The Trouble With Elections

The drawback to elections, no matter where they take place, is that all sorts of people get to vote. Just look around and you’ll see the disastrous results of democratic elections. In Gaza, the people elected terrorists who owe their allegiance to Hamas. In Egypt, they elected Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who gave a victory speech in which he announced that the future capital of Egypt would be Jerusalem, of all places, and put out a call to his people, saying, “You are all Hamas. Come forward, you lovers of martyrdom.” Not exactly Churchillian or Reaganesque, I’m sure you’d agree.

I am proud to say that while pundits of all stripes were doing cartwheels over the so-called Arab Spring, I was predicting that it would quickly show itself to be a typical Arctic winter. When votes are taken in sewers, the one thing you can always rely on is that a rodent will be elected.

Closer to home, we have Obama once again giving himself an “A for effort,” and blaming his miserable results on those darn House Republicans, along with George Bush, the Japanese tsunami, the European economy, Fox News and Lady GaGa. I only wish I had been blessed with such an easy grader when I was taking high school geometry. This lump has done everything but blame Bo for eating his homework.

Obama also used Romney’s summer vacation to berate his opponent, going so far as to claim that when his own family went on vacation, they used to ride a bus and stay at the Holiday Inn. I’m not sure which family he has in mind, but it sure wasn’t his mother and father, who split up when he was two; and it certainly wasn’t his mother and step-father, who lived in Indonesia; and it certainly wasn’t his grandmother and grandfather, who were very well off and lived in Hawaii, where nobody ever needs to go anywhere on vacation.

On the other hand, Obama’s remarks did serve to remind us of all the pricey vacations he and especially Michelle take every other week. The vacation she, the kids and 21 of their dearest chums, took to Africa in 2011, cost $425,000. What’s more, the kids were listed as members of the White House staff, which apparently turned the safari into official government business.

The bottom line, as usual, is that the Romneys spent their own money taking their family vacation; the Obamas, as usual, were spending ours.

Speaking of Mrs. Obama, she recently used a church pulpit to announce that there’s no better place for Americans to discuss politics and social issues than churches. As I have often observed, the only time that liberals aren’t prattling on about separation of church and state is at election time when black ministers rake in greenbacks renting out their pulpits to be used as props by left-wing politicians…and their wives. But, then again, the only time the Obamas feel the need to attend church is when they happen to be delivering the sermon.

At about the same time that Secretary of State Clinton was apologizing for the U.S. military killing Afghan soldiers who had reportedly been firing on our planes, we were sending that country two billion dollars in foreign aid. This is the same cesspool that has seen Afghans wearing military uniforms — probably because they were members of the Afghan military –regularly murdering American soldiers with impunity.

It would be ironic if Obama were to be re-elected because the nation’s unemployment numbers aren’t as high this year as they were in 2010. I say “ironic” because in November of that year, 17 states elected Republican governors. As a result, thanks to those governors, including people named Walker, Kasich, Christie, Martinez, O’Donnell, LePage, Brownback and Scott, the unemployment numbers in those states have decreased on average 1.5%! And as usual, Obama takes the lion’s share of credit. And for once, come to think of it, he’s entitled; after all, without the leadership he displayed in 2009 and 2010, there’s no way that so many Republican governors would have been elected.

When I hear black politicians playing the race card by referring every chance they get to DWB (driving while black), as code for police harassment, while ignoring the crime rate among urban blacks compared to every other racial group in the country, I keep wondering when someone will start referring to the victims of black killers, rapists and muggers, as WWW (walking while white).

Although I realize that the American voter has a notoriously short attention span, and that Romney is probably waiting until after the GOP convention to start lashing out at Obama’s record, I would advise him and his cohorts to stop defending RomneyCare and his years at Bain Capital. Someone should remind him that he’s not running for governor or auditioning to be the CEO of a venture capitalist firm. He is running for the presidency, and it’s never too early to apply the war paint. Heck, I’ve been attacking Obama and his left-wing cronies for the past four years, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of their infamy.

