A One-Man Wrecking Crew

It usually requires an actual dictator to destroy a country. It takes a power-crazed lunatic such as Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Castro or the Ayatollah Khomeini, to turn a nation into a cesspool. That’s what makes Barack Obama unique. In his case, it only took one man to, in his own words, radically transform a free republic into a place that would not only be unrecognizable to the likes of Washington, Madison, Franklin and Hamilton, but even to such latecomers as Truman, Kennedy and Reagan.

It was with a combination of shock and disgust that I saw America elect a man in 2008 who vowed to redistribute wealth, send energy costs soaring, do everything in his power to destroy the coal and oil industries and, for an encore, take control of the health care industry, less because there was anything terribly wrong with things as they were, but in an attempt to shift one-sixth of the economy into the hands of the federal government.

Everything he said and did were the words and actions of a fascist, and yet the citizens, at least those who were ready and willing to swap their liberty for free cell phones, unemployment checks and food stamps, re-elected him. They didn’t even care that after the first four years of his reign, there weren’t very many jobs; after all, what difference was it to them so long as there were enough job-holders being taxed to support them?

Even college graduates who were forced to move back home seemed content with their lot. Heck, Obama saw to it that they didn’t have to pay for health insurance until they were 26. He helped legalize marijuana, encouraged homosexuality and, God knows, would never even consider reinstituting the military draft. Besides, living at home provided them with hot meals, clean laundry and rent-free accommodations. Is it any wonder that 70% of these elderly infants voted to re-elect the cool dude?

Those are just some of the reasons that I have found the farcical rollout of the Affordable Care Act so delightful. Compared to this disaster, the notorious rollouts involving New Coke and Ford’s Edsel were resounding success stories.
When, three weeks after the rollout, Barack Obama stood in front of 13 human props while trying to defend the indefensible, he identified them as people who had successfully enrolled in ObamaCare. What he neglected to mention was that they were the only ones in a nation of 310 million who had done so.

His performance that day, as he kept repeating the 800-number and assuring us what a really swell thing ObamaCare was, reminded many people of those TV hucksters who keep trying to sell us hair-in-a spray can. He did everything but tell us that if we were among the first hundred people to call in, he’d toss in a second Affordable Care Act at no additional cost.

It later came out that during his speech, one of those human props, the very pregnant Karmel Allison, nearly fainted. What wasn’t reported was that prior to his typically long-winded harangue, she wasn’t even expecting.

All things considered, the Rose Garden was certainly the proper setting for the event. That’s because when Obama was done flapping his gums, the White House gardeners immediately shredded his speech and were able to use it as fertilizer.

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

Author Bio:

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.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • Gratefulconservative

    You’re the best, Burt, at putting into words what most of us are thinking but alot are still in denial…

  • Thewryobservator

    Shock and disgust indeed. It might also make sense to throw in a bit of apprehension. The population that will do this won’t long tolerate people who think for themselves, state the obvious, and resist the flow. History is rather repetitive on that point. Regardless – hearing a bit of straight shooting is a genuine relief in a culture that will cheer the signing of a 1000 pages of law without knowing what’s in it, on the word of a man whom they don’t know – but think is cool.

    God’s richest blessings, Mr. Prelutsky. And thanks for the little hiatus from the daily drone of propaganda.

    • JRawl

      Well said!

  • VermontAmerican

    Agree with Burt except for his criticism that Obama would “never even consider reinstituting the military draft.” Why should young Americans be subjected to death and maiming by the Democrat or Republican chickenhawks of an irresponsible US government that continues to engage in unconstitutional wars around the globe? Constitution requires that our military protect only our vital national interests. Stretching this to include Iraq’s WMD and Syria’s chem weapons is wrong. Those are regional conflicts best left to those countries in the region to solve.

    • JRawl

      Another Liberturd voices his stupid opinions. I was subject to the draft, and I served honorably. Of course, you don’t know the meaning of those words, “serve” or “honorable”.

      • docneaves

        Mr. Rawl…I served, and I served honorably. What I believed then kept me in the military for eight years. What I saw while I was in made me both proud and ashamed. We did good things, sometimes for good reasons, but too often, and lately almost always, we did good things for bad reasons. The government isn’t in the hero business anymore. These wars were both illegal (which I didn’t believe at first, having voted for Bush twice) and badly waged, the only conclusion being that we were supposed to waste our soldiers’ lives, our citizens tax money, and our country’s reputation. It seems clearer and clearer every day his intent all along has been to destroy us from within. He’s certainly destroyed the military, wouldn’t you say?
        As to the rest of the policies, they are designed to institute the Cloward-Piven Strategy, which is to put as many people as possible on the government payroll/dole and destroy the other political party. Tell me…it seems obvious that someone like McCain, or even Mr. Bonehead, could be seen to be destroying the Republican Party. But could you see a complicit Ted Cruz standing up and taking what SHOULD be our normal position? Except that, with the help of the MSM, they can put enough blowback on him that, with the outrage from their fellow Democrats In Republican Clothing (DIRCs….McCain/Bonehead/Grahamcrackersforbrains) they can embarrass the party. After all, he only wanted the reasonable position of delaying the individual mandate for a year. Looks like they knew all along they were going to be that long just getting it fixed. But with all that drama, they had an off-year election cycle and spent it beating up Republicans.

  • helplessinil

    Another great article, thanks Burt.
    I wish he would have stayed here in IL for a number of reasons. Mostly because I’m certain he would have eventually been sharing a cell with some of our past politicians. We always seem to have room for one more.

  • JRawl

    I’m with you Burt! Fortunately (or unfortunately) my wife and I are over 65 so we’re on Medicare. But we’ll probably lose, or have to pay more for, our Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medicare Supplement plan. This man and this plan are a disgrace.