Burt Prelutsky / Jan. 18, 2021

The Day After

It's hard to take Leon Panetta seriously when he said that the events that took place on January 6th was the worst thing he could recall.

When you think about all the awful things that take place every day that Congress is in session, it’s hard to take Leon Panetta seriously when he said that the events that took place on January 6th was the worst thing he could recall. Wow, Leon! Worse than JFK’s assassination? Worse than 9/11? Worse even, from your perspective, than the day that Donald Trump defeated your beloved meal ticket Hillary Clinton?

But Panetta wasn’t the only blowhard fulminating the day after the storming of Capitol Hill. We had former Attorney General William Barr insisting that Donald Trump had betrayed his office and his supporters. Sorry, Mr. Barr, but that’s what a lot of us thought when he gave you the job.

There was so much wind stirred up by the blatant virtue signaling, I’m surprised that planes were allowed to land or take off at Dulles Field. Among the first rats to jump ship was Mitch McConnell’s wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who decided that with 13 days left in Trump’s term, she couldn’t serve him even one more second.

Several other, lesser-known entities, including Stephanie Grisham, Matthew Pottinger, Mick Mulvaney and Sarah Matthews, joined her, hoping no doubt that it would save them from being purged by the culture cancellers in our vile social-networking society.

It’s bad enough that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were calling for Mike Pence and the president’s cabinet to employ the 25th Amendment in order to get rid of Trump before Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20th. Adam Kinzinger, one of the few House members from Illinois who’s a Republican, seconded their notion. One can only hope that his constituents will remember this when he runs for re-election in 2022.

John Kelly, one of Trump’s bigger blunders, also came on board, insisting that Trump has to go now, this very minute, before he starts a war, I guess, with North Korea or Iran or France or someone. Schumer and Pelosi are so desperate, they’re even calling for a second bite of the poison apple; namely impeachment.

The reason they’re talking even crazier than usual is because if they could pull it off this time, now that they control the Senate, it would mean that Trump wouldn’t be able to run in 2024.

They not only want him gone, they want him shot with a silver bullet, stabbed with a wooden stake and buried under a ton of unconsecrated concrete.

They realize, even if most of the TV pundits don’t, that the skirmish in Washington did not break the connection that 74 million voters feel they have with President Trump.

Typically, Mitt Romney, who could play Brutus perfectly in a Salt Lake City production of “Julius Caesar,” was quick to demand that Trump turn off the lights in the White House and leave the key under the mat.

In a just world, Trump would turn off Romney’s lights and leave Mitt under the mat.

Authorities confirmed that just one or two members of the mob that broke the windows and stormed into the halls of Congress had “slight connections to Antifa.”

In my initial article, I ventured the opinion that Antifa had infiltrated the crowd of Trump supporters. This statement resolved any doubts I may have had. “Slight connections”? Is that anything like being slightly pregnant?

The mere fact that this news is coming from “authorities” is enough to convince me that the majority of the hooligans who vandalized the so-called People’s House are receiving their salaries from George Soros.

Funny how we’re supposed to be so upset that a building that houses nearly as many frauds, crooks and weasels as the U.N. is sacred, but the stores and restaurants burned down by the BLM and Antifa hoodlums were merely regarded as unavoidable collateral damage in the war for social justice, which, as we all know, is anti-social and unjust.

I kept hearing people on TV talking about this being the worst attack on the nation’s capital since the Brits laid siege to it in 1814. Thanks for the history lesson, you nattering nabobs, but last June the black and white mobs rioted in your streets in case it escaped your attention. They toppled statues and burned an historical church just a few hundred yards away from the White House. But of course they didn’t threaten politicians, so it wasn’t their ox being gored.

Some of the goonier pundits at CNN and MSNBC even compared the riot to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. I know that smoking marijuana is now legal, but do these people understand it’s not mandatory?

Tucker Carlson, who, along with such guests as Mark Steyn and Victor Davis Hanson, is the fount of most of the wisdom to be found at Fox, pointed out that GOP leaders, with the exception of Trump, despise most Republican voters. He’s right.

The party elite have contempt for the base of the party. They look down on the folks in places like Kansas and Wyoming, Utah and Nebraska, Oklahoma and Indiana, and not just when they’re sitting in First Class at 35,000 feet, literally looking down on them.

You’re naïve if you believe it’s only Democrats who refer to flyover country with a sneer in their voice.

I was personally repulsed by what I saw take place in the halls of Congress. But I understood the frustration that motivated it because I shared it.

A few months back when the mob was trashing our cities and our culture, the flying monkeys on the Marxist TV networks were all parroting Martin Luther King’s “A riot is the language of the unheard.” So, riots are a good thing, they’d have you believe, unless the unheard happen to be white, hard-working, married, middle class and religious.

CNN’s hoity-toity host Anderson Cooper, a high-caste homosexual whose mother was Gloria Vanderbilt (of The Vanderbilt’s), went after Trump’s grubby supporters as only a high-caste homosexual can by referring to their lack of taste and money. He announced to his dozens of fans in Greenwich Village, Martha’s Vineyard and San Francisco, that after leaving the grounds of the Capitol, they would be returning to their natural habitat – the (ugh) Olive Garden and the (double ugh) Holiday Inn.

I never believed that the election would be overturned. Being a realist, I recognize the difference between high hopes and delusions.

But I still resented the cavalier fashion with which one judge after another dismissed Trump’s lawyers, announcing from on high that there had been no proof of large scale voter fraud. Hard to find proof of anything if you don’t even look.

I know that Pennsylvania is one of the most politically corrupt states in the Union, not just because the folks keep electing Democratic mayors, governors and senators, but because the State Supreme Court is full of a bunch of old style ward heelers, who would have been right at home serving on the Chicago courts during the era of Al Capone.

But when Rudy Giuliani was testifying in a Pennsylvania court and announced that of the 1.8 million ballots that were mailed out, 1.4 million were returned and 2.5 million were counted, you would have thought the 18 ears over at the Supreme Court would have perked right up.

He also reported that 22,800 ballots that were mailed out were returned the very next day. It’s only in my dreams that mail is sent and returned that quickly. But that’s small potatoes compared to the 33,000 ballots that were sent out and returned the same day. But even that pales when compared to life in the Fourth Dimension where 24,000 ballots were returned before they’re mailed out.

People persist in telling me that within a few months of the inauguration, Joe Biden will step aside or be pushed aside in favor of Kamala Harris, perhaps by Democrats invoking the 25th Amendment, insisting that he is mentally unfit to carry out the duties of the office.

I’ve got five bucks that says they’re all wet.

For one thing, Biden has been dreaming of being president for several decades. He has actively pursued the office since the 1980s. Anybody who thinks he’s stepping aside after all that has several bolts loose in his transmission.

As for his mental capacity, I’m beginning to wonder if he was playing possum during the primaries. So far as I can tell, these days he seems to be in better physical shape than most of the guys in the Senate and certainly as lucid as Bernie Sanders, for whatever that’s worth.

Of all the groups of people who have been hit hard by the lockdown, perhaps those hit the hardest have been the nation’s actors.

I mean, at the best of times, unless they’re stars pulling down $20 million a movie or a million bucks an TV episode, it’s a very tough grind.

But the fallback position for them has always been the ability to get jobs waiting tables between those occasional acting gigs. So, here they are, out of not just one job but two.

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