Hard Questions and Easy Answers

I realize that those on the Left hold anyone who questions where Barack Obama was born in contempt. They even came up with a silly term, Birthers, for those who aren’t satisfied that a president who continues to keep documents related to his college applications and grades under lock and key is being entirely forthright.

But I want to start a movement to find any female who ever dated Obama prior to his marrying Michele when he was 30. We know he smoked weed and sought out commies to associate with in school because he said as much in his memoirs. But how is it that not a single woman has stepped forward to claim she dated him in high school or college, even though she would achieve instant celebrity and millions of dollars in book deals and TV appearances? If the liberals wish to call me a Dater, I’m okay with it. They’ve called me far worse.

I’m just saying it seems more and more likely that the union of Barack and Michelle was not a marriage made in heaven, but, considering the way that blacks feel about gays, one politically arranged in the backroom of Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity Union Church.

Next, I am wondering if I’m the only person who can’t stand listening to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I liked what he had to say, I just could never stand the phony-sounding way he said it. But for all I know, I wouldn’t have liked listening to Abe Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address.

The latest unemployment statistics showed a dip from 7.4% to 7.3%. My question is why do they continue reporting that number as if it means anything? When 500,000 people stop looking for jobs in a single month and are therefore removed from the nose count, why don’t they simply report that, in spite of increased population, we have never had such a low percentage of adults drawing a paycheck? One can imagine that the way the Obama economy is headed, we might reach the point where both the unemployment rate and the employment rate wind up at 0%.

How is it that everyone else is supposed to retire at 65, but politicians and Supreme Court justices get to go on and on, long past their shelf life?

Consider Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 80 and has been on the Court for 20 years. Just recently, after performing a marriage service for a couple of lesbians, she reported that “same-sex marriages prove the genius of the Constitution.”

This is the same Constitution about which she said not too long ago she wouldn’t advise an emerging nation to adopt as its own.

So, just as it took her husband’s presidential nomination to finally make Mrs. Obama proud of America, it took institutionalizing homosexual marriages to get this former counsel of the ACLU to say something nice about our most sacred document.

Keep in mind this is someone who owes her judicial career to Jimmy Carter, who appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals; to Janet Reno, who recommended her to Bill Clinton; and to Clinton, who appointed her to the Supreme Court. All things considered, it shouldn’t be too surprising that she’s been on the wrong side of virtually every decision the Court has made over the past two decades. America would have been better served if, instead, Judge Judy had been appointed.

Interestingly, during her 13 years on the Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, she had occasion to oversee the hiring of 57 clerks, interns and secretaries, and nary a one was a black. In Washington, D.C.?!

And yet, Ginsburg, is widely known as an advocate for “disparate-impact statistics as evidence of intentional discrimination.” In plain English, that means that even if a city or state doesn’t have an official policy of racial discrimination, if 30% of the population happens to be black or 50% of the population are women, but only 10% of the firemen or cops are black or female, that is proof of discrimination, and something had better be done about it. Or else! And yet she was 0-57. Even the Houston Astros have a higher batting average than that.

But liberals never feel they have to put their convictions where their mouths are. So it is that although, with a single voice, they call for higher taxes, they pay as little as possible, and on occasion — Charley Rangel and Tim Geithner come to mind — pay nothing at all, or call for the end of the Patriot Act and the closing of Gitmo, unless, of course, one of their own has his feet on the desk in the Oval Office.

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

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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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  • helplessinil

    Burt you are showing your “hate women” mindset by asking for the females that dated the Prez to come forward. You should offer the same request to any “man” who may have dated him, just in case.
    So the government has voted to give their employees back pay when they come back to work, not knowing how long that will be. I wish they would give me 6 months off and then pay me when I come back. Why didn’t they just tell them to go on unemployment? I think we all know the answer to that, can’t have that number going up.
    Judge Ginsburg, along with Rangel, Geithner, Reid and The President are all of the same mold, liberals who have always expressed “do as I say, not as I do”. So don’t expect much different from any of them. Kind of like when Dad said “this is going to hurt me a lot more than you”, yea right.

  • Wheels55

    I for one do not doubt that Obama was born a US citizen. I do doubt that he can think for himself.

  • Concernedmimi

    The correction of racial discrimination has gone so far as to be reversed, ie my granddaughter was only white in her last years class of government school. Burt, have you ever read ‘I’m OK You’re OK’? Breaks down the psychy (parent-child-adult). Seems only part potus is missing is adult. Witness the finger shaking and foot stomping are the only visible attributes. No wonder there are no negotiations going on with adults (Republicans) in the room!!

  • AgentofACORN

    It’s not they we view Birthers contemptuously. We just laugh at you a lot. The President was born in Hawaii. He is a US citizen. His birth certificate has been provided and authenticated. There is not one shred of credible evidence to the contrary.

