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Burt Prelutsky / May 8, 2021

Child Abuse as National Policy

Democrats have yet to explain the science behind sucking in the carbon dioxide that our bodies are trying to expel.

If there’s an upside to being in my 80s, it’s that I’m not growing up in these terrible times. We already know that, thanks to the totally unnecessary lockdown, kids are suffering depression and committing suicide in record numbers.

Even now, as things begin to open up a bit in certain states, kids are still being forced to wear those stupid, useless, unhealthy masks even when engaged in athletic events. I can’t even imagine how, as an adult, if I were still playing tennis, I could have survived running around, deprived of oxygen.

Although our Democratic overseers insist they’re only following the science, they have yet to explain the science behind sucking in the carbon dioxide that our bodies are trying to expel. In fact, as an experiment, I’d love to be able to challenge Biden, Fauci or any of their media stooges to wear a mask while doing 10 minutes of physical exertion and not keel over or throw up.

And now, Biden is pushing for yet another additional attack on the kids by extending their time under the thumb of the left-wing bureaucrats by removing them from their homes and placing them in what is euphemistically called pre-school. That’s in order to make it sound as if it’s part of the educational process. It isn’t. It’s just a way to give the government a head start in its ongoing attempt to brainwash the population.

Some will say these officially sanctioned babysitters are necessary so that both parents can go out and work. But if both parents have to leave the raising of their tots to strangers, why have children in the first place? Why not have cats? Cats pretty much raise themselves and will immediately move on to raising you.


A large number of employees at Simon & Schuster have petitioned their bosses not to publish a book by former Vice-President Mike Pence because, as these pinheads put it, he was part of an administration that was anti-black, anti-indigenous American, homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, transphobic and probably phobic-phobic.

So far, the bosses have been holding fast, but it was just a few months ago that they canceled Sen. Josh Hawley’s book deal because he’d had the gall to question the results of the Trump-Biden election.

I’m not saying these employees don’t have the right to petition and air their juvenile grievances; what I am saying is that they don’t have the right to be working in the publishing industry. If their first instinct to publishing a book by someone they despise is to censor it, they should seek work in a venue where the First Amendment is regularly being disputed: namely, politics and academia.

We saw a similar uprising last year at the New York Times when a senior Opinions editor, James Bennet, was fired because the underlings were offended that he’d published an article written by Tom Cotton in which the senator called for using the military to quell the nation-wide riots by Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

It seems to me that a newspaper and publishing firm have the right to hire people who are staunch Liberals or devout Conservatives, but before giving them the job, they should make certain that their concept of free speech extends to those with whom they disagree.

The free, totally uninhibited, exchange of ideas, including those that some might find repugnant, is not only the bedrock of publishing in all its forms, including the Internet, but the foundation of our nation.


This infringement on our free speech rights is nothing new.

Even though the openly racist Woodrow Wilson ran for re-election in 1916, vowing to keep us out of “Europe’s War,” he quickly changed his tune once he was handed another four years. He even went so far as having a man named Charles Schenck and hundreds of others arrested and tried under the Espionage Act. Schenck’s crime was publishing a pamphlet that argued that military conscription was illegal.

In pushing for prosecution of those opposed to our entry into one of the stupidest, bloodiest wars ever waged, Wilson was merely doing what Abraham Lincoln had done several decades earlier, when he had those who opposed the Civil War arrested and hauled off to the hoosegow.

Even though Wilson’s Supreme Court, which included such notables as Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis, they agreed with Wilson that actions that obstructed the recruiting or enlistment service during World War I were the equal of spying for the enemy and sabotage, even if those “actions” was limited to writing a single anti-war pamphlet.

In the case of FDR, he got to exercise his anti-democratic instincts by imprisoning American citizens of Japanese ancestry, although he refrained from doing the same to those with German names, even though the Nazi Bund was a large, well-organized, pro-Hitler group, that regularly held rallies right up until the declaration of war.


These days, all the dictators aren’t in the White House. Rather, they can be found in governor’s mansions and city halls. They’re the ones issuing the mandates that keep us masked and subservient.

When it comes to being strict about the rules, none has been as Nurse Ratched-like as Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer. For over a year, Michiganders have had to beg her permission to sneeze. That’s in spite of the fact that her husband had been caught going off to fish.

Now it turns out that the lady herself recently vacationed in Florida.

What makes it so odd isn’t the blatant hypocrisy. We have all become accustomed to our elected officials to insist we do what they say, not what they do. Rather, it’s the fact that she didn’t contact Gov. DeSantis or any other official in the state, requesting police protection, which is apparently standard procedure.

And now that she’s back in Michigan, she refuses to divulge why she went there, what she did or how long she stayed.

When questioned about the trip, her office refuses to offer answers, instead voicing security concerns. Security concerns? She’s the governor of a state; she doesn’t have the nuclear code.

It’s my own guess that the woman has gotten tired of her fisherman husband and is carrying on a torrid affair with some hot-blooded Cuban bongo drummer. If that’s not enough to ferret out the truth, I give up.


One of the most troubling aspects of watching Joe Biden deliver his address to Congress was seeing the two ditzy women sitting behind him. It’s bad enough that their cumulative IQs just might total 150, and 200 if you toss in Biden, but they represent the line of succession to the presidency. If for any reason, Biden falls by the wayside, Kamala Harris becomes the president. If she should fall prey to any of the capital’s typical dangers (a stray bullet, a slip on those slippery marble steps, tainted foie gras, strangling on her words), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would ascend to what she sees as her rightful destiny.

Has any allegedly free nation ever been led by a less impressive group of ignoramuses?


A man named Kevin Andre McKenzie from Guyana was arrested at New York’s JFK Airport trying to smuggle in 35 live finches, concealed in his clothes.

Unfortunately, Mae West wasn’t on hand to ask him if he had 35 birds in his pants or if he was just really excited to see her.


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