Nancy Pelosi Needs to Resign
I haven’t been a fan of Nancy Pelosi for a long time. And I’m a Democrat and a feminist. You would think that I would be in favor of her as Speaker of the House. But I’m not and this latest scandal involving a visit to a hair salon is the perfect illustration of why I think that she needs to go. In fact, she should have resigned years ago.
For anyone who has been living under a rock for the past week, this is what happened. Pelosi wanted a wash and blowout. No one was willing to come to her house to do it. Quarantine and all that.
For some reason, she didn’t think it was at all suspicious that her assistants were able to book her an appointment with an independent stylist who claimed that she could wash and blow dry Pelosi’s hair inside of a salon.
What started the firestorm was a video that was released of Pelosi walking from the shampoo area of the salon to the stylist’s station with her mask hanging around her chin. The other people in the video were all wearing masks.
Let’s examine that.
In San Francisco, hair salons are all closed. Stylists may only work on clients outdoors. Washing and blow drying are forbidden outdoors.
So that means that the woman who has made such a fuss about wearing masks, was not wearing a mask. The woman who “lives” in San Francisco (but really lives in DC) and is a long-time customer of the salon in question had no idea that it was illegal to a) be inside the salon b) have her hair washed c) get a blowout.
Here are her excuses:
I don’t wear a mask to wash my hair, do you?
Actually yes. Here in NJ, hair salons are allowed to be open as long as everyone wears masks. You better believe that when the shampoo person is leaning over me to wash my hair that both she and I are wearing masks.
I was set up.
Um, no you weren’t. As a “resident” of San Francisco, you should know the quarantine rules. And if you didn’t because you really live in DC and just visit San Francisco, didn’t it strike you as odd that everyone else was getting their hair done outdoors and no one was in the salon?
This whole incident reminds me of elderly people who get scammed by callers who talk them into buying gift cards supposedly to bail a grandchild out of jail. Pelosi is 80 years old. She was scammed because she is old and vulnerable.
And she is in charge of the House of Representatives! Would leave your child in the care of an 80 year old woman? Of course not. How about your dog? Would you leave your dog in the care of an 80 year old woman? No, no, no. So why are we allowing an 80 year old woman to run our government?
This makes no sense at all. She can’t even be trusted to get her hair washed and dried. No wonder no financial relief bill is getting passed. By the way, I would love to be in on those negotiations: Mitch McConnell 78, Chuck Schumer 69, Kevin McCarthy 55 and Nancy Pelosi 80. Other than McCarthy, it looks like Bingo Night at the Senior Center.
I know and appreciate that Pelosi was instrumental in getting Obamacare passed but she should have quit while she was ahead. She should have gone out on a high note instead of staying on and allowing Trump to take over the Republican Party and most likely successfully run for a second term.
Yes, that is her fault.
Here’s why. After Trump was elected, his unfitness for office was immediately apparent. Quickly followed by all that corruption and cronyism. The 25th amendment should have been invoked. Failing that, impeachment proceedings should been started within his first year in office. Pelosi resisted all pressure to try to remove Trump from office.
First, she wanted to wait until the 2018 election so that she would have a majority at least in the House. She got her majority. But still she waited. This time for the results of the Mueller investigation which wasn’t completed until March 2019. Impeachment proceedings began in December 2019 but by then it was too late.
Too late because by then Trump had consolidated his grip on the Republican Party. The end of the impeachment proceedings was foreordained. There was no way that the Senate was going to vote to convict Trump. If the impeachment proceedings had been held early in his term before he had a chance to convert the Republican Party into the Trump Party, there’s a good chance that he would have been convicted and removed from office.
And we would not be looking at the very real possibility of being ruled by a fascist dictator thanks to an elderly woman who is still playing politics like it’s the 20th century. When events moved much more slowly. When politicians made statesmanlike speeches.
I used to work in IT. Part of my job was supporting users. My toughest days were when a new version of a software program was rolled out. The younger employees were easy to deal with. It was the older workers who made my life a living hell. They were resistant to any kind of change. Some took weeks to become accustomed to the new version. And some, believe it or not, took early retirement because they just couldn’t deal with all the software changes.
That’s when I began to question the wisdom of allowing elderly people to run our government. Trump’s use of Twitter gives you the impression that he is adept with modern technology but he isn’t. Prior to becoming president, he refused to use email. I think that he singlehandedly kept the bike messenger business alive in Manhattan because he wouldn’t use email.
Why do we keep electing elderly, technophobic, easily manipulated people to office? Why don’t we have a mandatory retirement age for the Congress, the President and the Supreme Court? Why can’t we say to these people: “It’s the 21st century, everything is different now. You need to retire so that the nation can move ahead into the future.”
So here’s my suggestion. Let’s work like we’ve never worked before to defeat Trump in November. Then in January after Biden is sworn in turn our attention to making changes to the requirements to hold high office. Like term limits and mandatory retirement.