A Potpourri of Grievances

If you have decided along the way that I despise liberals, it merely proves that you’ve been paying attention. I don’t just think they’re misguided or that they have a different take on the issues than I have, I believe they are evil. I believe that if they had their way, America would be a third world nation.

I think they lie, partly out of habit and partly because they know that the equally evil media will aid and abet them by providing cover and by churning out propaganda.

For instance, when some flabby-brained weasel like Barbara Boxer, Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi, claims that Republicans don’t care about the plight of old people and would love to just push them off the edges of cliffs, the way they illustrated conservative objections to ObamaCare in their TV ads, does anyone take them seriously? Even their fellow left-wingers must know better, but they belong to a cult that demands total fealty. Catholics will doubt the Pope’s infallibility sooner than liberals will doubt Obama’s. On the Left, you either fall into line or you stand condemned for heresy.

In a recent article, I questioned the wisdom of the 19th Amendment, the one that gave women the vote in 1920. Insisting that women just aren’t very good when it comes to voting shouldn’t be taken for misogyny, any more than saying that most men tend to get tongue-tied when trying to express their emotions should be regarded as my clumsy attempt to appear even-handed .

In spite of what the feminists say, the genders are not the same; each has its strengths and its weaknesses. The proof in this case is not in the pudding, but in the voting. Consider that starting with the 1980 presidential election, women gave Reagan only a 1% advantage over Carter. That’s Jimmy Carter, for heaven’s sake! In 1988, proving that it wasn’t a fluke, the ladies gave Bush a mere 1% edge over Dukakis. That’s Michael Dukakis, for heaven’s sake!

After that, things only got worse. In the next five elections, they not only helped to elect Clinton twice, but they voted overwhelmingly for Gore, Kerry and Obama.

If a major league baseball player struck out that many times, he’d be on the next bus to Trenton or Wilkes-Barre.

One of the most annoying things about this election is that people keep asking the candidates what they’ll do to create jobs. The problem is that the only way the federal government can create jobs is by hiring more bureaucrats, which is the last thing any sane person wants to see. The job of the president is to create an environment in which entrepreneurs and small businesses can flourish. That means you cut the tax rate and you get rid of stupid, power-grabbing, regulators, like the storm troopers at the EPA, and you take the jackboot of the federal government off the necks of those driven to succeed and get wealthy. Prosperity is the greatest engine for job creation and it’s the only way that a $16 trillion national debt won’t sooner, rather than later, turn us into Greece.

Speaking of money, in 2010, during the worst days of our recession, we were sending $4.16 billion in foreign aid to Afghanistan, $1.8 billion to both Pakistan and Haiti, $758 million to Mexico and $615 to Nigeria. All of that would have been bad enough, but that was money we had to borrow and then pay interest on to the Chinese. To me, that sounds a lot like the dumb schmuck who borrows money from a shylock and then races down to the corner bar to buy drinks for the house.

Speaking of Mexico, a nation that has seen 50,000 of its citizens murdered by drug dealers in recent years, I, for one, don’t believe that the government couldn’t wipe out the creeps if it really wanted to. Those goons may have a lot of automatic weapons, thanks to Eric Holder, but they don’t have tanks. I suspect that the cartels are allowed to run wild for the same reason that Mexico does nothing to shut down its northern border: money, money, money.

If it weren’t for millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. wiring billions of dollars back to their relatives, and the drug loot that’s floating around south of the border, Mexican politicians would actually have to do something for the people or face a civil war. It’s the same reason that Pakistan lets its farmers continue to grow poppies, the source of most of the world’s heroin.

Finally, although several motives have been suggested to explain why John Roberts sided with the loons on the Court, the one I like best is that by doing so, he not only forced Obama to defend ObamaCare during the campaign, but to defend what is now officially, thanks to Roberts, the largest tax increase in history. Only time will tell, based on his future decisions, if Roberts suffered a brain cramp or if he is so diabolical that people might start referring to him as Mac, short for Machiavelli.

Although Obama’s immediate reaction to the Court’s decision was one of unbridled glee, by the time this all plays out, he may find himself like the fencing master in the cartoon who apparently dodges his opponent’s sword, and says, “Aha, you missed!” a second before his severed head drops to the floor.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Send your comments to BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

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.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • James King

    Burt, no where in the Constitution can I find the words, “the job of the president is to create an environment in which entrepreneurs and small businesses can flourish,” as you wrote in your piece. I know this is a commonly held opinion, but that is what it is, an opinion.

