The Elephant and the Jackass

Some people insist that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. It is true that in some basic ways, all politicians are alike. After all, they all want to get re-elected, so they have to spend an inordinate amount of time diving into various pockets seeking campaign contributions. They also have to compromise unless they have overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress, as Obama did from 2009-2011, and even he had to finally use bribery and intimidation in order to get ObamaCare, his signature piece of legislation, passed.

It’s among civilians that one sees the greatest differences between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives, as you’d know if you’ve ever attended a Tea Party gathering, tend to be civil, respectful of opposing points of view, religious and in awe of the Founding Fathers. Liberals, on the other hand, enjoy behaving like barbarians, whether it’s at Wisconsin’s state capitol, on Wall Street or in Watts; do everything they can to deprive conservatives of free speech; oppose all religious symbols and ceremonies, while pretending that’s the intention of the 1st Amendment; and regularly demonstrate their contempt of people like Washington, Madison and Jefferson, whom they dismiss as slave-owning white guys.

Russian Pres. Dimitry Medvedev

When white conservative politicians are disgruntled, they express their grievances to the media. When black liberal politicians are disgruntled, they start shouting during a committee hearing or during a House session, as Sheila Jackson Lee and Bobby Rush have done in recent months. Even when the chairman tries to silence their outbursts by pounding his gavel, they take it as nothing more than a musical accompaniment. And because white congressmen are a spineless bunch of toadies, ever fearful they’ll be branded racists, they never even think of disciplining these obnoxious yahoos.

The good news is that Obama, mainly through his hand puppet, Eric Holder, has displayed his own racism so often that I expect he will experience the appropriate blowback in November. I am convinced that a large number of Independents who voted for him last time because they wanted to feel good about voting for the first black president have experienced a depressing change of heart.

Frankly, even though I have never regarded Obama as particularly bright, his tossing in his two cents during the recent Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman contretemps struck me as being particularly idiotic. After all, he had no more facts at hand than the rest of us, but he couldn’t resist pointing out that if he had a son, he’d look like young Martin. Right, and if he donned a hoodie and a pair of sunglasses the way that Rep. Rush did, he, too, would resemble the young ne’er-do-well. So what? The truth is, if Obama’s dad had been Peruvian instead of Kenyan, it’s George Zimmerman he’d look like.

The political fact of life is that Obama doesn’t have to suck up to blacks. After all, they’re obviously every bit as willing to overlook the fact that he’s half white as he is. He received 97% of their votes in 2008, and the only way he could receive a higher percentage is if Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Shelby Steele, Jesse Lee Peterson and Clarence Thomas, all took leave of their senses this November.

All Obama did by jumping into the fray was to remind us that he did the same thing when he condemned the Cambridge Police Department without knowing what had actually transpired between his friend, Prof. Henry Gates, and the cops.

He is clearly the most racist president we’ve had since Woodrow Wilson, but because it’s white folks he dislikes — unless, of course, they’re underlings doing his bidding or millionaires financing his re-election — nobody dares condemn him for it.

Recently, Obama was overheard telling President Medvedev that he would have greater flexibility after his election. Inasmuch as Obama has already denied Poland and the Czech Republic a promised missile defense system and, for good measure, offered to drastically reduce our nuclear capability, while getting absolutely nothing in return from Russia, I assume Medvedev and his puppet master, Putin, took that to mean he’ll somehow bend over even further in the future.

Speaking for conservatives, anxious to see him gone, we hope that greater flexibility means that after next January, Obama will be able to sleep till noon, work on his putting, have lunch regularly with the likes of Bill Ayers, Van Jones and Jeremiah Wright, and still have plenty of time to take the kids to Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.

©2012 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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  • BurtPrelutsky

    PatriotBelle: Where Obama is concerned, not even the “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” rule pertains.  That’s because he told us exactly who he was during the 2008 campaign.  In addition, we all knew about Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko and William Ayers, so even back then, the shame was ours

    It mustn’t happen again.


    • PatriotBelle

      He didn’t fool me; I read between the lines and listened to Sean Hannity. Just wanting to fundamentally change America was enough for me!

  • PatriotBelle

    Great article, as usual, Burt. He can also take his box of chocolates off his desk instead of the sign that says ‘the buck stops here’. Everyday there’s a new scandal comming out of this corrupt administration; it’s practically like watching a daily serial sappy soap. If re-elected, we would only get a re-run when the first was not worth watching.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Brendan: You make some excellent points.  I particularly liked your presenting a few of the differences between Democrats and Republicans.

    What truly confounds me about people like DOOM161 is that they parrot the cliche about there being no difference between the parties by ignoring the fact that the Republicans in Congress, and not just those he would call true conservatives, have consistently opposed Obama’s agenda.  Anyone who can look at what’s been going on in Washington for the past three years and decided that the Republicans are just like the Democrats is someone who, for reasons I’m unaware of, is determined to falsify the very obvious evidence.

    The mere fact that the Republicans in the House and Senate voted against the stimulus, against card check and against ObamaCare, coupled with the fact that they passed Paul Ryan’s budget whereas the Democrats haven’t even offered one in three years, should convince even Doom that he’s talking through his hat.


    • Michael

      Right on, Burt.  I get frustrated with the Repubs too, but they have stood their ground on some key issues, and in the final anaysis, they are the only hope we have in government. 

  • Brendan Horn

    One racist comment that Obama got away with completely during the 2008 election was when he referred to his own grandmother as a “typical white person”. Obama basically gets a free pass anytime he says or does anything stupid because liberals control even pathetically degenerate TV stations like MTV. Obama’s number one talent is that he seems to get away with consistently lying to the American people almost every day like with his energy plans which he calls “all of the above”. You will not find any liberal broadcaster asking even the most obvious question like: What is the difference between your “all of the above” strategy and a similar strategy that might be called “none of the above except for wind and sun”. Obama gets away with other stupid things like  he has trouble distinguishing the difference between “regulating interstate commerce” and ”mandating interstate commerce”. The health care plan he wants to impose on the American people would mandate interstate commerce, which would be a new power never previously granted to the federal government. In essence, Obama considers The Constitution irrelevant. Also, he does not understand that the Supreme Court is set up to to interpret the law, even the laws signed by a president named Obama. This is precisely what the founding fathers intended when they created “Checks and Balances”. If Sarah Palin got away with half of the stupid things Obama has said and done in the past few years, she would be nearly a perfect human being. 

    I think the reason some people have trouble distinguishing between the Republicans and Democrats is because these people do not really understand how our system of government works. Not much gets done most of the time because it was probably intended to be that way. “Checks and Balances” prevent the president from imposing too many of his bad ideas on the American people. This is mostly a good thing, but sometimes it is frustrating when people can see that not even the most obvious policies can be implemented. So sometimes it looks like both parties are the same because they are both often doing nearly nothing – except for wasting the money of the American people. However, there are real differences between the parties and these real differences show themselves often in who is selected for the Supreme Court and in the details of policies that the two political parties implement. 

    In general, Democrats want to do away with the military and they are quite often inspired by Communist ideology. Republicans generally want a weak government with respect to business and commerce, but they also generally want a strong military that will keep America safe. There are many other differences between the parties but these are some of the most obvious differences. 

  • BurtPrelutsky

    DOOM161: Quibble all you like about labels, but Clinton put Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court and Obama seated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, whereas George W. Bush named John Roberts and Samuel Alito.  With ObamaCare, photo IDs for voters and Arizona’s immigration law, riding on the outcome of the Court’s decisions, I’ll take a Republican over a Democrat any day of the week.


  • DOOM161

    You start the article talking about democrats and republicans, but then jump with no segue to discussing  liberals and conservatives.  These terms are not interchangeable.

    I don’t recall anyone claiming that there isn’t a difference between liberals and conservatives.  The difference is clear as day.  The argument is that there isn’t much difference between democrats and republicans.

    Take our two most recent Presidents: One a democrat and one a republican.  Each made an effort to take more power for the federal government.  Each sent us into conflict in the middle East.  Each posted a record deficit.  Each signed “stimulus” bills that didn’t stimulate anything except the national debt.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Wil is back.  I knew he couldn’t stay away.  Inasmuch as he can’t spell my name correctly, it raises the possibility that he doesn’t know his own is actually spelled Will.


    • Wil

       Burt, Be happy, I didn’t post to Butt! 

  • Wil

    Bert, There’s a REASON Republicans use an elephant for their symbol. 

    Elephants grab the tail of the one ahead of them and follow blindly behind an asshole.

