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Liberalism Is a Progressive Disease

By Burt Prelutsky · Jan. 10, 2011

The reason I devote so much time to liberals is because I find them endlessly fascinating. I simply cannot fathom how so many people manage to be wrong about so many things, ranging from same-sex marriage and the Second Amendment to tax rates, open borders and affirmative action.

How is it, I wonder, that liberals find capital punishment far more abominable than they do the criminals who commit capital offenses? And why is it they find it so impossible to acknowledge that America has a problem with Islam? Japan only had to attack us at Pearl Harbor to convince us that we were at war. But the Islamics have attacked us time and again for more than 30 years, and we still have millions of Americans who refuse to acknowledge that they are our sworn enemies.

It’s not just the man on the street who insists on wearing blinders. The government, whether led by George Bush or Barack Obama, refuses to even consider racial profiling at airports, even though we all know that nearly every terrorist act in the world is committed by a young Muslim male. It makes as much sense to suggest that members of the Mafia are as likely to be Australians as Sicilians. There is a middle ground, after all, between shipping off Japanese Americans to concentration camps and using commonsense when dealing with religious psychopaths.

Why is it that liberals are so easily persuaded that there is something wrong with keeping enemy combatants stashed at Guantanamo? They claim it’s because Islamics use its mere existence for recruiting purposes. Well, frankly, I’d prefer executing the inmates, especially since we know that a large number of those who have been released have gone back to killing our soldiers. Besides, if the mere fact that we’ve imprisoned these creeps is the problem, and has nothing to do with the Cuban climate, it hardly matters if they’re held there or at Leavenworth. Heck, we could save ourselves a lot of trouble by simply changing its name from Guantanamo to West Mecca, although, frankly, I’d settle for handing them over to the tender mercies of Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

For a long time, I found myself thinking that Julian Assange looked like a villain in a James Bond movie. Then, one day, it struck me that he closely resembles Bill Maher. Now I realize that Bill Maher looks like a villain in a James Bond movie.

At some point, will it ever occur to Sean Hannity that any panel that includes Bob Beckel doesn’t rate even one “great,” let alone four or five?

One of the great mysteries of life is how it is that liberals, who contribute less to charity than conservatives, and are far less likely to do volunteer work for church or community, continue to regard themselves as better, nicer, more compassionate people. It seems to me that the basis for this delusion is that they are far likelier to read the New York Times and to go “tsk tsk” over tragic events in, say, Darfur and Haiti, and to nod solemnly when they read the usual blatherings of Thomas Friedman, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich.

To liberals, the words published in the Times constitute Holy Scripture. They regard the paper as the Newest Testament.

This is the same paper, let us keep in mind, that wrapped itself in the warm embrace of the First Amendment when it published the Pentagon Papers and, more recently, the Wikileak documents. However, when it came to exposing the global warming hoax by printing the East Anglia email exchanges, the newspaper suddenly determined they were private property. Far better, the Times decided, to place our troops and allies in danger than to embarrass Al Gore and his corrupt cronies in high places, one such place being the editorial boardroom of the NY Times.

For many years, those of us who are in favor of racial profiling have insisted that our position isn’t based on bigotry, but on commonsense. We have claimed that if all the terrorist activity was being perpetrated, not by Muslims, but by Scandinavians, we would concentrate our suspicions on Swedes. Well, truth demands that we acknowledge that we have finally uncovered a Swedish suicide bomber.

In case you missed it, his name was Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly. But until he blew himself up while trying to set off a car bomb in downtown Stockholm, his friends, I understand, called him Sven.

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Rudy F said:

Spoken like a true white man. Nice little blog you got going here. Too bad nobody cares about your inept drivel.

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

ArkConservative in Arkansas replied:

Yes, there are people who care. You are obviously a liberal that cannot debate an issue because you have nothing to say except to insinuate that this man is somehow racist because he is white. Like all white men are racist. That's what happens, all you know how to do is call names because you have nothing intelligent to say. You are what's wrong in our country.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

JC said:

Great debate, Rudy! Let's sum it up in simple terms.Burt: Liberals are wrong on almost every issue.Rudy: You're white and stupid.Ad hominem attacks I guess when logic, reason, facts, and truth aren't on your side ... way to represent the left!

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 8:53 AM

gwegmann said:

Rudy, take your drivel to many of the liberal sites on the web or just go away! Mr. Perelutsky has a brilliant mind who comments succinctly on the left there hypocracy!

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM

gwegmann said:

Sorry for the mis-spelled words. I meant to write Mr"P"reveals the lefts duplicity on a daily basis, as illustrated by their reaction to the shooting in Tucson!

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 9:42 AM

GaryP said:

Ruby, It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 9:57 AM

MIResident in Michigan said:

Or better yet Rudy, respond to Burt's comments with factual evidence to the contrary. You'd find an open audience here if you did so.

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

I understand the next time the police receive a report of a robbery committed by two tall black men in their 20's driving a pickup, the police will stop 80 year old grandmothers going to a garden club meeting and driving a Honda Civic. Any truth to the rumor the Israeli security at airports will stop profiling?

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Mr.Bones. said:

Bert it appears you've awakened the ier of one rudy f.You true white man you! Rudy seems to think.No sorry!Seems to "feel"I don't think libs and pro's have thought genes.He seems to "feel" you've been unfair when speaking about those who try to pawn themselves off as journalist.All those (non white folks) you took to task in your article.Plus you picked on a girl.Bert shame on you! I wonder if rudy f.would've used spoken like a true "blackman" if Dr.Thomas Sowell or Dr.Walter E.Williams had written this article instead of you. I doubt it.I also doubt whether ole rudy f. even knows who either of these two gentlemen are. P.S.Bert please try to fit that (Noble Prize Winner) of economics and resident genius of the left.paul krugman in some of your future articles if you can.I think his name should be at the top of just about anything written about the editorial crowd.An what now passes for our print media.Semper Paratus.

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Miss Kitty said:

GaryP, one of my favorite sayings, and perfectly applied!If far left liberals didn't have a double standard, they wouldn't have any.

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 11:53 AM

SJvet said:

gwegmann: You misspelled "misspelled."Rudy F: If you don't like Mr. Prelutsky's articles and opinions, don't read them. Please join a liberal blog where your delusions will be welcomed.

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM

MoeLarryCurley said:

To All: Please go easy on Rudy F as he is stressed out 'cause he knows we're on to his liberal, incremental agenda that enslaves the productive to provide for the apathetic. Rudy F is burdened with the fact his kind has no valid arguments and thereby resorts to name calling. Rudy F, please feel free to move to another country that supports your ideals. There are plenty of them beyond our borders, and ironically enough for you liberals, their people would love to have the opportunities this country presents. So Rudy F, should you prefer to stay here (we certainly hope you don't) please don't try to change this country and read the US Constitution from the "Origination" point of view and not your "interpretive-chock-full-of-gray-area" point of view.

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA said:

Dear Readers: After reading Rudy F's remarks, I was ready to do battle, but I see he has already been driven from the field. Well done, troops.Mr. Bones: Thank you for coming to my defense. And I promise to keep Paul Krugman in mind for future articles, but only if you promise to keep in mind that I spell my name B-u-r-t.Regards, Burt

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:12 PM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia said:

With apologies to GaryP and Miss Kitty, I have to disagree about the utility of the adage "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."Where would we have been in November if Nancy Pelosi and her minions had heeded such advice?Rudy and you other liberals: shout your idiocy from the rooftops! The more liberalism and stupidity become linked in peoples' minds, the better off our nation will be.

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:49 PM

karl anglin said:

Better to illuminate than merelyto shine, to deliver to otherscontemplated truths than merelyto contemplate.---Thomas Aquinas(1225-1274)

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia said:

Karl-Judging from your presence here, and the usual bent of your posts, I assume you are of a like mind with the general conservative tone. And none of us who frequent these columns would deny that you make excellent use of "Bartlett's Quotation's." Certainly, the very word "conservatism" implies that "conserving" the wisdom of the past, as expressed by great men, is a key to dealing with the present. But do you ever express an original thought? Someone as widely read as you seem to be might have much to add to the conversation.

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 2:34 PM