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Surprise! Surprise!

By Burt Prelutsky · Dec. 22, 2012

In the old days, I don’t recall a lot of things surprising me. I’m not saying I could predict Kentucky Derby winners, but I don’t remember saying things like “Who would have guessed?” or “Imagine that!” or even “I never saw that coming.” Now that I’m an old guy, hardly a day goes by that I’m not surprised by something. And rarely, I hasten to add, in a good way.

I’m not just referring to Obama’s re-election, either, although that certainly knocked me for a loop. In spite of the pollsters predicting his victory, I refused to accept their conclusions. It seemed to me those guys weren’t reading tea leaves; they were smoking them.

To this day, I’m still asking myself what happened. In fact, if someone had assured me that Obama was going to receive some ten million fewer votes than he had scored in 2008, I not only would have been convinced that Romney was going to win, but that it would be a landslide. But who would have guessed that Romney would receive two million fewer votes than John McCain, who ran a campaign that reminded most people of the one waged by Michael (“Hey look at me, I’m sitting in a tank and looking like a major doofus”) Dukakis?

In the aftermath, a lot of people have suggested things that Romney could have done differently. But that’s typical of those folks known as Monday morning quarterbacks; you know, the guys who put on the team jersey and hoist a few brewskies, but who are never intercepted or sacked because they never leave the Barcalounger.

In my opinion, Romney ran a perfectly fine campaign. The fact that he did worse than McCain, even after Obama spent four years destroying the economy, gutting the military, antagonizing our allies and emboldening our enemies, has convinced me that the two main reasons he lost were because a large number of Republicans are religious bigots who couldn’t get past his Mormonism in spite of his getting endorsements from Mike Huckabee and Billy Graham, and because more Republicans than we’d like to believe are among the 15 million additional recipients of Obama’s food stamps.

Something else that surprises me is that at this late date, abortions continue to be an issue. The other day I found myself wondering how we can possibly expect our young people to actually learn math, science, English and civics, when after all the sex education classes that seemingly begin in kindergarten, they’re still knocking each other up.

I mean, with all the birth control pills and devices readily available for the sole purpose of preventing pregnancy, how is it that Planned Parenthood, all by its lonesome, performs over 300,000 abortions a year? And even that is only the tip of the bloody iceberg. Since 1973, it’s estimated that at least 50 million have been performed in this country. For the mathematically-challenged, that works out to roughly 1.3 million a year. Speaking of which, it’s no surprise that American kids score so badly on standardized math tests when they can’t add, subtract or do long division. It seems the only thing they can do is multiply, but they’d rather not.

One of the results of the presidential election that didn’t surprise me is that young voters, whether white, black, Hispanic or Asian, went overwhelmingly for Obama. And why wouldn’t they? For one thing, they think he’s cool. That means he panders to them, gives them free stuff and gives every sign that he dislikes working every bit as much as they do. Instead of sticking to the boring business of governing, he plays a lot of golf, likes to party and goofs around with celebrities every chance he gets.

The only thing about America’s youth that surprises me is that their thumbs still appear to be normal-sized. When you see how much texting they do, you’d think their thumbs by now would be the size of their biceps. As it is, this perpetual activity shows itself in other ways. One, they are unable to decipher any message that runs to more than 140 characters; two, they believe that “4” is how you spell “for.”

I’m not yet ready to make any New Year’s resolutions, however I am willing to predict that in 2013, Fox will expand Bill O'Reilly’s show to two hours. That’s in order to allow Bill sufficient time to sell his books; promote his appearances with Dennis Miller; peddle Factor gear; read letters from people wanting to ensure that their letters get read on TV by raving about “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy;” and still leave a few minutes for shmendriks like Juan Williams, Geraldo Rivera and Alan Colmes, to remind us how dumb liberals can be when they really put their minds to it.


TruthInAction in TX said:

Yes, you got it right! Most USA citizens (including politicians and "beloved" bureaucrats) are NO LONGER high-information, bible-thumping, gun-clinging, liberty-loving, hard-core Constitutionalists (Yes, INCLUDING the Bill of Rights and Other Amendments, oh, please, don't make more of that comment), and are wusses, too. You nailed it.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 5:35 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Thanks, Truth.


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM

septuagenarian in Canada said:

Burt...loved your comments about O'Reilly! I started flipping the channel long ago when he gets to the last 10 minutes of his program, but lately he has been inserting comments about his books and show tours throughout his program. Now I only check in for the first 10 minutes...unless he has an early announcement that Megyn Kelly will be on the show. She has a 2 hour show that's worth watching. Not sure if I could stand 2 hours of the obnoxious O!

