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House Speaker Pelosi lashes out at antiwar protesters "By character and class consciousness Pelosi is simply reacting to events as the wealthy woman she is. Tentex royal free sample If true defiance to the status quo will ever come, tentex royal free sample it won’t come from creatures deeply ensconced in privilege as Pelosi and her fellow establishmentarians. Tentex royal free sample "   Thomaspaine.com By Patrick Martin \ Dateline: 15 October 2007  Excerpts: "The real venom in Pelosi’s comments was reported by Washington Post Capitol Hill columnist Dana Milbank, tentex royal free sample one of those in attendance at the press interview. Tentex royal free sample While Pelosi invariably maintains a publicly smiling posture, tentex royal free sample he wrote, tentex royal free sample “her spirits soured instantly when somebody asked about the anger of the Democratic ‘base’ over her failure to end the war in Iraq.” “Look, tentex royal free sample” she said, tentex royal free sample “I had, tentex royal free sample for five months, tentex royal free sample people sitting outside my home, tentex royal free sample going into my garden in San Francisco, tentex royal free sample angering neighbors, tentex royal free sample hanging their clothes from trees, tentex royal free sample building all kinds of things—Buddhas? I don’t know what they were—couches, tentex royal free sample sofas, tentex royal free sample chairs, tentex royal free sample permanent living facilities on my front sidewalk.” Pelosi continued: “If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, tentex royal free sample they would be arrested for loitering, tentex royal free sample but because they have ‘Impeach Bush’ across their chest, tentex royal free sample it’s the First Amendment.” Pelosi is married to a multimillionaire investor, tentex royal free sample and her comments were charged with social resentment as well as political hostility. Tentex royal free sample The antiwar protesters are not only unwelcome because they expose her hypocritical pretense to opposing the Iraq bloodbath—they are dirty, tentex royal free sample ragged and disreputable, tentex royal free sample and irritate the neighbors. Pelosi’s remark—imagine that riffraff “sleeping on my sidewalk”—is reveals the enormous social distance between the masses of working people, tentex royal free sample housewives, tentex royal free sample students who oppose the war, tentex royal free sample and the privileged ruling elite. Tentex royal free sample And her disparaging reference to the First Amendment demonstrates the hostility of a big business politician towards the democratic rights of the working class. In elaborating on this comment, tentex royal free sample Pelosi tried to backtrack from her spontaneous display of her real attitude towards antiwar activists. Tentex royal free sample “They are advocates, tentex royal free sample” she said. Tentex royal free sample “We are leaders.” And “leaders, tentex royal free sample” of course, tentex royal free sample have to be practical. Tentex royal free sample “We have to make responsible decisions in the Congress that are not driven by the dissatisfaction of anybody who wants the war to end tomorrow, tentex royal free sample” Pelosi continued. Tentex royal free sample “The war has eclipsed everything, tentex royal free sample” said. Tentex royal free sample “And while I am very proud of the ratings that Democrats have on every issue you can name, tentex royal free sample I don’t disagree with the public evaluation that we have not done well in ending this war.” The Democratic leader rebuked those antiwar activists who have begun to recognize that congressional Democrats, tentex royal free sample not merely the Republicans, tentex royal free sample are opposed to ending the war. “I think it is a waste of time for them to go after Democratic members, tentex royal free sample” Pelosi argued. Tentex royal free sample “They ought to just persuade Republican members who are representing areas that are opposed to the war.” Pelosi herself faces such a challenge. Tentex royal free sample Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan has announced that she would run as an independent candidate for Congress against Pelosi next year, tentex royal free sample because of the decision by Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last May to push through an emergency funding bill to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Democrats could not be fairly accused of failing to carry out their electoral mandate, tentex royal free sample Pelosi claimed: “We said we would change the debate; we would fight to end the war. Tentex royal free sample We never said we had the veto pen or the signature pen.” She concluded with the claim, tentex royal free sample incessantly repeated by the congressional Democratic leadership, tentex royal free sample that it is White House veto power and filibusters by Senate Republicans which have blocked any change in Iraq war policy. “It is clear now that the Senate is not going to be able to do much to overcome the 60- vote barrier that would send a bill to the president’s desk, tentex royal free sample” Pelosi said. Tentex royal free sample “But that does not mean the House will not move to … responsible, tentex royal free sample safe redeployment of our troops, tentex royal free sample hopefully to end by next year.” This is the “big lie” that the Democratic leadership—with the full support of the media—has sought to use to excuse its own complicity with the war and cover up the fundamental agreement of both parties to continue the military occupation of Iraq indefinitely. Pelosi, tentex royal free sample Reid & Co. Tentex royal free sample have deliberately refused to take the action that they have within their power, tentex royal free sample cutting off funds for the war, tentex royal free sample which does not requires a filibuster-proof or veto-proof majority. A simple majority in either house of Congress could have blocked war funding last May. Tentex royal free sample But with the Bush administration threatening that critical military operations would have to be curtailed by mid-June if the funding was not approved, tentex royal free sample Pelosi and Reid caved in and agreed to push through the emergency appropriations bill." http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=382#more-382