by Burt Prelutsky

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As a California resident of over 70 years, I confess I was shocked to see New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, making headline news by suing President Trump on what appeared to be a daily basis. How could our own attorney general, Xavier Becerra, let this Johnny-come-lately leave him in the dust that way?

I mean, we all know that the once Golden State has lost a lot of its shine over the years as Jerry Brown and his Sacramento stooges have overseen the radical decline in the economy, education and civil discourse, while simultaneously raising taxes, exporting businesses to Texas and Arizona, and rolling out the red carpet for illegal aliens. What once was golden is now a faded memory, like a high school sports trophy that has corroded with the passage of time.

Still, we have what passes for our pride. And it hurts to see anyone, but especially a New Yorker, stealing our thunder.

As usual, where California Democrats are concerned, we had no cause for worry. Mr. Becerra was just biding his time, waiting for the hare, otherwise known as Eric Schneiderman, to get cocky and pause to take a nap. As soon as those first zzzz’s escaped his lips, the tortoise, aka Attorney General Becerra, announced he would prosecute any business owner in California who cooperated with federal immigration authorities. In short, he was unilaterally making it a crime for a business owner to abide by federal law.

Take that, Schneiderman! Game, set and match! Checkmate! Gin! You can use any sports term you like, but the game is over. Pick up your marbles and slink away, you New York wienie. The tortoise ate your lunch.

* Although evangelicals love President Trump for defending religious rights in America and for confronting those who insist that we can never have enough abortions, the religiously-inclined still don’t support him if the polls are to be believed. According to a recent one, it’s only among the Mormons that Trump has positive numbers (61%). In descending order, his ranking among Protestants is 48%; Catholics (38%), Jews (26%) and Muslims (18%). I was somewhat surprised that he scored higher with Atheists (23%) than he did with Muslims.

I guess the good news is that one in four Atheists feel they can believe in Trump even if they don’t believe in God.

* I confess one of the most annoying things I keep hearing liberals repeat is that Trump’s wall wouldn’t entirely stop illegal aliens or drug smugglers from entering our country. Although I try to avoid stooping to the intellectual level of Democrats, my immediate, though unspoken, response is inevitably “Well, duh!”

The reason to build the wall is the same reason we put locks on the doors of our homes, even though we know that burglars will still find a way to break in. But it sure as heck slows them down, and there would be a heck of a lot more burglaries taking place if we didn’t have those locks.

* I knew that Mexico’s economy relied on Mexicans in the U.S. sending dollars back to their relatives, but I didn’t know to what degree. It seems that those Yankee dollars is now the major reason that Mexico’s economy is better than Greece’s. Those wired transfers now dwarf the amounts Mexico accrues through oil and tourism. Is it any wonder that Mexico’s completely corrupt leaders don’t want to let anything impede the exporting of their terminally unemployed, their criminals and their heroin?

* A few of my readers, who had been bombarded with announcements of my impending address to the 405/605 Tea Party last week, have asked me how it went.

Viewed from one angle, I’d say it went very well. The group was extremely receptive, and being of a certain age, they actually knew who I was talking about when I mentioned some of the notables, such as Groucho Marx, Oscar Levant, George Kennedy, Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly, I wrote about in “The Story of My Life.”

The problem is that a Republican candidate for governor, Travis Allen, went on before me. He was supposed to talk for about 15 minutes, whereas I was supposed to speak for 45. But because he refused to stop campaigning, he went on for 45 minutes and left me with 15.

The next day, I sent him an email, letting him know that I expected he picked up a few dollars for his campaign, but his rudeness had cost him at least two votes. At least, I’m assuming my wife will follow my lead.

Of course, it doesn’t really matter how we vote because in a state where the Democrats have a 3-2 advantage in registration, where they have super majorities in the State Senate and Assembly, and where every state and federal official is a Democrat, Mr. Allen has the same chance as that proverbial snowball that finds itself in Hell.

Still, when Allen pointed out in his seemingly endless spiel that if he got the same 4.3 million votes that Donald Trump received in 2016, he would defeat Gavin Newsom, I didn’t know if the appropriate response was laughter or tears. Did he actually not recall that not only did Trump not carry the state, but lost California by four million votes, providing liar-Hillary with that popular vote margin she never stopped talking about?

* I often find myself wondering why anyone who isn’t an illegal alien would ever vote for a Democrat, who so obviously place the concerns and well-being of those whose very presence marks them as law-breakers over the concerns and well-being of American citizens.

Or to put it another way, how is it that so many voters have been so easily hoodwinked into believing that even asking that question brands one a racist?

Also, is it even possible these days to refer to illegal aliens without having to describe them as “hard-working” when it’s a fact that even if you leave aside those in gangs, those committing armed robberies and those dealing drugs, an awful lot of them are collecting welfare and not working at all. Or, as the old line had it: not working hard, instead hardly working.

* Whatever Robert Mueller eventually comes up with, I am less worried about Russians perverting our election results than I am about the tech elitists of the Silicon Valley. That’s because, one, the Russians aren’t that smart and, two, they’re not as committed to Socialism as loony billionaires like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg.

* I recently heard a remark attributed to the late English wiseacre, Malcolm Muggeridge, that made me wonder if we might be branches of the same family tree: “Friends are God’s apology for relatives.”

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

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