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Above & Beyond

By Burt Prelutsky · Feb. 21, 2013

I actually watched Obama's entire State of the Union address. I would like to think I was merely doing my duty as a citizen and as a political observer, but I'm beginning to worry that there is simply a streak of masochism that runs through me. After all, that's an hour of my life I'll never get back, and God knows I'm not getting any younger. If anything, just listening to and looking at His Arrogance has aged me considerably over the past five years.

I can't even boast that I have cracked his code. A child of six could have figured out a long time ago that when he says “fees” and “revenue,” he means “taxes;” when he says “investing,” he means “spending;” and when he says “folks,” he means “suckers.” Furthermore, when he says “Let me make this perfectly clear,” he means “Abracadabra, now you see it, now you don't.” And, finally, when he refers to “God,” he means himself.

If it weren't for those masochistic tendencies, I would have long ago adopted Antonin Scalia's approach to these annual telethons. For the past 16 years, he has avoided them, dismissing them as “childish spectacles.” Actually, the way that Joe Biden and Obama's other puppets and stooges bounce up and down, applauding every platitude, cheering every cliché, I think Justice Scalia does a disservice to childish spectacles.

Frankly, I suspect the audience spends more time rehearsing their responses than Obama devotes to rehearsing his speech. After all, he not only has the use of a Teleprompter, but it's only a slightly longer version of every other speech he gives. But it's those senators and congressmen who have to know when the proper response is a furrowed brow, conveying their shared concern about rich people not paying their fair share; or polite applause, indicating they're still awake; or whether it's time to jump up and deliver the sort of ovation generally reserved for winners on “American Idol.”

One thing I know is that I wouldn't want to be in Joe Biden's shoes. That's because, being on camera right behind Obama, he not only can't afford to yawn or twitch around in his chair, but, like a musical conductor, he is expected to cue the other stiffs in the audience. If you're Charles Schumer or Nancy Pelosi, you don't want the TV camera catching you seated when Biden is up on his hind legs, waving his pom-poms.

Predictably, Obama went on at length about guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, but nary a word about those in the hands of inner-city punks. On the other hand, I have to give him credit for at least suggesting that being a father entails more than knocking up a teenager. But, naturally, he gave less time to that all-important topic than he did to sending kudos to his wife and Mrs. Biden for something or other. Perhaps for putting up with the likes of him and Joe.

Some people actually take exception to my calling Obama arrogant. But what else would you call it when he decides that a $16.5 trillion dollar debt is of less concern than his golf score; when he ignored all the sensible recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Commission, a commission, by the way, that he commissioned; and when – thus completing the trifecta – he apparently decided to override the counsel of his secretary of state, his secretary of defense, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey, who all urged him to arm the Syrian insurgents. It wasn't simply their intention to put an end to al-Assad's carnage, but to diminish Iran's and Russia's influence in the Middle East.

This fool is not only a one-man band, but he's tone-deaf.

Actually, the way that Obama and his merry gang of fiscal idiots are going, it's quite possible that by 2016, we'll look back on a $16.5 trillion national debt as the good old days.

Apparently the only person who has any influence on him is Valerie Jarrett, who, rumor has it, is up for the lead in “Rasputin, the Mad Monk! The Musical!”

Because for liberals, the indoctrination of young minds can never start early enough, Obama pleaded for more money with which to fund pre-school for four-year-olds. What makes this particularly cynical is that his own Department of Health and Human Resources determined in 2010 that by the time kids are in kindergarten, there's no discernible difference between the tots who have been attending nursery school and those who haven't. For liberals, it's not about the kids learning their ABCs; it's all about teaching them to chant “Mmm-mmm, Obama” in unison.

No liberal speech would be complete without tossing a bone to women. What amazes me about women, especially single left-wing women, is that they're always talking about being empowered and independent. But they invariably vote for Big Government in the hope that Big Brother will take care of them, providing them with free birth control pills and free abortions, while at the same time pretending they're fit for frontline warfare. The other big lie that liberals foster is that being a social worker is the equivalent of being a brain surgeon and should therefore entitle them to the exact same paycheck.

I am always bemused when Obama brings up the need to renew our infrastructure. Inasmuch as he claimed that was the main reason he needed the trillion-dollar Stimulus passed as soon as he took office, he either lied in 2009 or all those roads and bridges had a shorter shelf life than cottage cheese.

