Friday, September 18, 2009

"The stuff of her nightmares." Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Oliver, Hanging Effigies and Political Solutions by Small Arms Fire.

Andrew Oliver was the lieutenant-governor of Massachusetts. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 28, 1706; died there, March 3, 1774. . . Oliver graduated from Harvard in 1724. He was chosen as a member of the general court, and afterward of the council. In 1748 he was sent with his brother-in-law, Governor Thomas Hutchinson, as a commissioner to the Albany congress that met to conclude peace with the heads of the Six Nations and arrange a rectification of the frontier. In 1756 he was appointed secretary of the province.

When the British parliament passed the stamp-act he made himself odious to the patriotic party by accepting the office of distributor of stamps. He was re-elected a councilor by a bare majority on August 14, 1765. An effigy of him was hung between figures of Lord Bute and George Grenville, on the large elm called the “liberty tree.” In the evening the multitude, with cries of “Liberty, property, and no stamps!” demolished the structure that was being built for a stamp office. Oliver’s life was in danger, and the next morning he signed a public pledge that he would not act as stamp-officer.

A few months later there was a rumor that he intended to enforce the stamp-act, and on the day of the opening of parliament the Sons of Liberty compelled him to march to the tree and there renew his promise in a speech, and take oath before a justice of the peace, Richard Dana, that he would never, directly or indirectly, take measures for the collection of the stamp duty.

In 1770 he was appointed lieutenant-governor, his letters, with those of Hutchinson and others, recommending the dispatch of troops to this country, and the criminal prosecution of Samuel Adams and other patriots, were shown to Benjamin Franklin (q. v.) in England, as expressions from Americans of weight and station. Party feelings ran so high at the time of his death, that Hutchinson says “A large mob attended upon his interment and hurrahed at the entombing of his body, and that night there was an exhibition at a public window of a coffin, and insignia of infamy.”

I thought about Andrew Oliver when I read this by Glenn Thrush at

September 17, 2009

Categories: Bad Behavior

Pelosi warns right of inciting "violence" — invoking Harvey Milk murder

An uncharacteristically emotional Nancy Pelosi is warning Republicans — and other groups getting whipped up over the health care debate — not to incite unstable supporters who might repeat acts of violence that struck San Francisco in the 1970s.

A top Pelosi aide later confirmed reporters' suggestions that her statement was a reference to the City Hall murder of gay rights activist Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in November 1978 — an earth-shattering experience for Bay Area Democrats like the speaker.

Pelosi stumbled when asked about Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst and its impact on civility in the House, momentarily overcome by emotion.

"I think we all have to take action and responsibility for our words — we are a free country and this balance between freedom and safety is one that we, um, have to carefully balance," said Pelosi, who made no direct mention of Republicans.

A House leadership aide later told me that Democrats have become increasingly concerned by the ratcheting up of rhetoric on both sides — and particularly alarmed by the recent hanging in effigy of Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) by a tea party activist on the Eastern Shore.

"I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late '70s in San Francisco, this king of rhetoric. ... It created a climate in which violence took place. ... I wish we would all curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements and understand that some of the ears that it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statements may assume."

Pelosi, according to her spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, was referring to Supervisor Dan White's murder of Milk and Moscone, the basis for last year's film "Milk."

She added: "You have to take responsibility for any incitement that [the speaker's words] may cause."

The speaker, who served as California state party chairwoman before being elected to the House, was a gay rights advocate who attended Milk's funeral.

Ironically, the most notorious act of violence to afflict the health care debate was the recent scrum between a pro-reform protester and a tea party activist in which the liberal bit off part of the conservative's finger after being punched in the face.

The Pelosi scrap mirrors an earlier fight. In April, the Department of Homeland Security set off a firestorm of protest when it acknowledged it had produced a report titled: "Right-Wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," which warned that right-wing groups could be spurred to violence by the election of the nation's first African-American president.

Republicans — still upset at Pelosi's charge that disruptions by town hall protesters were "un-American" — were quick to take issue.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) is the first House GOPer to take issue with Pelosi's contention that the vehemence of anti-health care reform rhetoric could lead to a wave of violence akin to that which hit San Francisco in the '70s:

“Speaker Pelosi is right that the American people are upset, but it is her own words that continue to fuel voter frustration in America," Sessions said in a statement sent to POLITICO. "No longer content with criticizing concerned citizens for being ‘un-American,’ the Speaker is now likening genuine opposition to assassination. Such insulting rhetoric not only undermines the credibility of her office, but it underscores the desperate attempt by her party to divert attention away from a failing agenda."

Sessions, who raised eyebrows earlier this year by suggesting the House GOP minority needed to adapt the insurgent politics of the Taliban, added: "During one of the most important policy debates of our time, the American people have been completely abandoned by those elected representatives under her control. Voters are justifiably frustrated with Washington, and the Speaker's verbal assault on voters accomplishes nothing other than furthering her reputation for being wildly out of touch with the American people.”

Of course, as we see above, hanging in effigy is a grand old American free speech tradition. Here's a recent example of a leftie hanging Sarah Palin in effigy:

Now this is fair, although neither side will admit it when they themselves are hung in effigy. I wouldn't be surprised if "Waco Jim" Cavanaugh, Jody "The Witch" Keeku or James P. "Little Jimmy" Vann didn't each keep some sort of hanging effigy, or, in the case of Keeku as a rumored practicioner of the dark arts, a voodoo doll, of yours truly. I don't bother with hanging effigies of them, of course. What could surpass my words as weapons? ;-)

But it is, I think, more than hanging effigies that move Nancy Pelosi to becoming "uncharacteristically emotional." Pelosi could care less if people came to her funeral to cheer, as they did with Andrew Oliver.

No, Pelosi is concerned about something near and dear to every heathen politician's heart -- her own life. This is her concern: that Mayor Moscone and Harvey Milk were killed before their time (ironically by another Democrat, but I'm sure in Pelosi's mind that fact is conveniently forgotten). As her memory contracts to that one vignette -- standing by their graves, with dirt soon to be shoveled over the coffins containing their dead faces -- I'm sure that even today, Pelosi brushes a few stray particles of the imaginary dirt from her own face with a shudder.

She should not be so revealing about the stuff of her nightmares.

Someday, as the result of the deadly policies she endorses and advances, someone might, with justice on their mind, introduce her to her own personal boogeyman.

And THAT would be a tragedy for all concerned.



Anonymous said...

You missed the funny part.

Milk was killed by a democrat.....

ParaPacem said...

No, Pelosi was right - after seeing the crowds of 9/12 and reading the signs, and hearing the "You lie!", thousands of people reported being almost overcome with inexplicable desire to assassinate Harvey Milk.

Reports, unconfirmed at this time, also indicate that Al Franken, in a fit of perplexity, felt driven to assassinate Harvey the six-foot 3 1/2 inch Pookah Rabbit of stage and movie fame,
collapsing into a psychotic break when informed that the rabbit was ficitious.

Sean said...

No Anon, he did not miss the funny part. And the part not everyone will recall is that if Pelosi, G*d forbid should croak, her head would have to be cut off, and stuffed full of garlic and buried seperately. So she won't rise and sink her fangs into people at night. Just sayin'.........

ParaPacem said...

I don't know if he has an effigy, but I DO hear that Cavanaugh has an inflatable sailor doll ordered from Barney's Adult Gift Importers.

suek said...

Reality aside(as I understand it, not only was he killed by another Democrat, but he was clearly killed for personal reasons)...

Pelosi should take comfort. It isn't possible for her to be killed "before her time".

We're already past that point.

Crucis said...

And, Milk's killer was an insider in the city government and a big leftie as well. Perhaps Nancy should be looking over her shoulder towards soft of her compatriots?

phthaloblu said...

Pelosi doesn't have to worry about being killed before her time. After all the botox that's been injected into her butt-ugly face, they'd have to entomb her head in a barrel of acid. I can't believe anyone takes anything that comes out of her mouth seriously. Especially after seeing these.

Joe said...

All I see are crocadile tears!!

Happy D said...

Wait a minute Wasn't she the one calling the Tea Partiers astro turf essentially Shills for "BigPharma", Racists, Nazis, and such?
Well given that most assassins in recent U.S. history were left wing loons. I suppose she is just laying the ground work so they can name it The Pelosi Kennedy health care bill when one of her disaffected comrades does her in.

Uncle Lar said...

These bastions of the left remind me of the school yard bully who feels free to punch and kick and bite all the smaller kids at will, but then runs crying for protection the first time anyone rears up and slaps the little bastiche back. The level of hypocrasy in today's politics is high and rising higher quickly.