(Note: This is the third part of a four-part series. Part I can be viewed here. Part II can be viewed here.)
If this election were only about eating some Democrat crow, it would be no big deal. Hey, that’s what competition is all about and it makes winning sweeter. I learned that in high school. But unfortunately, there’s much more at stake. Of all the various spins and interpretations of the election results, most agree that a large factor was the Dems’ campaign slogan, “Culture of Corruption.” Fair enough, if only it worked both ways. However, it seems that morality only matters if you’re a conservative. If you’re a lib, it’s irrelevant. Four years ago, Senator Trent Lott was about to become majority leader when he was forced to resign from his chairmanship for saying, “If the rest of the country had followed our lead [by voting for Strom Thurmond] we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years.” Because when Thurmond ran for president fifty years ago, he said, “We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race.” Yet, when Robert “KKK” Byrd, the de facto conscience of the Senate Dems and third in line to the presidency behind only Cheney and Pelosi, said he’s “seen many white niggers,” all you heard from the libs were the crickets chirping.
But John “Abscam” Murtha, an unindicted co-conspirator in the FBI Abscam bribery sting operation, was promoted by Pelosi for House majority leader. That’s the same Pelosi who promised an open, honest and clean government. Lib defenders dismissed the almost indicted and almost majority leader claiming it was irrelevant because he was never charged and it happened thirty years ago. Sen. Lott was never charged either, but that’s because what he said wasn’t a crime. Murtha however, missed being indicted by one vote. And Lott was referring to something that happened fifty years ago. Apparently for Lott though, it wasn’t too remote. He’s not the only one either. Rep. Alcee Hastings, who would have certainly become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee but for the overwhelming political pressure against it, was only the sixth United States judge to be impeached on numerous bribery and perjury charges (by a Democrat congress 413-3) for accepting a one-hundred-fifty thousand dollar bribe in a criminal racketeering case that he had presided over. Incidentally, he was appointed by President “Peanut Brain” Carter.
Sure, corrupt Republicans have resigned in disgrace for one reason or another. That list includes Rep. Tom Delay, Rep. Duke Cunningham, and most recently Rep. Mark Foley. But when prominent Democrat William “The Freeze” Jefferson was caught red-handed with one hundred thousand dollars in cash in his freezer William Jefferson, he defiantly refused to resign from Congress and wouldn’t even step down from his post on the Ways and Means committee (that’s the one that handles all the money). Instead, he claimed to have been the target of racism and was reelected. Hey Willie, money is green, not black. Shame on the Republicans for protecting him and not offering him up as evidence that corruption in Washington is probably the one thing that is bipartisan.
Prior to the vote for House majority leader, Charlie Rangel said he would consider supporting Steny Hoyer for House majority leader because he had done a good job as minority whip. Rangel was quoted as saying that he couldn’t imagine why Pelosi would support Murtha instead of Hoyer. Sorry Charlie, competence doesn’t matter and apparently does neither morality nor ethics. The Dems excommunicate G-d (except during an election season of course) but tells Republicans they have no soul. And Pelosi, the flag bearer of “an open and honest government” exclaimed, “Maybe it’ll take a woman to clean up the house.” Perhaps someday a woman will, but she won’t be a Democrat.
We know the Dems made sure that Jack Abramoff became the symbol of the Republican “culture of corruption.” Well, look at the moonbats who’ll be running the Senate. Dick Durbin, who compared our troops to Nazis, will be the Majority Whip. Charles “upchuck” Schumer, who apparently thinks there should be a religious litmus test for cabinet appointments and judicial nominees to make sure they comport with his lefty definition of “mainstream” (read: anti-religionists and activist judges) despite the Constitution’s prohibition against such tests, will serve as Party Conference Vice-Chairman. And future Senate Majority Leader Harry “Opps, I forgot to mention the one million-dollar windfall from that property I didn’t own for the past three years” Reid, who is best known for officiously insulting black Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ intelligence without having read any of his opinions. Now we find out that Abramoff, who recently reported to federal prison and is continuing to cooperate with federal investigators, named Reid as one of approximately six “very dirty” senators.
