The usurpation, which, in order to subvert ancient institutions, has destroyed ancient principles, will hold power by arts similar to those by which it has acquired [power].Edmund Burke
On 4 July 1776 America declared Independence from Britain. General George Washington, whose Continental Army was then defending New York City against the approach of a mighty British Armada, had the Declaration read to the troops. In the excitement of the moment, Washington’s soldiers pulled down an equestrian statue of King George III at the south end of Broadway, in Bowling Green Park. The soldiers broke off King George’s head and paraded it around the city. The statue, made of 4,000 pounds of gilded lead, was melted down into 42,088 musket bullets.
General Washington was disturbed by this act of spontaneous vandalism. He told the soldiers that he appreciated their “high spirits,” but he did not approve the pulling down of King George’s statue. This act had the appearance, he said, of riot and want of order. He urged that, in future, such actions be left to “the proper authorities.”
To some of my readers, General Washington’s attitude might seem priggish. But it was nothing of the kind. Washington was a man of principle. How you acted while carrying out a revolution indicated what your regime would look like coming out the other side.
Fast foreword to the present-day. An insurrection is underway in America. Angry mobs have pulled down statues, including statues of George Washington. Last month the press asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi what she thought of this. Pelosi said, “I don’t care that much about statues.” A reporter then asked if it would be advisable for a commission to take the statues down instead of letting mobs decide. Pelosi replied, “People will do what they do.”
Pelosi was then asked, as an Italian American, what she thought of the pulling down of Christopher Columbus’s statue. Pelosi said, “I don’t even have my grandmother’s earrings.” As if her answer remotely made sense, she rambled incoherently about heroes “we respect,” like Washington and Lincoln. “They would want us to be talking about the future,” she explained. It’s not about the past, she added. It’s about “our children.”
Had Edmund Burke been present, he would have reminded this egregious Harridan, that “People will not look foreword to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.” Of course, her heartless disregard of our national heroes reflects her equally heartless attitude toward America’s children. If she will not honor the father of our country, why would she cherish its children? She sees nothing wrong with riotous mobs, the looting of stores, the firing of buildings and a rising death toll. She doesn’t care.
To underscore Pelosi’s villainy, a few days ago she said the Republican administration and the Republicans in Congress were “domestic enemies.” With cool hypocrisy, she pointed to her oath of office. It is an oath she has faithlessly sworn and cynically disregarded throughout her career. She is perfectly cognizant that her behavior, her very words, are inimical to that Constitution. She doesn’t care about the country.
What she cares about, of course, is power. So she continues to maintain — without a shred of evidence — that President Trump is a Russian puppet; that the Republicans are working to facilitate Russian interference in the November election. This accusation of treason against the president, coming from the third highest-ranking official of the United States government, is calculated to divide the country. With this dread slander on her lips, she winks at the prospect of a bloody civil war.
Her refusal to defend George Washington, to defend Lincoln, to defend U.S. Grant (whose statue was pulled down in her native San Francisco) damns her as a Marxist sympathizer, a tool of Chinese interests, and a figure of unparalleled divisiveness. Her ignominious pronouncements, her evident hatred of the country, her stupid self-justifications, make her a fit object for censure. She should be stripped of office, prosecuted for misprision of treason, convicted and given the maximum sentence.