Liberals Don’t Deserve America

Considering the way that Obama shows his contempt for patriotism time and again — as when he misquotes the Declaration of Independence, neglects to place his hand over his heart at flag ceremonies and denies American exceptionalism at every opportunity — you’d think he’d learn to leave symbolic gestures to the professionals. Instead, whether the issue is closing Gitmo, providing civilian trials for Islamic terrorists or racial profiling at airports, his sole consideration seems to be whether something will annoy Muslims. Understand, I’m not claiming he is a Muslim. I have no proof of that. I’m claiming he’s an arrogant idiot.

As I see it, America has been setting the world a damn good example for over 230 years. Most people have gotten the message long before now. The exceptions have mainly been Islamics and communists, and they’re not looking for good examples; they’re looking for world conquest. If the president wants to set a good example, he should stop insulting our allies and mollifying our sworn enemies.

Frankly, whenever I hear those knuckleheads in academia and the media praising the likes of Castro and Chavez or lamenting the loss of Mao or Che, I want to rap on their heads just to hear the echo. I mean, is it possible that they are totally unaware that, starting with Stalin, every communist regime has started out by employing intellectuals (aka “useful idiots”) to propagandize on their behalf, and, inevitably, ended up by executing the ultimately unnecessary pests.

The reasons that intellectuals are so dangerous is because, one, they reside in a bubble, be it at a university, a paper or a TV newsroom, where they are surrounded by their clones; and, two, they are so certain that they’re smarter than everyone else that any two-bit despot who pays them the least bit of attention will have them acting like lapdogs, eager to lick his hand and kiss his patootie.

Intellectuals remind me of Randy and Evi Quaid. They’re the couple that escaped to Canada. Psychiatrists have suggested that the Quaids suffer from folie a deux, the madness of two. It’s a delusional state shared by two people who bolster each other’s twisted take on reality. When more than two people share the same delusions, we refer to it as the Democratic party.

In the case of the Quaids, they believe there’s a secret cabal in America that has been responsible for murdering Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger. The Quaids believe those mysterious assassins they refer to as the Star Whackers are now after them. Of course, any sane person would realize how ridiculous that is. We’re talking about Randy Quaid, for crying out loud. He really shouldn’t start worrying until he gets word that he’s been targeted by the Has-been Whackers.

Finally, getting back to Obama and foreign policy, the man is convinced that we can actually undermine and destroy Iran through economic pressure. That might be described as folie a un. Still, I can see where he might have gotten the idea. After all, it’s worked like a charm for him here in America.

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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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  • James Brian Peterson

    millions of Americans are waking up to the self evident fact that so-called ”liberalism”is nothing more than glamoflaged communism.And the amorphous mass of animated nonhomogenous and biodegradeable terminal ballistic test medium known as ”liberals/progressives/communitarians/greens” et.al.,are nothing but soviet style communists who are dedicated to enslaving the American people.

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    • MarioP

      That’s not it Tommy. Loonies belong in a looneyville.

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  • Terence A. Craig

    From intellectuals to Randy Quaid?

    I’ll take obscure segues for $200 Alex.

    It’s a good thing you don’t have a TV show, Jon Stewart would have a field day with you.

  • post*tenebras*lux

    Right on, right on, right on, Liberals Do Not Deserve America! Send them someplace where they are everthing they want us to be!

    • MarioP

      Hey post*tenebras*lux,

      So according to you and Burt the Conservatives deserve America more than the Liberals? Why would that be? Let’s just compare the average annual economic performance of the two political parties’ presidents who completed their terms over the last half a century, shall we?

      Inflation:
      Democrats = 3.8%
      Republicans = 4.6%

      Unemployment Rate:
      Democrats = 5.3%
      Republicans = 6.2%

      Unemployment Rate Change (in percentage points):
      Democrats = -0.3% (Creating jobs)
      Republicans = +0.2% (Losing jobs)

      GDP Growth (adjusted to 2009 dollar):
      Democrats = 3.5%
      Republicans = 2.3%

      Stock Market Change (per DOW, adjusted to 2009 dollar):
      Democrats = 5.3%
      Republicans = 0.9%

      Federal Deficit (adjusted to 2009 dollar):
      Democrats = $18B
      Republicans = $338B

      So post*tenebras*lux, you tell me, which political party’s presidents are better for the US economy? The Republicans are pulling our nation backwards economically based on every single major economic indicator I listed, yet they deserve our nation? The Republicans should just hand over the keys to the Democrats because the liberals are way better at operating this vehicle. Do you own research and these results with hit home that much stronger.

      • LibnCo

        Hey MarioP, did you forget to include the last two years in your research?

