Posts Tagged ‘Pelosi’

“Pelosi is a nice lady,” Fox News is “biased”: A Niebuhr award to Sen. Tom Coburn

April 14, 2010

Many Americans yearn for a return to civility in our political life. We’re saddened by politicians of all stripes demonizing people they disagree with, and even demonizing people they agree with when there’s a political edge to be gained. This column has long admired the political philosophy of Christian theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who wrote, ‘The temper of and integrity with which the political fight is waged is more important for the health of our society than the outcome of any issue or campaign.”

This week Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) raised the temper and integrity of the political fight at a town meeting with his Oklahoma constituents. When a woman complained bitterly that the IRS was going to put people in prison for not purchasing health insurance, Coburn rebuked her:

“That makes for good TV news on Fox, but that isn’t the intention. I’m disturbed that we get things like what this lady said and others have said on other issues that are so disconnected from what I know to be fact. (more…)

Churchill, Pelosi, and doing the right thing

March 2, 2010

Winston Churchill said that Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else. He could have been anticipating Nancy Pelosi. She tried to defend her pal, sleazy New York congressman Charlie Rangel, even after the House Ethics Committee found him guilty of violating House rules by accepting a corporate gift of a Caribbean junket. And more bad news to come from the committee.

But protests from shocked (!) Republicans and panicky Dems have led Pelosi to do the right thing. She informed Rangel today that he’s got to step down–probably Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News.

Read The Ethics Challenge: Strengthening Your Integrity in a Greedy World

Nancy Pelosi’s ethics standard: same as Big Jule’s

February 26, 2010

In the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls Chicago gangster Big Jule loses a bet to Sky Masterson and as a result becomes a recalcitrant participant in a prayer meeting at the Save-a-Soul Mission. When called on to “testify,” i.e., confess his sins, Big Jule says,

Well, I used to be bad when I was a kid, but ever since then I’ve gone straight, as has been proved by my record: Thirty-three arrests and no convictions!

That’s the Big Jule ethics standard.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has apparently adopted the Big Jule ethics standard. She’s behaving differently from the person she claimed to be when she promised to “drain the swamp” (more…)