Nancy Pelosi Sees Feminist Ghosts
In the War on Women, General Nancy Pelosi leads a battalion that has one very strange attribute: all the members are already dead.
It may be that the Botox injections she’s received not only tightened the skin around her face, but also the skin around her skull; she keeps telling the story of meeting the ghosts of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul when she first met President Bush as part of the Democratic House leadership.
We begin our scary campfire story here, last May, with Pelosi describing how it came about:
He’s (Bush) saying something to the effect of we’re so glad to welcome you here, congratulations and I know you’ll probably have some different things to say about what is going on--which is correct. But, as he was saying this, he was fading and this other thing was happening to me. My chair was getting crowded in. I swear this happened, never happened before, it never happened since. My chair was getting crowded in and I couldn’t figure out what it was, it was like this. And then I realized Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, you name it, they were all in that chair, they were … More than I named and I could hear them say: 'At last we have a seat at the table.' And then they were gone.
Then she told the story again on June 6 at an event celebrating her career.
Actually, she’s been telling the tale for years: her website has a transcript of it as related in her commencement address in 2005 at Goucher College in Baltimore.
Someone might want to inform the passionately pro-abortion Pelosi that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton weren’t just crowding her in; they were trying to dump her out. Anthony hated abortion; she wrote in her newspaper, The Revolution:
Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh, thrice guilty is he who... drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime! [The Revolution, 4(1):4 July 8, 1869]
And Elizabeth Cady Stanton grieved about the issue, too: "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit." [Letter to Julia Ward Howe, October 16, 1873] Stanton also wrote in The Revolution that abortion was "infanticide." [1(5):1, February 5, 1868]
Anthony and Stanton would be furious about Pelosi’s abortion stance. If Pelosi felt there were ghosts around her, she might want to conceal the fact; she’s got a reputation for being an intellectual lightweight already, and she ought to know better than anyone else how ruthless angry feminists can be.