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Frank Salvato,
Managing Editor

Nancy Pelosi: Damaged Beyond Repair
May 18, 2009

"I think this is the most despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort I have seen in my lifetime...She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowest of purposes...She dishonors the Congress by her behavior.” – Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich

Well, well, well...it would seem that Nancy Pelosi has outed herself as a liar...a disingenuous, political opportunist, hell-bent on making sure that her ideology is placed above the importance of honesty and good government. It is stunning that the White House and the Democrat leadership haven’t counseled her to limit her media liability. With each session at the podium, Pelosi either changes her story, creates another firestorm or both. Had she been a Republican her resignation would have already been filed.

I find it incredible that the high-judge executioner of the neo-Marxist movement – especially  where the Bush Administration is concerned, and to a lesser extent where the Republican Party is concerned – would so profoundly destroy what little credibility she had before achieving her ideological agenda; the complete reshaping of our system of government from a Constitutional Republic to a Socialist Democracy.

A few things we should make sure are on the record...

The definition of "torture” is in dispute. The Left believes listening to a recording of Whitney Houston singing "I Will Always Love You” repeatedly and at noxiously loud levels is considered torture. Taste-wise, I would have to agree. But when this action is employed against people who kill innocent civilians and then gloat about it, when this act is employed against people who literally saw the heads off of living human beings in the name of an aggressive, totalitarian and oppressive ideology and to install fear in the public, it is not torture, it is a tactic.

The standard by which the United States Supreme Court and the Bush Administration defined "torture” is anchored in the notion that an act would have to "shock the conscience of the court.” Given that the Bush Administration lawyers were asked to draft interrogation guidelines for individuals who they believed had information on imminent terrorist attacks on the American citizenry – attacks that could, by reason of the attacks of September 11, kill thousands of innocent Americans – one could successfully argue that "simulated drowning”, or waterboarding, would be a reasonable tactic to use in extracting information. Let’s face it, only the most fragile of individuals – and terrorists are not, by definition, fragile, either in body or mind – would be "permanently scarred” from a waterboarding session, a session where doctors are present and time limits are placed on the procedure. Worse things happen between teenagers at the public pool when they dunk one-another’s heads under water.

The anti-war Left insists that the actions of the Bush Administration went against the Geneva Conventions. Whether this is true or not – and this is wide-open for debate – the Geneva Conventions did not and do not apply to terrorists or their organizations for the simple fact that they are not uniformed (a requirement of the Geneva Conventions), they target civilians (an action that removes them from Geneva Conventions protection) and they hide among civilians, mainly women and children, when executing violence and when hiding their movements (actions that simply make them cowardly but which remove them from Geneva Conventions protection because they endanger civilians to an unreasonable level). So, the Geneva Conventions and its vague reference to torture – "...outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating or degrading treatment...” –excludes terrorists from its protection.

The United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, mandates that torture can only be charged if an act commits, "...severe physical or mental pain or suffering..." which in turn means "prolonged mental harm." Again, I reference American teenagers at a public pool dunking each other’s heads under water as they roughhouse. Are anti-war activists and the neo-Marxists in control of the US government trying to say that what American teenagers do for fun is considered torture if government agents do it to terrorists in a quest for information on perceived imminent terrorist attacks on our nation? Are you kidding me? Has our nation become that feminized?

Getting back to Pelosi...

Now that Nancy Pelosi has demonstrated that she is willing to lie – bald-faced and in a grotesque manner – to achieve her goals, how can Democrats in the US House of Representatives allow her to remain as Speaker of the House? Every single word that comes out of her mouth from this point on must and will be questioned.

Now, I have always questioned Ms. Pelosi’s actions, but I have done so because I believe she simply isn’t smart. I believe her to be intellectually stunted and an ideological pawn for the neo-Marxist movement that has been making incremental inroads into our society ever since the 1920s. I can understand why she was elected to office, you only have to look at the electorate of San Francisco and their icons, the faculty at Berkeley, to understand why...they’re straight from the Frankfurt School of Marxist ideology. But how people like Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Jim Clyburn (D-SC), John Larson (D-CT), Jan Schakowski (D-IL) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) allowed this intellectual midget to ascend to the speakership...well, I suppose it stands as testimony to the intellect of the Democrat leadership.

Nancy Pelosi is compromised beyond repair. Even the most disingenuous politician has come to understand that. The question now is whether the agenda-driven media will continue to hound her, ala Watergate, and whether the American people will apply enough pressure to their elected officials to get the Democrats in the House super-majority to remove Pelosi as speaker. No doubt she will remain a Congresswoman from San Francisco; she has no pride, no ethic, no honor. But will We the People allow her to spew her lies, her hate and her disingenuous politics, will We the People allow her to further damage our country and remain in such an influential position; third in succession to the presidency?

People...come on!


About Frank Salvato
Frank Salvato is the Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for BasicsProject.org a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the International Analyst Network. He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show airing on AM1220 WSRQ and on the Internet catering to the US Armed Forces around the world and on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the USA Radio Network. His opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and are syndicated nationally. He is occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements.

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