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Enlisting in the War on Liberalism

By Burt Prelutsky · Feb. 2, 2013

Even back in the 1960s when I was in my 20s and a registered Democrat, I refused to call myself a liberal. To me, liberals were those of my fellow collegians who dodged the draft and pretended it was character and not cowardice that sent them north to Canada or those others who evaded service through deferments and medical fraud, but got to display their moral superiority by spitting on returning veterans.

Even that long ago, I couldn't quite decide if it was their lack of spine or their hypocrisy that I found more reprehensible.

On top of everything else, it didn't help that I hated their music, their movies, their fads, their lack of personal hygiene and their infantile slogans.

It never occurred to me that 50 years later, they and their goofy offspring would be America's school teachers, professors, journalists, judges, union leaders and politicians, and that they'd still be mucking up the works.

On CNN, on New Year's Eve, viewers got to watch Kathy Griffin ring in 2013 by repeatedly kissing Anderson Cooper's crotch. Lest anyone think that Mr. Cooper was the innocent victim of a desperate aging comedienne, a few days later, he invited her to appear on his own show.

One of the things I hate the most about comics who depend on shock, as opposed to wit, be they Kathy Griffin or Lenny Bruce, isn't that they're simply not funny, but that if you suggest that they'd be well-advised to pursue vocational guidance, they and their slavish fans get to accuse you of prudery. And in our dippy world, it is often far less damaging to one's reputation to be a known drug addict or pederast than to be called a square.

But anyone who thinks it's funny to watch a woman in her 50s pretending to be engaging in oral sex with a gay man on television is the sort of knucklehead who probably relishes every second of the annual 24-hour retrospective devoted to the artistry of The Three Stooges.

I assume that if CNN's ringing in of the New Year got large ratings anywhere, it was probably in San Francisco. That's the place where the City Council only recently got around to banning public nudity, and did so based on the singular grounds that it wasn't sanitary. Only in the modern Sodom would walking around without covering your anus and your genitals be equated with coughing without covering your mouth.

In the run-up to the Fiscal Cliff vote, Harry Reid accused John Boehner of running the House like a dictator. Kathy Griffin should pay heed because that's the sort of material that most normal people think is hilarious. Imagine, the man who has spent four years refusing to allow his 99 colleagues to vote on a federal budget has the unmitigated gall to accuse the Speaker of the House of being high-handed. When it comes to pots calling kettles names, we haven't seen anything like it since Hitler told Mussolini to lighten up.

Obama has vowed to make gun control a major part of his 2013 agenda. In fact, he promises to get to it just as soon as he shortens the length of fairways through presidential fiat.

I, myself, would suggest that colleges begin conducting classes in hypocrisy, starting with people who never show their faces in public without being protected by several heavily-armed men insisting that the rest of us not be trusted anywhere near guns. If attacking the Second Amendment was punishable in a court of law, every limousine liberal from Dianne Feinstein and Michael Bloomberg to Jamie Foxx and Sarah Jessica Parker, would be found guilty of overkill in the first degree.

Left-wingers are quick to blame guns, gun manufacturers and gun sellers, whenever a loony tune goes berserk and shoots up a mall, a school or a movie theater, but when a guy like William Spengler, after bludgeoning his grandmother to death, is free to murder two firemen 30 years down the road, I don't ever hear them condemning those lawyers, judges and parole boards, who played a role in getting him released from prison. Is it possible the reason might be that lawyers, judges and members of parole boards, are, more often than not, liberals like themselves?

Until reading Bernie Goldberg's column on the subject, I had been unaware that Al Gore and his business partners not only refused to sell their failing TV network, Current, to Glenn Beck, but then turned around and sold it to Al Jazeera, the Arab TV network owned by the government of Qatar. Not only does the deal make one question Gore's bona fides as a dedicated foe of carbon emissions, but it shows that in his heart he holds oil sheiks in higher regard than American conservatives.

