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The Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue Movement

By Burt Prelutsky · Dec. 8, 2012

Some people were surprised that in their desperation to recover from some of the damage that Romney inflicted on Obama during the Denver debate, the Democrats sprang to the defense of Big Bird. Frankly, I saw it coming as soon as Romney told Jim Lehrer that as much as he liked Big Bird and Lehrer himself, he saw no good reason for the American taxpayer to subsidize Public Broadcasting.

It figured that when recent events in the Middle East confirmed that Obama's foreign policy is every bit as awful as his fiscal policy, the Great Pretender was going to throw up some silly smokescreen. One time, it was Sandra Fluke and her birth control pills. The next time, it was accusing Romney of being the Grim Reaper where cancer victims are concerned. It stood to reason that David Axelrod would send his hand puppet off to defend the world's tallest Muppet.

What Obama and his liberal enablers refused to explain is why an outfit as rich as PBS requires a federal subsidy, financed with money borrowed from China. To suggest that PBS is any more educational than the Discovery channel or the History channel or Turner Classic Movies, for that matter, is absurd. The only thing that makes PBS stand out from the crowd is that it is as liberally biased as David Letterman and Joy Behar.

If PBS is so absolutely essential to American culture, I say let the same goofballs who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to Obama's re-election campaign send their checks to Big Bird, c/o Sesame Street. He can then further feather his extremely plush nest, proving once again that fowls and their money will soon be parted.

What Team Obama didn't wish to discuss is why they denied additional security to the American consulate in Libya when Ambassador Stevens and others begged for protection leading up to 9/11, and why this administration then spent the weeks after the terrorist attack left the consulate in flames, the ambassador sodomized and murdered, and the al-Qaeda flag flying from the smoldering ruins, lying to the American people.

What is particularly revolting about what occurred in Benghazi is that nobody was actually surprised that the jihadists staged the attack on 9/11. What's more, it could have been easily averted. If Mrs. Obama had decided to take one of her countless vacations in Libya, instead of in Spain, Manhattan or Martha's Vineyard, and thrown a celebrity bash at the consulate, I can assure you that the Muslim thugs would never have breached security.

For that matter, is there any question that if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been in the neighborhood, the mob would not have gotten within a mile of Ambassador Stevens and his three colleagues?

They tell you that America isn't a monarchy, but don't you believe it.

For that matter, they also tell you that America is a democracy or, depending on the time of day, that it's a republic. But in either case, the voice of the majority is supposed to be the trump card. However, that didn't prevent judges from overturning photo ID laws, although the overwhelming majority of Americans are in favor of anything that prevents voter fraud from corrupting our elections.

Not too long ago, one judge threw out parts of Arizona's immigration law and another over-ruled Wisconsin's legislation involving the negotiating rights of public sector unions. Over the past few decades, judges here in California have over-ruled honest elections involving capital punishment, illegal aliens and same-sex marriages.

When judges decide whether something is legitimate not on the basis of the Constitution, but merely on whether it squares with their personal bias, the ultimate victim is respect for the law.

When I and so many other people objected to Obama's placing people like Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court, it wasn't because we think a woman's place is in the home and not on the bench, but because during their hearings, they said they would be wonderful additions to the Court because of such things as their race, their gender and their overriding concern for social justice.

The significance of Lady Justice being blindfolded is because justice is supposed to be race, class and gender, neutral. And as I have written elsewhere, once you start augmenting justice with adjectives such as “social,” you destroy the very thing that made America exceptional. It means that you believe that there should be one sort of “justice” for whites and another for blacks, one sort for the poor and another for the rich, one sort for men and another for women or the sexually bewildered.

Finally, this just in: In news that has stunned the nation's capital, Barack Obama today announced that the psychiatric staff at Bethesda has determined, to nobody's surprise, that Joe Biden is suffering from advanced dementia and is therefore unfit to be carry out his duties as Vice President. The surprise came when he named Mr. Biden's replacement: Big Bird.

In a prepared statement, Mr. Obama said, “My advisors think I'm nuts, but I've been hearing from millions of my fellow Americans. The folks are telling me they want the Bird, and I'm just the guy to give it to 'em.”


Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

I would be laughing if this weren't so close to the truth. He wants to give us the bird, alright, but not the particular one your column mentions. I'm too big to cry so I guess I will laugh and try to survive 4 years so I can vote again.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Old Desert Rat: We will all try to survive the next four years. The irony is that those who will have the hardest time of it are the slugs who voted to re-elect Obama. The golden goose will be cooked, the gravy train will be derailed, and those who assume others will always be able to pay the freight will be in for a rude awakening when the economy finally tanks for all of us.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:


As we have already seen the train is starting to derail. Jobs are either be lost or drastically reduced in hours/worker. Additionally as the cost of living begins to soar into the stratosphere, look for the advocates of the downtrodden victims to call for more financial aid to those whose lives are so miserable with O-Phones, designer clothes, and food stamps. I mean to say it would only be "fair" that they be able to keep up with the working, I mean to say slave/working class. However, I do believe that there will be nothing left to give, they'll have beat that horse to death.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Doktor: I'm afraid your crystal ball is working on all cylinders, same as mine.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Tony in Texas replied:

Burt, thank you for what you bring to our cause.
4Years might not matter guys, we will be out numbered. Our founders warned us this could happen if all we did was spending 30 minutes going to vote every 4 years.
It's going to hurt but give it up, it's gone. Start over and get it right this time.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh replied:

I doubt whether our votes matter much now. It is as Joe Stalin said and proved -- it doesn't matter who votes, it's who counts the votes that matter. When confidence in the vote is lost, so is the republic. And Burt has just mentioned we now live in a monarchy, not a republic. Quite right.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

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Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

enema: You better copyright that baby before someone swipes it out from under you.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Jonesy in Wa replied:

I agree with Burt. You should get copyrights. Brilliant!

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Neo-marx reprobates operate outside of the NORMAL circle. The Occupy crowd is overflowing with dark/cold hearts; anti-fossil fuels, anti-wall streeters, bums, pagans, wiseguys, wisegals, drifters, losers, wannabes,carpet baggers, moochers, panhandlers, layabouts, louses, leftists, sluggards, sloths, sex offenders, Marxists, chaos sekkers, Socialists, and klass klowns.Chistmas is an opportunity to accept J.C. as your Lord and Savior! The King is coming to Bethlehem. Wise men are journeying great distances to see THE ONE Isaiah foretold 500 years, prior.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA said:

Burt: You're right on about how Liberals view "qualifications" for office. Even Kagen admitted had she not been a women she, in all likelihood, wolud not have been appointed.

NOW is demanding that half of Obama's Cabinet be based on the sole "qualification" of being female.

Liberals: No need for any real qualifications as long as you fit in an approved identity cubby-hole. Conservatives, hetro-sexuals and white males need not apply.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Kevin: I've seen some of the members of NOW and I'd need to have their chromosomes tested and verified before I'll believe they're females. Which is also how I happen to feel about Obama's Cabinet members Napolitano, Sebilius and Clinton.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

"What Team Obama didn't wish to discuss is why they denied additional security to the American consulate in Libya when Ambassador Stevens and others begged for protection..."


One of the latest spin on this is to blame Republicans for not voting to fund additional security. However, I believe I read here, on this very site, perhaps one of your own articles. That original request had been around a 100 mil, but the poor leftists had to settle for a paltry 90 mil instead. As we all know anytime the left doesn't get to spend the whole enchalda, they call it a spending cut. What bugs me, is exactly how was the 90 mil spent? Surely part of that could have been to beef up security at all embassies in the Arab world. But I guess that extra 10 mil, was supposed to go to that one, and since they didn't get it,,,well, the couldn't spend the rest of monies on it. As for First Moocher (aka Michel-O), one less vacation on the taxpayers dime would have funded the security well enough.

Such are my dos centavos....which is probably what they really did spend on added security......

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Doktor: Hey, instead of grousing about the money they didn't spend to beef up security in Benghazi, we should just be grateful that Obama finally found something for which he didn't blame George Bush.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Burt, Our baby liberal is back with his childish rants. Apparently, he didn't have time to change his diaper and the rash is causing him to make absurd statements as usual.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Old Sarge: Yes, I noticed it was back. But perhaps if we turn off the lights, it'll give up and go away.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

Good point Burt

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Gregory in Yakima Wa. said:

As usual Burt wanders the desert conflating and misunderstanding every cause and effect. Burt's essays would say more if he said less with greater credibility.

You can't have it both ways Burt. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights exist to protect the minority from the majority because the founders didn't trust direct democracy. To claim that judges have overstepped their authority in favor of personal bias because you disagree is silly.

The rulings that reversed bans on same sex marriage is proof that our Constitution and Bill of Rights are still working as designed. Your thinking would restore segregation and cancel all progress made in civil rights.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh replied:

To the Yak from Yakima __!__ My version of the middle finger salute.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:46 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

I repeat, .

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

Censored? already!

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

enema: Just so you and everyone else understands, I don't have anything to do with what is posted or not posted here, aside from my own comments.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

I know Burt. Seems the < or the > punctuation cannot be the 1st character typed or something like that, or PP has censored ,or Google- which is my ISP indirectly, or the NSA. So my middle finger is useless by itself?

