by Ken Gorrell,
Weirs Times Contributing Writer
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the political gift that keeps on giving. Long after failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s speeches have been relegated to the Big Black Book of Political Banalities, Pelosi’s bons mots will be studied by historians charting the intellectual decline of Progressivism.
Pelosi represents California’s 12th congressional district, essentially the city and county of San Francisco. I doubt there are many other districts that would elect her. “San Fran Nan” epitomizes the dissonance of a city that prides itself for being socially and economically liberal yet actively promotes policies that price most workers out of its housing market. Back in 1967, Scott McKenzie sang that “If you’re going San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” If you go there today, be sure to bring $3,500 – the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment.
Maybe her district’s dissonance explains some of her political statements. Congress “has to pass [ObamaCare] so you can find out what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy.” Some people call “the fog of controversy” the political discourse we expect to engage in as free people in a representative republic.
Her latest assessment of the political scene shows that her disdain for the electorate – or at least a particular segment of the electorate – has not abated: “And I think that, so many times, white — non-college-educated white males have voted Republican. They voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G’s, God being the woman’s right to choose.” Never mind that this woman who claims to be Catholic so easily equates God with abortion, and sides with the procedure that terminates the process of human creation.
After spending nearly 30 years in the House, Nancy thinks she knows what’s best for us, especially those who just can’t see the world the way she does from her perch in one of the least-representative districts in the country. Let me counter Pelosi’s “Three G’s” with “Three D’s”: Dependent, Docile, and Dumb. That’s the electorate she’s been working to create.
From health care to education to providing the basic necessities of life, Pelosi and the Progressives are trying to make Americans more dependent on government. Remember “Julia”, the woman who couldn’t do anything in her life without turning to government? Or “Pajama Boy”, the smug cocoa-sipping twerp waiting for somebody to please, please, bring him some government health insurance? Numbers vary depending upon definitions, but today more than one-third of Americans are dependent on “means-tested” federal programs.
The Democrat National Convention was a study in docility. Yes, there were protests here and there, but nothing like 1968. Today’s Democrats know how to keep their more unruly members in line. From the back-room dealing that turned Bernie Sanders from bête noire into a sheep to the DNC stacking the primary deck in favor of Clinton, today’s Democrats prefer docility to democracy.
But the most disturbing of the “Three D’s” is Dumb. Democrats need their supporters ignorant of facts and history. How else could they make hay with Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff sarcasm about Russia and Clinton’s cavalier handling of national security information? The Left tried to paint Trump as traitor, or at least someone who supported an adversary over American interests.
For those who took offense, a history lesson. George McGovern, Democrat nominee for President in 1972, said this in 1984 on the death of Soviet Union leader Yuri Andropov: “It is a modern tragedy that one of the Soviet Union’s most intelligent and realistic leaders has served and died during the Administration of the most ill-informed and dangerous man ever to occupy the White House. We can only hope that a realistic leader will come forward in the Soviet Union and the American people will end Ronald Reagan’s reign of terror in 1984.”
That “reign of terror” is what history calls “winning the Cold War”. Andropov, that “intelligent and realistic” leader, had been head of the KGB and played a lead role in crushing the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, had decisively won an election and went on to defeat the world’s second most powerful military without direct conventional or nuclear engagement. McGovern never tired of proving the wisdom of the American electorate, which gave him only 17 of 538 electoral votes in 1972.
Then there’s that Democrat “Lion of the Senate”, Ted Kennedy. Thanks to the opening of KGB files in the 1990s, we know that Kennedy offered to help the Soviet Union defeat Reagan’s efforts to build up the nuclear deterrent in Europe, a key part of winning the Cold War. In a letter to the Kremlin, Kennedy “asks Y.V. Andropov to consider inviting the senator to Moscow for a personal meeting” to help “arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.” Kennedy “believes that in order to influence Americans it would be important to organize…televised interviews with Y.V. Andropov in the USA.”
Dependent, docile, and dumb: The recipe for Democrat electoral success in November.
Ken can be reached at email@example.com