Still, it turns out that there was one line in the oil-soaked sand that Gore refused to cross. He absolutely insisted that the deal be consummated prior to taxes rising from 36% to 39.6% on the top two percent of wealthy Americans.

But is anyone terribly surprised that when the world's biggest gasbag insisted that it was imperative that taxes be raised on the stinking swine that had the effrontery to be rich, he meant all the pigs in the sty except those who happened to be named Al Gore?


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Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

Another bullseye Burt
I spent my teens in Southern California surrounded by those budding progressive liberals. A stint in the Army 71-73 82nd Abn and a move after to Oregon before it was Califoricated saved me from a fate worse than death. I moved to WA to escape State income taxes but the liberals here keep trying for more of our dough, liberty and rights. Blah Blah Blah

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Anton: Here is California, the natives are as wacky as the politicians; they actually voted of their own volition to raise state income taxes, which were already among the highest in the nation.

See, that's two in a row of your comments I've commented on. Now don't you feel silly accusing me of ignoring you?!


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:27 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

I hate Fridays, I know you have to observe the Sabbath but I miss your column. Practically, have withdrawal symptoms.....I always thought you were a lot smarter than me, but I was never a registered Democrat!! Oh well, nobody's perfect. I know the pendulum will swing back and some of these liberals will recant. I pray....I am so sick of the PC crap. The principal reprimanding the teacher who wanted to teach the kids how to enjoy a PBJ sandwich is enough to gag a maggot. The school suspending the 5 yr old who pointed his finger and said Bang is insane. Liberals in the classrooms filling students heads with inane pap instead of teaching them to reason and analyze events has led to the dumbing down of America. Liberals need to be deported and banned from re-applying for entrance to the USA. Anyway, I am so glad to get to read your meanderings today.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:36 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

ODR: I also thought my third article of the week should appear on Friday, but it was decided that PP fans needed an extra something to get them through the weekend.

I'm not proud that I was once a Democrat. But when you grow up in a Russian-Jewish home, it's hard to avoid. But at least I broke that very bad habit.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM

MaggyD in Jacksonville, NC replied:

Burt – Three articles to read in one day? I’m having Burt Prelutsky (BP) overload – not that that is a bad thing. I can understand (but I’m not happy with) one article appearing on PP Saturday, but this week you also had one on Sunday and then your usual Monday article. Is it now Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, or does this mean I have to go 5 days until the next BP article? Of course, the BP overload is my fault since I normally only read PP while at work – weekdays. I try to stay away from the usual bad political news (and my computer) on the weekends.

I didn’t think I grew up in a Democrat household, but we never talked politics growing up. I joined the Marines (served 20 years and why the penchant for acronyms), married, had children, settled on the east coast and found out in the last couple of years - not being able to ignore politics anymore - that my parents (in CA) and sisters (in OR & WA) not only still live on the left coast, but are left. I’ve discovered that I cannot talk politics with them.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

The other disgusting thing about the liberal MSM is the unadulterated slobbering over Hillary. Touting her stance "for women" is so phoney, it hurts. If she runs in 2016, I am thinking about living in total abject misery.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

ODR: If Hillary runs in 2016, I just hope that Republicans will for once in their lives join together to vote for whomever is running against her, even if he or she isn't the conservative of their dreams.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Patriot LEO in The People's Republik of MD said:

As ever, Mr. Prelutsky, reading your columns is my first stop on the Patriot Post, and always puts a smile on my face. (I also made a point to sign up for your blog, so as not to miss any of your publications, and I highly encourage my fellow Patriots to do the same at:

With the forthcoming showdown over the sequestration (and, ultimately, an 'actual' budget... Well, we can dream, at any rate...), I have found that the vast majority of columnists and commenters seem to address grandiose ideas but with a minimal focus on details, seeming to prefer to fall into that 'moderation' trap that landed us conservatives in the mess in which we find ourselves. While, admittedly, there can be little (if any) progress made without some bi-partisan cooperation, conservatives cannot and must not permit themselves to simply allow the progressives to bull forward with their agenda, simply in the name of 'getting something done' to change things (even if they do not 'fix' things)... I wonder if you would be willing to comment here, or perhaps even address a future column to your opinion on some of the specific goals which conservatives in Congress should pursue in the budget discussions.

