11/4/08: A Day Of Infamy?

Burt Prelutsky
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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 12:00 AM
11/4/08: A Day Of Infamy?

The criminal louts at ACORN must be as confused as I am. At the same time that the FBI is busy trying to put the organization out of business, the Supreme Court decides it’s okay for Ohio’s Democratic governor and attorney general to do nothing about enforcing election laws, pretty much ensuring that Obama will steal that state’s 20 electoral votes. One can only hope that there are still enough people in Ohio who are familiar with the word “impeachment.”

Americans have long disagreed whether our nation should be called a democracy or a republic, but the way things are going, it will soon be more accurate to call it a left-wing tyranny. Back in 2000, when I was the lone conservative on the writing staff of “Diagnosis Murder,” my liberal colleagues kept asking me if I thought George Bush should take office if he didn’t get more votes than Al Gore in Florida. I said he shouldn’t, and I meant it. As big a disaster as I knew President Gore would be, a fair and honest election was more important to me than who sat in the Oval Office. I knew America could survive four years of Gore if it could survive eight years of Clinton, but it couldn’t survive and shouldn’t survive if we were to become a banana republic.

At the time, I suspected that the other writers didn’t feel as I felt -- that they only cared that the Democrat won the election by whatever means necessary. Now I’m more convinced than ever. Which is why nobody on the left seems even slightly concerned that the thugs in ACORN are running wild. For those on the left, the ends always justify the means.

Liberals always insist that they love democracy and will at the drop of a hat parrot Voltaire’s “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” But that’s only rhetoric. They don’t mean it for a second. That is why, on college campuses across the country, they will boo conservative speakers into silence and why liberals are so eager to make the so-called Fairness Doctrine the law of the land. As things stand now, the left has such complete control of the mass media that were it not for the Internet and talk radio, conservatives would have no outlet at all aside from yelling from their rooftops. Once the Democrats get their way, conservative voices will be silenced on the airwaves.

Those on the left will continue to pretend that they’re in favor of free speech, but to them that only means that the Washington Post and the New York Times will continue to publish, and that Bill Maher as well as Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Jon Stewart, Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey, will continue to host TV shows. It turns out that, just as some of us always suspected, liberals never really disapproved of Stalin’s Soviet Union, Castro’s Cuba and Pol Pot’s Cambodia; down deep they envied them.

Liberals don’t simply disagree with conservatives, they despise them. That’s why they don’t want judges to be objective interpreters of the law. They only want political partisans on the bench. In the past, after all, that’s how they managed to overturn the results of elections they disliked when it came to such matters as illegal aliens, capital punishment and same-sex marriages. The will of the majority counts for nothing. The only thing that matters to them is the will of the Socialists.

Lately, I’ve been getting the idea that if only the Soviet Union had hung in there for another 17 years, with the complicity of Pelosi, Obama, Biden and Reid, the Russians could have won the Cold War without having to fire a shot.

There has been a little good news, though, even in the midst of the economic meltdown. In fact it’s a direct result of the meltdown, proving, I suppose, that even the darkest clouds can have a silver lining. The first of these bright spots is that the price of gasoline has plummeted. The other thing is that illegal aliens have apparently been going back to Mexico in record numbers. Now if only we’d get busy building that wall before the economy recovers and the scofflaws start making u-turns!

What amazes me is that in spite of Barack Obama’s having close ties to the likes of Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan, most Jews will happily march out on election day and vote for the man. It simply amazes me that for two thousand years, my fellow Jews insisted that there was no messiah and, suddenly, they’ve decided there is one. And oddly enough, that he’s a junior senator from Illinois.

I lost all the respect I ever had for Colin Powell when, as Secretary of State, he betrayed his commander-in-chief. Did anyone actually expect him to endorse his old friend, John McCain? Only slightly less predictable than his coming out for Obama was the timing of the announcement. I had assumed he would wait until the weekend before the election in order to get the biggest bang for his buck. I find it terribly sad that the folks most likely to quote Martin Luther King on the primacy of character are so often the very same people whose actions prove that for them race trumps everything.