With All Due Disrespect

If there’s one term I would like to see retired in 2013, it’s the one so much favored by politicians and other hypocrites: “With all due respect.”

Has anyone in the history of the world begun a sentence with those four words that didn’t immediately evolve into the equivalent of calling the other person a charlatan, a thief or an ignoramus?

Recently, we had Hillary Clinton open her remarks to Sen. Ron Johnson with those words just before going into her well-rehearsed rant about nobody needing to know whether Ambassador Stevens and his three colleagues were killed by members of al Qaeda or by some guys taking a nighttime stroll in Benghazi who suddenly decided to kill Americans.

If my Aunt Hilda had said something that stupid, it would only matter to her husband, my Uncle Morrie. But this is the woman who, in her mid-60s, still has her eye on the White House. It’s hard to believe that she had four months to come up with a response, and that bit of hammy stage craft was the best that the Secretary of State and the spin merchants in Obama’s White House could come up with. Heck, even I could feign moral outrage better than that.

Isn’t it odd that nobody in this Second Amendment-bashing administration ever said, “Who cares what kinds of guns were used in Newtown? Isn’t it enough that 20 little children were murdered by a loon?”

If there’s one thing you can count on from Obama and his minions, it’s that they’re always ready to take responsibility, at least so long as neither self-sacrifice nor punishment is involved. Instead, whether it’s Eric Holder or Mrs. Clinton, their defense always seems to be that they didn’t bother reading memos, whether they came from the ATF regarding weapons being delivered to Mexican gangbangers or from their ambassadors begging for their lives.

What I find the most distressing is that Mrs. Clinton, has never displayed anything special when it comes to intelligence, wisdom or personal character. In fact, aside from arrogance and naked political ambition, I can’t come up with a single human quality I could easily attribute to her. In spite of that, she has a 59% approval rating among American voters a scant four years before the next presidential election.

Inasmuch as even in the wake of his re-election, Obama’s own rating is barely 50%, it behooves Republicans to start getting the truth out about this combination of Michelle Obama, Evita Peron and a rabid weasel, and the sooner the better. And let’s not have any of that “with all due respect” malarkey; ridicule is the best weapon to use on the terminally pompous.

The only reason that these left-wing boobs get away with the stuff they do is because we have a media that views its mission to be Obama’s first line of defense. The depths to which the MSM has sunk can be seen in a recent piece written by John Dickerson. Titled “Go for the Throat,” the article advises Barack Obama to declare war on the GOP. In the course of the piece, he employed such verbs as “destroy” and “pulverize,” in spelling out exactly what Obama needs to do during his second administration if he’s going to fulfill his destiny.

Although he was merely parroting what the likes of Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Joy Behar and David Letterman, say every day on TV, what sets Mr. Dickerson apart from those other shills is that he is the political director of CBS News, whose motto these days should be: “Delivering the News: Unfair and Unbalanced.”

At least he wasn’t guilty of hypocrisy. He didn’t pretend to be engaged in civil discourse. He leaves that swill to politicians, especially those of the Republican persuasion. Considering that we conservatives despise most of our politicians nearly as much as liberals do, you would think they might at least consider changing their tactics. When our party leaders speak respectfully to or about the likes of Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Henry Waxman and Nancy Pelosi, it reeks of cowardice. Our side kowtows to them, and they return the favor by labeling our representatives a bunch of fascists, yahoos and racists.

When conservatives constantly insist on taking the high road, they merely invite more contempt from liberals. If any conservative in the House or Senate actually voiced an honest opinion of those blockheads on the other side of the aisle, the chances are that even Mr. Dickerson would be forced to air it on the evening news. The high road isn’t just the road less travelled, it’s a road that no liberal would ever set foot on.

For that matter, in the war over guns, why hasn’t a single Republican dared to point out that nearly all 506 of those gun-related killings that took place in Chicago last year were committed by young blacks, and they were mainly using hand guns. Even Mayor Rahm Emanuel understands that nothing Barack Obama, Joe Biden or Dianne Feinstein, has proposed would have prevented any of those murders. But there isn’t a single big city mayor — virtually all of whom are Democrats – who would dare declare war on those who have turned “urban” into a synonym for “killing field.”

