The Decline and Fall of America

Posted on Wed 12/19/2018 by


By  Burt Prelutsky  ~  

It has become increasingly difficult to believe that the nation the Founders envisioned will even be remotely recognizable in a couple of decades down the road.

Even today, when you realize that so many of those elected to defend our constitution and our borders don’t care to defend either, and that even after eight years of Barack Obama’s spineless administration, the voters handed control of the House back to the Democrats, you begin to realize that the stupidity of the American voter and demographics both argue against a restoration of anything close to the ideal.

This isn’t to say that things were ever perfect in this nation. We have been bedeviled by slavery, Jim Crow laws and the usual corruption of our ruling class. But, today, you can add to the list the federal support of Planned Parenthood, the abortion mill made sacrosanct by Congress; the largest market in the world for heroin, cocaine, meth and fentanyl, with voters constantly deciding to legalize the use and sale of marijuana; gender-confusion; same-sex marriages; an eroding education system; and a nation-wide propaganda network devoted to promoting Socialism, all the while pretending to be objective dispensers of news, due all the protections of the 1st Amendment.

It doesn’t help that so many politicians in both parties are so eager to pass themselves off as the human equivalent of Jiminy Cricket that they felt the need to self-righteously lash out at President Trump for saying that it was not in our national interest to make too big a deal of the Saudis assassinating a so-called journalist who had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Liberals have a convenient way of forgetting what they don’t wish to remember, such as FDR aligning himself with Joseph Stalin in the 1940s and Barack Obama prostrating himself before Saudi King Abdullah, not to mention vowing to be increasingly flexible in his dealings with Russia after the 2012 election.

At least, when Trump decided to turn a blind eye to the Saudi’s naughtiness it was to ensure that a huge trade deal went through and that we could continue to count on Saudi Arabia to act as a barrier to Iranian expansion and to provide support for Israel.

I can’t speak for everyone, unfortunately, but a lot of much nicer people than Jamal Khashoggi are killed every day all over the world, and nobody, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, gives a damn about it.

Khashoggi wasn’t a cop and he wasn’t a soldier. In fact, he wasn’t even an American. It’s true that as a journalist who occasionally appeared in the pages of the fake news Washington Post, he was vocal in his opposition to Saudi Arabia. But that was because he wanted it to be more like Turkey, which is led by an Islamist autocrat named Recep Erdogan, who counts it a wasted day if he hasn’t killed at least one of his political foes before breakfast!

How is it that ever since I can remember, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has been filled with left-wing pinheads in black robes. Even when liberals were in control of the Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit had more of its decisions overturned than any other Appeals Court in the nation.

Don’t any of its judges ever die or retire? Or do those happy events only occur when a Democrat is in the White House and can replace them with more of the same?

Leeds Trinity College in the U.K. has decided it’s verboten for its professors to say the word “don’t” or to use capital letters to spell out words in email exchanges with their students because it could be interpreted as shouting. It seems such things are believed likely to traumatize students. But these days, what doesn’t?

I’m reminded that it wasn’t so long ago that research scientists kept coming up with one thing after another that caused cancer in lab mice. Rational people finally concluded that everything gave the little critters cancer and stopped having their diet regulated by mice and men in lab coats.

Or as Victor Davis Hanson sadly pointed out, the great grandparents of these English snowflakes were fighting and dying in the trenches of World War I, their grandparents were laying down their lives to protect western civilization from the Nazis, and today their lily-livered descendants are caving before the merciless onslaught of capital letters.

And lest anyone think I’m picking on the Brits, the same can be said about our own college brats. Hard to believe they share DNA with the guys who gave their all in places like Iwo Jima, Tarawa and Guadalcanal.

Young Democrats who line up behind the likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are in for everything and anything so long as it’s free. The only item they seem ready, even eager, to forego is freedom.

Thanks to the election in Mississippi, the GOP now has 53 seats in the Senate. Also, because Corker and Flake will be gone, you can in a sense add two to that number because they were as likely to go along with Schumer as they were to align themselves with Trump. Which means Trump can no longer be held hostage by the likes of Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

Someone sent me a cartoon of a jackass in a suit labeled “Democrat’ holding a newspaper with the headline reading: “Abrams Loses in Georgia” while muttering to himself; “These elections keep getting stolen from us by the voters.”

Speaking of elections, a recent poll of Democrats disclosed that 33% of them would prefer to see Joe Biden running in 2020; 13%, Bernie Sanders; 9%, Kamala Harris; 8%, Elizabeth Warren; 5% each, Cory Booker and John Kerry.

But it’s still only 2018, and we have yet to see the entire zoo that includes Tom Steyer, Eric Swalwell, Deval Patrick, Terry McAuliffe, Howard Schultz, Robert Francis O’Rourke, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Gillum, and possibly even Oprah Winfrey, lacing up their track shoes.

Forget the 2020 Olympics, this is the competition that should actually be fun to watch, at least for those of us who can stand the sight of blood.

I had never heard of a novelist named Steven Brust, but I came across advice of his I thought bore repeating: “To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity.”

If I ever decide to organize a book of good advice, I’ll be sure to include his contribution.

After I recently wrote about comic books and super heroes, I received the following from Don Wise: “I know the topic was comic books, but the early TV episodes of ‘Superman’ inevitably had the bullets of the bad guy bouncing off him and after emptying his gun, he’d throw it at Superman, I suppose hoping against hope or, more likely, because they were writing for 9-year-olds in the ‘50s.”

“Maybe,” I replied, “or maybe it was just a natural act of frustration, sort of like hurling a shoe at the TV whenever Chuck Schumer, Maxine Waters or Nancy Pelosi, pops up on the screen. I know it’s futile, but it sure feels good at the time.”

When I mentioned hearing that Hillary Clinton was considering a third try for the presidency, I called up the old sales pitch for Timex watches: “She takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”

Wesley Forgue topped that with “Hillary Clinton takes a licking and keeps on kvetching.”

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