        • MarioP

          Hey LibnCo,

          I did not forget anything. I said “presidents who completed their terms”. Once Obama is done with his term, I’ll update the results, but I highly doubt any of those indicaters will change in favor of the Republicans. The gap will narrow down in some of them, like in the unemplyoment rate, change in unemployment rate, and the federal deficit. And the gap will widen in others, like the inflation rate, stock market growth, and probably the GDP growth. So don’t have high hopes that Bush2’s recession will ruin the Democrats’ complete economic dominance.

          Thank you for commenting, but I wish you, or someone else, would have commented about the Republicans’ poor performance. The reason really can’t be the Congress, since the Democratic presidents have to deal with the same Liberals in the House and Senate. One would think the fiscally resonsible and business savy Republican presidents would curtail the number of so-called “economically damaging” bills that the Liberal Congress has passed. But instead it almosts seems the Conservative presidents actually hinder the economic potential of our government. And don’t even start talking about the performance of the Republican president with a Republican Congress. Both times we’ve seen that in the last century things ended in the top two economic disasters.

  • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

    Burt “Considering the way that Obama shows” his contempt for patriotism time and again”

    Hey Burt, how do you show your patriotism? How about showing us your DD-214? I bet you don’t have one. Obama is president of the United States of America and you… well you just write nasty unpatriotic columns!

    • MarioP

      Burt and his ilk will attack every Liberal president, regardless how effective of a leader he is. The Right believes they are being patriotic by not supporting the Left. How is voting for the party which presidents have the worse economic record, patriotic? The voters for the Right are holding our nation back. That’s no patriotism. That’s self destructive.

      The Right tried to impeach Clinton, the best president of our recent history. And for what? For a silliness like having an affair and lying about it. The Right wouldn’t know what’s good for the country if it was to bite them in the behind.

      The Conservative voter can thank me for voting in the more beneficial party which helps our nation. And what am I supposed to thank the Conservative voter for? Absolutely nothing! Who needs lower taxes when people are barely working?! The unemployed already don’t pay any income tax.

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  • MarioP

    Since the author of the blog believes Obama is an idiot, I’m very curious what his opinion of Bush2’s and Palin’s intelligence is.

    And regarding Burt’s call for Iran’s invasion, do we currently have any other choice but an economic embargo against Tehran? We wasted bunch of money on invading the wrong nation under wrong premises. This cash could have been used more productively invading the more dangerous target. I though the Right was for responsible spending and not adding more military spending to this massive debt that has mostly accumulated during the last three Republican presidents.

    • Terence

      Good points, MarioP

      Sarah Palin, The Rhodes Scholar, please Republicans – nominate her, I can’t wait to see her get trashed in debates.

    • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

      MarioP, Right! Who cares about Iran? It never has been a threat to the USA. It hasn’t attacked a neighbor in hundreds of years. It has not violated the nuclear non proliferation treaty it signed. Our NIE report states Iran is not building nuclear weapons. It certainly has a right to defend itself from the rogue nuclear, terror state of Israel, which threatens to destroy millions of Iranians at any moment. The only sane answer to the this problem is negotiations. You can’t keep a billion Muslims from peaceful nuclear development forever. This region needs peace and it won’t happen if we keep giving the Israeli terror state a blank check.

      • MarioP

        Wil Burns,

        You are correct about the US constantly stirring things up in the Middle East. That region has had historic conflicts between its ethnic groups for centuries/millennia. We need to minimize our impact in that region. The US and Great Britain are the last two world powers that still believe getting involved in world’s conflicts whenever they arise is the answer. Nations like France, Germany, Russia, and China choose to remain absent from foreign conflicts and only get involved when it is truly necessary. The Americans and the Brits are still willing to waste their resources and funds on unjustified and unnecessary wars. If the need for the use of a military force does present itself, the joint force of international military forces, such as the UN or NATO, should get involved and not just ours.

        Remember back in 2003 our leaders presented so-called “evidence” to the UN for a justified invasion of Iraq. I heard many Conservatives, like Rush, laugh at the incompetence of the UN, that the UN would be unable to locate any WMDs even if they were under their noses. And although Hans Blix, the head of the UN inspection commission in Iraq, asked the US to point out to the UN where to look for these WMDs, the US declined to help. Boy did we, and still do, look like an out-of-control gorilla in front of the entire world. Our mission of the invasion was initially to locate the WMDs, which was later changed to eliminating the fictitious connection between the Iraqi government and al-Queda. We eventually settled for “Iraqi Freedom”, liberating the Iraqis from an oppressing government. Hey, if liberating oppressed peoples is our mission in life, we have a long road ahead of us…. Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Libya, and so many others where a military dictator is in power.

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  • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

    Burt, Ayn Randism ultimately fails because it is all founded on the “Myth of Self Reliance” – the idea that anyone is self-made, self-actualized, or truly has an original idea. We are all VERY dependent on each other.

