Kamala Harris’ The Truths We Hold: More Smoke and Mirrors – by Amanda S. Green

Kamala Harris’ The Truths We Hold: More Smoke and Mirrors  – by Amanda S. Green

I’m baaaaack.

Whether that means you should run and hide or I should fear for my liver, I’m not sure. Probably both. But maybe not. After all, we’ve already discussed books by Clinton, Sanders and Lenin. Surely, I couldn’t find something to drive me to drink even more than those or you to worry about my sanity. Well, I’ve never been one to back away from a challenge and I think I’ve met it.

I give you The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris.

Yes, that Kamala Harris. The current sitting senator from California who is making every impression that she’s going to run for president but who refuses to actually say so.

Oh the things I do to help Sarah keep your guys entertained. VBEG

On the surface, Harris should be the picture of the American Dream. The daughter of immigrants—her mother immigrated from India in 1960 and her father from Jamaica in 1961. Until her parents divorced when she was seven, Harris grew up in Berkley. And that is where, if you really look closely, the “dream” diverges from the path. Her mother, a breast cancer scientist, received custody of Harris and her younger sister. She then accepted a job in Canada and Harris grew up there. She graduated from a Montreal high school. That is when she returned to the US to attend college.

Not that you’d know that by reading the description of the book on Amazon:

From one of America’s most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.

Senator Kamala Harris’s commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing. The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice; her parents–an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India–met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley. Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement. . . .

So what does she mean by the title of her book? Will we know—and will we be able to stomach it—by the time we finish the book? Only time will tell.

The book opens with Harris recalling election night 2016. She talks about her husband and how he makes certain noises when he reads the paper that warn her he’s seen something she’s not going to like. So you can just imagine the noises he made as they wound their way toward the election night watch party as the media began showing her dear Hillary Clinton wasn’t going to win.

It quickly becomes clear where Harris stands when it comes to the current president—as if any of us needed any clarification. She even manages to throw in a reference to her children’s book as she relates the events of Election Night 2016.

Like any “good” politician, Harris had everything in place for her victory party. The venue had been secured. Decorations in place, including balloons ready to drop from the ceiling. Food and drink and who knows what else (it is the People’s Republic of California, after all). Everything was perfect, especially since the polls had her winning without any real problem.

Except for this one little blight on her evening. Her pal Hillary wasn’t doing so good.

Yet even as we prepared for that hard-earned celebration, all eyes were on our screens as state after state came back with numbers that told a troubling story. (The Truths We Hold, Kindle Edition, loc. 84)

I guess “troubling” is one way to put it. The majority of people outside of certain Democratic enclaves like San Francisco and NYC felt otherwise.

And I’m still trying to figure out which “truths” she refers to in the book’s title and who this “we” is. While I might not always agree with what Trump does, I still prefer him to Hillary or Bernie.

But, as you’ll see as we move further into the book, Harris knows how to manipulate her audience. Instead of describing why the results were so “troubling” to her, she pulls her 9-year-old godson into the story. According to her, this young boy came up to her table, tears in his eyes. Being the good godmother that she is, she wanted to make sure none of the other kids had been picking on him. Oh no, it hadn’t been anything like this. It was far worse (yes, irony is high in that statement).

Alexander looked up and locked eyes with mine. His voice was trembling. “Auntie Kamala, that man can’t win. He’s not going to win, is he?” Alexander’s worry broke my heart. I didn’t want anyone making a child feel that way. Eight years earlier, many of us had cried tears of joy when Barack Obama was elected president. And now, to see Alexander’s fear. .. (The Truths We Hold, location 88).

My first question: why was he afraid? Your average 9-year-old doesn’t know diddly about politics and certainly doesn’t follow what candidates say. So what had his loving godmother and the other adults in his life been telling him? [DEAR G-D it’s another woke 9 year old. Points for not being 6 or 8, but other than that, if the kid exists at all he’s being made a puppet of his older relatives, and the left’s need to believe the hoary legend that children speak with the voice of G-d. Of course, it helps that so few of them have or spend any time with their kids when they chance not to have aborted them. They really have no clue what the real little blighters are.  I award Kamala Harris no points and may G-d have mercy on her soul. -SAH]

More importantly, why?

Then there’s the follow up of why hadn’t they explained to him about the checks and balances of Congress and the courts? Oh, because he’s nine and that doesn’t fit the narrative maybe? You can’t do anything to take away from the boogeyman image of Trump they’ve been doing their best to build not only for the media but for everyone who will listen.

So how did “Auntie Kamala” respond?

She and the boy’s father took him outside to talk about what was happening.

“Alexander, you know how sometimes superheroes are facing a big challenge because a villain is coming for them? What do they do when that happens?”

“They fight back,” he whimpered.

“That’s right. And they fight back with emotion, because all the best superheroes have big emotions just like you. But they always fight back, right? So that’s what we’re going to do.” (The Truths We Hold, location 92)

And that, my friends, is our first indication of how Harris and others of her ilk think and plot and plan. They don’t fight with facts and figures. They fight with emotions. They appeal to the emotions of their constituents, often without regard to the facts or the cost or the consequences of what they propose. It’s all about the feelz and has little, if anything, to do with reality.

Oh, by the way, that was also a none-too-subtle plug for her children’s book. I won’t link to it. If you’re interested, just look her up on Amazon.

But consider her comment to Alexander. Superheroes fight back with emotion. Now exchange “superhero” with Democrat and you have what is happening now. We saw it in Texas with Beto O’Rourke, we’re seeing it on the Hill over the shutdown, we see it every time the ACA or iterations of it are put forth by the Dems. It is all emotion—no, it is all emotional manipulation—and not what will happen if we let emotion rule.

Consequences? There won’t be any consequences, at least that’s what they’d have us believe.

After “reassuring” her godson, Harris had something else to do. It was time to give her victory speech. Of course, boo-hoo, it couldn’t be the speech she wanted to give. After all, her beloved Hillary had lost and her speech had been written with the idea that the opposite would have been true. So she winged it (if you believe that, I have some property I want to discuss with you).

I told the crowd we had a task in front of us. I said the stakes were high. We had to be committed to bringing our country together, to doing what was required to protect our fundamental values and ideals. (The Truths We Hold, location 110)

Once again, I find myself asking who she’s referring to. Her liberal California supporters? What about the rest of the nation? Then there’s the very important question of what these so-called “fundamental values and ideals” happen to be. I can take a pretty damned good guess and so can you. Just as we know who will pay for it all, not that Harris or her cronies will admit it. They will happily appeal to our emotions and tell us the government will pay for it, praying as they do that we forget that we are the ones paying for the government.


What we have to remember is that Harris sees this as a battle for “the soul of our nation.” (TTWH, location 118). She probably sees herself fighting on the side of angels. I don’t know about you, but I have her on another side. But that’s just me.

Just in case there’s any doubt about how she feels, she makes it clear here:

[Referring to President Trump] we’ve seen an administration align itself with white supremacists at home and cozy up to dictators abroad; rip babies from their mothers’ arms in grotesque violation of their human rights; give corporations and the wealthy huge tax cuts while ignoring the middle class; derail our fight against climate change; sabotage health care and imperil a woman’s right to control her own body; all while lashing out at seemingly everything and everyone, including the very idea of a free and independent press. (TTWH, location 119)

Say what? It would take more time than I have this morning to note all the times her beloved Obama aligned himself with anti-white activists, anti-American or anti-Jewish dictators. Oh, and let’s not forget about how ICE under Obama did exactly what the Democrats are so upset with now. Where was the outrage then? I could keep going but won’t.

Oh, to hell with that. I will at least for a bit longer, at least where it comes to the idea of Trump trying to do away with a “free and independent press”. In one way, she’s right. He has been on the attack where the media is concerned. But he isn’t trying to shut down honest reporting. What he has been railing again, as we all should be, is the biased reporting in the media. I’m not saying the media hasn’t always had bias. It has. But never has it been so apparent as it is now. Never has the media been so intent on making and creating the news than it is now. That isn’t reporting. That is propaganda and I, for one, and tired of it.

I believe there is no more important and consequential antidote for these times than a reciprocal relationship of trust. You give and you receive trust. And one of the most important ingredients in a relationship of trust is that we speak truth. It matters what we say. What we mean. . . We need to speak truth: that racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and anti-Semitism are real in this country, and we need to confront those forces. . . We must speak truth about our mass incarceration crisis—that we put more people in prison than any country on earth, for no good reason. We must speak truth about police brutality, about racial bias, about the killing of unarmed black men. (TTWH, locations 129-140)

Yep, she’s doing it again. She’s appealing to emotion without supporting fact. She’s hitting all the talking points of the Democratic platform. Note, if you will, who the common “bad guy” happens to be. The white guy (or gal) who isn’t getting on the bandwagon with her. Apparently only “unarmed” black men are being killed by cops. No discussion about the number of cops being targeted by the community-at-large. Racial bias only flows against blacks and no one else. At least that’s the implication.

It is, as with so much from the dems, all smoke and mirrors without substance.

Does that mean everything she says is wrong? No. We do have problems in this country that need to be addressed. But the ploy of playing to emotions to drive a further wedge between different segments of society isn’t going to do anything except make things worse.

In other words, she is doing exactly what she claims Trump does.

What sort of superhero does that make her?

This book is not meant to be a policy platform, much less a fifty-point plan. (TTWH, location 144)

Really? We aren’t through the preface and we’ve already gotten the basis for her future presidential run. If this really was merely a “collection of ideas and viewpoints and stories” from Harris and others, would it have begun with such a clear attack on Trump and conservatives across the nation? If it wasn’t her launching platform for a presidential bid, would it have come out just this month, at a time when she is visiting Iowa and other key states?

