August 31, 2017
Nancy Pelosi has been in congress for what? 30 years or so? And that would mean that more than 100 times each year she’s walked through Capitol halls that proudly house the statues of American heroes.
So on a very conservative basis, Pelosi has walked past the statues of notable Americans like Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and George Washington thousands of times. She’s likewise well acquainted with the Lincoln Memorial, and I’m sure she’s attended countless events at George Washington’s home.
But last week, out of the blue, Pelosi made much of her call to remove all such memorials. In the recent cacophony stemming from liberals’ new-found abhorrence of America’s history, she called such memorials “reprehensible.”
It’s true that many of our nation’s most revered historical figures held reprehensible notions of race, but isn’t it odd that Pelosi’s never, not once in 30 years, said a peep about how insulted she is by their being memorialized in our capitol? Until now that is.
Why is that Ms. Pelosi? After all, the rather shrill volume of her claims to protect black sensitivities hasn’t changed to any great degree since the first time she walked past the statue of Confederate governor Zebulon Vance.
Was it not politically expedient before? Would a mention of these monuments during the Obama years have seemed inappropriate? Or perhaps you never paid any attention to them because there was no political gain to be made.
Until Charlottesville and the sad death of protester Heather Heyer, there simply weren’t enough political points to score with your ANTIFA, BLM and progressive base.
But today, our former speaker thinks few issues are more important than removing statues that have stood in the Capitol for nearly 100 years and have instructed countless visitors of our uniquely American history — the good and the bad. These are statues that memorialize sometimes great, sometimes flawed people — who contributed to shaping the nation we’ve become. And, for better or worse, the nation we will eventually be.
But hold the phone, Nancy Pelosi and her progressive base see a new opportunity to stand in front of microphones around our country and proclaim to the world that these statues have miraculously morphed into symbols of all that is wrong with America; that they are tools of the Alt-Right (whatever the hell that is) and the millions of Nazis (oh wait, I think there about 500-700 actually in the USA) to show their hate for blacks, Jews and minorities near and far.
They claim these symbols of our American heritage have suddenly become poison to our American way of life; that they have magically become toxic to any conversation about our history. They want you and me to join in their mania that, God forbid, should we walk by of these statues in New Orleans, Baltimore, Charlottesville, or the Capitol building, then ZAP, you automatically run the huge risk of turning racist.
There is nothing new in Nancy Pelosi spewing hypocrisy; she’s been doing it for years — well that, and kind of a bunch of other stupid stuff as well. Let’s us not forget the immortal words of then Speaker Pelosi, “we will have to pass it to see what is in it” (referring to Obamacare). The hypocrisy being that she insisted the Obamacare law was what was best for us stupid hicks outside the beltway, but that she was too damn lazy to read. It was good enough that it came from a president with a “D” next to his name.
Then there was this doozy from Pelosi, ‘Hamas is a humanitarian organization’. WOW, really? The organization that wants to annihilate Israel, that’s responsible for the killing of hundreds if not thousands of Jews, and that wants to fight the US at every turn?
One of my personal favorites, which I’m sure left all unemployed Americans scratching their heads raw was, “Unemployment Benefits are creating jobs faster than almost any other program.” OK, now you must be pulling our leg; no one is that stupid or hypocritical…well almost no one.
Now Pelosi and her leftist allies are telling us that Donald Trump is the problem. He’s led us to this point of racial divide and hatred. Mayors are asking President Trump not to visit their cities because, gee wiz, there might be some racial tensions and somehow it would all be his fault — never mind the BLM thugs or ANTIFA bullies who seem to thrive on beating up old men, burning the American flag, and disrespecting police.
They make Pelosi’s hypocrisy seem mild when they employ terrorist methods and spew fascist ideology while claiming their “anti-fascist” bona fides.
I love these reporters who roam the protests moving among the BLM and the ANTIFA people and asking then questions about why they are protesting.
The answers are thrilling, educational, and make for compelling TV. Among my favorites are:
‘Well you know big corporations are like too big and keep the little guy down and Trump is a big corporation so we have to like impeach Trump’.
When asked what impeachable crimes Trump has committed, the responses are all pretty much the same. “Well you know I like haven’t quite finished the research on that but we have to impeach Trump.” Absolutely, absolutely brilliant!
It seems Donald Trump has single-handedly launched a world of hypocrites; each more determined than the next to fault him for a panoply of sins that to any clear thinking man or woman are no more his doing than, quite frankly, they are mine.
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.