“Where, Oh Where, Is Barry Goldwater?”

I realize that the late Sen. Goldwater is anathema to liberals, even to those who only know him as the unfortunate victim of a famous TV spot in which a little girl picking a flower appears to be vaporized by a nuclear bomb. The vile message in 1964 was that Goldwater was a nutburger who was anxious to get us involved in a nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union. Because most voters 50 years ago were just as dumb as they are today, 61% of them voted for LBJ, who took that as a signal to sink us even deeper into the quagmire of Vietnam.

What more people should remember about Goldwater is based on fact, not a slander perpetuated by a cynical political operative; namely, that he was the man, the Republican senator, who went to Richard Nixon and told him to his face that it was time to resign, that he was an embarrassment not only to the nation, but to the political party to which they both belonged.

Isn’t it a shame that there is no Democrat of equal stature who will go to Obama and point out that what he is doing by ignoring the Constitutional limits on the executive branch, by racking up one scandal after another and by unleashing the dogs at the IRS and the EPA on innocent Americans, is not only bad for the nation, but will be a disaster for every Democrat seeking election this coming November?

Instead, such influential senators as Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Boxer, Sanders and Levin, like parents who choose to subsidize their son’s heroin addiction, clap Obama on the back and tell him he’s doing a swell job.

To better judge just how great a job Obama is doing, the son of a friend of mine drew up a comparison between 2008 and today. Six years ago, we had 118 million fulltime workers, today there are a million fewer. Because we now have more people, that means that workplace participation back then was 65%; today it’s down to 62.8%. Home ownership has dipped from 67.5% to 65%. Median income has gone from $53,644 to $51,017. The poverty level has risen from 13.2% to 15%. Obama has increased the number of people receiving food stamps from 28.2 million to a ridiculous 47.6 million. And, finally, and perhaps most disastrous of all, the debt to GDP ratio has soared from 64.8% to 101.6%.

With the midterm elections now less than four months away, it bears my repeating myself that a vote for any Democrat is a vote for more of the same from Obama and his acolytes. And if you happen to have been one of those Republican brats who stayed home in 2012 because Rick Santorum, Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich, wasn’t the nominee, or because Romney was a Mormon, you have no right to blame a biased media or voter fraud for saddling us with four additional years of the worst president, and the most corrupt administration in American history. The fault is entirely yours. We had enough registered voters to win, but far too many of you ignoramuses were at home, sulking.

In defending his loony foreign policy as it pertained to Iraq, Obama said, “Just because something was stable two years or four years ago doesn’t mean it’s stable today.” True. After all, even America was pretty stable as recently as five years ago.

The one statement that annoys me nearly as much as the lie about Islam being a religion of peace is the one that insists Saudi Arabia is an ally. Everyone knows that Saudi royals subsidize Islamic terrorists as a way of paying protection money in the hope that they’ll be the last item on the alligator’s menu.

Another thing that irks me no end is when our politicians carry on about how they overcame the poverty they were born into or when Hillary Clinton wipes away the tears when she looks back 14 years and $150 million ago to the sad day when she and Bill had to temporarily borrow millions from their pal Terry McAuliffe in order to buy a couple of mansions, while waiting for her bank to clear the $8 million check from her publisher.

Of course it’s not just Democrats who play up the born-in-a-log-cabin saga. I seem to recall Rick Santorum referring to his own underprivileged background. My question is why we should care how poor someone’s folks happened to be. It seems to me that unless you worked in the private sector the way Mitt Romney did, the only way that people like Joe Biden, John Edwards, Harry Reid, John Kerry or Dianne Feinstein, ever get to be kazillionaires is by being ambulance-chasing shysters, taking graft or marrying rich people. It’s certainly not, as they invariably insist, the result of good, honest, labor.

For a while, I couldn’t even imagine anyone being more obnoxiously arrogant than Barack Obama, but that’s only because I had never laid eyes on IRS Commissioner John Kiskinen. After watching him testify before Congress and turn his icy gaze on Paul Ryan for daring to doubt his veracity, I fully expected Rep. Ryan to be turned into a block of salt. In fact, I would warn anyone who even considered shaking Kiskinen’s hand that he stood a good chance of losing one or more fingers in the process, either through theft or frostbite.

