by Burt Prelutsky
I realize that good manners dictate that we shouldn’t generalize about a large group of people. Some would insist that’s the case even if that particular group enjoys nothing better than condemning others — be they Republicans, Tea Party members, the Boy Scouts or evangelical Christians — as fascists, racists, Astroturfers and bigots.
I’ll leave it to other conservatives to play the civility game. There’s no way I’ll play in a game where my opponents not only make up the rules as they go along, but mark the cards and deal from the bottom of the deck.
For instance, Juan Williams got fired from NPR, not because he is one of the dullest men on the face of the earth, but because, according to his bosses, he’d suggested that people wearing Muslim garb at the airport made him nervous. NPR insisted that he crossed the line and made him an abomination in their eyes. Well, I must say that is one very elusive line because Nina Totenberg once wished aloud that a blood transfusion would give Sen. Jesse Helms AIDS or, if not him, one of his grandchildren!
So the same vermin who get up in arms if someone dares to connect Barack Obama to William Ayers, and start hollering about McCarthy-like guilt by association, have no problem with wishing the worst on a child whose only sin is being associated with his or her grandfather.
Ms. Totenberg is of course still drawing a salary at NPR.
Liberals go into a frenzy every Columbus Day, insisting that the day the great explorer sighted America was one of the darkest days in recorded history. They see the white man as the destroyer of paradise.
The fact is there were only a few million Indians on all of what is now the United States. We are now a nation of 305 million and there is still a lot of empty space between our major cities. Were the Indians supposed to keep everyone out for all eternity?
The idea that all the Indians lived peacefully, at one with nature, is a load of hooey generated by white historians with an axe to grind and by the sort of Indian activists who have a collective hissy fit over sports teams being called the Braves, the Indians and the Chiefs.
There were peaceful tribes, but there were others who pretty much concentrated on murder, scalping and cannibalizing, members of other tribes. It was not the white man who introduced genocide to North America.
Speaking of tribes, I always wonder if these liberals regard the African continent as the Garden of Eden. While it’s true that whites took slaves, diamonds and natural resources out of Africa, it’s also true that Africans were involved in the slave trade long before Columbus set sail, and, what’s more, they still are, a century and a half after slavery was abolished in America.
The European colonizing nations weren’t always the kindest of caretakers, but I would venture that most black Africans have it even worse under the current black despots. But don’t hold your breath waiting for liberals to utter a negative word about black villains when it is so much safer and politically correct, to attack conservatives, Christians and Israel.
It is mainly liberals who are the simpletons who took up global warming as a cause and made a god of Al Gore, ignoring the fact that Gore was making millions of dollars off the hoax. You would think that left-wingers, especially the many atheists in their ranks, would question a god who not only made a fortune out of his holy mission, but refused to debate the issue and only spoke to true believers. And how is it that the same people who so eagerly point out the big homes, the fancy jewelry and all the other signs of religious hypocrisy for which televangelists are noted, aren’t the least bit skeptical of Mr. Gore? Apparently if a televangelist like Gore talks about the weather, instead of the hereafter, liberals not only don’t denounce him as a fraud, they give him the left-wing trifecta: an Emmy, an Oscar and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Liberals pay no attention to the fact that when a few people actually noticed that the earth and the oceans were cooling, Gore and his pet “scientists” quickly began referring to “climate change” and eventually to “global climate disruption.” It didn’t matter to them if things were heating up or cooling down; all that really mattered was that they had a cause and could use it as a way to butt their way into everybody’s business.
Now we have those lousy light bulbs to contend with. Not only do they not provide decent illumination, the ugly little things contain mercury! I would have thought that these idiots who spend half their lives separating paper and plastic in their trash barrels would have had second thoughts about foisting on us a product that enclosed mercury inside a piece of fragile glass. But these morons are shameless. What’s next? Baby blankets made of asbestos?
Most liberals are zealots. That’s why the idiots glommed onto a slogan that was as insipid and unspecific as “Hope and Change.” Even “A Chicken in Every Pot” told you what you might expect if you voted for Herbert Hoover. But one needn’t be too specific with zealots. As Obama understood, you merely have to toss out a line and the annoying lunkheads, all of whom hope to change something, will fill in the blanks.
The worst thing about zealots is that they’re all terribly anxious to make the world a better place, but they never think to start with themselves.
©2010 Burt Prelutsky>