    • 1LonesomeDove1

      And there’s a reason that liberals have a jackass for a symbol. It need not be explained.

    • StanW

      And there is an OBVIOUS reason why the symbol of the Democrat party is A JACKASS!!!!


      • Wil

        LonesomeDove and StanW, are you a couple? You always seem to post together…  Oh yeah!

        • StanW

          Back to your homophobic slurs? Will you never learn, Wil?

        • 1LonesomeDove1

          Is this always your answer when you’re wrong?

    • GlenFS

      Wil, inane response to intelligent piece.  What are you following?  What makes you think the commentators are dedicated to Republican leadership? 

       If you were able to poll them you’d find them critical of many GOP leaders , policies and legislation.  I will follow anyone going in the right direction even if I have to grab their tail to keep up.  I’m much more concerned with the direction than the view.  Your leadership is taking you, me and everyone else over the cliff, so the lemming would be a more apt symbol.

      • Wil

        Glen, I keep forgetting that the economic crisis and the Iraq War & Afghanistan
        war and the national Debt all began on January 20, 2009.

        • 1LonesomeDove1

          Both of which are the responsibility of congress under the US Constitution.

          Yes! It’s a real document that actually exists!

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Bruce: The Left is quite right in assuming I am guilty of hate speech.  I truly despise Obama, Holder and all of their cronies on the Left.

    GlenFS: Obama has no empathy with the Martins or anyone else.  I’m convinced that he is  a sociopath.  And as is usually the case with such monsters, he knows how to mimic normal people up to a point.  His ready smile is something he has mastered because he knows it will charm those who, being shallow themselves, are easily gulled by facades.

    JohnInMA: Everything Obama does is done with a nudge and a wink to one of his factions, be it one consisting of blacks, Hispanics, single women, gays or my fellow Jews.  It should not be a surprise that with his background, he turned out to be a sociopath.  The tragedy is that so many millions of Americans are taken in by his act.


    • GlenFS

      I’m not qualified to apply the sociopath label, but can certainly observe how he manpulates people.  He tailors his words for specific  crowds, and lies with practiced ease.  I’ll judge his actions. 

      I would not waste the energy hating him.  It’s like trying to hate a destructive hurricane, pointless and futile.  All you can do is fortify and evade, then clean up.  We can speak up, organize and vote them out…. more than you can do for the storm!

  • GlenFS

    Obama’s remarks that, Trevon looks like his son if he had one, were offensive to me.  If someone loses their son it is a tradgedy in no way relieved by the notion that BHO feels a resemblence.  What of all those lost sons who do not resemble BHO?  Do they matter, or is their similarity to himslef what triggers his empathy?  What an ego on parade. 

  • JohnInMA

    While not conclusive, it is clear to me that Obama easily comments and interjects himself in domestic issues in order to wink at his progressive followers.  I think his intent is either to steer eyeballs and energy, in some cases, or to simply buy more “cool” creds by making sure he has offered an opinion accepted by his targeted crowd.  So, for example, calling out some for being “knuckleheads” gives a certain swooning crowd and their desired rush, but it doesn’t really make any strong condemnation which might risk alienation.  Likewise, Trayvon Martin “might look like my son,” is a measured attempt to tell another crowd that their emotion is valid, but again without taking any committed stand.  To me it is milquetoast-y.

    But otherwise he has clearly divided the country into groups, subgroups, classes, cultures, etc., like any good progressive.   Instead of  fostering all to be Americans, he is pressing for the growth of identity politics.  XXX-Americans.  Poor-Americans.  Rich-Americans.  African-Americans, White-Americans.  Religious-Americans, Secular-Americans (proven through his pushing the contraception issue in the election season).  He is usually subtle at drawing distinctions.  But not always.  Clearly he is outwardly telling the country the Rich-Americans are evil.  Less vocally, I think he (and his staff like Holder) want to convince the country that racism still exists at to a large degree, and therefore there are Americans against African-Americans.  On and on.

    It gets traction.  So, I’m not decided yet whether it is brilliance or not.

    • GlenFS

      To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s brilliant…. it’s destructive to society and evil for the hate it engenders among these groups.  I know you’re not endorsing it John!

      I think the old, “what goes around, comes around”, or just karma will catch up with this strategy.

  • Bruce A.

    Another good one Burt.  Be careful, the truth is now considered hate speech by the left.