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The Color Of Their Sin

In a development that should come as no great surprise, the Democrats running Congress -- you remember them, they promised a new era in openness and "the most ethical Congress in history" and and "drain the swamp" of corruption other forms of folderol -- are looking to gut the closest thing they have to an Internal Affairs: the Office of Congressional Ethics.

But what is a bit surprising is the group that is leading the charge: the Congressional Black Caucus.

So, what is the great racial injustice here? What is it about "Congressional Ethics" (a tragic oxymoron, right up there with "Microsoft Works") that is such a concern to the CBC?

On the surface, nothing comes to mind. It's not like Congress has two sets of ethical rules, one for each race. (Although "one for each party" seems all too possible... but I digress.) And I don't recall any convincing arguments that the rules are enforced differently based on race. (Again, by party, maybe...)

However, it is pretty clear that in the past few years, quite a few black members of Congress have run afoul of ethical concerns:

Of course, I'm cherry-picking here. A shorter list would be "members of Congress who aren't sleazebags." But it was the Congressional Black Caucus that decided to make ethics a matter of their concern specifically.

So, what is the connection between the race of the lawmakers and corruption? Is there one?

I have a theory I'd like to float.

It could be that these politicians, because of their race, have an extra line of defense against attacks. Should their opponents get too close to causing real harm, they can play the "race card" and accuse their opponents of persecuting them on racial grounds. If they pull that off a few times, escaping their downfall at a lower level, then they can go further in their careers before they are brought down.

It's not an indictment of black people, or even of black politicians. It's more an indictment of our political system and our society, where we -- in an attempt to seem "fair" and "unprejudiced," we hold some politicians to a lower standard than others based solely on race. It's what President George W. Bush called "the soft bigotry of low expectations."

The Black Caucus, by making gutting the ethics rules a priority of theirs, have introduced a truly repugnant notion: that black politicians simply can't be held to the same ethical standards as others.

Corruption is corruption. It knows no boundaries -- race, sex, ideology, party membership, age, experience, sexual orientation, or anything else. And it must be confronted and punished at every opportunity.

Even if it annoys the Congressional Black Caucus.


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Comments (43)

I thought we elected a blac... (Below threshold)

I thought we elected a black president that was going to clean this all up. You know, this is where I want a real black president. I want President Sanford and Son in a meeting with the Black Caucus to, you know, lift up his shirt so they can see the gun in his pants.

Tangential to your post, JT... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Tangential to your post, JT, sorry--but I wonder how people would react if there was a Congressional White Caucus. Wouldn't that be bigoted?

This line of thinking goes back to my college days where we had on campus a "Black Student Union". I'd ofen been tempted to go in and say "Oops! I was looking for the White Student Union"-- but of course it was expressly spelled out in the University Regs that I would have been expelled for that (or any other comment that offended anyone for being anything other than while, male, christian, or heterosexual).

Oh well, I guess it's o.k. to be a bigot if you're also a minority.

Except they have the same g... (Below threshold)
Don L:

Except they have the same game with profiling in the high crime (ghetto?) areas, claiming it's unfair and racist to assume blacks to be criminals more than whites.

What do you suppose would be their reaction if Garmin,Tom Tom, or Lawrance came out with a GPS that pointed out high crime districts to avoid based purely upon crime statistics?

The tragedy is that this substitutes for actually cleaning up ghetto behavior as a way to clean up the ghetto and "move on up to the East Side"

But they really don't seem to care much about that.

I read the politico article... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

I read the politico article. It's seems to me the best solution would be for the congresspersons to stop acting in ethically questionalbe ways...

D'oh! What am I talking about? Well I can dream can't I?

CBC members HAVE to steal m... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

CBC members HAVE to steal more due to RAAAAACISM!!!!!1!

Typically black members of Congress come into office with far less in the way of personal fortunes, so obviously they are forced to find more and better ways to steal just to "keep up with the Dodds," so to speak.

You cannot forget that America has been oppressing blacks for 400 years, or roughly 166 years or so before there even was a country, so clearly these elected officials are just trying to do a little self-serve reparations on the down-low.

Rest assured, they only steal what they need and/or deserve to make up for their persecution at the hands of the white devils, and not one penny more.

You coming here to vent you... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

You coming here to vent your hate has ceased to be amazing long ago Lee.

Politico: "Members of t... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Politico: "Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have led the charge"

JT: "But what is a bit surprising is the group that is leading the charge: the Congressional Black Caucus."

Pathological Liar Lee: "Jay wants you to believe those nasty black men are out to gut the ethics office."

Nuff said.

Lee,I wish to echo P... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Lee,
I wish to echo P Bunyan's remarks to you. The Politico article says that the CBC is leading the charge against the ethics OCE. JT simply paraphrased.

JT's last statement begins by saying corruption knows no boundaries (and you can continue reading from that point).

The inference of racism you wish to portray just doesn't cut it anymore Lee. We hear it so much from you here that it just doesn't carry any meaning.

