November 12th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
A quiet day at the White House
President Obama is laying low this Veterans Day with no public events planned. He observed the memorial on Sunday during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
On Tuesday it's back to business for the president, hosting labor leaders at the White House ahead for his negotiations with congressional leaders surrounding the upcoming "fiscal cliff" deadline.
I wonder if he still plans on cutting Tricare for vets?
by Burt Prelutsky
HOW IS IT, people wonder, that Obama could be re-elected with an economy that’s barely breathing; a foreign policy that led to the Benghazi massacre and a cover-up that puts Watergate in the shade; soaring prices at the gas pump; a war on the oil and coal industries; a diminished military; increased taxes; ObamaCare; handing GM over to a labor union; and an unemployment rate that’s worse than the one he’s spent four years complaining he inherited?
How, indeed? Well, for openers, Hispanics see the federal government as one big piñata, filled with goodies. Likewise, blacks, single women and immature males, think that Uncle Sam is really their Sugar Daddy.
When it comes to my fellow Jews, who continue to confound Gentiles with their dedication to the Left, the explanation isn’t all that mystifying. For most of them, their religion of choice isn’t Judaism, it’s Liberalism. I can’t tell you how often I hear from totally perplexed Christians who ask me how it is that such well-educated people can continue to vote like the dregs of society. In part, the answer is that Jews only appear to vote against their own self-interest. They aren’t really all that altruistic. When you realize what a large percentage of defense attorneys; ACLU lawyers; members of the public sector unions, including those involving teachers and social workers; the media; and, yes, the gay community; are Jewish, their devotion to the Democratic Party isn’t all that surprising.
Another part of the answer is that being well-educated generally guarantees a good income, but it has next to nothing to do with possessing wisdom or commonsense. And without them, education is really nothing more than lipstick on a pig or tinsel on a rotted tree.
One of the sobering notes of the election is that Americans are now so dumb, greedy and morally pathetic, the Democrats no longer have to cheat on Election Day. They used to fight for racial equality and a strong national defense, but now wage war on behalf of abortions on demand and same-sex marriages.
Once again, single women voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, just as they did for Clinton, Gore and Kerry. It leads me to hope that they continue to be conscientious about using those all-important birth control pills. God forbid they start reproducing!
A few people asked me why on earth Colin Powell continues to call himself a Republican when he keeps endorsing Democrats when elections roll around. It’s my theory that he hopes to pass himself off as a man above the fray, a man who votes for the best man running. Because Powell used to be a general, a lot of people fall for his charade. He’s about as Republican as Chris Matthews and about as non-partisan as Juan Williams, who just might get to play him if Hollywood ever gets around to producing “The Colin Powell Story.”
When it comes to misidentifying himself, Powell is no worse than 30% of the population. Whereas we used to hear that 40% of Americans identified themselves as conservatives and a mere 20% identified themselves as liberals, in spite of the obvious fact that in every election 40% of the people vote for the Republican and 40% vote for the Democrat, we now hear in the aftermath of the election that 38% of us are Democrats, 32% are Republicans and 30% are something called moderates. I’m afraid that baloney is baloney, no matter how thin you slice it, and it pains me when I hear right-wing pundits parrot this malarkey. No moderate would have ever voted for Barack Obama, the most left-wing radical to have ever been president.
Instead of asking people to identify themselves, all we need to do is to check election results. That also goes for repeating the lie that America is still a slightly right of center nation.
With the increasing number of Hispanics, blacks, single females, gays, Asians and brain-washed college students, we’re about as conservative as Norway.
If America had been invaded by foreign enemies, we could have fought back. But this wasn’t a foreign invader. It’s as if America had died of cancer or a self-inflicted bullet to the head. The fat lady sang, and it wasn’t the National Anthem. We have all heard about criminals who, having been cornered, refuse to be captured and incarcerated. Instead, they choose to go out in a blaze of gunfire. It’s called suicide by cop. What happened on November 6th was suicide by voter.
I see America as a nation in ruins. The difference is that, unlike the ancient cities of Rome and Athens, tourists won’t be showing up to take pictures.
I intend to keep writing until they pull this keyboard out of my cold, dead hands, but I have to confess that I’m hearing the siren call of Canada. You may not realize it, but all of Canada has fewer people than California. There are only 33 million Canadians. If all of us conservatives moved up there, we could re-create the America the Founding Fathers envisioned.
After all, Canada is a large, beautiful country, the people are friendly and they even have a major league baseball team.
Once we gained control, we would have to be vigilant in protecting our southern border. We would also have to keep Alexis de Tocqueville’s wise words constantly in mind: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
That was one very wise Frenchman. Therefore, in order to avoid the inevitable pitfall he described, when we all get to Canada, I suggest we agree to make me the king.
You are an immigrant just like me yet you talk like you were born in this country; you should go back to Israel. You were once given a chance by America after the world war II. Everyone pays taxes like you...I make $140,000.00 a year and I voted for OBAMA because of all the negativity towards minority.
Mr Jew you are not a real american you are an AMERICAN JEW; you deserved to be stoned to death
Howard...may I remind you your view point lost...whining is very unbecoming, and it is something you have indulged in for the last 4 years. That being said, the American electorate is very smart we can wade through miles of bee honey and see truth.
