Anyone that thinks that today’s Democrats are similar to Hubert Humphrey’s Democrats or Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Democrats is kidding themselves. Today’s Democrats aren’t even like Paul Wellstone’s Democrats. Democrats took a terrible trip when Harry Reid and Ms. Pelosi won leadership positions in the Senate and House respectively in 2006.

Since then, they’ve governed from a my-way-or-the-highway philosophy. In 2008, Al Franken joined the Senate. Discourse sunk even lower. During Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing, Franken struck up a conversation with Sotomayor about Perry Mason. We were so enlightened by the exchange:

The point is that Democrats aren’t about making America better. They’re about changing the US into something it isn’t. When Biden says that he wants to transform the US, just like his boss said, that isn’t what a patriot would say. That’s what a hater would say. If you thought that the US was founded on great principles and that we’ve helped dozens of nations achieve liberty or helped them through natural disasters. you don’t think that the US needs a transformation. It needs some changes. It doesn’t need a transformation.

If you’re a patriot, you think that the US is great, though it isn’t perfect. Patriots think that the US is constantly changing, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. We’re constantly a work in progress.

Far left Democrats think that slavery is the lasting mark against the US. It isn’t. That’s like thinking that a student who didn’t understand math at first is forever destined for poor grades. That’s like saying the student can’t get tutoring that changes everything. One day, the final piece of the puzzle drops into place and the struggling student starts acing tests.

Today’s Democrats apparently think that anyone white is a racist. They talk about white privilege and implicit bias. The only thing we can do is constantly ask for forgiveness for something that’s beyond our control.

Today’s Democrat leadership aren’t patriots. They’re liars. Check out this joint statement from Ms. Pelosi and Rep. Earl Blumenauer:

As our nation mourns the loss of our colleague and beloved civil rights leader John Lewis, we are again reminded of the immense power of peaceful protest in the fight against racial injustice and police brutality. Yet time and time again, the Trump Administration shows its lack of respect for the dignity and First Amendment rights of all Americans.

Last month, the Administration tear-gassed peaceful protestors in Washington, D.C. Now, videos show them kidnapping protestors in unmarked cars in Portland, all with the goal of inflaming tensions for their own gain. While Portland is the President’s current target, any city could be next.

We live in a democracy, not a banana republic. We will not tolerate the use of Oregonians, Washingtonians, or any other Americans, as props in President Trump’s political games. The House is committed to moving swiftly to curb these egregious abuses of power immediately.

What a pile of BS. Predictably, Ms. Pelosi intentionally left out a few important details. She intentionally omitted the fact that the rioting in Portland had gone on for 40 days prior to President Trump’s action. Pelosi intentionally omitted the fact that this wasn’t a peaceful protest, which are protected by the First Amendment. They were full-fledged pre-planned riots. Dozens of arrests were made, with virtually each arrestee getting charged with interfering with the police. Does that sound like it falls within the protections of the First Amendment, which permits people to peaceably assemble.

Riots aren’t protected by the First Amendment. Portland police declared a riot when Democrat protesters attacked a building housing the police officers’ union. So much for Democrats supporting working families.

The next time that Ms. Pelosi wants to lecture us about the First Amendment, she should commit to telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Intentionally omitting important details of a story is lying. Lying for partisan gain isn’t patriotism. It’s the opposite of patriotism.

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