I think it’s obvious the book is meant to help drum up interest and support for her in 2020. The liberals can’t have their beloved Obama back in the Oval Office as president. Many are looking to Harris as the next best thing. Of course, there are those who want Michelle Obama. Others who love them some Bernie or Fauxcahantus.

Of them all, Harris is potentially the most dangerous. She knows how to manipulate a crowd. As she said, her “superheroes” are emotional and fight with big emotions. It is up to us to figure out how best to combat her and those like her.

Now to find something to take the bad taste out of my mouth. I’ll continue the running commentary on the book next week.

(Help Amanda drink enough to keep snarking the unbelievable twaddle that passes for deep political thought these days.  We’ll collect for her liver transplant later. Hit her Pourboir jar now! – SAH)


188 thoughts on “Kamala Harris’ The Truths We Hold: More Smoke and Mirrors – by Amanda S. Green

  1. Oh my aching brain! What, you couldn’t wait for a copy of The Words, Wisdom, and Deep Thoughts of AOC to come out?

    1. Have you been conspiring with Sarah? She wanted to know if I was going to review Occasional-Cortex’s book when it comes out.

        1. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

          Hmm. Do they color within or without the lines? Since they require everyone to march step in line with them, betting ($0 just to be clear) on within lines, & proper colors, to boot.

                1. How much of a coloring book can it be when the only pictures will be of hammers and sickles and the only color allowed is red?

                  1. I’m sure yellow will be allowed, as well. After all, they have to use a different color for the stars and hammers and sickles to stand out against on all the red flags.

          1. Lines are a tool of the patriarchy, to suppress tippety-top ethical examplars who eschew arithmetic, which is also a tool of the patriarchy.

            ANd it doesn’t;t matter, because the only approved color is red.

          2. They scrawl randomly on the coloring book, thus ruining them for anyone who actually wants to color a coloring book, and in spite of having plenty of blank paper for random drawings, and call it coloring outside the line. Then they abuse other people for coloring within.

        1. Self-respecting?

          “you want to know
          whether i believe in ghosts
          of course i do not believe in them
          if you had known
          as many of them as i have
          you would not
          believe in them either”
          ― Don Marquis

  2. My reaction to the story about 9 year old Alexander: an alternative explanation, and a likely one in my view, is that the whole story is fiction.

      1. His existence could be a matter of public record, but the conversation could be made up.

        1. Myself, I think teaching a nine-year-old to invest his life in politics is a form of child abuse. Doesn’t California have any major sports franchises he can cheer on?

      2. Actually, I think it is probable that he exists – and that the story is essentially true. Children (whether chronological ones, or the “adults” that have had their mental and emotional development stunted) are extremely vulnerable to unfounded fears, because they have no basis for understanding that there is no foundation.

        When I was very young, not all that long after learning to walk, I tended to run around the house – until (I’m pretty sure it was my sister) told me about the witch that waited outside our living room window every night, to snatch roaming children away and eat them. (Okay, our house had wood floors, laid directly over an unfinished basement. Even a small child made a LOT of noise just walking around. Sister wanted her sleep, the selfish b*tch…)

        I could not get to sleep without a light on until I was, IIRC, about twelve…

        Drill into a child that “this man is EVIL PERSONIFIED, he’s going to take away your Mommy and Daddy, and put you with mean people, and chop down all the trees,” etc., etc., ad nauseum. You are almost certainly going to get this irrational fear. Same thing as the universities do these days. Same thing as the left-wing “churches” do these days.

    1. they fight back with emotion

      I thought they fought back with “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”. Cry me a river.

          1. That’s the socialist super-villain, that’s not a monkey suit he’s wearing, and that’s NOT brains……

      1. That was the point I decided that this was clearly meant to be a comedy. Because no 9-year-old, no matter how “woke,” would respond to that sentence with anything other than, “You don’t know anything about superheroes, do you, Auntie? They fight back with Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s supersuit, and the Hulk!”

        1. Fighting is a sign of cismale badthink and testosterone poisoning; counseling and more Ritalin are indicated.

            1. Darth Vader never said “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”. He said forthrightly “I am altering the deal, pray I don’t alter it any further.” The Sith of course are also very honest and open about their desire for power. The Democrats desire power even more, but lie through their teeth about. I’ll take Sith any day over the Democrats.

      2. “I thought they fought back with “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”.”
        For progressives, that’s Your Truth, Social Justice, and America no-way.

    2. Oh, that was my immediate reaction as well. Harris says and does nothing that doesn’t further her cause, at least in her mind.

    3. I thought that maybe her ghost writer read Ace of Spades and was giving a shout out to all the Morons, for that is surely one of the AoS tropes.

