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The Dumbing & Numbing of America

By Burt Prelutsky · Feb. 1, 2014

Colorado recently beat out Washington to become the first state in the union to legalize marijuana. Although I have long railed against the so-called War on Drugs because it was a waste of time and resources, I can't help thinking that legalizing pot is not going to improve the world.

For one thing, aside from cleaning up crash sites and re-directing traffic, just exactly how are cops supposed to deal with stoned drivers? At least with booze, they can measure intoxication levels with breathalyzers.

Safety on the roads will certainly suffer, but I contend that Colorado life in general will be an inevitable casualty. On the day that the law went into effect, thousands of people were waiting in line – some for as long as five hours – to buy their buds. Those people were standing outside in Denver in January, something I'm willing to wager they would not do in order to donate blood to the Red Cross or sign up to get a job. Denver's nickname as the “Mile High City” no longer merely refers to its altitude.

One of the interesting side notes is that whereas those who promoted the legalization of pot said it would dry up the illegal trade, because of state taxes adding 20-30% to the cost, drug dealers are still cleaning up on the black market because they can undersell the competition.

Having just recently celebrated my 74th birthday, I'd like to say that at least in one regard old age doesn't deserve its bad rap. Granted, it was never my intention to replace playing tennis with visiting doctors as my hobby of choice. Still, look around at the people you know who are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the majority of whom proved they were congenital idiots by re-electing Obama in 2012. I can assure you that when they're still as dumb as doorknobs at 70 and 80, it will be their age that gets blamed.

Speaking of idiots, until I heard radio talk show host Michael Medved mention it, I had not been aware that women are responsible for casting 54% of all the votes in our elections. It's not because there are more women than men, where the difference is a scant 50.9% to 49.1%. Instead, it's because men, who tend to be more conservative than women, stay home because they are either too lazy to vote even by absentee ballot or prefer to expose their ignorance by parroting the line about there being no difference between the parties; this in spite of the fact that when it came to ObamaCare, one party voted 100% for it and the other party voted 100% against it.

Speaking of which, a friend sent me an email titled “ObamaCare 101” that explained the 2,000 page bill in terms even a liberal should be able to follow. It read “To insure the uninsured, we must first make the insured uninsured – and then make them pay more to be insured again so the original uninsured can be insured for free.”

In sporting news, you may have missed the fact that the Dutch soccer team known as Vitesse went to play a match in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without their star defender Dan Mori for no other reason than that he's an Israeli. Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has often found himself in hot water for speaking honestly about the followers of Islam, slammed the team for knuckling under to the anti-Semites. It certainly serves as fair warning for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held for no good reason in Qatar.

In a news release from Hell, Adolf Hitler was quoted as saying, “Damn, I knew I should have stuck to my guns in 1936 and not let that damn schwarzer, Jesse Owens, show me up at the Olympic Games.”

When you list all the things wrong with America today, including widespread drug use; abortions on demand; enormous numbers of illegitimate births; same-sex marriages and a general acceptance of sodomy; crooked politicians; corrupt unions; left-wing teachers who are convinced their calling isn't to teach, but to indoctrinate; a military less concerned with winning wars than with establishing their politically correct credentials; a generation of Americans who have come to accept the hogwash about all cultures being great, except our own, and all religions being worthy of respect, aside from Christianity and Judaism; and an electorate that decided that the only thing better than four years of Obama was eight years of Obama; you can easily understand why so many people regard ours as a nation in decline.

In the meantime, John Kerry is the latest schmuck wasting his time trying to broker a two state solution between Jews living in the 21st century and Muslims wallowing like pigs in the 8th.

It would be better for all concerned if Kerry devoted his efforts to establishing a two state solution here in the U.S., with one state dedicated to promoting an ever-expanding federal government, financed by higher taxes in order to support those who have no marketable skills and no real desire to find a job, and where the three branches of government would consist of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and the EPA.

The other state would be populated by the certifiably sane.

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74 Comments

Fyodor in Ohio said:

Muslims like living in the 8th century. It was the height of their achievement. Wonder what T. E. Lawrence would think of them now?

