Cataloguing Liars & Loons

At times, I find myself wondering if, after a thousand postings, I will eventually run out of things to carp, whine and scream about. I should only be so lucky, for it would mean that liberalism had finally all but vanished from our nation’s capital, and the likes of Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman, Sheila Jackson Lee, Patty Murray, Charles Schumer and Pat Leahy, had all been returned to the various zoos from which they’d been on loan.

In the spirit of bi-partisanship, I would acknowledge that there are a fair number of naïve bumpkins in both parties. Although they are far more numerous in the voting blocs of Democrats, even in the GOP there are those I refer to as Utopians. Whereas on the Left, such lunkheads tend to think that if only a thousand more laws are enacted, we will achieve Nirvana; on the Right are those who believe there is an ideal presidential candidate who will somehow combine the best elements of George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Anything short of that and they threaten to stay home and sulk on Election Day, even if the alternative is to allow an international disaster like Obama to be re-elected.

Another source of annoyance is the U.S. military. While I continue to respect and admire the young warriors who risk life and limb on our behalf, Bill Clinton’s influence on the armed forces has begun to show in various unpleasant ways. When nothing was done about Major Nidal Hasan prior to his massacring dozens of innocent people, when every single one of his superior officers at Fort Hood knew they had a committed jihadist in their midst, it’s because Clinton had filled the officer ranks with men like himself, politically correct cowards.

It then took Barack Obama, whose contempt for the military has been made blatantly clear by his gutting of defense funding, to further demoralize the troops by ending the policy known as “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell.” In his latest attempt to neuter the troops, he has overseen a program that insists that combat troops wear fake breasts and “empathy” bellies so they’ll understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training. Apparently, nobody has bothered pointing out that pregnant soldiers have no place in the military, unless it’s typing, filing and/or nursing. And because I wouldn’t want to risk being labeled a sexist, I would say that holds true whether the expectant mother is male or female.

But what else would you expect of a president who recently announced a plan to diminish our nuclear stockpile by 80% at the same time that China, North Korea and Iran, are all rattling their nuclear sabers?

As bad as Clinton and Obama have been, the Democrats have been lousing up this country going back at least as far as Woodrow Wilson, whose contempt for the Constitution rivaled his contempt for black people, a century ago. More recently, we had FDR, who long before Rahm Emanuel observed that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, used the excuse of the Great Depression to introduce socialism to America and massively expand the size and power of the federal government.

It would be unfair to overlook Lyndon Baines Johnson and his own updated version of FDR’s “New Deal,” which he called “The Great Society.” LBJ, who wreaked havoc on our foreign policy by doubling down on the Vietnam War, did similar damage to us domestically. His Civil Rights Bill gave us Affirmative Action, which sold itself as the first step towards a colorblind society, when in fact it actually condoned reverse-racism.

At the time, LBJ’s policy led Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan to point out: “If you create government incentives that make it more profitable for people to abandon their children than to stay with them, which is exactly what Aid to Families with Dependent Children did, you will reap the demographic whirlwind.”

Moynihan was tragically prophetic, as borne out by the poverty, crime and out of wedlock birthrate that has ravished black communities, making two-parent homes nearly as rare as teeth on a chicken.

Yet another unintended but predictable consequence of the Great Society is known as the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Because certain states had been guilty of disenfranchising blacks of their voting privileges either through Poll Taxes, Jim Crow laws or physical intimidation, it was decided that they would be overseen by Big Brother in the form of the Department of Justice.

As a result, such states as Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, along with certain counties in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina and South Dakota, and a handful of townships in Michigan and New Hampshire, would have to seek federal approval to not only amend any of its voting laws, but to move polling venues from a church to a school or a school to a private home.

In spite of the fact that blacks have had no problem being elected to public office in any of those places, the law has been renewed four times over the past 47 years, most recently in 2006 when George W. Bush, no doubt currying favor with Ted Kennedy, signed a 25-year extension! The tragic irony of all this is that the man currently heading up the Justice Department is Eric Holder, the same self-righteous bigot who refused to indict the Black Panthers for threatening white voters in 2008 and who, for good measure, instructed his agents not to prosecute cases of voter intimidation unless, of course, it involved whites threatening blacks or Latinos.

Perhaps on the day that our next president nullifies ObamaCare, he can also rid us of that toxic item.

I was actually referring to the Voting Rights Act, not to Attorney General Holder. But on second thought….


©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com!

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    WILL THE CONGRESS BE SOFT ON TREASON?   OBAMA TOLD PRES OF RUSSIA JUST WAIT TILL I WIN REELECTION AND I’LL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROBLEM WITH MISSILE DEFENCE.  I’LL HAVE MORE FLEXIBLITY ( POWER).  OBAMA DIDNT
    KNOW A MIC WAS STILL ON.  HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE IT SECRET.  SOUNDS LIKE
    A CONSPRICY TO ME AGAINST THE U. S.  HE TOLD THE PRES OF RUSSIA TO PASS THE NEWS TO PUTIN !  FROM START TO FINISH OBAMA HAS ALWAYS BEEN TRUE, A DIRTY, ANTI-AMERICAN RAT !

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry

    GREAT NEWS,  BHO’S FATHER IS A SUBJECT OF THE COMMON WEALTH OF KENYA,  HE HAS NEVER CHANGED THAT STATUS.

    BHO’S OVER CONCERN FOR TRAYVONE MARTIN LEADS ME TO BELIEVE ITS JUST ANOTHER CAMPAIGN VOTE SCAM.  BHO WANTS TO LOCK DOWN THE VOTES OF
    THE UNEMPLOYED, THOSE SUFFERING THE ECONOMY, THOSE THINKING TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE ELSE.

  • Michael O R Jackson

    Burt, as long as there are politicians, you will have plenty of material to write about. :)

  • Burt Prelutsky

    cmacrider: Actually, I’ll have an eBook out long before November, titled “Barack Obama, You’re Fired!” It will be a reminder of all the wicked things Obama and his left-wing groupies have pulled off over the past three years and why we will have to fumigate the White House once he’s gone back to Chicago.

    Burt

  • cmacrider

    Burt: Not to worry about running out of things to carp about when it comes to the Obama administration. I suspect after Nov. you will put together an anthology on the topic. It will be twice the size of “War and Peace.” Of course you can’t use than name since Obama is good at neither war or peace.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    therealguyfaux: I have opined on occasion that anyone who believes he, alone, is qualified to be the president of the United States is obviously insane. But if that’s the case, it behooves us to elect the sanest candidate…or, to quote William F. Buckley, to vote for the most conservative candidate who can win.

    Burt

    • Jbubs55

      I should think that if a person, as President, abided by a literal interpretation of the Constitution, almost anyone of reasonable intelligence would be eminently qualified.  And I would vote for them! The “insanity” stems not from the person per se, but from the acceptance of the belief that a document can somehow be ”living”. 

  • DOOM161

    Pregnant Soldiers don’t participate in the Company’s physical training program. I guess I was wrong to expect my Commander in Chief to know that.

  • therealguyfaux

    Somehow, Burt, I’m inclining more and more to the belief that someone’s even wanting to be a politician should be reason enough we should not elect him/her. But the alternative is that they would lie about it, claiming they really don’t want to be politicians– they’re just good wonderful public-spirited individuals.

    Then again: Lying? It’s what politicians do anyway. Perhaps we should be grateful for small favors that they’re at least honest about one thing?

    Endless-loop quandary.

    • Glen Stambaugh

      You mean people like Donald Trump, who’d have liked nothing better than being forced to run by popular demand? I’ll pass on that group.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Bruce: The problem is that there is only so much space and, so, I can only list a few at a time. Debbis usually makes the cut, as you’ve probably noticed.

    Ron: Exactly. That’s why I don’t understand independents. Under what bizarre circumstance would a sane person ever cast a vote for a Democrat?

    Roxiebell: You may be new, but you write like a veteran. Even I couldn’t improve on your message.

    Joe: Not to worry. Inasmuch as I have been at it through most of Bush’s administration and over three years of Obama’s, I’m not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Glen: Obama and Holder are the worst. But when we vote Obama out, we’ll also be able to dump Stephen Chu, Valerie Jarrett, Ms. Sibelius and Hillary Clinton.
    Burt

  • Glen Stambaugh

    Holder may be a bigger blight than Obama. No, wait! That’s not possible. We get a twofer when we dump Obama. I know the list is deep, but those are the main characters in this horror show.

  • joe from louisiana

    I personally hope you don’t run out of things to carp about. Good stuff.

  • Roxiebell

    I’m new to your writing Burt and I’m extremely impressed. Thank you for a great article.

  • Ron Kean

    Republicans aren’t perfect. They just look perfect next to Democrats.

  • Bruce A.

    Good one Burt, however in your first paragragh you forgot to add Debbie Wasserman Schultz to the list of whiners.