Friday, September 6, 2013

Pugnacious Pelosi

I tend to quote and link mostly just to libertarians and conservatives on this blog, because the alternatives are usually not worth quoting about anything. Liberals are almost never worth reading, with very few exceptions, and even left-libertarians can get a little flaky, but one left-libertarian who is just about always worth listening to is Justin Raimondo. Here he puts in an optimistic word for evolutionary progress. From generation to generation, the Pelosi family just might be getting smarter:

Empress Pelosi’s New Clothes
On Syria, even her own grandson sees through her act
by Justin Raimondo, September 04, 2013

Whatever else comes out of this ill-conceived and distinctly weird replay of the run up to the Iraq war, it will have established one fact beyond any doubt: House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, congressional doyenne of a corrupted corporate liberalism, is teetering on the brink of senility. What other conclusion can we draw from her latest colloquy with the media?:

"I’ll tell you this story and then I really do have to go. My five-year-old grandson, as I was leaving San Francisco yesterday, he said to me, Mimi, my name, Mimi, war with Syria, are you yes war with Syria, no, war with Syria. And he’s five years old. We’re not talking about war; we’re talking about action. Yes war with Syria, no with war in Syria. I said, ‘Well, what do you think?’ He said, ‘I think no war.’ I said, ‘Well, I generally agree with that but you know, they have killed hundreds of children, they’ve killed hundreds of children there. ‘ And he said, five years old, ‘Were these children in the United States?’ And I said, ‘No, but they’re children wherever they are.’

"So I don’t know what news he’s listening to …"


The littlest Pelosi knows he’s an American. Unlike his grandmother, he puts his own country and its interests first: unlike the Washington politicians, the ivory tower think-tankers, and the transnational elites who think they have a divine mandate to determine what happens in far-off Syria, his first impulse is to ask: what’s this got to do with us?

To Grandma Pelosi, however, "us" means not the United States, or even the West – because the purview of the political class is the entire globe. This assumption is so ingrained in our policy elites that to even question it is considered childishly naïve – which is why Pelosi told this little story to the press in the first place.

A more aware politician would have immediately grasped the counterintuitive implications of her little morality tale – especially in the context of a nation that has been at war for over a decade, and with no end in sight. Because Pelosi surrounds herself with sycophants, however, and never even deigns to debate her opponents come election time – she’s refused every single time – she has no feedback, no clue as to how the rest of the country is thinking and feeling. And even if she did, her carefullygerrymandered and utterly safe district inures her to the wider implications of her cluelessness.

To the reporters crowding around her, who share the globalist assumptions of the political class, her remarks seemed… well, unremarkable. To ordinary people, however, Pelosi’s smart-as-a-whip grandson posed a very good question, perhaps the only pertinent one in this whole debate: what does the Syrian civil war have to do with us? Which makes one wonder: what was Pelosi thinking as she related a narrative whose real meaning seemed to elude her.

Which brings us rather neatly to the central question underlying the debate over whether to strike Syria: What was the Obama administration thinking when they decided to try to pull this off? Do they live on another planet from the rest of us? (What indeed?  Read the rest HERE.)

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