  • ElvisWasAHero2Most

    The reason most liberals hold the birthers in contempt is because birthers belabor the origin of Obama’s birth despite the state of Hawaii releasing the president’s birth certificate. This should be a dead issue, but to continue to bring it up this deep in the presidency. Plus, to suddenly demand birth certificates because the president has an unorthodox name and dark skin, reeks of racism.

    • gold7406

      not so sure. most birth certificates from that era were stored on microfiche [black and white] how does this 1961 birth certificate end up on green stock computer paper?

    • Jeff Webb

      >>Plus, to suddenly demand birth certificates because the president has an unorthodox name and dark skin, reeks of racism.<<

      To automatically conclude that people demanded to see the BC "because the president has an unorthodox name and dark skin" is presumptuous and prejudicial. You're past the point of reeking.

      • ElvisWasAHero2Most

        Just a coincidence? I don’t think so. The birth-ers all come from homogeneous districts that apparently are not fond of change.

        • Jeff Webb

          You really don’t have a clue just how bigoted your comments are, do you?

          Agree with it or not, for a brief point in time it wasn’t unreasonable to wonder just a little if Obama really was an American citizen:

          -his dad wasn’t

          -he went to school in Indonesia as a child
          -his grandmother and his publicist said he was Kenyan
          -despite his lofty claims of transparency, he refused to show his BC amidst the confusion

          I stress again, you didn’t have to be a lunatic to have at least SOME doubt for a brief point in time, in light of all these factors.

          However, even without the factors, you would have to be either ignorant, petty, desperate, or unscrupulous to say questioning the country of a certain black person’s birth is racist.

          If you don’t get that, have a smart person grab a dictionary and go over the definition of “racism” with you.

  • artlouis

    Someone who aspires to be President can fairly be asked whether he was born an American. You don’t have to be nutty to ask him to prove it, especially when there is other evidence that seems contradictory. For example that p.r. resume that described him as born in Kenya. I am in no position to say one way or another if he was born an American, but if there is reasonable doubt, it is fair to raise the question. That is not the least bit nutty, but it is typical of the Left to try to marginalize people who have legitimate doubts about their hero.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Limerick?
    .
    Brother I can feel all your pain,
    but along withe sun comes some rain,
    so why go debate,
    the gender of his date,
    let’s from lowly innuendo refrain.

  • sjangers

    A couple of years back I recall reading about a woman who claimed she had dated Obama for a few months while in college. My recollection of the details is pretty hazy, but I do remember that she described him as aloof and self-absorbed. I don’t recall whether or not one of them broke off the relationship or if they drifted apart, but it doesn’t sound like the experience made any profound impression on this woman.

  • Josh

    There are plenty of reasons why I wouldn’t call myself a Republican or conservative, but that list of beautiful bullet points is like a pamphlet up against the Obamacare-sized list of reasons I would never call myself a Democrat or liberal.

    As a person who champions a few items on the Democratic checklist, my social circle is comprised of many who consider themselves on the left in some capacity: Democrat, liberal, progressive, new-age feminist, nutso environmentalist. And all of these folks seem to share Ginsburg’s thinking. But since they’re not self-censored for cover, they let you hear the lengthy version of what constitutes discrimination.

    If you do not intentionally hire women and minorities in place of privileged white males, you are practicing blatant discrimination. If you do not increase funding and lower educational standards for schools in minority communities, you are an obvious racist who is engaging in cultural bias and insensitivity because you force minorities to fit white imperialistic standards.

    So not only do you have to lower the bar for women and minorities, you also have to step in with a stool to slide under their feet.

    But, no, this isn’t bigoted or culturally insensitive. Assuming women aren’t good enough to be hired on their own merits, or that minorities aren’t smart enough to learn what everyone else must to achieve success — well, that’s just being a good progressive and understanding that the greedy white man must now relinquish his role as master and bring himself down to uplift others.

    Though, as you say, it’s a standard they force on everyone else while not abiding it personally. These many leftist individuals running rampant through my circles, attempting to take them over, have this odd vision where, as members of the ruling class to help implement this social justice, they don’t have to live by the same standards.

    Try as I might to figure out why, I haven’t the slightest idea. My best guess: They find it noble in some twisted sense, like they’re supremely cerebral, omniscient humans, and thus they’re exempt from doing since they so brilliantly point out what needs doing.

    • Bob Olden

      There’s something very unhealthy about playing into the “I’m a victim” mentality, whether I’m a member of the “victimized” group or whether I am a sympathetic onlooker who wants to rescue these people. Liberals and progressives seem to want to create a system in which it is impossible for people to fail.