On the top of the Republican hate list either just over or just under Barack Obama is Nancy Pelosi. Being from the vilified city of San Francisco, it seems every self-righteous wingnut in the world loves to hate Nancy. While I do not always agree with her, this unending attack and vilification from the right has actually whipped up a little sympathy for our Speaker of the House, I just wish she would quit playing footsies with these folks and fight them with all the resources at our disposal.
In the latest vilification of Pelosi, “reporters” seized upon comments the Speaker had made about ANTI-GOVERNMENT protesters. You know, those folks that want to starve the beast no matter who it hurts, and throw all the money away to corporations and allow them to prey upon the American worker and Americans in general.
Well, to further vilify Pelosi, they twisted her words around to say that she was talking about all HEALTHCARE PROTESTERS:
But what did Pelosi really say??:
Media figures including Candy Crowley, Carl Cameron, Brian Kilmeade, and Gretchen Carlson have mischaracterized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments that recent “anti-government rhetoric” reminded her of “the late ’70s in San Francisco” when “it created a climate in which violence took place,” to claim that she was criticizing opponents of health care reform. In fact, Pelosi was directly responding to a question not about health care reform, but one that explicitly noted “people talking about anti-government rhetoric and so on and the possibility of violence.”
In fact, here is the transcript from the press conference which clearly shows Pelosi was taken out of context:
QUESTION: Madam Speaker, in terms of the political tone, the tone of the debate, Hoyer said earlier this week he thought it was the most vitriolic since ’93-’94. And around that time we also saw acts of domestic violence, domestic terrorism. How concerned are you about the tone of the political debate, in terms of people talking about anti-government rhetoric and so on and the possibility of violence?
PELOSI: Well, I think we all have to take responsibility for our actions and our words. The — we are a free country, and this balance between freedom and safety is one that we have to carefully balance.
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 rhetoric was very frightening, and it gave — it created a climate in which violence took place.
And so I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made, so that understanding that some of the people — the ears that are — it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume.
But, again, our country is great because people can say what they think and they believe. But I also think that they have to take responsibility for any incitement that they may cause.
I can tell you one thing right now. I think it is time that our Democratic leaders take a real hard look at their treatment by the opposition, and the press. Have Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders not realised just how despised they are and all the reaching out in the world will never do them a bit of good?? They keep pulling back a bloody nub because the other side would rather rip them to shreds than try to work with them on anything.
The political winds blow to and fro from time to time and this is our time around. It is time we fought these folks in the political arena and started enacting the policies we know we need to change this country. We need to stop honoring the middle-class with talking points, and roll up our sleeves and get down in the political mudpit and fight for them.
This is the tactic that will build our party for future generations. In case folks haven’t noticed a whole new generation is working for nothing and find it impossible to generate wealth, even with a college degree. Look at some of these stats:
31 percent of young workers report being uninsured, up from 24 percent 10 years ago, and 79 percent of the uninsured say they don’t have coverage because they can’t afford it or their employer does not offer it.
Strikingly, one in three young workers are currently living at home with their parents.
Only 31 percent say they make enough money to cover their bills and put some money aside-22 percentage points fewer than in 1999-while 24 percent cannot even pay their monthly bills.
A third cannot pay their bills and seven in 10 do not have enough saved to cover two months of living expenses.
37 percent have put off education or professional development because they can’t afford it.
When asked who is most responsible for the country’s economic woes, close to 50 percent of young workers place the blame on Wall Street and banks or corporate CEOs. And young workers say greed by corporations and CEOs is the factor most to blame for in the current financial downturn.
By a 22-point margin, young workers favor expanding public investment over reducing the budget deficit. Young workers rank conservative economic approaches such as reducing taxes, government spending and regulation on business among the five lowest of 16 long-term priorities for Congress and the president.
Thirty-five percent say they voted for the first time in 2008, and nearly three-quarters now keep tabs on government and public affairs, even when there’s not an election going on.
The majority of young workers and nearly 70 percent of first-time voters are confident that Obama will take the country in the right direction.
Now, you can call me a purist or whatever you want but the way I see it is that our party did not lose power in the 80s and early 90s because of anything we did not fight for. What began our eventual downfall was that our party got a national perception as a party that was weak and would NOT fight for anything they believed in. Then, when Clinton reached out to them and gave them concessions and actually had a government that was fiscally responsible and admired around the world they ripped him to shreds on a whim in the press and almost destroyed his whole second term.
You see, this is what we get when we “reach out”. We disappoint our base and make everyone else think we are weak. No matter how successfull our policies are our enemies never refrain from ripping us to shreds. It is past time that our party stood up and enacted our policies with our majority and let the political winds blow as they will.
In the end, it might assure the survival of that majority.