Pelosi A Disgrace!

I literally yelled at my computer last night "You have got to be kidding me!" as I watched Nancy Pelosi rip the President's speech in half during the State of the Union.

I don't care if you don't like the President, I don't care if you disagree with his policies, he is still the President of the United States and that means something.

I was equally outraged when Joe Wilson yelled out "You Lie" to President Obama.

This man is your president whether you like it or not. Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats demonstrated just how debase and classless they are last night. They are the true national disgrace.

A bunch of whiny brats.

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  • Bill_ColeyBill_Coley Posts: 1,925

    @reformed posted:

    I literally yelled at my computer last night "You have got to be kidding me!" as I watched Nancy Pelosi rip the President's speech in half during the State of the Union.

    I didn't yell at my TV, but I did utter a small gasp when Speaker Pelosi ripped up her copy of the president's speech. I thought her action was boldly provocative, but also clearly inappropriate. A "disgrace!"? I think that's too strong a judgment. While I respect and concur with the sentiments that apparently prompted her action, it's clear to me that she shouldn't have done it.

    As for any comparison of Speaker Pelosi's action to Joe Wilson's infamous "You lie!" protest during one of President Obama's SOTU addresses, I think it's worthy of note that Rep. Wilson acted during the address, while Speaker Pelosi acted after the conclusion of President Trump's. In my view, acting before or after the presidential speech one is protesting is likely to be an offense of lesser magnitude than acting while the address is ongoing. BOTH are inappropriate actions, but one is more so than the other because it interrupts the speech itself. Speaker Pelosi's protest did not interrupt the president's speech.

    I thought neither the speaker nor the president handled their differences well last night. I thought her action was inappropriate, but I also thought it was inappropriate for the president not to accept the speaker's offer of a handshake as he took the podium. Was that also a "disgrace!"? No. It was just something he shouldn't have done.


    There was MUCH about the president's speech last night, however, that WAS a disgrace. To name three items among many...

    • His blatant lie about his concern for the protection of insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, when his Justice Department is in court seeking the end of the Affordable Care Act, one of whose star provisions is such protections. We all know the president has no plan to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions (he's said has a plan, but he won't reveal it until after the election!). And if he ever DOES propose a plan, it will NOT provide protection for those people the way the ACA does - namely, so that their premiums are not higher than those paid by people without pre-existing conditions.
    • His blazingly misleading and, at points, clearly false depiction of the state of the American economy, both now and before he took office. Mr Trump gave the impression that the economy was in decline when he took office. Wrong. It had been in a seven year expansion. He touted job growth during his term, but the economy produced jobs at a higher rate in the last three years of the Obama administration. He cited advancements in the manufacturing sector, when in the last twelve months, according to the AP, factory output declined 1.3%.
    • And finally, the president's decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rush Limbaugh, and to do so during the State of the Union address. Mr Limbaugh has a long history of spewing intolerance, division, and racial animus on his program (recall his lurid accusation that Michael J. Fox was either off his meds or faking the symptoms of his Parkinson's Disease). The criteria for the medal is that recipients will be people "who have made exceptional contributions to the security of national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." Past recipients of the Medal have included Steven Spielberg, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Limbaugh does NOT meet those criteria and has NO place among that group of peers; it is a disgrace that Mr Trump believed he does. It's also highly problematic that the president chose to award the medal during the SOTU address - to his frothing political base - instead of during of a White House ceremony where EVERY OTHER RECIPIENT has received it.


  • reformedreformed Posts: 2,732

    Bill, two things.


    1. Pelosi was being disruptive during the ENTIRE speech. Shaking her head, talking, fidgiting with the copy of the speech. It was annoying and distracting.
    2. Rush Limbaugh actually does meet the criteria. Notice the last options "or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." He does meet that criteria even if you do not like it.
  • Bill_ColeyBill_Coley Posts: 1,925


    @reformed posted:

    Pelosi was being disruptive during the ENTIRE speech. Shaking her head, talking, fidgiting with the copy of the speech. It was annoying and distracting.

    Speaker Pelosi shook her head in response to the president's many false, misleading, and/or divisive statements, which in my view makes her reactions as legitimate as was the Vice President's reaction when he smiled or stood to applaud in response to many of the president's statements. If you believe the vice president had the right to smile and/or to interrupt the president's speech by rising physically from his seat to express his response, on what grounds do you claim the speaker did NOT have the right to shake her head or move physically in other ways while still in her seat - WITHOUT interrupting the speech - to express her response? Surely you don't claim that only people who support the president have the right to express their responses to presidential speeches through physical movements, do you?

    As for her manipulation of the speech's text, it was many pages long. It looked to me as if she was following along closely, and perhaps reading ahead as the president proceeded, which doesn't sound like a violation to me.


    Rush Limbaugh actually does meet the criteria. Notice the last options "or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." He does meet that criteria even if you do not like it.

    Your response here reminds me of the president's legal team's defense of the president during the Senate's impeachment trial. They said - until they tried to walk it back - as long the nation's interests were among the president's motives with regard to Ukraine, his other motives didn't matter and his actions couldn't be impeachable. In your current response, you seem to argue that as long as Mr Limbaugh's conduct and impact can be described among the Presidential Medal of Freedom's criteria, his other actions and conduct - even if they violate the spirit of those criteria - don't matter and can't exclude him from consideration. So because Mr Limbaugh has had a significant cultural impact, it doesn't matter that in the process of creating that impact he has regularly spewed intolerance, misogyny, and racial animus. In my view, that's NOT sufficient reason to give him the Presidential Medal of Freedom ( ESPECIALLY not in search of the personal political effect the president sought by doing so during his SOTU!) My goodness, Joe McCarthy had a great cultural impact, but no one considered giving HIM the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • reformedreformed Posts: 2,732

    If you are going to discredit Limbaugh for things he has said and done, then you should, by the same standard, disqualify MLK.

  • Bill_ColeyBill_Coley Posts: 1,925

    @reformed posted:

    If you are going to discredit Limbaugh for things he has said and done, then you should, by the same standard, disqualify MLK.

    I will disqualify Dr King as soon as you demonstrate that his violations of the spirit of the Freedom Medal's standards were comparable to Mr. Limbaugh's.

    • Mr Limbaugh's cultural impact in large part has been a result of his conduct that violates spirit of the standards. Without his provocative, divisive, intemperate, misogynistic, and yes, racist rhetoric, he would not have had NEARLY the impact that he's had.
    • Dr. King's cultural impact in large part was the result of his leadership of the American civil rights movement. Without his poetic, inspirational, and yes, faith-based rhetoric, he would not have had NEARLY the impact he had.

    Did Dr King make mistakes? Yes. Did he have his moral failings? Yes. But were those moral failings critical to his impact in society and culture? Absolutely not.

    Has Mr Limbaugh made mistakes? Yes. Has he had his moral failings? Yes. Have HIS moral failings been critical to his impact on society and culture? Absolutely. I doubt seriously that Dr King would have called President Obama a "halfrican American" as did Mr Limbaugh.

    Bottom line: Dr King didn't become famous for preaching and embodying intolerance or deepening divisions in American society. Mr Limbaugh did. Dr King became famous for calling the nation to unity, to the brother- and sisterhood of all humanity. Mr Limbaugh did not. Dr King deserved the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mr Limbaugh did not.

  • reformedreformed Posts: 2,732

    Oh brother. MLK is over-celebrated. He wasn't that important. There were many who were more deserving to be the face of the civil rights movement that were much more decent human beings.

  • Bill_ColeyBill_Coley Posts: 1,925

    @reformed posted:

    You're of course welcome to your views about Dr King, but in this case not without my calling attention to the fact that you've changed the subject. The issue you raised in an earlier post and to which I then responded was that Dr King should be disqualified from Medal of Freedom consideration "if you're going to discredit Limbaugh for things he has said and done." In response, my argument was that Dr King's resume is far better than Mr Limbaugh's because Dr. King didn't make his impact via morally and ethically questionable conduct as Mr Limbaugh has. Your response - that "MLK is over-celebrated" and not "that important" - fails to address my claim. Do you claim that Mr Limbaugh's impact on culture through his radio show has been as constructive as and of comparable moral and spiritual character to Dr King's impact through the civil rights movement? If so, on what basis do you make your claim?

