House Speaker pays phony tribute to “One Country, One Destiny”
There aren’t many Democrats left who should not be ashamed to honor the Fourth of July. They made 2020 all about tearing this nation into liberal-sized pieces ripe for exploiting.
No one knows how to do this better than Nancy Pelosi. She paid tribute to Independence Day with a few phony remarks about the American flag to kick off her pre-holiday press conference:
Tomorrow’s a national holiday, getting ready for the Fourth of July. I wear this flag pin quite frequently. I have a couple different flag pins, but this one particularly fraught with meaning. It says on it, ‘One country, one destiny.’ The American flag: ‘One country, one destiny.’ These were the words that were woven into Abraham Lincoln’s coat. It was an imperative then, ‘One country, one destiny.’ It is an imperative now, especially now, when we have such challenges to the well-being of our country.1
Had she been honest, she would have admitted she means “one country, one destiny for Democrats.”
Pelosi’s comments quickly became offensive as she proceeded to attack the Trump administration and Mitch McConnell’s Senate leadership. She could have suggested that for just one short day we put our differences aside and celebrate what we all have in common, but the speaker is savvy enough to know that when you are driving the nation apart you have to be on the ball 24/7.
It took a war to make this country and now a new war is threatening to destroy us. Many of the iconic American figures responsible for our independence are in danger of disappearing as Democrats strive to sanitize our heritage with their newly woke revisionist history. Even Mount Rushmore and an Abraham Lincoln monument at the University of Wisconsin in Madison are under fire as the left’s definition of unacceptable widens to include everything that happened before the killing of George Floyd.
Pelosi’s liberty and justice is an anarchist call to action
Pelosi had the audacity to trot out “liberty and justice for all” as if it is a shared American value instead of a partisan call to action. The reference was about the bills Democrats can’t get through Congress and their hypocritical support for an Affordable Care Act many in the party are more than ready to swap for a single payer socialist health plan:
The pledge to the flag ends with ‘liberty and justice for all.’ And everything that I talked about here, whether it was health care or job security or environmental justice or Justice in Policing or statehood for the District of – we’re talking about liberty and justice for all.2
Passage of these stalled bills and punishment from the anarchic neo-left is just one election away. Justice for all will be a very bad thing when Democrats get the power to settle accounts and attack those who don’t kneel to their increasingly extreme values.
18 Democrats cosponsored resolution supporting flag burning
Last July Minnesota insurgent Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced H.Res.496. Among other acts of protest the resolution affirmed that flag burning is constitutionally-protected free speech. Pelosi had the political sense to not sign on to that one, but eighteen of her fellow party members endorsed Omar’s resolution.
We have come a long way since last year’s Independence Day. Hatred for America, our history, and institutions is at a fever pitch. The left is burning a lot more than American flags and they are getting away with it.
Democrats have worked hard. They are very good at what they do. There is a lot at stake for the party this year and by all appearance they are winning.
This makes Nancy Pelosi’s American flag remarks even more phony and offensive to anyone who cares the least bit about this country. Her party’s endorsement of anti-Americanism is a shrewd calculation that hating our country will bring in enough votes to put Democrats forever in charge of our destiny.
I didn’t see a picture to accompany the speaker’s press conference. For now we’ll assume that the flag pin she is so enamored with was pinned right side up.
UPDATE August 8, 2020: Pelosi wrong again with her one country, one destiny flag remarks
It’s best to stop when you think you’re ahead, but weeks after her July 2, 2020 American flag remarks Pelosi was still talking about her flag pin. This time the occasion was John Lewis’ funeral:
Over the Fourth of July weekend, I had the privilege of visiting with John, and I brought him this flag pin that I wear, one just like it. Why I did so on that Fourth of July weekend was because it is engraved with something that says, ‘One Country, One Destiny.’ Now, wasn’t that what John Lewis was all about? ‘One Country, One Destiny.’4
It might be what John Lewis was about, but it’s not what Nancy Pelosi is about by any stretch of the most distorted imagination.
