ANSWER: Because they don’t have the tiniest inkling what it even is.
Keep in mind, these are her PREPARED remarks. Pelosi didn’t fall prey to some impromptu civics inquisition as she walked down the street: she had to put pen to paper for this. Ahead of time.
And she probably had staffers check it over, too.
It’s worth noting that each and every member of the House of Representatives swears an oath of office:
“I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God”
Since Liberals don’t seem to keep to (or understand) so much as a syllable of that oath, I have a suggestion: why don’t we administer a basic U.S. history test instead? That way members of Congress will have at least a passing acquaintance with some of the founding documents they’ll be eviscerating for the next couple of years.
And as an added bonus, maybe then the next Minority House Leader will be able to tell the difference between the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
Hey, it’s not like it could make things any worse, right?
UPDATE – 9/24/13 at 4:44pm
Ed over at HotAir weighed in on this, focusing on the primary thrust of Nancy’s speech:
“…What’s more significant in this speech is the agenda that the leader of the House Democratic Caucus stakes out in her speech, according to Jeryl [Bier, of the Weekly Standard]:
Pelosi went on to name three priorities that she and those in her audience at CAP want Congress and the president to address: paycheck fairness, including raising the minimum wage; paid leave to care for sick family members via the Healthy Families Act; and universal child care.
Most Americans have the economy and job creation as their greatest concerns. Two of the issues Pelosi puts as a priority have nothing to do with the concerns of most Americans, and the first one would actually make the job situation and economy worse.
Talk about not being on the same page …”