Monday, June 19, 2006

Dems Take Mr. Jefferson To The Cleaners

Call it midterm election year posturing if you will, but Democrats have removed embattled Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana, from his post on the House Ways and Mean Committee.

Jefferson is being investigated on allegations of bribery, so his continued presence on the committee would reflect poorly on the party, election year or not. I'm glad some Democrats care about that; Republicants seemed so intent on keeping Tom DeLay in his post that they preemptively loosened their ethics rules just to accommodate his imminent indictments. Nice try.

But, regrettably, there are some similarities in the two scandals. Tom DeLay alleged DA Ronnie Earle's political aims were responsible for his woes, and Jefferson is blaming Nancy Pelosi's political aims for his. I'd hoped for better in the latter case.

When you use your office to do illegal or unethical things, it's your own fault. Your own lies and/or conceit keep you from acknowledging that.

There have been some allegations of racism by Jefferson, an African-American, and his supporters. That's unfortunate, because you should always wait until you actually see a wolf to cry "Wolf!" lest the value of making such a claim be thenceforth diminished. That goes for Rep. McKinney, too.

The race card should not be played so readily. It cheapens the struggles of those who actually are/were victims of racism. In Jefferson's case, it's a knee-jerk reaction that distracts from the facts.

If there is a cancer on the body politic, and it is connected to the duties of office, have it out. That's the principled thing to do. You may have ulterior motives in doing so (e.g. covering your party's ass), but it's still the right thing to do.

We're still waiting on the right to do the right thing.

PS: The new Fragmentia 13 is up.

10 comments:

rusty shakelford said...

Do you even know what Delay was indicted for? How can you compare that to Jefferson. In regards to your last sentence I believe DeLay was forced to step down in September of 2005.

PS: last I checked Delays Indictment was thrown out.

Pete Bogs said...

I know DeLay stepped down... that was after a long, long period of time and eventual indictment... and they did not can him, he quit... they should have gotten rid of him instead of trying to rewrite the rules to accommodate an "effective" but corrupt leader... whereas the Dems didn't wait for that and took care of Jefferson almost right after misdeeds were made public...

the comparison to Jefferson was clear enough - both blamed other people for their own wrongs...

and with regard to the last sentence, I was making a broader statement about the right not being concerned with what's right (not just what's legal - I think I heard that somewhere before)

they're keeping a criminal in the White House... they care much more about majority status than good government...

rusty shakelford said...

If you knew what the indictment was for then you would understand why Republicans were so critical of Mr. Earls, you would also understand why Delay was not forced to step down by the Republicans.

Pete Bogs said...

they were critical of Earle because they always attack the messenger and protect the guilty... I did know what the indictments were for at the time the came out... luckily time has begun to wash away the memories of the corruption poster boy...

rusty shakelford said...

Nice way to dodge the question.

rusty shakelford said...

I will be sure to let Ken Star know that it is the Republicans who attack the messenger.

Pete Bogs said...

if you talk to Ken, tell him we want our millions of dollars back that he used as special prosector... our economy can use it...

rusty shakelford said...

Oh yeah, the booming economy that is the envy of the world right now. One more thing to be wrong about.

Pete Bogs said...

well, we could reduce the deficit... it'd be better if we had that money than if it was wasted on a witchhunt that yielded a symbolic impeachment over nothing...

liberalbanana said...

DeLay moved up here to VA and I had his voter registration in my hand. I really wanted to burn it, but that wouldn't make me an honorable public servant now would it? I'm not one of them - I'm an honest person. Grrr - politicians can be such jackholes.