Throwing Down the Gauntlet

As you may have noticed, liberals are ever on the alert when it comes to what they love to label “the religious right.” But they never have a problem with those on the left mixing religion and politics. So far as they’re concerned, when Jesse Jackson runs for president, he’s merely exercising his rights as an American. However, when Pat Robertson ran, he was out to turn the U.S. into a theocracy.

When Catholic bishops speak out against wholesale abortions, they’re crossing the line. But when Obama sits in a pew for 20 years while Jeremiah Wright condemns white people or when Rev. Luis Leon of St. John’s Episcopal devotes an Easter sermon to labeling conservatives racists, Obama and his supporters are as happy as pigs in slop.

A friend of mine suggested a slogan Obama should have employed last year instead of his generic “Forward.” He thought it would have been more honest if the radical transformer had used “I’ve Got What it Takes to Take What You’ve Got.” And by reading between the lines, which is all the reading some people do, young women, Hispanics, blacks and public sector union members, knew that once he took it, he would split the proceeds with them. What, after all, is redistribution of wealth but taking what some people have worked to earn and using it to bribe those who want it in exchange for their votes?

H.L. Mencken, the cynical sage of Baltimore, wrote, nearly a century ago, “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Some people, even some conservatives will take umbrage at calling Obama a moron. Like trained parrots, they will say, “I may not agree with his policies, but he is an Ivy League graduate, after all.” In rebuttal, I will say, he is merely the over-weaned product of affirmative action. Not only have generations of morons graduated from Harvard, Yale and Princeton, but generations of the mentally challenged have taught there and continue to teach there.

A recent poll of America’s college law faculty shows that nearly 30% of the law professors made political contributions last year. Over 76% of them only contributed to Democrats, while 12.8% contributed only to Republicans. That says all you need to know about diversity on college campuses.

Getting back to Obama, I must confess I found myself chuckling when I saw him sink just two of the 22 shots he took at the Easter festivities. It wasn’t just a rare pleasure to see him fail at something he likes to boast about, but it provided a perfect insight to his mentality. As he shot one brick after another, you would have thought you were looking at the same shot over and over again. That’s because he stubbornly refused to change the arc on his shots. Even though one shot after another bounced off the rim, he kept shooting it the exact same way. Rarely have I seen such a perfect illustration of that old definition of insanity: Doing the exact same thing again and again in the deluded belief that you will get different results.

So it should be no surprise that his solution to our financial malaise is to raise taxes and pass more regulations on business. After all, it hasn’t worked before, so it figures Mr. 2-for- 22 is firmly convinced it will work this time.

But Obama isn’t alone in his delusions. After all, he was re-elected after the worst first term any president, including Jimmy Carter, has ever overseen.

When I think of the nation that was bequeathed to us by the Founding Fathers, I could sit down and weep. We Americans are like the ne’er-do-well scions of great men who are left large fortunes, only to fritter them away on electronic toys, drugs, booze and pornography. And simply because we haven’t squandered away every last nickel, and because we say nice, but generally untrue, things about illegal aliens, sodomites and people so ignorant and lazy that if the government didn’t coerce the rest of us to support them with our taxes, could only survive by stealing, we hold ourselves in ridiculously high esteem.

Some will take fierce objection to that last paragraph, which suits me just fine. I only hope it won’t be used to tar all conservatives as heartless, homophobic racists. The worst I can say about most conservatives, at least those in public office, is that they’ve become so accustomed to mincing their words, they fail to notice that eventually it’s the truth that gets minced.

For my part, I will quote George Orwell, who observed that “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

It took a revolution, after all, to create this nation. It will take nothing less to save it.

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • nickshaw

    Tough words, Burt, when too many are afraid to use tough words when they think some may be offended. I don’t know how many college educated folks I have met that could be officially classed as morons yet, for some reason, the flash of the sheepskin qualifies them to be categorized as the “elite” in way to many circles.
    It’s quite astounding!

    The only area I might take you to task though, is where it pertains to gays.
    Speaking from the point of view of a straight man with gays in my immediate family (and their friends), I find gays of the “conservative” stripe less inclined to be in your face about “their rights” and more in tune with rights in general.
    Not like the militant gays that appear to congregate on the left.
    Just an observation is all.

  • GlenFS

    Obama may not be a moron if you count his ability to ride the worst 1st term performance into a 2nd. You have to give him his due. Too bad he governs like a moron.

    As to offending those gays who aren’t trying to remake the world into their freaky utopia, I see no reason to do it. I may not approve of their lifestyle choices, but until they impose it on me, it’s none of my business. We need anyone who happens to be a conservative on our side, whether adulterors or sodomites.

  • 49corvette

    I think America has a modicum of Divine Protection—even as I write—but slippage into a ” vast wasteland “—( Newton Minow )—is S. O. P.—as Bruce Spingsteen wrote : 500 channels and nuthin’ to watch—maybe next election we can change the channel—who said : We have identified the enemy and he is us—my 2cents—thanx for reading

  • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

    Great article, Burt. For far too many Americans, It isn’t bad enough, yet. What so many fail to realize, is that we will reach a point of no return (if we haven’t already). Taking from hardworking people and giving it to the lazy to buy votes, is not sustainable. And when it reaches the tipping point, it will take off at lightning speed. My fear is we will have a civil war that makes the last one look like a fist fight.

  • Wheels55

    I don’t think Obama is a moron. I think he thinks we are all morons.
    I don’t think Obama truly knows how to lead – by example, by being prepared for tough negotiations, etc. But I am sure he does care about that – just how he looks on TV.

  • TheWryeObservator

    The only problem with that paragraph you mentioned, the objectionable one, is that it’s true. And, sadly, the folks most likely to object fiercely to it are those to whom it most applies