Princeton University has developed WordNet® a large lexical database of English, that offers the following definition of Siren. The first three definitions according to Princeton are; Noun. (n) Siren (a sea nymph (part woman and part bird) supposed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs lived) "Odysseus ordered his crew to plug their ears so they would not hear the Siren's fatal song"; (n) enchantress, temptress, siren, Delilah, femme fatale, (a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive) and (n) siren (a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound).
Take your pick, Pelosi captures the essence and spirit of all three and to have someone like that a heartbeat away from the presidency is a frightening proposition for America. Just remember this politician is second in line to become president of the United States after Vice President Joe Biden and she was only elected by voters from the 8th Congressional District in California with 134,767 votes. Did you hear me? Just 134,767 people in 2008 from San Francisco decided who will be second in line to be president of the United States and she would be president of over 300 million people.
I doubt she was what the legislators had in mind when they adopted the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, (3 U.S.C. § 19(e). In fact Constitutional lawyers question whether the 1947 law is even Constitutional because it was the first to mention the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate in the line of succession. Neither was elected by the people of the US and neither serves more than a single Congressional District or State. In fact President James Madison warned against allowing people in the line of succession who were not elected nationally or part of the Administration serving the people.
Each time the Speaker of the House goes before the press our Siren acts more and more like a dysfunctional bobble head doll luring the Democrats to the precipice of destruction. A rather harsh view you might say of our most powerful member of the House. Now that is a scary thought in and of itself, but when you examine her record as Speaker over the past four years, yes two more years as Speaker than Obama has been president, it should shake you to the very bone. Pelosi delivered the votes to bailout Wall Street, to bailout the housing agencies guilty of leading America to the precipice of disaster, to bailout AIG and put billions of dollars into the coffers of Goldman Sachs and other financial houses who rewarded us with record executive bonuses, and with the economic stimulus act where we are still trying to find the jobs.
Of course Pelosi has been the screaming siren of health care reform Obamacare style which means a massive takeover of the health care system as determined by the government and Andy Stern, President of the SEIU. Do people really want the government and SEIU to manage our health care? I doubt it, Stern's own labor unions just rejected his management style of the union when they rejected his hand picked leadership in elections announced today for the SEIU 1021 health care union, based in Pelosi's own San Francisco area.
Pelosi has already announced she knows what is best for America and in spite of public opposition to the House and Senate health care bills, with their thousands of pages of bureaucratic gobble de gook that will ensure no one knows what is happening for decades to come, she announced she will slam it down the throats of Americans with a budget reconciliation bill, a technique that violates every principle of the reconciliation. In fact her technique has been condemned by Senator Robert Byrd, President Pro Tempore of the Senate who authored the reconciliation bill. This is who we want in line for the presidency?
Then there is the Pelosi pal Charles Rangel, her Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the tax writing committee of the federal government. The House Ethics panel has already said Rangel violated House Ethics Rules and IRS and other Congressional committees are concluding several years of investigations of Rangel for tax fraud, tax evasion and a host of other ethics charges. Still Pelosi stands behind her hand picked chairman.
Add to that her Cap and Trade bill to end forever any chance America has to gain energy independence by using the oil, natural gas and coal we have right now and a host of other oddball legislative initiatives that will result in one employer in America, the government, regardless of the ability of the government to deliver services, be efficient or be honest and we are in a precarious leadership position.
Nancy Pelosi has demonstrated that she views her Speaker position as one giving her the right to determine what is best for America. Forget democracy, public opinion or bi-partisanship, Pelosi just continues to babble on about her vision of America and how she can circumvent the Constitution to get her way, which is what will happen if health care is approved as a budget reconciliation as she intends to do.
Never has the leadership of Congress been so disconnected from the public mood and opinion of the people and Pelosi is the poster girl for flaunting the power of Congress over the people to a degree we seldom see in our history. From covering up corruption in the House to backroom deals to give billions in bonuses to Wall Street executives, Pelosi is the epicenter of chaos and misrepresentation.
Sadly her actions are going to lead a lot of good Democrats to destruction in the next couple of elections and her co-responsibility with President Obama in adopting their agenda for America using every tool to circumvent our democracy from executive orders to budget reconciliation will impair our nation to an extent we have never witnessed before.
Let us hope the good Democrats grow tired of risking their reputation and the future of America to the whims of Pelosi, Stern and company before it is too late. If not the Republicans may find themselves in control sooner rather than later and not because they deserved it but because the Democrats could not back the current leaders of the House and Senate.