So Many Dunces, So Few Dunce Caps

Whoever said that youth is wasted on the young was mistaken. After all, it generally takes maturity before one is in a position to fully realize that there is more to life than sex, drugs, booze and really rotten music.

What is truly wasted on youth is the vote. Well, that and their parents’ money.

All you have to do is look at the mob of youngsters attracted to such things as Ron Paul’s campaign, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the Hope & Change election of Barack Obama, to realize that it makes more sense to trust these young louts around heavy machinery than it is anywhere in the political arena.

If you doubt me, just watch how these young wretches react whenever Obama promises them a freebie, be it free medical insurance or lower tuitions, to realize that the only significant difference between them and actual prostitutes is that the latter hold out for cash on the barrelhead.

The huge gap between the young and their elders can be seen in the way they respond to Obamian rhetoric. For instance, generations of Americans understood that the American Dream translated to people of different races and religions having an equal opportunity to achieve everything and anything they were willing to work for, no matter what was required of them in terms of study, honest effort and perseverance.

But we now have Obama giving a speech in which he refers to the American Promise. Who the heck is he to promise results? Who is he to tell anyone they will be successful, even if they’re as dumb as doornails and as lazy as mules? Since when is success in America a guaranteed entitlement? We used to speak about equal playing fields, but only a socialist would dare promise equal results, and only a bunch of young slackers would applaud him.

There are exceptions to the rule. They are mainly to be found in the U.S. military. They understand the meaning of such words as patriotism, sacrifice and responsibility, unlike their civilian cousins who can’t even spell those words.

In case you think I’m exaggerating, I guess you must be unaware that, according to a recent poll, half the high school students in America can’t identify George Washington. In a related video that’s gone viral on the Internet, one high school student in the state of Washington stumped a bunch of his cohorts asking them to name the capital of their state. They mainly guessed Seattle; the right answer is Olympia.

When he asked them to name the current vice-president, he got an assortment of interesting answers, including George Bush, Bill Clinton and a fellow named bin Laden.

When the students were asked in which war the United States gained its independence, the Civil War and the Korean War were both mentioned. Asked to identify the countries with which we shared borders, a few managed to come up with the right answer, but others mentioned South America and one young scholar replied, “There were too many to mention.” When asked how many stars appear on our flag, most guessed 51. A few said 50, but a few others thought it might be 52.

Finally, when challenged to name a country whose name began with a “U,” most were stumped, while one student took a stab with “Europe.” But at least some of them had the good grace to be embarrassed when the pollster mentioned the United States.

In spite of such unfortunate findings, you may have noticed that the teachers unions keep demanding higher salaries and bigger pensions for their members. Frankly, in a more just world, we tax payers would demand a refund, along with their teaching credentials.

But, of course, that wouldn’t be in keeping with Obama’s American Promise.
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  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    THE SUNDAY MORNING TV SHOW DUNCE.
    LET ME ASK YOU, SENATOR SOME STUPID AND REAL
    INSULTING QUESTIONS. THE NEW MOVIE THAT CAME OUT GAME CHANGE, YOU ONLY PICKED HER BECAUSE SHE’S A WOMEN, RIGHT? MY ANSWER NO, SHE’S ACTUALLY A MARTIAN. SEN WAS SHE QUALIFIED, NO
    BUT SHES WORKING ON HER GED. WE HEARD YOU CURSE LIKE A DRUNKEN SAILOR, RIGHT? NO, JUST BEFORE AND AFTER YOUR STUPID SHOW. SEN WHEN DID YOU STOP BEATING YOUR WIFE? WELL, SHES IN THE E.R. TODAY ! CHRIS FALLACE SHOW, ITS MY LAST, HES A REAL JERK !!!!

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Nancye: I believe it was Dr. Spock who emphasized the importance for post-WWII parents and teachers that they promote self-esteem among the young ones. Unfortunately, the Spock they listened to wasn’t the one with the pointy ears, but the one with the pointy head.

    Burt

  • Nancye

    A few years back it was decided by “the powers that be” that school children should be coddled and promoted to the next grade whether they knew the work or not. Little Johnny or Mary should never be told that they weren’t smart or didn’t know it all. After all, it might wound their little psyche and ruin their precious lives forever. Now these uneducated/stupid kids have grown up and are voting. Gee thanks to all you psychologists and psychiatrists.

    • Nancye

      P.S. When I registered to vote many years ago, I had to take a test to make sure I had sense enough to vote. I don’t remember the questions, and that didn’t mean that I’d actually vote for the best candidate, but at least I DID have to take a little quiz.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Wally–The problem with the civics test is that only conservatives would be tested; liberals would be sure to provide their voters with a cheat sheet.

    According to the Churchill quote, if you weren’t a liberal at 20, you had no heart, and if you weren’t a conservative at 40, you had no brain. My tweak suggests that if at 50, you have neither a heart nor a brain, you will probably vote for Ralph Nader.

    Burt

    • Mike Jackson

      Which offers the upside of one less vote for Obama.

  • DOOM161

    The kids that guessed 52 are still closer than Obama, who visited 57 of the 60 states on the campaign trail. That’s the official campaign trail, not the trail he’s been on since inauguration day.

