It is clear to me that the Pelosi wing of the Democratic Party doesn’t believe in robust democratic debate–when it is in power, that is. Otherwise, dissent is patriotic.
Nancy Pelosi has now darkly warned that the agitated current political mood–which, if anything, she unloosed by likening Town Hall Obamacare protesters to Nazis and thugs–could result in violence. Her allusion is to the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. From the story:
I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw … I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco,” Pelosi said, choking up and with tears forming in her eyes. “This kind of rhetoric is just, is really frightening and it created a climate in which we, violence took place and … I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made.
Here’s the thing: Moscone and Milk weren’t murdered because Dan White was set off by a poisonous political atmosphere. Rather, they were murdered because Moscone refused to reappoint White to the Board of Supervisors after he quit in a fit of pique. He murdered Milk–not because he was gay, as the legend now has it–but because he had been White’s friend, and then–overheard by White–strongly advised Moscone to refuse the reappointment request because of White’s instability. In other words, White murdered Milk because White felt personally betrayed, not because of the political atmosphere.
Pelosi is a disgrace because she is trying to stifle debate and depict her political foes as inspiring violence, planning to blame them if anything happens. And while we’re at it, so is Jimmy Carter the race baiter. And to think, I worked for him in the 1980 election.