Over the Cliff We Go… Whee!

The only consolation to being in my 70s is that I got to spend most of my life in a pre-Obama America, and probably won’t have to spend too many years in the post-Obama one.

I hate to be a gloomy Gus, but prior to the election, I wrote that the nation could probably survive another four years of this schmuck, but what it couldn’t survive is an electorate that would give him another four years in which to do his dirty work.

By now, even Obama must be embarrassed to keep blaming Bush. But being the sort of egotist who can never acknowledge his own miserable failings, I fully expect he will now start blaming Biden. Speaking of Biden, it’s often said of vice-presidents that they provide the president with more protection than the Secret Service. But for my part, I would actually prefer to see Biden in the Oval Office. At least, thanks to his gift for malaprops, he could be counted on to keep us laughing.

What confounds me about the left-wing lap dogs in the media is the way they keep insisting that their role is to speak truth to power when, in fact, all they really do is provide cover for Obama and his cronies in Congress. For instance, remember how upset they were when George Bush got the Patriot Act passed, when he invaded Afghanistan and when he refused to shut down Gitmo?

Well, here it is 2012. Obama has extended the Patriot Act, lost more American lives in Afghanistan in four years than Bush did in seven and kept Gitmo open, and nobody in the media or the Democratic Party is calling him a fascist, calling for his impeachment or suggesting he should die a painful death. On top of all that, he has employed drones to assassinate terrorists with little or no concern for so-called collateral damage. Understand, I have mentioned a few of the things that I personally approve of, but how is it that liberals aren’t raising a stink about it? It’s because they are hypocrites, first, last and always. So long as their side wins elections, nothing else matters. That’s why Sen. Feinstein initially vowed to get to the bottom of the national security leaks to the NY Times, and then shut her yap when it became obvious that Obama was the source of leaks that were intended to bolster his foreign policy decisions leading up to the election.

Can you imagine what the Democrats would have said if President Bush had spent months avoiding having an actual press conference, preferring to be pandered to by David Letterman, Jay Leno, the goofy ladies on The View and talking football on 9/11 with Lazaro Mendez, who bills himself as the Pimp with the Limp on his morning radio show? Hard to believe the media would have let Bush get away with attacking Fox News if he then pretended that Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg and Senor Mendez, were the reincarnation of Edward R. Murrow, Eric Sevareid and Howard K. Smith.

In California, in case it escaped your attention, it seems that lemmings, along with illegal aliens, are now being encouraged to vote. How else to explain that in a state that has seen one city after another file for bankruptcy, and where gas prices continue to remain at least 60 cents above the national average, the electorate went along with Jerry Brown and voted to increase income taxes and sales taxes?

In spite of the fact that in many countries, Obama’s re-election was the cause for jubilation — no doubt because misery, as usual, loves company – an English journalist named Janet Daley, writing in the Telegraph, observed that:

Janet Daley

Europe got the American president it wanted, the one who would present no threat to its own delusions. The United States is now officially one of us: an Old World country complete with class hatred, ethnic Balkanization, bourgeois guilt and a paternalistic ruling elite. And it is locked into the same death spiral of high public spending and self-defeating wealth redistribution as we are. Welcome to the future, and the beginning of what may turn out to be the terminal decline of the West. 

I have long contended that the biggest problem with conservatives is that they waste their money trying to win occasional elections. If they had the brains they were born with, billionaires like the Koch brothers and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson would start gobbling up newspapers, magazines and TV stations. They don’t have to sink any money into radio stations, where conservative talk show hosts continue to rule the roost. But so long as the Left controls the media outlets, they will continue to provide cover for the radicals who dominate the Democratic Party. Adelson, bless his heart, owns a newspaper, but it happens to be in Israel, which doesn’t do American conservatives a damn bit of good.

My wife informs me that even our fashion magazines are filled with pro-Leftist claptrap. So is it any wonder that single women continue to be seduced into voting overwhelmingly for the miserable likes of Clinton, Gore, Kerry and Obama?

I’m reminded of a joke I heard recently. A man and a woman strike up a conversation in a bar. The guy admits that he just got out of jail after serving a 20-year term for killing his wife and chopping her up with an axe.

After a couple of seconds, the woman says, “So you’re single.”

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write 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/


  • http://twitter.com/ArizCindy Cindy Clites

    This IS a great article! Maybe naively, I think that if 2 (normal) different people are fed the “truth” they will usually think somewhat the same, even liberals vs conservative. I also think that somehow, the liberal news has squelched out everything but their own droning and bias. Burt, your wife is lucky to be married to a man like you! You have solved this issue! Get Dennis Miller (and the like) as you have suggested to counter and do it blow for blow as the elite media! Sheer Genius!

  • wally12

    Burt: I think you are correct. The country needs to have more media available to the public in terms of the purchase of existing companies that now are heavily biased in the left wing agenda. Even if the return on investment is not ideal based on the fact that many are in deep financial trouble. The conservatives need another outlet or more to get their message across in a way that hides the direct reference to right wing ideas just like the left wing does now with ABC, CBS, AP, Gannett etc. It should be a long term retraining program for the public. By the way, Janet Daley nailed it too.

  • Souvoter

    I was thinking the same about the lack of conservative media, Burt. Where are the people who could make a difference? Oh yeah, and I much prefer a cowboy potus than a limp-wrist.

  • AllenJ

    The Republicans are in a no-win situation, of their own doing. They adamantly oppose all tax hikes. Therefore, unless they agree to some tax increases (presumably on the richest 1%) they stand to be responsible for tax increases on everyone! So, in the name of protecting Donald Trump, the Koch brothers, the Hollywood elites, etc. they will be responsible for huge tax increases on everyone and they will likely tip America into recession. Somewhere, somehow, something’s got to give. My sense is that the Republican Congress will have to compromise on taxes in order to save itself politically. This won’t be pretty. Ideology will have to give way to pragmatic political calculation.

  • trailbee

    Thank you, thank you. If conservatives have so much money, yes, why not own newspapers and TV stations? Do you realize how much text, tweeting and face booking was done in the name of liberalism this campaign? Anyone who disagreed was hounded off their perch. Yahoo mail had the Incumbent’s face plastered all over my incoming mail, my outgoing mail, everywhere, and then they included the wife. There was no way to get rid of these intrusions because the mail is free. That face is still there even though the election is over!
    There are no conservative-owned blogging hosts. WHY IS THAT? Drives me crazy! This electronic media was responsible for the outcome of the election and basically is considered electronic infrastructure now. I’m all for foreign investing, especially now, but are there not a couple of millions/billions sitting idle that could fill this void? Or does it have something to do with the long arm of the FCC?

  • Bruce A.

    Another good one Burt. It’s just a matter of time before we turn into Greece or even France.

  • John Daly

    Great column!

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Thank you, Mr. Daly.

      Regards, Burt

  • Wally

    And they have plenty of lemmings that could not see the train coming if they were sitting in the middle of a crossing with gates down, and the lights flashing!

  • Joel Wischkaemper

    I was inadvertantly watching PBS, and the head of the Propaganda Department said something about Obama. He then suggested Obama was a Lame Duck President and wouldn’t get anything done. It instantly crossed my mind that PBS is going to set up “The great ruse”: poor Obama.. he is a lame duck President without any help.
    Actually only about three more years, but they are not going to be fuzzy and cute at all.

    • AllenJ


      You should watch it more often. It provides a factual counterpoint to the right wing bias of Fox News. Fair and balanced news means watching more than one news outlet.

      • Patrick

        That’s true. I would argue that Fox does present both sides of the argument even though many of its personalities are conservative. So don’t write it off as an echo chamber. Remember it’s hard news from 9-4 pm and 6-8 pm, the rest are commentary and talk shows like Hannity and the O’ Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, and all of that.

  • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

    Happy Thanksgiving, Burt. I too would like to see conservative wealth take control of the media. As in most cultures, it appears decline has to happen. They don’t stop digging until they hit bedrock, then only after beating their collective heads on that awhile, does the realization sink in. Our culture appears to still be beating it’s head. Maybe after another recession turns this in to a drawn out depression, people will wake up. Those rejoicing Europeans had better wake up and look east. Ursus Communistus Horribilis is awakening from hibernation and the US is going to do nothing to stop it.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Rick: I would love to see Europe fall prey to an invader and for once not have America around to rescue it. Unfortunately, that would mean that we would be next.


  • Bill Porter

    I agree with you entirely about the idea of the Koch brothers and others getting into the print media business. How else will we ever be able to combat the journalistic bias and moral corruption that currently exists?

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      I keep wondering at this point: is it printed news that is being read, or online news and I am leaning to online news. The problem there is the Democratic Party is steaming along without paying any attention to the criticisms, and the American People are in tow.

      • Burt Prelutsky

        Joel: Both kinds of news are being read, but it’s print news that’s read by politicians and it’s print news that determines the sort of stories that TV covers. So, unless we could get hold of the NY Times and the Washington Post, we’d still be at a disadvantage, we could make some inroads.

        I would also suggest that instead of having them show up to do occasional segments on Bill O’Reilly’s “Factor,” Fox should give guys like Dennis Miller, Adam Carolla and Greg Gutfeld, their own shows.
        Young people aren’t going to sit through 55 minutes of O’Reilly to watch a few minutes of comedy, but they might very well switch over from Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, to watch a right-wing comedy show.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Bill: Right, and it’s not as if there wouldn’t be plenty of conservative journalists to fill the slots. The problem right now is that none of them can get hired. That’s why we’re all writing for blogs.