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Here In The Arena

December 7, 2010 by  

Here In The Arena

Open the average high school yearbook and you’ll see at least one quote from Teddy Roosevelt’s “Citizenship in a Republic” speech.

Roosevelt’s words have become so ubiquitous that they’re approaching cliché.  Roosevelt’s homage to enduring excellence evokes the image of the gladiatorial hero; the stout-hearted warrior who carries on with dignity and courage despite the dimly-aware-but-still-withering gaze of a Forum-esque crowd.  Roosevelt was doubtless NOT thinking of a greedy wire-puller who can be fairly described as “crooked as an arthritic whippet’s hind leg.”‘

Last week, the man in the arena was no hero.  U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) strode to the fore to receive the first official reprimand of Congressional Censure for a sitting congressman in 27 years.  The way ol’ Charlie behaved throughout this sordid saga, the unenlightened observer might have thought he was about to be the recipient of a year’s worth of free airfare to his beloved Dominican Republic.   

“I leave here knowing that everyone knows I’m an honest guy.”

Evidently, “everyone” is a smaller group than “people who watch MSNBC for the quality.”

According to David Broder of the Washington Post, watching Rangel’s wrist-slap moment on the floor of the House was “painful” and made him “weep.”  I’m inclined to agree, but I bet Broder wouldn’t lend me his hankie.  If I were the weepy sort, my tears would have fallen not for Rangel, but for the Republic.

But I won’t weep for Charlie.  This moment was 40 years in the making.  Forty years of pocket-lining, game-playing, race-baiting and abuse of the public trust so blatant that even the aforementioned Romans might scratch their collective heads.

For the sake of space, and common decency, I won’t regale you with the entire roster of Rangel-ian excess.  From Harlem lease violations to failure to disclose earnings from Dominican rental income, there’s simply too much real estate to cover.  Suffice to say, Charlie is as dirty as my dog after a rainstorm.  Some might call this edition of Outside the Asylum “mud-slinging,” but I somehow doubt Charlie would notice.

Should I decide to hurl dirt at someone in Washington, I’d prefer to pitch the peat at the entire circus, rather than limit my lobs to just one sideshow.  During the course of showing Charlie who the real boss is in the House (evidently, it’s Charlie), even Republican Peter King stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the formerly un-censured Representative from New York’s 15th.  Said King:

"Let us apply the same standard of justice to Charlie Rangel that has been applied to everyone else, and that all of us would want applied to ourselves."

You’ll note King didn’t mention the standards faced by us average citizens.  He should talk to Charlie — he doesn’t even “deal in average… citizens.” 

We elect these clowns, and then re-elect them.  Rangel has been speaking for the same general geography since before I began to shuffle my mortal coil.

And don’t fall into the trap of believing the congressional beat down the Democrats endured last month had any effect on the comic corruption that has become the Democrat Party’s guiding principle.  Putting aside the comprehensive lack of remorse displayed by Charlie in standing up to his under-powered punishment for four decades of unrepentant corruption, how about that moment Charlie walked into the House chamber to take delivery on his door prize for bottom feeder of the year? 

What a Hallmark moment.  The Congressional Black Caucus rising to applaud a man who would have been staring through the bars of the Federal Government’s finest eight by 10 cell were it not for his position at the top of the Democrat Party’s leadership pile.

Lest the partisans think I am merely ruminating on liberal lack of respect for the law, I will note that while Rangel was being pusillanimously punished by Congress last week, former Majority Leader Tom Delay was listening to a jury hand down a verdict of “that guy from ‘Celebrity Dance Fever’ did it” in his money-laundering trial. 

But there is no debating the fact that the Democrats, led by their Emperor Barack, have turned our nation’s capitol more fetid than the Okefenokee.  We learned last month that the power to drain the swamp rests entirely with us.  The GOP offers philosophical superiority, but only in theory — obviously not in practice.

WE are Roosevelt’s “man in the arena.”  November was merely the opening round.  We must continue to dare greatly and teach those cold and timid souls the difference between victory and defeat. 