Speaking of Obama, although it got scant attention, in the course of his inaugural address, he promised “Peace in our time.” Although liberal pinheads have compared His Fatuousness to Abe Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, perhaps he feels a special kinship to Neville Chamberlain. After all, it was he, the umbrella-wielding prime minister who returned to London after meeting with Hitler in Munich, to announce “We will have peace in our time.” Much to his chagrin, and not too many people’s surprise, Hitler invaded Poland a few months later.

Ever since then, “peace in our time” has come to represent those who foolishly and dangerously subscribe to the belief that dictators can be trusted to abide by treaties, and that pacifism is a perfectly legitimate basis for a nation’s foreign policy.

Finally, in the wake of the inaugural, much was made of the fact that Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem. I didn’t object, though. For one thing, I think she looks better than she sings. For another thing, even if she wasn’t performing live, that was actually her voice.

What I take exception to is the sort of lip-synching Juan Williams engages in during his all too frequent appearances on Fox News. I see his lips flapping, but all I ever hear is Barack Obama.

©2013 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.
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  • West Virginia Matt

    What a sobering and gut-wrenching comparison, Mr. Prelutsky. Obama just might be America’s 21st century version of Neville Chamberlain. Great Britain’s passivism and poor leadership at a critical time nearly cost them everything. Are we heading towards a similar destiny? Shudder.

    Say it ain’t so, Joe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.zaino Todd Zaino

    With all due respect, Madame Hillary was able to turn a lousy ten thousand dollars magically into 100 K, no, not plastics…cattle futures! She and Slick Willy also were able to shut up Ron Brown before he was going to sing a song about Bill and Hill.

  • Johnny Deadline

    With all due respect Burt, this is a fantastic column. :) Particularly appreciated your point about the eagerness of Obama’s meeley-mouthed minions to take responsibility for Benghazi and Fast & Furious – as long as self-sacrifice and punishment isn’t expected.

    “Assuming responsibility” without accountability is a moronic response epitomized perfectly by Panetta’s statement that military support wasn’t available for Ambassador Stevens and others because they had no “actionable intelligence” there was a threat. Hard to have actionable intelligence if no one in Stevens’ chain-of-command at State was reading his cables begging for help.

    It was like the Catch-22 posed years ago by the Menendez brothers seeking a stay-out-of-jail card for murdering their parents because they were orphans. This whole administration is a bad Catch-22 movie where they’ve forced us to drink 96-oz drinks beforehand, then locked us into the theater until the conclusion of their 4-hour mess of a movie.

  • Drew Page

    Burt — Excellent article. I too cannot see what this woman has ever done to merit the distinction of being the most admired woman in the world. She has successfully parlayed her role as the forgiving, cheated on wife of the former born again president into a 21st century Joan of Arc figure.
    I think Hillary is a self-aggrandizing politician who was perfectly portrayed in the movie True Colors as a woman who would do, say and endure anything for political advantage.

  • Wheels55

    “With all due respect” is actually a personal opinion. It sounds like one is respecting the other, but we never hear how much respect one thinks is due. These days, I would guess very little is considered due. It would be great if one qualified their remark but saying “with all due respect, which on a scale of 1 to 10 – 10 being the most respect, I think you are due a level of one”.

  • cmacrider

    Burt: I too found it curious that Obama would use the phrase “peace in our time” since I have, for some time, been of the view that Obama is America’s answer to Neville Chamberlain. One was a city mayor while the other was a community organizer aside from that they both seem to be experts on avoidance and appeasement. Winston Churchill’s description of Chamberlain on foreign policy seems extremely apt to describe Obama. He. described Chamberlain with these words: “An old town clerk looking at European affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe.”_

    • ksp48

      Wait. Did he actually say that? I don’t bother listening to him anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.brown.94 Lawrence Brown

    Mop-headed lefty Ted Koppel was a past master of the “With all due respect” meme, but just looking at him would reveal that he had absolutely no respect for his guest.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Nor I for him.


      • ksp48

        Now there was a real piece of work. Ted Koppel.