      1. That’s odd; I feel it is all about the thinking.

        We didn’t win WWII by getting all angry and hurt feelz; we won it by planning out a strategy and developing the tactics to execute that strategy. We did it by analyzing our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and then acting accordingly to address each of those.

        1. We won WWII largely because the Japanese and the Nazis were completely deranged to start up with us in the first place. I recall a story (which I don’t vouch for, but it sounds plausible) of the German Ambassador to Washington being taken on a tour (pre War) of one of the facilities where the ‘Liberty Ships’ were being cranked out. He shortly thereafter wrote a letter to one of his Aristocratic relatives saying, in effect “You must stop that ridiculous paperhanger from getting us into a war with the United States. They will simply bury us!”

            1. A good deal of bushwa has been written about ‘the genius of the German general staff’. Fred Reed (in an article I wish I had saved) wrote that there is always a great advantage to the side that KNOWS ther is a war coming, because they intend to start it.

          1. It would have to have been just barely pre-War, as the first Liberty ships (14 in one day) were launched on September 27, 1941, although they did take about 230 days to build the first ones, so it’s not out of the question. Later they got the average down to 42 days from laying the keel.

            In all, eighteen American shipyards built 2,710 Liberty ships between 1941 and 1945. It was also one of, if not the very first welded, rather than riveted ship design.

            1. According to various stories, there was quick build Liberty ship, at least, that needed it’s rudder turned to go straight. It’s keel had a curve to it…

              But they were functional and useful. And cheap. So we could afford to lose a lot of them, and we did. Apparently there are still two functional ones, though not in actual service anymore. https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2016/05/14/wwii-liberty-ship-john-w-brown-to-sail-from-baltimore-for-norfolk-visit/

              How identical were they? My uncle told me of coming back from liberty one night, walking across to “his” ship, using his key to open the stateroom door, and later in the morning being a awakened by another furious bos’n wanting to know why my uncle was in his stateroom. Apparently my uncle’s ship was one more ship outboard….

    1. I feel like if 9-year-olds ever did get the vote, Leftists might be displeased at the results. Which 9-year-olds, on being presented with a choice between a cost of living increase for social security and a bunch more F35s for the Air Force, would vote against the cool airplanes?

      1. That’s scarily close to how the Pentagon makes decisions on weapons systems contracts.

        *Particularly* on aircraft, after looking at the results of bidding the inescapable conclusion is that (the USAF, anyway) will always go for the prettiest airplane instead of “most capable” or “best value.”

      2. On the one hand, nine year old me perhaps cared cared even less about social issues than right now me. On the other hand, I neither knew nor knew that I didn’t know, nor cared a bit about effectiveness of weapon systems. Me voting based on coolness factor would have been wonderwaffe at best. On the gripping hand a) I didn’t have any great grasp of finances or taxes b) in the ’92 election, Republicans in my area bought air time that usually went to cartoons. I could see a nine year old me supporting Clinton in that election for that reason.

          1. I’d like to think I know a little bit more about weapons systems these days. Particularly when it comes to personal decisions to invest time and energy.

    2. If the Democrats get their way, they will be able to vote. Democrats big push now is to lower the voting age, because they will leave no stone unturned in their quest for absolute power.

  3. Nope, not enough alcohol or other (legal) drugs to make me dive into that cess pit. I don’t know how you do it, Amanda. But I applaud you on your ability to delve into the crazy time after time.

  4. Some people think that Harris is a female Obama but she’s really more of a black Hillary.

    I am curious though – does the book mention Willie Brown at all?

  5. Superheroes fight back with emotion.

    I’ve read A LOT of comics in my life and the best superheroes fight back with cool-headed strategic thinking. Giving in to emotion is how they get beat.

    We had to be committed to bringing our country together

    By calling out racists, sexists, homophobes, transphobes, and anti-Semites? Sounds divisive, and why would she want to bond with such deplorable people? Heck, she won’t even challenge the anti-Semites in her own party, although she’s plenty cool with stoking anti-Catholic bigotry.

    1. “We need to speak truth: that racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and anti-Semitism are real in this country, and we need to confront those forces. . . ”

      Well, she has a chance to do so every time she meets with other Dems. I doubt she does, though.

      1. There’s that lady from Hawaii that’s speaking out about religious discrimination from her fellow office holders.

          1. She has announced her mirror reflects a person of presidential stature and she is therefore compelled to run for her party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

            Tulsi Gabbard running for president in 2020
            Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said Friday she will run for president in 2020.

            “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” she said in an interview for CNN’s “The Van Jones Show.”

            Considered a liberal rising star in her party, Gabbard served as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, but resigned in February 2016 amid rising tensions with then-DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. Upon leaving, Gabbard endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for the party’s presidential nomination over Hillary Clinton.

