The State of the States

At times, it’s heartbreaking to find that some states are as inept as the federal government. Of course, living, as I do, in California, I’m in no position to throw stones. However, when I found that it took Iowa weeks to finally add up a mere 200,000 caucus votes and still not know the actual election results, I wondered once again why Iowa is allowed to be the kickoff state in presidential elections. I may have missed it, but I don’t recall seeing it mentioned in the Constitution that Iowa and New Hampshire were endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among them were life, liberty and dibs on hogging the nation’s attention every four years.

On the flip side, we have had Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina, drawing the ire of Eric Holder by doing their best to rid America of illegal aliens. We also have several states waging the good fight against Obama and the Justice Department by insisting that voters have to provide photo IDs for something even more important than buying cigarettes and beer.

We should never lose sight of the fact that Ronald Reagan once said, “The federal government is not the solution; it’s the problem.” That is especially the case when it’s in the hands of socialist nincompoops who look at what’s happening to the nations of Europe and, with a straight face, say, “We should be more like them. Forget the glories of ancient Greece; it’s modern Greece we should be emulating!”

Although we keep hearing about the importance of a college education, particularly an Ivy League college education, what is one to make of people like Obama and cabinet members Hillary Clinton, Tim Geithner, John Bryson, Shaun Donovan, Arne Duncan and Eric Holder, all of whom got their degrees from Harvard and Yale? Let’s face it — if a manufacturing company turned out such shoddy products, you would assume that the only reason they weren’t out of business is because Obama was shoveling billions of tax dollars their way to keep them on life support.

Speaking of Obama, why aren’t the labor unions who have seen Obama cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, depriving them of at least 20,000 jobs, raising a stink about it? You know for a fact that if it had been a Republican president who had caved in to the environmental fascists, killing jobs and forcing Canada to send the oil to China instead of Texas, they’d be marching on the White House with torches and pitchforks. But I suppose it’s a pipe dream to expect a union to turn on the arrogant ignoramus who handed GM over to the UAW.

I had assumed, as had most people, that the murder of 14 people and the wounding of 29 others by Major Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood was the result of Islamic jihadism. The only reason that Hasan, whose business cards read “Soldier of Allah,” had not been sent to the stockade or an asylum was because his military superiors were afraid of being labeled religious bigots. What I had not known until learning of it from David Horowitz, is that Barack Obama said the 43 were victims of…(a drumroll, please)…work place violence.

In other words, it had nothing to do with Islam. According to the golfer-in-chief, those 43 Americans were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like those folks who get shot up when a disgruntled postal employee flips out. It makes it kind of hard not to sympathize with Hasan’s superiors when their own superior is so easily cowed by Muslims.

In a way, Obama is the inevitable end result of a half century of left-wing indoctrination in American schools, media and pop culture. For decades, we have raised kids with the idea that they’re entitled to have high self-esteem even if they’ve done nothing to earn it. They’re told that grades aren’t important and that nobody should keep score at athletic events because it’s the participation that matters, not whether one wins or loses. These loons insist they want equal playing fields, but what they really want are equal results. Nobody is supposed to be better, richer, smarter or stronger, than anyone else, because, if they are, it means that they must have cheated or their parents cheated. It can’t be the result of brains or genes, initiative or even luck.

Thomas Sowell, in a recent article, pointed out that all over the world some groups have always exceled financially and intellectually. He listed the Ibos in Nigeria, the Parsees in India, the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, the Germans in Brazil, the Chinese in Malaysia, the Lebanese in West Africa, the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Although he didn’t mention it, I’ll add the Jews in many places. That’s just the way it is. That’s not to say that individuals in other groups can’t rise to the top, especially in America.

The odd thing is that while nobody would ever think to suggest that height and brawn are equally distributed, liberals somehow think that brains and ambition should be. And if they’re not, the federal government should somehow compensate for the grave injustice.

The fact of the matter is that every liberal is at heart a Utopian. They believe that if enough laws and regulations are passed, human equality is attainable. As goofy as that sounds, it’s easily explained. Liberals, you see, are morons. That’s why they continue to believe, for instance, that socialism is so much better than capitalism.

Their philosophy is all theory and no reality. To socialists, all human beings have equal potential, but that’s because they don’t stop to consider what actual human beings, as opposed to slices on a bureaucratic pie chart, are actually like.

