More Questions Than Answers

Surely I can’t be the only person who has a hard time falling asleep at night, thanks to all the unanswered questions floating around in my head. For instance, after seeing Juan Williams constantly trying to pooh-pooh away questions about the Benghazi cover-up on both Bret Baier’s “Special Report” and O’Reilly’s “The Factor,” I keep wondering if he’s been required to register as a lobbyist for the Obama administration.

For instance, how is it that lefties like Michael Bloomberg think that adults should have no say in the matter when it comes to sugar, salt, guns and the size of soda containers, but insist that teenagers should have free choice when it comes to purchasing the day-after pill and/or aborting their babies without parental consent or even awareness?

I’m sure most of us breathed a sigh of relief when the Pennsylvania jury found Kermit Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder. But perhaps not all of us. Peter Singer, an Australian moral philosopher, who is a professor of Bioethics at Princeton, in response to whether he would be in favor of killing a disabled baby, replied, “Yes, if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole.”

Well, God knows I’m not a moral philosopher, but I’m wondering how the baby would go about voicing an opinion. And I’d like to hear what Stephen Hawking has to say about all this.

Prof. Singer also declared: “One point on which I agree with opponents of abortion is that from the point of view of ethics rather than the law, there is no sharp distinction between the fetus and the newborn baby.”

Apparently when you get to bill yourself as a moral philosopher, people tend to treat you with kid gloves, so nobody, as far as I’m aware, asked him if there was a sharp distinction between a newborn baby and a four-year-old or between a professor of Bioethics and a Nazi.

By now, we’re all aware of the fact that background checks would not have spared us the massacre at Newtown, but the question I haven’t heard asked is whether background checks would have prevented Operation Fast & Furious. After all, how much do we really know about major gun-runner Eric Holder?

For sheer irony, it’s hard to beat Hillary Clinton, who campaigned as the person we’d all want to see at the receiving end of a 3 a.m. phone call, totally botch the call she got in the wee hours regarding Benghazi.

Speaking of Benghazi, we keep hearing the various Pinocchio’s who speak on behalf of this administration insist that they could not have possibly sent armed reinforcements in the seven hours our people were under attack. Well, one, I keep wondering why not, inasmuch as our military base in Italy is a mere three hour flight away; and, two, lacking the gift of precognition, how could they have had the slightest idea how long the siege would continue?

Moving on to a more recent scandal, we have a spokesperson for the IRS stating: “Mistakes were made, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan motivation. We were — and will continue to be — dedicated to reviewing all applications for tax-exempt status in an impartial manner.”

And what’s more, it was a sheer coincidence that for two years only groups of a conservative persuasion were targeted, never a single group that had “Progressive,” “Liberal” or “We Love Obama,” in its title.

I confess I am less concerned about the scandal swirling around Obama’s monitoring the phones of the Associated Press. To me, considering how supportive the news agency has been of Obama, this is more like a falling-out among thieves. Still, I can’t help wondering about his motive. The only thing I’ve come up with is he just couldn’t wait to find out what swell things they were going to say about him next.

We all grew up hearing people say with something resembling awe: “Is this a great country or what?” Ever since 2008, when Obama was elected, I’ve been thinking “what” is the correct answer.

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write

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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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  • GlenFS

    A real background check of Holder should have preempted him from ever serving as AG in the first place. When has he ever exhibited any sort of scruples which could be confused with those of an honest person? As Obama’s perfect wing-man, he perfectly reflects the standards of his boss.

  • DonaldYoungsRevenge

    Burt, these present day scandals will just pass away because the Republicans are not even capable of swearing in witnesses. How stupid is that? There is a scandal that is about to break that NO ONE will be able to resist covering and it concerns the on going two year criminal investigation of Barack H. Obama. You need to begin to do a little research into what has been happening and what is about to happen. Lt. Mike Zullo has been given a number of audiences with what he has called VIPS who are now committed to moving this investigation and scandal into channels where America will become aware of how big and ugly this Fraud in Chief has been. You can get ahead of most folks since they are intentionally ignoring all of it. They will be caught with their panties down around their legs when the scandal breaks not knowing how to explain how they missed it.

  • cmacrider

    Burt: I too often shake my head at the obvious contradictions in the various (if not vacuous) positions held by those on the Left. The ultimate absurdity in this postmodernism was captured by Lawrence Cahoone when he said “In advanced liberal society all moral deliberation ends in pronouncements of unjustifiable preferences that cannot be adjudicated.” In short, the Left develops “preferences” and the fact these preferences have no logical coherence or any underlying principles is, for them, irrelevent.

