The Morphing of America

I keep hearing from older Americans that the best thing about getting closer to the end is that they got to live most of their lives in an earlier and much better version of America.

A lot of that can be attributed to having lived during a time when you could trust what you read in newspapers so long as you discounted what ran on the editorial page. These days, just about every page reads like an editorial dictated by Barack Obama to his favorite ghostwriter, William Ayers.

One example of journalistic bias can be found in the way that the media covered the war in Afghanistan when Bush was the president and the way they’ve covered it since 2009 when Obama moved into the Oval Office. Over the course of seven Bush years, 575 American soldiers were killed in that war, and another 3,000 were wounded. Under Obama, the numbers soared to nearly 1,500 dead and 15,000 wounded. But if you judged by the coverage the war has received, you would imagine those numbers were reversed.

I still recall that when the war in Iraq was going strong, Garry Trudeau would occasionally devote an entire Sunday strip of “Doonesbury” to listing the names of the fallen warriors. Evidently, when they die with a Democrat in the White House, they don’t matter quite as much.

Something I can’t get my head around is how quickly public opinion can make a U-turn. Take gun laws. In December, 2012, 57% of those polled wanted them made stricter. In March of this year,, the number dropped to 47%. I am certainly not arguing for more legislation, but how it is that 10% of the people can do a complete reversal in three months? I mean, even the likes of Obama and the Clintons didn’t have the gall to switch their stance on same-sex marriages quite that quickly. Instead, they evolved, which is political-speak for checking which way the wind’s blowing.

Speaking of guns, the Second Amendment distinctly states that the federal government will do nothing to infringe on the rights of the people to own them. Clearly, when the government passed Dianne Feinstein’s ban on assault rifles in the 1990s, it was definitely infringing. But, then, ever since Lincoln decided to ignore writs of habeas corpus, politicians, as well as Supreme Court justices, have increasingly come to regard the Constitution as nothing more than a list of suggestions.

Sen. Feinstein, who certainly has earned her place among the most hypocritical members of the U.S. Senate, last year insisted she would get to the bottom of the scandal that saw this administration passing along security secrets to the NY Times…until she realized it could only be Barack Obama or one of his flunkies.

In a somewhat related matter, Richard Blum’s firm was recently assigned the task of selling off 56 buildings housing post offices, meaning millions of dollars in commissions. In case his name doesn’t ring a bell, Dianne Feinstein is Mrs. Richard Blum. (Have you noticed there’s never an assault rifle around when you really need one?)

One of my readers, Randall Slafsky, called my attention to an article in the Washington Post. It stated that the Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs and glaciers are disappearing and in some places, the seals are finding the water too hot for their usual activities.

It went on to report that no white fish are being found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. Moreover, within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt, the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.

The AP news story actually ran in the Post on November 2, 1922. Who would have ever guessed Al Gore was that old?

Apparently, I’m not the only person who has noticed that liberals are constantly giving new meaning to the word “hypocrisy.”

Cartoonist Dixon Diaz pointed out in his takeoff on “Peanuts” that liberals oppose people having the right to smoke; drink large sodas; eat cookies; use gas, oil and coal; celebrate Easter and Christmas; use incandescent bulbs; or own guns. The only area in which they’re truly pro-choice is when it comes to abortions.

In another strip, he had his version of Lucy telling Linus that he and his fellow conservatives are racist, sexist, homophobic, gun-toting, religious fanatics. When Linus points out that she and her fellow liberals support Muslims, who are racist, sexist, homophobic, gun-toting, religious fanatics, she replies, “That’s their culture. You have no right to judge them.”

To which I and most conservatives can only say, quoting that eminent philosopher, Charlie Brown, “Good grief!”

©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.
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  • build a burger

    Goodnight Gracie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.vance1 Adrian Vance

    “Closure?” I want to rip open this can and put the blame where it belongs: Islam has declared war on us! When are we going to shoot back and ban the Quran?

    See The Two Minute Conservative at: http://tinyurl.com/7jgh7wv and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • I Hate Fascists

    http://downloads.globalchange.gov/usimpacts/pdfs/climate-impacts-report.pdf
    “The global warming over the past 50 years is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases.”. So says the US Global Change Research Program initiated by Bush Sr. in 1989.

    As for the “2A”, if that is what you think it says, none other than Broccoli Boy Scalia Himself thinks quite the opposite. “There Are ‘Undoubtedly’ Limits To A Person’s Right To Carry Guns “

    • wally12

      The earth has been warming on a average basis since the major ice age. During those thousands of years, there have been periods of warming such as the Medieval warming and a cooling period such as the mini ice age. Also as Burt noted that in 1922 there was a warming of the ocean that resulted in seals having to go further north for their food. Are you saying that these warming and cooling periods were caused by Man? You state that just because Bush Sr. believed in man made global warming with his program it must be true? Romney and many other conservatives also believed that man caused the warming. You need to remember that there are bad scientists just as there are bad car mechanics. The thing that conservatives have is, even though they are politicians, they can change their minds when presented with a convincing story. Liberals have a problem in the area of ever changing their minds whenever it will affect their agenda. Thus, they will stick to man made global warming until they get a carbon tax. Haven’t you noticed that even the Boston bombing has a connection to climate change and justifies in their minds a need to have a carbon tax.

