During the Gold Rush, San Francisco was known as a place of debauchery: greed, gambling, brothels and crime. An early Las Vegas, if you will. Today, San Francisco is known as a place of peace and love: cultural diversity, social acceptance, progressive ideals, and urban environmentalism. The most European of American cities, many call it.
The Republican right-wing would like to take us back 150 years, to the glory days. We’re soon to hear a vintage tune from the top of Capitol Hill, with the words “San Francisco Values” used as a disparaging term – you know, the ‘values’ of those ‘tree-huggers’, ‘gays’ and ‘sinners’.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported today that the Republican Spin Machine has already begun cycling the phrase into it’s talking points and daily jabber, in expectation that Nancy Pelosi is soon to be Speaker of the House. “Watch Out,” they warn. “She’s bringing with her her ‘San Francisco Values’, and you know what that means.” This is my favorite quote from the article, from the editorial pages of the Augusta Chronicle:
“Pelosi will be speaker and her far-left San Francisco values — gay marriage, cutting and running from Iraq, coddling terrorists, raising taxes, amnesty for illegals — will become the House agenda.”
Coddling terrorists? Oh, dear.
Clairblogience has an interesting take on this new slur. Read: “Hollywood Liberal Elite” Vs. “San Francisco Values”