Defeating guys like Gingrich and Santorum is child’s play compared to defeating an incumbent president. So, no more silly remarks, Mr. Romney, like “Obama is a nice guy, but…” He is not a nice guy. He’s a narcissistic, thin-skinned, anti-American radical, who, at most, should be a member of the Berkeley (CA) City Council or the mayor of San Francisco, not the president of the United States. Calling him a nice guy simply goes counter to everything we all know about this racist weasel. This isn’t a high school debate, and points are not allotted on the basis of good sportsmanship, as John McCain discovered to his chagrin in 2008.

It’s fine to use the catchphrase “Repeal and Replace ObamaCare,” but an even catchier and more compelling slogan for Team Romney would be “Repeal and Replace Obama.”

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Send your comments to

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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  • BurtPrelutsky

    Wally: You should be writing commentary.  You don’t waste words and you tell the truth.


  • wally

    Great article.

  • James King

    Here, here! I agree, but think that even you were not strong enough. Obama/Axelrod are thugs from Chicago, 40 miles east of where I live. It’s long since past time where Romney needs to speak out like you have, not like he has. Maybe you should get in touch with his campaign and write some speeches for him.

    But I also wonder about a couple of other things, one directly relating to Obama. I would like someone to ask him if it was racist when he received 98% of the black vote and if it wasn’t, then it surely wouldn’t be racist if Romney received the same percentage of the white vote. Another area of racism is the Congressional Black Caucus. What would they think about a Congressional White Caucus? I suspect that would be called racist too, but not the black caucus.

    Romney is running for president of the U.S., not the high school senior class. Good job with this piece. There should be more like it.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       James: I have tried to contact Team Romney, but they have chosen to ignore my overtures.  I suspect they are holding off a little, waiting for the GOP convention and the debates.  Americans have notoriously short attention spans, especially when it comes to politics.

      There are more like it.  There are three a week.

      I don’t wish to come across as a pedant, but it is actually “Hear! Hear!” not “Here! Here!”  The latter is what you say to a dog, the former is the way you express agreement.


  • Miltm13


    I don’t even think Obama should be elected dog-catcher in the smallest town in America!

    It’s true that there would be less stray dogs in the pound, but it would be curious that the Obama’s were throwing big BBQ parties every weekend.

  • Tkalal

    In Clinton’s election it was ‘It’s the economy stupid.”

    Now it is “It’s the presient stupid.”

    • BurtPrelutsky

       I agree, but that should read, “It’s the president, stupid.”

  • BurtPrelutsky

    MarkDC:  I find that when liberals attack Fox News, it’s nearly always because they don’t watch it.  The fact is that one of the annoying things about Fox is that they give so much air time to such left-wing ninnies as Kirsten Powers, Juan Williams, Leslie Marshall, Marc Lamont Hill, Bob Beckel, Alan Colmes and Geraldo Rivera.

    You might wish to submit a job application.  I think you’d fit right in.


    • Miltm13

      What Mark DC is spewing seems to require a large supply of adult diapers. I agree with you Burt, that the most vitriolic critics of FOX News, are those you have never watched it.

      I respectfully disagree with you about having the lefties you named shuttered from FOX. I personally find it entertaining (sometimes maddening) to hear what they have to say. I would never want FOX  to become the right-wing version of MSNBC.

      Now Bill O’Reilly? It’s about time to put him out to pasture. He’s only an entertainer, and it’s obvious that a splinter (from sitting on the fence) can eventually work its way up to your brain and cause serious damage!

      • BurtPrelutsky

         Milt: I didn’t say I would banish liberals from Fox.  I think it is worthwhile to hear them proclaim their foolish beliefs on occasion, but I do believe Fox over-indulges far too many of them.  On the other hand, I record everything I watch on TV so as to fast-forward through commercials and inning breaks.  However, I must confess that when it comes to O’Reilly, I fast-forward through a lot more than just the commercials.

    • James King

      It’s funny. I have said those same things about Fox. I guess it is part of their Fair & Balanced program.

