Rep. Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi is the current Minority Leader in the House. She formerly entered the world of Democratic politics in 1976, at the age of 36, when she was elected as a member of the Democratic National Committee from California, with the help of her brother, Ronald Pelosi, who was a member of the Board of Supervisors for the city and county of San Francisco.
Forty-one years later, she is still in national politics, is still a flaming California liberal and is more and more exhibiting signs that the current top Democrat in the House, could be suffering from some form of dementia.
I don’t bring this up to ridicule or make fun of her, but to question her ability to serve in such an important national political position of power.
There are many forms of dementia which include Alzheimer’s, and I’m not an expert, but have written a number of times of the various forms of dementia and through my research have discovered that many of these forms of dementia can directly affect the way a person thinks, acts and speaks and this seems to be what is happening to Pelosi.
In speaking out about the recent school shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, Pelosi mumbled, repeated herself, seemed confused, forgetful and was caught just staring off into the distance as if trying to collect her thoughts.
When pushing for her pet gun control bill, she fumbled with trying to remember the names of the two sponsors.
When speaking about meeting on matters of gun control, she seemed to suffer at least one brain freeze in the middle of a statement.
At one point, while speaking, she appeared to suffer a facial spasm, causing her to mispronounce a word which she then repeated.
Several times she repeated herself, often in a quieter, hushed, but audible tone.
Her confusion was displayed when she referred to the USDA as the Department of Education, only to add Agriculture, afterwards.
She reminisced about when she first went to Congress in 1987 saying:
“When I came to Congress there were only three networks and the young man said to me, ‘You mean like CBS and ABC,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, that would be considered a network.’”
“The, uh, we did have CNN at that time, too, so four. Is that not a network?”
When she asked if CNN was a network, it was said in such a way as if she was wondering aloud, something people with dementia often do. Much of her speech was riddled with many signs that could be easily interpreted as being caused by some form of dementia.
This is not the first time something like this has happened to Pelosi in the past couple of years, but this did seem to be one of the worst examples of her possible mental decline. A number of people are questioning her mental ability to continue, even some of her fellow Democrats, like Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), who has been quoted as saying that he believes Pelosi will step down from her leadership position sometime next year, regardless if Democrats wrestle control of the House away for Republicans or not.
Even though I’ve never cared for many of her radical anti-American political views and they say she has ignored the will of the American people, you can’t help but feel sorry for her if in fact she is suffering from dementia. It’s not only difficult on the person, but also for the person’s family and friends and it’s something that no one should have to go through.
However, if this is the case, then she should step down from not only her leadership position, but also her position as a member of the House, since she is clearly not mentally fit to serve in such an important decision-making role that affects all of us.