Speaking of the IRS, any Democrat who dares spring to its defense needs to be reminded that when she was called to testify before a congressional committee, former IRS Commissioner Lois Lerner decided to plead the 5th Amendment. That was her right. But inasmuch as the whole purpose of the 5th is to protect oneself against self-incrimination, and thus face possible criminal charges, nobody can be blamed for assuming the worst, whether the person is a Mafia don or a federal bureaucrat.

It recently came to light that not only was this administration not caught by surprise when tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American kids showed up at our southern border, but they had advertised back in January for contractors who would be willing to transport 65,000 of them to other parts of the country.

Naturally, Obama hasn’t seen fit to comment on this exploding humanitarian crisis. But, then, as you may have noticed, whenever the going gets tough, Obama goes golfing.

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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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  • Steve Fair

    Poverty rate was 15.3 under Saint Ronald Reagan. The housing bubble crash and the subsequent foreclosures have contributed to the lower home ownership rates. The author is still peddling rightwing Kool Aid. The fact is that in 2014 the Dow is up to 16,459. Unemployment is down to 6.7% GDP growth is at 4.1 GDP deficit is actually down 3.3 from 9.8 in 12/08. But down let FACTS stop y’all from a foamy mouthed rightwing rant.

  • Concernedmimi

    Well, he finally did comment on the bleeding at the border and with a straight face, said he would handle on his own. You know, get them processed and send them right back. Yeah, just like when he looked Americans in the eye and said ‘ you can keep your health care plans and your doctor, PERIOD’!!! That’s his methodology; lie on TV and then do just the opposite.

  • Steve Fair

    So Goldwater wouldn’t have taken us into Vietnam? You righties are certifiable.

    • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

      If he had, we probably would have won. Probably wouldn’t have launched this welfare mess we have today, though.

      • Steve Fair

        You mean like how Bush won in Iraq? What would Goldwater had done differently in Vietnam? And the welfare rolls have been cut drastically over the last decade. There is a 60 month limit on benefits. So what in God’s name are you talking about?

        • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

          Afraid to talk about LBJ? Amazing how the people on the left always want to avoid the damage their man does, but talk about what yours would have done. Avoidance syndrome, anyone?

          As far as welfare goes, we are nearing 50% on foodstamps, or LINK, or SNAP, or pick your acronym these days. That’s cut drastically? Peddle your nonsense to the sheeple who will buy it – not me.

          • Steve Fair

            You really are crazy. Name the conservative who opposed Vietnam. LBJ was appeasing the rightwing anti communist flank in Vietnam. Are you actually saying 50% of Americans are on food stamps?????

          • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

            Honestly, no one in the US Congress opposed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, sadly enough. If LBJ was appeasing the right wing flank, that’s news to me. The 88th Congress was 65% Democratic in the Senate and 59% Democratic in the House. Johnson had all the support he needed.

            My apologies on the 50% gaffe. I meant 50 million, not 50%. Bad enough, though; wouldn’t you say?

          • Steve Fair

            You keep trying this cheap game of sophistry. The fact is that it was the LIBERALS who stepped up the anti-Vietnam sentiment in America. The rightwingers were all for the war. In 1956 most of the Democratic South was rabidly conservative and you had many Republican liberals like Javits, Brooke, Mathias, and Morse. Goldwater was itching to go into Vietnam, Cambodia and eventually China. Oh, and let’s see your proof that 50 million Americans are on welfare.

          • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

            Like I said, all in both Houses of Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Johnson signed; all before the election of ’64. As for 50 million food stamps, I hope you’re not playing naive. Run a search and read all the articles about this. They run from the NYTimes to the WashTimes and every publication in between. My last on this article – the last word is yours.

          • Steve Fair

            LMAO!!!!! You know you just made that nonsense up.The TRUTH in case you’re interested. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/12/no-we-dont-spend-1-trillion-on-welfare-each-year/

  • Porkbevr

    Exactly right Burt, the Republicans withholding votes because they were in a snit about Mitt Romney are the reason we were cursed with 4 more years of Obammy. I sure hope they learned a lesson.

    • brickman

      No, they are the backer of Ted Cruz who will take the Party back to Goldwater vote totals.