The basic truth is the majority of Americans of all races and ages didn't want their fate to be decided by Citizens United, the Koch brothers, Karl Rove, Rush Limbag, Glenn Beck, Rupert Murdoch, Richard Scaife Mellon, Sheldon Adelson, and their ilk, and they wanted to stop this country from becoming an oligarchy. We may not have had the advantage of all the money thrown at this election by Citizens United, but we had one priceless thing they couldn't buy...our VOTE, and we used it.
Amidst all your whining you are also suggesting that conservatives, predominately white males, take over Canada!!! Which is a nation, must I remind you, with its own culture, established government and citizens. This is what privileged white males have done for centuries steal, lie and cheat. Now you want to steal another populated nation and call it your own. That is malarkey!
Not buying it Jean. President Obama had just as much money in the campaign as Mitt Romney. This includes the 1 million donated by Bill Mahers. Don't forget the large sum of money donated by the Unions. How big was the news when Mitt Romney out-raised the President only during a couple of months?
An oligarchy is when control comes from a small group of people. This is similar to when one party controls both houses and the White House. Republicans maintaining the House perhaps is preventative measures against an oligarchy.
Republican Party lacking Vision to deal with economy,Bring up Industrial job growth, in spite of lacking Honest LEADERSHIP.
They have all arrogant and destructive ideas in elected members in Congress and Senate.House Leader is first to STOP agenda for the benefits job,economy,well being common men.
That was quite a diatribe. Enjoy Canada.
rest up Mr. President because you still have to go fight with the repo idiots on Tuesday. They haven't figured out yet that they lost because their candidates where liers and their message a load of garbage. Don't pay attention to the whiney babies on this site. Time to move forward . Your doing a good job and over 60% of the country thinks so. Forward.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
And this is precisely why the 1% wanted a Romney victory, so they could continue to "vote themselves largesse from the public treasury". When compared to the piddling $$$ spent on the so-called 47%, the gaming-the-system that occurs at the far-right end of the bell curve is monstrous.
Why would wealthy individuals invest hundreds of millions of dollars to buy an election without an expected ROI far outweighing their investment ? It's NOT good business. The 1% would be those who benefited the most from GOP control of Congress and the Presidency, not the 99%.
The VP candidate has been feeding from the public treasury his entire adult life, yet believed he had some insight into how most Americans live. Get real! The policy wonk is now back suckling again, getting special health-care and lifetime retirement benefits only available to the elite who attain the office. The rest of us work for a living.
@ The UN-REAL Truth ...
You've got to be kidding !!! ... It's the excessive food stamps ... unemployment checks ... welfare ... pensions ... compensation based on tenure ... bail outs ... 6 TRILLION dollar spending sprees ...and other obama payments for votes ... which are speeding America towards it's demise ... and, obama towards a Dictatorship !!!
@ The UN-REAL Truth ...
You've got to be kidding !!! ... It's the excessive food stamps ... unemployment checks ... welfare ... pensions ... compensation based on tenure ... bail outs ... 6 TRILLION dollar spending sprees ... obama payments for votes ... lack of transparency ... lies and cover ups, like Fast and Furous ... and, Benghazi ... which are speeding America towards it's demise ... and, obama towards a Dictatorship !!!
Howard, you should finish the quote from Prentis and what is often called the Tytler Cycle.
The historical cycle seems to be: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.
Those getting the bulk of largesse from the federal government are not your everyday American citizen, but American/International corporations. We spend more on corporate welfare queens than we have ever spent on actual welfare queens by a two to one margin. Do some research. Enjoy your move to Canada don't let the door hit you on your way out.
If someone milked the system for years, received thousands in benefits and never worked in their life even though they're able, what would their "fair share" be?
Your talking about the Koch brothers and ilk?
Do you know that 30+ national/international corporations received billions in U.S. corporate welfare, showed considerable profits, and paid not one dime in income tax from 2008-2010...and it cost the American tax payer $200 billion for their welfare for that 3 year period....and many of those same corporations have regularly done the over and over again. In 2009, 49 companies earned $78.6 billion in profits, paid no federal taxes while at the same time they received tax rebates amounting to $10.6 billion.
The Koch brothers are included in those 21 billionaires (like Warren Buffet) who make over $1 million per year and do not pay a single dime in federal income tax.
This is my idea, why don't all of the people that have problems with President Obama move to Alaska with Sarah Palin. Since Puerto Rico is trying to be a state, we'll give you Alaska and we will take Puerto Rico. That way, we dont't have to change the flag at all. You can name it the Republic of Alaska. Of course, you will not have Mitt Romney as your president, because you never wanted him anyway. I guess he will move to one of the places that he has his money statched. However, you can name a president and your state will be Red and White Only. No blue. Seemingly, thats what you want anyway. You can take all of your money with you and live happily ever after. What a great idea. Except then, you will still be fighting over your money. You have enough money to make it larger if you want to. Then you can get your pipe lines going and "drill baby drill." And you owe me nothing for this great revelation.
Howard, I hope you no longer plan on moving to Canada.
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