The Braying of Donkeys

The essential difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals could not exist without conservatives to defend their freedoms and support them economically. Conservatives, on the other hand, could live quite well without liberals. And what’s more, we are quite anxious to test this theory. Evicting Obama would be a great place to begin.

All you have to do is look around the world to discover how badly Obama has bungled America’s foreign policy. By gutting the economy and the military, he has made this country a toothless tiger, so that even such backward nations as Syria, Iran and North Korea, can give us the proverbial finger and get away with it.

Allen West, quoting Alexander the Great, sums it up very neatly: “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

It seems like only yesterday that Obama and Hillary Clinton were telling us that Assad’s days were numbered in Syria, but that was actually several thousand massacred Syrians ago. It now appears that Assad’s reign will out-last Obama’s.

I almost feel sorry for all those people who thought they were earning points in heaven by electing our first black president, but the fact remains that, by any honest evaluation, Obama has been our very worst president, usurping Jimmy Carter’s hard-earned title.

In spite of four years of a terrible economy; four years spent trying to destroy the coal and oil industry for purely ideological reasons; four years of ruling by presidential edict; four years spent declaring war on the states, while turning a blind eye to the Black Panthers and concealing the facts of Operation Fast and Furious, the Democrats are asking that we give Obama time. The truth is that most of us agree that he has it coming. But instead of four more years, we think that, for his efforts to trash the Constitution, 25-to-life would be just about right.

As Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016” makes abundantly clear, Obama’s greatest influence has always been and remains his birth father, an anti-western, Islamic zealot who spent his life railing against white people. It was not mere happenstance that the church Obama attended for two decades was one overseen by Jeremiah Wright, yet another father figure who preached the exact same demagogic swill as Obama’s old man.

It wasn’t merely hyperbole when Winston Churchill observed that “Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog.” Neither was it merely politics as usual when Obama, addressing a group of Islamists, vowed that “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

Perhaps that’s why after imposing what were supposed to be really severe restrictions on Iran’s oil trade, Obama gave 20 different nations waivers, allowing them to purchase that very same oil. In much the same way, after using bribery and intimidation to push ObamaCare through Congress, he immediately granted waivers to unions and those business owners who had been generous contributors to his 2008 campaign.

Generally, when a president sends his vice-president out on the hustings to help him get elected, his advice consists of “Keep it simple, stupid.” But in the case of Obama and Biden, the counsel seems to have consisted of “Keep it stupid, stupid.”

Speaking of stupid, whenever I see poor Juan Williams trying to slug it out verbally with the likes of Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer and Steve Hayes on “Special Report,” it occurs to me that the system employed in boxing is far more civilized, providing, as it does, different divisions for featherweights and heavyweights.

During a recent month, Romney’s campaign took in $40 million and spent $32 million. During that same period, Obama’s campaign took in $49 million while spending $59 million. I think that pretty much sums up their respective fiscal policies.

Although Democrats are always insisting that the brains of their presidential candidates are so huge, they can barely make it through doorways, Obama recently told a crowd of his adoring fans that “The Republicans don’t have a plan to improve the economy, and the one they have doesn’t work.” Naturally, the nincompoops applauded like a crowd of trained seals.

Finally, the thing that has surprised me the most in all the recent polls is that people claim to find Obama more likeable than Mitt Romney. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what it is that people like about this arrogant, narcissistic, egomaniac.

Consider that John F. Kennedy once said to a group of Nobel Prize recipients: “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Now compare that statement to one made recently, when Barack Hussein Obama, speaking at a NBA fund-raiser, told a bunch of professional basketball players, “It is very rare I come to an event where I’m like only the fifth or sixth most interesting person.”

Still, I suppose when all is said and done, if your taste runs to pompous buffoons, he’s your guy.

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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  • MarioP


    Why did the Right used to believe W’s seeds of democracy would grow into a field of peaceful republics, but today those former believers in Bush’s dream are claiming how obvious it is to see such seeds would not take root in the Middle East? Now, like Romney, the conservatives surely are critical of the Arab Spring, but where were those critics in 2003, and again in 2004? The call from the Right after the failure to locate Saddam’s WMDs and not being able to connect Saddam to Al Qaeda was the liberating of the Iraqis and to spread democracy. Today, it’s very evident that the invasion of Iraq was a bigger blunder than anyone would had thought after the WMDs could not be located. The last hope for the Right of being correct about the Iraqi invasion has been squashed once even they realized democracy in the Mideast is not what the dreamers have envisioned. Don’t you think?  Romney also didn’t do the nation any favors with his fundraising comments about the Palestinians. How else should the Palestinians takes such a statement, other than an insult? If Romney was wise enough not to yap his destructive thoughts in public, the nation would not have to worry about the potential increase in terrorism at our shores should he win the elections. If Romney does win, the Muslim extremists may view the victory as the American public agreeing with his insult, and such a conclusion could be devastating.

