by Burt Prelutsky

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There is an urban legend that when it was reported that Calvin Coolidge had died, some wag asked: “How do they know?”

People understood it to be a reference to his phlegmatic personality.

Well, that’s how I reacted to the Senate vote that shut down the federal government. How, exactly, can you call it a work stoppage when nobody can point to a single bit of work that was interrupted?

At least, unlike President liar-nObama, who went out of his way to make the last shutdown as inconvenient as possible for the largest number of Americans by locking up national parks and even denying access to open-air monuments to our war heroes in the nation’s capital, President Trump is not looking to make points off the Senate impasse.

For me, the worst thing about these shutdowns is that once they’ve been settled, those government employees who were deemed non-essential and sent home for a paid vacation are allowed to return to their good-paying, still non-essential, jobs.

One thing I do know is that all the pointing of fingers and worrying about which party gets blamed is pointless. There’s no question that the media always blames the Republicans, but who cares? Certainly not the voters. Eleven months after the pundits laid the blame for the 2013 shutdown squarely on the Republicans, the GOP won back control of the Senate.

I’m not sure if that was because the voters saw through the media propaganda or because they have extremely short memories, but, either way, the shutdown is unlikely to be a factor next November.

There were two extremely annoying aspects to the Senate vote; the first was that the Democrats were in favor of everything in the temporary funding bill, but voted it down because it didn’t grant amnesty to 750,000 illegal aliens; the second is that the President wanted it passed, but was betrayed by RINO-Jeff Flake (AZ), RINO-Lindsey Graham (SC), Mike Lee (UT), Rand Paul (KY) and even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), who is now the odds-on favorite to cop the 2018 Benedict Arnold Award.

Voters in Indiana, North Dakota, Alabama, West Virginia and Missouri, should not let themselves be gulled by the fact that Democratic Senators Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Doug Jones, Joe Manchin and Claire McCaskill, all broke ranks and voted with 46 Republicans. That’s an old trick. Once Chuck clown-Schumer realized that Trump couldn’t even count on 51 of the necessary 60 votes from his own party, he allowed those Democrats up for re-election this year in states Trump carried in 2016 to cast their votes in a way that would do them the most good. You can bet that if it looked as if the shutdown vote was going to be a close thing, party boss clown-Schumer would have cracked his whip and gotten the five of them back in line.

In case, any of you are wondering if I was unaware of the fact that the shutdown ended after just a couple of days, rest assured I noticed. But inasmuch as a second shutdown will be on the table in about a week, I saw no reason to put off posting these comments.

* There are times when I find myself wondering on what planet liberals are born and raised before being mysteriously transported to such locales as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Boston, Washington, D.C., and those cities’ most affluent suburbs.

As political analyst Sean Trende has written: “Consider that over the course of the past few years, Democrats and liberals have: booed the inclusion of God in their platform at the 2012 convention; endorsed a regulation that would allow transgendered students to use the bathroom and locker room corresponding to their chosen identity; attempted to force small businesses to cover drugs they believe induce abortions; tried to force nuns to provide contraceptive coverage; forced Brendan Eich to step down as chief executive officer of Mozilla due to his opposition to marriage equality; fined a small Christian bakery over $140,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding; vigorously opposed a law in Indiana that would provide protections against similar regulations – despite having overwhelmingly supported similar laws when they protected Native American religious rights – and then scoured the Indiana countryside trying to find a business that would be affected by the law before settling upon a small pizza parlor in the middle of nowhere and harassing the owners.”

The only part I would quarrel with is where Mr. Trende started off his list by noting a distinction between Democrats and liberals, where none exists.

* Democratic politicians have spent a lot of time in recent decades accusing Republicans of flip-flopping, although when they change their own positions on various issues, they refer to it as evolving. I seem to recall that President liar-nObama, after being re-elected in 2012, suddenly “evolved” on the question of same-sex marriage, although it had been patently obvious that had always been his honest opinion, and he had merely waited until it could no longer cost him votes to come out of that particular closet.

And because those who vote for people like liar-nObama, liar-Hillary Clinton, commie-Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth dinky-Warren, have characters equally lacking in moral fiber and intellectual honesty, they ignore the fact that clown-Schumer, Pulosi, both liar-Clintons and Barack liar-nObama, have all delivered speeches in the recent past that took illegal aliens to task while defending the inalienable rights of a nation to decide who will be allowed entry.

All this prioritizing of the 750,000 illegal aliens is merely the latest instance of the Democrats playing identity politics by pandering to Hispanics. By voting to shut down the federal government, the Democrats have shown they would risk giving the finger to the military and even defund children’s healthcare, so long as they could continue to count on receiving 75% of Hispanic votes. It’s a risky gamble, but as it’s been 54 years since the Democrats received over 50% of the white vote in a presidential election, you can understand their desperation.

* In one of those real-life occurrences that sounds like something I would make up, the College of William and Mary has hired James Comey to teach a course he would seem far better-suited to take: Ethical Leadership.

* One of the things I am most grateful for is that I’m married to a woman who has never taken part in a woman’s march while wearing one of those dopey vagina caps and carrying a sign that strongly suggests she has taken total leave of her senses.

For my part, whenever I see men showing up to march with the goofy ladies of the Left, I find myself wondering if there’s anything quite as pathetic as a guy trolling for a date while simultaneously sacrificing his manhood.

* Back when the tax bill was being debated, Nancy Pulosi referred to it as Armageddon. Just in case it’s just one more of the multitude of things Rep. Pulosi doesn’t know, Armageddon, a biblical hill just south of present-day Haifa, is the place prophesized to be where the final battle between good and evil will take place prior to the Day of Judgment.

Hard to believe that a mere piece of legislation could result in such a cataclysmic event, although the Affordable Care Act came close.

Imagine, though, how surprised Mrs. Pulosi must have been when the bill was passed and not only did the world not end, but the Stock Market reached record heights; Apple and other major companies not only pledged to spend several hundred billion dollars on new equipment and hiring new employees but handed out pay raises and bonuses. It was as if Santa Claus had suddenly decided to expand his efforts from one work day to 365.

It made me think that one of Pulosi’s congressional colleagues should channel Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride” and suggest to her that perhaps “Armageddon” doesn’t mean what she thinks it means.

If you want to Comment directly to Burt Prelutsky, please mention my name Rudy. burtprelutsky@icloud.com

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