O’Reilly, Obama & Oh Brother!

Recently, Bill O’Reilly conducted one of his unscientific polls. The question put to his conservative viewers was whether they were able to maintain friendships with liberals. Apparently, 79% of the respondents boasted that they were able to do so. I’m with the 21% who can’t.

Keeping in mind that the question only asked about friends and not relatives, those people one can’t avoid no matter how hard you try, I have to ask myself what sort of friendships the 79% had in mind. Clearly it’s not a relationship that places any importance on values and character. Perhaps these “friendships” imply nothing more than a word we use to describe a group of guys getting together to bowl, play poker or shoot a round of golf. It certainly doesn’t involve a mature concern over America’s economy, security or future.

Otherwise, if conversation is involved, how do you avoid arguing about differences that involve everything from abortions on demand and voting laws to religious beliefs and America’s foreign policy? What common ground is to be found between those who believe that all power should reside with politicians and Washington bureaucrats and those who believe, as the Founding Fathers made clear in the Constitution, that the government that governed least governed best?

Speaking of which, every American, whatever his political leanings, should read the Constitution every once in a while simply to be reminded how few powers are actually granted to the federal government and how many more are left in the hands of the states and the individual.

Of all the truly awful things the Obama administration has been guilty of, perhaps none were as vile as its refusal to grant Ambassador Stevens the additional security he begged for, and to then engage in a cover-up that dwarfed Watergate in its moral depravity. After all, the earlier scandal merely led to a president being disgraced and driven from office; it did not lead to the brutal and preventable murders of four Americans.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta explained that it would have been dangerous to have sent the military in to Benghazi to attempt a rescue of the Americans who were under attack from Islamic terrorists during a seven hour siege. However, if the State Department’s response to Ambassador Steven’s request for additional security forces hadn’t been to deplete the small number he had to begin with, there’s a good chance the attacks would never have taken place. Granted, it would have been dangerous to have sent in operatives on 9/11. But does anyone really doubt that Israel would have made the attempt if those under attack had been Israelis?

My own belief is that Obama’s court advisor Valerie Jarrett, who apparently twice prevented Obama from giving the order to take out Osama bin Laden, recalled how Jimmy Carter’s bungled attempt to rescue the American hostages from Iran in 1979 helped lead to his defeat the following year. And, frankly, anyone who believes that Barack Obama would risk his re-election over something as trivial as American lives is a nincompoop.

When three weeks before the election, Colin Powell once again endorsed Obama, not even Big Bird was surprised. The surprise is that so many people continue to hold Powell in such high esteem. He is the guy, lest you may have forgotten, who allowed Scooter Libby to be accused of outing Valerie Plame, to be reviled in the media while he swung helplessly in the breeze while awaiting prosecution, when all along Powell knew it was his own assistant, Richard Armitage, who had inadvertently leaked her name.

Apparently he allowed it to happen because Libby was an advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, and General Powell, whose own rise through the ranks obviously owed more to affirmative action and the playing of Pentagon politics than to military brilliance, resented the fact that Cheney had more influence with George Bush than he did. In other words, a good man suffered as a result of winding up being a pawn in a Washington version of sibling rivalry.

Recently, Ted Turner told Piers Morgan that the rise in military suicides was a good thing because, according to the alcoholic oracle, it proves that we human beings are programmed to love and help each other, not to kill one other. However, like most self-righteous pacifists, he neglected to point out what the proper response is to Muslim terrorists who are out to murder us.

Keep in mind this is the same saintly Ted Turner who called observers of Ash Wednesday “Jesus freaks” and opponents of abortions “bozos.”

He also said, in 2008, that, thanks to global warming, “within 30 or 40 years, most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals.”

Other items on Turner’s agenda are to drastically cut the military budget and to make certain that American parents have no more than two children.

It should come as no surprise that Mr. Turner has five children.

It is worth noting that one of his three ex-wives was Jane Fonda. Some marriages are referred to as ones made in Heaven. The marriage of the man who donated a billion dollars to the U.N. and the woman who lent aid and comfort to the North Vietnamese was clearly made in quite a different zip code.

Finally, in a recent article, I, a Jew, mistakenly included Dick Durbin, who is apparently a Catholic, on a list of my least favorite Jewish politicians. I based my assumption on the fact that Durbin, like Schumer, Waxman, Lautenberg, Boxer, Franken and Wasserman-Schultz, swims, walks and quacks like a Jewish duck.

Not too long ago, I made a similar mistake regarding Joy Behar. It never entered my mind until a reader set me straight that the resident yenta on “The View” wasn’t Jewish. After all, she looked and sounded exactly like all of my aunts and a few of my uncles.