Actually if you look deeper into JT's post you see this:
"It could be that these politicians, because of their race, have an extra line of defense against attacks. Should their opponents get too close to causing real harm, they can play the "race card" and accuse their opponents of persecuting them on racial grounds."

Lee Ward may not be a politician but quick as a flash the Hillary cum Obama apologist shows up and cries "racism". You are the freaking easiest fish in the world to catch. Aren't you supposed to be responding to on topic questions on another thread here?

Lee, if others aren't far b... (Below threshold)

Lee, if others aren't far behind, then they're simply following closely. Which means that the CBC is leading.

As the article said.

I linked to the article, and paraphrased their wording without changing their meaning. Sounds like you got a problem with Politico, not me.

Oh, that's right. You're obsessed with me. I keep forgetting that.

It's almost flattering, in a creepy sort of way.

J.

I dunno Lee. Which is more... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I dunno Lee. Which is more racist, pointing ouit that a member of congress, who happens to be a minority, is conducting himself/herself in unethical or illegal ways, or excusing them for that conduct based on their race?

As was pointed out, no one is claiming that minorities have a monopoly on poor ethics. In fact it sometimes seems to be a qualification for getting a party's nomination.

"I wish to echo P Bunyan... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"I wish to echo P Bunyan's remarks to you. The Politico article says that the CBC is leading the charge against the ethics OCE. JT simply paraphrased."

Jay framed this as something those awful black democrats are trying to accomplish and makes no mention of the fact that the sentiment is widepspread and bipartisan.

He simply paraphrased whites and republicans out of the equation and made this appear as if it is something only black legislators are trying to accomplish. It's bi-partisan and widespread - big difference.

"Jay framed this as somethi... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Jay framed this as something those awful black democrats are trying to accomplish "

Yeah, Those awful black democrats are trying to clean up Congress. JT wants someone to stop them before they ruin the whole thing.

What are you nuts!? Trying to spin your way into claiming that this is evidence of JT being racist is beyond stupid. Give it up already and admit you didn't read the article.

Aw Lee. To make up for you... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Aw Lee. To make up for your racist past in 2008 you must now cry racism every time some looks askance at a black man...
Sorry, a democrat black man.

And the rest of... (Below threshold)
And the rest of the House doesn't appear to be far behind in its disdain.
How odd -- my own disdain for "the rest of the House" is pretty much on a par with my disdain for the ones out front whining about the Office of Congressional Ethics.

And I'll bet my disdain for House members is greater by an order of magnitude than the disdain of House members for the OCE.

So, boo-frickin'-hoo.

See any mention... (Below threshold)
See any mention the fact that its a bi-partisan effort?
See any mention that we give a $#!+ whether Republicans are soiling themselves right alongside their Democrat brethren?

No?

I wonder what that could possibly mean?

Acknowledging there is stro... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Acknowledging there is strong sentiment == agreeing with said sentiment?
I acknowledge that Lee Ward stated many times in 2008 that Obama was a liar and a danger. That does not mean I agree with him.

The article quotes several ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

The article quotes several Democrats and the fact the effort is lead by the CBC (all Democrats) and one small quote from one unnamed Republican and thus Lee declares it's "bi-partisan". LOL. I guess we'll see after the vote next January. Oh wait, the Dems won't be running the House next January so there might not even be any changes.

SCSIwuzzy, you've hit Leewa... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

SCSIwuzzy, you've hit Leeward's pinhead squarely with the hammer. I acknowledge that people want to rob 7-11s with a gun. That doesn't mean that I want to rob a 7-11 with a gun.

#13Uh, Lee, if you t... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

#13
Uh, Lee, if you take the time to read all of JT's post you find your racist argument is completely without any merit. But I suspect that would prove very inconvenient for your ultimate intention here. You are aware that your obsession with this issue borders on pathologic? Seriously, you need some counseling.

Signing off, maybe for the ... (Below threshold)
epador:

Signing off, maybe for the weekend. Got a bottle of Scotch or two to debase.

Second to last observation of the day: The last time I saw a lefty use the word "disdain" this week it was someone trying to characterize a certain anti-semite's view towards Jews. It seems no surprise that it appears in a quote from Lee used to attempt to support a point of his.

Last observation: I must be a racist because I am frickin' tired of a minority of Black folks using the race card to excuse their criminal behavior and suck like leeches from the vital fluids of our society. Damn them all to hell, and their little apologists too.

The point Lee is that altho... (Below threshold)
Carol:

The point Lee is that although it might be bipartisan for them to PRIVATELY want rules relaxed, it is only the CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS that is actively trying to get it changed.

That's a fact. There is no way for you to spin that. You only come across as being too stupid to understand the written word when you try.

Lee, in the only poll that ... (Below threshold)

Lee, in the only poll that matters, 100% of the respondents had a generally favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement.

I was the only respondent.