  • Mark DC

    Yes it is a problem with the “wrong people” vote — look at the slave states, and religious conservatives misled by FOX spews and hate radio. They get to vote.   But that’s the price we pay.

    We need to let everyone vote, as horrible as that is sometimes.   

    What we need to do, however, is teach critical thinking in our schools, and actually expose lies and propaganda by FOX spews and hate radio as examples.  

    SO many people listen to RUSH or Hannity, and have no idea, at all, that 90% of what they say is outright distortion.   And they don’t care, either.   They want to feel part of the pack, the “we vs they” mentality.     

    One example, Obama got the health care bill passed– you hate it, I get it.   But that is the bill essentially that Heritage Foundation called for, Newt called for, and of course Mitt Romney called for.   Okay so Obama is wrong maybe, but the way FOX spews and hate radio protray it, Obama is the devil, evil vile, with a hatred for America.

    And the mindless BELIEVE that — in t heir minds, OBama is some kind of devil.  And web sites like this pander to that — .   

    When you see people who are absolutely convinced, and hateful, and who see people as some kind of devil,  you can be sure they got their information somewhere. Stupid people don’t know  who to hate, until  they are told.    Essentially hate radio and FOX spews exist to tell stupid people who to hate.

    That will go on until human kind learns the lessons of  hate and demagogues and propaganda.   Imagine how vile FOX spews would be if there were no alternative sources.

  • Mark DC

    Hate is a spiritual force, and lies, if the bible is right, are from Satan.  Remember that next time you repeat FOX SPEWS lies as if they were the gospel.  They are gospel, perhaps, but not the gospel of truth.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    GlenFS: If America re-elects Obama, it will be the national equivalent of committing suicide.

    Michael: I think Romney is doing okay.  I was particularly impressed with his visit to Poland, Israel and, yes, even England.  He was asked a direct question about the Olympics and he gave an honest answer.  His campaign has been Thor-like in hammering Obama over his “You didn’t build it” comment.  I think that once the convention is over, and especially once the debates begin, Romney will handle Obama the way he handled Newt Gingrich.  At least I hope so.

    Brendan: Obama also said that the only problem with ObamaCare is that he didn’t spend enough time selling it.  I guess he thinks if he had made 984 speeches about it instead of 983, we’d all be endorsing it.


  • GlenFS

    Burt,  Mighty generous giving Obama credit for electing competent GOB govs who then improved employment in their states.  Come the think about it, that’s Democratic government at its very best!  

    But this time I hope while we’re electing more GOP governors and legislators, we elect a GOP president as well.  It’s not as bipartisan as Obama’s approach, but much more globally effective.

  • Michael

    Man, how I wish the Romney campaign would listen to you, Burt.  I guess they’re too busy sending out silly emails, like the ones in which his sons say good things about him, or the ones asking if I want to “Meet Mitt” for lunch.  No, I don’t care if I meet Mitt at all, and I darned sure don’t want to sit there and worry about whether my etiquette holds up to the standards he learned in private school or while he lived in France.  I just want him to hammer Obama.  There’s enough there to wear out Thor. 

    I don’t care if our President is nice.  I don’t care if he’s cool.  I don’t care if we’re in the same socio-economic group.  I do care whether he’s tough, competent, adheres to the US Constitution, and does not suffer fools on the world stage.

    I do give Romney credit, and I mean big-time credit, for having the courage to call out the Palestinians (and by extension, most of the Middle East). 

  • Brendan Horn

    I remember hearing recently from Obama that he felt that one of his “failings” during his first term was that he was too focused on policy and not enough on “inspiration”. Hopefully someone can persuade him that he can be more inspirational if he loses the election. This way he will not get bogged down in “policy” since policy is of primary importance to a president. He will then be able to give his boring speeches that so many people find inspirational. He can inspire dullards throughout the world.

    • CCNV

       Along with the “umm….uhh…umm…uhh” he emits when his faithful sidekick ‘Teleprompter’ isn’t available, he can drop a few words such as “ho”, “like”, “dude”, “if I had a son he would be like…” and assorted shout outs to people who really never mattered.