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.
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
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).
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?
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