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Carol: My secret is that I record everything I watch on TV. That way, I can fast-forward through commercials. But when it comes to O'Reilly, it also allows me to fast-forward through segments featuring Alan Colmes, Bob Beckel, Geraldo Rivera, Juan Williams and his pitch for his books, Factor gear and appearances with Dennis Miller. Sometimes I get through the entire hour in 10 or 12 minutes.


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Adrien Nash in Crescent City replied:

Your O'Reilly recording practice is definitely the best way to get through his multiple inane segments, not to mention his obnoxious "fair & balanced" segments with the in-house socialists. But he will never increase his air-time because that would increase his work-load and he simply isn't informed enough about current events to be able to fill more air time.

Me thinks he's too busy with his book writing and researching, and relies on his producers to set up the whole program for him so all he has to do is waltz in and do his "shtick", which is definitely in a very set pattern. I mean, how flexible is a guy who still admonishes those who write to him to not be such-and-such. It's been well over a decade and it's never dawned on him that he could also admonish people that when writing to him they *should* be such-and-such, -switching to positive words instead of a steady diet of inane descriptive negative adjectives. It's like all the positive words that describe how one should address their comments do not even exist. Someone who can't grasp something that simple isn't going to have the imagination to do two hours a day. He would have to first reinvent who he is, and that isn't going to happen because he is too successful being who he is already.

Aside from that imaginative prediction, I agree with everything else and might add that the more one becomes aware of what the Constitution says and means, the more one is likely to be surprised at just about everything that the clowns in Washington do on a daily basis. They pass almost nothing which doesn't elicit a reaction of "where is that justified in the Constitution?"

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 4:14 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Wouldn't it be nice if we had a few Republicans who would do exactly what Mac stated? Hold Odumbo's feet to the fire and keep pounding him about all the screwups committed during his first term. Instead, they start out talking a good game and then roll over and play dead. Their holding hearings on Benghazi but in the end it will simply go away like everything else that has happened since Odumbo took office. Bunch of gutless wonders who are more concerned about getting reelected than doing what is right.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Old Sarge: Term limits sure would help.


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Burt, as you know, I wasn't "surprised" that Obama won. Nor was I surprised when Romney lost. I'm with Mac, I thought he ran a terrible campaign. Well, his handlers did, anyway. What can you expect from someone leading the party named Reince Preibus? The Republican Party no longer knows who it it focused around Boehner and the establishment, or is it the Party of the Tea? At the moment, it appears to be the party of the lost.

As regards the blowhard O'Reilly, his ego is so far out in front of him, he'll never catch up with it. He's an absolute waste of time.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Mac & Tex, a few days before the election I heard Romney say Barry is a communist, where is the birth certificate, where are the college transcripts, the czars are unconstitutional, the federal reserve board must be abolished, we must get out of the UN, we should let the ragheads in the Mideast kill each other. I then woke up and did not know if I should curse or cry.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: If Romney had said most of those things, he would have lost votes, not gained them. He didn't get fewer votes than McCain because he didn't call Obama a Commie, but because a lot of Republicans are religious bigots who refused to vote for a Mormon and a certain number are among the 15 million chiselers to whom Obama has begun providing food stamps.


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, most times I agree with you, but we differ on this. If Romney said these things he would of picked up the conservatives (think Tea Party) that could not touch the screen while holding their nose with both hands. The great unwashed would not vote for him in any case. You do not get votes by making nice with the morons.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tex: I do know that you were right about the election. I agree that nobody named Reince Priebus should run anything. Long ago, I learned to spell Ahmadinejad, but I don't think I will ever master Mr. GOP's name. As for O'Reilly, I have long said that my TV set only has a 27-inch screen, which isn't nearly large enough to accommodate Bill's ego.


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX said:

Burt, you forgot that Obama loves vacations. He left the mess that is Washington, DC - 40° with high winds and enormous deficits, and he just arrived in Hawaii, where it's 73° before dawn and there are no problems.
As a postscript, the comments on your column are far above the dreck ("drek," if you wish) that Alexander gets - and seems to relish.
Happy Hanukkah. Thanks for the ugly TRVTH. Hope it will one day set us free.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

David: To be fair, most people enjoy vacations. I happen to be the exception. But I only wish Obama would take more of them. In fact, I'd like to see him take the next four years off to work on his golf game.

I don't read anyone else's letters, but I am generally pretty impressed with the ones my articles garner.


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

Bush 1 & 2 were a hell of a lot more considerate of the people who not only worked for them but protected them by taking their Christmas breaks at Camp David. This allowed everyone to spend some time with their families. Save the country a lot of money also.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:22 PM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX said:

Burt, if the Patriot Post were a TeeVee show, the last forty-five minutes of the hour would be dedicated to sales pitches. Sorry to be the Grinch.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

David: I don't get it. What sales pitches are you referring to? Even to see what books they're selling, such as my "67 Conservatives You Should Meet Before You Die," you have to pay a special visit to the Patriot store.


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

L.L. Smith in Savannah, Tn. said:

Burt: This country is so messed up that it reminds me of the boxer who was about to lose his life in the first round. His manager told him that he was doing just fine that the other fighter hadn't touched him. The fighter replied that he had better watch the referee because someone was about to beat him to death.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

L.L.: That must have been how Mitt Romney felt when the moderators kept siding with Obama.


Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Murph in Berkeley, CA said:

Mr P, I hate to be a one-trick pony, but the 2012 votes keep coming in. I just checked, and Google's vote tracker showed Mr Romney's current count to be just a bit shy of a million votes more than Senator McCain's official 2008 total. It's really true.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Jim D in AL replied:

Murphy, Still convinced the only issue is fraud. Couldn't find a link?

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Murph in Berkeley, CA replied:

When I'm in an optimistic turn of mind, I think of the Kultursmog. At those times, I have to believe that if news media plus movies and TV and the like were more reflective of the values of the American people, the more conservative party would pick up 15 or 20 points per election. Lately, though, my faith in our collective conservatism has been shaken.

Still, I don't rule out fraud. Seems the left knows itself to be sufficiently pure of heart that their ends justify any and all means. I don't have data on fraud, but I too would like to see some.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Murph: At this rate, Romney should pull ahead of Obama by mid-April.


Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Murph in Berkeley, CA replied:

I'll keep a good thought, but only the 2008 vote count is official and therefore static. Since election night 2012, Governor Romney has picked up a good bit more than 3 million votes, but President Obama has gained more than 5 million. The president's margin is widening, not narrowing.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Jim D in AL said:

Things my brain doesn't compute

1 - The RNC leaving Allan West hung out to dry. It was screaming obvious the vote there was a criminal hoax, and there alone could the fraud question have been opened, without the toxic media getting a free pass to call it racism. A reversal there could have led to a snowballing of investigations. Fraud WAS RAMPANT in this election!

2 - The ejection of poll watchers in the Phillie voting precincts that later yielded 100% Obama votes.

3 - The Ohio precincts that yielde 100% Obama votes.

4 - The hundreds of millions that Obama plainly and openly raised from foreign sources.

5 - The scandal of the supressed Military Vote.

6 - The ability of the Dems to slander an decent honest man as a felon an d a murderer, while the Repubs can't call a criminal subversive communist Jihadi sympathizer anything but "mistaken".

Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia replied:

Worse than that Jim, is that it was the GOP controlled Florida Legislature that gerrymandered Allen West out of his district and made him run in a strongly Democrat one. Then at the convention the Romney crowd decided to keep all the Tea Party folks off the podium and in the background. Very disappointing.

I stopped sending money directly to the GOP a long time ago. I send it directly to candidates that I know are conservative. We just need more of them!

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jim: There's no question that the Republicans have no idea how to play hardball, but it's also true that when the Democrats have the mass media behind them, it's next to impossible to force the issue. That's why I keep urging wealthy conservatives to start buying up papers, magazines and TV stations.

As for Obama receiving 100% of the vote in certain districts, why should anyone question it? He received about 96% of the black vote, so why would anyone doubt that in certain places he would pull all their votes?


Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

As you see by my location I am a Nevadan. Time was, the majority of the state was Mormon. Not anymore, we have been Californicated and this, plus the number of people in gimme programs, added up to Romneys defeat. The unemployment rate is abysmal still in LV but the empty-headed young people decided that freebies will survive when the USA economy completely fails. Unions have outlived their usefulness and now exist soley to get democraps elected. Nothing surprises me but there is plenty to dicourage and depress me.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

ODR: Ditto.


Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

Rat, unions have ALWAYS existed to get Democrats elected. If they ran the Boy Scouts there would be merit badges for stealing the troop's funds, strong arming your fellow scouts, and buying votes to get a union scout to lead the organization.

Monday, December 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Solely....I can spell I just can't type.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

I know how that is. That's why I didn't point out "dicourage."


Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

Thank you for another great commentary, Burt, & I truly appreciated your last paragraph about the smarmy Bill O'reilly's self-gratutious program with his liberal hack buddies Colmes, Rivera, & Williams. As difficult as I find it to believe his own oft-proclaimed popularity, it seems to be typical of the current Alice in wonderland era we live with today in America.

Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:37 AM