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico replied:

Sigh!! Gregory, you just refuse to listen and learn, in order to properly understand the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As I have mentioned before, these documents exist in order to protect the citizens from the Government. What protects the minority from the tyranny of the majority is the foundation of this nation as a Republic, rather than as a Democracy; the founders knew well that Democracies are, in effect, mob rule. They created a Republic to assure that this is a nation of Laws, wherein the Law is superior to everyone from the highest to the lowest in status. This, by the way, includes Obama. I realize that you do not like this; but it is true none-the-less. To the great misfortune of every citizen, including you, leftists have illegally usurped the Rule of Law, and replaced it with the rule of the Obama. Do not be surprised when this comes back to bite you, as it surely will.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:

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Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Richard J. Abbate of CT in Cheshire, CT said:

I'm glad to see that we are finally learning our lesson and beginning to IGNORE greg the yak!! Middle finger indeed! ,,I,,

As we watch our once proud republic, which Franklin so prophetically proclaimed at risk from day one, slip quietly away. While the public largely sleeps off the draught of the poison that we have been sipping on these past fifty odd years (very odd in some cases!!) . During the interregnum between Obama I and Obama II, those of us who never fell asleep, or woke up too soon, can only wonder if there remains any hope of resurrection and a life after social justice!?!?!?

Burt, your own bewilderment shines through in these essays of yours since D-Election Day. What can we cling to? What is there to give us hope that this debacle can ever be overturned, repulsed, or surmounted? Where do we turn, except to our own feeble, individual efforts, to have any inspiration to rise again? As a Christian, I turn to my Lord and Savior and pray for guidance. As a Jew, where do you turn? Enlighten us, for the roots of our christian belief lie in the fertile foundation of your faith. What does your heritage offer to us that would strengthen our resolve? And what supplications can they offer, whose faith of whatever stripe, is shaky or dim. In what can we together place our firm belief, that this too shall pass?

Must mankind endure another Dark Age, before the bright illumination that sparked this noble and Divine experiment called America, once again kindles?

I fear the days, weeks, months and years ahead. More so for my children and grand-children, than simply for myself. I have lived a good and reasonably long life, and early on lived through the best that America had to offer. But I live in fear now.
Yes, you lost the bet, but what do we bet on now?

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Tony in Texas replied:

Richard, one day at a time I guess. I'm going to start supporting only people and business that share our cause ( chick-fila), not government motors (GM).
Just have a peace of mind that it will crumble down and we can pick up the pieces, but make no mistake it will come down.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

RJA: In the past, I would have placed my faith in Americans to rise and overcome, but after the recent election, I realize I can no longer do that. Now I can only hope that the pendulum will begin to swing while I'm still alive, but having been burned once, I'm not placing any bets.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri replied:

Burt, don`t feel too bad about the fact that you bet on Romney. I didn`t place any bets, but I did assure my gloom and doom friends that Romney was going to win. I`m still in somewhat of a stage of shock over the whole debacle. Since I am nearing the grand old age of 80, I doubt things will turn for the better in my lifetime. I can only hope that my kids and grand kids will have the same opportunities I had. My main concern for myself and my wife is the specter of inflation. It begins to look as if me and my siblings should not have sold the family farm.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Richard: Inflation is more than a specter. Thanks to Obama, Geithner and the Federal Reserve, we're drowning in worthless money. As for your kids and grandkids, unless they're in the tiny minority of young people who voted for Romney, they deserve what they get.


Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

BJ in St. Cloud, MN said:

" the ambassador sodomized" ??? Are you serious Burt? That really happened?
You are 100% right that if any of the obama suckaphants had been in Benghazi they'd have been protected. Maybe even carried on the shoulders of the terrorists since billary and the bamster clones are their heroes.
Besides they like the sodomy part.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

BJ: I had heard that Ambassador Stevens had been sodomized. Rape and sodomy seem to be commonplace among these barbarians, so I have no reason to doubt it.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

WTD in AZ said:

"their overriding concern for social justice" If the whole Court's overriding concern was for the sanctity of the Constitution, Obummer's house of regulatory cards would come tumbling down.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: FDR started out with just such a Court. But with 12 years in the White House, he finally managed to outlast them and stuff the Court with his groupies, just as Obama is likely to do before he's done.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, unless the Republican Leadership (still an oxymoron) grow a pair and just filibuster his nominations. When the democraps do it is fine, but for the Republicans that is terrible. Does anyone remember Benedict Dole saying we have to approve kommandant klintons pick of Ginsburg because he was elected? The vote for her was better than 90 senators. I did not know there were that many RINO's in the senate. The only senator that actually held on principal was that crazy guy (at least that is what the leadership thought of him) Jesse Helms. And before anyone jumps on me for comparing Dole to Arnold, they were both war heroes (battle of Saratoga and defense of West Point) and wounded in battle. Both of their wives were jealous that they did not advance further. Remember Dole ran for POTUS.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

Burt, Thanks for another brilliant commentary........& for the Biden humor piece, although it really COULD be true (couldn't it??).
The wife & I have just arrived at our little hideaway home in Mexico & are now seriously condsidering Just staying down here until our Presidential Imposter is impeached or leaves office,....along with his entire D.C. entourage. It has been breaking our hearts too badly to remain living in the U.S & watching it being destroyed as we live there.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jim: I wouldn't regard Mexico as a sanctuary, but I'll assume you know what you're doing. Vaya con Dios.


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

"To suggest that PBS is any more educational than the Discovery channel or the History channel or Turner Classic Movies, for that matter, is absurd."

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM