Burt Prelutsky

On more than one occasion, I have asked myself how it is that in a country where twice as many people call themselves conservatives, liberals are able to control the media, the schools, the courts and are able to put a radical leftist like Barack Obama in the White House. I have come up with two possibilities. The first is that most of the 38% who identified themselves as moderates and independents in a recent poll are big fat liars; in fact, they are actually left-wingers, but dislike being pigeonholed even if they wouldn’t be caught dead voting for a Republican.

The other possibility is that those on the left have made one of those sinister deals with Satan, in which they swap their eternal souls for power and influence. Of course there’s always the possibility that it’s not a case of either/or, but a combination of both. Another reason that liberals have so much power is that people on the right live more balanced lives that include work, family, hobbies, charity and religion, whereas for those on the left, their political agenda trumps everything else in life.

In the recent past, we have had two glaring examples of judicial ineptitude. I have to assume that both judges are left-wingers. In the better-known case, an Oklahoma judge, Thomas Bartheld, gave a serial child predator, David Earls, a 12-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to raping a four-year-old girl. Thanks to Bill O’Reilly’s efforts, it appears that the folks in Oklahoma are making sure that Judge Bartheld doesn’t spend another 12 months on the bench.

In the meantime, in a case involving three young people who beat and kicked a Seattle policeman so severely as to cause brain damage, Judge Chris Washington determined that the proper punishment for the 17 and 18-year-olds was 30 days in juvenile lockup for the two males and 75 hours of community service for the female thug.

One can’t help wondering how it is that people born to be social workers ever wind up wearing black robes. While it’s still only a rumor, I’ve heard that Bartheld and Washington are on Barack Obama’s short list for the next opening on the Supreme Court.