            Rania Batrice, who served as deputy campaign manager for Sanders in 2016, said she will be Gabbard’s campaign manager for the 2020 season.

            Gabbard is an Iraq War veteran who became the first American Samoan and Hindu member of Congress when she was elected in 2012. She currently is a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees.

            In January 2017, Gabbard stirred controversy when she met with Syrian President Bashar Assad to discuss ending the Syrian civil war during a secret trip to Syria. The move upset members of her own party as well as human rights activists.

            Reacting to news of Gabbard’s 2020 plans, the Republican National Committee seized on her controversial Middle East trip in a statement that also said she lacks broad appeal.

            “Tulsi Gabbard has an even bigger problem than her lack of experience – it’s that she has no base of support. Liberals think she’s too conservative, conservatives think she’s too liberal, and just about everyone thinks her coziness with Bashar al-Assad is disturbing,” said RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens.

            [END EXCERPT]

            Reports that this may have influenced expressed views on religious freedom are innuendo and unbecoming.

    2. > I’ve read A LOT of comics in my life and the best superheroes fight
      > back with cool-headed strategic thinking. Giving in to emotion is
      > how they get beat.

      HULK SMASH!!!!!!

      1. I say send Wolverine. An Adamantium skeleton, a near infinite ability to heal, six 18″ long claws and a willingness to use them should soon deal with this idiot and her feelz… Politician tartar anyone 🙂 .

  6. “the left’s need to believe the hoary legend that children speak with the voice of G-d.”

    To be honest, children often do speak with the voice of God. But as Luke 12:53 says, it’s not always going to be affirming of the parents or other family leaders. But then again, this is 100% typical of the “but think of the children” fallacious argument that the Left LOVES to trot out when nothing else works.

    Ah yes, well, it wasn’t the Trump Administration aligning with White Supremacists so much as the WS trying to use the President, and not getting anywhere beyond a “freedom of speech” comment from him. Cozying up to dictators? ROTFLMFAO! BHO hugged and kowtowed to more tyrants in the first 30 days of his Presidency than Trump has to date, or is likely to for the rest of his Presidency. And we all know those children were really removed from their mother’s arms in order to protect the human rights of the children. /sigh

    In some ways, Pravda had less bias during the heyday of the Soviet Union than most of American MSM has today.

    That passage on Trust? OMG! Just enough truth in it to twist completely from reality. Racism and Sexism were blown out of the water by BHO & Co after they’d been going down for over a decade. The -phobia’s are just plain lying by redefinition of disapproval as being fear and hatred. And the Democrats hoard the most anti-Semitic population in this country, even more than all the non-Democrat White Supremacists floating around.

    Reminds me of Hillary’s slogan, “Stronger Together.” Yee haa. Stronger together, and then she and they did their damnedest to alienate, and set against each other, as many different demographics as they could. And they wonder why HRC lost. How about myopic cognitive dissonance?

    1. ” But then again, this is 100% typical of the “but think of the children” fallacious argument that the Left LOVES to trot out when nothing else works.” But it seems that what the Left thinks of children is that they should be aborted.

      1. Isn’t it about time the Left stop thinking of the children? A pack of perverts, the lot of them, the way they say they’re always saying they’re thinking of the children.

        1. Am reminded of the apocryphal story of Groucho on You Bet Your Life regarding a couple with many children and a quip about his cigar. (If it was real, it would be on YouTube, of course.)

      2. Ah, but abortion, too, is out of compassion for the children. And euthanasia is out of compassion for the suffering. Death is the ultimate gift of compassion in this cruel world (but if you can’t manage to deal death, then detaching yourself from your loved one’s plight and delegating responsibility for it to a licensed professional is the next-best thing.)

          1. …and, at this rate, the murder-is-compassion, alienation-is-caring line of argument is so overt that you mistook the former post as absolutely sincere. Brrr.

        1. The Democrats standard line for gun control (i.e. gun bans) and every other onerous regulation is “If it will save one life, it is worth it”. Yet they oppose border security that will save lives, and endorse abortion which results in millions of deaths. Would love to see Republicans (who are too stupid to do so) to flip this line right back at them.

          1. I’ve tried flipping that line back at them. “That’s different because shut up!”

            You will not get them to leave you alone as long as they are alive. The lesson should be obvious.

            1. No, no, no, do NOT leap to the obvious here. The prevailing stratagem of “fight back in Washington” clearly is a long defeat. But parallel structures, so far as they’ve been tried, have met with success, and that failing, there’s still Article V. If it comes to that, come PREPARED for a dissolution of the Union. Much less messy that way.

        2. I can put down my own dog if I have to. Thing is, women can put up with the pain of child birth, some for a long time, and with many children. Pain has to be far, far worse than that to even consider euthanasia. And there has to be zero hope left.