    The most creative pianist/brain surgeon/activist/enterpreneur eats food grown by someone else and drives a car on a road made by someone else and depends on the good work and trust of those other people. They were trained by someone else and yes their diapers were changed many, many times.

    It requires care, not negligence to feed each one of us, to keep us from crashing into one another on the freeways to live in a world statistically safe and free.

    We may not be ants or bees, but we are communal creatures. We have exemplars but our greatest accomplishments we do together.

    “Looking out for Number One” is based on a misguided lie and doesn’t work. One human being alone is a good lunch for some other creature faster, stronger and with sharper teeth and claws. Together we have dominated the planet (perhaps overly so) and created civilization.

    Liberals made America!

    • Konrad Lau

      Au contraire Mr. Burns, human success was based upon strong individuals hunting and gathering. Power structures arose directly from physical proof of who was the best provider in terms related to “bringing home the bacon”. Leadership and skill of the individual lead to power and success of the group. He who eats can fight.

      America was settled and became the most prosperous nation in history based on exactly this same principal. He who did the job best got the lion’s share. At first it was the ability to provide for one’s own family and then the ability of that smaller group to provide shelter and provisions for others in the community. Fort Pitt was a prime example.

      It is true that cooperation between those in the society aids in the survival of the group; however, in every case, improvements in technology and the community is driven by strong willed individuals.

      In every case where communism has been tried, strong individuals rise to the top. The difference in communism and capitalism is that success using the American way does not rely upon the enslavement and death of those with less ability and/or intellect. The American way benefits all and the strong individual is rewarded most.

      If mankind’s survival had been left up to “liberals”, we would have all starved to death eons ago. Killing game, clearing and planting fields, and building forts is not accomplished by the use of Round Table Meetings. Endless discussion without action is worthless.

      To believe that “Liberals made America” is denial of fact.

      • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

        No man is an island.

        ’nuff said!

        • joe from louisiana

          No man is an island, entire of itself
          every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main
          if a clod be washed away by the sea,
          Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
          as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were
          any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
          and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
          it tolls for thee.
          ____________________________________________________
          How funny you would use Donne’s quote to prove a point on reliance. Conservatism isn’t about isolation. You may depend on one another but you can’t force people to rely on something they care not to. I rely on others and even the government but I prefer relying on myself when I may as to not burden others. That is no myth, it is a target( dare I use that word). Over reliance on anything or anybody drains the body and soul . Good article by Mr. Prelutsky.

          • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

            Over reliance on anything or anybody drains the body and soul>>

            Yep, and who is saying otherwise?

      • MarioP

        Konrad Lau,

        You are comparing today’s success and wealth of well established Americans to the survival of the prehistoric man for his hunting and gathering skills as well as the New World settler’s ability to provide for his family. Is this a fair comparison?

        Both the primitive man and the early settler were independent and their survival, hence success, can be pinpointed to their own survival skills, without any dependence onto others. The hunter would track his prey and trap or spear it, all by himself. The early settler would plow his fields and take care of his life stock, with the help of his family, if he had one. Today, EVERY single wealthy and successful American DEPENDS on others, either to work in his business or to pay for his goods and services. Each of these successful Americans would not be where he is today if it wasn’t for the society he lives in. He therefore treat his fellow citizens as part of his family for he would not be living the high life without them. Today, one’s financial success can not be compared to the survival of a successful individual from our history. Every one of us, poor or wealthy, depends on the others for his survival and riches. Unfortunately not everyone realizes this necessary coexistence.

  • Konrad Lau

    One of my favorite examples of intellectual thought is trying to discuss anything mechanical, with some mechanical engineers. Yes, they have a sheep skin proudly hanging from the office wall and they still wear the graduation ring from their alma mater some thirty five years later, but just get them to whip out a pocket calculator and figure out how many cubic inches are contained in your coffee cup.

    Forget it; at least I would say “Don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer”. You will note I said “an answer”. I did not say “the correct answer”.

    The thing that intellectuals are most proficient at is building insulation between themselves and the real world. The insulation intellectuals provide for themselves and others of their kind becomes virtually impenetrable with reason over decades of solidification.

    One would think with all of that book reading, somewhere along the line, a tome of history would have accidentally slipped in. Perhaps, if history had been stumbled upon, it was interpreted in the same way they see our United States Constitution…meant to be taken with a liberal (no pun intended) dose of salt and interpreted as seen fit on any given day.

    I would think the very idea of eventually being eliminated by those once promoted to positions of power would be enough to reevaluate one’s position in the food chain.

    • MarioP

      Konrad Lau,

      Based on your summary of the discussions you had with these “intellectuals”, your intelligence must be up there. And with your strong drive to succeed, since your are a conservative, I would normally conclude you to be a well established individual. But due to the bitterness that comes out through your statements towards the ones above you on this ladder of success, it appears success has managed to avoid you. How did someone like you, with the brains and the drive, end up at the lower half of the totem pole? Am I completely misjudging you?