©2012 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.
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  • brendan horn

    Burt, I guess Ted Turner does not love the world as he is yet to kill himself and has polluted the world with his five children. 

    It is hard for me to believe that anyone would care about the endorsement of Colin Powell. The only interesting thing about him to me is that his name is often pronounced by the media the same way as the word “colon”. Otherwise, he is quite dull.

  • Wheels55

    Turner, Fonda and Behar aside, I am part of that 79%. The problem I seem to have is looking at my liberal friends and relatives the same way as 4 years ago. I now know they are not as smart or engaged as I once thought.
    This does give me an idea for another charity: HLSL (Helping Liberals See the Light). But enough about wasting money.

  • wally

    I too have a problem with getting along with liberals. Since my wife is liberal and will not discuss politics, I figure that most liberals are so set in their ways that it would only ruin an otherwise nice day of golf. I have given up trying to convert them although I still get a trill up my leg by pointing out the facts on various blog sites. Thanks for the reassurance that I am not the only one that can’t get along with many liberals.

  • MarioG

    We need to impeach Obama – nothing less will suffice to compensate for the destruction of our economy and image in the rest of the world.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BS7EEDMUIJ37SJAUTMGERUM5VY barnes

    burt,
      you’re my kind of landsman.i’d like to play a tennis match with you and have a couple of beers, while discussing the political thinking of so many of our mot’s.

  • cmacrider

    Burt:  If Panetta did not have enough intelligence information to deal with this brush fire at the embassy, how much intelligence information would he have required to launch the D-Day invasion?  Not even Stalin and his Pravda newspaper would have attempted to feed the people such a non-believable story line for fear that some peasant in eastern Siberia would call him on it.   So much for the Panetta military doctrine.  

  • Bruce A.

    The Benghazi fiasco & the cover up is still being avoided by the MSM.  Time for real answers & I hope a few journalists & some politicians with backbone keep pushing the issue.

    • Prelutsky1540

       There are four Republican senators who are giving it their best shot.  Apparently, Sen. Graham has managed to persuade the Tunisian government to grant the FBI access to the terrorist they captured.  Something that Obama and his administration made no attempt to do, for obvious reasons.

      Burt

  • DanB_Tiffin

    To Burt Prelutsky
    I tried to post a reply to a liberal on another of your articles on this web site.
    I used no profanity, etc., but when I pushed “Post as DanB_Tiffin” it replied that my post must be approved by the moderator.
    My post never appeared. I guess I am not welcome here. If you prefer to have liberal moderators, so be it.

    • Deny916

      Hey Dan I’m a Conservative and I got the same spiel too!  My reply still hasn’t been posted.  I did use the word oppsite of heaven though!

      • Prelutsky1540

         Deny:  Maybe that’s it.  I, too, might have spelled out H–l in my comment.  If that’s the case, I have to wonder who the commandant of the language police is.  Miss Manners?  Welcome back from New Orleans.

        Burt

        • DanB_Tiffin

          Thank you for your response, Burt.  It sounds like it could be a DISCUS thing, not a bernardgoldberg dot com thing.

        • Deny916

          Thank you Burt!  We had a wonderful time with lots of good friends! 

          That’s my problem when I talk about jane fonda…the curse words just flow because I still hate that…um…witch!

    • Prelutsky1540

       DanB: I have no idea who the moderator is.  But the fact is that I have also had comments not posted.  I agree that it’s annoying, but I can assure you that it has nothing to do with anyone’s politics.

      Burt

  • Deny916

    Ted Turner and jane fonda…definitely a match made in heLL. Those two left wing loon nut jobs still deserve each other! I hate that woman to this day, and I think I always will!

    I have liberal friends that I love dearly…the only thing we don’t talk is politics and that works just fine for us.

    Excellent article Burt! I would have sworn Behar was Jewish too. As for Colin Powell…I think I have finally given up on that guy, and I used to think he was special. Now. Not so much.

  • souvoter

    I didn’t vote in O’Reilly’s poll but I’ m with you and the other 21%, Burt. How can you really be friends with someone whom you have absolutely nothing in common but of course, family is another set of circumstances. I did, however, using current events, persuade my grown children they are conservative, not liberal. They have voted as such and now know the difference and how much it matters.

    • Prelutsky1540

       souvoter:  Excellent.  It continues to amaze me that parents would regard themselves as child abusers if they didn’t feed and clothe their children.  But they allow them to be brainwashed by Hollywood, the members of the teachers’ unions and left-wing professors, and never give it a second thought.  And then they have the gall to be upset when their children regard them as reactionary neanderthals.

      We need more parents like you.

      Burt