A Rogue’s Gallery

These days, thanks to all the two-legged vermin scurrying around our nation’s capital, it’s easy to overlook the fact that those on the left were creating tons of mischief and mayhem long before Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Biden, Dodd and Frank, took control of the government and the propagandists at the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC, NBC and CBS, showed the boys at Pravda how it’s done when true professionals decide to ballyhoo their glorious leader.

For instance, during World War II, Vidkun Quisling made his last name synonymous with treason when he showed Hitler that even a Norwegian could be a loyal Nazi. On the other side of the world, Iva Toquri D’Aquino, better known as “Tokyo Rose,” was an American who, as a radio broadcaster for the Japanese, attempted to destroy American military morale in the South Pacific. What made these two individuals so contemptible was that in a time of war they collaborated with their nation’s enemies.

The question isn’t why it was that Ms. D’Aquino eventually went to prison and Mr. Quisling was executed by a firing squad. The answer is obvious. They had it coming.

The real question is why Jane Fonda, who used her celebrity status to support the North Vietnamese at the same time they were torturing and killing American soldiers, went on to win a couple of Oscars and make a few hundred million dollars off her exercise videos; and why Walter Cronkite, who worked 24/7 to ensure that North Vietnam would emerge victorious and ultimately subjugate and slaughter our allies in South Vietnam, went on to garner the adoration of fawning viewers and colleagues, didn’t suffer similar fates.

If I had my way, I would change the dictionary so that if you looked up Quisling, Vidkun, it would say See Cronkite. And if you Googled Fonda, Jane, you would discover that “Hanoi Jane” wound up serving a life sentence at Leavenworth.

Speaking of Vietnam, let us not forget Lyndon Baines Johnson. Having gone to Washington, D.C., as a young congressman during FDR’s administration, it figured that he would try to model himself after his mentor. Unfortunately, he succeeded. When it came to economics, Roosevelt was such a dunce and such a devoted socialist — or do I repeat myself? –that, taking his cue from nutty English economist John Maynard Keynes, he decided the best way to deal with the Great Depression was by taking control of the economy and raising taxes. As a result, the depression that began in 1929 was still going strong until, thanks to Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito, World War II put the country back to work.

Johnson’s approach was to proudly proclaim a War on Poverty. Unfortunately, he was no better suited to wage that particular war than the one in Vietnam. Over the intervening half century, something in the neighborhood of 15 trillion dollars has been squandered in that endeavor and, partly thanks to Obama, it’s safe to say Poverty won.

But as bad as all of these weasels have been, no list of left-wing menaces would be complete without mentioning the current weasel-in-chief. I must confess that I have more patience with people who tell me they agree with Obama’s policies than with the knuckleheads who tell me they think he’s a swell guy, a great orator and a cool dude.

For instance, in his usual clumsy attempt to make himself sound like a devout Christian, Obama used a prayer breakfast to say, in support of his demand that taxes be raised, “Unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” As soon as I heard that, my first reaction was to recall Shakespeare’s line about the devil being able to cite Scripture for his purpose.

My second reaction was to recall that Jesus was a religious teacher, a rabbi if you will. The “much” to which he was referring was not money, it was the Gospel. Yes, he believed that providing for the poor was a virtue, but he certainly wasn’t calling for higher taxes, as Obama arrogantly and ignorantly suggested. Instead, he was urging the faithful to spread the Word.

Furthermore, unlike Obama, he was not the head of state with the authority to tax the rich as a form of punishment or to distribute their wealth among his favorite voting blocs.

The fact is, Obama’s administration far more closely resembles the Roman government in ancient Judea than he resembles Jesus Christ.

It goes without saying that Obama has a ridiculously high opinion of himself. As a result, when he was told that Jesus had once advised people to render unto Caesar that which was Caesar’s, and render unto the Lord that which was the Lord’s, he naturally assumed, being a combination of the two, that everything should therefore be rendered unto him.

That is why it’s so imperative that not just Republicans, but Democrats and Independents also vote for Romney in November. It would not only be an act of patriotism, by preventing America from tumbling over the precipice, but an act of compassion by showing Obama that we don’t really want to see him ending up on the cross, but merely back in Chicago.
©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com