Stupidity As a Birthright

In case you missed it, on his first mission as Secretary of State, John Kerry boasted to a group of Germans “In America, you have a right to be stupid.” A right?! For years now, the Democrats have relied on it to win elections. As for horse-faced John Kerry, were it not for the terminally stupid, he would have spent the last 30 years not in the Senate, but in a stable.

Speaking of stupid, I believe that Barack Obama has badly miscalculated the aftereffects of the Sequester. Perhaps it’s because he, himself, is always campaigning that he has confused 2013 with an election year. If the results of his notion of across the board cuts in various federal agencies are half as terrible as he’s been warning, it’s he who will be blamed. And not just because Bob Woodward said that it was all his idea, but because his waging war on Congress is a truly dumb strategy.

For one thing, although Congress is nearly always unpopular, most people don’t mind their own representatives. That’s why incumbents are generally re-elected. For another thing, most Americans will forgive just about anything; the exceptions to that rule are those crybabies who go through life blaming their own failures on others. In Obama’s case, he has done nothing but bash Bush and Republicans ever since he was first elected. I suspect even Michelle is getting a little tired of it.

Ironically, the one thing he can take credit for is ObamaCare, and that is just about the most universally despised piece of legislation since the invention of income tax.

By whining about Congress when the next elections are more than a year-and-a-half off, Obama makes himself the handiest target for those looking to curse out someone for long lines at the airport or any of those other Doomsday events he has predicted. But as Secretary of State Kerry said, Obama has every right to be stupid. It would just make for a nice change if he didn’t take advantage of that right quite so often.

The U.S. doesn’t have a monopoly on stupidity. On the other side of the world, South Africa’s favorite amputee, Oscar Pistorius, would have us believe that in spite of a history of domestic violence, he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeve Steenkamp, because he mistook her for an intruder. Somehow I doubt if the leggy blonde model had actually snuck into his home, Pistorius’s normal reaction would have been to shoot her. I understand that even in South Africa, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, but I’m just saying that if I were the judge, he’d have to do better than that.

But, then, I’m not a liberal. I swear those folks will believe anything. For instance, when “global-warming” became “climate-change,” they never missed a step. Ginger Rogers didn’t follow Fred Astaire the way these loons follow Obama’s lead. Even when all the bad things went from being Bush’s fault to being the fault of obstructionists in Congress, you never heard any of them complain, “Hey, what about Bush? Why are we letting him off the hook?”

In the meantime, drone attacks, Gitmo and the Patriot Act, which were all regarded as fascistic just a few short years ago, were all accepted as damn good ideas once they were being promoted by a Democrat. For that matter, look how easily they went from declaring homosexuality a mental disease to being a civil right, and the notion of same-sex marriages went from being a bad joke to being a fairy tale with Barack Obama in the role of the Fairy Godmother.

This brings us to the Academy Awards. First, let me confess that I was completely blindsided. I was so certain that Lincoln, a movie I didn’t like, was going to sweep the Oscars for Best Movie, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor, I would have bet a lot of money on it if I had stumbled across a sucker. As it was, only Daniel Day-Lewis got to go home a winner, while Argo and The Life of Pi, two other movies I didn’t care for, split up the other three major awards. The biggest surprise was that Argo, whose director, Ben Affleck, wasn’t even nominated, was judged the best of the year. Even in the early days of the Oscars, when they only nominated three directors, it was highly unusual that the fellow at the helm of the winner was so rudely snubbed. However deserving the snubbing may have been, Affleck was also one of the producers, so he still got to run on stage and make a spectacle of himself.

I must confess that when the evening’s host Seth MacFarlane first came on stage, I thought I had somehow tuned in on a TV game show or the local weather guy, so neat was his hair, so dazzling his smile, so unknown his name. All in all, I thought MacFarlane was okay. Not as good as Steve Martin, but much better than Whoopi Goldberg and David Letterman. And at least we were spared those dreadful Debbie Allen production numbers with the silly laser beams and the dancers dressed up like characters from the various films.

