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Another Day of Infamy

By Burt Prelutsky · Nov. 10, 2012

The most surprising thing about the election is that I, generally the most cynical of men, gave too much credit to the American people. Although I only lost a ten dollar bet on the election, I was sorely tempted to wager a lot more. Fortunately, I couldn't afford to risk it, even on what I regarded as a pretty sure thing.

The truth is that when Dick Morris began talking about a Romney landslide, I began to entertain doubts. I've never forgotten the way that Bill O'Reilly's favorite oracle insisted in 2010 that Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina were going to trounce Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. But I figured that even a blind pig sometimes stumbles across an acorn and a broken clock is right twice every 24 hours.

I realize that a lot of Republicans will insist that Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich would have won the election, but I respectfully submit that they're nuts. Romney ran a decent campaign and certainly gave the voters a perfectly fine alternative to the left-wing radical who pretended that birth control pills were more important than an economy on life support, a nuclear Iran, national security leaks to the NY Times and a massacre in Benghazi. What it says about America's future is almost too horrifying to contemplate.

When in the final weeks of the campaign, Obama had to call on a weasel like Bill Clinton to sell him to Ohio and Pennsylvania, while Romney had Billy Graham's heartfelt endorsement, I figured it was a done deal.

I admit to experiencing a loss of self-esteem after suffering such a body blow to my ego. Generally, I get these things right. In 2008, I predicted Obama's margin of victory. In 2004, I not only predicted that Bush would defeat Kerry, but came within four electoral votes of nailing it.

But the truth of the matter is that I feel far worse about America. The country teetered on the edge of the precipice and had a chance to step back. Instead, like a colony of lemmings, they surged forward and over the edge.

In 2008, knowing what I knew about Obama, I felt all was lost. That was especially the case when the Democrats wound up with super majorities in the House and Senate. I felt the Republicans might never recover. But Obama and his stooges in Congress so badly overplayed their cards that the GOP came storming back in 2010, thanks mainly to their revulsion with ObamaCare. I felt that America had just barely dodged the bullet.

Now, however, I think the outlook couldn't be bleaker. With the birth rate of blacks and Hispanics far outdistancing that of whites, and with more and more women electing to remain single and, like gays, identifying themselves solely on the basis of their sexual organs, I really can't envision America ever again electing someone who, like Romney, champions America's traditions, the Constitution, free enterprise, religion, a strong military and individual responsibility.

Because the majority of Americans have now openly declared their preference for European-style socialism, and because we have a president and a Senate with a mandate to continue throwing money at public sector unions, minorities and the young, we can pretty much count on Greek-style riots in the streets as we pass the point of no return when we simply won't have enough money to pay for ObamaCare, state and federal pensions, Social Security, Medicare and Michelle Obama's vacations.

Considering how close the election was in several states, one has to wonder how large a part Hurricane Sandy played in Obama's victory. It did, after all, give him the opportunity to appear presidential, to walk around New Jersey pretending to be deeply concerned. Moreover, thanks to having a St. Bernard named Christie constantly at his side, licking his hand, it even managed to make Obama appear to be bi-partisan for the first time in recorded history.

I am on record as never having understood why conservatives ever regarded Christie to be the answer to their prayers or why Ann Coulter kept urging him to seek the GOP nomination. Although I acknowledge that my reputation as a political pundit has suffered greatly as a result of recent events, I will still venture out on a very narrow limb and predict that by the time Gov. Christie waddles for re-election, he will have a (D) after his name.

November 6, 2012, is a day that will live in infamy. Having said that, being the Pollyanna I tend to be, I have sought something positive to say about the gruesome outcome. I'm afraid the best I can come up with is that for the foreseeable future I will continue to have an endless supply of grist for my busy little mill.