          1. Unfortunately, in a lot of places these days you’d have to do it very much on the QT lest you be accused of cruelty to animals regardless of how humanely you performed the deed.

            1. How’s that go again? “Ain’t none of their damn business. And I sure as hell ain’t going to advertise to them about it.”

    2. BHO hugged and kowtowed to more tyrants …

      While not a tyrant, imagine the MSM reaction to a shot of Trump in such a pose.

      1. And, of course, there was the meeting with the Saudi king …

        … in which he acknowledged Obama’s warning that the American people can’t “drill our way to lower gas prices.”

        1. GRRR the American president when acting in his capacity as Head of State for the US should bow to NO mortal. Our national sovereignty is not subject to any other state or its sovereign be they Emperor, King or Queen.

    3. The folks at Soviet era Pravda and Tass also at least had the excuse that if they didn’t do what The Party told them to do, they could literally be dragged outside and shot in the back of the head. The US media acts acts as the propaganda mouthpiece of the Democratic Party and the Marxist left by choice.

      1. Has everyone been following the Border Misadventures Of Jim “Self-Owned” Acosta? Clearly he is disappointed at not getting the Press Secretary gig in the Hillary White House.

        1. Jim Acosta is rumored to be a plant by the Trump Collusion Team to make the president look good.

  7. Excuse me, but Kamala Harris has done FAR more than run for office. Stood, knelt, prone, supine, trapeze but never just run…

      1. NOOOOOOO not teletubbies! Even when my daughters were of the appropriate age they found Teletubbies offensive. You truly have to work to make a 2.5 year old feel offended because you’ve condescended to them.

    1. This is unfair to the Care Bears, who actually put into action well-thought-out plans to solve problems.
      Having feelings is not bad in and of itself; acting only on feelings and not reality is bad.
      If one can call Care Bears reality based at all, of course.

  8. Oh, and how abusive is it to saddle a 9 year old kid with THAT much TERROR over a Presidential election. Presidents come and go. Sure, the guy elected might try to steer the country in a different direction than you want, but the next election is only 4 years away a worst and if the current guy is all THAT bad, you shouldn’t have all that much trouble replacing him. What is there to be so scared about?

    1. Kids these days need to be educated so that they will be able to make informed choices about the things that will be important in their lives. In the coming civil war, nine year olds will face the choice of being child soldiers or being roasted over low coals. These are circumstances we cannot possibly avoid, so children need to be learning about it now, ahead of time.

  9. Do you REEALLLLYYYYY want to know my opinion of Kamala Harris? I swear i will do everyone a favor and censor the more sensitive words.

    1. Just call her kamala, but think of it as the Finnish word which is written same, and pronounced almost the same too, as that word happens to mean something like “awful”. Or “horrible” or “terrible” and so on.

      Might make you feel better.

          1. Don’t get me started. What I didn’t snark on was how she ended this particular part of the book telling us how to pronounce her name and what it means. But this isn’t about her ego or anything. Oh no. It’s about bringing unity and “healing” the nation.


        1. Calling Kamala Lousy is an offense to the whole order Phthiraptera. You will be hearing from their lawyers shortly… Admittedly their legal team is not very good as they’re, well, lousy.

  10. I’m a bit morose and depressed, so I should probably run off and hide. 🙂

    My temporary disappearance from the webs around the time of your next column is a coincidence.

    1. 😀
      To be fair Clinton said he was walking the streets Romulus and Remus walked.
      And Obama talked about the Austrian language.
      If you’re socialist, they’re okay with dumb.

      1. Oh dear. I hate to let Sen. Harris know, but India is way down the list of Democracies. There’s like at least 2 dozen older than it is between when the U.S. was founded, and India gained independence.

        And the Democrats complain that Donald Trump is too ignorant to be President? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        “India’s actual claim to fame is that it’s the world’s largest democracy, with over 800 million people eligible to vote in its elections.” And while their elections may be even more fraudulent than ours; I’d would not be surprised if they have far fewer illegal aliens voting than we do.

        I don’t think Rome had streets back then, even within one lifetime of it’s legendary founding. Goat paths maybe, but no streets.
        IIRC Austrians speak the Sud Deutsch dialect of German.

        1. It depends on how you define “democracy.” And “oldest.”

          As for Trump being too ignorant to be President … he doesn’t know that Progressives are always right and are the something something of the future, so of course he’s too ignorant to be president.

          1. Ah, but he is simply beyond merely “woke” and rather than ‘asleep’ he’s gone past ‘woke’ all the way to the peculiar state of ‘peelsa’, which lets him see that the soi-disant Progressives are normally very much wrong. It’s sort of like being knurd. };o)

    2. Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Isle of Man, Switzerland, … would like to have a word with Ms. Harris.

  11. She has to go back. Or at least out of our country. And since we can’t inflict her on India, Jamaica, or Canada, I suggest a location somewhere in mid-Pacific. Or off the coast of South Africa.