As a result, human nature — at least those parts of it that involve sloth, lust, stupidity and greed — is the thing that Utopians never take into consideration.


©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com!

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  • Gena Taylor

    When I was working on my internship for my Masters, one of my supervisors, a graduate of the University of Chicago of course, was lamenting about how she and her son were anarchists and how her poor son had been beaten up by other school kids because of his beliefs in anarchy. I told her he had learned a valuable lesson as to why anarchy doesn’t work, that with anarchy, the will of the strongest prevails. She got very upset with me and told me that anarchy would work, once the human race achieved perfection. I didn’t ask her the obvious, was that going to be achieved by the anarchists killing off all those who don’t agree with them, because anyone with any common sense, knows human nature will never achieve perfection in this world. anyhow, things got ugly enough between us after that I ended up requesting reassignment for the duration of my internship. but to me she was an example of the type of people you describe in your article.

  • Mike Jackson

    Great article Burt! Makes me glad I went to a small college in Iowa after all. :)

  • wally

    Burt. One of your best articles. Keep up the good work. In terms of Iowa, I realize they are clinging to an old system but let them be. What I find screwy is that the media and others make a few primaries as the be all of the primary process. Good grief. If the candidate has the resources let him/her stay until the end.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Troy: No, everyone should purchase a copy of “Liberals: America’s Termites.”

    Burt

    • Mike Jackson

      Didn’t the termite activists take offense to being called liberal?

  • Troy Savage

    Everyone should watch the movie Harrison Bergeron.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Mark: I was a fan of Salinger’s, but not Darrow’s. He was paid a fortune to keep Leopold and Loeb from going to the gallows, which is exactly where they deserved to go.

    Shirl: I live in Los Angeles and I have a voice. It’s essentially a vote that I don’t have.

    Doom: Don’t go making excuses for Iowa. Any place that fights so hard to remain first state in the primaries and then holds a caucus, not even an election, and can’t manage to count correctly should be mocked.

    Burt

  • Mark Rhoades

    Great article Burt! Morons are my favorite kind of people.
    Here are a couple of quotes on the subject by two famous people who were not morons.

    The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.
    Clarence Darrow

    All morons hate it when you call them a moron.
    J. D. Salinger

  • DOOM161

    It takes Iowa weeks to count the votes because they don’t get credit for all of them until 6 March. It’s politicians being politicians.

  • Shirl

    The most things liberals are liberal about are sex and drugs; that should give everyone a clue, especially in California where they say as Ca goes; so does the rest of the country. BS, I say. I just feel for the sane people who live there who don’t have a voice. They have been slowly and methodicly pushing their sick idiology for a long time and now they have their slick willie to do their bidding. It really did catch alot of people off guard that should have seen it much sooner and sounded the alarm. All the rep. candidates need to stay out there talk about this; keep it out in the open.

  • Veronica

    Amen!

  • Burt Prelutsky

    cmacrider: Thank you, but couldn’t we make all the paragraphs mandatory reading? But perhaps you have the right idea, after all. The way education is handled these days, all those words might be off-putting.

    Jeffreydan: Perhaps you have it figured out. God knows, leftists have long struck me as space aliens in a sci-fi movie. It just never made sense that earthlings could actually promote socialism as a viable economic system in the face of so much contrary evidence.

    Burt

  • cmacrider

    Burt: The last four paragraphs of your commentary should be made mandatory in every public school curriculum.

    For my own part, I find the socialist propensity to confuse the concept of “identical” with “equality” as indicative of their slothful thought process. I have no problem with a society which creates equal opportunities so that every person has a chance to optimize their God given talents. What I find to be anything but Utopian is the idea that every individual should some how end up in identical situations.
    If the NFL followed the socialist formula, I strongly suspect that the resulting Super Bowl would hardly end up being the football fan’s idea of Utopia.

  • Jeffreydan

    One theory of liberalism’s origin: a young man whose ambition exceeded his good sense and scruples went to see a sci-fi movie one day. In it he saw artificially similar people living identical lifestyles, all boarding a squeaky-clean high-speed elevated train to take them to their jobs where they collectively serve the greater good, and he fell more & more hopelessly in love with the concept with every passing scene.

    And as soon as the young man got rich & powerful enough thanks to his living in the non-fictional capitalist society, he thought it’d be really cool to convert everyone else to the society in the movie he saw, even if it’d have to be by force.