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Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Like many since Tuesday evening I am physically ill. The God Owful Party never learns, when they run a liberal they lose. When they run a Conservative they win. Need proof. Reagan ran twice as a Conservative and won overwhelmingly. Bush the Elder ran as a Conservative and won. He then showed his true colors (Broke his No New Taxes pledge and New World Order speech) and lost. Dole and Ford running as moderates lost big time. Bush the younger ran as a Conservative and won. But like his father his true liberal colors came out and the Republicans lost the House and Senate and we got Barry. McRINO was part of that debacle. So what do the Republican Leaders (still an oxymoron do), the House passes a continuing budget resolution instead of shutting the government down. We can't do that we will lose, you lost anyway. Refuse to press for the real birth certificate. We can't do that we will lose, you lost anyway. Refuse to introduce Articles of Impeachment. We can't do that we will lose, you lost anyway. Don't call Barry what he is, "a communist". We can't do that we will lose, you lost anyway. What the Republicans have to do is replace the current leadership of Boehner and McConnell and company and replace it with actual Conservatives with steel backbones. They will then have to refuse to fund the alphabet soup of government agencies, the first being the TSA, Homeland Security, EPA, OSHA, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, etc. Without funding they will go out of business (can you call what they do business?). All money bills have to originate in the House. If the House doesn't pass it, that s the end of it.
The states can also do something, consider secession. I still can't find that section of the Constitution that says a Sovereign State cannot secede. But I have the James Madison version and not the Democrap and RINO version.
Just heard that Boehner “Sees mandate for common ground.” How do you say ‘a##hole”?
Don’t be surprised when Barry declares himself “Chancellor for Life.”

Speaking of infamy, we are coming up on the 100 anniversary of the year of infamy to borrow a phrase form Joe Stalin's best friend FDR. 1913 brought us the Creature from Jeykll Island (AKA Federal Reserve Bank), 16th Amendment and 17th Amendment.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Howard, I agree with you, except on two points, well actually 1.5 points
1) The GOP should now be called the GAP, or Go Along Party.
1.5) Secession only as a last resort to seal off southern state borders when the Neomarxist utopia crashes and burns.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Doktor: lets see Wyoming, Montana, N.Dakota, S. Dakota, Idaho, Utah and western Nebraska have coal, oil, gas, cattle, chickens, pigs, corn, etc. plus wild game. Colorado you can forget about since the loons from Kalifornia moved in. Just don't sell any of the above to the nut cases in NYC, Chicago, SanFransico, LA, etc. Also their residents know how to handle low lifes. Did anyone say .357, .45 ACP, .30-06, etc.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Nash Montana in Chinook, Montana replied:

Howard, you know as we'll as me that Montana is ALSO overrun with KKKalifornians. Montana is lost. Though the individual mandate for o-care BARELY got struck down, yay, the entire state is liberal run and suffers from obamarrhea.

There is no turning back unless for some miraculous reason, Montana and Wyoming and North Dakota would secede and start digging and cracking and mining etc. we could all be as rich as the Saudis, with our oil reserves alone, which far surpasses Saudi Arabia.

The country of Wymonkota, I'd live in it!

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Nash Montana in Chinook, Montana replied:

FRACKING, not cracking. Damn spell check.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Deborah in La Mirada CA said:

Howard Last: I agree totally, but given what we know about Obama, what would stop him from circumventing the Congress as he has done on so many other things?
I still see no way to overcome the colossal damage yet to be inflicted.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Ray in Ventura, Ca said:

The final nail in the coffin is that so many people do not realize that they have elected (again) a muslim for our president.
I am of the opinion we cannot survive another 4 years of Oboma and his "mandate" to destroy our constitution that has protected us all these years very nicely from such as he.
Burt, don't beat yourself up beause you guessed wrong. Yours is a voice crying in the wilderness that needs to heard.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Ray: Too late to heed your wise words. I have beaten myself black and blue.
Now I'm ready to start in on the 2,000,000 voters who trooped out for McCain, but stayed home this time.


Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Maybe those 2,000,000 voters who didn't show up for Romney from 2008 were intimidated by Black Panthers at the polling precincts, or their absentee ballots were shredded, or maybe they are the members of the "Greatest Generation" who have passed away in the past four years, my Dad among them.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM

India in GA replied:

I am sorry for your loss, enemyofthestatusquo. We are losing such a treasure with the passing of your father's generation.

Today in church, we were honored to have the third oldest member of our congregation give the sermon. His descriptions of his early life on the family farm and his service in the Merchant Marines during WWII made for a beautiful and inspiring story. But it was incredibly painful to listen to, in light of recent events.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

The problem is we have a electorate that consists of indoctrinated youth, union thugs, government workers, minorities, and welfare recepients that will never vote Republican. The other side of the coin is we have a large number of whites who profess to be Republicans that don't bother to vote. We also don't have enough true conservatives in Congress, just a bunch of RINO's that talk a good game but when it comes right down to it they roll over and play dead.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8:59 AM

MARINE in Ind. Res. said:

Burt---I have waited for this article, and appreciate your candor in the matter. I had wished that larger bets had been made on the election. This has turned out to be as I predicted, which is to bad, and many dark days are ahead. The first class of FEMA first responders graduated on Sept. 13. If you recall that was Barrys' "youth corp" that would be as well equiped as the Military. The DHS has purchased multiple Armored Vehicles, Weapons and Ammo. What this armorment is for is not emergency first responders to disaster areas. Not to brag, but I stated the only way to clean out the garbage in D.C. is a proved and tried method used by 56 men for the revolution. I doubt we have that many now in leadership roles, 'ie' Petraus. Because of todays birthday of the Marine Corp, it is with deep regret that I now find it necessary to resort to my training. The people who voted Barry in will now experience the hardships and difficulties like the Europeans. But until they do, nothing will change. I would recommend that anyone who does not already have personal defense equipment, that they so very quickly, before Barry signs the NATO agreement turning our 2d Amendment rights over to NATO. He already has over 300 Executive Orders in place, and they ain't good. They are there for the total take-over of the country, utilities, transportation, bussiness', commerce etc. As dim as it appears, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The question is---"can you make it there to turn it on"? Good buy America, and good luck.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

I am not a Nostradamus, a physic, nor a prognosticator, however I do envision the Neo-Marxists, crashing and burning before 2016. Sadly, it will entail riots in many major urban areas, as the flow of free O-goodies comes to a screeching halt. These riots will spill over into rural areas eventually as the city dwellers look to take and steal to supply their needs. In a way I almost feel sorry for them, because many of us here have skills that will allow us to survive. We may not be living in our homes, but we will be able to band together and make it. Those that come to take, will find it extremely difficult, if not almost impossible.

As many have posted here today and in the past, we'd best be ready. My spouse and I are now seriously looking into obtaining concealed carry permits. Also we're slowly stocking up on canned goods. You'd be surprised at how long many of them last well beyond sale dates.

It is my fervent prayer that we come out of all of this a much better nation. It may take secession to accomplish this, a path I really do not advocate, but would support if it becomes necessary to survive in a somewhat reduced USA. Will the South rise again? No, but it might just pack up and leave the Neo-marxists to their own devices in their utopia.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Orf in Pennsylvania replied:


If you get a gun permit, you are identifying yourself to a government gone rogue, ignoring the 2nd Amendment. You will have an agent knocking at your door some day in the future. The 2nd Amendment says the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Applying for a permit that may or may not be granted is such an infringement.

Besides the precautions you are taking, consider how to remain below the gummint's radar. Consider also how to survive without contributing taxes to the rogue gummint for redistribution to their voting bloc. Mac has suggested stopping production. Atlas Shrugged had a slightly different answer.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

The government of Atlas Shrugged is on display for all to see in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Doktor: The good news is that we are not entirely unprepared for riots. After all, we've had the OWS loons and the urban blacks who riot every time their hometown team wins or loses a basketball championship getting us ready.


Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt: most of us are well armed, while most loons don't know which end of the gun the bullet comes out of.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Jim in Alabama replied:

Just my two cents worth here, but why only think about picking States to join in seceding? Coloring the country red or blue by County still yields the same overwhelmingly conservative image as in the past. If our History comes to that, I propose a new nation called United Counties of America. Let every "Red" county send its most ardent Patriot to a Convention convened in Texas to Ratify the new Constitution of the UCA. Group them in Hundreds, Alphabetically instead of Geographically, so that the only issues at hand might be based in Principal instead of regional self interest.
Organize the electoral college on the same lines, with a single vote for the elector chosen by each Hundred County Group. Keep the rest of the Constitution intact. Mandate that all other laws are to be null and void after 5 years and all laws passed subsequently by a majority must have a sunset after 5 years unless reaffirmed by a super majority.

Uh...I'll be waiting for your call America, right by my unlisted phone.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Jim in Alabama replied:

Another thought. Does anyone have any info on stats about the productive economic activity of the "Red" Counties vs the "Blue" ones. I'm just guessing but somehow suspect it would be on the order of ten to one...

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

I am praying for the health of the Supreme Court Justices. That is the biggiest threat to the country, in that an uber liberal like Ovamit can nominate other Kagans to the court. Keep your eye on the prize. Congress and the people can undo almost everything else.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

India in GA replied:

"I am praying for the health of the Supreme Court Justices"

You and me both, Old Desert Rat!

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Orf in Pennsylvania said:

Burt, your ego needed some deflating after your previous correct predictions. Never identify yourself mainly as a political pundit, writer, sage, or anything other than a good man. If you do, you set yourself up for a big fall.

I predicted that Israel would strike Iran after the election this week. So far Israel is still counting its sheep (or sheeple).

Also, remember that many people never found out what we know about Odumbo and his evil policies. The MSM is a force not to be ignored. They succeeded in covering up the Obamanation's crimes, treason, and dereliction of duty, while hammering away at Romney. Many people did not watch the presidential debates, so there were many who hardly knew who Romney was. Romney in one of the debates referred to this when he said his job was to present a plan to help America recover, while the media's job was to make sure no one found out about it.

Until political nondiscrimination is enforced in the media and educational system, conservatives seldom will win again.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Orf: I thought it was okay to be a good man and a political pundit. But at least, unlike Dick Morris, I never thought it would be a landslide for Romney.


Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Paul Couch in N.C. said:

It's clear now, the american people prefer Obama phones and "stuff", to individual responsibility. The deep divide in our fair land is the takers far out weigh the givers. There is no american dream. It has been replaced by an entitlement mentality. It is deeply disappointing.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

One battle does not a war win.....Ask Washington, ask Patton, ask Pershing. Liberty shall not be lost as long as patriots remember what liberty means. Freedom with responsibility, a moral compass with compassion, and adherence to the Constitution.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Orf in Pennsylvania replied:

Freedom is not free. From time to time a little blood must be shed by patriots and tyrants. The American Revolution was started not by a majority of colonials but by only about one-third of them. If America has a real leader and the patriots are ready, it may be time to organize. Without another election to worry about the tyrant is free to do as he pleases in shredding the last bit of the Constitution.

On the other hand, a coup d'etat never won liberty. Only enlightenment and education can do that. America is sorely in need of both.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM

India in GA replied:

"On the other hand, a coup d'etat never won liberty. Only enlightenment and education can do that. America is sorely in need of both."

Well said, Orf. Unfortunately, enlightenment and education of the electorate may be harder to acomplish than a coup d'etat.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

It is now proven. A majority of Americans who vote are ignorant, self -centered fools who have placed their personal interests above those of the Nation that allows us to live free.

The news media, entertainment television and hollywood have
distributed multiculturalism without regard to the fact that embracing "cultures of dependency" produces an unsustainable society.

