‘God Bless Them?’ Congresswoman Pelosi on the Wall Street Mob
By: Dr. Paul Kengor
Editorâ€™s note: This article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a lengthy track record of jaw-dropping political statements. Among them, the lifelong Roman Catholic has been a huge disappointment to her Church on matters of unborn human life, which Iâ€™ve personally written about on many occasions.
But it isnâ€™t just Pelosiâ€™s actions on the sanctity and dignity of human life. Her supportive comments on radical people and causes generally have been legion. For years, Congresswoman Pelosi has made outrageous statements, from the Cold War to the Middle East, that consistently leave one speechless.
Iâ€™ll never forget her stunning House floor tribute to Harry Bridges, a notorious communist/labor agitator who spent a lifetime lying about his secret loyalties to Stalin and the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), even while his position on the Central Committee of CPUSA was directly authorized by Stalinâ€™s Kremlin. â€œToday we can all hold our heads high and be proud of Harry Bridgesâ€™ legacy,â€ said Pelosi. â€œHarry Bridges is â€¦ beloved by the workers of this nation, and recognized as one of the most important labor leaders in the world.â€ (Click here to watch.)
Bizarre statements about the extreme Left are old hat for Congresswoman Pelosi. And now, add yet another.
Commenting on the out-of-control gang of Wall Street â€œOccupiers,â€ Pelosi glowed and said warmly, â€œGod bless them for their spontaneity.â€
â€œGod bless them?â€
What a remarkably strange thing to say. Of everything said about this Manhattan mob, this strikes me as the most bewildering.
â€œGod bless them?â€
Well, we certainly donâ€™t want God to damn them. We would like God to bless everyone. We should pray for everyone.
But, frankly, I doubt this particular band of protestors is even thinking along such lines. This is an extremely secular, militant crowd. These arenâ€™t exactly the nuns who taught Nancy Pelosi in parochial school.
Ironically, Pelosiâ€™s comments came at almost the same time a representative of the mob, Roseanne Barr, literally called for guillotiningâ€”yes, guillotiningâ€”wealthy American bankers. She openly called for their forcible â€œre-educationâ€ and execution.
I have friends and students there in New York observing this spectacle. They email me daily. One took a picture (click here) of two homosexual men embracing while holding a sign imploring the brethren to â€œKILL YOUR PARENTS.â€
As he snapped this picture, the throng initiated a frightening march upon the homes of those loathsome â€œmillionaires and billionairesâ€ that President Obama targets unceasingly with his terribly destructive class-based rhetoric. (Click here and here to read more.)
Itâ€™s only a matter of time before this angry, envy-filled insurrection turns violent.
â€œGod bless them?â€ I say â€œGod help themâ€â€”and help those they threaten to hurt.
Think about that strange inflection from Pelosi: â€œGod bless them.â€ What does it normally mean, or how is it typically applied?
Itâ€™s the kind of sentiment you usually wish to a church secretary or Religious Ed director who unselfishly does five peoplesâ€™ jobs for $18,000 per year; to your pastor on call 24/7; to a little girlsâ€™ choir singing angelically; to earnest kids raising money for a soup kitchen; to a woman suffering in silence from breast cancer; to Salvation Army volunteers paying peoplesâ€™ heating bills; to a Crisis Pregnancy Center volunteer who works the rape hotline; to a nursing-home attendant who cheerfully bathes mentally challenged adults; to the guy who snow-blows every driveway on the block; to the black college students who stoically entered an Alabama school building while ugly rednecks spat on them; to Rosa Parks.
Yes, God bless those people.
â€œGod bless themâ€ isnâ€™t the kind of sentiment anyone would normally direct to a ranting, raving, raging, screaming crush of self-professed â€œoccupiersâ€ bordering on anarchy without nary a whiff of religious motivation. I seriously doubt that the horde smashing and littering the streets even cares for someone to â€œblessâ€ their event. Are there prayer chains and prayer circles going on there?
As anyone paying attention can see, this is an unkempt, cursing lot, some of them trust-fund kids on voluntary sabbatical from $100,000 (per year) elite educations. They hoist a Starbucks in one hand and iPhone in the other while shouting â€œdown with capitalism!â€ As anyone there will tell you, some elements of the crowd are engaging in everything from group sex to group bong sessions.
This is not a Norman Rockwell picture. Itâ€™s about as cute as an LSD trip, as quaint and charming and innocent as a Grateful Dead concert.
Is this the kind of thing Christians are expected to bless?
To Congresswoman Pelosi, apparently it is. Yet again, her comments leave one dumbfounded. This latest statement has taken me a few days to try to assimilate.
I say God pray for them, pray for all of us, pray for meâ€”and pray for Nancy Pelosi.
â€” Dr.Â Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director ofÂ The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and his latest release, “Dupes: How Americaâ€™s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”
Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism," and his latest release, "Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century."