Knee-Jerks and Other Jerks on the Left

Burt hopes you enjoy this topical bonus article. Don’t miss today’s regularly scheduled article: Very Impractical Jokes.

Under normal conditions, I would not address the tragic events that took place in Aurora, Colorado. For one thing, it was the insane act of a single psychotic, as opposed to the sort of stuff I generally deal with, such as Obama’s destructive policies and the loony legislation enacted by the left-wing pinheads in Congress.

I am only making an exception in the case of James Holmes because of what it tells us about liberals. Understand, I’m not laying his massacre at the feet of leftists. I leave that sort of thing to the media. You know, the folks who announced that Jared Lee Loughner was a conservative as soon as they heard that he had gone on a murderous rampage in Tucson, Arizona, that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wounded and several people dead. In similar fashion, we all got to hear that James Holmes was a member of the Tea Party even before the smoke had cleared.

What the events at the Aurora movie complex tell us about liberals is that, taking the advice of Rahm Emanuel to heart, they are loath to let a crisis go to waste. As sure as shooting, within hours of the tragedy, they were out in force complaining about that darn Second Amendment. The fact that if someone in the theater had been carrying a concealed weapon, Holmes might have been stopped almost before he got started fails to register on those who hate guns to such a degree that they can never acknowledge that they can ever be used for good.

But, then, they also refused to concede the irony that it took a police officer to end Major Nidal Hassan’s bloody rampage at Fort Hood because the powers-that-be decided that a military base, of all places, was to be a gun-free environment.

When I hear liberals blame guns for what Holmes did, I realize they don’t appreciate how much worse the carnage could have been. If, instead of entering the theater with his semi-automatic weapon, he had set off the bombs with which he had booby-trapped his apartment, God only knows how many more people would have been killed and maimed.

Liberals are always eager to ban guns, but even after the Oklahoma City bombing, you didn’t hear them talk about banning fertilizer. That’s probably just as well because sane people would have then been forced to point out that manure doesn’t kill people; people kill people.

One of the creepy things about liberals is that they only wish to discuss actions and inevitable consequences when the actions can be traced to conservatives. You never hear them reprimand parole boards, which are nearly always comprised of social workers, psychologists and other college degreed morons, when one of the felons they release murders or rapes another victim.

You never hear liberals blaming people like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama, for bringing on the financial meltdown by insisting that home loans be given to people who couldn’t come up with a down payment, all because they knew that the votes of those new homeowners could be so easily bought and paid for with the tax dollars of the solvent.

Have you ever heard a liberal lay the blame for Islamic terrorism at the feet of Jimmy Carter, the man who pulled the carpet out from under the Shah of Iran, thus inviting the Ayatollah Khomeini and his mullahs to embark on their mission of worldwide domination?

Speaking of lunatics such as Jared Loughner and James Holmes, it’s been liberal state legislators who have cut funding for insane asylums and the ACLU who have fought the commitment of psychotics. As a result, these days, there is no way to force the mentally deranged to take their medications and no way to get them off the streets once they decide to forego their meds until the day the voices in their heads send them off on a killing spree.

Also, you may have noticed that all the knuckleheads on the Left need to do is place “phobic” at the end of words in order to cow their opponents into silence. If you don’t think that same-sex marriages are a great idea, you’re homophobic. If you don’t believe that our country owes its creation to Muslims, you’re Islamophobic. I have reached the point where I am phobiaphobic. All I need is for someone to try to win a debate by introducing “phobic” into the discussion and I go berserk.

Moreover, nobody is supposed to be judgmental, lest they be accused of bigotry. So the fact that one of the major reasons that the black community is so dangerous and so dysfunctional is because more than seven out of every 10 black babies is born to an unwed mother is supposed to be ignored in the name of political correctness. In one of Leona Salazar’s columns, I read that the most appropriate name for those unfortunate babies is “souvenirs.” I couldn’t have said it any better, or I would have.

In conclusion, I would say that when you realize there are about 315 million people now living in the United States, and that thousands of them didn’t think twice about standing in line in order to see a comic book movie at midnight, and that tens of millions more will, in spite of all the rotten things this administration has done over the past three years, vote for Barack Obama this November, it’s rather surprising that such tragic events as took place in Columbine, Tucson and Aurora, are as rare as they are.

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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  • BurtPrelutsky

    Cecilio: You have my permission to use phobiaphobic.  Thanks for asking.

    James King: I don’t question the patriotism of gays.  But that’s not the same as agreeing that same-sex marriage is a good thing.  I would only ask you to give me an honest answer to the following question: If the only thing that determines whether people should be allowed to get married is that they be consensual adults, how do you defend gay marriage while not permitting incestuous marriages or polygamy?

