Burt Prelutsky / Jan. 31, 2011

Sticks and Stones

In spite of Barack Obama’s belated call for civility in political discourse, we had Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) comparing Republicans campaign to repeal ObamaCare to Goebbels’ use of Nazi propaganda to bring on the Holocaust. Some people wondered why, after this vulgar display of obvious lunacy, the president didn’t call him on the carpet. I suspect it was because Rep. Cohen might have said something pertinent about pots insulting kettles.

In spite of Barack Obama’s belated call for civility in political discourse, we had Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) comparing Republicans campaign to repeal ObamaCare to Goebbels’ use of Nazi propaganda to bring on the Holocaust. Some people wondered why, after this vulgar display of obvious lunacy, the president didn’t call him on the carpet. I suspect it was because Rep. Cohen might have said something pertinent about pots insulting kettles.

Mr. Cohen might have brought up any number of Obama’s intemperate remarks, including “They bring a knife, we bring a gun,” “Get in their faces,” “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry!” “Hit back twice as hard,” “A Republican victory would mean hand-to-hand combat,” “I’m itching for a fight,” “Sit down, shut up and get out of the way,” and his famous advice to Latino voters: “Punish your enemies.” It’s not exactly in the style of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King or, heaven knows, even Miss Manners. Actually, if you close your eyes, you might swear it was Al Capone.

Equally dismissive of Obama’s blatantly hypocritical words was Spike Lee, the black racist who admits his blood boils whenever he encounters a biracial couple, who said that America is the most violent nation in the history of the world. He didn’t identify which world he had in mind, but apparently it wasn’t one that included Iran, the Soviet Union, China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Castro’s Cuba or Nazi Germany. Put a “Reverend: in front of his name and you might think the ditz had inherited Jeremiah Wright’s pulpit.

When those on the left make such utterly stupid statements, it is quite natural to assume that liberalism is a mental disease, just like paranoia and schizophrenia, but one that hasn’t been identified and labeled because it’s allowed to pass for political opinion.

Not too long ago, I saw Roseanne Barr on Bill O'Reilly’s show. She got my attention when she said that she hated liberals, but she went on to explain that she’s a socialist. So then I sat there waiting for O'Reilly to put her on the spot by asking her why, in that case, she owned the macadamia ranch in Hawaii. In a socialist society, after all, it would be the workers who owned it.

When he went on to another topic, I found myself wondering if O'Reilly even knows what a socialist is. Perhaps I have stumbled into the reason he always appears so shocked whenever someone like Dick Morris, Laura Ingraham or Karl Rove, identifies Obama as being one.

Speaking of Hawaii, its Democratic governor, Neil Abercrombie, recently admitted that they have been unable to track down Obama’s actual birth certificate. And while I acknowledge that even some conservative pundits have joined the left-wing knuckleheads in dismissing a certain number of patriots as "birthers,” the fact remains that the founding fathers wouldn’t have stipulated prerequisites to being president if they hadn’t thought it mattered.

The good news for liberals is that even though nobody has been able to turn up the official document, they have sworn testimony by several people who just happened to have been in the Honolulu delivery room on August 4, 1961. They include Rahm Emanuel, Harry Reid, Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, Henry Waxman, Bill Maher and Chris Matthews. The attending physician was Dr. Keith Olbermann and the head nurse was Nancy Pelosi.

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