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Haggling Over Hagel

By Burt Prelutsky · Feb. 3, 2013

Frankly, I don’t think it will make much difference whether or not Chuck Hagel is confirmed. After all, he will be taking his marching orders from the single greatest menace America has ever had to endure. Still, that’s no reason to confirm the man who has made a career out of demeaning Israel and sucking up to Iran to such an unseemly extent that Iran’s foreign minister has applauded his nomination. If nothing else, when your nation’s archenemy gives a big thumbs-up to the guy who’s being considered as your Secretary of Defense, it should give even Democrats pause.

Not only has Hagel displayed an open bias against American Jews, insisting that something he refers to as the Jewish/Israel lobby intimidates members of Congress into doing dumb things, but when Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him to identify a single senator who’s been intimidated or to mention even one of those dumb things, Hagel turned into Porky Pig.

What’s more, as a member of some goofy outfit that calls itself Global Zero, he says he’s opposed to nuclear bombs, but insists he’s also opposed to unilateral disarmament by the United States. That can only mean that he believes that he and his merry band of pinheaded pacifists are convinced that they can use their moral authority to make Iran, Russia and North Korea, see the error of their ways.

In addition to all that, Rick Santorum, who served in the Senate with Hagel, claims that Hagel not only never introduced a piece of legislation during the dozen years he represented Nebraska, he rarely if ever even showed up for a party caucus. So, on top of being a confirmed anti-Semite, a man opposed to war or even meaningful sanctions where Iran is concerned, he’s as lazy as Barack Obama.

One of the fascinating things in the recent brouhaha over guns is that Harry Reid has been called by Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, “a true champion of the Second Amendment.” Mr. LaPierre has also said of Sen. Reid that “no one has been a stronger advocate for responsible gun ownership than him.”

In 2010, the NRA was a major contributor to Harry Reid’s campaign against Sharron Angle. Could that possibly explain why, in the wake of the Aurora, CO, movie theater shootings, Sen. Reid blocked any debate about gun control, insisting that the Senate schedule was too packed to do anything about it. This is the same Senate, let us not forget, that’s also been too busy for the past four years to come up with a budget or to do anything about cutting the deficit or paying down the national debt. I guess there must be a Senate bowling league I haven’t heard about.

I wouldn’t want anyone to get the idea that I am in conflict with the NRA. In fact, this is the one area where Harry Reid and I are in agreement. I just thought it was fascinating to discover that Reid doesn’t owe his political career entirely to Nevada unions and Vegas casinos. And I can’t help wondering if Joe Biden and Dianne Feinstein realize that if Harry Reid ever loses his Senate seat, he might be in line to replace Wayne LaPierre.

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of back-and-forth regarding the U.S. Constitution. Ruth Bader Ginsberg told the world that if she were writing some nation’s constitution today, she definitely wouldn’t use ours as her model. That, alone, should have been reason enough to boot her off the Supreme Court. But I also hear various politicians and even law professors claim that the Founding Fathers weren’t all-seeing and all-knowing. They generally take this approach when they’re defending Roe v. Wade or some sneaky thing that Obama is trying to pull off in order to put the legislative branch of government out of business.

Whenever these punks try to subvert the Constitution, they say the document is so vague that just about any interpretation can be placed on it. Or they say that the Constitution should be a living document, and that we shouldn’t be bossed around by a bunch of dead white guys.

To which I say, the Constitution served us awfully well for most of our history. It’s odd that it has suddenly grown old and senile since Obama’s election.

I’m not a constitutional scholar, but I think what they intended is pretty clear and easily understood. I agree it’s a living document, but that’s because its authors were bright enough to understand that with changing times, it might require amending. But they spelled out how that process would work, and it did not have anything to do with the election of a former community organizer. George Washington was offered the crown and he turned it down. He didn’t say, “I’m not worthy. Hang on to it until some Chicago tinhorn comes along.”

They were very clear about separation of powers and states' rights, and anyone who pretends otherwise is out to con you. Those would be the sort of ne'er-do-wells who pretend that “separation of church and state” appears in that sacred document. Unlike politicians, it says what it means and means what it says. The Constitution, let us always keep in mind, was not written in Greek or French or invisible ink.

Speaking of Chicago tinhorns, it is not only dumb that Obama would claim we don’t have a spending problem in America, it’s downright terrifying. One might better say that we have a debt of $16.4 trillion and counting, but this boob doesn’t even bother counting. Instead, he’s spending his time adding and multiplying, both our debt and our problems.

