Patriotic Haters: Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Greenwald, And Joe Klein

The first two are definitely not a surprise, eh? Let’ start with Madame Pinch Face

If you’ve ever been stuck on hold with a congressional office in the past, at least you’ve been able to enjoy some good patriotic music, as opposed to the lilting tones of generic smooth jazz that have been driving elevator users insane for decades. For years, congressional offices have played patriotic anthems as the background music during hold times.

Not any more. After we were startled by the hold music when we called a House office recently, sources on Capitol Hill informed us this week that the Democratic House leadership has made a sweeping decision that congressional offices now have the options of “smooth jazz” elevator music or no music at all.

Michigan Republican Fred Upton sent a letter to House Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Beard, who reports to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, this week to protest this decision:

Upon contacting CAO Telecommunications it has come to my attention that as of Tuesday, August 11th all “holding” music was changed at your request from the traditional patriotic songs to elevator music. CAO Telecommunications affirmed that congressional offices currently have no choice in the genre of music played, but merely are given the option between the elevator music on hold or no music at all, despite the fact that we’ve had the patriotic music for years!

Gotta love it. There is no choice to have any patriotic music. I guess Nancy P. is upset about such music. Granted, much of those marches and stuff can be a little rough, but, I have heard other songs, like City Of New Orleans by Arlo Guthrie, songs that talk about America. I even heard a rock version of God Bless America one time while calling Elizabeth Dole’s office. And, it is kinda nice to know that elected federal officials care about America……woops, I forgot, Democrats.

As for Glenn “Sock Puppet” Greenwald, Joe Klein is a wee bit upset about Glenn releasing private communications, so, Joe released this other communication on his Time magazine blog

For the past several years, Greenwald has conducted a persistent, malicious campaign to distort who I am and where I stand. He is a mean-spirited, graceless bully. During that time, I have never seen him write a positive sentence about the US military, which has transformed itself dramatically for the better since Rumsfeld’s departure (indeed, he ridiculed me when I reported that the situation in Anbar Province was turning around in 2007). I have never seen him acknowledge that the work of the clandestine service–performed disgracefully by the CIA during the early Bush years–is an absolute necessity in a world where terrorists have the capability to attack us at any time, in almost any place. Nor have I seen [him] acknowledge that such a threat exists, nor make a single positive suggestion about how to confront that threat in ways that might conform to his views. Therefore, I have seen no evidence that he cares one whit about the national security of the United States. It is not hyperbole, it is a fact.

Well, like most on the Left, you never hear or read anything positive about the military or the CIA, and rarely do they acknowledge that the threats exist. Except, of course, when they are trying to score cheap political points. So, yes, Glenn Greenwald can be considered anti-patriotic. But, Joe ends with this

I agree with Greenwald on some things, and appreciate his insights on others. But he is a thoroughly dishonorable person–as he proved by releasing my private emails–and, when it comes to his oft-trumpeted belief in the right to privacy, a stone hypocrite as well.

That’s what Joe is upset about: releasing of the communications. Not the military bashing, CIA bashing, and the other stuff in the above communication. Emails. I’ve read lots of Joe’s stuff in the past, and went back through a few months here and there, and, I can’t find anything positive about the military or CIA, either, so, I think we can put Joe in the classification of Patriotic Hater, too.

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