As it turned out, they saved the worst for last. For some unfathomable reason, they decided to devote time to a musical number titled Boobs, in which Mr. MacFarlane sang about all the movie actresses in recent years who have managed to convince themselves that it is not gratuitous sex, but, rather, essential to the artistic integrity of some dopey movie that they bare their breasts. They somehow ignore the fact that the likes of Ingrid Bergman, Jean Arthur, Bette Davis, Mary Astor, Loretta Young, Irene Dunne, Barbara Stanwyck, Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Carole Lombard, Judy Garland and Meryl Streep, all managed to somehow carve out reasonably successful careers while keeping their blouses on.

At least once they got the part.

©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/
  • Joe Castiglia

    (*Who and when.)

  • Joe Castiglia

    When did Democrats declare homosexuality a mental disease? (Not saying you’re wrong, but just interested in knowing how and when.)

  • DestinedWinners

    For instance his wife Teresa — now she is about sharp as a bowling ball and always has the most unpleasant expression, does the woman ever smile? Not sure if she is just unhappy or meded up all the time.Her comment about Laura Bush was not only incorrect but rude. Could you imagine her as first lady.

  • Wheels55

    Oh, I loved the Boobs deal. Seeing those air-headed Hollywood folks uncomfortable is entertaining to me.

  • Wheels55

    Burt,
    I for one do not think Obama is stupid. Ignorant perhaps, not stupid. That leaves me to wonder what his end game in 2016 truly is. I think he came in to office in 2009 feeling slighted that he was not handed a bowl of cherries and then the finger pointing began. He truly feels entitled to a smooth Presidency (ignorant). I think he wants to be thought of as one of the best and most popular Presidents ever – more so than Clinton. He wants that elder statesman treatment to follow him for life. That may make him stupid for thinking that Obamacare and blaming others for his failures is all he needs to do, but I see it as ignorance. Here’s why: Wild Bill is not done with securing his legacy – he wants Hillary as the 2016 President so she can finger point to….Obama.

  • sjangers

    “I suspect even Michelle is getting a little tired of it. ”

    Yikes! Do you suppose that the President has been blaming Bush for some, uh, ‘performance’ issues?

  • Mr. Conservative

    @ec93f6843c873edbd2f3ccbcd155bd65:disqus – Burt has a talent for making liberals like you look stupid in a very funny way, and he does a pretty good job! Of course, making liberals look stupid really isn’t that hard, but doing it in an entertaining way takes talent. Since you have no substantive arguments and can only employee name calling, I suggest you go back to your liberal websites where they call that intellectual debating.

    • I Hate Fascists

      As opposed to your right wing websites where they call anyone with half a brain gifted?

      • Mr. Conservative

        I noticed you didn’t debate the gist of my response

        • I Hate Fascists

          You didn’t answer my question. Which party did Bobby Jindal label the Stupid Party? (hint it was the party that he is a member of)

          • Mr. Conservative

            That’s a stupid question everyone knows the answer to. It wasn’t one of his better speeches. I notice you still didn’t debate the gist of my response. You bore me. I am done with this conversation. Go name calling somewhere else.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Don’t get into a battle of wits when you have no ammunition

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Mr. C–Thanks. I was going to stay out of it. This moron shows up periodically, apparently in the mistaken belief that he is an able defender of the Left. But I did wish to give you a thumbs-up, lest you think I wasn’t paying attention.

      Regards, Burt

      • I Hate Fascists

        You stayed out of it and let poor Mr C take the bullet for you. You make a great team. He is witless and you are gutless.

  • I Hate Fascists

    There you go again with the same old tired trash talk. didn’t your Fascist In Chief Priebus command you to change your messaging? And which party was it that your very own Bobby Jindal labeled as the Stupid Party? Stick to movie reviews bro. And good luck with your rebranding, you Wild Wacky Lovable Fascist you!!!

    • 10579

      do you walk in lock step like the gestapo used too. you sure sound like you do.Herr I HATE FACISTS. look in the mirror as you know there is no cure for your stupidity.