Senator Arlen Spector, in a laughably transparent move to keep his job at the Senate, defected to the democrat party. But that’s not news. We all knew he was “one of those” long before he came out of the closet. The nerve pinching moment, however, was when a celebratory Nancy Pelosi thought it her duty to give the republican party some advice.
“I say to Republicans in America, take back your party,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters. “The party of protecting the environment, the party of individual rights, the party of fairness.”
True to democrat form, Pelosi exercises the Say It Enough Times and They’ll Believe It tactic. But, in her defense, she got it half right. Republicans should take their party back. And while they are at it, they might want to retrieve their spines.
Once upon a time, the republican party was the party of individual rights. But the party of protecting the environment? Say it isn’t so. I guess I’m just too young to remember any granola-munching, solar panel brandishing, whack job republican environmentalists. My earliest recollection of a republican stand on the emerging environmental movement was President Reagan when he said, “A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?” That pretty much settled the matter for me.
Pelosi also contends that the republican party used to be the party of fairness. I’m not sure where she’s going with this one. A democrat’s definition of fair is not the same as a republican’s definition, or the rest of the free world’s, for that matter.
Fairness, to a democrat, is castigating corporate CEO’s for buying and flying private jets with “taxpayer dollars” while Air Force one joy rides around the Statue of Liberty burning fuel bought with taxpayer dollars. I won’t even go into the questionable fairness of not giving the people of lower Manhattan a heads-up that a 747 would be doing a creepy 9/11ish low-level fly-by in the middle of the afternoon.
To a democrat, fairness only comes into play as it applies to those groups they can exploit for a vote such as the gay community, terrorists, prison inmates, the poor, and angry feminists. For Christians, conservatives, white males, women who choose not to abort their unborn, gun owners, and people who actually earn their money, the term fairness is modified by adding the prefix un- and dropping the suffix -ness.
Pelosi is working the spin that republicans used to stand for the very things democrats are working toward. In doing this she has to rewrite history and create myths for those who actually think she knows what she’s talking about. Republicans would do well to set the record straight. But that would require a spine…
Continuing with her Say It Enough Times and They’ll Think I Really Mean It tactic, Pelosi iced the cake by saying, “Our country needs a strong Republican Party”.
Now, I’m not dumb enough to think she really wants a strong republican party, but if we can get more psuedo-republicans to come out of the socialist closet and slither over to the dark side, the old gal might just get her wish.