YDATL Blog NOTE: The opinions expressed by our individual bloggers are their own, and not necessarily those of Young Democrats of Atlanta.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Congressman (for now) Jefferson, kindly shut up
And that goes for the people defending him, too.
You probably know which Congressman Jefferson I'm talking about, but in case you don't: here's the story.
I know soon-to-be-ex-Congressman Jefferson is a Democrat. That's precisely the reason his ridiculous blathering and typical political deflection strategy make me so angry.
Idiotic comment #1: I'm not one of Pelosi's favorite people, and that may be a part of why she's singling me out in this instance.
Free clue: You singled your own stupid self out by PUTTING $90,000 IN BRIBE MONEY IN YOUR FREEZER. What exactly is Nancy Pelosi supposed to do, give you a medal, for crying out loud? You think that somehow you're special, that you're different than Tom Delay, Bob Ney, and Duke Cunningham, that you're supposed to get a free pass just because George Bush and Alberto Gonzalez had your office illegally searched? You're lucky you still have that office. Enjoy it while you can.
Idiotic comment #2: "What we've done today is set a standard for regular members that's actually lower -- or higher, depending on how you look at it -- than the standard we set for our chairs or ranking members," Watt, D-North Carolina, said.
Fine. The solution is to set the same standard for everyone – yank Alan Mollohan's seat on the Appropriations committee, and yank every privilege for anyone who does stupid crap like taking bribes and putting the money in the damn freezer. I don't care what party you are – Democrat, Republican, Socialist, Libertarian, Green, Nazi, whatever – you abuse your power, you pay the price. Period.
The bottom line is that we cannot attack Republicans for being the sleazy swine they are as long as we fail to crack down on the lying swindlers in our own party. The sooner we – and by "we" I mean certain moronic members of Congress in our party – understand and apply basic ethical principles, the sooner we get rid of the Republican crooks and thieves running Congress, a group which unfortunately includes soon-to-be-ex-Congressman Jefferson.