  • Wheels55

    It seems that people 75 years and older lived much of their lives when we held people responsible for themselves and the opportunities for severe political and PC rants were limited (due to fewer media outlets). No matter what party they cozy up to, mt elders know they lived in a better time. That explains why my mother, who is a life long democrat, does not care for the political arena these days.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Wheels: I would think a lifelong Democrat would be pretty happy these days. After all, the inevitable result of left-wing politics now holds sway in the White House, the Senate and the boardrooms of just about every newspaper and TV station in the country. If one is a liberal, what’s not to like?

      Burt

      • Wheels55

        Not really. My Mom is a conservative democrat. Mounting debt and all of the finger pointing isn’t her cup of tea. She probably would change to independent if she in on all the “Change” movement. She is loyal to a fault. JFK was probably the last President she truly liked (she liked Reagan, just won’t admit it).

        • Burt Prelutsky

          Wheels: There is no longer any such thing as a conservative Democrat. A vote for any Democrat is a vote for Obama, Reid and Pelosi. Your mom doesn’t sound loyal, merely stubborn.

          Burt

  • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

    Good article, Burt. However, you’ve apparently fallen for the old canard of Lincoln and Habeas Corpus. As the Constitution states, ‘… unless when in Cases of Rebellion’, in Article 1, Section 9. I do agree, especially in the past 100 years, that our Presidents, Congressmen, and Supreme Court Justices have ignored the Constitution when it went against their political agenda.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Rick: Lincoln expanded the denial of Habeas Corpus to everyone who disagreed with him, including newspaper publishers and a U.S. congressman, who was deported to Canada by The Old Logsplitter. We’ve had 150 years in which to burnish his image. In the case of Obama, the work has been done in a mere five years.

      Burt

      • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

        That’s a different argument, Burt. The Constitution doesn’t specify circumstances, only ‘in Cases of Rebellion’.

        • Burt Prelutsky

          Rick: Then the Constitution isn’t perfect. Not if it excuses the agenda of a fascist.

          Burt

          • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

            I certainly don’t believe Lincoln was a fascist. Now, the current President – yep.

  • Bruce A.

    Burt. The Dixon Diaz cartoon “Libtards” was e-mailed to me by a friend. Just as we studied Thomas Nast in school I think Dixon Diazs’ cartoons should also be read by high school students.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      There are a lot of things that high school students should read, but who is going to teach them how? Certainly not the members of the teachers’ unions.

      Burt

    • Dixon Diaz

      I’m Dixon Diaz, the writer who created those Libtards/Peanuts cartoons, and I agree!

  • JohnInMA

    For me the most glaring and dangerous sign that most of the ‘major’ media outlets are biased is the way they waited until after the reelection to start any effort to criticize and the level of energy to do so. So many issues related to the previous administration were treated as scandals of the highest order by the volume and intensity of their reporting and especially the droning opinion writing. There must have been thousands of them. The repeating within and across organizations had a rat-a-tat-tat feeling to them (meant to be a war analogy). Now, at best, there are token efforts to provide some ‘evidence’ that they aren’t the bag…..”See, there was an article on page B5 six months ago…..We aren’t ignoring it….” No multi-issue investigative threads woven within the ‘news’ and ‘opinion’ pages (no longer distinct?). No TV news specials. No well-funded movies. On and on.

    No vigor at all. As if their ‘hearts’ aren’t really in it.

    But, for now, I am being an optimist, forcing myself to look at it this way. Were it not for the flagrant and obvious bias many other outlets would most likely be much more challenged to be successful. Surely Fox News can assign some of its success to that one-minded bias. And without a doubt internet based outlets should thankful that their page landings are mostly driven by equally starved eyes. Perhaps we will see the obsolescence of ‘old media’ come faster and the acceptance and success of ‘new media’ (e.g. Beck enterprises???) happen quickly. The only question is how long to the point of irrelevance for, say, the NYT?

    • Burt Prelutsky

      John: So long as the high and mighty in Washington are satisfied with seeing their names in the paper, the NY Times will thrive. The rag continues to determine the way the “news” is covered in the rest of the media that isn’t Fox, talk radio or the internet.

      Burt

      • JohnInMA

        Perhaps. But already the Times is a lesser paper from coping with revenue erosion. The trend will not change. At some point, even Carlos Slim won’t feel so charitable I’m guessing. ‘New media’ is on a steep revenue climb. Only time will tell who/what survives and what dominates. Or who might get crony subsides.

        • Burt Prelutsky

          John: Even if it’s only in electronic form, I suspect the NY Times will continue to promote a leftist agenda and will remain the go-to source for the media and left-wing politicians.

          Burt

  • 49corvette

    I still am a smoker—like cookies too—lived thru the ” End of civilization ” when Elvis and the Beatles appeared—even went to Church on Easter Sunday—too bad “The Squeaky Wheel STILL is getting all the Grease” (liberalism)—Good Grief—my2cents—thanx for reading