Republican Sen. Conrad Burns was voted out of office in large part due to his bilking Indian tribes. But in New York, the hopelessly liberal and ethically challenged Dems reelected Controller Alan “Driving Ms. Daisy” Hevesi after it was learned that he used taxpayer funds and government staff as a personal driver for his wife. New Jersey Sen. Robert Melendez was also reelected despite being under federal investigation for corruption.
If you're going to argue that both parties have their share of scandals and corrupted politicians, I don't think you'll get any serious argument from anyone anywhere.ReplyDelete
The larger issue is that when any single party is in power for too long, corruption can take hold in particularly systematic and devastating ways. One of the largest flaws in our electoral system is the overwhelming advantage of the incumbent. This leads to the "arrogance of the incumbent", wherein they become convinced that nothing could ever happen to take their power away (gerrymandering, which has drawn congressional lines in such a way to ensure VERY few districts are actually in contention, has made this immeasurably worse).
The only thing that beats back corruption is the notion that parties and politicians are answerable to the public - that they should not take their positions for granted. Thus, even though Democrats and Republicans might be equally corrupt, there is still a value in the idea that a party can lose elections due to corruption. It is a reminder that they cannot take re-election for granted. It is a reminder that there are consequences to their actions.
BTW, giving cutesy derogatory nicknames to politicians in quotes (for example "Alan “Driving Ms. Daisy” Hevesi") detracts from your point. I know you're trying to inject a little humor, but it can come across as partisan and childish.ReplyDelete
Yet, when Robert “KKK” Byrd, the de facto conscience of the Senate Dems and third in line to the presidency behind only Cheney and Pelosi, said he’s “seen many white niggers,” all you heard from the libs were the crickets chirping.ReplyDelete
I agree that's at least as bad as what Lott said. I don't understand how Byrd has maintained power for so long. (I understand how he gets reelected, but not how he hasn't been marginalized.)
Regarding Murtha, I'm not very familiar with it, but "almost indicted" 30 years ago isn't too damning. Rove was "almost indicted" this year.
I don't think anyone will deny there are corrupt Democrats, too. I agree they should all be forced to resign and/or charged when applicable.
The Dems excommunicate G-d (except during an election season of course) but tells Republicans they have no soul.
A substantial majority of Dems believe in God. Equating a lack of theocratism with atheism is ridiculous.
We know the Dems made sure that Jack Abramoff became the symbol of the Republican “culture of corruption.”
Actually, the Republicans did that by dealing with him corruptly.
I haven't been active on blogs lately, so I'm catching up on all three posts. Here are my comments on each.ReplyDelete
Jim Webb is from Virginia, not Maryland.
For the first time ever, an anti-Gay marriage referendum failed -- and in red Arizona!
Lieberman isn't conservative on much of anything -- except for his support for the Iraq war. Lamont failed in part because he was a one issue candidate.
John Murtha isn't a leftie -- he is one of the most conservative members of the Democratic caucus. Waxman, Rangel, Levin, and Hastings aren't loonie at all -- and they all are among the strongest pro-Israel Congressmen and Senators in either party.
It was a Republican lame duck senator -- Lincoln Chafee -- who sank Bolton. Don't blame this one on the Democrats.
I make no defense for Robert Byrd. Note though that he is one of the three most conservative Democrats in the Senate. (The others are Ben Nelson and Max Baucus.)
Murtha was not even indicted, and Hastings was actually acquitted in a criminal trial. And I for one appreciate Hastings superb pro-Israel record. The Democrats did vote for Hoyer rather than Murtha anyway. (I first met Hoyer back in 1975 when he was the new President of the Maryland Senate and I was a high school page to the General Assembly. I thought he was the most impressive legislator in the entire building.)
Only gerrymandering has kept Jefferson in office. (He just won the runoff last week.) But hey, they elected Edwin Edwards as governor four times -- Jefferson's corruption is small potatoes compared to Edwards. (You and I both would have voted for Edwards the year his opponent was David Duke.)
I did not vote for Hevesi. He may or may not have committed a crime, but he should have known better.
You should examine more local election returns. More and more suburban areas are turning Democratic. And did you see what happened in New Hampshire? A Republican wipeout. The legislature which last year had the largest Republican majority in the entire US now has Democratic majorities in both houses, plus a Democratic governor and two Democratic members of the US Congress. I read somewhere that the last time that happened was in the 1870s. William Loeb must be turning over in his grave.