by Burt Prelutsky, the reformed liberal
Apparently, the age of miracles isn’t over.
I wish I could say I saw it coming, if only because I could have cashed in by making a big bet when the bookmakers were giving odds of 10-1, making Hillary a prohibitive favorite.
Fortunately, that was one of the few places where she was anybody’s favorite. Even the majority of Democrats didn’t like her, not personally. Oh, they appreciated the fact that she had a (D) after her name and had promised to double-down on Obama’s certifiably insane policies, but they knew that she was basically an evil, grasping, creature whose only concerns were her own insatiable greed and self-aggrandizement. People who compared her to Medusa or Lady Macbeth were being too kind. She more closely resembles one of those hideous monsters you often come across in sci-fi movies, complete with fangs, claws and a craving for human flesh.
Besides, nobody likes a liar. And even if they did, it would be because the liar had a great deal of charm, who’d tell his lies with a wink, making you a willing victim of his blarney. But Mrs. Clinton is totally devoid of charm or warmth or even what most people would consider femininity. Hillary Clinton’s idea of communicating was to deepen her voice, furrow her brow and deliver heavy-handed pronouncements, reminding some of us of Benito Mussolini in his heyday.
It didn’t help that she was so out of touch with people who weren’t millionaires that she actually thought most Americans wanted their taxes raised in order to subsidize illegal aliens, inner-city blacks and thousands of Islamic refugees. It never concerned her that a great number of those Muslims she was so eager to adopt were motivated by nothing more than a desire to kill Americans, just like their brothers and cousins who have spent the past several years butchering “infidels” in Paris, London, Berlin, San Bernardino, Orlando and Manhattan.
But, then, why would people like the Obamas and the Clintons, who will spend the rest of their lives being protected by large men with big guns, be concerned by the collateral damage created by their anti-gun/pro-open borders agenda?
I have experienced a great many election campaigns, but never have I seen so much blatant hypocrisy. For openers, we had Hillary’s team, an odious group that included Huma Abedin, John Podesta, Donna Brazile and 95 percent of the media, trying to dismiss everything we learned through WikiLeaks about her traitorous activities on behalf of the Clinton Foundation, by telling us to ignore the messages and, instead, kill the messenger. That would be Russia.
Vladimir Putin may or may not have been behind the leakage. If he was, the American people are in his debt. How else would we have ever breached the wall that has surrounded the Clintons for decades? Bill and Hillary may have built the castle, but the media were only too happy to provide the moat.
What’s fascinating about their insisting that Russia was the evil power behind it all is that this is the same Russia Obama pooh-poohed during a debate in 2012 when Mitt Romney called it the No. 1 threat to America’s security. As I recall, Obama wondered if Romney thought we were still engaged in the Cold War.
This is the very same Russia Obama pandered to when he promised to be more flexible after his re-election. The same Russia, by the way, with whom Hillary chose to push a reset button, telegraphing that the administration would twiddle its thumbs while the Russian bear swallowed up Crimea, attacked Ukraine, lumbered into Syria and joined forces with a soon-to-be nuclear Iran.
It was only when the Democrats decided to use Russia as a distraction that Obama and Mrs. Clinton decided Putin had morphed into an existential threat.
I always said that I wasn’t a fan of George W. Bush or his policies. I particularly resented the way he kept telling us, even after the slaughter of 3,000 people on 9/11 and the killing of American soldiers in the Middle East, that Islam was a religion of peace. To his shame, Obama refuses to even name our enemy, but Bush refused to acknowledge that Islam is an evil political movement cleverly disguised as a religion. Still, I always gave Bush high marks for two accomplishments. The first was keeping Al Gore out of the Oval Office; the second was doing the same to John Kerry.
I hope and pray that Donald Trump carries through on his promise to build a wall, rebuild the military, make better trade deals, bring back offshore businesses, cut the EPA down in size and seat Supreme Court justices who understand that their allegiance is to the Constitution and not to the man or the party responsible for providing them with the black robe. But if Trump’s only accomplishment is to prevent Hillary Clinton from having a second shot at swiping the White House dishes, I’ll be happy.
In conducting the post-election autopsy, most people will either blame Mrs. Clinton or credit Donald Trump, and while both performed their essential roles flawlessly, one who helped immeasurably and shouldn’t be denied his share of the credit is Barack Obama.
When he stuck himself into the campaign, going so far as to tell his fan base that he’d be insulted if people didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton, he reminded the rest of us that she would represent the third term of the worst president in American history. Obama was fooled by his high approval numbers. He thought they meant he was beloved, but I correctly attributed them to the relief that most Americans experienced at the realization he’d be vacating the premises in a couple of months.
It reminded me that for all their alleged popularity, in 2014, when Obama and Bill Clinton went barnstorming on behalf of four or five Democrats in tough Senate races, they failed to get a single one elected. To their chagrin, they discovered that their coattails were even shorter than those of Batman’s nemesis, the Penguin.
I know it’s mean to say, but one of the best things about staying awake until 2 o’clock in the morning to hear that Pennsylvania had put Donald Trump over the top was knowing how many tears were being shed by those whom I had come to regard as deplorable and even irredeemable.
The list included the Clintons, the Obamas, Huma Abedin, John Podesta, Donna Brazile, Chris Matthews, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the creeps at MSNBC and CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, those who inhabit the faculty lounges at Ivy League schools and perhaps most of all, the Never-Trumpers like Mitt Romney, George Will, John Kasich and the Bushes, who should all be included in the reclamation project, when Donald Trump gets around to draining the swamp.