- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 6, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

If Democrats are supposed to be the party of tolerance and diversity and dare say, even freedom for all Americans, particularly the downtrodden, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t exactly the best rep.

An example?

Calling for “prison” for the president, for example, just doesn’t seem in line with opening doors of communications to accomplish legislative agendas that are in line with the Constitution, good for the people and — here’s the tongue-biter for her, no doubt — representative of President Donald Trump’s will.

It’s that last that no doubt gets her goat the most.

It’s that last that no doubt makes her head explode.



Here’s what she said: According to Politico, Pelosi met with Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and other top party pols and discussed, among other issues, the impeachment of the president. Nadler wants to go forward; Pelosi said hold the phone.

“I don’t want to see him impeached,” Pelosi said, Politico and other media outlets reported, citing sources familiar with the meeting. “I want to see him in prison.”

For?

For what crimes exactly?

For answer, perhaps Hillary Clinton might say it best: At this point, what does it matter?

Anyway, Pelosi’s privately uttered call for “prison” for President Donald Trump — that soon after made media waves — isn’t just a cute quip to her senior party members, a nod at her lobby sponsors, or a hat tip to the loud-mouthed base of socialists who’ve taken over the party.

It’s pig-headed politics. It’s avoidance of her job — you know, the one where she’s elected to represent the Constitution and the people?

And it reveals much about the direction the Democrats have decided to take in recent years.

That old “ask not what you can do for yourselves but what you can do for your country” way of looking at things has been flipped and flopped a bit. Today’s message from the Democratic Party’s elite now goes, “ask not what you can do for yourselves but what you can do for Me.” 

Republicans aren’t immune from this way of thinking.

But Democrats-slash-socialists are oh so more open and bold and brash about making it into a petulant, screaming demand.

Pelosi’s push to “prison” for Trump may win her a few bucks from her base — not that she needs the money. And she may earn some back-pats from the hardcore Trump haters who seem to be coming out of all corners of the political world these days.

But the politics of the pigheaded are never beneficial to the citizenry.

Pelosi, along with all her band of merry “impeach” and “imprison” compadres would do well to consider their words, as they translate in the minds of Beyond-the-Beltway Americans. Those voters aren’t impressed.

Moreover, those voters carry big ballot sticks. They bring big campaign crowds.

A few words of wisdom for Pelosi and all the far leftists who’ve forgotten they work for the people?

Get back to the business of dignified and humble politicking. Realize Trump won for a reason, and gimmicky partisan tricks and distractions won’t make him go away — and neither his America First message.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley.

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