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With Apologies to Jefferson, De Tocqueville and Shaw

July 27, 2010 by  

With Apologies to Jefferson, De Tocqueville and Shaw

Charlie Rangel is going to force the issue. The longtime United States Representative from New York’s 15th Congressional District isn’t going down without a fight over the ethics charges which have been levied against him.

Although his fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington, progress on that front suggests she’s using a soap ladle to empty the Everglades. Some point to Charlie—whose district sports a Partisan Voting Index of D+43 (making it the most redoubtably liberal place in America outside Pelosi’s living room)—as a gravel-voiced shout for term limits.

I disagree. I can easily identify a whole retinue of wire-pullers and spoilsmongers whose continued occupation of elected offices lowers our collective political intelligence the way reality television has turned a generation of teenagers into slack-jawed mouth breathers (Snookie and J-Woww! OMG!); it’s just that we already have term limits. We call them elections.

When it comes to sending grafters to the political bone yard, elections are theoretically as potent a man-stopper as a 12-gauge shotgun. But like any weapon, elections only work if we pull the trigger.

There are 535 members of the two houses of Congress, 50 governors and thousands of various state and local legislators. Many of them have been situated in office long enough to earn the envy of the hardiest fungi. And while we deserve better than most of them, each one of them deserves to stay in office as long as we’ll let them. After all, while few of them are anything but honest about what they’re doing there, at the very least, they’re honest about wanting to be there.

Rangel is far from the only politico who ever made us shake our heads in disgust. The goodly folk of South Carolina sent Strom Thurmond back to the Senate long past the time he was drooling in his pudding. Imagine being so decrepit that you can relegate a fossilized remnant like Fritz Hollings to junior status.

Lately, the Palmetto State allowed Mark Sanford to continue holding down their governor’s chair even after he “hiked the Appalachian Trail.” (At least, that’s what the kids are calling it these days.) Now Alvin Greene, the South Carolina Democrat nominee for Senate, has suggested an economic recovery plan which includes action figures—of Alvin Greene. I believe some South Carolinians might say “not all his dogs are barking.”

Come to think of it—maybe South Carolina should be the location for a term limit test program. If they elect Action Figure Alvin to the Senate then term limits can go the way of Al Gore’s Presidential aspirations.

Rangel has represented the same basic constituency since before I was born. After being forced to relinquish his post as the chairman of the enormously powerful House Ways and Means committee earlier this year, he’s now up against the ropes as the roster of ethical violations he “allegedly” committed stretches from his rent-control-law violating apartments and offices in New York all the way to the Dominican Republic vacation villa on which he failed to report rental income. (Personal Liberty Digest™ doesn’t have the bandwidth necessary for me to recount the litany of Rangellian excesses, and you don’t have the time.)

But the voters in New York’s 15th like Charlie. Their parents liked Charlie. He is facing opposition this year, and it might be time enough for Charlie to enjoy retirement at one of his multiple subtropical retreats (yes, there’s more than one.)

Even if 2010 is Charlie’s swan song, what can we expect to see in his stead? Rangel’s predecessor, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was repeatedly re-elected to the House by these same citizens despite his own menu of brazen impropriety. They only replaced Powell with Rangel when Powell stopped showing up for work. I hate to say it but I doubt their voting acumen has improved after 40 years.

But what about the rest of us? Incumbents get re-elected to the tune of better than 90 percent, a number which hardly jibes with the 11 percent approval rating Congress enjoys at the moment. Eighty-nine out of 100 of recognize what these people are. But only one in 10 of them is going to be looking for work come November.

Look, Charlie Rangel deserves our derision, and gets a fair amount of it. But his constituents don’t seem to mind. And as a result, they deserve no better. Judging by his colleagues and compatriots—neither do we.

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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  • s c

    I’m in no position to prove Rangel needs to be tossed to the wolves. At the same time, in politics it tends to be true that where there’s smoke there’s also a ticking time bomb and a closet full of bodies. In Rangel’s case, it seems safe to say that 1) he’s been in Washington for W A Y too long and 2) his half-assd constitutents have NO standards for the useful idiots they send to Washington.
    Pelosi, “God’s” Chosen Swamp Drainer, also needs a healthy dose of microscopic scrutiny. That Washington strain of paranoid arrogance is highly contagious, and she no doubt got it from Herr Obummer.
    Maybe she’s good at making license plates. With a little luck, they could send Queen Nancy and Rip-off Rangel to the same place. At least they won’t be able to say they don’t know anybody there.
    Just a thought.

