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Trump Derangement Syndrome and How It Works by The Elephant's Child

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Republicans are not usually inclined to take part in demonstrations or marches, to carry political signs, that sort of thing. Instead they are apt to search for more information, maybe write their congressperson, and if they really get irritated, they might go to one of the congressperson’s public meetings. If it turns out that they are represented by a Democrat, they are apt to make sure all of their family votes the next time, and they might even put a sign in their yard. We did have the Tea-Party movement, but the percentage of Republicans inclined to protest is small. Democrats depend on that. Because they are a party dependent on feelings rather than information, marching or waving signs contributes to their sense of well-being, they are being “good people.”

Hollywood celebrities, who are famous for being known, depend on continuing to be known by getting their names in the media as often as possible, hopefully for something important rather than the usual Hollywood scandal.  Someone named Judd Apatow, who apparently has directed a movie, has called for advertisers to stop advertising on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show by threatening, intimidating or bullying them. The idea is to silence conservative voices online or on the radio or television. The Left, usually ill-informed, is deeply afraid of people who actually know what they are talking about. They are very sensitive to being laughed at.

The Constitution’s First Amendment prohibits Congress from making a law abridging the freedom of speech, a direction to Congress, not to Hollywood celebrities who are free to voice any inane ideas they may have. On slow days, celebrities are apt to get more attention if they say something vaguely interesting. Way too much of any day’s news is the words of celebrities, the more provacative the better. In reaction to that, millions of ordinary people have lost interest in patronizing movies, the NFL has had a season of empty stadium seats, and viewers of some television shows have turned to something else instead.

Advertising is expensive, placement on a popular show means more people see your ad. Advertisers are always deeply worried about the effectiveness of their ads. Will lots of people see them, will the ad increase sales. paying for itself, or will the executive get in trouble for an ad that does not work? So advertisers are sensitive to any kind of boycott.  Doesn’t always work as expected. Dick’s Sporting Goods attempted to be sensitive to the gun-banning people, and their sales have tanked. The people didn’t go for football players “taking a knee” instead of respecting the national anthem, and the NFL has had masses of empty seats all year. Hollywood movies are losing money. Big companies used to understand that although nobody cared how they personally voted, their public face was firmly non-political. Newer, younger companies have not learned that lesson, and the Silicon Valley folk do not grasp their own predicament. They have even used the Southern Poverty Law Center (the biggest hate group in the country) as their fact-checker, and are attempting to be helpful to Chinese efforts to control their own citizens ever more completely.

If you watch the way the Communist Chinese government is attempting to control their own citizens with constant computer monitoring, consider that your conversations on social media are being monitored and recorded, that your conversations at home can be monitored with all the new Alexa-type devices, does it make you a little nervous? They reportedly want your DNA. Have you noticed that the Democrat media is trying to talk us into a recession? Just asking.

Did you know that the Mueller probe, the ‘special counsel investigation’ has so far cost the taxpayers $25.2 million? That’s $4.5 million for salaries and rent, $3.9 million from the Department of Justice, $2,686,270 for personnel compensation and benefits and another $1 million for special counsel office employees. $580,098 on travel and transportation, and $779 on the “transportation of things”. There’s more, $25,215,852 worth, but you get the idea. Has it accomplished anything at all, except to demonstrate the irresponsibility and malfeasance of our representatives in Washington D.C.?



Another of Obama’s Bigger Mistakes by The Elephant's Child

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The Vet’s ‘March on Washington’ should have opened some eyes as to the political error of trying to close down open air monuments. It didn’t. The barriers have been collected from in front of the White House and put right back up, with even tougher wire to fasten them together. Big black eye for the Park Service, but I suppose when your paycheck comes from the government, you must do its bidding.

The management of the Park Service, however, is not particularly friendly to “the people.” People drop stuff, deliberately or casually — candy bar wrappers, pop cans, gum and gum wrappers — and somebody has to pick it up. That probably sours you on the public to a certain extent, although that’s part of the job description.

It’s the bidding of the government and the National Park Service that is the problem. The Obama administration mistakes their authority. They believe that the taxes they collect are not taxpayer money which must be spent carefully and responsibly, but “government money” which they can spend any old way they can get away with. So they have assumed that “federal lands” are government-owned lands with which they can do anything they want. My contention is that the federal lands are owned by the people of the United States, and the federal government and the National Park Service are trustees who are tasked with maintaining and caring for the public lands for the benefit of the people. And don’t get to put up traffic cones to prevent the people from looking at national monuments, nor barriers to keep 90-year-old World War II veterans from visiting their monument — which was largely paid for with private donations anyway.




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