    Sharks need to eat, too.

    1. Make her Governor of the US Territory of Baker Island?

      That’s my suggested internment area for illegals while they’re “waiting for adjudication.”

      1. Make her the representative to the Republic of the Marshal islands. Put the main consulate on Elegulab and then reenact the Ivy Mike test. After a couple weeks with K. Harris as ambassador the Marshallese would cheer at the test.

      1. Now that would be a tricky weight-and-balance problem for a written test:

        “You load a Huey with pilot, copilot, two cabin crew and ten prisoners (see table 1 for weights and seating stations) for a flight originating at Coastal Airport. Total flight time is planned for 100 nautical miles due west, then returning, at 3,000 feet above sea level at economy cruise speed with no landings until return to Coastal Airport. The prisoners will depart the helicopter after 1.5 hours. Calculate the fuel required, total weight, and center of gravity at launch and each 30 minutes thereafter during the flight (see table 3 for fuel use rates, table 4 for weather forecasts, winds aloft and temperatures). Explicitly note if your calculated CG ever exceeds limits from the Pilot Operating Handbook, and propose changes required to bring CG back within limits.”

  12. as Mike Houst says above: That passage on Trust? OMG! Just enough truth in it …

    I did [sarc] love [/sarc] the way she describes trust as a reciprocal relationship. AFAICT, the problem is that the right has expected their trust to be reciprocated, and when it’s not they’ve caved.

    1. That is where she and so many others are dangerous. There is just enough truth in what they say to sound good–and to pull people in.

  13. So you can just imagine the noises he made as they wound their way toward the election night watch party as the media began showing her dear Hillary Clinton wasn’t going to win.

    Did it sound like “REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!1!!!” ? 😉

  14. My 9 year-old read this and said: “I have grave doubts as to the veracity of that anecdote.”

    1. I wouldn’t put it outside the realm of possibility, though. One of my cousins who is a teacher had a 7th grade student come in the morning after the election, in tears, worried that she was going to get deported because her family had moved from another state, and had to spend time calming the girl down and reassuring her that just because she came from a different state she wasn’t going to be deported. IIRC, my cousin said she suspected hyperbole, panic, and ill-thought-out statements by some of the other teachers had played a part.

  15. I was a “woke” child myself. Libertarian style, so I at least had the privilege to be scared of policies over parties. You know, seeing as libertarians don’t get elected. But I think I was eight or nine when Elian Gonzales was abducted by federal enforcers, and I was precisely that freaked.

      1. No, but if you were in Colorado at that time, then you had a better-than-even chance of meeting a pot-bellied man with black curly hair and a mustache – sharp-voiced loudmouth, no filter whatosever. Anyway, he’s the one I got it from. 🙂

  16. I might have to attempt to review “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America” by Bruce Cannon Gibney but it will be a while. If the first chapter of the (audio)book is any indication, I’m gonna need a bigger bottle of rye – and to take it slow, of out self-preservation.

      1. I had an El Camino, which mixes rye with mezcal. And that was the introduction. Maybe in a few days I will be ready to risk the first chapter as such. Or I’ll listen to a work about nuclear accidents and not be as … what’s the word?

    1. There are none, NONE, because that party has run so far off the rails of common sense that no such person could win the nomination, ergo there is no such potential candidate.

      The real question is whether the BEST POSSIBLE nominee will STILL make you want to go Hulk. And then consider the deals such a candidate would have to make, the clowns she would have to appoint in the cabinet.

      And then mourn your republic.

    2. The real issue isn’t just that most Dems have gone so far into the socialist spectrum that it should scare all of us, it is that the party is no longer a “party”. They let pretty much anyone run on their ticket who they think might give a Republican candidate a challenge. Bernie Sanders isn’t s Democrat. Hell, he’s not even what most of us think of as Democrats these days. He classifies himself as “independent”. But the Dems let him run on their platform, caucus with them, etc. They embrace, at least for now, the AOCs of the party.

      So no, there are no real Dems any longer and we need to quit thinking of them as such and just call them what they are–Socialists, Communists in some instances and people who are out to destroy our country any way they can.

      1. I’m seeing some ambiguous evidence that the Clinton organization may be knifing anyone on the Democrat side that looks like they might be popular.

        It may well be that we are seeing a realignment, and no one can predict what form the political business will stabilize to.

        1. You are uncharitable. I would estimate fully sixty percent of the Dems expect their policies to perfect our union, insisting that they’d employed the best butter to lubricate the works.

          “Two days wrong!” sighed the Hatter. “I told you butter wouldn’t suit the works!” he added, looking angrily at the March Hare. “It was the best butter,” the March Hare meekly replied.”

      2. “So no, there are no real Dems any longer and we need to quit thinking of them as such and just call them what they are–Socialists, Communists in some instances and people who are out to destroy our country any way they can.”

