Biden Picks the Winners

Joe Biden’s 19 recipients for the Presidential Medal of Freedom include “Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi,” and as the Delaware Democrat explains:

Nancy Pelosi served as the 52nd Speaker of the House and has represented San Francisco in Congress for more than 36 years. A staunch defender of democracy, she has shaped legislative agendas and Democratic priorities for decades.

As Joshua Muravchik noted in “Pelosi’s Favorite Stalinist,” Pelosi once “took to the pages of the Congressional Record to effuse her sentiments on the hundredth anniversary of Harry Bridges’ birth.” As Muravchik explained:

Bridges had been not merely in the party but a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party USA, a position for which, the documents show, he was directly approved by the Kremlin. This means, plain and simple, that he had devoted his life to the service of the Soviet Union and its ruler, Joseph Stalin, one of the three greatest mass murderers of all time. (Hitler and Mao Zedong are the other two.)

So the former House Speaker celebrated a staunch defender of Stalin. In another medal pick Biden proclaims:

Secretary John Kerry is a former Secretary of State, United States Senator, and the first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. His bravery in combat during the Vietnam War earned him the Silver Star and Bronze Star, and history will remember his public service career that has spanned seven decades.

 Veterans might remember the swift boat controversy, but there’s more to the man. Recall the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, which claimed 17 lives. According to Kerry:

There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, “Okay, they’re really angry because of this and that.”

In a televised speech in French, Kerry described the attack as “obscurantisme.” That means opposition to the spread of knowledge, not the practice of murdering journalists for publishing cartoons of Mohammed.

Biden’s picks for the Presidential Medal of Freedom include Rep. James Clyburn who “transformed the lives of millions of Americans and created a freer country.” Al Gore “accepted the outcome of a disputed presidential election for the sake of our unity.” Phil Donahue won his medal for “the first daytime talk show to feature audience participation and one of the most influential televisions programs of its time.” Actress Michelle Yeoh, “continues to shatter stereotypes and enrich American culture.”

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