  • reformedreformed Posts: 2,732

    Well I don't think it is legitimate to say that Limbaugh made his impact over morally and ethically questionable conduct. That is your opinion but I believe the opinion is absurd.

    Dr. King didn't have moral and spiritual character. He was a disgrace. He was IMMORAL in every sense of the word.

  • reformedreformed Posts: 2,732

    @Bill_Coley for what it is worth, I think what the President did at the prayer breakfast this morning was disgraceful as well. That was not the time or venue to take swipes at Pelosi and the Democrat party. It was shameful!

  • Bill_ColeyBill_Coley Posts: 1,925
    edited February 6

    @reformed posted:

    Well I don't think it is legitimate to say that Limbaugh made his impact over morally and ethically questionable conduct. That is your opinion but I believe the opinion is absurd.

    For a long period of time, Mr Limbaugh called Barack Obama a "halfrican American." Two questions about that: 1) In your view, was that name either morally or ethically questionable? 2) Was Mr Limbaugh's use of that name to describe the former president a surprise to you? In your view, was the spirit and temperament of that term not in keeping with the other words and phrases Mr Limbaugh commonly used to describe his political opponents?


    Dr. King didn't have moral and spiritual character. He was a disgrace. He was IMMORAL in every sense of the word.

    Your sweeping and wholly unsupported moral judgment about Dr King is evidence of the chasm between us on his place in history. I consider your viewpoint to be so wildly mistaken that there's no reason to continue our discussion.

  • Bill_ColeyBill_Coley Posts: 1,925

    @reformed posted:

    @Bill_Coley for what it is worth, I think what the President did at the prayer breakfast this morning was disgraceful as well. That was not the time or venue to take swipes at Pelosi and the Democrat party. It was shameful!

    We agree. Thank you for taking the time to offer your comment.

    p.s. Mr Trump's history suggests VERY STRONGLY that today's was not the last instance of such inappropriate behavior he'll exhibit between now and election day.

    p.p.s. Try to imagine Ronald Reagan, either President Bush, Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama spewing such garbage at a national prayer breakfast as Mr Trump did today. On second thought, don't try; it's not possible to imagine those presidents' doing so.

  • Bill_ColeyBill_Coley Posts: 1,925

    @reformed posted:

    Well, Obama had his own trash at Prayer Breakfasts.

    Examples and links to supporting information, please.

  • reformedreformed Posts: 2,732

    I don't remember what year but he started talking about Islam and the Crusades and got basic history wrong.

  • Bill_ColeyBill_Coley Posts: 1,925

    @reformed posted:

    I don't remember what year but he started talking about Islam and the Crusades and got basic history wrong.

    You're undoubtedly talking about the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast in which Mr Obama said of the reality of horrible actions taken by people in the name of their faiths,

    "Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."

    Though some in the conservative Christian community issued strong denunciations of the president's comments, as THIS FACT CHECK and any basic knowledge of history demonstrate, every one of Mr Obama's claims was factually, historically accurate. And EVEN IF the president got that "basic history wrong" (which he didn't) no reasonable person would conclude that those three sentences equated in tone or intention to the garbage Donald Trump spewed in his appearance Thursday morning.


    Do you have any OTHER examples of what you called Mr Obama's Prayer Breakfast "trash," or is that one - whose credibility to which history is quite unkind - the only one?

  • Bill_ColeyBill_Coley Posts: 1,925

    @reformed posted:

    He got the crusades wrong.

    Your five word comment doesn't help me understand what you claim Mr Obama got "wrong" with the crusades. Please say more and be specific. Recall, the ONLY thing he said about the Crusades was that in them people "committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ." What specifically do you claim he got wrong in that assertion, and on what do you base your claim?

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