The moral vacuity and stunning demagoguery that is Nancy Pelosi is on display once again.
When millions of Tea Partiers first began to make their voices heard, Pelosi determined that it was all merely a tempest in a teapot. Actually, I’ll maintain ownership of that bad pun and cite her literal verbiage in a TV interview on April 15, 2009, in which she employed a different metaphor:
“This initiative [the Tea Party] is funded by the high end. We call it Astroturf; it’s not really a grassroots movement. It’s Astroturf by some of the wealthiest people in America to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich instead of for the great middle class.”
So it was all ginned-up, fake nonsense. Nothing to see here; let’s move right along, kids.
As it turned out, the Tea Party had more staying power than Pelosi argued that it would, so by last fall, she ultimately realized she would need to shift from class warfare rhetoric to accusations of violence. Pelosi could summon no outrage when at a rally on September 3, her fellow California native, anti-health care bill protester Bill Rice, had his finger bitten off on September 3 by a Moveon.org activist. Despite the fact that not one incident of violence had been reported by those opposed to the bill, Pelosi lachrymosely offered the following on September 17, 2009, replete with quavery voice:
“I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw — I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco, this kind of — of rhetoric was very frightening and it gave — it created a climate in which we — violence took place. And so I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made, understanding that — that some of the people — the ears it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume.”
(Hot Air has the video here.)
In Pelosi World, then, over a scant 5 months, the nebulous Astroturfers had morphed into an all-too-real threat posed by the mentally unstable Neanderthals who would dare to oppose massive increase in government encroachment of the healthcare system. Not to mention the linguistic gymnastics Pelosi had employed by even drawing this analogy. The protests of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, which were certainly characterized by violence, were led by organizations such as the Students for a Democratic Society, the Weathermen and the Black Panthers…virulent Leftists all, in Pelosi’s own mold! So conservatives, though non-violent, are the new radical revolutionaries…which was OK then, but isn’t now? The mind reels.
Not to be outdone by her own prior announcements, in the run-up to the eventual passage of the health care travesty, Pelosi rendered the following wisdom on March 9: “We have to pass the bill so we can all find out what is in it.” This glimmering gem of calculated buffoonery stands on its own, with no need for additional commentary, other than my ardent hope that it appears in infinite numbers of GOP TV ads this fall.
Now, the Speaker of this House, third in line for the Presidency, has weighed in once again, wading into the roiling waters of controversy that compose the debate over the construction of the Cordoba mosque at Ground Zero. Kerry Picket of the Washington Times has a piece up this morning, containing audio from an interview Pelosi granted to KCBS radio in San Francisco, a portion of which follows:
“There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque is being funded.” (Emphasis mine…Picket’s piece, complete with audio, here.)
A mentality that immediately attributes opposition to one’s own viewpoints as a byproduct of funding from clandestine bankrolls is not only paranoid, but dangerous. Nancy Pelosi is both. It could be argued that it is all merely hot air, that Pelosi is merely employing political rhetoric. This, if anything, is worse. Regardless, as has always been her wont, once again, Nancy Pelosi’s gut impulse is to impute the worst of motives to her opposition and not even engage in the minutest critical analysis of both sides of the issue.
The dimwitted depravity of Nancy Pelosi has led the Congress she represents to all-time lows in the eyes of the public for whom she claims to speak. Pelosi, after all, promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington, if trusted with the reins of power. As Tom Delay so tersely, but aptly put it earlier this week, “Nancy Pelosi is the swamp.”