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By Burt Prelutsky · Nov. 22, 2012

The next presidential election is just four short years away. It seemed like just yesterday that we Republicans envisioned a future of Romney, Ryan and Rubio. Now we have to wonder if we were too quick to laugh when Joe Biden said that this wouldn't be his last hurrah, and that he would be on the ballot next time. These days, that seems all too possible. After all, if the majority of Americans don't object to his being a heartbeat away from the Oval Office, why would they object to his actually having the heart that some other Vice President would be monitoring on a daily, if not hourly, basis?

After all, Biden will only be 73 when Obama vacates the White House. No doubt he will have even more hair and whiter teeth by then. Because the Republican Party will have gone the way of the Whigs and the Bull Moose, his only real worry will be whether Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton, who will be 69, but only 10 or 11 in dog years, decides to take him on.

If I'm still around, I'll probably even vote for him. For one thing, he couldn't possibly be worse than Obama. For another, I'll never forget that he recently stated, “There's never been a day in the last four years that I've been proud to be his Vice President.” That sort of candor should be rewarded.

It is a mystery to me, and one that will never be solved to my satisfaction, how it is that the majority of Americans can see what is happening in Greece and still continue to vote for left-wing ideologues like Barack Obama, who subscribe to the belief that the money that the government prints is every bit as good as the money that people earn. The closest I have come to generating a theory is that most people fail to see what is happening in Greece because they're too busy watching really dumb shows on TV, and couldn't find Greece on a map even if you printed “Athens” in really big letters.

I regret to admit that I come from a family of Democrats. Being secular Jews who were born in Russia, my parents seemed to suffer from the delusion common to a great many Jews that it was FDR, not Moses, who brought the tablets down from Mount Sinai. It helps explain why so many non-religious Jews regard it as a semi-sacred duty to vote for liberals.

I was so mistaken about the recent election that I actually believed that when the utility workers from Alabama who had come north to New Jersey in order to help the state restore power, and were turned away by the union thugs who demanded that they join the union or go home, it would open the eyes of the voters to how vile Obama's public sector allies really are. But no such luck.

Aside from the fact that a lot of decent people are left to suffer without electricity, one of the truly despicable things about all this is that these blue collar union guys, who don't give a damn about anything but saving all the work and overtime for themselves, are the very same schmucks who rail at the guys at the Stock Exchange for being greedy. Perhaps they are, although I have always found it peculiar that greed invariably seems to be a sin that only applies to other people, but at least no 80-year-old is going without heat and light because of those nogootniks on Wall Street.

I was reminded of the newspaper strike that took place in New York City in 1962-63. It killed off several newspapers, costing thousands of newsmen their livelihoods. By the time it ended, the papers had lost $100 million in sales and advertising, while the workers had lost $50 million in wages. But the union leaders were happy. So far as they were concerned, the other side had eventually caved, their own jobs were secure, and that's all that really mattered.

Those at least were private sector unions. As such things are measured, it was a fair fight. It cost both sides. But in the intervening 50 years, we have seen public sector unions spring up. When these palookas negotiate, it's with politicians. Therefore, the only side that loses is the one that never has a seat at the table: the taxpayers. The unions get whatever they ask for in terms of salary and pensions, and the politicians get the promise of campaign donations and campaign volunteers. And, most pathetic of all, because these groups include such sacred cows as cops, firemen and teachers, the poor suckers who are being financially bled to death are reluctant to object.

Finally, I've been thinking about our military. It seems to me that going back as far as Korea, it has been America's policy, no matter who happens to be the president, to do everything in our power not to win wars. Apparently, it's a carryover from the liberal belief that competition is a bad thing and that when kids play games, scores should not be kept, lest the losers wind up feeling like losers.

At some point, Americans began to look at our soldiers and, instead of seeing warriors, began to see Boy Scouts and Brownies. I first became aware of that during Desert Storm when I began reading editorials stating that something needed to be done and done quickly because the chocolate bars being issued to our soldiers were melting in the summer heat of Iraq and Kuwait.

The next thing I knew, Major Hasan was free to murder several Americans at his leisure because it had been decided that an army base, Fort Hood, would be a gun-free zone, except of course, for Muslim jihadists. Fortunately, a pistol-packing policewoman was in the neighborhood and she finally brought him down, ending the bloodbath that came to be referred to by this administration as workplace violence.

Frankly, inasmuch as our military has been singularly devoted for the past few decades to fighting and dying on behalf of one set of Muslims under attack by another equally vile set, I don't see any real need to maintain a military.

The money saved could be used to pay down the national debt, but I suspect that America's favorite fun couple would prefer to spend it on White House galas and exotic vacations.

And judging by the recent election, the American voter, who might well turn out to be Time magazine's Simpleton of the Year, wouldn't have it any other way.


