Last week, the House of Representatives debated — and then passed — a non-binding resolution condemning the Tucson shooting of last weekend. Apparently this critical and controversial measure was touch-and-go at one point, in serious danger of not passing, because House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took to the floor to to plead for its approval:
“This resolution is a fitting tribute. It is a great resolution. Please, read it again and again. Carry those names in your heart. Remember, each of these people because, again, a tragic accident took lives, wounded people in the expression of ideas.”
This is the woman the Democrats put in charge of the House of Representatives for four years, where she ruled with an iron fist. This is the woman who continues to lead the House Democrats, and who many want to see resume her Reign Of Error.
First up, she urges House members read and re-read the measure. This is for a non-binding resolution, a hollow gesture. This is the same woman who denied permission for the ObamaCare bill to be read on the floor during debate, and dismissed critics by saying we’d just have to wait until the bill was passed before we could read it and see what’s in it.
But she’s just getting warmed up. This is her getting stuck on stupid. She’s about to shift into high gear and really start spinning her wheels, digging herself deeper and deeper into the mudpit of idiocy.
“A tragic accident.” I dislike using the words “tragic” and “tragedy” to describe deliberate acts. To me, “tragic” implies an accidental situation. It tends to obscure the malice that is often involved in incidents like the Tucson shootings. I prefer to use “atrocity” in its various forms, as it carries the connotations of a deliberate act.
And “accident?” Nancy, there was exactly one “accidental” aspect of the shooting: that Representative Giffords survived. She was the shooter’s primary target; it was just amazing luck (or, if you prefer, God’s grace) that she was not killed. The odds of someone getting shot through the brain and surviving, let alone recuperating as fast as Representative Giffords is, is astonishing — some even say “miraculous.”
Finally, “in the expression of ideas?” What the hell does that have to do with the shooting? Hell, what the hell does that even mean?
The only “idea” expressed in the shooting was that “this guy’s a freaking nutjob.” And the only “idea” that provoked him was “I’m going to kill this woman.” He wasn’t incited by any “hate speech,” and he wasn’t trying to silence Giffords from speaking out on any particular issue or cause.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the woman that the Democrats chose — twice — to put within two heartbeats of the presidency of the United States, and wish to do so again.
God save the Republic.