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Speaker of the House Resigns!

No, not Pelosi. But if Britain can get rid of its disgraced speaker, America can do the same.

by
Carol Gould

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June 24, 2009 - 12:00 am
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I have been researching this article with great care and can find no evidence of Speaker Pelosi acting in an improper fashion that in any way resembles the sleazy and disgraceful shenanigans committed by a host of British officials, some of whom could end up in prison and several of whom have been reported to be on suicide watch. However, the anger her pronouncements have caused, even amongst Democrats, is palpable. This I know because my left-wing friends and relatives, who barely keep in touch these days because I am a Pajammer, are indignant.

Frankly, I have to confess that I was pleased as a female when Pelosi was appointed. After all, in Britain we have had a woman in 10 Downing Street and the speaker of the House of Commons formerly was Betty Boothroyd. Israel, Pakistan, Ireland, India, Pakistan, Argentina, Germany, and New Zealand — the list goes on and on these days — have had women heads of state and I was pleased when Pelosi ascended to speaker. However, my joy was quickly dispelled when she took it upon herself to place flowers at the Hiroshima memorial. When I see films about the effects of the nuclear attacks on Japan my heart suffers, but as I am old enough to understand what a victory by the cruel Empire of the Sun would have meant to the West, I cannot bring myself to apologize.

Her unctuous behavior in Japan is not an impeachable offense, but the displeasure she has caused in recent weeks in the “affaire CIA” does cause deep offense in many; I will say to her, “Nancy, this is not going to go away.” Furthermore, the idea that she accuses the CIA of misleading Congress in 2002-03 about waterboarding, when it is highly unlikely they were kept in the dark, is a worrying aspect of her personality when she is, after all, third in line in the presidential succession.

So, how to ask the lady to move aside? Citizens, like angry Britons whose rage was completely “misunderestimated” by Labour lawmakers as seen in the disastrous British council and European election results of June 4, should contact their congressmen and senators about their dissatisfaction with the speaker. Labour, the party that lives in 10 Downing Street, suffered a staggering, history-making defeat while two ultra-right British nationalists were elected as European parliamentarians. The people spoke.

Democrats who are unhappy with Pelosi should make their voices known to their own leadership. It is, after all, something of a betrayal of her straight-down-the-line left-wing aspirations that she appears to have condoned waterboarding whilst being part of the “Bush and company are war criminals” brigade.

One of the aspects of the present British crisis of leadership that I find refreshing is the openness with which the scandal has proliferated and the fierce public debate it has engendered. The American tea party and “don’t tread on me” campaigns are a start, but if you really want to make a big change in Washington you need to get mad as hell and make the changes happen soon before it is too late. Write. Email. Fax. Get on a bus to Washington. The Pelosi gesture to Japan got my goat but the nonsense about the CIA is ugly and unworthy of a national leader.

Get writing those letters, America.

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Carol Gould is the Philadelphia-born author of Don’t Tread on Me: Anti-Americanism Abroad, Spitfire Girls, and A Room at Camp Pickett, a play about her mother’s experiences as a WAC in World War II; she has just completed a film about black GI babies. Carol has been a panelist on BBC's Any Questions?, hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby, on Jenni Murray's Woman's Hour, and on Andrew Gilligan's Forum, as well as being a commentator on Sky News, Press TV, and BBC Five Live.
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