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A Post-Mortem

By Burt Prelutsky · Nov. 15, 2012

How is it, people wonder, that Obama could be re-elected with an economy that's barely breathing; a foreign policy that led to the Benghazi massacre and a cover-up that puts Watergate in the shade; soaring prices at the gas pump; a war on the oil and coal industries; a diminished military; increased taxes; ObamaCare; handing GM over to a labor union; and an unemployment rate that's worse than the one he's spent four years complaining he inherited?

How, indeed? Well, for openers, Hispanics see the federal government as one big piñata, filled with goodies. Likewise, blacks, single women and immature males, think that Uncle Sam is really their Sugar Daddy.

When it comes to my fellow Jews, who continue to confound Gentiles with their dedication to the Left, the explanation isn't all that mystifying. For most of them, their religion of choice isn't Judaism, it's Liberalism. I can't tell you how often I hear from totally perplexed Christians who ask me how it is that such well-educated people can continue to vote like the dregs of society. In part, the answer is that Jews only appear to vote against their own self-interest. They aren't really all that altruistic. When you realize what a large percentage of defense attorneys; ACLU lawyers; members of the public sector unions, including those involving teachers and social workers; the media; and, yes, the gay community; are Jewish, their devotion to the Democratic Party isn't all that surprising.

Another part of the answer is that being well-educated generally guarantees a good income, but it has next to nothing to do with possessing wisdom or commonsense. And without them, education is really nothing more than lipstick on a pig or tinsel on a rotted tree.

One of the sobering notes of the election is that Americans are now so dumb, greedy and morally pathetic, the Democrats no longer have to cheat on Election Day. They used to fight for racial equality and a strong national defense, but now wage war on behalf of abortions on demand and same-sex marriages.

Once again, single women voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, just as they did for Clinton, Gore and Kerry. It leads me to hope that they continue to be conscientious about using those all-important birth control pills. God forbid they start reproducing!

A few people asked me why on earth Colin Powell continues to call himself a Republican when he keeps endorsing Democrats when elections roll around. It's my theory that he hopes to pass himself off as a man above the fray, a man who votes for the best man running. Because Powell used to be a general, a lot of people fall for his charade. He's about as Republican as Chris Matthews and about as non-partisan as Juan Williams, who just might get to play him if Hollywood ever gets around to producing “The Colin Powell Story.”

When it comes to misidentifying himself, Powell is no worse than 30% of the population. Whereas we used to hear that 40% of Americans identified themselves as conservatives and a mere 20% identified themselves as liberals, in spite of the obvious fact that in every election 40% of the people vote for the Republican and 40% vote for the Democrat, we now hear in the aftermath of the election that 38% of us are Democrats, 32% are Republicans and 30% are something called moderates. I'm afraid that baloney is baloney, no matter how thin you slice it, and it pains me when I hear right-wing pundits parrot this malarkey. No moderate would have ever voted for Barack Obama, the most left-wing radical to have ever been president.

Instead of asking people to identify themselves, all we need to do is to check election results. That also goes for repeating the lie that America is still a slightly right of center nation.

With the increasing number of Hispanics, blacks, single females, gays, Asians and brain-washed college students, we're about as conservative as Norway.

If America had been invaded by foreign enemies, we could have fought back. But this wasn't a foreign invader. It's as if America had died of cancer or a self-inflicted bullet to the head. The fat lady sang, and it wasn't the National Anthem. We have all heard about criminals who, having been cornered, refuse to be captured and incarcerated. Instead, they choose to go out in a blaze of gunfire. It's called suicide by cop. What happened on November 6th was suicide by voter.

I see America as a nation in ruins. The difference is that, unlike the ancient cities of Rome and Athens, tourists won't be showing up to take pictures.

I intend to keep writing until they pull this keyboard out of my cold, dead hands, but I have to confess that I'm hearing the siren call of Canada. You may not realize it, but all of Canada has fewer people than California. There are only 33 million Canadians. If all of us conservatives moved up there, we could re-create the America the Founding Fathers envisioned.

After all, Canada is a large, beautiful country, the people are friendly and they even have a major league baseball team.

Once we gained control, we would have to be vigilant in protecting our southern border. We would also have to keep Alexis de Tocqueville's wise words constantly in mind: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

That was one very wise Frenchman. Therefore, in order to avoid the inevitable pitfall he described, when we all get to Canada, I suggest we agree to make me the king.


Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Burt: Sen. Scott Brown (RINO Taxachussetts) has called for the Republican Party to have a bigger a tent. Am I the only one that wants to puke when some a##hole Republican Big Shot (you can't call them leaders) says the Republican Party is the big tent party? This crap is part of what got us into this mess. You said Brown still has a R after his name which will help the Republican big shots. At what price? Boehner and McConnell already said they want to work with Barry. I don't know if you are aware of the growing secession movement? As there is no clause in the Constitution saying a state can not secede, by the Tenth Amendment they have every right to, the Northern War of Aggression not withstanding. From what I see, we are following in the footsteps of the Weimar Republic.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:39 AM

PDK in Texas replied:

Howard, old friend, Scott Brown was just beaten by a liberal woman. She had so many holes in her character I called her Swiss cheese. It was pure evil that the liberals elected her over the very decent man, Scott Brown.

What a lot of non-liberal people from non-liberal states don`t understand is how hard it is for a non-liberal to win in a liberal state.

Liz Warren was called lieawatha because she lied about being 1/32 Amerindian, which allowed her to cheat the system as a minority. She will vote 100% with the liberal democrats now, so we lost 75% of the republican vote we had with Scott.

Time to gather together in republican states and declare independence. Forge a new constitution that enfranchises whites only, outlaws socialism, Islamics and illegals, and makes English the official language.

If minorities do not like it, they can take their parasitic lifestylle some place else.

Enough is enough. Thank you.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Brian in Newport News replied:

I agree with you on all points except the idea that the new constitution should enfranchise whites only. I know or many fine folks of non-white races who love our Country and vote conservatively. The rest, yes: outlaw socialism. Yes: deport illegals. Yes: English is the official language. And yes: recognize Islam for what it is: NOT a religion of peace but rather the religion of Satan.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:04 AM

JR in Mountain Grove replied:

I agree with you, except that I'd add to the new Constitution that only real property owners within it would have the right to vote. It wouldn't specify the value of such real estate, but those who own no investment in an apartment, home, or business establishment, with its feet on American soil, really shouldn't be voting on how homes and businesses are run on American soil. It defies common sense, by permiting those who have nothing to lose to dictate to those who have everything to lose.

"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If 'Thou shalt not covet' and 'Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free." --John Adams, 1787

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

PDK in Texas replied:

My more advanced enfranchisement policy, for those who wish to know, calls for only, 1) white, property owning males, 30 years or older, and 2) white, property owning females 55 years and older.

No sense letting the inexperienced, the people without a dog in the fight, or females still inclined to biological hormones vote with their hearts and not with their heads.

If people prefer keeping their liberal ideology, in part, or in total, what is the sense. Have not we learned what a fully enfranchised democracy will do to a Republic, free-enterprise, capitalist, nation-state?

Let us throw all the bath water out, and keep only the baby. Thank you.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

Disagree. Agree with the concept but wrong approach. Should be only people who paid taxes the prior year.Force them to internalize the results of their votes.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:47 PM

PDK in Texas replied:

96% of blacks voted for Obama in 08, 93% of blacks voted for Obama in 2012. A few bad apples will not spoil the whole barrel for me, however, neither will a few good apples make the whole, spoiled barrel, acceptable either.

If it is time to build a new, better America, then it is time to clean house of, disenfranchise, all infestations inherently predispossed to parasitize and ruin America.

Why make the same mistake twice. Thank you.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

JAC in Texas replied:

"Why make the same mistake twice." We just did.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

"clean house of all infestations"... with prejudice. Otehrwise, the problem just returns.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico replied:

Dont agree with the whites only part. Caribbean blacks and Latinos are an entirely different sort, how about Prof Sowell and Williams, etc. The black community suffers from dysfunctional leaders and Democrat exploitation, along with much of the white community.

If a group of states secede successfully, I would suggest the most prudent course would be a return to Constitutional limitations on the central government with all other powers reserved to the several states or to the people. That would also require a return to the original meaning of the Commerce Clause and a severe restriction on judicial overreach.

This would leave as many as half the states in flyover country who could then exploit their resources as they chose. Environment would be protected thru the civil court system, where loser pays. Foreign courts not recognized, religion removed from the legal arena, most public services left to local jurisdiction, the rest to states, an end to race and gender discrimination; all by the Constitution. Such a scaled down central government would not require a thugocratic income tax or confiscatory inflation tax, but would have to stick to import duties and such, as the country did for 150 very fruitful years. The only new Amendment necessary would be one that required currency to be backed by gold or silver. And maybe an amendment to the Tenth that said "Listen up now, this means you; leave us the hell alone or there will be big trouble!"

Relieved of the overwhelming burdens of wasteful entitlement spending, wasteful illegal subsidies to insiders, wasteful foreign aid spending, illegal regulations by unelected bureaucrats, and a fresh start with a reformed tort system, the economies of the secessionists would leave the other states in the dust. Then the great unraveling that is coming would affect the other states, with sound money, self sufficient food production and energized entrepreneurs protecting secessionist states from a similar debacle.
The race problem should take care of itself if there are incentives to get an education and be a productive member of society but none to sit back in the rocking chair. If they dont like those choices, they can move on. The religion problem should be solved by leaving religions free to make and live with their own choices. Going by the Constitution, the feds have no authority in this area, and if the individual states want to allow abortion choices, it will be their business.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

PDK in Texas replied:

Move to Detroit, Chicago, Birminghan, ecteterra, experience the joy of minority America in power, and stay there, then perhaps I`ll believe you are genuine.