Howard Last in Wyoming said:

'The next thing I knew, Major Hasan was free to murder several Americans at his leisure because it had been decided that an army base, Fort Hood, would be a gun-free zone, except of course, for Muslim jihadists.' Burt, I wonder what George Patton would have thought about this? And what would have happened on 9/11 if the pilots or passengers were armed? Did you say several dead ragheads? Just proved that old Ben Franklin was correct, "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." And don't forget the shooting on the Long Island Railroad Train about 15 years ago. Only the nut case was armed. The idiot Carolyn MCarthy thinks it was a good idea no one else was armed. I would not be surprised if in Bloomberg's gun free city a camel jockey doesn't start shooting in a crowd. Well at least he is not drinking a 32 ounce soft drink. I don't think it would happen in Wyoming as citizens are ARMED. Maybe you can explain to me why gun clubs where everyone is armed has not been shot up by camel jockeys?

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Howard, LIRR shooting was extremely tragic indeed. It was likewise also racist, but you won't ever see the New Pravda Media, making note that the assailant was black and his victims were white. That was never mentioned, nor brought up in any of the papers or on TV. Had the reverse been true it would have been touted as a major hate crime. No doubt, riots would have ensued within days, as cries for "justice" rang out from the mouth of Al Sharpton.

As a side note I worked about a 2 minute walk from the LIRR Jamaica Station. It happened right at the beginning of rush hour, and I remember my train being stuck in between stations (on the main line) for about a couple of hours.

Also the reason, and ONLY reason McCarthy even got elected is because her husband was a victim. She got the sympathy vote, and now is an entrenched politico, as every election cycle she reminds people about that tragedy , and how she is tirelessly fighting to ban guns nationwide. Had her husband been allowed a CWP, or anyone else had been allowed, Colin Ferguson would have been history within a few seconds.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: I don't disagree with you, but the reason that nobody could shoot into a crowd in Wyoming is because there are no crowds in Wyoming.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Progressive kooks are building their social paradise, by brainwashing the blind sheep. Your onto something, regarding public unions-taxpayers have NO VOICE, at the "bargaining table!"Tax/spend/borrow/ and disregard tomorrow, in our nu Amerikka,USSA! The 'k' is for Karl Marx!

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Jim in Alabama said:

Why is everyone all bunched about the scorpion? It was the turtle that let him hitch a ride, wasn't it?

The Democrats are sinking us and the Republicans are providing the means.

The Elephant is Dead!

Long Live the Turtle!

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Jim in Alabama said:

Why are everyone's panties all in a wad about the scorpion?

It was the turtle that let him hitch a ride, wasn't it?

The Democrats are sinking us and the Republicans are providing the means.

We have the treacherous fighting Democratic Left standing over here and the courageous fighting Conservative Republicans standing over th...Oh my...No wait...They're not standing at all. They're dead on the floor with a knife in the back. And the amiable pacifist pseudo-conservative Republicans are standing over here drinking a cocktail and chatting with their colleagues. Wiping the last drop of blood off they mention, in passing, "You'll just be dealing with us from now on."

The Elephant is Dead!

Long Live the Turtle!

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jim, I like your attitude. Why wait for others to comment when you can do it yourself?


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA said:

" Obama vacates the White House."

Are you sure, Burt? I know a few liberals who have channeled Chrissy Matthew's tingling leg and stated "It's time to do something about that pesky 22nd Amendment."

"Hillary Clinton, who will be 69, but only 10 or 11 in dog years..."

Have you seen recent pictures of her? Dog years indeed.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Kevin: Yes, I'm sure that the 22nd Amendment will still be intact in 2016.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Recently, The Leftist have also stated several times advocation of the suspension of elections.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

JHenry in NYSS, USSA said:

It doesn't matter who the pathetic idiot republican establishment and MSM pick to run against the next demonrat, the demonrats have essentially perfected their voter fraud and vote buying system to the point that a demonrat named Hitler Ahmadinejad could handily beat a republican of unparalleled stellar reputation named George Washington. This country has ended. The USSR won, even if it was 25 years late. I'm with mac, let the little socialists marinate in their cesspool, I'm going John Galt.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

J Henry: John Galt was of course a fictional character. But with the country in the toilet, what would your going John Galt mean?

Also, it is time to stop blaming the GOP establishment when the guy you want doesn't win the primaries. Both Santorum and Gingrich had their fair shot and they couldn't close the deal. That wasn't the fault of Boehner, McConnell or anyone else you think represents the so-called establishment.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

JAC in Texas said:

I got a big kick out of the recent stories showing Romney and his family at Disneyland. The idiot Obozo supporters were all making fun of him and laughing at his clothes and the fact that he has nothing relevant to do now. Little do they know that Romney is probably laughing his ass off at them right now, because he knows he dodged a high caliber bullet that the voters fired into their own heads. He knows it's up to Obozo and his ilk to solve the problems in this country and he can sit back and relax without having to worry about it. He knows he could have done it, but with the voters staying with more of the same, and with some Republicans now throwing him under the bus, he can enjoy life and his family. More power to him.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

It has NEVER been the Left's agenda to solve any of the nations problems.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

enema: Of course not. The Left is always the problem, never the solution.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Amen, Jac.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Army Officer (Ret) in Kansas said:

Good column, Burt. But something bothers me still:

(I realize that you, Burt, are not strategizing here, so my concern is not with your column, but rather the Republicans who railed at those of us who did not see Romney as the proper antidote to Obama.)

2016? I was under the impression that the republic wouldn't last that long if we re-elected Obama.

For the record: THAT MAY WELL BE TRUE, but since so many people were so sure we could not survive another four years of the Kenyan Usurper (as I often refer to him), it seems a bit premature - and a tad unseemly - for those same Republicans to transition into "Strategies for 2016" mode even before the inauguration.

Shouldn't we be preparing for secession (or worse) rather than worrying about an election that won't happen, or won't matter even if it does?

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

I actually support secession. But, then, I would have supported it 150 years ago, too.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Army Officer (Ret) in Kansas replied:

Agreed with regard to the 1860's. I think it's possible in the future, too. It may even be inevitable, as the conditions that facilitated the emergence of ever-larger polities that began in 1648 began to be reversed in the first half of the 20th Century. If memory serves, the smallest number of sovereign states since the fall of Rome was reached around the time of WW I, although I suppose it depends on how you define "sovereign" during the age of European colonization. What is sure is that the number of polities has been growing for about a century. Shoot, the old Soviet Union is 15 countries now. Even Yugoslavia is five countries. Can the U.S. really remain united? I dunno' the answer to that.

I'm not sure it's reasonable to expect the land mass that stretches from the southern border of Mexico to the North Pole to be comprised of only three sovereignties over the long term. We may not break up over overtly tribal fracture lines like other places have, because the U.S. was founded on an ideology and nearly everyone here descended from heterogeneous and interbreeding waves of immigrants. I CAN imagine the U.S. splitting along ideological / economic lines (like last time) though. Having said that, Canada is a bit more "tribal" in that it remains part of the British Commonwealth (although the Quebecois might disagree), and Mexico is much more tribal in that it has never been anything other than a third-world cesspool.

Then again chaos breeds calls for order, and calls for order breed tyrannies. Either way, we're in for a rough ride.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

As in 1860 no politician in charge of a powerful central government wants any state to escape its clutches. Today's secessionists desire Consitutional liberty and to eradicate slavery, the modern kind in which voters elect to be slaves to a progressive, give away government that promises them a plantation life at the expense of the sweat of others. The secession movement is simply a warning shot across the bow of Obama's ship of state. The inept captain is probably just as likely to allow it to sink as he is to reply with a broadside.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

JJStryder in Realville said:

Burt: Your sarcastic cynicism about the American sheep is well placed.
We now have several generations steeped in liberalism from birth.Most Democrat voters are blind to the outrages you always so eloquently describe in your articles. They must truly believe the nanny state and all its minions are going to take care of them. So how could the sacred unions or our politically corrected military do anything dumb or dangerous? Along with you, the other 48% of us have the burden of sight.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

"Most Democrat voters are blind to the outrages..."

and confirmation direct from James Carville:

"The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running.
That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd.
Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don’t have a clue as to political reality."

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Kevin: It just goes to prove that a Democrat can tell the truth if you get him drunk enough.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

+1, Burt.

Some can, even Gregory at times when he admitted that Republicans will do better with upwardly mobile minorities, something the Democrats don't want, when he stated on this site:

You (Conservatives/Republicans) need enthusiastic Hispanics and African Americans and a thriving middle class.
Gregory in Yakima
Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:39 PM

JAC in Texas replied:

Kevin: As they say, even a broken clock is correct twice a day, and even a blind pig will sometimes find a truffle.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

And if that Democrat pig does find the truffle it will get Carville's cattle prod up it's ......... Got to keep them on the welfare plantation.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

JJ: In the Valley of the Blind, it's said that the one-eyed man is king. But, unfortunately, in a republic, the blind rule.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, you got that backasswards. In a democracy the blind rule. We are a Constitutional Republic (see Article 4, Section 4). Unfortunately the democraps and too many so called Republicans, especially the big shots (you still can't call them leaders), want a democracy so they can keep their positions and control the citizens. When will the big shots grow a pair and come flat out and say Barry is not a Natural Born Citizen as the Constitution requires? They realize it but are afraid to say it as the truth hurts and they may lose votes. Didn't they lose without saying it? I see a Civil War coming. (The 1861 - 1865 event was not a civil war as the Southern States only wanted to leave and did not want to control the Federal Government.) The big question is what will the military do. My guess the higher officers will go one way as they are basically political appointees and the troops the other way.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

"America's favorite fun couple"..... you break me up Burt!

