The Confederate statue controversy has left House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) conflicted. The 77-year-old congresswoman is stuck between honoring the legacy of her father and capitulating to the demands of the increasingly radical base of the Democrat Party.
As radical leftists are demanding the destruction of statues honoring Confederate soldiers and other heroes of American history, House Minority Leader Pelosi was forced to choose between the Democrat base and her own heritage. After siding with the far-left, it was revealed that Pelosi’s own father, Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., dedicated statues to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson while he was the mayor of Baltimore, as reported by Townhall.
“Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions,” Pelosi’s father said at the dedication ceremony some 70 years ago.
While D’Alesandro, Jr. (Pelosi’s father) does not make it explicit, it is clear what institution the Democrat mayor of Baltimore was remembering fondly.
According to Ron Meyer of Red Alert Politics, the very same statues dedicated by Pelosi’s father were recently removed by current Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Within hours of the Charlottesville, Virginia protests, the Baltimore mayor arranged for city crews to remove the final four statues dedicated to the Confederacy in the dark of night.
Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to pander to the radical Democrat base reveal the oddity of the current situation. Essentially, many Republican supporters and members of Congress are arguing to preserve the statues erected by Democrats to honor the Democrats who launched the Confederacy.
Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, was a lifelong Democrat. The Republican Party was formed from a radical branch of the now defunct Whig party. These early Republicans were solely dedicated to eliminating the barbaric institution of slavery; they were abolitionists.
The South was dominated by Democrat politicians for over a century after the Civil War.
These Democrat-dominated state legislatures enacted the horribly oppressive Jim Crow laws which instituted racial segregation. The Dixiecrats, or the States’ Rights Democrat Party, was a precursor of the Democrat Party that argued in favor of segregation in a last ditch effort to retain the racist policies of their party.
Now, Democrats are desperate to erase their own history. Even Nancy Pelosi is hopping on the bandwagon, calling for the removal of statues like the ones erected by her father.
Nancy Pelosi’s father, as mayor of Baltimore, presided over the dedication of Confederate monuments, and Pelosi herself walked past numerous statues in Statuary Hall in the US Capitol commemorating Confederate figures. Is Nancy Pelosi using a cause de jour to advance her political future?
“The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy. The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” exclaimed Pelosi. “The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately.”
However, this recent outcry smacks of political opportunism. Nancy Pelosi sat in Paul Ryan’s seat for over four years, yet the Confederate monuments were never a cause of concern during her tenure. It is interesting that only after Pelosi is out of power does she take issue with statues she walked past for decades.