles.

Have seen a few sad Bernie bumper stickers on Priuses, but essentially no bumper stickers at all. A video of a gentleman who got tired of someone tearing down his Trump sign, and wired it up for a mild electric shock is all over the internet. And a farmer somewhere in the Midwest Mowed a HUGE Trump sign in his lawn that could be appreciated from space.

The Arizona Republic endorsed Hillary Clinton, the first time they had ever endorsed a Democrat, and the subscription cancellations were pouring in every ten minutes.



The Strangest Election of the Century Bar None! by The Elephant's Child

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We have at this point, a probable election between the two most unlikable candidates ever to run for political office. (That’s what the polls tell us.) Hillary made a speech in which she claimed Donald Trump was not qualified to run for the presidency, and I couldn’t help thinking “Pot meet Kettle.”

Hillary Clinton is facing criminal charges from the FBI for allowing State secrets to be posted on a private e-mail server that she apparently insisted on to keep the American public from knowing what she was doing. That matter alone is a crime.

She also knowingly used her office to fund her private Clinton Foundation by doing favors from the State Department for those who offered very large speaking fees for speeches by her husband, Bill Clinton.  This is the definition of quid pro quo, or crony capitalism.

Hillary was fired from her first job working on the Nixon Impeachment trial for being a liar and unethical. A trail of unethical actions has trailed her from title to title. She and Bill apparently believe themselves to be above the law, and are just not required to follow the same rules as anyone else.

When Bill Clinton was inaugurated, they announced that they would be co-presidents, in a two-for-one deal. The people quickly made it clear that they had not elected Hillary. She has had a burning ambition to be the first American woman to be President of the United States, ever since.

The problem is that whenever her supporters are asked to list her accomplishments, nobody could name any. Carley Fiorina remarked that Hillary had lots of titles, but that titles were not accomplishments. I have never been impressed with the “first woman,” or first anything. It is not a “great moment in history.” Some 77 nations around the world have had women in charge. Few have been outstanding leaders, but some have. High office depends on qualifications that prove that the candidate can actually do the job. Being “first” or seventy-eighth has nothing to do with what they accomplish or fail to accomplish in office.

One would assume that someone who wanted to be president so badly, would study past presidents to see what worked and what did not. How they faced the problems of their times. A deep study of history and presidential biographies. No interest from Hillary. If you were going to make a big diplomatic deal of a “reset button” with the Russians, wouldn’t you be very careful to make sure that you got it right?

Donald Trump has scared most of our allies and many Republicans with his lack of understanding of trade. He assumes that a “trade deficit” is a bad thing and major tariffs are needed to make our trade partners pay their “fair share.” Trade is by definition balanced. If we pay $100 million for products from China, and they buy only $1 million for products from us — the only place they can spend the hundred million dollars is in the United States. He seems to regard trade as a war, in which you win or lose. In trade, both sides win. This could be a major problem.

Mr. Trump is going to trial right after the election for fraud, in the case of Trump University. Former students have accused him of misrepresenting the value of the coursework offered. Other students say they learned a lot. Again, Mr. Trump regards this as a win-lose war, in the same way he regarded his real estate deals. Not a helpful attitude for our national security needs. This is a remarkably dangerous time for the world. Mr. Obama has portrayed the U.S. as weak and indecisive, and a new president will face enormous challenges.

We have only “presumptive” winners. It doesn’t get real until the conventions vote. The comments on any political piece are extremely angry on both sides. People are emotionally involved. Traffic on the social websites like Facebook and Twitter and others is way down. My guess is that there is too much anger and people don’t want to put up with it.

I have never seen a presidential campaign in which the people were so manipulated by a biased press which has skewed the results and people’s understanding. The people react emotionally to the press, everybody is calling everybody else names, we  have riots at political rallies, American college students have clearly gone completely nuts and the battles are not about anything real, but only political correctness. You must not offend.

How extremely odd. We started off with a bench of superbly qualified governors and have winnowed it down to the least qualified of all, while the Democrats had no bench at all.  So here we are.




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