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Essential Reading for September 25th by The Elephant's Child

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— California State College, Long Beach:  Is removing “Prospector Pete,” a statue celebrating the 1849 Gold Rush that brought California to request statehood and become part of the Union, aside from all the benefits of the gold rush itself—like Levis, sending ships around the Horn, San Francisco sourdough bread. The problem is, of course, “political correctness”—which is nonsense. “Prospector Pete” was a fairly silly idea in the first place, but removing the statue because a statement on the university website said the gold rush was “a time in history when the indigenous peoples of California endured subjugation, violence and threats of genocide.”

Long Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles, is pretty far removed from the discovery of gold in Sacramento, the Indigenous peoples of California were already subjugated by the Spanish Friars who built the missions that dominated California in the early days. All over the world, indigenous people have been displaced by more advanced invaders, from the earliest man on down. Of course we could go all the way and banish all non-native Americans from Los Angeles and give it back to the tribes. Los Angeles has become pretty disgusting anyway, and losing Hollywood would be no great loss.

But I jest. I abhor Los Angeles. I lived there, and loathed the place. It’s just that the Leftist universities are going way too far with this political correctness bit, and it has to stop. I am terminally sick of the evil of white males, with whiny feminists who want more money, more benefits, more abortions, more personal freedom without the slightest idea that they should actually contribute something in exchange. And the silly protestors, male and female, who are sticking their fists up in the air and demanding that any female accusers of Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be believed because they are female? Because Hillary lost? Because Judge Kavanaugh is nominated by a conservative president and might interfere with a Democrat-run Supreme Court’s regulating from the bench? That’s getting a little closer.

—Then, fuming over the “political correctness” destroying the ability of our young people to get a worthwhile education, I encountered an article about a “Third-Grade Civics Textbook that Butchers American History.” Howard Zinn’s communist history of America for little kids. We have to start indoctrinating our little kids by third grade?

—I know I am basically upset about the Democrats’ disgusting treatment of an honorable man and his family because they don’t want him on the Supreme Court because they are furious at being out of power. Deservedly out of power. So the most essential reading is this piece by Victor Davis Hanson, in which he clearly lays out just how we got here. “Obama Won.”   So he did.

 By traditional metrics, Barack Obama’s presidency was mostly a failure. The economy, in a new first, never hit annualized growth of 3 percent. His signature domestic policy—Obamacare—caused chaos. Millions lost their coverage and doctors, and paid far more in deductibles and premiums. The stagnant recovery after the 2008 recession was the worst in 50 years.

Myriads of new regulations, higher taxes, and socialist jawboning vegetated the economy. Scandals at the IRS, Department of Veterans Affairs, FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, Justice Department, General Services Administration, and National Security Council abounded. … (Be sure to read this one. )

I’m fed up with these theatrics and you should be too. Go ahead, get mad.




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