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Jim: I didn't care that much for T.E. Lawrence, and I hated the movie.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Deborah in La Mirada, CA replied:

As i told you once before, I think you and I are 'secret siblings'. You are the only other person I have ever heard espouse my exact sentiments about Lawrence and that unbearable movie.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Sister Deborah: We are a tiny group. The only question is whether we are truly the only two people who thought "Lawrence of Arabia" was a three-hour turkey or are simply the only two people honest enough to admit we hated it.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Fyodor in Ohio replied:

Burt, I don't think Lawrence's physical courage can be doubted or the fact that he was seriously whacked in the head..lol.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Orf in PA replied:

Any relation to the equally famous or infamous D. H. Lawrence, who introduced pornography to the reading classes?

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Fyodor in Ohio replied:

I don't think they were related but they certainly had some of the same kind of ideas. Give me Sergeant York as a WW1 hero.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV replied:

Burt
I did not even care enought to hate " L O A" it just thought it was stupid. I am glad there are others of us out there who could see beyond the pretensious plot.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

"In the meantime, John Kerry is the latest schmuck wasting his time trying to broker a two state solution between Jews living in the 21st century and Muslims wallowing like pigs in the 8th."

Burt mentioning Muslims and Pigs in the same sentence will get the rag heads really upset with you. It is also closer to the 1st century than the 8th. Want proof that Barry is a Muslim, serve filet mignon wrapped in bacon at a state dinner. If he refuses to eat it he must be Muslim. Oops he could be a vegetarian or Jewish.

"...parroting the line about there being no difference between the parties; this in spite of the fact that when it came to ObamaCare, one party voted 100% for it and the other party voted 100% against it."

Burt, right now the Republican Big Shots (you still can't call them leaders) are pushing amnesty and citizenship for illegal aliens (oops undocumented workers, I keep making that mistake). When are the idiots going to understand that it will only piss off their base and not get them votes of the illegals (not even in Chicago). Should not say it too loud Boehner may start to cry.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:53 AM

cjp in Calif. replied:

Howard, you don't need to go so far as to wrap his filet in bacon. Don't you remember, he refused to acknowledge the National Day of Prayer, but celebrated Ramadan?

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: The Republicans I hear are all saying that the border will finally have to be secured before there are any paths to anything, and, unlike Reagan, I think they're serious.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, if you think there is a chance the border will be closed, I have a bridge for sale. As for giving illegal aliens citizenship, isn't the operative work "illegal"? At a meeting a few months ago Alan Simpson the sponsor of citizenship for illegal aliens in the 1980's was there. My wife stopped me from telling him what I thought of him, it had something to do with his parentage. Any truth to the rumor that Boehner hired him as a consultant?

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:19 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: I'm not into buying bridges, but I am willing to bet you five bucks that there will be no amnesty bill passed in 2014.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:27 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

Burt, you are on. I have more faith in the Republican Big Shots, never blowing an opportunity to blow an opportunity.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Dick Belmont in Fergus Falls, MN replied:

I'm with you, Howard.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Howard: The bet is on.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:10 PM

John Q Citizen in Colorado replied:

I'm really torn on this one, as a gambling man I try to look at the bet objectively. I think they'll try but the rhinos may not have the votes in the house to get it passed, this means Burt is the winner. Howard can I get a piece of the action ?

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

John Q, if the RINO's do not get their way it will not be for lack of trying.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Mike Niederberger in Las Vegas NV replied:

the 'beltway republicRATs' can always be counted on to snatch defeat from victory...it's almost like they enjoy getting beat up time and again, especially from wussified wimps like Obama, Schumer and "Slick Hillie" Clinton...

Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Mike Niederberger in Las Vegas NV replied:

is calling an illegal-alien an 'undocumented worker' like referring to a drug-dealer as an 'unlicensed pharmacist'?

inquiring minds want to know?

Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:11 AM

cjp in Calif. said:

Burt, I love your subtle comparison of Muslims to pigs. Absolutely kosher!

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Connie: I'm not sure "kosher" is the word for it. I think "true" is closer to the mark.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:09 AM

russ ivison in coventry replied:

such a comparison is a grave insult to pigs!!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

True, Russ. The world would be much improved without Muslims, but I think most of us would sorely miss bacon.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

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

Burt:
Your paragraph "When you list all the things wrong with America today" was right on. I agree with all subjects listed 100%. I'm not satisfied with the Republican party but it's the best we can do right now. There is a difference in the two though certainly nowhere near as much as I would like. Before we can start to turn this country around we must win elections then we can begin to get more done. We didn't get in this mess overnight and we won't get out in one election. If we lose much ground there will be only one option remaining.
I sure don't want that but it must remain in case we have to exercise it.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

L.L.: I'm assuming you're referring to the Prelutsky for President campaign in 2016.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:29 AM

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

Burt: If you will vote for yourself my vote and yours would be a good start. I sorta believe Howard could be persuaded to join us. I talked to a friend this afternoon in Worland, Wyoming. They are good folks.
Blessings.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

WTD in AZ replied:

Yeh, man (or is that "dude" nowadays?), Right on. "Burt for Prez" has a nice ring to it. Should go well as one of those modern group chants.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:59 AM

Carol in SC replied:

I think "Prelutsky for Prez" has a better ring... :-)

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

G. Daylan in Peoria, IL said:

Another reason that some men do not vote is that we realize the almost every election is fixed.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:48 AM

G. Daylan in Peoria, IL replied:

I meant "that" almost every election is fixed

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:52 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

G.Daylan: That is just silly. You don't think there are actually 70 million liberals in America? I only wish that were true.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Burt, your paragraph re PPACA-RAMJOB is the most poignant!

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tod: Darn! Now I have to re-read the piece to find out what that means.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Dick Belmont in Fergus Falls, MN said:

Great email from your friend, Burt. There is wisdom in Brevity. What's wrong with America could be summed up, Obama and his Marxist followers.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dick: I agree, if by "Marxist followers" you are including every American who is fraudulently receiving food stamps, collecting welfare or is faking disabilities.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Dennis in Illinois said:

Re: A flourishing illegal marijuana trade. As with betting, the illegal trade will always exist for one simple reason. The guy on the corner will extend credit. Once again, the government refuses to compete on price. for everything from pot to schools to toilet seats and hammers.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dennis: And let us not forget college tuitions, which have soared enormously ever since the government got involved.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

russ ivison in coventry said:

hey Bert
if you run for the white house
you got my vote!!!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Thanks, Russ. Now if I can only count on my wife's vote, that will make two.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

Mine will make three. :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Ragweed in West Virginia replied:

BUrt - I will not vote for you. I hate to see a good man ruined.

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

William B Stoecker in Sacramento, CA said:

What is wrong with Colorado is what is wrong with California, Florida, Vermont, and even my original home state, Texas. People from leftist-dominated states elect politicians who wreck those states, and then migrate to places like Colorado to escape the mess they have made, and then proceed to vote for more of the same, turning once beautiful states into hellholes. Add to that the influx of illegal aliens from Latin America, Asia, and various Third World countries, aliens who tend to be Muslim or leftist or illiterate, or all of the above, and we have a dumbed down and morally degraded electorate. Of course, welfare is nothing more than a vote buying scheme paid for by us peasants.
This is why my home town, Houston, has a leftist lesbian mayor; she and her "wife" (or "husband," or whatever) support a late term abortionist. This is why California is bankrupt and has made no preparations for the drought that now threatens to finish us off. And of course, Amerika is becoming ever more urbanized, and the cities are dominated by welfare parasites and leftist yuppies...the big Texas cities are virtually clones of LA or Chicago (well, okay, no place is quite as bad as Chicago). Small town New Yorkers and Californians are virtually identical to people from small towns in Texas or northern Florida, enclaves of sanity in a world that has become a vast asylum for the retarded, ruled over by the criminally insane.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

William: Exactly right. People complain quite rightly that Mexicans leave Mexico for good reasons and then try to replicate Mexico up here, but nobody points out what California's exports have done to Washington and Oregon or what transplanted New Yorkers have done to New England.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Oregon and Washington have been Kalifornicated.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Cooneye in North Carolina replied:

North Carolina is suffering by the invasion of these Northeners. They come here for a lower tax rate, better weather and cheaper prices on consumer goods. Then they start getting on Town and City Councils, School Boards, etc., etc. and before you know it they are trying to change our way of life to exactly what they left those Northern states for. (except the weather and thank God they can't change that)

Every where I go now all I hear is that loud twangy Northern accent and know it all attitude.

Trying to think of a decent place to move to but so far stumped.

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia replied:

Houston has a leftist-loon mayor because it is a big city, and like just about every big city, completely beholden to its urban population of, as you say, "welfare parasites and leftist yuppies."

However, your premise is correct that red states tend to become less so thanks to the never-learned-their-lesson voting habits of blue-state refugees, who flock to the low taxes and relative freedom, but never understand that it is the conservative policies they hate that made it possible.

Fortunately, it is not an irreversible problem. North Carolina was swept up in the original obama frenzy, voting blue for the first time in 2008, thanks to an influx of disaffected New Yorkers and New Jerseyites who had fled south. But in 2010 and 2012, the natives reasserted themselves and brought it back into the conservative fold, and Senator Hagen is running for her Democrat life from any association with obama.

It's our own fault for being so welcoming, but we have to make sure we do a better job in the future seeing that the Yankees get properly "acculturized" before they can do too much electoral mischief. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

EdP in Upstate NY said:

>Having just recently celebrated my 74th birthday ...<

I'm just a year older than you and on the MD merry-go-round. Whenever I open my wallet to drag out my list of prescriptions I recall that it's in the same place where I used to keep names, addresses, and birth dates of the gals I knew.

*sigh*

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

EdP: Sigh.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

WTD in AZ replied:

Sigh, sigh, groan. Ah, the bygone days of our misspent youth.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Ragweed in West Virginia replied:

Shouldn't it be the mispent days of our bygone youth? Sigh......

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Orf in PA said:

Burt, I hope your upper limbs are functioning better now without pain, but if not, I hope you soon will feel better.

I do not know of any statistics that show marijuana is involved in auto accidents. I do know that using a cell phone while driving is as bad as driving drunk. I have avoided several such accidents because I have seen them coming at me. Yet cell phones are illegal in only some states. I mention this because I doubt marijuana users are dangerous drivers. If I am wrong, I hope someone will inform me. I have no personal experience with marijuana and I can't even say I would know what it smells like.

I did not know the states have shown their stupidity in using taxation to equalize the price with the black market trade. Government still specializes in incompetence.

Burt, if you are a January baby, I am one year older than you and I still play tennis, shovel snow, split wood with a Monster Maul, fix cars and house, and pray I stay healthy. :-) I hope you recover enough so you can hold that tennis racket again and at least play doubles.

Your column is better than ever, whether you are using Dragon or hunting and pecking with a finger. You have well stated the state of our disunion in plain terms, something not appearing elsewhere.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Orf: I suspect I will never play tennis again. Even when the healing process is complete, I don't believe I'll be able to grip a tennis racket,

So far, all of my articles were written prior to my operation/attack of the flu. I have managed to write a couple while down with the flu, but they won't be posted for a week or so.

The only reason there are no stats on traffic accidents caused by pot is that, unlike booze, there is no obvious evidence lying around. It stands to reason that anything whose very intention is to distort reality is going to play havoc with one's reflexes and response time.

I do agree with you about texting and driving, though. Being a hanging judge by nature, I would not only suspend the license of anyone caught texting while driving for at least five years, I would confiscate his or her vehicle.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Orf in PA replied:

Pot smokers who are driving are likely to have the scent on them or in the car when the cops arrive at an accident. They also probably have some weed in the glove box or their pocket. A good cop would use his nose and his evaluation of the state of mind of the driver as to whether he should search the pockets and the car. Also, if the driver is obviously at fault, a urine test should be done and would reveal the truth, because marijuana is very easily detected in a urine sample.

Burt, I hope you are wrong about your grip. After surgery you may feel you will never have enough muscular strength or pain relief to hold the racket. But physical therapy can perform some miracles. Don't be put off by what your doctor says; they are often wrong. Do what you think is right. PT and a wrist wrap can help, but not until you are all healed.

I agree with you since I am a hanging judge too. In PA I think the drunk has to be caught three times before he loses his license, unless he kills someone. I don't think he ought to have the chance to kill. Same with cell phone drivers, who are just as dangerous.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Orf: The trouble is that whether there is pot in the glove box or in a guy's pockets is not proof it's in his system. As I understand it, rye bread will give a false positive for marijuana. As for the odor, the smell of spilled gasoline and fire is likely to mask it at a traffic accident, and a cop's nose is not likely to be a plausible witness at a trial.

As for tennis, it's not so much the lack of strength, which I expect will return eventually, but the steel plate that now locks my wrist will probably not allow me to close my hand enough to hold a racket.

Glad we agree about drunk drivers. That makes about as much sense as giving baseball players multiple opportunities to cheat. What, after all, is a 50-game suspension compared to the opportunity to make tens of millions of dollars?

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Orf in PA replied:

Burt, Among the many opiate-addicted patients I see every week (this disease is epidemic), none of them have ever denied smoking marijuana, which is often found in their urine samples. They don't deny it because we don't punish them for it. I never had the experience of any of them saying they ate rye bread or any other substance as an excuse for the positive urine test. But eating poppy seed rolls will cause a positive urine test for opiates.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10:44 AM

John Q Citizen in Colorado replied:

It is a well known fact that marijuana stays in the body for up to 30 days, if a person had been smoking earlier that day and is not under the effect at the time they may still reek of the scent. Sadly there is no concrete way to determine if a driver is under the influence of pot at the time of a traffic stop. That in itself is an issue the id10t's of Colorado and Washington didnt think about when passing the law, they only saw the tax dollars flowing like milk and honey and that's quite questionable at this time as well.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Orf in PA replied:

Yes, it is true marijuana can be detected in the urine for up to 30 days after use. But since marijuana is still illegal in most states, that detection in the urine could be enough evidence to show the driver could have been under the influence. And if the driver was disoriented or confused and apparently the cause of the accident, he should be convicted. Anyone who uses an illegal substance must accept the risk of being arrested for an accident or some crime related to the drug.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

boilingfrog in N.C. replied:

Burt, duct tape it's the cure all for grip. Hell most of America wouldn't be running without baleing twine and duct tape. Better than bandaids and splints.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Froggie: I'll try to keep that in mind.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Ragweed in West Virginia replied:

BUrt - I've said it once, and I'll say it endlessly. The same, only worse, should be done to drug makers and sellers. I will grant them one appeal. If they are still found guilty, take them out and shoot them. Why give them another chance to kill one of our children?

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

WTD in AZ replied:

Orf, I read the "Monster Maul" bit with nostalgic envy. At 75, I could do that, but now a hoot-and -a-holler from 89, the best I can do is raise it once, letting gravity and the weight of the head do the rest.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:10 AM

Orf in PA replied:

WTD, I will be lucky if I can still manage the Monster Maul at your age. My wife sees me using a 16 lb. sledge hammer and multiple wedges to split the big oak trunk segments I've been working on, and so she has to try it once in a while. She is barely able to lift it off the log and then let it come down by gravity on the wedge I've placed. It is funny to watch her because she's only 5'2" weighs 107 lb. and a little older than I am.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM

WTD in AZ replied:

As a note of encouragement for you, Orf. Felling trees, bucking them, and other outdoor tasks kept me in good shape to get this far along on the calendar.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM

boilingfrog in N.C. said:

Burt, two state is the only viable position, even if the repubs retake the senate and then presidency, there will still be a lot of coniveing, liberal slime cowards looking to undermine the Republic. They need to have their own separate country, for their beliefs are so different, there can never be common ground. Plus looking at what the republican leadership is up too, I cannot help but think they are about control. A lot of them need to go to the liberal state.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Froggie: I would stand in nobody's way. But once they leave, I wouldn't let them move back. And our borders would be very secure.

Burt

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:55 PM

WTD in AZ said:

"parroting the line about there being no difference between the parties; this in spite of the fact that when it came to ObamaCare, one party voted 100% for it and the other party voted 100% against it." The trouble is the GOP has developed a wimpy, loser complex(does the name Boehner spring to mind) and won't come out fighting even with the advantage of all the ammunition BHO has provided. "The Great Communicator" would have had a ball rubbing their nose in it despite a prejudiced MSM.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: I disagree. For one thing, the media was quite different in the early 80s from what it is today. For another, Reagan was the president, not the Speaker of the House.

Burt

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:44 AM

WTD in AZ replied:

Sorry, Burt. That sentence wrongly implied the past tense when I was thinking of having President Reagan available today.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: But would Reagan pass muster today? I doubt it. As my governor, he raised taxes twice, shut down mental asylums and signed the most liberal abortion bill in the nation. Later, as president, he signed the amnesty bill. Heck, with all that on his resume, he would probably be running as a Democrat.

Burt

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

TheHoneyBadger in AZ replied:

Yes, and shutting down the mental asylums is the #1 cause of the Homeless Problem in this country!

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 5:45 PM

GeorgePA in PA said:

I wish - and wished this at the time, as well - that the blue states had seceded when W was re-elected.

A national divorce is our only hope. And I don't see those on the right being willing to leave.

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

Better wait a couple of years, George. By then, Obama will have scuffled on back to Chicago and President Hillary Clinton will not care, maybe happy, for a few conservatives states leave the Union. The new U.S. military will be so castrated she would be afraid to invade the seceding states. Besides, the U.S.M.C. would be on our side anyway.

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 11:03 PM