This brings us to Marco Rubio's rebuttal. The mainstream media made a big deal out of the fact the senator had to pause to drink some water. Some people, it is said, can't see the forest for the trees. Liberals, on the other hand, can't see the forest or the trees. In Rubio's case, they apparently decided he might be okay as a senator, but would never hack it as a camel.

The truth is Rubio gave a fine speech. The reason that a rebuttal invariably falls short has less to do with the person giving it than with the venue. The president gets to make his way slowly through throngs of kiss-ups before arriving at his beloved Teleprompter. He then stands before hundreds of partisans and a balcony filled with his wife, his friends and a bunch of carefully selected guests. He is then interrupted, on average, every 30 seconds by thunderous applause.

The fellow doing the rebutting, on the other hand, is alone in a sweat box. Now if I were head of the GOP, God forbid, I would place the guy in an auditorium and have him address a packed house. There's no trick to a politician getting an ovation, but it can't happen if there's nobody around to clap.

Next, provide him with a podium so he can pause to drink some water, preferably during a huge round of applause and laughter. And while we're at it, turn on the damn air conditioner so it doesn't look like the poor guy is being grilled by the cops.

Speaking of being grilled by the cops, I was delighted to see cop-killer Christopher Dorner meet his maker in that blazing cabin. For one thing, I figure it served to prepare him for his final destination. For another, what the world doesn't need is another multi-million dollar, multi-year, murder trial, which would only encourage a bunch of mugs to argue endlessly over insanity pleas and the pros and cons of capital punishment.

If I was entrusted with his burial rites, I would say that Chris Dorner lived a despicable life. But in the end, Crispy Dorner went out like a champ.

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Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Burt, I adopted Antonin Scalia's approach to these annual telethons after Reagan left office, I did not watch it. If my memory serves me, I cleaned the furnace filter and then started to read "Othello". I read it originally in a freshman college English Literature Class.50 years ago. How that was going to make me a better engineer I still haven't figured out. BTW, the play is better when you read it because you want to and not have too. Do they still read Shakespeare in English Literature or is it now not PC?

Getting back to Barry's TelePrompter reading, from what I heard and read it was all bovine manure about how great is communism (oops progressiveness). Also how we should all be thrilled about paying more taxes because of what Big Brother gives others. The other reason I did not watch, my TV is not resistant to thrown objects or a.45 ACP.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: I'm sure there are still classes in Shakespeare, but I wouldn't be taking any of them You make a valid point about the difference between "having to" and "wanting to." But I never cared for Shakespeare on stage or screen. I didn't even enjoying reading his plays. I thought he came across best in Bartlett's, where you could enjoy his writing in small doses.


Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

India in GA replied:

Shakespeare was always hit or miss for me. I loved the Merchant of Venice, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and maybe a few others, but I was bored to tears by others like: Romeo and Juliette, Hamlet (Quit whining and just KILL HIM, already!), Midsummernight's Dream, etc.

Off-topic, I know. Just my two cents.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:25 PM

DaneChile in Unknown replied:

Reading Shakespere = reading "Beowolf" = pulling teeth without anesthetics..

I´ll stick with Mark Twain, Peter Heller, William Manchester and tom Wolfe.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

Careful what you say about the Emperor lest you get hit by sharpnel......if GWB had mispronounced shrapnel it would have been on the front page. At last Mad Comics has a model for the black What! Me Worry? idiot child.As a 30+ yr educator, I can attest to the fact that Head Start is a dismal, expensive failure. I taught Business Data Processing in a technical high school and experienced first hand the dumbing down of America. I left the classroom to train vocational teachers, then worked in facilities as a school plant coordinator. The kids start out inventive, enthusiastic and imaginative and our school system beats it out of them. They grow up thinking it is normal for someone else to make their decisions and it is a natural result of incessent coddling that allows them to believe the lying liberals will take care of them from cradle to grave.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

ODR: You really have served in the front lines. All that incessant coddling has also led these young underachievers to hold themselves in high esteem.
Members of the so-called Greatest Generation have lived long enough to sire and grand-sire the two worst generations of Americans.


Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

PH in DE replied:

Members of the so-called Greatest Generation have lived long enough to sire and grand-sire the two worst generations of Americans.

Some of those sired good people. My parents did. But many of the next generation actually believe socialism and communism are good things. But they also don't believe their rights are being infringed and assaulted. Or know anything about good manners, good morals and good citizenship.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM

India in GA replied:

"The kids start out inventive, enthusiastic and imaginative and our school system beats it out of them."

Very true, in my experience, Old Rat.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Arabiascott in Indiana said:

Maybe Dorner read the recommendations in the crock pot guide; browning the fowl or the roast before placing it in the crock pot will create a nicely browned crust that adds flavor during the long, slow cooking phase. Too bad Dorner picked Big Bear for the browning. They have enough to worry about there with forest fires in the dry season. OmBama Padme Om. What goes around comes around.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:13 AM

MARINE in off the grid said:

Healthcare bill 3276,Sec. 2716,pat,c---states the Govt cannot collect any information relating to lawful ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. This means the Govt cannot mandate registration or confiscation, and even an executive order cannot over ride the amendment. The amendment was added by Harry Reid to keep the NRA from getting involved in the Healthcare bill.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Marine: In case you haven't noticed, this government seems to do whatever it feels like doing...with very little push-back from Republicans. Mainly, that's because we have a media that is as corrupt as any in the world.


Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina said:

Burt, excellent thought behind this article. Everytime politicians start a program for "good intentions", the program's priority becomes the continued preservation of the bureaucracy rather than the purpose for which it was created. This explains why they end up costing more to keep going than the benefits they provide. Such programs weaken the nation by destroying initiative and self-determination, thus leading to national suicide. If the people of the United States honestly think the Federal Government is able to protect them, I recommend them to go ask the widows of those who died in Bengazi.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

You're right, Abe. But a huge part of the problem lies with the people. Most of us want government spending curtailed, but how many of us would go along with cutting Social Security or Medicare benefits? How many people collecting outlandish government pensions would agree to cutting their monthly checks by, say, 10%?


Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Cooneye in North Carolina replied:

I must be missing something in the cutting of the government spending and reducing our deficit.. How is it that the only thing mentioned by both parties, as you mentioned Burt, is Medicare, Social Security and I would add Defense and Medicaid? What the hell is wrong with some heavy foreign aid cuts? How about the millions we spend (and probably billions) on being the financial cow for that useless United Nations? As I understand it the Citizens Against Government Waste have over 600 + program cuts that do not include the four continually mentioned. Of course the liberals cannot risk those kind of common sense cuts as they do not bring out the emotion in people as when they falsely accuse the Republicans of wanting to cut their entitlements. The Republicans in Washington will not stand up and take the fight to them at all like a bunch of spineless Jellyfish.. Always cowering in their offices afraid somebody won't like them and they could possibly. not win re-election because of taking the right stance for the good of our country..

I am 73 years old and have seen many things in those years but I have never seen a more dysfunctional, out of touch government in all my years as I have the last 12 years..This country's economic collapse is eminent and what transpires after that happpens is anybody's guess.You throw a terrorist attack or huge natural disaster into the mix and it will be massive civil unrest and anarchy with every man for himself..

I have been an optimist all of my life and looked on the positive side with the disappointments that life sometimes brings. Sadly I have no optimism now about our future as the great Nation it once was and I was so proud to serve and defend, if necessary, during my Navy days in the late 50's.

So sad but "locked and cocked" and will defend our Constitution and all rights therein to the best of my ability until I die.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

sfj in Alabama said:

"Apparently the only person who has any influence on him is Valerie Jarrett" - I think there might be anoter person (named "Love") who may have some sort of influence (or "something") on him.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

GeorgePA in PA said:

Burt, I can only conclude that you are indeed a masochist. I turn off King Barry any time he appears on my TV or radio, no matter what else I am watching or listening to. It's not like he ever says anything different that would merit one's attention, he gives the same "I am G-d, hear me roar" speech every time.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

George: In general, you're right. But in the State of the Union address and again in his recent speech in Chicago, he has finally accepted my challenge to speak about the lack of fathers in the Black community. It's late and it wasn't in the same spirit I would have delivered the speech, but he is the first politician who has ever taken my advice and identified the problem that has plagued the black community ever since that S.O.B., LBJ, destroyed the black family.


Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

JPL in Marlboro, NY replied:

Amen! Brother, Amen!

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:

My stomach won't allow me to watch the annual hero fest. Hail Caesar, Heil Hitler, Dear Leader Obamao, Heil Der SchwartzFuhrer, or whatever the dictator/totalitarian is called -- it is all the same, history repeating itself. Let us hope his reign is much less than the half-life of Uranium-232 (about 69 years), even though it can be just as dangerous.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM

MajorStu in Peru, IN said:

I gave up on the State of the Union Shows about halfway through one of Bill Clinton's long-winded spellbinders, when he said "The era of Big Government is over." with a straight face. Obviously Obama and the rest of the Democrat Party weren't paying attention by then, either.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:03 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri said:

Burt, I can`t argue with anything in your post, but especially agree with your take on Dorner`s Waterloo. Thank God we have been spared an endless, multimillion dollar trial, funded by the taxpayer, then endless appeals or God only knows how many years, and finally to have Dorner released by some nut-job judge, or pardoned by a 5th or 6th term Governor Moonbeam Brown. God is good!

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Richard: And as you may have noticed, more and more of these evil dingbats has taken to shooting himself. It would be preferable if they shot themselves first, but suicide is certainly better than having to squander millions on trials and appeals that do nothing but enrich lawyers and make non-lawyers despise our system of justice.


Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri said:

Just a note to all of Burt`s readers: I just recently purchased a copy of Burt`s latest book; 67 Conservatives, and I highly recommend it. I have just read the first 5 interviews, but it is fascinating reading.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Thank you, Richard. I tell people the same thing, but they seem to think I'm biased.


Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

"...this government does whatever it feels like doing...with very little pushback from Republicans."

So right, and I'm not so sure that they would be any different regardless of the media. Again, I'm predicting that the Republicans will swim right up to the sequestration deadline, then roll over like a dead fish; again, regardless of the media.

And now, just what we've all been waiting for, a bill has been introduced to do away with the 22nd Amendment, which would end term limits for a president. Did anyone besides me see this coming? King Obama, indeed.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tex: The bill has been proposed several times in the past, so once again it will go nowhere. It's not that easy to override an Amendment.

Nothing is "regardless of the media." Were it not for a lapdog media, Obama would not get away with any of the crap he pulls. But so long as the majority of voters rely on their newspapers, CNN, MSNBC and the three major networks, for their news, the public will remain uninformed and unaware.


Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Helen Roberts Spingola in New York replied:

Weeks ago I stated that plans are already underway by this ad=
ministration for a third term for the Fraudster. This dude is already
enroute to becoming America's first dictator ever. God Save America!

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Helen: It won't happen.


Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

the 22nd Amendment should be amended, with term tenure limits for all Federal employees, ALL whether, elected, selected, enlisted, commissioned, appointed, contracted, or hired, have I left out any category? We could add that when their terms/tenures are up, they must leave the building within 2 hours without a retirement party, & nothing financed by Federal money should be named for a living person lest they have been retired longer than the longest term/tenure. (and that should include Bills pending or passed by Congress. No more McCain-Feingold, Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, Sherman anti-trust, Steadman Act, etc, ad nauseum.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

enema: I'm for it. I also don't want parks, bridges or buildings, named after politicians, living or dead, unless they wrote a personal check to pay for it.


Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM

DaneChile in Unknown said:

All of you can beat about the bush as to solutions. I sez one patriot with a Lapua .338 Mag, leaving the barrel at 3,000 fps and very accurate out to 2,000 yards could solve all of our problems.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Joan in Dayton,Ohio replied:

Do you think whoever pulls Obama's strings would not have backup?

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dane: Not all our problems. With Biden in the Oval Office and Harry Reid running the Senate, we would only have one less problem.


Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Eb from Brick in Brick, NJ said:

Howard last in Wyoming, yes they still read Shakespeare here in NJ. In the college I am attending (as an older student, graduated HS in '72) it is called British Literature; or there are Shakespeare only elective classes offered too. But, according to one of my profs who retired from public (high)school before he would be forced out because he wanted to teach English, Literature, and Shakespeare; and not adhere to the Bored of Ed's curriciulum - having the kids draw what they thought the Globe Theatre looked like, which was their one and only lesson on Shakespeare. The BoE was more concerned that the kids didn't wear hats in the classroom and perfromance in "threat drills" as in bomb or terrorist. He continues to pick up Literature classes up as an adjunct at the local community college when he can. Even though he is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, he is not afraid to teach Brit & American Literature as that is his passion. It made for four interesting classes that I took with him!

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM