The list of San Francisco haters includes some big names, including Newt Gingrich (Former House Speaker), House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Republican, Illinois), and Fox talk show host Bill O’Reilly. Also included in this list is Dan Schnur, a Republican media strategist.
It was an impressive line-up that joined forces to convince the country that San Francisco is an un-American and evil place. In fact, it was Dan Schnur, who said the famous lines:
“‘Hey, look, these are tax-raising, terrorist-loving, same-sex marriage supporting, ultra-liberal Democrats who aren’t like you and me.’”
It was these events of the Right slathering the pejorative, “San Francisco Values” all over the Democratic landscape.
What are they afraid of, if not just Nancy Pelosi becoming Speaker of the House?
It was at the time of the midterm elections of 2006 and the Democrats take control of the House, picking up 30 seats. House minority leader, Pelosi was widely expected to become speaker of the House in the next Congress. On November 16, 2006, the Democratic caucus unanimously chose Pelosi as the Democratic candidate for the speaker.
With this election, Pelosi became the first woman, the first Californian, and the first Italian-American to hold the speakership. She is also the second speaker from a state west of the Rocky Mountains. The first was Washington’s Tom Foley, the last Democrat to hold the post before Pelosi.
These events terrified the Right. A Democrat and a woman in a position of power was more than they could handle.
However, even though the Republicans were frozen with fear, there are many who recognize and respect her service as a powerful political leader. In fact, the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “… make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics and the most powerful House Speaker since Sam Rayburn a half-century ago.”
She is a champion for the middle America who has been hit hard by many actions inflicted on the people by those who would take advantage of the less fortunate. Working in partnership with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi led House passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create and save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a real tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. With the House Democratic Caucus, Pelosi continues to focus on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas.
Further, in the 111th Congress, Speaker Pelosi also led the Congress in passing strong Wall Street reforms to rein in big banks and protect consumers as well as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which expands educational opportunities and reforms the financial aid system to save billions of taxpayers’ dollars. Additional key legislation passed into law included the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the ability of women and all workers to access our judicial system to fight pay discrimination; legislation to provide health care for 11 million American children; national service legislation; and hate crimes legislation.
In late 2010, Pelosi led the Congress in passing child nutrition and food safety legislation as well as repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. In addition to these accomplishments, under her leadership, she championed an increase in the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years; the largest college aid expansion since the GI bill; a new GI education bill for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and increased services for veterans, caregivers, and the Veterans Administration.
Are these the actions and values of someone who doesn’t care about our country and the people in it? Are these not America’s values?
This is just one example of real San Francisco values.