    I don’t think bigotry explains why every state that has voted on this matter has determined that marriage should be limited to one man and one woman, and that it is only where arrogant state legislatures or judges have taken measures into their own hands that the unions are legal.  If it’s not bigotry, what is it? Commonsense, I would suggest.


    • James King

      Burt, here’s my answer, and I genuinely do like so much of what you write. First, you seem to begin with the idea that government should have a role in marriage. Constitutionally it doesn’t. Morally it shouldn’t.

      I personally prefer the one man one woman marriage. But as with many, including me, it can end up being times 2, or 3, or 4 or more. But just because I prefer it that way does not make that idea right and the gay idea wrong. What they do is not my business, nor is it your business. And I have not said that I would not permit incestous marriage or polygamy. That is not my job, nor is it yours, and certainly not the government’s.

      Just because every state says it should be one man and one woman does not make it right or moral. When you give someone or several someone’s power over others it is with the use of force, and to initiate force is immoral.

      The ultimate answer from my perspective is that it is bigotry, and I believe it comes from the Bible. Now, without going into a lot of things, there are parts of the Bible that indicates it supports murder, slavery, and murder of parents and slaves. If I am right that it is bigotry and it comes from the Bible, I ask this question. If you don’t approve of murder or slavery, and it is supported and called for in the Bible, how do you decide which to be for and which to be against?

      I am against the introduction of force and consider it to be immoral. Government uses force. Government is all about force. Government has no role in marriage, or that is, it shouldn’t have because government is all about the initiating of force and force is immoral.

      I would much prefer that incest or polygamy not exist. But it does, and much of the time it is because of force. The only role government should have in that regard is for the protection of children, but that would be local, not national. And it is certainly none of my business or yours.

      I do think there are arrogant judges and state legislatures, but they are about force. If force is eliminated, much bad is also eliminated, and I could go on and on. I am not a Bleeding Heart. I believe in the death penalty, but I believe in an honest death penalty, like for instance, Manson and people like him. That is a role for government because the only proper role of government is protection–police, military, courts, etc.

      It is not my way that has produced serial killers, unconstitutional government, etc. It is the way that force, sometimes, differing from person to person, is used for a multitude of reasons, none of which stand up to reason.

  •éndez-Romero/100001373306737 Cecilio Méndez-Romero

    “Phobiaphobic”   Do you mind if I steal (legally, of course) that term?  I think you hit the proverbial nail on the head with it.  I was trying (unsuccessfully) to diagnose myself and could not find what was wrong with me until I read your column.  I am a raving phobiaphobic.  I have had it with all the fear mongers and the speech “sturmgevher”.  Liberals (AKA – democrats, progressives, socialists, communists, union-bosses) think like Chihuahua dogs (the most useless dog in the world).  They bark a lot, always looking around and shaking nervously, for unknown reasons.

  • James King

    Burt, I overwhelmingly agree with most of what you say. My great area of disagreement is about gay marriage, but that’s just my libertarianism coming out. The most patriotic people I personally know and I am 73 so I know a lot of people, are my two friends who live in Florida and have been committed to each other for more than 40 years. They also send out email notices on days to display your American pride and report on patriotic events.

    I know that was just an aside from your very fine and important words, but it is a big thing for me. I have known many gay people who deserve praise for their patriotism, and I have known many straight people who do not deserve praise for theirs. I only send you this as something to think about. Good work!

  • Miltm13


    How could liberals ban manure, when that is all they really produce?

  • Darkmark90

    Good stuff, Dan.  I feel liberals are realityphobic.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    CCNV: You obviously dodged a bullet.

    DanB: Heck, the pinheads are even trying to make a big deal out of Romney’s comment about security at the Olympics.  Personally, I commend him for not commenting on his opponent while on foreign turf and for answering a direct question honestly.  If anyone is looking for differences between the two candidates, those are two of them right there.


  • GlenFS

    Burt, It would be tempting to flatter myself and say great minds think alike, but my second thought upon hearing of this tragedy, “why are people out in the middle of the night with their children watching some comic book character?”  

    To quote another great mind (Leona), “I don’t get it, but if you do God bless you”.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    Bingo, they never let a crisis go to waste.
    If there is not a real crisis available, they will emotionally pump up some other situation into a perceived crisis, NOW, even if it is a situation that we have already been living with for many years.

  • CCNV

    Last weekend I went into a gun shop to purchase a holster and not one gun shot me. Man, was I lucky or what!?

    Burt, your articles are very much appreciated and enjoyed! Thanks!

  • DOOM

    The freedomphobes think conservatives are evil.  No amount of facts will change their religion.