The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced that this year’s Profile in Courage Award will go to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Her alleged achievements include: “In 2010, amid a public climate of deepening polarization, Pelosi tirelessly spearheaded the passage of the Affordable Care Act” and for her “persistence and determination” in the 2016 election in promoting diversity and rebuilding “the Democratic Party in the image of America.”
I can’t help imaging what John F. Kennedy would say about that if he were alive today. Of course, if he were alive now, there’d probably be no place for him in today’s “diverse” Democratic Party. JFK was a white male; a veteran and military hawk; a Catholic; he cut taxes because he knew that “paradoxically,” too-high rates decrease revenues (or as Democrats later sneeringly called that, “Reaganomics”); and he famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.” The motto of the current Democrats is “Demand that the government do everything for everyone from cradle to grave, including people who couldn’t even be bothered to respect our laws in coming here.”
I well remember how then-Speaker Pelosi combated “polarization” by forcing through Obamacare via closed-door meetings and a party-line vote, giddily waving her gavel in the faces of masses of protesters while saying we would learn what was in it after it passed. I think the word for that isn’t “courage” but “contempt.”
The JFK Library Foundation also gushed, “With Democrats back in the majority, Pelosi elevated a new generation of leaders to leadership positions and skillfully united her party, focusing on shared values, policy priorities, and a commitment to governing for the greater good.”
Okay, let’s play on their turf: Pelosi and her Party have been in charge of the House since January. In the past three months, what have they done to focus on “shared values” and improve America “for the greater good”?
Well, let’s see: they did manage to pass a bill protecting and expanding public lands that had heavy bipartisan support in both Houses and was signed into law by President Trump. And surprise, they passed a big omnibus spending bill. And…well, that’s it for legislation.
They did pass a resolution to try to block President Trump from declaring an emergency at the Southern border (which even the New York Times now admits is true), but he vetoed it. They also proposed the “We The People Act” (in reality, the “Make Sure Only Democrats Ever Get Elected Again” Act), the “Green New Deal” (spend $93 trillion to destroy the economy, enact socialism and feed Gas-X to cows under the guise of reducing CO2 emissions) and “The SAFE Banking Act” (which protects banks that do business with marijuana sellers – notice a recurring disconnect between what these bills are titled and what they actually do?) None of those things have passed, thank goodness, and one hopes they would all be DOA in the Senate.
Oh, and let’s not forget the blizzard of subpoenas in an attempt to abuse their powers to harass citizens with endless fishing expeditions to try to criminalize political disagreements and overturn the 2016 election, their refusal to accept the findings of the special counsel they insisted on, and their demand that the Mueller report be released immediately in total disregard for the Constitutional rights of the innocent people in the report whose private information needs to be redacted or the protection of any classified information.
And of course, there was the promotion of that dynamic new generation of “Progressives” into leadership roles that's helped give the Democratic Party a reputation for being friendly to socialism, anti-Semitism, open borders, 90% tax rates and various other idiotic and disastrous policies they once tried to distance themselves from. I’ll bet privately, even Nancy Pelosi is cursing that turn of events.
Maybe we should just look at this award as one more liberal-approved Participation Trophy. That’s the only way it makes sense.