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No Longer a Kakistocracy

Burt Prelutsky · Nov. 26, 2016

Until recently, I had no idea there was a single word that described Obama’s two terms and what we faced if Hillary Clinton had been elected. A kakistocracy is defined as “a government by the least qualified or worst persons.”

I don’t think it’s a mere coincidence that the word sounds like a combination of kaka and catastrophe.

As P.J. O'Rourke put it: “No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs; we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.”

When you consider those four items, I think you’d agree they pretty much sum up an administration led by a former community organizer, and populated by the likes of Mrs. Clinton, Joe Biden, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Valerie Jarrett, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Elijah Cummings, Lois Lerner, John Koskinen, Eric Shinseki and Robert McDonald.


I have been walking around with a goofy smile on my mug ever since the election. I have pinched myself so often, trying to convince myself that it wasn’t all a dream, that I have bruises up and down my arm. It’s not just that Trump and Pence defeated Clinton and Kaine, not just that Obama’s legacies will vanish as of January 21, 2017, but that for Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyonce, Kenye West, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, George Will, Bill Clinton, Stephen Colbert, Chris Matthews, John Heilemann, Jimmy Fallon, Chuck Schumer and the entire crew at MSNBC and CNN, it’s mourning in America.

In the wake of the election, when I heard Mark Halperin of Bloomberg News grouse that aside from the Civil War, World War II and the events of 911, Trump’s victory was the most cataclysmic event that had ever hit this nation, I understood that not only had a Republican defeated a Democrat, but sanity had prevailed over lunacy.

I readily confess that I did not anticipate that the Republicans would not only take back the White House, but hang on to the Senate. Perhaps if I had had more faith in the electorate, I would have seen it coming. But how could I after they’d elected and then re-elected the worst example of kakistocracy in American history?

Only once in the past 64 years has either party won three consecutive presidential elections, but virtually all the polls indicated that Hillary would pull it off. To be fair, when your party has controlled the White House for the last eight years, it rings a little hollow when you say you’ll not only get the country back on its feet, but do so by doubling down on what your predecessor has done!


When you see those mobs rioting all over the country, all because Donald Trump was elected, you begin to realize that those who sound off the most about tolerance, free speech and love conquering hate, are lying with every word they speak.

The rabble insist that Trump only won because he managed to garner the racist white vote. What they don’t bother to explain is how it is that so many of these same people twice voted for Barack Obama and only channeled their inner Klansmen when they refrained from voting for the whitest woman in America.


I keep hearing pundits say that Trump should concentrate on getting his agenda passed and not worry about investigating Hillary Clinton and the family Foundation, and, frankly, my head is on the verge of exploding. Just because she lost an election, nobody, including Trump, should conclude that she’s suffered enough. Lots of people have lost lots of elections and survived the trauma. But only one has used a private server, whose contents were readily available to our enemies, and, moreover, used it for no other reason than to conceal bribes cleverly disguised as charitable contributions.

President Trump should leave it in the hands of his Attorney General, while he concentrates on lowering taxes; fixing what passes for an immigration policy; erasing everything Obama did with his pen and his phone; disposing of ISIS; resurrecting and slightly tweaking what was once the best health care program in the world; and letting Iran, Russia, China and North Korea, know that there’s a new sheriff in town.


A reader asked me how it is possible to oppose welfare for inner-city blacks who refuse to get an education, get a job, get married and raise their children, and not be labeled a racist?

I explained that my way of dealing with it is to accept the label as a tribute to my honesty and my refusal to be bullied by the politically correct ninnies on the Left.

I see the generational welfare recipients as I imagine most Jews in Israel view the Arabs and Muslims in their midst, as something inferior to themselves, based not on racial, class or religious differences, but based wholly on character, values and behavior.

Why should I pay lip service to millions of people who place little or no value in education, in getting a job, in getting married or in raising their children? I don’t respect Caucasians who live like slugs, so why would I respect those of another race?

The sad fact is that the differences between the two races are so deep-rooted that even blacks who would seem to have as little in common with the inner-city rabble as I do continue to vote exactly like them.

I think I first became aware of how different whites are from blacks when I read surveys comparing the 10 top-rated TV shows in the two communities. At one point, Monday Night Football was the only show that appeared on both lists. At a different time, both races were tuned in faithfully to the Bill Cosby sit com. But how much can the races have in common when they’re not even entertained by the same things and the same people?

Another reminder came during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, even before any of us had ever heard of jury nullification, when Simpson’s defense attorney Johnnie Cochran took the stage at a black entertainment awards show and was greeted by chants of “Free O.J.” Even in loony Hollywood, an auditorium of white celebrities would never be caught on camera chanting “Free Charlie Manson.”

Another telling difference between the races is that white parents would not spell Johnny “Johnnie.”

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