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • http://none Mike

    Ben ,Another one of thoes laugh cry situations. This guy is a crook of the highest order. If he was a civillan he would be loungeing in jail. Not in his office. Why do the laws apply to people like Snipes and not to this clown. I hear they threw the book at Snipes and wont even allow him to spend christmas with his family. He is about to have to spend 3 years for tax evasion.Wrangel embezzles and avoids paying taxes amoungst other various crimes and he gets to say I am sorry? And gets no other punishment?This is a travisty people see it for what it really is Marie Antonett lookig at us saying let them eat cake. Bad and getting worse. Mike L.

    • Al Sieber

      Mike they all get away with it, the same laws that apply to you and me, don’t apply to them.

    • DaveH

      Good point, Mike. Here is more on Wesley:
      http://reason.com/blog/2010/11/24/wesley-snipes-fights-on-for-al

      • DaveH

        Note that the punishment Wesley suffers is not for failing to pay income taxs but for failing to file tax returns. For those of you who don’t know, the Income Tax is considered to be a “voluntary” tax system. The Government Clowns call it that because you fill out your own forms “voluntarily”. Sure, and if you don’t testify against yourself, they then punish you with prison. What ever happened to the Fifth Amendment?
        Vote Libertarian. Let’s abolish that onerous system.

        • http://none Mike

          Dave, The founding fathers were probly clawing at their graves tha an amendment such as the 16th was even thought of much less imposed. I have heard that this amendment was never ratified. If so do you know of any links out there that support this? I have an Idea but I want it to have a leagle ground to stand on before I prepose it.

          I know mr.Snipes is just an actor but I think he had a purpose behind what he has done. I seem to remember back when his trial first started he was protesting the tax system. At least I think thats what was stated? If so he should be concidered a hero for this. Maby Amnasty international would like to get involved in this(yea right)And start fighting for this political prisoners human rights(dripping with hipcrocey)For if its true that this amendment was never ratified. That is exactly what he is a politicle prisoner.Mike L.

          • DaveH

            Mike,
            I haven’t looked into the issue because we Libertarians want to abolish it whether legally ratified or not. But it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the Government broke the rules. I don’t trust politicians at all.

          • Bus

            Snipe’s mistake was in not running for Congress when he got behind on his taxes, maybe he was holding out for a Czar job with Obama?

          • DaveH
    • JoJo

      Are you kidding me? A bunch of crooks prosecuting as judge and jury both…Rangel ran out of 2 million and his lawyers wanted more…that is the system that we live in. Crooks prosecuting crooks…. let’s face it…it was a kangaroo court…..wake up people. What is really scary is that the neo cons are just as rotten as the liberals. Which makes them all traitors to our country….. Liberals want bigger intrusive gov’t and conservatives want everything privatized. Neither are any good. The conservatives want to cut…what do they cut? fire depts, police departs, sanitation departments what do the liberals want…? windmills ….15th century B.C. energy…..if we want to grow we need 21st Century infrastructure……neither party is pushing for that…they want to bailout the international gigantic corrupt banks…..and we’ll all be economic slaves the rest of our lives.

  • Dad

    This man is a poster-boy for the Democrats… this ain’t yore Daddy’s Dem Party anymore… “god damn America.”

  • American Conservative

    28th Amendment: Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives.
    –suggested by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC 5th District)

    This must extend to enforcement as well. Is there any common citizen who wouldn’t support this? Shouldn’t this be a given? If it leads to government deadlock and weeks or months of trials and appeals and more trials, I say it’s worth it. If the government officials can’t be clean, then how can our nation ever be what it needs to be?

    • DaveH

      We have enabled their actions by looking the other way as people in Government callously break the moral codes that other citizens are expected to comply with (theft, murder, etc.). So what else can we expect?
      http://paliberty.com/?p=270

      • http://none Mike

        Dave, Thanks I just bookmarked that sight. Something else about that article impressed me did you notice the authors picture at the bottem thats a young guy.We ought to be recruiting that kind of person for leadership. Mike l.

    • http://elitespacovers.com jfrodriguez-m50 gunner

      can not agree with you more,remember republican rep.Cunningham he is still in jail for lesser crimes, a’m hunted every day from,edd,irs,boards,between all for no more than 6k that is no penalties,will not lt me survive as a small co.have being visited at home by irs,to see if am hidding the funds.crazy

  • Patriot

    These people need to be put in Prison! I guess when you are a top politician or in the administration it is ok to violate laws by not paying your taxes, even when you are caught. When you break the laws of the public trust you should be held to a higher standard and the sentence should be longer. Why don’t we just Censure Bernie Madoff?

    • 45caliber

      Actually, we are censoring Madoff when you consider exactly what he has done.

  • Carole Howell

    If the law does not apply to all, then you have no law.

    • DaveH

      Speaking of that, the Government has granted themselves the power to snoop on the citizens anytime anywhere. But what happens when the citizens snoop on them? Watch out, you are traveling on a one-way street! Why should that surprise anybody?
      http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Judge-denies-WikiLeaks-apf-2367078207.html?x=0

      • DaveH

        It’s time that people wake up to the reality of that overused phrase “National Security”. It is just a convenient excuse for Government to hide their evil doings from the citizens.

      • DaveH

        More on Wikileaks:
        http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/wikileaks-assange-poison-pill/2010/12/06/id/379105?s=al&promo_code=B3FC-1

        Especially of note:
        “Stephens noted that several conservative American politicians, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, have called for Assange to be executed.”

        If that is true, I am amazed. Huckabee, that mild-mannered former governor calling for execution of somebody for telling the truth about our sneaky Government? And Sarah Palin? What have we come to when the people who claim the “conservative” label are really just Big Government lovers? And Murderers. I am disappointed.

        • http://none Mike

          Dave, I wonder is this guy hero or villan. The way hes being treated you would think he was dracula incarnate.Thinking that conservitive groups might want to start a freedom of information push to varify these leaks.Mike L.

    • 45caliber

      Carole:

      EVERYONE must be government by the same laws if you are going to have a lawful society. Otherwise there is no law. Yet all of us can list cases where this is no longer followed in the US. Sad, isn’t it?

      • 45caliber

        “governed” – not “government”. Sorry.

    • http://none Mike

      Carole, I can agree with you there
      Mike L.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrATS4mthX4 TXRacer

    For this country to be saved from our internal corruption, we must have a honest presidential candidate be elected, who follows through with their promise to end ear marks and the corruption in DC. To be trusted, this candidate must not be a current member of congress or the administration. Maybe a good old fashion Christian high ranking Military official would be in order. Then time to clean house!!! Put all of the Rangel-type congressional leaders under criminal investigate. Watch them squirm, then put them in jail!

    • DaveH

      Don’t even waste your time thinking that will happen. We have allowed Government to grow too big, too intrusive, to ever be able to elect honest leaders. Nobody knows what’s best for the diverse array of citizens, and anybody who says they do is a Liar. They have to lie to get elected.
      If we want honest leaders, then we need to cut back Government’s size dramatically and get them out of our everday lives. There is only one political party with the will and principles to get that job done. Vote Libertarian:
      http://www.lp.org/platform

      • 45caliber

        I would expect that both the Democrats and the Republicans will choose someone to run that reflects what they want in a President. And I would further expect that any Independent or other that might run with even a slight chance of winning would more than likely find himself under arrest prior to the election for some act the he didn’t even know he’d done.

        • Kate8

          DaveH, 45, If we ever even get far enough to hold another election.

          It’s even worse than we thought. The truth behind Wikileaks is a set-up by the NWO to bring everything down. Wikileaks is in on it.

          Sorry about the format, but I got this in one of the few newsletters I trust and had trouble posting it as a link:

          http://www.healthyworldmessage.com/archive.php?id=126

          They’ve also called for a bank run – TODAY!!

          • DaveH

            According to Glenn Beck, Assange is widely supported by Liberal Socialist groups. So what? Have you heard anybody deny the information from Wikileaks? Interesting. I, for one, am nauseated by all the crooked people and liars surrounding us. Who has excused the Government from decency and honesty? Not me.
            As far as Forbes goes, I have read Steve Forbes editorials for years and have seen no evidence whatsoever that he supports the NWO. In fact, he has been associated with Libertarians for much of that time, and we certainly don’t associate with NWO types.

          • 45caliber

            Kate:

            As I told my wife, I think we are getting very close to them attempting to take over. And they intend to do it by starting a war to reduce the population first. They no longer care if anyone knows what they are doing as they don’t believe anyone can stop them. If anyone tried, they would simply go to their underground city/hiding place and start the war early. So be ready. I hate it because so many people will die. That is their real crime as far as I’, concerned. I’m really interested in seeing how they intend to decimate Africa and the rural S.A. and Central America.

          • 45caliber

            DaveH:

            The real problem with WikiLeaks is not what he had released but what he hasn’t. Or what we haven’t heard that’s been released.

            For instance, the British paper says that he released the number and location of all nukes the US military has in Europe. That both puts us into a political tangle and a military disaster if someone decides to take them out.

            Supposedly he has a number of similar things. And what he is doing even with what is released is angering a LOT of dictators among others. He could easily give one of them a push to start a world war.

          • Kate8

            DaveH – I hear ya, but just because someone has associated with libertarians doesn’t make them pristine.

            The NWO now controls everything. In many cases, it’s go along or lose your career. Besides, every group is infiltrated. There is really no one to trust anymore. I’m not even sure I trust Ron Paul. The stakes are just too high.

            Anyway, I have a dreadful feeling that something evil this way comes. All we can do is be vigilant, alert, and do the best we can to find the truth. Pretty much, as far as I see it, most everything is deception, with maybe a thread of truth in it. We can only follow our instincts.

            Bank of America did, indeed, take a nosedive today. My brother sent me the report. He follows this stuff.

            Keep the faith.

          • DaveH

            Kate,
            We play right into these creepy peoples’ hands if we start trusting nobody. There are a lot of good people in this world. We just need to keep our antennas up and weed out the bad apples.
            Don’t get too swallowed up in the conspiracy theories. I think mostly leaders are just doing what is natural for almost everybody in leadership positions. That is to grow their power and perks. I think downsizing Government, thus defanging the power-trippers, would go a long way in protecting us from the shenanigans of the evil people. And we need badly to get back to the concept that no man is above the law.

    • George Halepis

      “A good, old-fashioned, high-ranking military official”? You mean like Dwight Eisenhower, one of the original RINOs?

  • http://www.charter.net James Graham

    Sir:

    I would like to have your permission to share this with others. Not many people read the bulletins that we receive and I want to make sure this gets out to the people I know who would be interested in what you have to say.

    I agree with you 100%. I have just returned from 1 year in Kuwait and Iraq and watched CNN news every day. Looking at the US from across the water gave us even more reason to fear for our lives. Knowing and hearing what opinions citizens of other countries were forming of the US causes me concern for our Nation.

    God Bless our troops and leaders who are supportive of defending our rights and KEEPING our freedoms in tact.

    Thank you,

    Sheila Malone Fathullah

    Physical Security Division

    Army Depot

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution

    From: James Graham

    From: S STEELE
    THE HEART OF OUR PROBLEMS IS OUR POLITICANS ARE MONEY HUNGRY !!!!

    As a widow of a military retiree, who stood with her husband for over 20 years while he served this country (which was the greatest in the world until this Congress and President took over), I have to say I agree. Shirley

    As a retired military man that have given over twenty-seven years of my life to my country, I truly feel that what this
    Country needs most is a new amendment to the Constitution . I am recommending that we add the 28th amendment to the Constitution of the UNITED STATES.

    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that Congress members could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

    This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Congressman, Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Congressman. Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States”.

    This 28th amendment to the Constitution of the UNITED STATES Will apply to all passed, present and future
    Congressman, Senators And Representatives.
    Just think of all the money this would save the tax payers!!!!!

    I think the Senators, Representatives or Congressman that comes out strongly for this will be our next President.

    HTCM USN Retired James A. Graham

    • 45caliber

      The position of President should have been included as well.

