Dianne Feinstein, the long-serving California U.S. senator, has sadly passed away at the age of 90. It’s a somber day for conservatives as we bid farewell to a liberal icon. Feinstein, known for her progressive policies, was hailed as a trailblazer for women in politics. But let’s not forget that her political agenda was far from conservative and often clashed with conservative values.
Feinstein’s passing has sparked an outpouring of praise from her fellow left-wing politicians. Nancy Pelosi, the former House Speaker, described Feinstein as an “icon for women in politics.” Chuck Schumer, the Senator from New York, called her a “legend.” It’s no surprise that these liberal politicians are heaping accolades on Feinstein, as they share her ideological leanings.
Born in 1933, Feinstein had a privileged upbringing and went on to graduate from Stanford University. She embarked on a political career, starting with her appointment to the state women’s parole board by California Governor Jerry Brown. While she may have championed inclusivity for minority residents in San Francisco, her policies were often out of touch with conservative principles.
Feinstein’s failed attempt to become the governor of California in 1990 only solidified her commitment to liberal policies. Thankfully, the state saw through her agenda at the time, but she was eventually elected to the U.S. Senate two years later. During her tenure, she chaired the Senate Rules Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee, where her liberal biases undoubtedly influenced her decisions.
Despite her lengthy political career, it’s hard to ignore the recent struggles Feinstein faced. Suffering from shingles and struggling with basic tasks, she was often seen being guided by her aides. This raises concerns about the advanced ages of our longest-serving politicians, including President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. It’s clear that our elected officials should be held to higher standards of mental and physical fitness.
While the passing of any individual is undoubtedly a tragic event, it’s important to remember that Feinstein’s political legacy is at odds with conservative values and principles. Her progressive agenda and support for policies such as gun control and expanding the welfare state stand in direct opposition to the ideals of limited government and individual liberty. As conservatives, we should not forget the stark contrast between our own beliefs and those of politicians like Feinstein.