  • wally

    As presented by Cmacrider, it appears that Canada is way ahead in doing things that make sense in a number of areas. Maybe the US could make a simple civics test to prove that one is capable of voting and that go along with E verify. Perhaps we just need to increase the voting age to 30.This might allow for the Winston Churchill rule to kick in. Didn’t he say that “If your are not a liberal when you are young, you do not have a heart and if you are not a conservative by the time you are old, you don’t have a brain”?

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Glen: Having seen Ron Paul’s groupies in action at the California GOP convention, I don’t hold out any hope for them. Rude, loud, obnoxious, are the words that come to mind. I suspect that when Paul fails to get the GOP nomination, they will happily vote for Obama so as to continue receiving the goodies with which he bribes young voters.

    Burt

    • Glen Stambaugh

      Yes, they are all you say they are, and many won’t be smart enough to see Obama as polar opposite on government & constitution. Those not in it for the social cult that it is might just be hearing some of his fiscal views. I can hope.

  • Glen Stambaugh

    There may be a silver lining to this dark cloud. It’s possible that many Paul followers are getting the small government idea along with his unfortunate world view message. Maybe they won’t put up with Obama style spending when it’s their turn to offer some serious outrage to excess.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Tommy: Don’t hold your breath if you’re waiting for Obama to apologize. God doesn’t apologize.

    Burt

    • Kevin

      The he must be God-Made-Man, Emmanuel, (in my faith expression we call that person Jesus Christ) when he apologizes to middle eastern potentates. Wouldn’t be the least surprised if he actually thought that.

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    HERES SOME REAL DUNCES THAT PUT ON THE FRAUDULENT FREAK SHOW ON CONTRACEPTION FOR THE MAIN ACTRESS MS FLUKE. HOW MUCH WAS SHE PAID? ONLY DEMS AT THE SHOW, SHE SAID SHE WAS
    23YRS OLD, BUT SHE WAS 32, JUST A VICTIM OF THOSE MEAN CATHOLICS, NO A POLITICAL ACTIVIST.
    JUST ANOTHER ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. THEY SAID HE APOLOGISED TO TALIBAN, WHAT ABOUT US?

  • Burt Prelutsky

    cmacrider: It seems like just yesterday that Canada was leading us down the sewer of socialism, and today you folks have regained your senses. Perhaps after we defeat Obama in November, we can follow your lead.

    Burt

    • cmacrider

      Burt: We learned the hard way .. which is why Barack seems like one of those guys clinging to his Manifesto and Keynesian book for Dummies.

  • cmacrider

    Burt:
    I’m afraid you have tapped into the Achilles heel of Western democracies. In Canada if you proceed to buy a 49 cent widget and lay down a dollar, it comes as a complete revelation to the cashier when the machine informs her to return 51 cents. Its curious that in Plato’s Republic he contemplates that only those versed in civics would have the vote. However, we have “advanced” considerably ever since we fell for the mantra “One man … One vote.”

    You may be interested to learn that The Alberta Wildness Party [named after the Provincial emblem] has adopted a policy which has the teacher’s union in a complete rage. Basically it involves (a) a program to increase the number of religious, private, and charter schools to eliminate the existing monopoly, (b) a change in tax policy so that the education tax follows the student to which ever school his parents decide he should be enrolled (c) a curriculum to allow for differing intellectual abilities, by eliminating grades and creating programs consisting of small modules. Once a child had passed the examination on that module, the child would then move on to the next module … Until you mastered the materials and passed the examination you would remain in that module. The idea is that gifted children would continue to be challenged and children with learning difficulties would have a fighting chance to proceed at their own speed. The Province would set a core curriculum comprised of such useless things as mathematics, English grammar and composition, history, and sciences. …. all of which I recognize are superfluous in an entitlement society, but that’s their plan.

    • cmacrider

      Oh Oh a typo “Alberta Wild Rose Party”

      • Michael

        Darn. I was already thinking of moving to Alberta and joining the Wildness Party. I was wondering how they dress when they have their party meetings and conventions, and whether they bring their firearms inside or leave them in their vehicles parked outside.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Michael: The problem is that socialism can be very tempting for those on the receiving end. And when you realize that 47% of us pay no income taxes, and a certain number of those people receive “tax refunds,” that’s a lot of people being tempted.

    Burt

  • Mike Jackson

    If I recall, our Fearless Leader informed us he had visited all 57 states while a candidate for his high office. I guess that just means those stars just haven’t been added yet.
    Coincidentally, neither have their Congressional Districts or Senate seats.
    Maybe he split California into three states netting 2 additional stars (52 states). Giving one star for each of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands (57 states). Wait! I forgot Hawaii is now part of Asia. So that’s out. (And 1 less star making 51 states.)
    Let’s not forget about Texas. There’s North, South, East, Central, and West Texas, (Up to 56 states).
    New York City or Chicago. Both could be states but that then makes 58 states. Yet another solvable matter.
    New Mexico. Most people think New Mexico is part of Old Mexico so that territory was secretly conceded back but we get to keep the star.
    When I visited D.C. a few years ago, I noticed their motto is “Taxation Without Representation”. Seems the rest of us feel much the same.

  • Michael

    Isn’t it interesting how the same people who deride the idea of an American Dream embrace the idea of an American Promise? How much more of this BS will it take for people to see through this Bolshevik?

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