The Social Security Administration currently allows retirement at age 62 with reduced benefits and full benefits with retirement at 66. And most organizations, business and nonprofit, have a fixed retirement age usually between 65 and 70. Some state legislatures and charitable organizations have term limits as well as age limits.
But our Congress has neither age nor term limits consequently it has many older career politicians , some in their 80s. And quite a few of these elderly career politicians seem to be just going through the motions. Some are essentially abusing the system and some have actually been corrupted. Nancy Pelosi is a classic example of a corrupt career politician. She has been in congress almost four decades and although she will soon celebrate her 83rd birthday, she refuses to retire. Nancy Pelosi is essentially the poster girl for term limits.
For a long time Pelosi was a pet of the Leftist establishment, especially news media who would not report anything unfavorable about her. But a recent public poll indicated that 37% had a ‘very unfavorable’ opinion of Pelosi whereas only 18% had a ‘very favorable’ opinion.
Although Nancy Pelosi insists that she is a devout Catholic, San Francisco’s Archbishop Cordileone has barred her from receiving Holy Communion for advocating abortion. But the Archbishop’s censure didn’t prevent her from summoning Catholic priests to perform an exorcism on her home to get rid of evil spirits after her husband was attacked,
As House Speaker, Pelosi stacked the J6 committee investigating the riot on the Capitol with 7 Democrats and only 2 Republicans. And both had voted for Trump’s impeachment. As we would expect, Pelosi’s Committee blamed Trump for the riot and the Biden White House made the ridiculous claim that the riot damaged the country as much as the Civil War.
Some may have naively thought Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was a shrewd investor who was able to anticipate legislation and governmental actions that would benefit or constrain a corporation or an industry. But various accusations of ‘insider trading’ have surfaced, implicating Nancy and Paul Pelosi. Finally Congress introduced the “Pelosi Act”, a bill to prevent Congress members and their families from investing in the stock market.
Pelosi removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the Capitol and replaced it with a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Her justification: “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. Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals.”
Trained historians would never describe Robert E. Lee as someone who “advocated cruelty and barbarism.” In fact, Lee is held in esteem by many historians. But Pelosi interprets the past in the way that best suits her political positions which are based on today’s Leftist cliches.
Although Pelosi didn’t approve of the use of slave labor in the 1800s she justified today’s using illegal immigrants as slaves “to pick the crops in Florida.” This is another example of those ill-advised comments she is noted for.
Nancy Pelosi has neither ethics nor integrity and no one would accuse her of being a deep thinker. Her confused verbal offerings give the impression of someone who has had too much to drink. But she insists that she doesn’t drink so her frequent befuddled ramblings might be caused by the senility of an 83 year old woman. Nancy Pelosi represents the need for Congressional age and term limits.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. His writing is influenced by years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia.