- Jul 5, 2004
Bill O'Reilly believes he coined the phrase "San Francisco values" and certainly got it right describing what we are now in for:
"So, what are those 'San Francisco values' that are being invoked as frightening words in talk-radio land from coast to coast?... It's easy to caricature the fringe elements of our politics and culture — the medical-marijuana clubs that cross the line into party halls, the wacky supervisors who say the outrageous for 15 seconds of fame, the street fairs for adults only. Just remember, San Francisco didn't send any of these characters to Congress. It sent Nancy Pelosi."
Ah, yes, Ms. Pelosi, who might be measuring her new office for drapes right now as she could become the new speaker of the House.
But back to San Francisco values. As listed in my book "Culture Warrior", here they are:
Cradle to grave entitlements for the poor with a punishing tax rate to pay for them. An anti-military attitude — remember, San Francisco voters approved a nonbinding referendum banning military recruiters from city schools. Legalized drugs, unfettered abortion rights, no parental notification for minors having abortions, and rehab not punishment for many dangerous criminals.
No restrictions on the southern borders — San Francisco welcomes all illegal aliens. An anti-Christian attitude — remember last March? The supervisors condemned a rally by a conservative Christian youth group, kids. The supervisors called it "anti-gay and anti-choice," but the city apparently is comfortable with militant gays dressing up as nuns in a public parade and mocking said nuns. No proclamation condemning that.
These are just a few of the values San Franciscans embrace in their secular progressive paradise. There's no question that the nation's most liberal city doesn't reflect the traditional values of most Americans. The city's standard bearer, Nancy Pelosi, is about to become one of the most powerful people in the country if the vote goes the Democrat way tomorrow.
The ACLU, of course, is thrilled. George Soros is delirious. The Hollywood ultra left is revving up the party big time.
But the rest of us are left with an unsettling feeling. Yes, Iraq's a mess, but what's on the horizon isn't exactly a vision of comfort either.
And that the Memo.