CIA Director’s Resignation
Brought Everybody Down

By Jim Berlin

Someone we dislike or more often envy – a celebrity, politician, even the guy next door – falls on hard times and we find ourselves feeling good all over.

It’s a petty reaction, yet so common there’s a word for it: schadenfreude (SHOD-en-FROY-dah). Experiencing  joy over the misfortune of others: “Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!” we say.

But in the case of Army general-turned CIA Director David Petraeus, schadenfreude took a holiday when the discovery of his extra-marital affair convinced him to resign. With the exception of twisted citizens who hate anyone associated with the military, only disappointment and sadness greeted the general’s fall from grace.

Unlike many past CIA directors, Petraeus actually knew something about gathering intelligence and had the organizational skills to put it to use. At a critical time in our history he was a welcome anomaly in D.C — the right man for an important job.

That was the disappointment part.

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The sadness over his departure was rooted in a national intuition that Petraeus is a decent man who got caught up in something that took his morality by surprise. He was not a carefree sexual warrior in the manner of Bill Clinton, a guy who pursued his urges like a golden retriever chasing a tennis ball.

Petraeus got caught up – then he got caught. Then he did the right thing.

There’s a word for that, too: honorable.

Why Did Romney Lose?
Mom, Dad, God and Santa.

By Jim Berlin

Ultra-liberal Elizabeth Warren, newly-elected in Massachusetts to the U.S. Senate, waxed poetic when attacking Mitt Romney’s assertion that “corporations are people.”

Not so, she said. People laugh, dance, cry, make babies, eat peanuts and defecate (I made the last two up), while corporations do none of these things.

But corporations, of course, are composed solely of people, people who do all those people things. They are not lifeless stacks of legal papers or the brick and mortar structures that house them as they toil. So, when measures are taken to encourage the growth and vitality of corporations and businesses in general, it is people who are being helped.

Liberals cannot make this intellectual leap. They demonize big business as enemies of the poor folks who are just trying to dance and laugh and get along.

Which brings us to the word “government.”

Half of Americans do not picture the federal government as people, but as some beneficent, super-intelligent entity that exists to guide and cushion their lives.

The government knows best. The government will take care of them.

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The government is a loving Mommy and Daddy who will give them things just because it loves them.

For them, for half of Americans now, people like Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren and all their liberal colleagues are the human faces of that word government. They are Mommy and Daddy and Santa Claus and maybe even a bit of God all rolled into one.

It’s how the election was won.

It’s Time to End Love Affair
Between Obama and the Media

By Jim Berlin

The election of Barack Obama was at once a grand and foolish experiment. Prior to becoming a U.S. senator just eight years ago, he was a $50,000-a-year state senator and a law school instructor (not a professor).

Before that – a “community organizer.” No one outside of Chicago knows what that is. No one anywhere knows if he was any good at it.

His past was devoid of personal illumination: There seemed to be no lifelong friends. No one spoke of having worked or hung out with him.

And then he made that keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention. Great speech, great grin, great charisma. They were the only credentials the media required.

He had them at hello. They were hopelessly in love…

It was and continues to be the greatest failure in the history of American journalism. No vetting, no investigative reporting, no probing his past.

All the media knew was they wanted him

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to be President. They still do.

The saying goes if you fool me once it’s your fault. This time around it’s all on us.

If Barack Obama wins again, it will be proof that the dumbing down of America is complete.

If Joe Biden, Master Heckler,
Had Been at Gettysburg Address

 By Jim Berlin

After watching the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, it occurred to me that President Lincoln was fortunate Heckler Joe wasn’t in the crowd the day Abe dedicated the National Cemetery at Gettysburg in 1863…

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent…”

“Well, la-dee-da, Abe — what’s with the fancy numbers? Can’t ya count? It’s 87 years for godsake!”

Ahh…our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

“That’s a bunch of malarkey! I got yer equality right here, big boy!”

And now…and now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived…”

“Speakin’ of conceived, how do ya feel about women, huh, Abe? Free the slaves? That’s a bunch of stuff! How about freeing the women, huh, Abe?You wagin’ a war on women?

“Yes, ahh, whether any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war…”

“Hey! Are there gonna be sandwiches after this?”

“And…and in conclusion…we highly resolve that government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

“Abe! This is a lousy place for a cemetery! This cemetery shoulda been in Scranton!”