    • William

      sc you are so right, they and quiete a few others need to spend the rest of their days making plates and even slinging a bush axe like they used to do bedor the politicieans got so afraid they might wind up on the chain gang and stopped them,

    • Anthony

      Right enough, s.c. — In Pelosi’s case, there’s the automatic issue that she owns Hotels, but WILL NOT ALLOW Hotel Employee UNIONS to cross the doorstep. Her Hotels are some of the very few who do not have Unionized Workers. And, MSM stays mum about it, constantly. Only on the Web can you see discussions on the topic.

      And, let’s also review her “unauthorized” trip (stop-over) to Syria during the BUSH Administration. What’s MY concern? Syria has a Central Bank, as does Saudi Arabia and just about all other Arab Nations….save IRAN and Lybia. And, the one thing we do know, is the DEMs are highly supportive of the Central Bank [THE FED]. So, lefties, just what was it that Pelosi had business about in Syria? And, since we’re all about hating Bush, why wuoldn’t the NY Times discuss in detail what her trip was about…….

      As for CHARLIE RANGEL ?? This ethics nonsense is basically something that will go away once Reid/Pelosi find they have the votes to pass H.R. 5741. Rangel attempted to pass this Bill in 2003, with MSM ordered to “blame Bush” for it. TalkRadio outed the two DEMs pushing the Bill back then [HR 163]

      look at – blatanttruth-org/rangel fo rin-depth discussions
      (with accompanying links, as well)

      This nonsense in the Middle East isn’t about OIL, per se’ … it’s about a GAS Pipeline being built in the nearby area – and they are about half-way done. It’s a GAS Reserve worth almost $2-trillion … and what Central Banker doesn’t want to own that Resource for themsevels(?)

      As I say – once they find there are enough votes in Congress to pass this newly-edited Rangel Bill, these ethics charges will be blown off as partisan nonsense from Mitch McConnell and Company – who will play along obligingly, as Mitch always does… You see, McConnell is a Hamiltonian… not exactly Jefferson-like at all. That’s why the Conservatives never seem to have a voice in things… it’s on purpose as these things always are.. from the top….down.

      Go investigate for yourselves…. if you dare.

  • dan of arizona

    If rangle dangle wants to fight it I say good discloser is what he needs.that is going to be one very long case just to hear the testimony of his past

  • Scott

    Ben, Great stuff, however most miss the core issue of why, “…I hate to say it but I doubt their voting acumen has improved after 40 years…”
    I respectfully disagree. The motivation of the voters is not the advancement of our collective Republic. As malfeasance in this district continues unabated, we must pause to explore the mind-set of this unique electorate. For this I’d invite introspection to a popular phase which is oft cited in these environs, “Gett’n it over on the Man”.
    If these self-disenfranchised voters were obligated to contribute to the funds being pilfered, I believe their perspective would be redirected. Enact a Flat Tax now and these same voters would be participant victims to these scoundrels thievery.

    • Al Sieber

      Scott, I agree with most of what you say, it makes sense.

    • William

      scott I think by golly you got it,

    • dennis

      me too

  • henry

    And while this investigation of Rangel is going on, I can hearken back to J. Edgar Hoover, that because of what he knows about what goes on behind closed doors. Deals and lies will run rampant. Democrats will be in the CYA mode to protect themselves and hang Rangel out to dry. Something he well deserves and has earned

    • Larry C.

      henry the only reason he is being investigated is they are using him as a scape-goat, and both of us know that for sure.

      Larry C.

      • Norman

        Scapegoat??? Rangle is only one small rotten fish in an ocean of corruption, the United states Government. All the more reason for term limits. Also keep in mind that “Obama the illegal”, is no more than a puppet for George Soros and the Arab government.

  • Ron

    He lives in a black district. No matter how much he’s done wrong, blacks view all politicians as criminals. That being said, they would rather have a black criminal in power than a white one. He’ll get re-elected, no problem.

