by Burt Prelutsky, the reformed liberal making up for lost time
Far too many people, Republicans as well as Democrats, are pretending there’s a moral or political equivalence between the two presidential candidates. How can there be? How can anyone equate the possibility that Donald Trump MIGHT misuse his power with the fact that Hillary Clinton HAS misused EVERY LAST BIT of her power in pursuit of financial gain for over 40 years?
What do these people imagine that Trump could do that would be worse than what Mrs. Clinton has already done, keeping in mind that she has never had the ultimate authority that goes with the presidency?
To me, Trump is like the slightly obnoxious kid in class who talks too much and always seems to be up to some shenanigan or other, whereas Mrs. Clinton is like the fairy tale crone who lives in the spooky house in the woods and is known to make gingerbread cookies out of small children.
So far as I’m concerned, any Republican running for the Senate or the House who fails to endorse Donald Trump is announcing that he or she doesn’t really care about getting rid of Obamacare, about cutting the EPA down to size or decreasing the national debt. If they are copacetic about allowing Hillary Clinton to succeed Obama, it means their sole concern is with their own political future, not with the nation’s. After all, if they were unable to undo any of Obama’s loony legacies, ranging from the Affordable Care Act to the nuclear deal with Iran up to now, what chance would they have with Mrs. Clinton in the Oval Office?
And are these self-righteous morons totally out to lunch when it comes to the Supreme Court?
So far as I’m concerned, Never-Trumpers such as Mark Kirk, Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, Kelly Ayotte, Richard Hanna and Lindsey Graham don’t deserve your vote. They deserve your contempt.
I had been wondering why Bernie Sanders, who insisted he was leading a revolution against the status quo, not only bowed out of the race, but called on the convention in Philadelphia to make it unanimous for Mrs. Clinton, even though she promised to continue the the status quo policies of Barack Obama. Idiots! As revolutions go, that’s one that ended not with a bang, but with a whimper.
What, I wondered, could have turned the left-wing firebrand into a puppy looking to have its belly rubbed? Then I heard that Sanders recently bought a third home to go along with the two he already owned in Vermont and Washington, D.C. The new place, situated on the banks of Lake Champlain, cost $600,000. And he paid cash. I’m certainly not claiming it was a bribe. On the other hand, it would represent chump change for the Clintons and constitute a very small price to pay for the whole-hearted endorsement of your chief rival.
Although I didn’t care much for George W. Bush, I never thought it was fair when the media jumped all over him because he chose to view the havoc wrought by Hurricane Katrina from 30,000 feet in the air. That struck me as the proper perspective if you really wanted see the devastation of a major flood, and not just show up and wade around for the TV cameras.
Frankly, I don’t really mind that it took Obama a week before leaving the golf course to visit the wetlands. The less I have to see or hear him, the better. Besides, what was he supposed to do in Baton Rouge? Hand out galoshes?
However, the fact is that the worst aspects of Katrina could have been avoided. Ever since the 1960s, the Army Corps of Engineers had been trying to shore up the levees of the Mississippi, but they were opposed by the liberal environmentalists who insisted that the necessary work would have a negative effect on the local flora and fauna. Naturally, the ecological nitwits kept finding judges willing to accommodate their lunacy. After all, even lunatics get to vote for judges and, more importantly, to contribute to re-election campaigns.
When Trump accuses the media of treating him unfairly, it sounds silly; not because it’s not true, but because it’s so obvious. The media haven’t been an objective recorder of the news for over 50 years. Trump might just as well scream that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and imagine he’s telling us something new.
But the fault for this unfortunate fact is his as much as anyone else’s. For years, I have urged wealthy Republicans to invest in media. But the Koch brothers prefer to spend their money trying to elect a specific candidate, who is fairly likely to lose, taking their investment down with him. Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas owns a newspaper, but unfortunately it’s in Israel. As for Trump, he’d rather build another hotel or golf course that the world needs like a hole in the head, and then proceed to waste time griping about how unfairly the New York Times treats him.
Speaking of the media, if there were any justice in the world, the work James Rosen of Fox has done in uncovering Obama’s ransom payment to Iran would be vying with the Wall Street Journal’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation for a Pulitzer Prize. Unfortunately, the Pulitzer, like the Nobel Peace Prize and the Oscar, is an award that liberals hand out exclusively to other liberals.
After eight years of Obama, the fact that Hillary Clinton is leading in the polls is the surest sign I can imagine that America is already a banana republic. I mean, how isolated from reality must the electorate be to wish to extend Obama’s demented foreign and domestic policies into the unforeseeable future?
And why are they so willing to give a pass to a pathological liar? Mrs. Clinton lied when she said there was no classified material among the 30,000 emails she tried to hide from the prying eyes of Congress, though apparently unconcerned with whether Russia, China and North Korea got a gander at them.
She lied about what happened in Benghazi, and then compounded the lie by insisting she hadn’t blamed the massacre on a video. She lied to the FBI, and then doubled down and lied again when she said that the FBI had given her a clean bill of health.
Hillary lied yet again when she said she wanted Congress to release all the FBI notes so that the public would know the truth once and for all, knowing full well that the notes contained top secret information that even some members of Congress weren’t authorized to see. So much for the cock-and-bull story that the 30,000 emails contained nothing more sensitive than her yoga schedule. And aint it funny that no yoga email or wedding email was ever found, even in the deleted emails?
Mrs. Clinton lies so often and about so many things that one begins to wonder if her motive, at least occasionally, is simply to stay in practice. Even Pinocchio would be impressed and likely to observe: “That’s one hell of a shnoz on the old dame in the pants suit!”
Having played tennis with Spiro Agnew, I think I knew him well enough to imagine his looking down and shaking his head over the financial monkeyshines of the Clinton Foundation and muttering: “And to think, I had to resign the vice-presidency over one small bag of money!”