        By my reading of the citizenship oath, that meets the definition of domestic enemies. Now what?

        1. I have a solution.
          It’s not a nice solution, but it would be effective.
          But I can’t tell anyone.
          And I’m hoping someone will come up with a better idea before things get worse.

      3. just call them what they are–Socialists, Communists
        Also, wannabe-aristocrats, lords over their feudal peasants, who are saving them from the evils of the material world.

  17. Once again Amanda, thanks for reading books that are more painful to read and dangerous to ones sanity than reading the Necronomicon….out loud, so that we don’t have to.

  18. The American Dream used to be, getting a decent job, getting married, buying a nice little house, having a couple of children.

    In recent decades, the American Dream has morphed into foreigners coming to the USA, whether we want them or not. Interesting.

    1. I think you misspelled “Infuriating” and “Self-destroying.”
      I always understood the American Dream was “you work hard, you’ll get the fruits of your labor.” I must be old-fashioned.

      1. I think it was more along the lines of “You aren’t restricted to the status you were born to.”

        Ben Franklin was the son of a candle and soap maker. General Nathanael Greene was the son of a prosperous Quaker merchant and farmer. Alexander Hamilton was born, well … not well. Each managed to do all right.

  19. With a title like “The Truths We Hold”, the first question to be asked is who are the “We” whom Harris is addressing, as I’m pretty sure she doesn’t include Trump voters, Republicans or anyone on the Right.

  20. Isn’t it interesting how elite modern college students can’t diagram a sentence but all these lefty grade schoolers can orate like Cicero?

  21. met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley
    So, in the immortal words of one of the radio commentators, she was a red-diaper baby. (BTW, telling us this about her parents does NOT help the “immigrant” narrative.)

    Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice
    IOW, she was an a*hole proggie even as a kid.

    she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement
    IOW, she broke the law (or didn’t do her job) a lot in order to hold to some “higher justice” or other claptrap. And it probably uniformly benefited a couple of racial groups.

    Egad, and all that just from the Amazon blurb….. Do you like scotch, Amanda? Burns’ birthday is coming up and this is gonna go down harder than a 3-week-old haggis.

  22. hard-earned celebration
    Oh dear. She doesn’t understand that word “earned” any better than Hillary did……

    her 9-year-old godson
    Oh my, so she wrote her #WokeGradeSchooler into her *book*? So he (if he exists at all) can read about himself and how he was exploited for political gain when he grows up? Much worse than doing it on twitter, imo.
    (And what Sarah added.)

    because all the best superheroes have big emotions just like you
    Ummm, no, they don’t. They fight back for truth and justice, using their superpowers. The really crappy superheroes that no one wants to read do what she describes. She’s obviously the sole buyer of those comics for this kid. That, in itself, should be considered abuse.

    There won’t be any consequences, at least that’s what they’d have us believe.
    Because the upper classes (like the aristo/technocrats) never have to suffer any. And they’re the true representation of the world, so obviously the peasants won’t suffer either. Right?

    rip babies from their mothers’ arms
    Much better to do so while they still in utero, no?

    independent press
    Uh huh. Sure.

    But never has it been so apparent as it is now.
    At least before they were sort of leading the cheers for their team from the stands. Now they’ve put on their short skirts and tight sweaters and grabbed their pom-poms and are doing pyramids on the field.

    a reciprocal relationship of trust
    Technically that requires at least a [self-censored].

    You give and you receive trust.
    No, you’re supposed to EARN trust.

    And one of the most important ingredients in a relationship of trust is that we speak truth.
    Hoo boy. In a just world she would have been struck dead with a lightning bolt the moment she uttered/wrote those words.
    Especially since the entire list of crap she spews after that is utter balderdash, not even fit to be spread on a field of to-be-ethanol corn. Piled higher than Augeas ever managed, it threatens to topple and drown us all.

    Others who love them some Bernie or Fauxcahantus.
    Technically, all of the latter are confined to institutions and unable to vote (except in MA, CA and OR).

    Now to find something to take the bad taste out of my mouth.
    I sent something to aid you. Consider a nice 12yo Glenlivet for the 20th of this month.

    1. Big emotions feature in good superhero comics. It’s the villain who FEELS so strongly that he never notices anyone else in his quest.

  23. Keep in mind, Amanda, that appeals to emotion are VERY effective to the people she seeks to get a vote from – mostly WOMEN.
    Really. Speaking to their thinking, logical side of the brain – it hardly penetrates.
    Speak to the emotions, thought – WOW! Complete, instantaneous mind-meld!
    I’m telling you, women – and, to a great extent, minorities – are different. It makes me wonder whether that Neanderthal brain is a predominantly male thing. ‘Cuz, those of us who have it function like a stereotypical male.
    BTW, I have around 4% Neanderthal in my genes. Just found out on 23 & Me.

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