The United States of America, R.I.P.

| October 19 2013
Burt Prelutsky

The Democrats apparently think they can get away with anything simply because the major media outlets are in the tank for them, and perhaps they can.  I suppose we’ll have to wait until the mid-term elections to find out if America really is prepared to pull the plug on itself.

Clearly, Obama and his gang thought it wouldn’t cost them any votes if the Department of Defense suspended death benefits to the widows and children of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.  Apparently, they were equally copacetic about shutting down the outdoor World War II Memorial to military veterans, while throwing open the National Mall for a demonstration by illegal immigrants and some of their publicity-crazed supporters in the House.

Speaking of the shutdown, I don’t think it’s right for people to complain that none of the golf courses on military bases where Obama likes to play were closed for the duration.  After all, Obama needs a place where he can unwind after playing all those other rounds of golf.

It is almost beyond belief that people like Obama and John Kerry can still find nice things to say about Syria’s al-Assad and Russia’s Putin just because they’re going through the motions of destroying Syria’s stash of chemical weapons.  But when it comes to House Republicans, Obama calls them “saboteurs.”  Chuck Schumer labels them “extortionists and hostage-takers,” while former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau draws the line at extortionists; to him, they’re just “hostage-takers.”  White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer insists they’re “terrorists,” while Sen. Dick Durbin agrees they’re “terrorists,” but adds that they’re also “squealing political pigs.”  Harry Reid calls them “anarchists” and Nancy Pelosi is equally convinced they’re “arsonists.”  Al Gore claims they’re “political terrorists,” while Sen. Angus King of Maine refuses to beat around the bush, insisting they’re nothing more or less than “murderers.”

I realize that the Democrats are taking comfort in the polls that show that whereas 65% of the people hold House Republicans responsible for the shutdown, only 50% lay the blame at Obama’s feet.  They’re convinced it will lead to the Democrats retaking control of the House in 2014, enabling Obama to complete his mission of radically transforming America in his own disgusting image.

Now, if I were an extortionist, an arsonist or a hostage-taker, I would probably keep this to myself, but I’m not that sort of guy.  The truth is that while everyone claims to hate Congress, they do not hate their own congressman, who happens to be the only member of the House they actually get to vote for.  That is why the incumbent generally gets re-elected.

On the other hand, when half the people hold the president responsible for bad stuff, that tends to shred his coattails.  Therefore, Democrats who’ll be running in 2014 would do well to realize that Obama will be gone two years hence, but if they keep pushing his loony agenda, they could be gone even sooner.

Also, it’s the president who gets tarred with a bad economy.  The recession of 2008 was created by people like Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and Sen. Obama, but it was George Bush who got blamed and the Republicans who suffered the consequences.

In the meantime, Republican politicians would be wise to recall Reagan’s 11th Commandment, cautioning his colleagues not to speak ill of other Republicans.  For one thing, a circular firing squad not only makes them look dumb, but it provides Democrats with a blood bath they can wallow around in, like pigs in mud.  I know from my own experience that Republican politicians, by and large, are no smarter than the folks on the other side of the aisle, but there’s really no compelling reason to provide Democrats with sound bites to use in future elections.

When I state that Republicans are as dumb as Democrats, I don’t mean to suggest that they are equally vile.  After all, in the same week that Obama decided that the federal government couldn’t possibly accommodate World War II veterans or pay death benefits to military widows, he decided it was essential to hand over 450 million tax dollars to continue funding NPR and PBS.  From Obama’s point of view, it made perfect sense because both of those media entities are constantly promoting him and his agenda, whereas what the hell have old veterans and young widows ever done for him?

It was also the same week that Obama decided to deny money and military hardware to the Egyptian army.  This was seen in Egypt, Israel and everywhere else in the Middle East, as Obama’s casting his lot with the Muslim Brotherhood.

That would certainly seem to be the logical conclusion.  On the other hand, it could simply mean that he has the same contempt for Egypt’s military that he has for our own.

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