When Michelle comes home from a shopping spree bearing those funny-looking dresses she seems to favor, I wonder if Barack ever complains she’s busting their budget, and if she, in turn, replies, “You said we don’t have a spending problem. And drop that sugar donut before I smack you!”

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DaneChile in Unknown said:

I know nothing about Hagel and his back ground but as you mentioned, Burt, "If nothing else, when your nation's archenemy gives a big thumbs-up to the guy who's being considered as your Secretary of Defense, it should give even Democrats pause."

I suspect hussein wants a GOP SecDef in order to (a) show "fair-mindedness" and (b) have a Repub to blame when the sequestration and women in combat kick in and our Armed Forces go to Hades in a handbasket.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dane: Perhaps. Or perhaps he just wants to shove the worst possible person for the job just to show he can get away with it even in a Senate swarming with my fellow Jews. By the way, I miswrote. In the paragraph starting "In 2010..." it should be "...paying down the national debt...." not the national budget. I have sent along a correction to the folks at the Post and I hope they can correct my mistake. That's what comes of typing too fast and thinking too slow.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:18 AM

WTD in AZ said:

Good one,Burt, but that's why you have such an active, devoted readership. Random thoughts: Ginsburg. To hold in disrepute by a public statement the sacred document she is supposed to protect is a prima facie case for impeachment and removal.
That bunch of dead white guys had the wisdom to foresee that their valiant effort to found a worthy republic could be brought to an ignominious end by an unthinking public and selfish politicians. Jefferson wrote that the simple meaning of the Constitution could be twisted by a despotic court system contravening the intentions of the Founders. Obummer compounding our problems by his actions. Tho we were wrong about his getting 4 more, it still seems unlikely he can successfully crown himself as emperor for life Therefore from a simple selfish standpoint wouldn't it make more sense to do a 180 changing all his destructive policies in order to retire and luxuriate in a prosperous national atmosphere than in the disastrous mess he and we now face? Maybe making his retirement pay dependent upon an economic recovery might get his attention.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: No need for Obama to worry about his retirement pay. If the Clintons made $100 million in the decade after they left the White House, the Obamas will double that.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

I chant "whomever he is, and you say, "He Ain't US(A)!" 3X then---He's just a Marxist come lately!!!

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 5:36 AM

G Dub45 in Lee's Summit, MO said:

Burt - re your comment: One of the fascinating things in the recent brouhaha over guns is that Harry Reid has been called by Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, "a true champion of the Second Amendment."
There are reasons for 'strange bedfellows' =>
Reid had a big hand in creating the Clark County Shooting Park.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

G Dub: There's always one dirty hand ready to wash another where politicians are concerned.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

That is just how low our judicial system has become when a Supreme Court judge can denigrate the greatest document concerning freedom ever written. The woman is a disgrace to the very function she is supposed to do, support and defend the Constitution. Maybe I'm a little slow but saying she wouldn't use it as a model if she had to write a new one certainly doesn't sound like supporting it to me.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Wayne: Women have certainly done nothing to distinguish themselves on the Supreme Court.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

BlueShadowII in Texas said:

After Hagel's Debacle this week, is 0 still wanting Hagel confirmed or is he afraid Hagel might be confirmed? My money (but not much) is on the latter and Hagel will find a late great aunt who desperately needs his care. "Sorry, Guys. I'd really like to be Minister, uh Secretary of War, but I really must spend more time with my aunt, uh family."

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Blue Shadow: Heck, Obama doesn't care how bad Hagel was in front of the committee. In fact, the worse he was, the more powerful Obama will look when he gets him confirmed. I do hope, though, that any Republican who votes to okay Hagel is ousted in the next election.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, the same goes for the ones who voted for Lurch.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Burt, Your articles make my day. When I go on some other sites and see the absolute BS written by liberals I always know I can depend on you to set the record straight.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Wayne: Thanks. But, really, anyone with half a brain can make liberals look like the fools they are...and I prove it three or four times a week.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

We all know who is calling the shots at the Pentagon: the Chosen One. Hagel was picked because he is a wussy and will do anything Obama wants. Let's see, why not give Russia everything it wants; why not let the militant Islamists, his friends, take over the entire Middle East and Northern Africa; why not reduce our military to the point of "one war at a time"; why not denigrate Israel into the dust ; why not share our military secrets with China in an attempt at kumbaya? Hagel is the person who can give Obama what he wants, a military no stronger than any other. Then, war would be "fair."

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tex: You're right. At least Panetta objected to the gutting of our military. Hagel encourages it.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

I would be shocked, shocked, NOT if Hagel is confirmed by the senate and with a vote of close to 90. After all only three senators voted against Lurch for Secretary of State. He should have been hung for treason years ago. Ask any Viet Nam veteran. And then there is Ginsberg. Dole said the Republicans should vote for her. More then 90 members of the House of Lords voted for her. So based upon the past history of the Senate does anyone who thinks expects Hagel to be turned down? It is a good old boys clubs, including some ugly dykes.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: I believe Hagel will be confirmed, but not by a huge margin.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA said:

" The Constitution, let us always keep in mind, was not written in Greek or French or invisible ink."

Burt: Everyone knows the invisible ink is on the back of the Declaration of Independence. I saw it in a movie so it must be so.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Kevin: I skipped that movie.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Burt, when the man said walk softly but carry a big stick, he certainly was not talking about the likes of Obumdum and Hagel the Hater. As you correctly noted, when Iran approves of something. it ought to make even Congress paule. Any Democrat in Congress who calls himself/herself a Liberal or Progressive who cannot understand how vital Israel is to the survival of Europe and the world is woefully ignorant. Aside from the morality of supporting Israel, the practicality of keeping a presence close enough to monitor all of the anti-American activity is crucial.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her ilk are stupid beyond belief. They never iterate how the US Constitution would be better, just bleat that it is outdated. I just hope we can survive this miserable administration.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

ODR: At my age, I shouldn't be throwing stones. But it is the height of gall that Mrs. Ginsberg who's about 127 years old thinks it's the Constitution that is past its shelf life.


Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM

OKBecky in Ponca City, OK replied:

Good one, Burt.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Cowboy in San Antonio said:

The United States Constitution was not written with the current voting population of the U.S. in mind. If you bother to read any of the early writings of Madison, Jefferson, Washington, Adams, and others, you will discover brilliance, and a trust in Americans that they will remain fairly close to a consensus of good sense and morality. Our Constitution was written for a Republic, not for the cradle-to-grave nanny style government that a simple majority of our voters embrace. Of course, the qualification of voters has changed. Used to be, the only qualifiers were male property owners. Before 1960, even the blacks voted sensibly, that is, on the merits of the candidate's character, not on the promises of freebies. The Bible clearly states God's mandate that man's punishment for disobedience is that he must work to eat. We now have residing here at the largesse of the working Americans approximately three generations of minorities who have elected to circumvent God's punitive mandate, thanks to the domestic policies of Kennedy, LBJ, Carter, Clinton, and Obama. The Republican presidents interspersed among those miscreants did not do much to reverse the Santa Claus government, and now we are fiscally screwed to the railroad tie. The train is coming, and to quote Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, "...and hell's comin' with me!".

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

BO, don't forget Joe Stalin's best friend FDR and the original progressive Wilson.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico said:

Obama is a Muslim. There is no doubt of that. Thus he will do anything, I mean anything,/b> to destroy the United States. If that means nominating a million Kerrys or Hagels, or Ginsburgs, he will do it; and all the while he will proclaim how much he loves this country.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

As soon as Obama announced Hagel as his choice for Sec Def I knew what Obama had in mind. Hagel represents the PERFECT REPUBLICAN

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

OOPS!! finger slipped......... Hagel represents the PERFECT REPUBLICAN for Obama to use as an example of his profound bipartisanship. Hagel, being one of the major hacks among the ranks of Congress, is a brilliant choice for Obama. You have to give him credit for the move in that regard. Whatever man he may have been once upon a time, I actually felt sorry for the guy as I watched him bumbling through his questioning. Then I thought that I wouldn't be surprised if I would later be reading an account of his suicide. He looked like a ravaged, haunted man. I think that perhaps he may once have been a good man, perhaps even a brave man as is indicated by his having been the recipient of 2 (?) purple hearts while serving in the Armed Forces. What really saddens me and maddens me, however, is that Obama would take this present wretch of a man & put him in charge of our Armed Forces! If he is confirmed, as Obama intends, my prayer is that he would wake up enough to realize the patsy he is being made, & turn the tables on Obama by becoming a real man once again.......But alas, I'm probably just looking for some hope where I shouldn't expect to find it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 2:05 AM