  • Wheels55

    When Dole declares the GOP is broken (A thought I share) and the liberals get more and more dishonest (or at least disoriented), I see what a mess we are in. It’s time for the Libertarian Party to rise up, severely scale down the size of government, clean the slate and then build our government again to a respectable and manageable level. Perhaps a 1960 type level.

    • veeper

      merely “rising up”….

      won’t make one bit of difference….

      Libertarians will have to get ELECTED to legislative offices at every level of government.

  • Wil

    Hey guys, remember how Glenn Beck, Foxnews and other for-sale hucksters
    convinced you to buy gold back in 2011 when it was $1900 an ounce?

    Remember how they said gold was king?
    Remember how they said it was the best investment you could make?

    Let’s say you bought ten ounces of gold in 2011 for $19,000
    (Actually, they add 10% buyer’s fee so you’d pay $20,900)
    that same amount of gold today is worth $13,910

    So, Fox and Glenn Beck’s lies have cost you $7,000, yet something tells me you’re OK with that because Glenn Beck is an honest patriot, right

    • Brian Fr Langley

      True to date. But your Fed (I’m Canadian) is currently printing paper money at the rate of 85 billion per week???? A trillion a year???? If printing money will really save the economy and push demand, why not just give everybody a few million dollars each??? and make everybody filthy rich? Think of yourself at a farmers market buying wheat. Wheat that’s been adulterated with sawdust. If we’re all agreed that all we’re going to do with our jars of wheat are to trade them for other things the adulteration may cause no problems for a while. But when you actually get hungry and need to eat the wheat you’ll finally realize you’ve been cheated. Sawdust in the wheat, water in the whisky, lead in the gold? Call it stimulus, call it economic therapy, call it quantitative easing, what it is really is, is CHEATING pure and simple. No economy based on cheating can succeed in the long run.

    • Wheels55

      I think they also said that gold is a good long-term investment. That must be tough for a short-term thinker to understand.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      It actually shocks me to think that some folks can not see the moral implications of allowing your currency to be so debased. Those hucksters you refer to, also seem to be aware that endless (and dubious to say the least) printing of currency is immoral. The solution is to go back to real currency (of which gold is both universal and historically recognized). The real signal emerging from the Fed is “we’re Americans and we’ll cheat” The signal from so many Americans who are supporting this appalling ethical lapse. Cheating is A OK as long as it benefits me. That shining light on a hill, is getting rather dimmer.

    • John Daly

      I blame that dentist from that one gold commercial. Burt knows who I’m talking about. 😉

    • veeper

      Do you always have these conversations with yourself?

      • DonaldYoungsRevenge

        For the “veeper” reality is an illusion that occurs due to the lack of alcohol.

        • veeper

          Ha ha…

          You do the obama thing well…

          when you have no response….just say something stupid….

          you made up in your head….

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      I am not into buying gold but if you are not in it for a short run at some money you will make big bucks down the road just as many have done who bought in years ago. This world is always on the edge of chaos and gold will continue to rise through the roof. If you listened to Beck 5 years ago you made some big bucks. There is no guarantees in any investment, hell the Feds can come along and confiscate your damn gold if they deem it an national security risk for the every day sucker to have it.

    • captdot

      WTH? Buyer beware. YOUR decision…YOUR money…YOUR loss… YOU’RE responsible and accountable, no one else. Why can’t you folks understand that?

  • Todd Zaino

    Great essay Burt! This White House gets more breaks than any other I’ve ever seen. Imagine allowing Eric Holder being allowed to investigate…Eric Holder, and the DOJ! Nothing to see here folks, keep moving, and we’ll just give this another good old fashioned leaving alone. Gotta love the media practically cheerleading everything Hope and Change…until they discover that AP phones were being tapped! I am so sick of most to of the media, this corrupt White House.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    I’m rather surprised that you didn’t pick up the implication of the ethicist’s (Peter Singer) comments about there being no difference between a baby killed inutero and a baby killed after being born alive. What he is clearly (very clearly) implying is that if killing one is immoral, so is killing the other. Now defending Singer is the least of my motives, but defending life and liberty, I’ll take the victories where I see them.

  • Pork Bevr

    I accepted the fact we as a country were doomed when Obammy got re-elected. Romney was correct, we’ve passed the tipping point.
    Another good article, Burt.

    • veeper


      over 11 million (?) more ‘new americans’ with instant citizenship and zero investment, no concern for Nation, zero sacrifice for nation or fellow americans will only insure the current trend continues and america continues it’s downward spiral.

  • veeper

    america is now just another crap hole on the planet….

    full of crap and stinks….