The speaker mentioned Abraham Lincoln three times and the Lincoln Memorial twice during her remarks.5 Perhaps she is unaware that the left vandalized Lincoln statues nationwide and that Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and three House colleagues introduced a bill calling for the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park to be removed? H.R. 7466, the Emancipation Statue Removal Act, was introduced July 1, 2020, the day before Pelosi’s pre-Independence Day American Flag remarks:
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will introduce legislation to remove the Emancipation Statue from Lincoln Park in the District of Columbia, a federal park, citing its problematic depiction of the fight to achieve emancipation.6
If there is anything we are not, it’s one country with one destiny. We are a hopelessly divided nation with two political ideologies pushing us farther and farther apart.
Did Pelosi also forget that she contributes to this by manipulating the term “systemic racism” to remind us how divided we should be?
Since passage of the [George Floyd Justice in Policing Act] bill, our nation has witnessed Americans continue to speak out and demand action to address the crisis of police brutality and systemic racism while the Trump Administration has taken unprecedented steps to deploy anonymous federal law enforcement agents and silence peaceful protesters with violence.7
Her remarks are not only untrue, they are some of the most flagrantly divisive we have heard from the speaker in years. Thank Pelosi and her party for making one country, one destiny another Democratic lie that we can only hope will go away on November 4, 2020.
UPDATE September 4, 2020: speaker’s flag pin is a hypocritical prop
We should give Pelosi a pass on her beauty salon gaffe. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Democratic Party royalty holds itself above the common man and woman. Do you think the party elites will hold themselves to the same socialist ideals they want to inflict on the country?
A much better criticism should be leveled at the speaker’s insistence that we always have to remember we are one country:8
I have my Speaker’s pin on today, but many times, I have on the flag pin which said ‘One country, one destiny.’ We have to think in those terms, and we look forward to doing that after the – well, as we go forward. We still have a day here, as we go forward.9
This bit of typical Pelosiesque hypocrisy came from a December 19, 2019 press conference. It was obvious what “after the” referred to. When she finished babbling about her pin and being one nation, the first question from the press was about Trump’s impeachment.
There aren’t too many things in the world of American politics more divisive than trying to remove a president, though we might add abusing the American flag to the list.
Pelosi’s flag pin came up again at the start of 2020:
I wear this pin, it says – on it, it says – the flag, it’s the American flag – on it, it says, ‘one country, one destiny.’ Well, I think that about our two countries too. Two countries, one destiny of peace, cooperation and respect for each other.10
Does she think that if she keeps bringing up her flag pin we’ll think that she respects what it symbolizes? This time the occasion was a lunch with members of Israel’s Knesset where she talked about our strong ties with Israel. Those ties, of course, are jeopardized by the anti-Semitic elements in Pelosi’s party.
In August we were treated to video from Portland of left wing protesters burning an American flag. Just like the simple fact that skin color should not be the decisive element of whether your life matters, the American flag should not be a hated symbol for anyone who benefits from living in our country.
For Pelosi our flag is just a hypocritical prop. From impeaching Trump, to blaming the White House for Americans who died from the coronavirus, to failing to rein in the dangerously radical elements in her House, to lukewarm if any condemnation of violent protests, she doesn’t have the right to decorate herself with the American flag. It should only be worn by Americans who believe in what it stands for. Encouraging divisiveness, disunity, and hate doesn’t put you on the list.
UPDATE September 24, 2020: wearing a flag pin and lying won’t unite America
Pelosi’s American flag pin and her hollow nod to “One Country, One Destiny” returned in a recent media interview. She accused the president of being crazy. Then she made the even more insane claim and uttered a bald-faced lie that One Country, One Destiny is “what we’re about.”11
By now anyone who reads the news knows that being one country is repugnant to Pelosi, Schumer, and the rest of their Capitol Hill cadre. Too many people oppose socialism and the now constant insurrection that are emblematic of contemporary Democratic Party values. Instead, tearing the people apart with inflammatory words and holding Americans hostage with the unspoken threat of violence if the institutions in Democrat-run big cities step out of line define their angry, hateful effort to retake the White House.