Your utter (and refreshing) fearlessness, on any and all topics, combined with your unflinching commitment to telling the unabridged and incisive truth might do well to illuminate some of the potential pitfalls that Republicans face in these discussions, as well as granting some perspective and insight into what we, as constituents, might persuade our representatives to pursue. While some of us, including your esteemed self, suffer the indignity of having representatives like Barbara Boxer (or in my own case, the equally-distasteful Barb Mikulski, or, worse yet, Steny Hoyer, in the House), those of us Patriots whom have Republican representation, would do well to get some cold-and-hard facts and ideas to forward along to those representatives. You have always done a fantastic job of combining the lofty ideals of our Founding Fathers with the concrete and specific types of actions or reforms that we should demand of our government representatives, and I think that your wisdom would prove much appreciated here.

Patriot LEO

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:31 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Leo: First off, thanks for all the kind words. I will give some thought to your suggestion. The problem for Republicans is less the fact that they only control the House than that liberals control the media. As a result, if they play hardball when it comes to the economy, the media will parrot the Democrats in labeling them obstructionists. The solution is two-fold: one, conservatives need to start buying up newspapers and TV stations--not overlooking those that are Spanish language; two, we need term limits. Unfortunately, when it's done on a voluntary basis, as Newt Gingrich advised in his besotted Contract With America, it's only Republicans who leave. We have enough trouble winning elections without using lemmings as our role models.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

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

Burt: How do you manage to be right all the time? I have always been proud of being a Tennessean but there are two things I am ashamed of: slavery and Albert Gore. I will let you decide which is more sickening. I told someone recently that Gore had his head examined and they found a brain on his tumor. If his blood pressure gets as low as his I.Q. he is gone.I will remind all that Tennessee kept Gore from being president. We woke up and repented of a great sin.
Burt, I voted for Gore when he initially run for the senate, he was pro-gun and pro-life, but like you I haven't always been perfect.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

L.L.: You start out by wondering how I always manage to be right and end up by pointing out I'm not always perfect. Well, sadly, you were right in your conclusion; I was positive Romney would defeat Obama.

Until you mentioned it, I was going to stand up on behalf of Tennessee. Although everyone blames or credits Florida with the outcome of the 2000 election, hardly anyone seems to be aware that if Tennessee had voted for its least favorite son, it wouldn't have mattered what happened in Florida.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

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

Burt: Maybe I can shed a little light on the darkness I created. Your articles are right on. Anyone who refuses to read or print your articles is really stupid. The only imperfection was when you voted Democrat in the distant past. All is forgiven.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Dick Belmont in Fergus Falls, MN said:

A couple of weeks ago the Minneapolis RED STAR(as I like to call it) had a front page picture of a young man with an arsenal of weapons on a table in front of him that he had purchased, to show how easy it was to buy weapons. He murdered his mother in 1995 when he was a teenager. My question is why was he ever let out of jail. Answer: the liberal legal and justice system.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dick: As Reagan once said about the federal government, liberals are not the solution, they are the problem.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

The Republicans capitulate on every issue in all arenas to those Socialist Democrat, liberal pukes; I have to think that Democrat and Republicans are just two different colored cars racing to the same checkered flag with no regard for any Constitutional limits on their abilities to legislate and regulate for the good of the children. Sometimes I think the only solution is a 7.62 solution, problem with that is you never know what you will get on the other side of that without solid leadership based upon the founding of this country. Few in our government show any solid leader ship except to lead us into tyrannical pens.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

