Pelosi Plays the Violence Card
Richard N. Weltz
A great many Americans -- a majority, according to recent polls -- are just plain fed up with the direction in which the Obama administration, and its liberal-Dem majority supporters in Congress, are trying to shove this nation.
But don't speak up or speak out if you are among them. According to former president Jimmy Carter, that makes you a racist. According to current harridan Nancy Pelosi, that makes you an inciter to violence.
In a pathetic speech today the Speaker of the House, attempting to conjure up ghosts of the Harvey Milk assassination, joined the effort to stifle dissent on Obama's health care and other unpopular programs by implying that those who oppose them are inciting violent acts.
When you have to resort to the race card and the violence card to counter widespread opposition to a political agenda, it's a sure sign of desperation; but the left wingnuts who rule the Democratic Party have neither the sense nor the grace to back off their highly resented efforts to run up enormous public debt, control major industries, and socialize American medicine.
In a June 5, 2008, article in PC Magazine, Mr. Obama said, "The open information platforms of the 21st century can also tempt institutions to violate the privacy of citizens. We need sensible safeguards that protect privacy in this dynamic new world." Yet the White House is now gathering lots of information about people like me.
The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet.
Defenders of the White House actions said the Presidential Records Act requires that the administration gather the information and that it was justified in taking the additional step of asking a private contractor to "crawl and archive" all such material. Nicholas Shapiro, a White House spokesman, declined to say when the practice began or how much the new contract would cost.
Susan Cooper, a spokeswoman for National Archives and Records Administration, said the presidential records law applies to "social media" and to public comments "received by the president or immediate staff." (Hat tip to Rick Lobs. Rick always tells it straight!)