These politicians are not stupid. Instead of bringing Americans together, their goal is to drive a far left bulldozer over everyone who disagrees.
What Pelosi won’t admit is that if she and Chuck get what they want their time on the Hill is limited. They will be replaced at the next opportunity by far left operatives who better represent a party base they helped to create.
UPDATE November 6, 2020: one party with no destiny and no American flag
There is nothing like an election failure to change a political party’s beliefs. We’re already hearing howls from congressional Democrats fighting over what hit them, though anyone worthy of being called an American could have told them many months ago what the problem is: America sells. Socialism does not. Neither does anti-Americanism.
Despite her divisive gibberish and stonewalling of aid to Americans hurting from the pandemic we can give Pelosi credit for not being a socialist and for at least giving the appearance of holding off the dangerously extreme elements in her party. We can’t give the speaker credit for her vindictive war against Republicans and the White House that culminated in no blue wave, no coronavirus relief, and no unity while she fingered her flag pin and preached about one country, one destiny.
On Wednesday Pelosi made another attempt at being one country, though this one only applied to her fellow politicians. In a “Dear Colleague” statement she fell back on “our American Democracy”12 despite the fact that many in her party staked their claim to power on destroying every vestige of what we recognize as uniquely American.
Pelosi rejected “the special interests”13 and then added a plea for special interests:
Ours will be a government that fights for the people’s interest, not the special interests – championing progress for seniors, veterans, immigrants, LGBTQ Americans, women, young people and frontline communities.14
There may be a time when we can return to one country, one destiny. Maybe we’ll even have a speaker who wears a flag pin and understands that the American flag is more than a prop to sell partisan talking points. In the meantime Democrats should take a lesson from Tuesday’s rout. Americans want to be one country with one destiny, but they don’t want that destiny to be dictated by their party’s socialist elite wannabes. Pelosi isn’t one of these, but she’s not the speaker we need to bring this nation together, either.
UPDATE January 7, 2021: hypocrite Pelosi invokes “one country, one destiny” in wake of Washington violence
Nancy Pelosi never considered or simply doesn’t care that her “one country, one destiny” slogan is the antithesis of where her party delivered America as Democrats prepare to take over.
The speaker resurrected the memory of John Lewis when she used her flag pin to deliver a false message of unity after yesterday’s rioting in Washington:
I wear this pin quite frequently. Actually, I gave it to our beloved John Lewis just the weekend before he – the weekend or so before he left us. And it is the flag of our country, a flag of the United States of America. On it, it says, ‘One country, one destiny.’ ‘One country, one destiny,’ written on the flag. That was also what was embroidered in Abraham Lincoln’s coat that he had on that fateful night. Lincoln’s party, Lincoln’s message: ‘One country, one destiny.’15
She neglected to add that the memory of Abraham Lincoln is also under attack by a radical left fringe that Americans are fearful will dominate Democratic Party policy.
Pelosi’s John Lewis reference only throws more fuel on the fire because it brings back memories of how the speaker and her party characterized the left’s violent meltdown that terrified Americans last year:
‘Firebombing police cars, burning down businesses and ravishing our neighborhoods dishonors the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and will destroy thousands of livelihoods.’
So this is not without concern about what peaceful protest can sometimes lead to by those who would exploit the situation. But it is about how we treat people.16
These events also dishonored America, but after minimizing what was taking place she blamed the police and our history for what happened to George Floyd:
This is not an incident, a single incident. We know it is a pattern of behavior. We also know the history that takes us to this sad place.17
When violent riots broke out and the Capitol was compromised lawmakers and the media called it domestic terrorism. The anger and disunity that afflicted our nation for most of last year finally arrived at their doorstep. When glass broke on Congress’s turf instead of the storefronts of far removed businesses in middle America lawmakers were justifiably outraged, fearful, and unable to excuse it.
Pelosi blamed Trump for the George Floyd protest violence:
But we would hope that the President of the United States would follow the lead of so many other Presidents before him to be a healer in chief and not a fanner of the flame.18
Trump also received the blame for yesterday’s insurrection. The speaker called the events a “shameful assault on our democracy.”19 It was a shameful assault on Washington to be sure, but what makes Pelosi’s repeated comments about her flag pin and “one country, one destiny” so phony and offensive is her refusal to accept the slightest responsibility for the angry divisiveness in America.
For proper perspective she should consider how terrified Americans are of what a Democratic majority means for America. We’ve listened to angry threats from her party’s lawmakers about what they will do to America if they gain the power to enact their left wing agenda. Now they have the opportunity to make good on those threats and there is nothing in Washington to temper their extremism.
Democrats took “one country, one destiny” off the table a long time ago. Sadly, the events of yesterday are likely just the start of a national meltdown created by extremism on both sides. Until we acknowledge this and stop playing partisan rhetorical games with domestic terror of all kinds her flag pin is a joke and so is talking about a united America with one destiny.
1“Transcript of Pelosi Weekly Press Conference Today.” Speaker.gov. July 2, 2020. https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/7220-3, retrieved July 4, 2020.
2“Mount Rushmore National Memorial Announces Flag Day Celebration.” National Park Service. June 12, 2014. https://www.nps.gov/moru/learn/news/mount-rushmore-national-memorial-announces-flag-day-celebration.htm, retrieved July 4, 2020.
3“Transcript of Pelosi Weekly Press Conference Today.” Speaker.gov. Op. cit.
4“Pelosi Remarks at Funeral of Congressman John Robert Lewis.” Nancy Pelosi. July 30, 2020. https://pelosi.house.gov/news/press-releases/pelosi-remarks-at-funeral-of-congressman-john-robert-lewis, retrieved August 8, 2020.
5“Pelosi Remarks at Funeral of Congressman John Robert Lewis.” Nancy Pelosi. July 30, 2020. https://pelosi.house.gov/news/press-releases/pelosi-remarks-at-funeral-of-congressman-john-robert-lewis, retrieved August 8, 2020.
6“Norton to Introduce Legislation Removing Emancipation Statue from Lincoln Park.” Eleanor Holmes Norton. June 23, 2020. https://norton.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/norton-to-introduce-legislation-removing-emancipation-statue-from, retrieved August 8, 2020.
7“Pelosi, House Democratic Leaders Call for Senate Action on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Four Weeks After House Passage.” Nancy Pelosi. July 23, 2020. https://pelosi.house.gov/news/press-releases/pelosi-house-democratic-leaders-call-for-senate-action-on-the-george-floyd, retrieved August 8, 2020.
8“Transcript of Pelosi Weekly Press Conference Today.” Nancy Pelosi. December 19, 2019. https://pelosi.house.gov/news/press-releases/transcript-of-pelosi-weekly-press-conference-today-48, retrieved September 4, 2020.
10“Pelosi Remarks at Working Lunch with Members of the Israeli Knesset.” Nancy Pelosi. January 22, 2020. https://pelosi.house.gov/news/press-releases/pelosi-remarks-at-working-lunch-with-members-of-the-israeli-knesset, retrieved September 4, 2020.
11“Transcript of Pelosi Interview on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street with Jim Cramer,” Speaker.gov. September 15, 2020. https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/91520-2, retrieved September 24, 2020.
12“PELOSI – Dear Colleague on Holding the House.”Speaker.gov November 4, 2020. https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/11420-4, retrieved November 6, 2020.
15“Pelosi Remarks Upon Reconvening of the House of Representatives.” Speaker.gov. January 6, 2021. https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/1621-1, retrieved January 7, 2021.
16“Pelosi Remarks on Peaceful Protests and President Trump’s Photo-Op.” Speaker.gov. June 2, 2020. https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/6220-0, retrieved January 7, 2021.
19“Pelosi Remarks Upon Reconvening of the House of Representatives.” Speaker.gov. Op. cit.