Anton, I fear that the 7.62 solution may end up as our only option, unless we want to be literally herded into pens. This administration has openly and wantonly executed every illegal Socialist scam that comes to mind, with the assistance of the "media". This nation is now at the mercy of open Commies and we can't seem to come to any consensus as to how to stop the theft of our future. The fact that thugs like "Jay-Z" and idiots like Jamie Foxx (who called Obama "Our Lord and Saviour") are now entertained at the White House should serve as a warning to anyone with a functioning brain. And so it goes.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

JJStryder in realville said:

Burt: I remember not being impressed by the American chickenfoot during the Vietnam War. Sit-ins and love-ins while Americans were fighting and dying to prevent communist slaughter and internment camps. Not unlike what their fathers did in Germany and Japan. The problem is our fathers, having seen the brutality of war, wanted to keep us safe and secure from such horrors. Unfortunetly, it kept many from growing up and becoming men who would be wiliing to fight for that same freedom,safety and security for the next generation.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

JJ: Right you are. I have often said that the decade of the 1960s was the worst ever. But one should never forget that they were the offspring of the generation that was self-labeled the greatest.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Burt, after you describe the actions of Kathy Griffin ring in 2013 by repeatedly kissing Anderson Cooper's crotch. I am glad we don't have cable as we are located in rural Wyoming and none available. We also have not installed satellite. BTW, I never heard of those two morons until I read your column. Because they are on the Communist News Network (CNN) I assume at one time they were or are porn actors. If not porn actors, following in the footsteps of kommandant klinton and Monica. Yes, I have seen cable. When we travel and stay in a hotel or motel, I will flip through all 50 or so channels and turn off the TV as there is nothing worthwhile to watch unless they show an old program from the 50's or early 60's.

Speaking of looney lawyers, judges and members of parole boards. Also don't forget politicians. Did you see the video clip of BloomingIdiot being asked by a reporter if he would disarm his security detail. Next time BloomingIdiot has a news conference, I would like someone to address him as Mr. Hypocrite.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: Those who are loudest in their demand that law-abiding citizens divest themselves of their weapons are those, like Bloomberg, Obama, Biden, Feinstein and all the Hollywood twerps who are all protected by men with guns 24/7.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:

Isn't it quite obvious that our "republic" is no more, that our government is as corrupt as most other governments, that our western civilization is in the last stages of its decline, that we are rapidly devolving into a dictatorship and oligarchy impelled by the enemies within? Is it really worth fighting back when the powers of the central government exceed those of any possible militia, when the majority of possible voters are receiving gummint checks, and the chances of reelecting the Obamanation or his repulsive equivalent is high (you say the Constitution doesn't permit more than two terms? Hah!)?

I think secession is the only possible solution if one can find the necessary leaders to initiate a serious action. We are a minority that cannot win any other way, just as it is unlikely Republicans will ever win another election.

Mac is right that this country will have to be dragged down into economic chaos and civil disobedience before any change can return us to what we used to possess.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Orf: You can worry about what you like--and there's a lot to worry about--but don't waste your time fretting about Obama being around after Jan. 20, 2017. Anyone who tries to stand between Hillary and the presidency will think he's been run over by the 49er defensive line.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh replied:

Good analogy Burt, and I hope you are right. But do you think Hillary will do better after Benghazi than she did when she was running against Obozo in 08? Oh yeah, I just remembered, the memory span of most Americans is about 3 months.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Those that forget were never really paying attention anyway.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Orf: In most cases, closer to three hours.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

corvettegeorge in Santa Ana, CA replied:

Three months? More like three minutes!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:02 AM

WTD in AZ replied:

Eight years of Obummer's damage and then Hilary vs a McCain-Romney type GOP candidate! One little old country can only stand so much punishment. Wonder how you and Tex will call that one?

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: Anyone who doesn't now wish that McCain or Romney had won is just not paying attention.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

ArmyofOne in MN said:

Burt...One of the reasons Gore didn't sell to Beck, was because Beck's political ideology was too far apart from Gore's. And an Islamic tv station's isn't? Also Burt..a new conservative FB called the 'Tea Party Community' was launched today...would love to see your articles posted on there if you are interested. More conservative readers and activists couldn't hurt Burt.?

