Pelosi Preaches Against Rhetoric With Rhetoric

Posted: September 18, 2009 in Health Care, Politics
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi approached a podium yesterday with American flags stacked behind her and used scare tactics to push her health care agenda. She made references to the 1978 murders of Mayor George Moscone and city Supervisor Harvey Milk by stating, “I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco.”

She continued to say that, “This kind of rhetoric was very frightening,” and it creates an environment that’s ripe for violence. The violence to which Pelosi was referencing was seen as assassinations in association with a debate over gay rights.

“I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made,” Pelosi went on, and walked away from the podium insisting that the health care plan would have a public option.

It was an effort to quell critics of the current health care proposals, but her remarks have been met with criticism. House Minority Leader John Boehner said Thursday, “Listen, I was at a tea party in Westchester, Ohio on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend with 18,000 people. I saw no signs or any indication of any kind of violence.” He continued, “You’re seeing average Americans who’ve never been involved in the political process taking a more active role in our society and in this debate. And so, you know, I believe it ought to be civilized, but — but Americans are speaking up and they ought to speak up.”

The 9-12 march on Washington which included 75,000+ people by some estimates was a peaceful rally in which there were zero arrests.


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