The Great Condescending Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi is better than the rest of us. She knows what’s best, and we should defer to her wisdom. We don’t need to know the details of Obamacare, or the consequences or effects of it — we just need to trust that it’s good, because she said so.

Actually, that’s not what she said. This is:

”It’s like the back of the refrigerator. You see all these wires and the rest,” said Pelosi. “All you need to know is, you open the door. The light goes on. You open this door, you go through a whole different path, in terms of access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.”

And who do we call to service the thing when it doesn’t work? Or when there’s a freon leak? Or when the wiring job is so inept that opening the door doesn’t turn on the light, but instead routes current to the handle?

Neo Neocon takes a bit of an issue with Pelosi’s rather condescending analogy:

I don’t mean to be anti-female, but Pelosi’s suggestion strikes me as something only a woman could have come up with. I have that attitude myself to most mechanical and/or electrical gadgetry and appliances, including computers: don’t tell me how it works, just make it work.

But for a supposed servant of the people to use such a metaphor to refer to a bill that affects us all in such important ways is outrageously and offensively paternalistic (or should I say “maternalistic?”) and flies in the face of what the relationship between the citizens and Congress in this country is meant to be.

Moe Lane at Red State also is a tad miffed by Pelosi’s comments:

So, you know, never you worry about the fact that the wires seem to be hooked up to a baby. Which is crying. And on fire.

Moe Lane

PS: Yes, she really thinks that you’re this stupid.  Sorry.

This kind of condescension is a hallmark of progressive thought. The little people aren’t smart enough to take care of themselves, so the enlightened ones, like Pelosi and Obama, must come and tell the great unwashed what’s best for them. Don’t worry about what’s really going on, just know that they know best.

This is not the mindset of a public servant. This is the mindset of a ruler. And that should say all that needs to be said about the goals of the Democratic party.

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