    • Wheels55

      No doubt people in both parties have tried to calm the middle east. I would have thought after George W went there with guns blazing and liberals whining, that the current administration would have at least learned two things: 1) there is no calm over there and 2) protect our people in harms way (or get them out of harms way). Obama has failed to see the lessons learned in the past 20 years. That makes him stupid. Time to replace stupid with the already successful.

      • Mariop

        Both parties have tried and failed to tame that region, yet W still went in there even after what his father’s administration knew back during the Gulf War. Watch Cheney talk about not getting Saddam in 1994 on youtube. Boy, that’s revealing! Yet Bush2 went in there, full force, and for absolutely nothing, not even to spread democracy. Afghanistan had a mission, and that was finally accomplished.

        You are questioning Obama’s lack of intelligence and blame the deaths of four Americans on his inability to learn from the past. So, how much less intelligent is Bush2 for not learning from the past, causing the death of over 4,000 Americans in Iraq? Bush2 knew what the problems were in Iraq, because less than ten years earlier his father did not go in. I mean how much more connected do you need to be to the lesson and still not learn it? Obama is dealing with new scenarios, and the current death count is peanuts to what W has caused.

        • Wheels55

          You do realize that Bush2 is not running in this election, right? Comparing Obama to Bush2 does nothing for this election.
          With the unrest in the middle east, Obama should have made sure we had enough troops to protect themselves and carry out missions as well as make sure the embassies had enough protection (after all, 9/11 was coming around). Obama needs to stop thinking that his word will calm the chaos – it doesn’t work that way. The lesson learned is that all of our efforts in the past to have trusting relationships over there have failed – so why keep trying? That is why he is stupid. No A for effort.

          • Mariop

            What do you mean comparing Obama to Bush2 does nothing in these elections? The Right has voted for an unintelligent joke twice, and you’re now questioning the intelligence of someone who is obviously significantly more intellectual than the last disaster? If the Right voted for an idiot, why not vote for the brighter alternative? Therefore, comparing the incumbent to a past failed politician shows you how horrible it really could be, and how much tolerance the Right truly has for stupidity.
            Romney was the best running choice the Right had for 2012, and I’m glad he won the nomination. But with his recent blunders, it’s becoming evident his intelligence may only have appeared elevated, since his GOP opponents were such morons.And you’re suggesting that we protect our interests around the world because 9/11 had an anniversary? How many troops would we need to deploy to protect all our posts and businesses? Had that been done, and no violence would take place, you would call it a complete waste of needed funds shipping troops around. The Libyan president did warn our government of potential trouble, but his warning was for business interests, and this was not the first and only time he issued such a warning. And what do you do with that warning? Start shipping troops into a foreign nation, which would not be viewed positively by the inhabitants. Or ship every American out? We only do that after violence actually takes place. No matter what the decision was and it turned out not to be the best choice, you would always find something to criticize. 

          • Wheels55


          • Wheels55

            Take your meds Mario

          • Mariop

            Why do the conservatives always resort to immature name-calling when they get cornered in a debate?

  • Alden514

    this is a man who vows to Islamists:
    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
    this is a man who says to Americans:
    “We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.”will the real Barack Obama please stand up?…or better yet, just GO AWAY!!!!!

  • brendan horn


    I do not know whether liberalism is the cause or effect of brain damage. 

    President Obama basically ran for president as the anti-Bush. Now, he is campaigning as someone who, even though he is doing wonderfully in his own estimation, could not overcome George Bush’s failures. Well, Obama’s main plan for fixing the economy is to reform the taxes of this country. His solution is an interesting one. He will keep the vast majority of Bush’s tax cuts and reintroduce Bill Clinton’s higher taxes for around 5% of the population. So, in essence, he is 95% Bush and 5% Clinton on his tax plan. Can he really be the anti-Bush that he claims to be with such a tax plan? 
    The new excuse from liberal circles regarding the angry mobs in Muslim countries is that America is the cause of these mobs and really we should tolerate their difference in culture. Why should civilized people ever tolerate angry, violent, murderous mobs? These mobs are filled with people who would commit murder based on cartoons and silly movies. Liberals see the people in these mobs as silly children rather than as the danger to civilized society that they truly are. What kind of culture would create such angry mobs? Such a culture should be criticized and America should not change based on angry mobs. In America, people are free to criticize Jesus, Buddha, and even Obama. There is no reason that civilized people should not also be critical of a man like Mohammed. Why should we hold Mohammed above all others? Liberals were more interested in critiquing the maker of a silly movie rather than the men who murdered four innocent people. The liberal is a strange creature.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Brendan: It’s an interesting tax plan that demands that the 5% who pay most of the taxes should pay more and those who pay nothing should continue to pay nothing.  “Interesting” in this case is a synonym for “insane.”

      I have a column that will appear soon titled “Bees and Sons of Bees” that deals with the lunatics in the Middle East and their enablers in the White House.


      • brendan horn

            I think “liberal” and “insane” mean the same thing. When will the president demand that the people who pay no share, or only receive shares from others, start to pay their fair share? I think it is fair that everyone should be expected to pay a share.

      • MarioP


        What has the comparison of our population breakdown have to do with taxes? Is our tax code set up to tax the top 5% for majority of the taxes, or is the code set up based on earnings and wealth? If you want to make a valid comparison, compare the taxes paid by that top 5% to how much they earn and are worth. You are instead comparing apples to oranges; please don’t mix the fruits.

        If you don’t see the obvious flaw in your comparison, how about this for a comparison? What percentage of the nation’s income and wealth does the top 5% earn and own? That’s just as shocking.

  • Soubellvoter

    All the folks that are still making the comment that Pres. Pinocchio is such a nice guy just floor me! I believe the economy and world events are exactly the way the new democrat party of idiot progressives and liberals want it to be so their (leading from behind) president can run it all himself via edict. It’s unbelievable how many are still in the dark and unable to see the forest for the trees. Quoting Tavis Smiley on c-span, they wanted to bring down capitalism and replace it, just didn’t know what to replace it with!!! Another huge problem in getting out the truth, is the corrupt, lying-stream media. The closest one can get to the truth is FOX, except for the ding-bat liberals we are spoon fed for fair and balanced.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       Soubell: We agree about Obama and also about Fox.  Fortunately, I record everything I watch.  Thus I am able to fast-forward not only though all those commercials for gold, but through Alan Colmes, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Beckel, Leslie Marshall and Juan Williams.


      • Deny916

        You call me crazy, Burt, but after watching “The Five” regularly I think Bob Beckel is a real stand up guy.  I don’t agree with his politics AT ALL all but when they get him off topic, he’s a good man and I like him!

        The rest of those slugs you mentioned are making me wear out my mute botton!

  • Mariop

    Burt states:
    “By gutting the economy and the military, he has made this country a toothless tiger, so that even such backward nations as Syria, Iran and North Korea, can give us the proverbial finger and get away with it.”

    Which nation is the most powerful in the world? Which nation spends over 40% of the entire world’s military spending? Does any American fear a semi-superpower? So how can Burt declare our military being gutted? The reason we can’t invade nations that cause issues in not because we’re too wimpy or scared, it’s because we don’t have the funds. Instead of running an efficient and tactical military force, we are financing, with $700B annually, the only superpower which has no match. Nevermind that because the last full-scale attack we waged turned out to be such a blunder and waste of funds, any leader of ours who wishes to face our enemies today will have significantly more reservations than ever before, and our enemies know it. The last war we waged to locate the WMDs, I mean to capture more 9-11 conspirators, I mean to plant those seeds of democracy, turned us into a caged tiger with plenty of teeth. 

    Oh, and Obama gutted the economy? Didn’t Obama stop the bleeding? I guess Burt was shorting the market, and Obama put a stop to his gains. Know when to switch positions Burt, because hogs get…. 

    • Wheels55

      You may not be seeing the big picture. We kicked butt all over the middle east under a greater miltary commitment before Obama took office. Obama is unwinding our miltary power base. Today’s enemies do not fear us – recent events say it all.
      Personally, I am OK with less military spending with troops in other countries. But spend heavily to protect our shores and embassies (maybe fewer embassies in hot regions). Obama is not doing that either. He has no plan to protect us – he thinks apologies are enough.

      • BurtPrelutsky

         Wheels: Inasmuch as you seem willing to reply to mariop, you might point out to him that if I say the military is being gutted, I’m only repeating what Obama’s Secretary of Defense has been saying for the past several months.

        Are you as surprised as I am that he has become my most faithful reader?  No doubt he will want to order my latest book, “Barack Obama, You’re Fired! (And Don’t Bother Asking for a Letter of Recommendation).”


        • Mariop

          Burt, your new book looks interesting. 
          “What 80 Years of FDR, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama Have Wrought”, good one. Maybe in your next book you can title a chapter “What 30 Years of Reagan, Bush Major, and Bush Minor Have Wrought”. 30 versus 80 years sounds more catchy.

  • Wheels55

    The likeability factor amazes me. It’s like people believe they will dine with Obama one day if he is elected again.

  • deny916

    Excellent article Burt!  There ain’t much I can add to that!  I just said yesterday that I never thought we’d have a president worse than Jimmy Carter…but obammy bakes, takes, and eats that cake.  It can’t be soon enough that we get rid of him!

    • BurtPrelutsky

       deny: Amen.