by Burt Prelutsky

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It wasn’t all that long ago that anarchists were being portrayed in political cartoons as little cuckoos with big mustaches tossing bombs with lighted fuses. The clear message was that they were villains, acting on behalf of the Soviet Union.

Somewhere along the line, there was a sea change. Today, there are far more bomb-throwers than ever before, but now half our nation holds them in high regard. If you question my conclusion, how do you explain the huge number of left-wing mayors and governors who have declared war on the federal government by declaring their cities and states sanctuaries for illegal aliens, including those guilty of robbery, rape, murder and pedophilia?

Just recently, the city of Denver refused ICE’s request to hold on to an illegal alien who, while driving under the influence, rammed into a truck, killing the driver, and then ran off. Making matters worse, after he was finally arrested, the creep who was obviously guilty of vehicular homicide and had no reason not to flee back to Mexico, was let out of prison on bail.

In just a few decades, we have gone from JFK advising us to ask what we can do for our country to wondering what the hell our nation will next be doing to us.

But those aren’t the only instances where you find anarchists pushing their tyrannical agenda. Every time you see the masked members of Antifa rioting on college campuses and getting off scot-free, facing neither jail time nor expulsion, it’s another victory for anarchy. In the same way, when a single federal judge in Oregon or Hawaii can get away with denying a president his constitutional authority to monitor immigration, chalk up another one for the bomb-throwers.

⦿ Recently, during her usual slot on Tucker Carlson’s Show, Cathy Areu, the smug little publisher of something called Salon Magazine, declared “Women can’t be sexists because we’re the minority even if women are the majority because white men are in charge.”

So, in her Through the Looking Glass universe, where words mean whatever she chooses them to mean, the majority can be the minority whenever it suits their feminist purposes.

It is reminiscent of Jesse Jackson’s insisting that blacks can’t possibly be racists because they’re a minority, although he would never claim that the Ku Klux Klan isn’t racist even though black bigots not only far out-number the paltry few who actually don bedsheets and pledge allegiance to the Grand Cyclops but are well-represented in the House of Representatives.

⦿ Speaking of the House, whenever I see mad-Maxine Waters on TV, I find myself wondering if she ever smiles. I mean, has she reached a point where even if she’s with friends and relatives, she can’t unclench the angry fist she makes of her face.

I have wondered the same about Elijah Cummings.

I’m reminded that when I was a kid, if I made a face, my mother would remind me that my face just might stay that way.

As awful as white politicians are, they do occasionally change expressions. Even Chuck clown-Schumer and Nancy Pulosi sometimes look like they know they’re being paid a lot of money without having to work up a sweat. Even when they’re denouncing Donald Trump, they don’t appear as if they’re suffering the torments of the damned. Which I consider a shame, but that’s a whole different matter.

⦿ We all understand that the leaders of the Democratic Party are hypocrites who have made careers out of saying things they don’t believe, but what are we to make of their supporters? Do they never find themselves questioning how it is that the folks who never get tired of denouncing guns in the hands of decent, law-abiding citizens—including teachers and school administrators, those tasked with protecting our children—are themselves constantly guarded by men with guns?

⦿ I recently mentioned how sick I am of hearing pleas for donations to feed Haitians on my favorite radio station. But no sooner did that campaign end than one making a pitch for the poor people of Guatemala and El Salvador began.

It’s not really my business how Americans choose to spread their charitable contributions around, but I can’t contain my curiosity. Just when were the adoption papers signed, making these countries and parts of Africa wards of the United States.

⦿ Something else I wonder about is whether any of Jimmy Kimmel’s former colleagues on the stand-up comedy circuit ever run into him and ask: “Hey, dude, when did you give up comedy and become a political hack?”

⦿ A friend suggested that the quickest way to get rid of liar-nObamaCare was to rename it TrumpCare. The Democrats would vote to eliminate it on the spot.

⦿ If I were asked to come up with a solution to most of America’s basic problems, I would suggest that every child have a dog or cat he or she had to be responsible for, and that every adult had a child he or she had to raise. I can’t think of a better way to remind people that they are not the absolute center of the universe.

⦿ A friend passed along a telephone poll conducted by Gov. Jerry Brown’s office. The question was whether people in California considered illegal immigration a serious problem.

Of those who responded, 29% agreed it was a very serious problem that had a negative effect on social services, schools, traffic and quality of life.

The other 71% replied: “No es una problema seriosa.”

⦿ In an informal poll of my own regarding jokes in my column, those who approved of them easily won the day 2-1, although my email, which led to my conducting the poll in the first place, was 2-1 in the other direction.

As a compromise, I will suggest that those who like the jokes continue to send them and read them. Those who don’t can just stop reading them, except, of course, those I make up and scatter like apple seeds through the articles.

⦿ Today, not having any knee-slappers on hand, I will quote a few lines from a little book titled “Screw Calm and Get Angry” that Art Hershey, the unofficial mayor of Calabasas, CA, sent me.

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.” (Groucho Marx)

“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” (Aesop)

“He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” (George Bernard Shaw)

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