    • marvin

      remeber rep hasting the rep from fla was a judge was disbarred now a rep from fla he like rangel are as crooked as snakes,but a black man on here said he voted for obama and was not happy with anything he has done,but would vote for him agin,so goes the people of rangels district,they know he is a crook like hasting,remimber what sotomayor said a hispanic is smarter then a white man,only way rangel is out is to be expelled or he retire,just my view

  • Deborah

    I hate stupidity! For example, “What do you expect, their politicians.”

  • http://none Bonnie Wyne

    It is about time Mr. Rangle has his day. I am so happy he is going to step up to the plate and defend the allegations. Now everyone will be able see what a piece of garbage he really is. He can spin his story, lie to the people and try to make himself look like a victim, but in the end he is a low life, using the people to promote his agenda. Can we say term limits? In fact when he ran for office 40 years ago, I think part of his campaign message was term limits. I guess when you get to D.C. everythig in the cookie jar looks so good, it is hard to leave. The more you eat, the more you want. Pluse it is all free. The Democrats must know something really bad on the old fella, because they are going nuts. The Dems want to cut a deal and get it behind them. Nancy has carried him as far as she can. She let him stay on Ways and Means until the House (un)ethical committee finished their investigation. How cool is that. You have your own investigating you. All of them have dirt, so they have to be careful in what they say and how they say it. One day it may be somene elses turn to be brought up before the (un)ethical committee. All of this is a joke. Go before a court of law; find him guilty or not and move on. I do not want the news to be filled with his lies and face, nor do I want certain news stations making him the victim of a right wing conspiracy. Rangle just needs to move on, save us the agony and he can save face.

  • bbstacker

    If the “constituents” were the only fools affected by their ignorance and complicity to keep electing a corrupt law-breaker, this wouldn’t mean a hill of beans to anyone else somewhere outside of his district. But, once these clowns get elected to serve in Washington, they then become accountable to some 300 million of us–and then they become untouchable by the Citizens because those of us with common sense and morals cannot be involved in the election process of the clown in question. If ethics and laws and rules cannot be used to toss out a clown who shows complete contempt for the principles of good government, then we are surely doomed. When we end up spending our TAX dollars to investigate, chase, prosecute and continue doing useless things rather than pure governance for the Citizens, we are stupid. These clowns get to the ivory tower and then squander OUR money. This is disgusting. In a *real* job, they’d be tossed out before lunch. It’s time for a rule change. These clowns derive their power from what we lend them as Citizens, that is all they have.

    • Christin

      Well said bbstacker.

      When one sins it affects us ALL.

      I believe we all deserve better.

      Ben Crystal I’m going to have to disgree with you on this one.

      He’s no doubt a multiple law breaker on the TAX PAYERS dime.

    • Dan Burke

      The reality comes down to OUR greed. We turn a blind eye to our politicians as long as they appropriate moneys for us and our communities. The problem comes back to we, the people. The problem is not the politicians, it is us who turn the blind eye as long we get our “perks.”

      By the way, our incumbent locally didn’t make it through the primaries (I think I heard an argument about losing seniority at one point, but until we are willing to make these sacrifices then we are hostage to our own greed). While generally very conservative in his voting, there was a couple key votes in this recent Congress that the locals didn’t approve of by him, and so he actually lost early on and the Republican primary ended up being a runoff between two Tea Party endorsed Republican candidates.

      • Christin

        Dan, I don’t think WE are ALL greedy.

        I’m not getting anything or asking for anything.
        Well, actually I WOULD love to ask for an American Constitutional government that follows the Rule of Law and to BACK OFF from the Marxist take over.
        Secondly, I’m not turning a blind eye. I didn’t know they were all (or most of them) milking the system. I think many more Americans are aware that politians are constantly trying to raise money instead of just doing the job they were sent there for. When politians commit crimes they are NOT all brought to justice (unless they are Republicans). Tim Gietner- tax evasion, Charlie Rangel – taxes, etc, etc. Bring them up on charges and send them to prison like the rest of us non-Elitists.

        Why doesn’t it happen? Who is above them to hold them accountable??

  • Larry C.

    Hello,
    At least poor old-CHARLIE did not get selected for a spot on the O-”DUMMY” staff, or cabinet. That would mean he would have to pay his taxes right away. Instead he has been able to keep from paying them all this time. He should feel lucky in his terms. Now as for this President-(SO CALLED)-I applaud him for one thing above everything else that he has done that has been a “HUGE” failure. He has gotten several demo-”RAT” tax cheats to come to the plate, and pay there outstanding taxes, and I believe that is a good think. Now if they would only check the others in congress, and the senate we might have enough monies to settle the national debt come into the coffers.

    Thank you,
    Larry C.

  • J C Moore, USN Ret

    The general public is (may be) educable but not Democrats, who, as a group, are so brainwashed with the liberal/Marxist ideology that they cannot comprehend the destruction of the welfare of the public they have wrought. Our founding fathers devoted their lives, life’s blood and wonderous concepts of freedom to this generation which wants to sacrifice it all for personal greed. Shame on the electors for putting such people as we have now, in power.

  • http://wtciweb.com Anita

    Hmmm Rangel’s constituents aren’t as well off as Pelosi’s …. so the well off don’t vote for the most ethical reps either…..and then there are Americans that threw caution to the wind and voted for Obama…afterall look who the republicans put up for prez…..at least McCain was a Navy man…..Obama never served, never had a legit business…a political hack is what Obama was and the press never looked into his past. Rolling Stone did a pretty thorough job on McCain…nothing neg about Obama. We have a lousy news media….just a propaganda machine….where does one get the news? And Obama Administration is trying to interfere with the internet…oh heck…this country is so bankrupt we won’t have electricity someday…or we’ll just have to pay an outrageous amount…good times are not in the future of the USA….we have no leadership that knows what to do…..FDR is being placed on the dung heap of history as is Lincoln who got the transcontinental railroad going…we need a highspeed rail system for starters…but that would put people to work all over the US and the car industry up and going…..our leadership instead bails out the corrupt banks that should go into bankruptcy…get rid of the derivatives debt….it is totally worthless…..the Brits would be hurt then….as it should be

  • Joe Brown

    You white folks are always trying to accuse us blacks of wrong doings – we can do no wrong as we have a get out of jail card for ever – just remember that.

    • Robert Lebischak

      I was brought up to believe that color didn’t matter, were all one race, Human. But through my 60 years I have come to feel there is still racism, but it seems to me it’s more black against white. Maybe if we all would accept responsibility for our actions and words we could stop racism, lets hope.

    • http://ajb221@cox.net AJB OKIE

      they should save the tax payer money and just take him behind the court house and shoot him. Brubaker

    • marvin

      i would say if you think it,s all about black or white you need to read the facts,and if you would vote for a blackman or anyone because of his or her color, you sir are a uneducated fool, records and saying what you mean,and doing what you say is way more important then skin tone or sex, a crook is a crook no mater sex or skin tone,so do not say it cause rangel is black,he is a crook that has stole for the american people,but some people have there hand out like you that see no harm in a black getting rich from not paying millions in taxes,if rangel were white would you still feel the same,i think not

  • libra

    HOW DID RANGEL BECOME A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE? HE WAS IN CONGRESS FOR 40 YEARS.WHAT WAS HIS SIDELINE JOB THAT ALLOWED HIM TO BECOME SO WEALTHY? WHAT IS GOING ON IN CONGRESS? CERTAINLY NOT GOOD LEGISLATION. RANGEL HAS SERVED ONLY HIMSELF FOR THESE 40 YEARS AND WILL RETIRE WITH A HANDSOME PENSION ALL ON THE TAXPAYERS NICKLE. HE IS A TAX CHEAT–A THIEF AND A SCOUNDREL AND YET HE WAS WRITING THE LAWS THAT TAX US THE TAXPAYER. IT PRACTICALLY TOOK A TSUNAMI OF CRITICISM FOR PELOSI TO REMOVE HIM FROM WRITING TAX LEGISLATION AND THE ETHICS COMMITTEE HAS CERTAINLY DRAGGED THEIR HEELS ON BRINGING THIS SCOUNDREL UP ON CHARGES. ONE MORE STEP TO THE USA BECOMING A BANANNA REPUBLIC

    • dennis

      Same question for the Obama’s where did all their loot come from?
      I heard they reported close to 7 million Dollars 2009 or 2008!! Where from? DC is just one big slime pit.

      • Southernbelle

        Our Government is totally OUT OF CONTROL, we have to grab the “reins” and put a halt to this corruption!!! Make sure you get out and VOTE!!!!

      • WarriorH

        He received his money from that tremendous novel he wrote.

      • marvin

        dennis last time i heard obama took in over 800 million in campain contributions,in $5 $10 donations mostly from poor people when running for president,if you belive that i have some prime land on the moon for sell

    • Anthony

      @ LIBRA -
      Since the inception of this Country, my dear friend, Politicians have been using our own Government as a tool for wealth only unto themselves.

      Read – Hamilton’s Curse …. all of you. Then, this curiosity will go away, for good.

      • CJ

        Anthony, There in lies a root of many problems. Nobody wants to check history and see how we got here. They just keep asking “why” without researching for themselves. Many have given the answer, but it has gone without action because it means we, the people, will have to suffer more before we can really start to improve for the better. So, most will vote the incombent back because they make the current unpleasant situation tolerable as we continue our downward spiral to total socialism. If we are not willing to be VERY uncomfortable for a while, as we rebuild, then there will be no change in Washington.

      • s c

        Anthony, Hamilton’s Curse is a good book, and should be required reading for all conservatives and for progressives who dare to claim that they’re not completely braindead and/or pre-programmed.
        Another good book is American Machiavelli [J L Harper]. It’s another book that deals with Hamilton’s role in corrupting the Constitution.

    • Norman

      Since “Obama the illegal” was purchased by George Soros and the Arabs, there is only this to remember when you vote on Nov. 2nd. Either vote for more blatant corruption, or the republican party.

      • Christin

        Agreed, but there is corruption on both sides. However, I believe the Democratic party has been highjacked by the Progressives which loves Godless Marxism and the POTUS who loves Chicago Thug politics… thus much corruption which affects us all. It is better to vote Republican, but best to vote Constitutional Conservative or Tea Party Candidate. Nov. 2nd guys, put it on your calendar!

  • Jerry S.

    Why oh why does everybody pick on Charlie?
    When you compare him to Reid or Pelosi, it’s like comparing Shakespeare to people who write ditties on lavatory walls. Reid corrupted Nevada on a whole new level, and then did the same to the Senate.
    At least Charlie has charm and style. Reid and Pelosi are like Punch and Judy.
    As for the country being fiscally bankrupt. Well, that happens only when our elected politicans are morally bankrupt .. which pretty much sums up the politicos in both parties these days, not just Charlie. It’s just harder to laugh about it when we’re going broke in both departments.

  • Robert Lebischak

    Has anyone sat back and thought about it all? Is it possible that it’s been going on so long that our elected officials all believe it’s part of the job package. Can it be they see it as ok and one of the perks of the job? I hate to say it, but the majority of us, The People, The Voters have been asleep at the wheel. We let them get this way, we told them they could do it, by our not stopping it when it first happened. Now lets hope that there is still enough of this Country to save. If not it’s our fault.

    • Jerry S.

      You nailed it right on the head. We let it get like this because we didn’t mind it when the money was rolling in. Now we’re broke, and now it’s time to pay the piper, and now we’re worried .. and we should be.

  • 1minuteman

    there is plenty a jail space. he can have a cell next to obama and holder at gitmo. there is no excuse for a man who writes the tax codes to not know how to do his taxes properly. its really that simple.

  • Raggs

    Holder, Pelosi and obama will sweep this under the rug just like they do with all other corruption unless it is GOP based.

    • Ted Crawford

      Ole charlie isn’t going to “fight” this! He is just posturing to get a better deal! They don’t dare let this go to court! Ole charlie knows where every single skeleton is buried, in thr house, the senate, and even, in the White House!
      If he is allowed to testify, This entire administration and BOTH houses of Congress will be devastated!! They will never allow that to happen!

  • Thomas G Kroger

    Funny how Charles Rangel comes up with a Universal National Service Act while he is busy evading the same tax laws he expects others to live under. This crook deserves to be thrown under the bus, along with Reid, Pelosi, and others.

    • s c

      Thomas, we need a way to force Rangel to name names so America know where all the corpses are. That won’t happen, of course, because politicians protect each other. They know they’re useless SOBs and bastardettes.
      Once in a great while, one or two will ‘endure’ the mockery of an investigation, but nothing really changes. The mirage of a self-policing group is enough to make citizens back off, thinking that the slimy sons-and-daughters of perdition have ‘learned their lesson.’ People like Rangel (Byrd, TK and a fair assortment of so-called ‘conservatives’) are the epitome of what’s wrong in Washington.
      The way to all but end it is to prevent wannabe ‘public servants’ from becoming career politicians, career staffers OR pac specialists. Let those useful idiots and retards get jobs.
      Real life is a great equalizer. Besides, who in his right mind would let an obvious mammy jammer live like a king, queen or an ‘it’ and get a plush
      retirement they never deserved? Haven’t the inmates run the frickin’ asylum long enough?

    • Norman

      I would like to be driving that bus.

  • LARRY

    RESIGN YOUR IN TO LONG ANY HOW> YOU ALREADY MADE YOUR MONEY STEP ASIDE LET A YOUNGY POLITICION!

  • http://personalliberty.com Dr. Doom

    Don’t you all think most if not all elected officials are corrupted by the power bestowed on them by the electorate? After a while in any office, they start to think about power, wealth, re-election and how they can line their pockets at the public trough while in office. That is why we need to elect only qualified, honest, virtuous people to any office. They should be held to the highest standards in the land for the sake of us and our country. I think they should have to serve at least two years in the military at some capacity and then be in the reserve for four years. That would give them all some idea of what it’s like to send young men and women to war and bear the cost of freedom to some extent…and that’s just one of many ways to weed out the corruption from the beginning. Just something to think about. “Real” change is coming soon, I hope you’re ready!!!

    • Ted Crawford

      It’s easy to understand this if we look at the big picture. A few months before an election many, not by any means most, people pay “some” attention. In most elections less than 45% of the registered even vote!
      Two months after an election, most have even forgotten who they just voted for, much less follow how they are voting! In the’70′s I looked into my congress persons voting record. I found that she had, in her career, on many, many occasions, sponsered or co-sponsered legislation, only to vote AGAINST that SAME legislation! Further investigation proved that she was far from the only one, in either house, to make this a pratice! With all the “watch dog” groups out there today, I doubt they still get away with that, but I haven’t checked in years!

  • Jerry S.

    You’ve heard of the 600 lb Gorilla in the rec-room? This is the 600 lb rat on steroids in the pantry. A rat that tells you that, if you’re very lucky, it will throw you some crumbs from your own larder (rationing). Meanwhile, the rat is feeding his buddies (bailouts).
    There’s only one way to evict the rat. It’s called elections. But, for that to work, you have to elect hungry cats with an appetite for rat (reform). Just be sure that the cat you elect knows what the Constitution actually means. A cat with the Constitution is a cat on steroids .. a political lion. And a pack of lions is called a pride. What we need now is a pride of lions, not a pack of rats.

    • Ted Crawford

      EXACTLY, Jerry!!!

    • Southernbelle

      Jerry, you are so correct, that is what we need, PRIDE and the very hungry LIONS on STEROIDS!!!! There are SO many RATS, America has been “invested” with them for way to LONG, lets GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!

  • RayN

    If we held a job and did anything wrong we would have been fired with out any notice

  • Robert Jackson

    There is only one word to describe CHARLIE RANGEL…. “FOOL”.

    • marvin

      c rangel fool thief crook shyster flimflam artist,conman rat fink just a few more,hell it was bushs fault

  • alpha-lemming

    I really wish this would result in an ousting, but I’m dubious. The worse the behavior, the bigger the resume enhancement when Dem elected officials (actually ANY outspoken lib/prog) get caught. Republicans aren’t immune to bad behavior, but more times than not, they’re asked to resign by the leadership or they’re voted out by their constituants. What’s right and honorable won’t even make the podium when “gettem” and “gimme” are the Dems M.O. and their voting blocks’ imperative. Three of the biggest “rock-star” Dems of the last couple generations (I won’t mention names, but you know who they are)….. One’s a rapist, one’s a murderer, one’s an uber-racist. None suffered any consequences or repercussions… what chance is there that a lowly “race-pimp” embezzler will pay any penalty.

    • alpha-lemming

      Sorry…. my bad. Always striving for accuracy, I shoulda referred to Representative Rangel (Communist-NY) as an embezzling, “race-pimp”, tax cheat. In retrospect, should make him eligible for a Cabinet position.