America is now parasite and host phenomenon, and the parasites, white liberals and minorities are killing the host, non-liberal whites and therefore real America.

If we are going to do it, let us do it right.

If the minorities do not like it they have the right to leave, no problem.

Latin America, South America, Africa, the Islamic caliphite, South Africa, are you kidding, thanks but no thanks.

Minorities are incapable of higher culture creation, and higher culture maintenance. Experience talks, liberal ideology walks. Thank you.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Bruce R Pierce in Owensboro, KY replied:

PDK, I'll keep you in my prayers.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

PDK in Texas replied:

Thank you, fellow American.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

PDK: We are pretty much in agreement, although there will not be a secession movement that goes anywhere. It's hard enough for people to move when their jobs require it. Sad but true.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

PDK in Texas replied:

We can dream friend, we can dream.

Further, perhaps someday all the talk will somehow amount to more than a hill of beans, and our posterity we be saved from our inexcusable sins, stupidity and selfishness. Thank you.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Brian in Newport News replied:

While the Constitution is silent on secession, the Declaration of Independence (which birthed the Constitution) provides for just such a scenario: "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends (failure of the government to secure the people's rights) it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it," It cannot be more plain.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:54 AM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

Hi Burt,

Very insightful and painfully true. We have embraced cultural diversity with no concern about which cultures we were adopting. Hispanics ought to be conservative, but turns out the current generation are a dependency class who are here for the "taking". Just like the Dems used the great society to discourage the family work ethic of American blacks, it has swept up the immigrant classes as well. (Well, maybe not the Asians, who still manage to give every valedictory address in the country.)

As for Canada, most of them live within 50 miles of the US border, so when we are not here to support them, I'm not sure Canada is habitable. Plus, they won't let us stay..they have this border thing ya know.

And I'm not so sure I want to go there - I have seen how limited and controlled the health care system is there--- no medical helicopter transport, limited CT scanner and MRI's ( Just ask Liam Neison), and bankers hours at the clinic. Then again, it won't be long and our medical infrastructure will have disappeared here as well under ObamaCare....

You are the King ---- Hockey 'eh

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Orf in Pennsylvania replied:

Yes, Rick, the Canadians come to America for advanced medical care. When that care vanishes with the implementation of Obamacare, where will the Canadians and the potentates of the world go for good treatment?

Texas has submitted a petition of 40,000 signatures to secede from the US. That may be the place to go. Ask Glenn Beck, who move there himself.

We may not have to get out if enough states use "nullification" of all the unconstitutional laws spewing out of Congress.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Doc: I guess I'll have to give up the notion of being King of Canada. I can't even get my wife to agree to move, let alone 50 million conservatives.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Murph in Berkeley CA said:

Mr P, that was depressing, and I hope you're wrong. I don't really see how you might be wrong, but....

Canada, eh?

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Murph: Canada can't be worse than Berkeley.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Lee in Phoenix said:

No need to worry about medical care in Canada, as over half of our medical professionals will be among us due to Obamacare.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Lee: An excellent point. Perhaps I'll get to be king, after all.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Orf in Pennsylvania replied:

No, Burt, you won't. Any docs who move to Canada will have to become part of their problem of national medical care.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio said:

Burt, Burt, Burt.... always with that razor sharp wit and an honesty that everyone loves. Great piece! Now that I buttered you up, may I be Vice King?

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8:58 AM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Is Vice going to be legal?i

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

George: Let us just say that the position is now open to bidding.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM


KING BURT! Well, I guess it does have a better ring to it than President Burt! When you start packing, let the rest of us smart people know so we can join the pilgrimage!

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Ready4: I really was hoping that 50 million of you would move first and get things arranged for me (ie, booting the French Canadians out of the country, along with socialists, Islamics and hockey fans). There's a palace in Montreal I have my eye on.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

It is sad that we have to have someone from another country tell the truth about our lame-brain President and his minions. If our media had down their job and told the truth about this man it is just possible he would never have been elected the first time around. I studied Czechoslavakian at the Defense Language Institute and was impressed with the history of the country and its people. They never gave up trying to take back their country from the Communists. That is probably why the comment was made about Odumbo and his brain-dead followers. Only one who had lived in a so-called Socialist paradise could see the harm in someone like Odumbo.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 9:06 AM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia replied:

Don't worry, in another decade or so everyone in America will have experienced life in a socialist utopia.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Old Sarge: Then I guess my years in the Socialist state of California haven't been entirely in vain.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Frank B in Columbus Ohio said:

There is another way besides retreating to Canada. This entitlement system will collapse under its own weight in 4-5 years. The trigger will be simply interest rate payments. Almost all Govt borrowing is now short term maturities meaning quick turnover. This makes the Fed liabilities extremely sensitive to a rise in interest rates which will also happen. An average borrowing rate of only 5% on 20 trillion dollars is 1 trillion dollars alone in interest payments! Almost 1/3 of the current budget. Of course benefits will not be cut, but rampant inflation will perform this task. The riots will not be pretty, but the Govt will be powerless to provide the same level of benefits. We all will be forced to go back to the old ways. This will happen, when I don't know, but it will.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Frank B: They will or they won't. We can't really go back to the old days in any case because there's a whole new cast of characters in the U.S.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico said:

Well, if I could accept anyone (other than myself) as king, I could tolerate you. But the big problem would be who or what comes after you.

Canada is damned cold. As you can see, I am south of the border and intend to remain there except for brief jaunts into ripoff land (or my poor Godforsaken country). The climate here is like California, and the gringos are probably about the same percentage as the Latinos back there. I believe Mexico has exported, locked up, or offed, a good percentage of its troublemakers, so people here are friendly and respectful. Medical here is mostly better and costs about the same as copay for Medicare. After eight years here my Spanish is still pathetic because people other than gringos usually want to practice their English with me and besides sign language works so well. Besides, the women here are beautiful and inexpensive.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jack: The women are inexpensive?! I trust you are referring to maids and house cleaners...or your language skills could be the least of your worries.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico replied:

That was not meant to be a sexist remark. Let us say economic opportunities are limited for the Mexican people to begin with, and when the men take off to gringo land to make their fortune they often stop sending money home. So the ladies are most appreciative of even modest circumstances. Their actual words, not mine: "Mexican women are not so expensive."

Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Tom,the Marine in Glenwood,Ia said:

Don't Americans realize that when the takeover is complete, the first one's shot are the educated. Verifiable by China when Mao took over.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tom: That is the only good thing that ever results from a Communist revolution.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

You're right, Burt. America did put a bullet in it's head. You're also right that we are no longer a center-right country. It pains me that in all likelihood we will be like Greece within the next four years.

As you know, all 50 states have petitioned this government for a right to secede. The great state of Texas one of those leading the way. It won't happen of course, but I sure like the idea. I like the idea even better to know that there are those in all 50 states who are so disappointed, so dissatisfied, so distressed that they too wish to secede. Last I heard, it was nearing one million people who wanted secession. Will the Narcissist-in-Chief hear the message? Of course not.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Attila in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico replied:

If he doesnt hear the message, maybe he will hear a giant ripping sound.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tex: One million down, 49 million to go. Then we head north to Canada!


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

These secession petitions are just a rehash of the election results. Hussein already knows that just under 50% of the population is against him.

Besides, the idea of requesting permission to secede is silly. It is something DECLARED and DONE. Then the fighting starts. Think "divorce".

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Ragweed in West Virginia said:

BUrt - Being a forester, I take offense at your using "rotted tree" with liberalism in the same context. You give rotting trees a bad rap. At least rotting trees are useful to other natural organisms. Shucks, some rotting woods are highly prized by woodturners, of which, I am one also.

Liberals and liberalism on the other hand, are totally useless.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Ragweed: Hold on there. Have you ever tasted a liberal barbecued over oak? Mighty tasty eats, my friend.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

As long as they are not talking. I hate to eat words.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

midfielder in St. Charles, MO said:

As to Colin Powell, I believe he's just trying to pass himself off as a man.
It's hard to take someone seriously who pronounces his first name as part of the intestinal tract instead of "Cahlin" as is correct.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Geoff: I merely took his pronunciation as a rare case of truth in advertising.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

You just keep getting wittier in yer Golden Years.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dane: Fool's gold, I'm afraid.

Best, Burt

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM

India in GA said:

"Another part of the answer is that being well-educated generally guarantees a good income, but it has next to nothing to do with possessing wisdom or commonsense."

I just saw this today: the higher your level of education, the LESS DIVERSE are the ideas to which you have been exposed.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

India: And never truer than today when a typical college student can go through four years of liberal arts and never encounter a conservative professor.

Best, Burt

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Dick from Chicagoland in Illinois said:

Burt, I suspect you are right about Powell. He's not a Republican. He just professed to be, as his career was given such big boost by Bush's Republican administration, promoting him ahead of others senior to him.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dick--No doubt. But the military has been going downhill for a long time. I'm sure it started at least as far back as Carter, when being politically correct trumped being a military strategist.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:57 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Or, MacArthur's firing.

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:52 AM