      • Chris

        No, MarioP, you are insulting Konrad and you know it. Be more direct call Konrad a “poopyface” and leave the open-mined civilized discussions to those of us who wish to solve problems instead of insult those who don’t subcribe to your particular philosophy.

        • MarioP

          Chris,

          I did not insult anyone, well, maybe a little. But I just asked whether Konrad Lau has not managed to hit it big yet. I even asked whether my prejudgment was wrong, leaving it open for a correction.

          And if you would like to have an open-minded and civilized discussion about solving problems, why would you reply to this post of mine? I wrote several posts attacking the poor economic performance and weak decisions of the Republican presidents, yet we don’t hear from you refuting, or supporting, any of those points. Where is that civilized discussion from your end? I did my part; now it’s your turn, Chris.

  • Dave

    I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. I’M ENORMOUSLY PROUD OF MY COUNTRY AND ITS ROLE AND HISTORY IN THE WORLD. If you think about the site of this summit and what it means, I don’t think America should be embarrassed to see evidence of the sacrifices of our troops, the enormous amount of resources that were put into Europe postwar, and our leadership in crafting an Alliance that ultimately led to the unification of Europe. We should take great pride in that.
    And if you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that, though imperfect, ARE EXCEPTIONAL.
    Now, the fact that I am very proud of my country and I think that we’ve got a whole lot to offer the world does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we’re not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.
    And so I see no contradiction between believing that AMERICA HAS A CONTINUED EXTRAORDINARY ROLE IN LEADING THE WORLD towards peace and prosperity and recognizing that that leadership is incumbent, depends on, our ability to create partnerships because we create partnerships because we can’t solve these problems alone.

    – Barack Obama

    • Brian

      Again, it doesn’t matter that Obama said this in that very speech. The right, or at least those blinded by pure hatred for those on the left or middle, can never acknowledge that Obama said something or did something they may agree with. Its impossible. There is a lot to get angry at Obama about, plenty of talking points to be had against his policies, I’m not sure why they feel the need to lie about this speech. It is right there for them to watch and to read. But, they have decided what they want to hear.

      • MarioP

        True, true. The Right never hears what they should. They always attack, regardless whether it’s good for the entire nation or even if it is what the Right has been asking for. Recently when Obama pushed for the extension of the tax breaks and eventually signed the bill, the Right was still attacking him with quotes such as “he’s only doing it for show”. No matter what a Democratic president will do, the Right will never give him credit. Such blinded allegiance is what is separating our nation.

  • Nathan Adler

    Are you aware that you open your piece with an outright lie? The claim that Obama rejects American exceptionalism is a blatant falsehood. This claim emerged when Obama’s speech was trunicated, ripped from context, and contorted into a fallacious talking point that could be exploited by pundits.

    Why are you perpetuating this lie? Have you read the speech? If not, why purport to know what you are talking about. If you have read the speech, and you claim the moral high ground, why lie?

    • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

      Nate, It’s what they do!

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

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    IF THEY DONT WIN WITH BALLOTS, THEY WILL ATTEMPT OTHER MEANS, 1ST AMEND.

    THEY WILL PAINT OTHERS AS HATERS, MUST GIVE UP PRINCIPLES & SHUT UP.

    CONSTITUTION ? THEY DONT BELIEVE IN THE RULE OF LAW.

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  • http://orbis@bellsouth.net Jan

    Mr. Prelutsky,
    You’re right on target, as always! Love your columns, all of them, including the witty sarcasm, that is true.
    Keep up the great work! Oh, is Mr. Goldberg okay? Haven’t seen any of his columns this year on his website here, and love those, too.
    Admirer,
    Jan

  • begbie

    “When more than two people share the same delusions, we refer to it as the Democratic party.”

    Haahaa….great line, man. Bravo!

    And Shirl, I could only be ok with Obama bowing to another leader if that other leader bowed at the same time. Otherwise, yes I’m also incensed by that gesture of submission that will be shown to the Chinese masses on state TV as such.

  • Jay Thompson

    Indeed. From intellectual propagandizement to intellectual imprisonment: the Stalin Way. Bring GLORY to the REGIME, then GULAG the dissent.

    I would point out, in the interest of fairness, at the Arizona U. ceremony, Obama did, in fact, put his hand over his heart.

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  • Shirl

    Just checked out the Drudge Report; Obama again bowing to china communist leader. Go figure. Moving to the middle? I think not. He’s so far out in left field, he’s hopeless and will never change.

    • http://www.eschatonblog.com/ Wil Burns

      Shirl, Well, he didn’t kiss his or hold his hand, now did he!