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Tea Party Community is so busy with interested people or google et al is blocking or servers are down. I am interested in seeing the site but have had no luck getting to it and I am using a business class lightning fast broadband access.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6:21 PM

G Dub45 in Lee's Summit, MO replied:

Anton - Thanks for the heads-up on TPC. The site is now up ( 0540 hrs ) CST. I am in. Let's make it work.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:42 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Is anyone paying attention to the details of I have attempted several times to register as a user with no luck in getting to the signup page. I no longer have a facebook account and I refuse to use that to access teapartycommunity. Any advice?

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:57 PM

ArmyofOne in MN replied:

I realize this is coming late but the TPC (Tea Party Community) site is being hacked by people that don't want it to succeed. They are not letting new people join until they work out the problem. Hopefully soon!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Army of One: I have no idea what an FB is, but more readers is definitely a plus.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

FB = facebook

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3:30 AM

ArmyofOne in MN replied:

Burt..sorry about that.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

I have always thought of how hypocrites usually change their minds when something no longer affects them. Like the loons in the Clinton administration who protested the draft during the Vietnam war but when it no longer would affect them were all for bringing it back. I still think that doing away with the draft was one of the major mistakes ever made by the government. Three years in the military might open some of these liberal idiots eyes. I say three years because of the long training in some specialities and then the military would get a return on their investment.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Wayne: There's no doubt that in many cases, time in the military is time well spent. On the other hand, John Murtha, Daniel Inouye, Charley Rangel, John McCain, Colin Powell and John Kerry, are proof that it's no guarantee.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Burt, I said might help but in some cases it would not make a difference like the ones you named. I saw it work many times during my 22 years in the Army. One convert is better than none.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

corvettegeorge in Santa Ana, CA replied:

At least, Daniel Inouye got a MOA (Medal of Honor) while in the service. I don't understand what happened once he got into office!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:08 AM

G Dub45 in Lee's Summit, MO replied:

. . . sure did not help "Lurch" ( J Kerry ) much.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:43 AM

WTD in AZ said:

Shock jock "comedians". Humorless and witless. Not a real sparkling tribute to their fans. .

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: True. I often find myself wondering who has the dumbest audience--The View, Bill Maher or David Letterman.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:34 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

It's got to be a tie between "The View" and Bill Maher.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Jim in Western NC said:

Burt, I really wish you'd leave Al Gore out of your columns. Whenever I see his face, hear him droning on about some nonsense, or even read about him, I become agitated and am harshly reminded of how pathetic so many of my fellow Americas are. In a much better world, he would have never climbed above middle school PTA secretary. Gore should have been a independent car lot salesman (and I don't mean to knock that profession) in some small Tennessee backwater somewhere. I can hear him in his monotone, condescending voice, explaining to some young couple as if they are ten years old, the benefits of rust proof undercoating. Gore was a real piece of work in the body politic, but Edwards does come in a very close second. It's amazing what a family name or a little money can do for an otherwise mediocre person's life. Unfortunately, like Jimmy Carter, he won't stop finding ways to damage America and love on our enemies. I'm afraid he'll be around for many more years.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jim: My own hope is that like the balloon he now resembles, Gore will simply float away some windy day.


Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

WTD in AZ: if Hillary runs in 2016, I predict she would win overwhelmingly. Not sure what Burt would predict or bet on.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tex: Four years is a long way off. A lot depends on how awful the economy is, which wars we have fought or not fought in the meantime, and if America is ready to vote for a 69 year old woman.

I would predict she will not be the next president.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Ska in Oklahoma said:

I think the only way Hillary will run for pres. again is if the DNC can guarantee that she Will win, whatever it takes (just as in the last election...massive voter fraud!!)

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM