Thursday, March 15, 2012
Cataloging Liars and Loons
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
by Burt Prelutsky
At times, I find myself wondering if, after a thousand postings, I will eventually run out of things to carp, whine and scream about. I should only be so lucky, for it would mean that liberalism had finally all but vanished from our nation’s capital, and the likes of Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman, Sheila Jackson Lee, Patty Murray, Charles Schumer and Pat Leahy, had all been returned to the various zoos from which they’d been on loan.
In the spirit of bi-partisanship, I would acknowledge that there are a fair number of naïve bumpkins in both parties. Although they are far more numerous in the voting blocs of Democrats, even in the GOP there are those I refer to as Utopians. Whereas on the Left, such lunkheads tend to think that if only a thousand more laws are enacted, we will achieve Nirvana; on the Right are those who believe there is an ideal presidential candidate who will somehow combine the best elements of George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Anything short of that and they threaten to stay home and sulk on Election Day, even if the alternative is to allow an international disaster like Obama to be re-elected.
Another source of annoyance is the U.S. military. While I continue to respect and admire the young warriors who risk life and limb on our behalf, Bill Clinton’s influence on the armed forces has begun to show in various unpleasant ways. When nothing was done about Major Nidal Hasan prior to his massacring dozens of innocent people, when every single one of his superior officers at Fort Hood knew they had a committed jihadist in their midst, it’s because Clinton had filled the officer ranks with men like himself, politically correct cowards.
It then took Barack Obama, whose contempt for the military has been made blatantly clear by his gutting of defense funding, to further demoralize the troops by ending the policy known as “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell.” In his latest attempt to neuter the troops, he has overseen a program that insists that combat troops wear fake breasts and “empathy” bellies so they’ll understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training. Apparently, nobody has bothered pointing out that pregnant soldiers have no place in the military, unless it’s typing, filing and/or nursing. And because I wouldn’t want to risk being labeled a sexist, I would say that holds true whether the expectant mother is male or female.
But what else would you expect of a president who recently announced a plan to diminish our nuclear stockpile by 80% at the same time that China, North Korea and Iran, are all rattling their nuclear sabers?
As bad as Clinton and Obama have been, the Democrats have been lousing up this country going back at least as far as Woodrow Wilson, whose contempt for the Constitution rivaled his contempt for black people, a century ago. More recently, we had FDR, who long before Rahm Emanuel observed that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, used the excuse of the Great Depression to introduce socialism to America and massively expand the size and power of the federal government.
It would be unfair to overlook Lyndon Baines Johnson and his own updated version of FDR’s “New Deal,” which he called “The Great Society.” LBJ, who wreaked havoc on our foreign policy by doubling down on the Vietnam War, did similar damage to us domestically. His Civil Rights Bill gave us Affirmative Action, which sold itself as the first step towards a colorblind society, when in fact it actually condoned reverse-racism.
At the time, LBJ’s policy led Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan to point out: “If you create government incentives that make it more profitable for people to abandon their children than to stay with them, which is exactly what Aid to Families with Dependent Children did, you will reap the demographic whirlwind.”
Moynihan was tragically prophetic, as borne out by the poverty, crime and out of wedlock birthrate that has ravished black communities, making two-parent homes nearly as rare as teeth on a chicken.
Yet another unintended but predictable consequence of the Great Society is known as the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Because certain states had been guilty of disenfranchising blacks of their voting privileges either through Poll Taxes, Jim Crow laws or physical intimidation, it was decided that they would be overseen by Big Brother in the form of the Department of Justice.
As a result, such states as Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, along with certain counties in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina and South Dakota, and a handful of townships in Michigan and New Hampshire, would have to seek federal approval to not only amend any of its voting laws, but to move polling venues from a church to a school or a school to a private home.
In spite of the fact that blacks have had no problem being elected to public office in any of those places, the law has been renewed four times over the past 47 years, most recently in 2006 when George W. Bush, no doubt currying favor with Ted Kennedy, signed a 25-year extension! The tragic irony of all this is that the man currently heading up the Justice Department is Eric Holder, the same self-righteous bigot who refused to indict the Black Panthers for threatening white voters in 2008 and who, for good measure, instructed his agents not to prosecute cases of voter intimidation unless, of course, it involved whites threatening blacks or Latinos.
Perhaps on the day that our next president nullifies ObamaCare, he can also rid us of that toxic item.
I was actually referring to the Voting Rights Act, not to Attorney General Holder. But on second thought...
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Posted by Brett at 12:17 AM