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Prince of fools, n. Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you
can understand them. This quote came recently from the Czech Republic. Someone has
figured it out. We have a lot of work to do. Thus, „The danger to America is not Barack
Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will
be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the
necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have
such a man for their president.
The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere
symptom of what ails America. Blaming the Prince of Fools should not blind anyone to
the vast confederacy of fools that made him their choice. The Republic can survive a
Barack Obama who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of
fools such as those who made him their president.’
Private Parts, n. Much more important than either corporal or sergeant parts.
Pro Choice, n. In the continuing abortion controversy, those styling themselves as „pro
choice’ would be much more honest were they to style themselves as „pro abortion.’
Those in favor of allowing a child to come to term do not deal in terms of „choice.’ They
don’t have to. Compare that stance with that of Obama, who, while a state senator from
the benighted state of Illinois, even voted against the law entitling new-born survivors of
abortion to have life-support systems. But hey, his two girls are already alive. And by the
way, he has said that, Heaven forfend, he want not to see either of his daughters pregnant,
for that would mean unwanted babies. Go figure.
Procopius, Official court historian to Justinian the Great, sixth century A.D. Emperor of
the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire. In addition to his many works celebrating the
triumphs of the Emperor, he also wrote „The Secret History,’ which laid bare the
manifold cruelties, injustices, and downright wrong-doings of the Emperor and his wife.
It might just not be a bad idea to have such a secret historian loose in the halls of the
White House under the present administration. In suggesting such, I by no means have in
mind the puff piece of John Kennedy’s time in office, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr: the
egregious „One Thousand Days.’
Profligate, adj. Some people know what it means, and others don’t. The people
developing the budget of the current administration don’t have a clue, with the exception
of burdening our progeny until the whatever generation, in order to pay the debts of the
current one. This disease is rampant with the use of other people’s money.
Promises, n. Those politicians and programs (Read: Democrat.) promising you the most
may very well give you more than would their opponents, but not until they have taken it
from you in the first instance, and deducted a brokerage fee prior to the giveback.
Progressive, n. A travesty of travesties. What in the world gives these demented liberals
of twenty-first century America the right, with a straight face, to tell us that their
programs in any way relate to progress? Perhaps we should instead try regress, to the
days when the Emperor, King, or feudal lord prescribed our lives for us.
Progressivism, n. Another inversion of words, for progressivism has nothing to do with
progress. It is, rather, reactionary in the extreme: nothing more than moral relativism at
the political level.