By the way, still no discussion in the media about the Camp Bastion attack
in Afghanistan two days after Benghazi....

Benghazi covered-up. Camp Bastion ignored.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dr. Timms: Well, one thing you have to credit the media with is consistency.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Jake in Carlsbad, CA said:


Your take on unions, both in the private and public sector, is right on. Unions have done nothing in recent decades, but to lower productivity in both the private and public sectors. I negotiated with unions in California for eleven years that represented teaching and non-teaching employees. During that time, and the years since, the quality of education has decreased and continues to do so in spite of increased salaries and lower class sizes. Someone has to explain why students in public school classes of twenty students are not able to achieve at the same rate and with the success as students in classes of 60 to 70 students taught by nuns in Catholic schools 50 years ago. My opinion is that with the increased union power and influence, productivity and decreased in direct proportion. One can put big unions and big government in the same bushel basket when it comes to the negative impact they have on our society.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jake: Even forgetting the nuns for a minute, I never attended a public school class that had fewer than 30 students. But, as you say, that was 50 or 60 years ago. Most of today's school teachers would have lowered the curve in the math, English and science, classes I had back then.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Bob in El Paso, TX replied:

What is it they say? 100% of students in teacher ed. programs come from the bottom 50% of their high school classes.

Back in my college days, the Psych. department was part of the College of Education, so I saw a *lot* of the shenanigans of the Ed. department, including - and I kid you not - a Senior/Graduate course titled "Advanced Bulletin Board". Y'gotta wonder, no?

Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM

WTD in AZ said:

The worst part, Burt, is that when we hit the bottom of the downward spiral, those that brought it on will be one big OWS rally blaming Bush, and bankers. They won't have the slightest clue their unreasonable demands brought it on.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: You're right of course. But dumb people don't suddenly get smart when tragedy occurs, they just get hurt.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Burt, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I always look forward to your commentary.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Thank you, Old Sarge, for the kind words.

Best, Burt

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Holmes Simons in Tampa said:

Burt, neither of us will ever understand the thoughts that provoke morons into action. We shall never be rich. We shall never conceive of a "Pet Rock" or those stupid "Beanie Babies" that so-called Democrats snap up with their hard-earned welfare stipend.

The recent election proved only one thing: Male Republican politicians have followed the lead of their Democrat buddies in taking advantage of the excellent Congressional health plan to pay for their elective transgender surgeries. Check out the chests of Steny Hoyer and Gen. Petraeus.

The only pols bringing the balls to the political playground are women. Hillary, Moobelle, and JNap can barely walk now. They waddle....just like the fat women who rule the roost in Section 8 housing as they take their EBT cards to Walmart to spend the extra bucks that Goober gave them for Thanksgiving. The 2016 payoff has already begun. Can't wait for the Obamaphone upgrade from Apple.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Holmes: Just for the record, many eons ago, when I was writing a humor column for the L.A. Times, I suggested that people might like the ideo of having rocks for pets. I pointed out that the owners wouldn't have to feed them, walk them or pay for their shots. Some months later, Pet Rocks appeared on the market. I never heard from the guy who marketed them and he never heard from me. I didn't think he owed me a dime because it would never have occurred to me to sell the darn things. I simply marveled at his smarts while simultaneously wondering who the idiots were who were making him a very wealthy man. In retrospect, I have to suspect he was a conservative and his customers were liberals.


Friday, November 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Holmes Simons in Tampa replied:

Burt, the closest I ever came to your unrealized retail brilliance was "Rock on!" Brain death came early to my house. Perhaps a singing "Jack Beanie" is in our future. Too bad Christmas shopping ends tomorrow. Maybe next year, if we survive.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Holmes: It may be time to bring back Pet Rocks. Perhaps we'll rename it Rock Pets.


Friday, November 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt; me thinks you have become to serious and need a good laugh. When my daughter was in high school in the Peoples Republik of NYS, I started a rifle team in her high school, Great Neck South. At one of the school board meetings a total loon stood up and said the school district should not have a rifle team because the students will become hunters and kill birds, animals and "clay pigeons". I had two cases of clay pigeons in the garage that for over a year I did not feed or give any water to and they did fine.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

Reminds me of a story Howard:

Parent: What things are you going to teach these young boys?

NRA Instructor: We're going to teach them shooting.

Parent: Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

NRA Instructor: I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

Parent: Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

NRA Instructor: I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

Parent: But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

NRA Instructor: Well, Sir you're equipped to be a gigolo, but you're not one, are you?

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Kevin, I heard the same story. But it was an English Women TV reporter. Supposedly it is true.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

I heard the same.

Friday, November 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM