Can We Take a Moment to All Hail the Queen?
I love Nancy Pelosi right now. Third in line to the “throne” of the U.S. presidency, she’s the highest ranking politician who had the balls to stand up to “strongman” Trump multiple times over the past four years but most notably this week when she led the second impeachment of the president which so many across the aisle were too afraid (or craven or deluded) to vote for even after he endangered their lives.
To the ten Republicans who put their foot down at inciting a murderous mob to attempt to overturn a free and fair election that was verified by all 50 states, the DOJ, the Chief of Election Security, and individual judges in more than 50 court cases, I say THANK YOU for putting truth and country over self interest.
That’s what you were elected to do. So thank you from the bottom of my heart to Liz Cheney, WY; Tony Gonzalez, OH; Jaime Herrera-Beutler, WA; John Katko, NY; Adam Kinzinger, Ill.; Peter Meijer, MI; Dan Newhouse, WA; Tom Rice, SC; Fred Upton, MI; and David Valadao, CA for voting your conscience and kudos to Cheney’s nutshell explanation:
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Now, thanks to the whiny little liar in chief, these brave public servants are buying body armor and fully expecting misguided Trumplicants to try to kill them. What they did was honest and brave.
But the lion’s share of my love has to go to the speaker of the house, who is truly badassery personified. Why, beyond the obvious chutzpah she’s shown in the last four years in standing up to the most powerful man in the world?
So many reasons.
Behold the ferocity
Here she is after being whisked out of the House chambers by security mid-election certification (around 2pm) on January 6 because her life was in danger via murderous mob, taken to a secure location to wait out the chaos, returning to the chambers around 8pm to complete the job, then being kept up all night because Trumplicants wanted to repeat the stolen election BS and draw out the largely ceremonial process until 4 in the morning.
The woman is 80 years old. She’s been through a traumatic, life-threatening event, and she hasn’t slept all night. Behold her ferocity.
(Not sure why the video includes 36 minutes of reporters sitting around and awaiting her arrival. She comes to the podium 37 minutes in.)
Behold the bravery
Other standout moments over the past four years include when she audaciously ripped up his speech on camera behind DJT after he delivered a State of the Union address to Congress that included multiple lies, insults, dog whistles and a presidential Medal of Freedom to the original “hate radio” personality Rush Limbaugh, and her sarcastic clapping during another DJT speech when he called for putting aside the “politics of revenge.”
All of these actions take incredible courage and chutzpah. She shows more “balls” (can we change the figure of speech to ovaries now?) than most of the largely-male members of Congress.
Behold the ovaries
But what puts her in a category all her own is that she achieved these great heights, became Speaker of the House and an effective and powerful leader, AFTER having five babies in six years and fully raising them. She had her first child in 1970 and her first political office in 1987. She married her high school sweetheart and has been married to him for more than 50 years.
I understand that women don’t have to have children to be complete. And I know that their marital status does not define them. But as a mother and wife myself, I recognize how much hard work being married and raising children is. I had two babies in two years and could only sometimes summon the energy to get dressed in the morning. I’ve been married 37 years and there are still days…
We can agree to applaud excellence
There’s no doubt that Pelosi was helped by White privilege. That’s a given. She’s White. And her father was the Mayor of Baltimore, so she came into politics from a powerful position that she inherited at birth. But still, she is the first women in history to be the Speaker of the House. And until Kamala Harris is inaugurated Vice President on January 20 (thank god and Stacy Abrams), she is the “highest ranking female elected official in United States history.” All this despite the misogyny, obstruction, and harassment that is the “birthright” of women throughout the world.
Pelosi also represents San Francisco, where my grandmother, mother, children and a grandchild were born, and where I now live. So I have to admit that some home team pride is figuring into the equation. I love her for that, too.
But is her glory only in opposition to Donald Trump? Nope. Here are just a few of the accomplishments listed on Wikipedia:
Pelosi was a major opponent of the Iraq War as well as the Bush administration’s 2005 attempt to partially privatize Social Security. During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.
All hail the queen
In the past several days, since Donald Trump was banned from Twitter for inciting violence and never letting up on his white-supremacist-milita-stoking, evidence-free claim that he won the election “in a landslide,” I’ve noticed my blood pressure dropping.
I find myself putting a little “heart” like on almost every tweet I read.
Could it be possible that life is getting better? That hate speech is diminishing? That truth and cool heads will ultimately prevail?
Honestly, I don’t know. I’m sure they’re still trying to start a bloody revolution over on Fox and the upstart news stations the president was promoting in his final days based on their willingness to promote his #BigLie (and rake in the lucrative ratings bump).
But whether we’re on our way to hell in a hand basket or more heavenly pastures, I want to take this moment to thank Nancy Pelosi for standing up to the most powerful white supremacist in the world and orchestrating his resounding public rebuke via the historic second impeachment.
Nancy Pelosi is the Warrior Queen we need and deserve. All hail the queen.
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