    If this were in the Constitution, it would mean that the pres is supposed to be involved in business not just in the way that you want, but also in the way liberals want. The job of the pres is to be completely uninvolved in American business because the founders understood that a politician is not qualified to be involved in American business.

    The pres resides in the catbird seat for what government does, not in what private business might do. This is one of the reasons why both liberals and conservatives are wrong and libertarians are right. And it will never be any different.

    And I say this not because I like Obama because I do not. It also pains me to say that I want Romney to win to get rid of Obama, but that is true. And as I have analyzed my own feelings I have come to the conclusion that the reason I think that defeating Obama might help to save America is what I want to happen, not what I think will happen because I think it is too late for America.

    We became lost as a nation when we elected the liberal TR as pres, and then followed him up with the others we elected who continued to violate the Constitution. For instance…You do not say, “and to the democracy” when you recite the Pledge, and I suppose you will wonder where this came from as it relates to your piece.

    TR was elected and then put on Rushmore. TR, like those who followed him was not a man who honored our Constitution, but sought out ways to violate it that he could get away with. And one of the ways, and I don’t know when it started, was to “sell” Americans on the word, democracy.

    The Constitution was carefully written. Mistakes were made. But in the writing, undemocratic features were put in the document because they did not want majority rule, (democracy). The biggest of these features is the Electoral College, that prevented Al Gore from becoming president. Because we are not a majority rule (democracy) nation.

    The Constitution has been so usurped that most citizens and also elected officials do not even understand that it was the Constitution that changed one country to no longer abide by an eliteist system, whether that was with a democracy or a ruling family. Every American could live free. And they wanted it to be laissez faire (let it be free). At least for the most part.

    Now, about the pres. The pres is the CEO of government business, not private business and is to have no involvement of any kind with private enterprise. It can be that way again, but people like Cong. Paul and Sen. Paul and Cong. West and Sen. Lee. It can never be put right by people like Barack Obama, former Sen. Todd and current Sen. McCain. These people do not support or honor the Constitution. They just want us to think they do.

    I didn’t intend this response to be so long, and I’m sorry for that. So I will quit for now and say that I enjoy reading what you right and do agree with much of it. But it’s not just Obama’s fault. Most of those now serving are also at fault, and most of the American people are at fault for voting for these immoral pols.

  • wally

    Keep up the good work Burt. You said it all. I think that women are more rigid than men in that once they believe in something, they have a difficult time letting it go. Example: Women never forget the mistake that their husbands made 20 years ago and are ready to bring it up on demand. Perhaps the statement by Churchill was correct. Didn’t he say that “If we are not liberals when we are young, we have no heart and if we are not conservative by the time we are old,we have no brains”?    

  • Patrick Neal

    out of curiosity do you have a problem with the pope,Burt? 

    • Shrinque

      Out of curiosity, do you have a problem with Jews, Pat?

  • http://profiles.google.com/moishgil Mitch Gilbert

    White trash must be so happy that there are angry, cynical, emotionally immature supremacists like Goldberg around to validate their stupidity. 

    • Shrinque

      You didn’t read anything in this piece other than the first lines of a couple paragraphs and the name of the website, did you?

  • Byrdland49

    Good lord Burt…and you’re described as a “humorist”? Must have lost that somewhere between the hate and the delusion. 

  • BurtPrelutsky

    GlenFS:  I have given up on liberals, I’m afraid.  It’s one thing to be illogical; it’s quite another to believe that being illogical makes you intellectually superior and gives you the deed to the moral high ground.

    Bruce A:  Now why on earth would you folks want to insult Luzerne County that way?


    • GlenFS

      Burt, never said they were lovable… they are obnoxious at best.  Some do wise up.

  • GlenFS

    Most of the liberals I know personally are simply misguided and not given to logical thinking.  I still love them and hope they wise up.

  • Bruce A.

    Burt, those of us who live  in Wilkes-Barre like to refer to it as The Paris of Luzerne county. 

  • flagator

    Maybe a cloud with a silver lining?!