    • American Conserative

      An Admendment to the Constitution may be the only way; but how it is worded means everything. I suggest that it be stated like this:

      The Executive, Judicial, Legislative Branches of the Federal Government – employee(s), appointee(s), beauracrat(s), volunteer(s) and all elected person(s)of the Republic are subject to, without exception or exclusion, all Laws and Executive Orders (Executive Orders are not enforceable as Law without Legislative passage by Majority vote of each elected Party of both Houses of the Congress) that are passed upon the citizen, and non-citizen alike. All person(s) that have sworn/affirmed an oath to Defend the Constitution of the Republic of the United States are subject to said Laws. No person(s) subject to the Constitution of the Republic will be exempt from the affect/effect of this Admendment. Failure of the United States Justice Department to enforce Federal Law(s) upon the Executive, Judicial, Legislative Branches of the Federal Government will be guilty of Treason against the Constitution of the Republic. United States Law is the only Law authorized to be used to decide or determine the ruling of any case affecting/effecting the Republic of the United States or its Citizens and it is Treason against the Republic for any Court to use/consider any other Law to make its ruling. The United States is a Republic and English is the Official Language of the peoples of the Republic. All Legal Documents are to be in the Official Language and no other without exception. This Admendment affects/effects Past, Present, Future of the Republic.

      • http://none Mike

        You must be a lawyer.I had a little trouble getting through it but it does seem to be ironclad. We can only hope that worded as such with no loopholes it could get passed. But dont hold your breath.

        We would also be obliged to add this amendment to state constitutions as well. Might help catch the corrupt before they make it to the national level. Mike L.

      • Dan az

        I think that just about covers them all and Im really happy with the fact that the supreme court is also held to it also!

  • rick c

    Will this situation EVER change />
    I dont think so but we CAN and WILL vote them out I hope.
    be strong and believe as the worst is yet to come .

  • Warrior

    It’s just downright sad and and at the same time disgusting. Time to turn up the heat on the progressives. I say inundate their offices with correspondence over the next two years with our total dissatisfaction with any their programs.

  • Norm

    Let’s never forget:

    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He could face life in prison and he should, but not only because he laundered money. He laundered money with the objective of influencing politics, of subverting the democratic processes by which the rule of law is given its legitimacy.
    Recently, Congressman Charles Rangel was found guilty of violating House rules and now has been censured by the whole House. His variety of corruption was the most pervasive, but the least dangerous, to our political culture. He did not play by the rules, failing to report income, and he used his congressional office to raise money for a school that bore his name. In other words, he had the sense that the rules did not apply to him, but he did not seek to frustrate the electoral system nor to make a lot of money by trading on his name or influence.
    DeLay’s crimes are of an altogether graver quality. He laundered money into campaign accounts, violating prohibitions against illegal campaign giving. He sought to rig the game. His crimes bear a greater resemblance to Nixon’s crimes, and they should be punished with all the severity our penal code allows. It is one thing to break the law. That is bad enough. But, when you assault the democratic process, there is a special place reserved in constitutional hell for you. Throw the book at him.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/25/us/politics/25delay.html

    • DaveH

      Give me a break, Norm. You are a Liberal Zealot who will stand up for any fellow Liberal no matter what the charges. Anybody who has followed your comments knows that.
      The Democrat party (and many of the Republicans) are robbing the citizens blind daily. They should all be in jail.

      • 45caliber

        True. One thing I saw this morning: It seems that Congress voted to ban pork projects a few days ago. It was voted down – but I didn’t see a thing in the news about it. Did any of you?

        • DaveH

          I didn’t, but that would be expected as I have lately only been watching such programs as Judge Napolitano’s Freedom Watch or John Stossel on Fox Business News.

          • Norm

            Daveh
            If you ignore all the facts it’s easy to come to erroneous conclusions.
            It’s sad when you hide from all opinions but your own.

          • DaveH

            Norm,
            Are you kidding me? I have been inundated with the Liberal Siren Songs for most of my life. I’m smart enough to know that what you call “fact” is mostly fantasy. I’m caught in the middle of the Left-wingers who want the easy life on the backs of others, and the Right-wingers who would like us to believe they can save us from ourselves and save the world. I am steeped in reality. And I guess I do envy you a little, as you must be a very happy man (you know, ignorance is bliss).

