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Pelosi finds dissent un-American… now.

posted at 2:03 am on August 10, 2009 by

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer attack anti-ObamaCare protesters at Congressional town halls in the USA Today:

These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.

Pelosi knows a thing or two about raucous protesters, and has not always considered them un-American. Since becoming Speaker, she has occasionally run into resistance from the antiwar movement generally, and Code Pink in particular. In January 2006, Pelosi got a decidedly mixed reseption at a town hall meeting in San Francisco:

Dozens of heckling, sign-toting anti-war protesters tried to take center stage at the congresswomen’s town hall forum on national security — calling for an immediate de-funding of the Iraq war and impeachment proceedings against President George Bush.

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The protesters stood quietly in front of Pelosi waving their signs for the entire two-hour meeting, while hecklers from the audience frequently interrupted the talk.

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But Pelosi never summoned help from police or security. She negotiated with the hecklers and at times even thanked the protesters for their advocacy and enthusiasm.

“It’s always exciting,” she told reporters after the meeting. “This is democracy in action. I’m energized by it, frankly.”

Or this incident from June 2007:

The congresswoman who hails from liberal San Francisco was introduced on Wednesday by Rep. John Murtha, a longtime Iraq war dissenter. Murtha was greeted with raucous applause, but, at the mention of Pelosi’s name, members of the antiwar women’s group Code Pink were quick to shout at her and continued to do so throughout her speech until she responded.

As Pelosi was discussing “…preserving our climate, protecting our country, growing our economy and strengthening our families as we care for our children and preserve our planet,” activists from the group interjected.

“And bring our troops home now,” a protester yelled from the crowd, following by several other “now”s.

“Preserving our planet is a national security issue…,” Pelosi said and paused. “I always say the best preparation for combat is combat,” she responded. “So just go for it, I respect your enthusiasm.”

“Your impatience with the war is justified,” Pelosi said, trying to ease tensions between those heckling her and those shushing the hecklers.

The Hill reported:

At the end of her remarks, she said, “Instead of fighting with us, which is your right to do, let’s work together.”

Pelosi would later complain about Code Pink protesters and refuse to meet with them, but that is a far cry from branding them un-American.

“Un-American” is an epithet Pelosi and other top Democrats save for the Right. Sen. Blanche Lincoln apologized for calling anti-Obamacare protests un-American, with a big whiff of political expediency. Pelosi, safely entrenched in San Francisco, has accused the GOP of being un-American time after time. It’s not difficult to find example after example of top Democrats questioning the patriotism of their opponents.

As for her attempted government takeover of the US healthcare system, Pelosi writes that “it is healthy for such a historic effort to be subject to so much scrutiny and debate,” and that “[t]he dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy and plays an integral role in assuring that the legislation we write reflects the genuine needs and concerns of the people we represent.”

The reality is that Pelosi wanted the healthcare bill passed before the August recess and threatened to keeping the House in session through the August recess to pass its healthcare overhaul. She had no use for a dialogue between the members of her caucus and the voters who elected them.

Nor was she encouraging debate within the House of Representatives. Pelosi has run a more debate-free House than the GOP did from 1992-2006, and was willing to shut down the House to shut off debate about it. So it is no shock that Pelosi will not promise a week to review the final text of a health-care reform bill before a vote.

In sum, Speaker Pelosi is quite tolerant of disruptive protests, so long as they are on the Left. And if Pelosi is not the person most responsible for trying to shut down democratic debate on healthcare and other vital issues, she is certainly in the front row of the team photo. Is there a word for that?

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i think this op/ed might swing some independents. even the most liberal consider themselves “American”.

meanwhile, call your Senators.

kelley in virginia on August 10, 2009 at 6:59 AM

Few things reveal an intent to “drown out opposition” more than calling dissenters a “Nazi zombie menace”: http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/08/speaker-pelosi-vows-to-stop-spread-of.html

Mervis Winter on August 10, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Does Pelosi think Obama is un-American for blaming his critics for the problem and saying he doesn’t want to hear from them?

zmdavid on August 10, 2009 at 10:05 AM

And if Pelosi is not the person most responsible for trying to shut down democratic debate on healthcare and other vital issues, she is certainly in the front row of the team photo. Is there a word for that?

I refuse to take the ban bait. My answer could get me banned from the site internet.

Guardian on August 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Since they’ve lowered themselves to name calling…can we start calling the lefties “Un-european?”

Uncle Bouncy on August 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Since they’ve lowered themselves to name calling…can we start calling the lefties “Un-european subhuman?”

Uncle Bouncy on August 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Tweaked.

Guardian on August 10, 2009 at 11:46 AM

It is perfectly valid to say that there ARE “un-American mobs. One is running our country, right now.

Star20 on August 10, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Nancy pelosi, Tarred & feathered.Dissent is Patriotic!

http://sparks.brushfireoffreedom.org/post/2009/08/10/Tar-and-Feathers.aspx

TCJ on August 10, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Look, these guys are PROUD of the thugs that are trying to shut us up. I’ve heard Sebelius (sic?) came out Friday and thanked SEIU and told them to “keep doing what you’re doing.”

These people truly believe the drivel they’re spouting and that they have a right to shut us up, no matter HOW they have to do it. They’re scared to DEATH right now because they figured we’d just roll over and take it. No way, you hooligans. No freakin’ way.

I’m taking my camera anytime I go to “political discussions” and having my daughter take her video camera. Based on the fact that these people have been given green light to punch “back” twice as hard by no less than the president, it’s only a matter of time before things get REALLY out of hand and someone ends up critically injured or dead. And then what will they say? They’ll claim whoever is hurt deserved it for talking back to their betters.

We’d best get this under control NOW. This is Germany circa 1930s and we’re on a scary path. How did Hitler and his gang start things up? He treated the Jews just like the libs are treating conservatives. I’d like to believe such a thing as the Holocaust couldn’t happen here, but I never thought I’d see the day an American president would actively advocate bullying his own people. Nor did I think I’d ever see the day the American people would be told to shut up because they did not agree with a sitting president and Congress. This whole deal is sending a chill up my spine and it should be scaring ALL Americans just the same.

Mad Mad Monica on August 10, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Uncle Bouncy on August 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Since they’ve lowered themselves to name calling…can we start calling the lefties “Un-european?”

Actually, if you really want to tear them up, go for “anti-democratic”.

I think it is about time we started using marxist terminology against the marxists.

fronclynne on August 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM

And if Pelosi is not the person most responsible for trying to shut down democratic debate on healthcare and other vital issues, she is certainly in the front row of the team photo. Is there a word for that?

Complicit?

darii on August 10, 2009 at 11:56 AM

And if Pelosi is not the person most responsible for trying to shut down democratic debate on healthcare and other vital issues, she is certainly in the front row of the team photo. Is there a word for that?

Perhaps fascist?

rbj on August 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Mom-momma we’re all nazis now….

Paraphrasing Noddy Holder.

1921 C DRUM on August 10, 2009 at 12:10 PM

I can’t wait for this woman to be removed from her Speakership. It will be like “having a heavy anvil removed from my head.” Na na na na na na na na hey hey hey GOODBYE.
Instant Karma is gonna get you.

NJ Red on August 10, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Every time I hear the name Nancy Pelosi, I am reminded it’s time to “drain the swamp” of the subspecies that comprises our current Congress!

Sweet_Thang on August 10, 2009 at 12:45 PM

We’re Nazis because we oppose healthcare rationing, death marches, etc. but we can afford to give 30 million dollars to the red-breasted tufted titmouse in San Francisco. What is wrong with these people????

NJ Red on August 10, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Pelosi and Hoyer should both be forced to resign now. They have betrayed the trust of the American people, and have both proven to be totally unqualified to lead.

pilamaye on August 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Facists at their finest….

robo on August 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I will NOT obey any laws now passed by this congress
NO more..

Our congress has forgotten that they work for US
Our congress has made its bed with our enemies
Our congress is hell bent on a complete takeover of the usa

No more..
I will NOT OBEY
I now stand against
the congress of the former
United states of america

No more
http://www.veteranoutrage.com

Its time for a new revolutionary war..
Its is the Citizens of the USA
VS CONGRESS AND THE SENATE..

veteranoutrage on August 10, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Message to Pelosi:
Let’s talk about being Un-American.
You were elected into office by your constituents to do a job they, your constituents, wanted you to do. Now, you are calling them Un-American because protesting against the idiotic policies the that Hussein Administration is trying to pass. Question, How Un-American are you?

Hey Pelosi, Your constituents DO NOT want Obamacare….Get a Clue!

Can you please explain how the CIA liedmis-informed you?

HUSSEIN CLOWN POSSE

BigMike252 on August 10, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Karl = great post. Thanks for the research. While our instinct is that Pelosi is a liar and empty headed dope that is suffering the effects of botox overdose it is nice to see the actual facts that support it!!!

iam7545 on August 10, 2009 at 4:57 PM

So, Pelosi is calling her constituents un-American?

Murtha called his racist rednecks, and he still got reelected.

malclave on August 10, 2009 at 8:08 PM