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To the melody of “Oh My Darling Clementine

In a prison, in Mordovia,

Sentenced to sit years totaling nine,

Languished a whiner,

A spoiled Griner,

Facing the end of her line.

Oh our Brittney, Oh our Brittney,

With your hash oils for to dine:

You were lost and gone forever.

Also a million ruble fine.

Some ingrate woman (whatever that "w" word means), a mega-tattooed basketball player who has demanded that the American national anthem not be played before basketball games, now has been described by Joe Biden’s official mouthpiece, Karine Jean-Pierre — another masterpiece — as “represent[ing] the best of America.”

Vladimir Putin’s people had busted this Ingrate in February for bringing vape cartridges containing cannabis oils through a Moscow airport. This woman now has cost America a valuable prisoner, international arms dealer Viktor Bout, known commonly as the “merchant of death.” To secure the Ingrate’s release from Russian incarceration and bring her back to America to insult the United States some more, Joe Biden now has freed Bout reciprocally, ten years into his 25-year sentence for (i) conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and officials, (ii) delivery of anti-aircraft missiles, and (iii) providing aid to a terrorist organization.

In America, you can insult and even burn the American flag and be rewarded with streams of encomia muttered by the president’s spokesperson. In Russia, by contrast, you bring in vape cartridges and hash oils, and you can end up in a hard-labor prison in the Gulag Archipelago for life. That is, unless you are lucky enough to have a leftist Democrat president in the oval office who will hand Russia major international criminals so that you can come back, secure more cannabis and vape cartridges, and stick it to the American flag some more.

The dribbler in question, one Brittney Griner, previously has demanded that the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) stop playing America’s s national anthem before games — or, her threat, she would protest publicly. “The best of America?

Actually, she is an overpaid lowlife who previously was arrested for assault and disorderly conduct in a fight with her lesbian then-fiancée, resulting in injuries. Griner was suspended at the time by the WNBA for that eruption, and she was required to attend 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling. She ended up “marrying” the fiancée anyway, but not “happily ever after.” Instead, when Griner’s lesbian “wife” revealed she was pregnant with twins conceived invitroMazal Tov! — Griner hurriedly filed for an annulment.

Sure, love is love — but, hey, child support is child support, especially when earning WNBA numbers. So Griner concluded that her lesbian “marriage” had not been legit after all. If the marriage could be annulled, then no child support. Alas, the court denied the sought annulment, so Griner got stuck with the order to pay child support for the twins. (The good news for her is that child support runs only 18 years or so, twice a Russian prison sentence for smuggling in illegal drugs.)

The best of America?

There is something about these Democrats in the White House when it comes to making insane prisoner exchanges, releasing the worst of human vermin being held in American custody, goons who have murdered and brought about countless deaths through their confederates, in return for “the best of America.”

Y’know, role models like Brittney Griner and — remember this guy? — Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

Without advising Congress first as required by law, Obama secretly released five Guantanamo prisoners, representing the best of Arab Islamic murderers, in return for Bergdahl. After their release, four of the cutthroats rose to become Taliban leaders in Afghanistan. Fittingly, Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, said on ABC at the time of that prisoner swap that Bowe Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.” Remember?

Honor and distinction? He ultimately was dishonorably discharged for desertion and misbehavior. Men in his unit died trying to find him after he disappeared. And in exchange for this Best of America poster boy, Obama released butchers Khairullah Khairkhwa, Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, and Mohammad Fazl. The Taliban in Afghanistan ultimately named Khairkhwa to serve as their acting minister for information and culture, Noori as acting minister of borders and tribal affairs, Wasiq as acting director of intelligence, and Fazl as deputy defense minister.

And have we forgotten how Obama set Iranian prisoners free as part of the price extorted by the ayatollahs from an Obama who desperately wanted an Iran deal?

I think of some of the worst trades ever:

  • Mark McGwire from Oakland to St. Louis in exchange for T.J. Matthews, Blake Stein, and Eric Ludwick
  • Up-and-coming Nolan Ryan from the Mets to the Angels in return for end-of-career Jim Fregosi
  • Boston’s Jeff Bagwell to Houston for Larry Anderson
  • Scottie Pippen from Seattle to Chicago for, uh, Olden Polynice
  • Brett Favre from Atlanta to Green Bay in exchange for a draft pick\
  • Bill Russell from the St. Louis Hawks to the Celtics in return for Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan.
  • And (drum roll . . .) Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees in exchange for some cash and a $300,000 loan to finance No, No, Nanette on Broadway

But nothing compares to an Obama-Biden trade. When it comes to getting the best deal for the American people, Brittney Griner “represents the best of America” only in the minds of the Obamas, Bidens, and Jean-Pierres who thereby reveal how little they think of the American people who voted for them.

If they regard Griner as among the best of them, they thereby demonstrate that they view their constituency with the utmost contempt.

At least on that, we can all agree.

Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer is Senior Contributing Editor at The American Spectator, Vice President of the Coalition for Jewish Values, was adjunct professor of law at two prominent Southern California law schools for nearly twenty years, and is Rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California. He likewise has held leadership roles in several national rabbinic and other Jewish organizations including Zionist Organization of America, Rabbinical Council of America, and regional boards of the American Jewish Committee and B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation. He was Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review and clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

His writings have appeared in Newsweek, National Review, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Federalist, Jerusalem Post, Israel Hayom, and other major Jewish and Israeli Hebrew media. Other writings are collected at www.rabbidov.com.

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Adapted by the writer for Arutz Sheva from a version of this article that first appeared here in The American Spectator.