  • Productive Citizen

    I beg your pardon Ben? As the chair of the House Ways and Means committee, Mr. Rangle is fleecing me, a taxpayer from Illinois. When he cheats on his taxes, who is hurt. I am. All Americans who work to produce the wealth that these parasites veiw as their own, should be up in arms. Unfortunately this only seems to be a badge of honor to our polititions who spend too much of their careers in washington serving themselves instead of their constituents. I will do my part. I will be voting to get some honest leadership into the congress. I hope that New York’s 15th district will do their part as well. Time to call the exterminator, and follow up with a shovel.

  • Anthony

    NOTE TO ALL -

    Please scroll back up to the TOP of all posted comments, where you can find my response to s.c.’s posting (the 1st comment). Only one other person has had the temerity to mention the real issue of the day, and of this Decade… which Rangel tried once before to muster support for…

    Truth is – during the last decade, all other prep for what this Rangel Bill, is about, has already been accomplished – and the Rangel Bill is the final piece of the puzzle.

    We’re talking about “bringing back the Draft”..folks.

    Remember that nonsense in 2003 ? And, how TalkRadio blabbed it to the public within hours? Oh under orders from the CFR, the Left pushed the 2003 version as something BUSH was promoting… but, it was actually two (2) Democrats who submitted the Bill for consideration – no Republicans – the Press inserted Bush’s name to keep everyone distracted as to the truth of it all…

    After all – one cannot go to war, under false premise, even with yet another False Flag Operation (in this day & age) without the Government having the authority to North-Korea-like GRAB citizens by the scruff and DRAFT them against their will. And, this time, Canada’s not going to be there for the citizens. You gots nowhere to run, this time.

    I say “North-Korea-like, in reference to what Alan Alda on M*A*S*H would depict…. remember?

    Just the same, those who figure this will all go away as to these so-called ethics charges…. you’re fairly close to the mark. He may be censured, but he won’t be gone. It’s just a diversion while they arm-twist and collect votes for the -

    Universal National Service Act

    How old are all of you, by the way…?

  • Scott

    After Rangel whose next? Pelosi I hope! She makes Rangle look like a shoplifter!

  • ONTIME

    I would be willing to bet that the fear of legal retribution against the likes of Rangle and his ilk would be a HARD message to those elected to office that “they’ are not above the law and that “they” are subject to the very same laws “they” expect we peons to obey.

    WHY THE HELL DO THESE CLOWNS THINK THEY ARE ELITES WHEN “THEY” LIVE OFF THE TAXPAYER DIME?

    • Raggs

      WHY THE HELL DO THESE CLOWNS THINK THEY ARE ELITES WHEN “THEY” LIVE OFF THE TAXPAYER DIME?

      That’s just it ontime,,,,,
      They can swindle from you and there is nothing you can do about it, that is what makes them smarter than us…

      Defund the government!

  • http://tenurecorrupts.com Nelson Lee Walker

    Here’s a practical Tea Party type strategy to create a “Citizen Congress”

    A Congress of career politicians will never represent “We the People”, because their highest priority is getting reelected with the help of Big Money.

    But “We the People” have more votes than “Big Money” has, and thus can end Congress as a career for professional politicians by never reelecting incumbents.

    We can impose single terms every two years, by never reelecting Congress.

    Always vote, but only for challengers. Never reelect incumbents.

    Keep this up until Congress is mostly “one-termers”, a citizen Congress.

    Then keep it up every election, to make a citizen Congress a permanent reality.

    Every American’s only intelligent choice is to never reelect anyone in Congress!

    The only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to get a truly new Congress,

    and a cleaned up new politics is

    NEVER REELECT ANY INCUMBENT! AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION

    Nelson Lee Walker of tenurecorrupts.com

    • WarriorH

      I’m with ya!

    • Christin

      Sounds like a plan!

  • http://verizon.net Joe Dunst

    Years ago I used to watch the major Sunday mornings News interview
    programs…and thought that Charles Rangel was just an arrogant guy
    that’s in Congress. The voters in his District are misrepresentated.
    Because of people like him we now have Tea Partys across America.

  • http://verizon.net Joe Dunst

    P.S. If he is found Guilty of any “ethics” Rules, we will be paying
    him a generous pension with “Cadillac benefits.”

  • chuck b

    pelosi and company are going to let rangel of the hook with an apology. the republicans will probably ask that’s the least he can do. just imagine if he were a republican, he would have been in prison by now,

    • Norman

      I sent “Peloser” a fax yesterday, asking her how much it will cost Rangle to get out of this mess he has created. I will never get an answer, but everyone knows that is the way business in done in the white/black house of ill repute.

    • American Citizen

      At the very least, he’d have had the integrity to resign. As that ever happened with a Democrat?

  • Ms. Jones

    I would make Pete Stark (D, CA-13) poster boy for term limits, now that Chappaquiddick Ted and Pork Barrel Bob Byrd are pushing up daisies. Check out ChrisPareja.com for a viable candidate to send the arrogant, abusive SOB home for good!

  • Elizabeth Dianovich

    I am sick and tired fat cats in Washington are stealing instead of to serve honestly. I hope Rangel tells the truth and brings the money back from rents etc. before is too late.

  • JOYCE

    RANGEL SHOULD BE HANDCUFFED AND TAKEN TO D. C.’S FINEST “HOTEL” AND PUT IN THE SAME CELL WITH A GUY WHO HATES THE CROOKS IN THE GOVERNMENT AND ESPECIALLY THE DEMOCRATS AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO AMERICANS BY TAKING JOBS AWAY BY THEIR STUPIDITY AND 99% OF OUR RIGHTS ARE IN JEOPARDY. AFTER THEY GET RANGEL SETTLED AND THE DOOR LOCKED BEHIND HIM, GO BACK AND GET THE COMMUNIST RULER, PELOSI, REID, HOLDER, AXLEROD, GEICHNER, AND EVERYONE ON THE GOVERNMENT PAYROLL IN D.C. AND HAVE ALL THE CROOKS BEHIND BARS BEFORE MORNING. THEY CONSTANTLY THUMB THEIR NOSES AT THE VERY PEOPLE WHO PAY THEIR SALARIES. THEY THINK THEY ARE ROYALTY AND ABOVE THE LAWS. THEY ARE ALL LIARS, THIEVES, AND SHOULD LOSE THOSE PENSIONS THAT THEY STOLE AND DIDN’T EARN. THE CALIFORNIA BELL TOWN SITUATION NEEDS TO BE ENACTED IN D.C., IMMEDIATELY. THAT ALSO GOES FOR EVERY COUNTY, TOWN AND CITY IN THE UNITED STATES. AMERICA, START IMMEDIATELY AND CLEAR ALL THE TRASH OUT OF THE OFFICES AND INTO THE TRASH DUMPS IMMEDIATELY. PUT THEM IN THE SLUMS WHERE THEY BELONG AND WITH NO QUALIFICATIONS FOR WELFARE. LET THEM SCOUR THE TRASH CANS LIKE MANY AMERICAN HOMELESS HAVE TO DO WHILE THEY ARE THUMBING THEIR NOSES AT THEM. THE ILLEGAL, RADICAL MUSLIM, COMMUNIST DELIBERATELY PUT THIS COUNTRY IN THE SITUATION THAT IT’S IN. GET HIM OUT, ASAP.

    • Christin

      Everybody wants the greedy pigs/ fatcats of government corruption out and is looking for some one else to do it. No one is standing up to do it. I think only WE THE PEOPLE can do it. We’d have to ALL go to Washington and scream (like they are doing in Bell, California with the six figure city council salaries who were fired or resigned) and scream for JUSTICE and IMPRISONMENT.

  • Anthony

    We, the people, have no say in the process. Our Ancesters gave that away quite some time ago, when they out-sourced control of our own currency. I wish everyone would grasp that fact with every Article you read — they always say: follow the money … right? Then, why won’t you do it?

    If it benefits the Money Masters, even if it is nothing more than decoy conversation – IT WILL HAPPEN. Until you catch onto these False Flags and see them for what they are… nothing will change.

    Rangel isn’t going anywhere unless someone asks a pertinent question about his HR 5741 Bill, as a part of his ethics investigation … and mainstream media won’t do that. Where else will you go?

  • mavis

    Charlie Rangle is not going to force the issue he is going to turn tail and run, I hope that he does not get
    his pension. What he did must have some consequences,
    don’t let him wiggle out of this, during his 40 year
    stint I bet he has done worse than this, House of Representative please do a thorough investigation.mehpensacola,fl

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