Nancy Pelosi has recently said that the National Park Service should deny a permit to a group she opposes rather than let them “spew forth their venom.” She says that the Constitution doesn’t allow one to “yell wolf in a crowded theater.” David French has a piece over at NRO that looks at how her misquoting Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., shows her ignorance of constitutional law and our country’s history. (The fire in a crowded theater comment is dicta found in Schenck v. U.S. which is no longer good law. Brandenburg v. Ohio is now the proper standard.)
Mrs. Pelosi has also called for Speaker Ryan to remove statues of Confederates from the Capitol, something she failed to do when she was Speaker of the House. (She did order the statue of Robert E. Lee moved to a less prominent spot and his old spot given to a statue of Rosa Parks.) OTOH, at least she didn’t dedicate any such statues—as her father did when he was Mayor of Baltimore. AFAIK, she’s failed to make any public comments concerning her family’s history related to Confederate monuments.
One more thing … Because it will come up, here’s my opinion on Confederate monuments:
I grew up in the South. One of my great-great-grandfathers served as an officer in the Confederate Army. Another great-great-grandfather was a slaveholder. What both of them did was wrong, and I like to believe that I would have been among the substantial minority of Tennesseans who opposed secession and supported the Union.
The monuments that were built by people with a living memory of the war should probably be left alone as historical artifacts. However, later monuments erected as pushback to the 20th-century civil rights movement should have no such protection. If, for example, Baltimore decides to remove the Lee-Jackson monument Nancy Pelosi’s father dedicated in 1948, I would be inclined to believe that city was making a wise choice.
The Daily Caller reports that Nancy Pelosi’s congressional district has not taken in a single Syrian refugee.
San Francisco, California, which includes Pelosi’s district (CA-12), has taken in zero refugees since the fiscal year began. San Francisco also didn’t take in any Syrian Refugees in either 2014 or 2013.
While Pelosi’s district hasn’t actually taken in any Syrian refugees, Pelosi herself has been a vocal proponent of bringing Syrian refugees into the U.S.
Read the whole thing.
Nancy Pelosi has claimed that the government created the iPhone—not Steve Jobs or Apple.
The Weekly Standard has a piece up in which Nancy Pelosi is quoted, and she seems to be saying that she saying that she supports abortion because she’s a Catholic. (H/T, Evi L. Blogger Lady at Batshit Crazy News). I am not a Catholic, but from what I know of that church’s doctrine, I find this mind-bogglingly weird.
Pope Francis was unavailable for comment.
Speaking on the anniversary of the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Nancy Pelosi said,
I don’t remember saying that everybody in the country would have a lower premium.
The Weekly Standard reports that during the 2012 campaign season Mrs. Pelosi said,
everybody will have lower rates
during an appearance on Meet the Press (1 July, 2012).
Clearly, either the memory hole is not operating or MiniTrue has dropped the ball on the appropriate rewrite.
In other news … the chocolate ration will be increased to 20 grams.
Nancy Pelosi was raised in Baltimore. Here’s the sort of nonsense she learned in Civics Class. Speaking on Fox News yesterday, she said:
We avow the First Amendment. We stand with that and say that people have a right to have a gun to protect themselves …
The last time I checked, the First Amendment had nothing to do with the right to keep and bear arms. That seemed to be in the Second Amendment. If that’s the sort of understanding of the Constitution that a congresscritter with a B.A. in Political Science brings to the issues, imagine the confusion of the vast majority of low information voters reliant on what they learned in Maryland schools.
Nancy Pelosi has said that if the Democrats regain control of Congress one of the first things they plan is to repeal part of the First Amendment. The Daily Caller quotes her as saying:
We would pass a DISCLOSE Act. ‘I’m Nancy Pelosi, I approve this message’ — but Mr. Big Bucks who put hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns to get tax breaks for their industry or their heirs, they don’t have to disclose their names. So DISCLOSE: Amend the Constitution to overturn ‘Citizens United.’
She’s not alone. President Obama has said that he favors such action.
These people have made themselves the enemies of free speech.
Is it November yet?
UPDATE–David Horowitz speaks out against other enemies of the First Amendment. TOM has video.