Flawed short-term memory appears rampant in the nation's Capital. Conservatives were accused of hyperbolizing President Obama's economic policies when they labeled his "millionaire's tax" approach as "class warfare." Now only weeks later the anti-capitalistic "Occupy Wall Street" movement has spread across the country pitting Americans against each other calling for massive redistribution of wealth, while being encouraged by foreign revolutionaries. Some members of Congress are concerned by the growing mob and it's intentions, but former Speaker of the House and current Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi calls it democracy:
Beyond her alarming defense of the chaotic civil unrest that has already cost local governments millions, Rep. Pelosi went unchallenged in her comparison of the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Tea Party, in addition to her habitually challenged accusations that members of Congress were spit on during Tea Party rallies in years past.
"I didn't hear him say anything when the Tea Party was out demonstrating, actually spitting on members of Congress right here in the Capitol,"Rep. Pelosi said in an interview with Christiane Amanpour on ABC's "This Week." "And he and his colleagues were putting signs in the windows encouraging them. But let's not get down to that."
The incident that Rep. Pelosi was alluding to took place in March 2010, when Rep. Emanuel Cleaver accused one rouge Tea Party demonstrator of spitting on him. Video of the accused incident went viral with no clear evidence of the actual spitting, other than Rep. Cleaver's reaction to a protester appearing to yell "kill the bill" in his face, adjacent to a Capital Hill police officer who shows little reaction to the accused ejected saliva. One Tea Party group offered a $15,000 reward for proof of the spitting.
Ironically, Rep. Cleaver was only a few strides behind Rep. John Lewis during the March 2010 incident. On Friday, Occupy Atlanta refused to allow Rep. Lewis to speak at their event, which he came down to downton Atlanta to support.
In her ABC interview, Pelosi went on to defend the protestors' as representatives of American anger towards Wall Street and continued unemployment, along with the failure of TARP, commonly known as the bank bailout.
"How they characterize someone who may disagree with them, that says more about them," said Rep. Pelosi in regards to Republican Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor's comments in regards to Occupy Wall Street.
In April 2009, Rep. Pelosi characterized the Tea Party tax day protests and those she disagreed with as opponents to "the great middle class," and not a grassroots movement but "Astroturf," manufactured and funded by high-earners: