I watched the State of the Union Address with the high
school seniors in my Advanced Placement American Government and Politics class.
As part of their curriculum they have to do a pre-speech prediction form, an
analysis chart, and a response form. It’s always enlightening to read the
differing responses that come from a youthful perspective that each year
becomes more distant and removed from my own.
Two things were noteworthy this year as I read through their
responses. First, despite the class being fairly evenly split when it comes to
their personal feelings about the president, a near unanimity ranked it as an
effective and inspirational speech. Second, there was a nearly unanimous
disgust expressed at the antics of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Comments
“What was she doing?”
“Who is she talking to?”
“Why wouldn’t she stand for a black girl getting a scholarship?”
“Is this normal? She’s acting like a child.”
And when it came to the seminal moment – Pelosi tearing the
document in half – received united censure with one writing,
“No one would confuse me for being a Trump fan. But that was childish, especially considering the amount of unifying aspects to the speech. It makes sense she would be angry about the parts that criticized Democrats, but she tore up far more than that.”
That response came rushing back into my mind when I saw this livid tweet from Democrat representative Ro Khanna, angrily calling on Twitter to pull down a Trump ad that highlighted this very Pelosi offense:
Once again, we see the Democrat Party’s allegiance to the
virtues of free speech. If there’s speech that embarrasses their cause, they
want it silenced. That’s dangerous and pathetic all at once.
Now, as far as the request itself, given Twitter’s far-left
proclivities I can’t be sure what they will decide to do. But I can say that
the request is absurd. Ultimately, there’s nothing dishonest about the ad. Do I
think Pelosi was actually angry about the honored Tuskegee Airman or the
reunited military family? Of course not. But that’s what made her act of
tearing up the speech so foolish and ill-advised. It’s exactly what my student
One of the commenters below Representative Khanna’s silly request perhaps said it best:
Stupid games seem to be the only kind our political leaders
play these days. Unfortunately for the Democrats they aren’t nearly as shrewd
in how to play them well as their presidential nemesis.
. . . many who vote for Trump did so and will do so again this year not because they see themselves reflected in his actions or his words, not because they herald him as the epitome of manliness, but …