With the media having no accountability, America will never win another televised war, and the conservative movement will never win another election. At least until the mobs burn down the transmitters and overrun the studios. They won't bother with newspapers because most of them are already out of business.

Saw it on PP somewhere :

"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality" Ayn Rand

Hard times are ahead least Burt can make me smile. Thanks!

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

You're welcome, Doc. Here I was wondering what I was going to be writing about after the election. Now I know.


Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

rev.roy brooks in sophia,west virgina said:

i would take issue with creidt to american people.the america has changed. it is not the same as was in a country preacher i knew this. romney should have chose rubio he probably would have won/

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Rev. Roy: Paul Ryan was a fine running mate. If two million Republicans who voted for McCain had gotten off their rumps this time around, we'd have gotten rid of Obama. Place the blame where it belongs.


Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt: the blame rests with the Republican Big Shots (you still can't call them leaders). See my initial comment. Even now Boehner and McConnell are looking to make deals.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

India in GA replied:

Speaking of placing blame where it belongs....

Burt, great article as usual, but your description of Christie as a St. Bernard was an insult to dogs everywhere. It was also a lot more polite than the description that popped into my mind.... (Rhymes with "cat mastered gator")

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM

India in GA replied:

WHOA!! I just realized that what I wrote also rhymes with an insult not suited for polite conversation!! Oops...

What I intended was rated PG, I promise. My apologies. :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

I had hoped that a Romney victory would set the stage for a Reagan style expansion of the economic engine of American productivity that would bring jobs and prosperity to folks of all color. Instead, 95% of blacks and 46% of whites voted for the half-white-black socialist. Instead of everyone enjoying the benifts of an expanding private sector, we are headed for mediocrity and social collapse. Prior to the election I never heard any animosity toward Obama as a black man, but only toward his leftist, big government socialist policy and the certain destruction that this will bring to our nation.

I just heard a local radio show presented by the local black AFL-CIO, SEIU union radio show guy. It was all about race. Mention was made about the large white support for Obama, but only in passing. The entire discussion was about taking over control of city and county government and proving how well blacks can "rule" ( actually said "rule" ) once they are in control of government. oh, and of course, redistribution, allocation of tax revenues to minority contractors, preferential hiring by government and government funded projects, etc. The black racism, and sense of entitlement really is disappointing.

But not so disappointing as it will be when the bottom falls out, and more jobs go away, including the union jobs. It has already started. Massive lay-offs at coal related industries and utilities.
Just for fun google "Map of right-to-work vs Union states".... It matches the electoral map Red/Blue almost exactly.

And BTW, those Union electrical guys in NY/NJ that turned away help from non-union electrical guys from Alabama, still won't have power back on for three more days. Union first, Americans second.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Doc: Americans used to fight and die for the Union. Now thugs vote to save their union. It's a sad day for this country.


Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:


Don't forget snow days for Federal "workers.". FEMA offices set up in the Northeast to handle Hurricane Sandy relief were closed because of bad weather for a day or two last week. I can just hear the phone call to tell them to stay home: "Take a snow day, guys. Never mind the people who don't have electricity, food, water or lost their homes to Sandy."

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

WTD in AZ said:

Mark Alexander rightly admonished us to suck it up and soldier on, but it's going to be tough because of the very bleak picture you correctly paint in those two paragraphs, "outlook couldn't be bleaker" and "majority of Americans preference for European-style socialism". The Patriot Post's Samuel Adams quote is all too grimly appropriate, " If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!" Trouble is those chains will neither be borne peacefully nor lightly.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: Nor should they.


Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Burt: want to see what is wrong with the Republican big shots. Check out this news item. Boehner won't try to abolish Barrycare. Boehner is a . . . . . . (you fill in the words) idiot. And he wants to deal with Barry on immigration (how do you say AMNESTY). Next time I will vote Whig Party, what they still don't exist as they are still irrelevant.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM