What’s Wrong with the World

The men signed of the cross of Christ go gaily in the dark.

About

What’s Wrong with the World is dedicated to the defense of what remains of Christendom, the civilization made by the men of the Cross of Christ. Athwart two hostile Powers we stand: the Jihad and Liberalism...read more

Pelosi: Obama may be Un-American?

In an op-ed piece published on August 10 in USA Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer write that "drowning out opposing views is simply un-American." In a speech delivered in Virginia on August 7, President Barack Obama said this: "I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

So, if it is un-American to drown out opposing views, as Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer correctly maintain, then does it not follow that it is un-American for the nation's chief executive to falsely brand those who hold opposing views as "the folks who created this mess" while demanding that they remain largely silent? Is not the President trying to "drown out" opposing views, albeit passive aggressively?

(Originally posted on First Thoughts)

Comments (6)

Great post!

Let us also remember Hillary Clinton's 2003 quote on the topic:
http://allhands-ondeck.blogspot.com/2009/08/quote-of-day-hillary-clinton.html

Apples and oranges. Pelosi is referring to the deliberate actions of a few to shut down public meetings. The target of the president's words, as near as I can tell, is the opposition in Congress and his reference is to the economy. Republicans like Boehner and McConnell oppose and obstruct (like the opposition is supposed to) and the president suggests that since they royally screwed things up when they were in charge, they might do well to sit down and shut up and let him have a shot. This is called the normal give and take of politics in a democracy. Note the president was campaigning. Someone who viewed the campaign antics of Sarah Palin with approval should cut Obama some slack:)

Al, Obama was not talking about opposition in Congress. He was talking about the protestors at the town hall meetings.

Paul:

If you go to the White House website, the comments are not in the transcript. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-ar-fundraiser-for-State-Senator-Creigh-Deeds-8-6-09/

This means that Obama drifted off script. Rhetorically, it spookily reminded me of Jeremiah Wright and the sort of bizarre rants for which he is legendary.

Frank

"Al, Obama was not talking about opposition in Congress. He was talking about the protesters at the town hall meetings."

Paul, I was relying on this article from the Telegraph which was the best source with context that I could find, If you have a better one that supports your assertion let me know.

"Mr Obama acknowledged more work was needed on recovery efforts but struck back at Republican critics, reminding his audience he had inherited the economic crisis when he took office in January. It began under his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush."

"'I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess,' he said to loud cheers."

"Many Republicans have accused Mr Obama of making economic matters worse by trying to spend the country out of recession."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/recession/5986322/Barack-Obama-hails-beginning-of-the-end-of-US-recession.html

I went looking because there was no context that I could discern from the snippet Dr. Beckwith posted.

"This means that Obama drifted off script. Rhetorically, it spookily reminded me of Jeremiah Wright and the sort of bizarre rants for which he is legendary."

Or Harry Truman giving the Republicans hell back in the day.

What? You were maybe expecting intellectual consistency -- or, better yet, intellectual honesty -- from "liberals?"

Post a comment


Bold Italic Underline Quote

Note: In order to limit duplicate comments, please submit a comment only once. A comment may take a few minutes to appear beneath the article.

Although this site does not actively hold comments for moderation, some comments are automatically held by the blog system. For best results, limit the number of links (including links in your signature line to your own website) to under 3 per comment as all comments with a large number of links will be automatically held. If your comment is held for any reason, please be patient and an author or administrator will approve it. Do not resubmit the same comment as subsequent submissions of the same comment will be held as well.