  • americalsgt

    With all due respect Madam Secretary, one never forgets if they did or did not get shot at, as she did, when she came in on a helicopter in Bosnia. I don’t think there is anyone on this earth that forgets the sound of a bullet when it goes by your head or misinterprets what you are seeing when it kicks up the dirt at your feet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shaune-Kelly-Scott/545394514 Shaune Kelly Scott

    I was genuinely puzzled when Hillary Clinton was touted as a brilliant attorney during her husband’s campaign and presidency. I worked in a law firm in the 1980s and was especially interested in following prominent women attorneys who were coming into their own in a heretofore male-dominated profession. I worked with an attorney whose case of discriminatory treatment against women partners was successfully argued before the Supreme Court. Never in that time did I read ANYTHING about Hillary Clinton. If she was such an outstanding attorney in her own right, I think I would have known something about her before 1992. She’s got one heck of a good public relations team in the MSM.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Shaune: She does, indeed. It’s pretty much the same one that made Bill an American icon in certain bizarre circles.


    • ksp48

      Her entire legal career (and commodities trading bonanza) was based on being married to the attorney general and then governor of her state (and then being married to the president). It also defies belief that she simply couldn’t recall ever billing any time to Whitewater when she was a mere lawyer.

  • Ghostwriter

    With all do respect Bernie, you and all of the rest of the right wing loons are idiots, and the electorate just proved it. Keep up the hate, and no Republican will ever again win the White House.

    • turtl2

      With all do (sic) respect, Ghostwriter, wait to get out of middle school before writing in a public forum. Oh, and by the way, if you knew anything about loons you’d know they’re a very hardy bird!

    • wally12

      With all due respect Ghostwriter, you stated Bernie rather than Burt. Maybe Hillary has the same problem. She was really talking about her episode in Bosnia rather than Benghazi. That is why she said what difference does it make? Her bad!

      • Burt Prelutsky

        wally: Thanks for setting Ghostwriter straight. I guess to him, all Jewish conservatives look alike.

        Burt, not Bernie

        • wally12

          I wish to complement you. You are one of the few article writers that read the comments and respond to them. I appreciate that response whether positive or negative.

          • Burt Prelutsky

            Wally: Thank you. I can’t always reply to everyone, especially on days when I’m getting comments at the other sites that post my articles. But I honestly don’t know why other columnists feel they can simply ignore their readers with impunity. They’d probably say they’re too busy; I say they’re just too rude and self-important.


    • ksp48

      You might be right. I weep for my grandchildren. I was lucky enough to have been born in the best possible place at the best possible time (America, 1947). I’m ashamed at what we are leaving to our grandchildren and that a slight majority of the peeps want it that way.

    • Johnny Deadline

      Keep up the hate Ghostwriter? Let’s see – you address Bernie (instead of the post’s author, Burt) and the right wing as “loons” and “idiots.” Like most every lib we encounter, you expect us to act as you say and not as you do. Liberals are the only species known to mankind where they hold everyone else to a higher standard than they exhibit themselves.

  • artlouis

    With all due respect, I feel that you omitted two of Mrs. Clinton’s principal qualities: dullness and triteness.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      art: If I had compiled such a list, you’d still be reading the article.


  • jmiky

    Burt, I think that the biggest problem liberals have is that they actually believe in the mantra of ” peace, love, dope “. After leaving the Marine Corps in ’78, I hired into GM and being looked down upon for actually doing something for my country, not one of my generation had a clue as to how the world really works. Those people now have grown children whom are more clueless than their parents. This doesn’t bode well for the American experiment.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      jmiky: Unfortunately, things have been going badly with the experiment over the past half century.


  • http://www.facebook.com/pork.bevr Pork Bevr

    Good post, Burt. I always enjoy your columns because they give me a smile in the midst of all the misery of the past 4 years and the courage to face the next 4………

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Thank you, Pork. That’s really all I can hope for.


  • 49corvette

    H. Clinton is—always has been liberal / evolutionist—I have read some of her college papers—what a complete waste of intellect—portraying one of the flight attendants in “Denzel Washingtons” latest film would open her teeny tiny little eyes—myself I have quit my faith in ” these people ”—bottom line : it is out of our hands at this point—the proof just ain’t there no more : “The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating”—Frank Overton was in possesion of more ” Moxie ” than any of these guys—my 2cents—thanx for reading

    • Burt Prelutsky

      49: The tragic, and totally inexplicable, fact isn’t that Mrs. Clinton is a self-aggrandizing moron, but that the American public holds her in such high esteem.