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Our Debt to Mitt Romney

Burt Prelutsky · Feb. 24, 2020

I realize that on the face of it suggesting that Conservatives owe anything to the poseur from Utah, especially after he stabbed Trump in the back, must sound like a bad joke. But think about it: If Romney hadn’t run such a mediocre campaign in 2012, he would have defeated Barack Obama.

But can anyone imagine that the Romney administration would have been anything but more of the same sort of thing we saw with Bush I and Bush II? True we would have been spared Obama’s second term, and perhaps Romney wouldn’t have sent $1.5 billion to Iran, but we wouldn’t have seen Donald Trump elected in 2016, perhaps the one year the former reality show host could have won, thanks to his opponent being the odious Hillary Clinton. And had we missed the opportunity to elect Mr. Trump that, I suggest, would have been a tragedy from which America might never have been able to recover.

Of all the movies I saw once I learned how to watch DVDs on my TV set, the one I was most conflicted about was “The Two Popes.” On the one hand, I thought it had an interesting premise, decent dialogue and two fine performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. My problem was that the “hero” of the piece was the current pope, Francis, a devout Socialist from Argentina.

The thing that bothered me was that the writer and the director both thought it was a good thing that the more traditional Pope Benedict XVI was won over in a number of days by the left-wing cardinal and decided to retire in order to make way for the slightly younger man.

At the time of Benedict’s abdication, it was big news, as no pope had retired in over a thousand years. With Catholicism waning in Europe, everyone knew that the next pope would come out of the two places where membership was increasing. That narrowed it down to Africa and South America.

My problem with the movie is that the drama was secondary to its politics. I say that because there’s no way this movie would have been produced if Francis, the liberal, had been the one retiring and deciding that he was leading the Church too far to the Left and chose to be replaced by a pope who could better represent the conservative tradition of Catholicism.

There is evidence suggesting that the drinking of beer may be as harmful to brain cells as the smoking of marijuana. The proof is that there has been a 60% decline in the stock value of Corona Beer since the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China. Apparently, there are a bunch of people who apparently believe that the beer is the cause of the epidemic.

You can bet there are a lot of executives at their competitor’s headquarters sighing with relief that whoever is in charge of naming diseases didn’t decide to call it the coorsvirus, the pabstvirus or the samadamsvirus.

Rumor has it that someone at Corona is spreading the entirely unfounded rumor that the “weiser” in Budweiser means virus in German.

The brouhaha over the goings-on at the State of the Union Address is showing no signs of let-up. The Democrats are particularly upset that they wound up attending the bestowing of the Medal of Freedom on conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh.

But the same chimpanzees who cried “foul” at Limbaugh’s receiving the Medal seemed to think it was perfectly reasonable that Norway’s Socialists gave Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize a few months after he was elected President of the United States, when his most notable prior achievement had been running to be the President of the United States.

The Norwegians insisted that he deserved the Prize because of his “Extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

Until now, I bet you didn’t think Scandinavians had a sense of humor.

Even if you ignore the monumental effect that Limbaugh had on the radio industry, replacing Top 20 music stations with non-stop political call-in shows, just based on his charitable efforts the man deserved the Medal.

That’s especially the case when you realized that earlier recipients included the tawdry likes of Robert De Niro, Tom Brokaw, Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara, Marlo Thomas, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen De Generes, Angela Merkel, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Harvey Milk and Jesse Jackson.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter and hubby Shawn Corey Carter (aka Jay Z) came in for some heat for remaining seated during the playing of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. But Mr. Z was quick to explain that it wasn’t a political statement. Instead, he said that they were simply too busy critiquing Jennifer Lopez’s performance to notice the music. I assume that a tune such as the Anthem that lacks a beat and rap lyrics simply doesn’t register with the two of them.

Speaking of high-profile blacks, I wonder if those black members of Congress who refused to even clap when President Trump mentioned the financial gains of their constituents or the fact that he had earmarked millions of dollars for black colleges during his Address noticed that a recent poll showed that Trump had a 42% approval rate among black voters.

If the numbers are even close to that in November, the Democrats can forget about changing their party’s name to Socialist. Perhaps they would consider calling themselves the Whigs. That one hasn’t been used in a while.

In the meantime, Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg, are taking their medicine show around the country trying to convince the suckers that, once elected, they’ll be able to provide free college, free healthcare and free money, to every slacker and illegal alien in the nation without bankrupting the middle class.

In other words, whereas earlier politicians were promising a chicken in every pot, the Socialists are calling for you to turn on the gas, climb in the pot, pull the lid on over your head and cook your own goose.

After recently complaining about Joe and Hunter Biden, Nate Bachman reminded me that they’re only part of the story. “Don’t forget that Joe’s brother Jim Biden got a huge government contract worth $1.5 billion with no experience.”

I replied: “What the heck are you talking about? Jim has had plenty of experience being Joe’s brother.”

After I mentioned Golda Meir’s dire prediction for peace in the Middle East requiring that the Arabs start loving their children more than they hate Jews, Stephen Hanover recalled another quote of hers: “I don’t remember if it was as Foreign Minister or Prime Minister, but she was once asked by a reporter what help she would like from the U.S. She replied: ‘Three of your generals.’ When asked which three those would be, she said ‘General Motors, General Electric and General Foods.’”

The other day while watching Angel lick herself, I found myself wondering who was the canny canine publicist who convinced us that a dog’s mouth is the cleanest place on the planet, and if only Fido or Fluffy could be taught to hold a scalpel between their teeth, they could be trusted to remove your gallbladder without even having to scrub up.

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