      • Norm

        DaveH

        You are an anarchist living in the imaginary world of the 18th century.

        • DaveH

          Read my previous comment, Norm.

  • FlaJim

    Rangel remains unrepentantly corrupt and faces a new charge. This time, it’s for using campaign funds for his legal defense of the first batch of charges. Another wrist slapping is in the future.

  • Tomh

    Yes, FlaJim, and that, too is the equivalent of what DeLay did. It, by not laundering the money would be even more open and arrogantly blatant. Rangel’s action on that one is using his power and money from other people (campaign contributors)to influence the legal process. The problem, the way I see it is that no matter what the law, be it this healthcare debacle to simple traffic violations, members of Congress are not held acountable for their misdeeds. As was stated previously and so aptly put: if the law does not apply to all then you have no law.

    • 45caliber

      It isn’t any worse that Oblama paying his lawyers that keep all court moves to see his birth certificate with campaign funds. He’s well over a million there now.

      • Teresa

        AMEN…and to allow a Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lankin be court martialed in the process just to keep those records from being shown…but oh wait….he cares so much for our men in uniform doesn’t he????….no, I’m mistaken, he cares to push his agenda of the DADT being repealed. I think our congress needs to get their priorities in line NOW!

        • 45caliber

          You are correct.

  • FreedomFighter

    What America lacks currently is:

    Leadership

    Obama is no leader, his regime is currupt on both sides. American leadership puts America first, not themselves. Men of true character honor and devotion are required, such men made America, only such men will keep us free.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • 45caliber

      Oblama puts himself first only when it comes to things like money. I agree with you.

  • Fergus

    Please note: Mr. Rangel was voted back in by his constituents even although everybody knew of his
    bad behavior with his taxes etc. So what does that tell you?? He said he paid his back taxes as soon as he knew about it but does not mention any penalty from the IRS. How much was the penalty if any???

    • 45caliber

      He was voted in by his peers. Does that tell you anything about his district?

      • Robin from Arcadia, IN

        45caliber…. I picture Rangel’s district all being just like him and high fiving each other every time ole Charlie puts one over on the government. He was voted back in because he is like an idol to those who would do the same if they could.

        • 45caliber

          And they are all crooks and will steal if offered the slightest chance.

  • JKO

    Isn’t it strange that those who speak liberalize only receive a slap, but men like Trafficant (Dem who did not always speak party talking points) was put in jail. Trafficant should have been in jail as he was convicted and so should all of the others. How is it that Mr. Geithner (Treasury Secretary) can get away with owing $2 million in taxes, but I can’t. (They threatened us with jail and we owed only a couple of hundred.)
    As someone mentioned above, Wesley Snipes is going to jail for doing the same thing Geithner did. And, oh yeah, the Clintons had serious tax issues as well.
    I could go on but you get my point. We are all supposed to be equal under the law – what is going on…..?

    • DaveH
      • http://none Mike

        Dave, Second one today to the bookmark list. Mike L.Yea I know I should have had them allready right lol. Mike L.

    • 45caliber

      Until very recently, there was a law that stated that no one in Congress were to be included in any law they passed. They gave themselves a free out.

    • http://none Mike

      JKO, That was me at the very top of this thread. I made that comparison to try to open peoples eyes to the double standered being praticed right now right in front of our very eyes.

      This shows just how deep the rift has become between the ruling class(representitives? I dont think so)and thoes of us that are ruled.This has parralells throughout history if we only cared to learn. Its happend in just about every monarchy that has ever been on this planet. When the rift became wide enough the people revolted. This was done sucessfully in most casses but not all. Our own countries founding was a result of a suceesful revolt against the very same type of policies that are being praticed by our goverment today. I could give you parralel after parralel but that would be as long as the origanal article. So I wouldent have the space. Mike L.

    • Kate8

      I doubt the elite EVER pay taxes. Occasionally someone gets called out on it, but has anyone actually checked whether they really paid them at all?

      They exempt themselves from the laws they force on the rest of us.

      They go on about taxing the rich, but they ARE the rich and they don’t pay. In fact, what WE pay goes to the riches of the rich – the elite banksters.

      They talk out of both sides of their mouths. They are collapsing our economy ON PURPOSE, and trying to make us think they are passing laws to save us, and that WE must sacrifice. WHY DON’T THEY SACRIFICE? And why do they get a pass?

      What a crock.

  • castaway

    I have tried repeatedly to call,and email Senator Herb Koll, and Senator Russ Feingold, on different issues, and all I get is a form letter in return telling me of all the wonderful things they have done for the people of Wisconsin. It all falls on deaf ears. It is a worry to me that they may not even personally get any messages, and all is handled by incompetant aids.

    So it is no surprise to Rangle was up to much mistchief all these years. The Democratic party in the US reminds me of the “New Peoples Army, and Democratic Party of the Philippines”, Who are known communists, with the same goal of the communist party of the US. That would be the total take over of America, and total control of its citizens.

    • 45caliber

      I’ve come to believe that most politicians, regardless of party, are members of the group you mentioned. And they all have the same goal.

    • Kate8

      castaway, I used to get those generic responses, but lately I get no response at all. Not from ANY of them.

  • LiarsMustBeDefeated

    King admits he is just as corrupt as Rangel and he gets to slide? For shame. Stand up and be counted.

    • 45caliber

      Actually, King admitted that ALL Congressmen are guilty of the same acts. That’s why we need to replace them.

  • 45caliber

    To a politician, it isn’t mud slinging to call him names or tell lies about him. Those are easy to ignore or refute.

    It is mudslinging only if you are telling the truth about him.

  • s c

    I can tolerate Teddy – up to a point. When it comes to Rangel, that is a completely different matter. I suspect that the only people who have lower standards for themselves are the pathetic twits who kept your sorry rump in office for so many years.
    Bye, bye, Mr. Rip-off, er, Mr. Rangel. You can leave office knowing that you got filthy RICH at our expense. You can leave office knowing that you are a prime example of what’s so WRONG in Washington. You can leave office knowing that you KNOWINGLY perpetuated so many behavior flaws that exemplify American politics. At least you will be leaving office shortly. THAT’S what matters. People like you, Rangel, should be obligated to pay a stiff “EXIT” tax. IF sacrifice is so important to people like you, then let’s see how much you can sacrifice. Leave most of your easy money in Washington. You CAN get along on Social Security, can’t you, big boy? After all, we don’t want the American people thinking that you’re ‘better’ than the rest of us.

    • http://none Mike

      s c, That only works if this guy leaves office. I dont think he will even give us that dignaty. In his eyes as well as thoes of his fellow travelers his only crime was getting caught.This behavior is widespread in congress so he wont feel obliged to leave in shame.

      Did you notice even in defending himself from censure he couldent resist returning to that same behavior? I said this when he was first brought to light. I bet if you looked right underneanth the surface.That you would find he paid any fines incured in this from campagin funds as well.He is corrupt to the core. So corrupt in fact that he has deluded himself that what he is doing isnt even wrong. They have a name for this disorder. Its called being a socieopath. There are plenty of these in our prisions and mental institutions in this country.So in closeing Ill say this. Lets not expect the zebra to change its stripes. Mike L.

      • 45caliber

        A socieopath is the new name for psychopath. The changed the name because psychopath is so heavily identified as a murderer. It basically means that ALL decisions he makes is based on what is good for him. He NEVER considers what is good for anyone else.

    • Kate8

      s c – They all get filthy rich in office.

      What about Pelosi? Worth a couple of million 2 years ago, now worth close to 23 million. How does that happen?

      Bribes, pay offs, sell-outs…

  • Red Ruffinsore

    It surprises me not in the least, that the blak proletariat of Harlem elected Rangel by 80% in November, as that is the nature of ethnic politics in this country. We’ve dumbed down education, created a class of peons who believe they are “owed” everything, including reparations. I’m anticipating what will be a footnote to the eventual book, “The Decline and Fall of the United States”, with apologies for the analogy to Gibson’s work on Rome.

    • 45caliber

      I seriously doubt that ANYONE can get 80% of the vote in his district without some type of voter fraud.

  • BigIron

    Please, … the Okefenokee is an icon of sterility compared with the putrefication of our government (esp. the Congress).

    The statement by King: “Let us apply the same standard of justice to Charlie Rangel that has been applied to everyone else, and that all of us would want applied to ourselves.” In other words … “Forgive us our felonies as we forgive the felonies of other members of the Congress so that we won’t be prosecuted for our own crimes (we are Congressmen, not people).”

    The corrupt members of our government need to be indicted and tried for their crimes just like one of the People would have been, not like a member of Congress would have been treated by Congress.

    It has begun to appear to me that our government is corrupt beyond our ability to repair it with the “voting booth”. The law and our courts have likewise fallen to the corruption of our government. Has our military also fallen to the corruption of our government or do they still remain loyal to our Country, our Constitution and the people? Our military has jurisdiction over Treason and there is no “statute-of-limitations” for Treason. “Contempt-of-Constitution” is Treason.

  • Dale

    Here is a man of honor who would make a wonderful President. He loves America for all the right reasons and would never stand for any corruption by anyone in congress. He is Lt. Col. Allen West….remember his name because he will have the Progressives shaking in their wing-tips. Copy the link below to your browser and watch this video of the brave man we need to lead our Republic away from the edge of the Socialist cliff we are about to go over. In case you are unaware of Col. West, he was relieved of duty by the Progressives because he shot a bullet past the ear of the raghead he was interrogating. The guy laughed at the Col. during the interrogation until the bullet went past his ear and he immediately gave up the location of the ambush that wss planned, thereby saving the Col’s men from death or injury. Instead of giving Col. West a medal for saving his men, the Progressives in Washington demanded he retire. They may live to regret that.

    http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2010/11/allen-west-on-how-to-defeat-radical.html

    • 45caliber

      If I remember correctly, he’s now a GOP Congressman from FL, isn’t he? He just won.

  • Viktor Leben

    Ben,

    Do you really want to send an old guy in his 80′s to prison ? If Charlie broke some Income Tax laws shouldn’t we be applauding his action ? On the one hand Income Taxes are evil, but if someone breaks them want him/her to be punished ??

    How about Bernie Madoff ? He’s and old man sent to jail for the rest of his days. Wasn’t the punishment to severe ?

    Weren’t the investors done in by their own stupidity ? They made an investment without checking Bernie out … and lost.

    • Viktor Leben

      That third sentence should read “On the one hand Income Tax laws are evil, but if someone breaks them do we want him/her to be punished ??”

  • penstone

    Ben, don’t put “Teddy” on a pedestal. He was a big govt type. He was also the progressive type. Teddy was one of those that furthered the size of govt.

    It is because of Teddy that now we have these large tracts of land that are under federal govt jurisdiction, instead of states. Meaning, national forests, national wildlife refuges, etc.

    When Teddy said, referring to the first national wildlife refuge that he created, “is there a law against this?” One of his aides said “no, but there is no authorization in the Constitution allowing us to create a national wildlife refuge.”

    Teddy said, “I don’t care what (the constitution allows), there is no law stating I can’t do this. Thus, the first wildlife refuge. And so on. To the point, the western states are dealing with a tyrannical govt that holds massive amounts of land in the West.

    Nobody bothered to challenge Teddy, because the Republicans not only controlled the White House, they also controlled the congress.

    Teddy’s precepts were clearly unconstitutional. All in the name of progressevism. Teddy was no friend of constitutionalists, those that believed in limited govt.

  • Les

    We should demand a full pardon for Wesley Snipes and give a standing ovation for saving us from the vampire hoards (otherwise known as Congress).

  • OtherTim

    If Rangel has been so great for the poor people of Harlem for 40 yrs, why are there still poor people in Harlem???
    Just a snapshot of the Dem party of “helping the common people”.

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