But the topic was NOT the Tea Party, which makes your comment OFF TOPIC. For that offense, I HEREBY BANNINATE YOU!

...

No, I don't. I lied.

But it seemed a good way to illustrate your lying and hypocrisy about how I roll. Among pretty much everything else.

Sorry to get everyone else's hopes up, though.

J.

Leeward wants to discuss po... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Leeward wants to discuss polling.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/gallup-daily-obama-job-approval.aspx

Have a nice weekend! I know I will.

Some serious wanking on the calendar? Party on, dude!!

Not to worry. In 2011 or sh... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Not to worry. In 2011 or shortly thereafter the white race becomes the minority in America. Current minorities lose all protections from the civil rights laws and the laws become the protector of the white race. Think of all the goodies that will automatically become available to whites for a change. We can even have a congressional white caucus and any other racist organization we desire.

Lee Ward - I looked at your... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

Lee Ward - I looked at your Washington Post/ABC news poll.

Question 901 - "Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what? IF NOT DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN: Do you lean more towards the (Democratic Party) or (Republican Party)?"

Democrat 32%
Republican 24%
Independent 39%

Hey, with an 8% oversampling of Democrats vs Republican, I would expect that result. Also the 52%-45% approval rating for D'OH-bama.

According to this page:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other /president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

The Wash Post/ABC News poll has the singular highest approval rating for D'OH-bama.

I'll bet you'll have a nice weekend - you think you got away with your lie.
Wrong, Racist Wuss.

You picked THAT SPECIFIC POLL on purpose, to mislead and make yourself look good.
Well, you did not.

Here Lee Ward let me save y... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Here Lee Ward let me save you the trouble.

Republicans didnt have a problem with the congressional black caucus before there were blacks in it.


Here Lee let me save you so... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Here Lee let me save you some more trouble

"Amazing the lengths some folks will go to in order to vent their hate."

Republicans werent amazed at the lengths people go to vent their hate before a black man became president.

----------------

Oh and Jay Tea

"For that offense, I HEREBY BANNINATE YOU!"

NO FAIR TEASING US.


DaveD"Uh, Lee, if ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

DaveD

"Uh, Lee, if you take the time to read all of JT's post you find your racist argument is completely without any merit"

Not once in the hundred or so of Lee's "racism" rants have had merit. NONE. NOT ONE IOTA. Lee and his racism rants are the standing joke of the entire board.

Lee"I tried peekin... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Lee

"I tried peeking inside Jay's head once and it wasn't pretty"

Well you should maybe try the head with the brain. I hear that they actually can communicate ideas that even you can understand.

"Some serious wanking on... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"Some serious wanking on the calendar? Party on, dude!!"

Oh, that's funny! Masturbation jokes, funny.

No, actually I'm looking forward to watching some outstanding soccer with some pals, doing a little world-class BBQ'ing and spending the rest of my time with my absolutely gorgeous girlfriend who is 12 years younger and soooo affectionate.

You're welcome to come over and mow my lawn, iwog. I'm sure you're looking for ways to make money now that school is out.

(Utterly off-topic discussion of polls irrelevant to this posting deleted by article's author, with only a minor bit of vicious glee)

Tea says "Lee, in the only poll that matters, 100% of the respondents had a generally favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement. I was the only respondent."

You know, Jay - that's the reason you and I get along so well. We're so much alike!

Even if it annoys the Co... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Even if it annoys the Congressional Black Caucus.

Aw, I'll be sure to send them a nice Hallmark Card...

"(Utterly off-topic disc... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"(Utterly off-topic discussion of polls irrelevant to this posting deleted by article's author, with only a minor bit of vicious glee)"

Something tells me you must have been the Wizbanger I mentioned in heat comment as hitting the high-water mark for polling stupidity. I didn't recall who it as - now we know. I can understand why you'd want to delete it...but I didn't use your name.

Sorry Jay! Are you still my friend?

#37?Wha?<... (Below threshold)
914:

#37

?

Wha?

Is Lee Ward claiming the li... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Is Lee Ward claiming the likes of Conyers, Rangel, Hastings, and Waters and the rest are just honest politicians whose desire to gut the ethics process has nothing to do with past or current investigations into themselves or other members of the CBC, but merely a sudden and completely coincidental awakening to a need to change the rules to benefit all Americans?

If so, he's even dumber than I thought, and I thought he was pretty doggoned dumb. Or perhaps it just fits in with his Stalinist ideology of supporting any "useful idiots" who assist in taking down the American system, at least until their usefulness has ended. Notice how he supports terrorists with the same fervor he defends the CBC.

Poor guy is working the useful idiots, never realizing he is one of them.

Something tells me you m... (Below threshold)

Something tells me you must have been the Wizbanger I mentioned in heat comment as hitting the high-water mark for polling stupidity.

No, it probably wasn't, Lee. My apathy for polls goes back years and years, and I don't recall the last time I even discussed them. So the chances that I'd say anything about them recently is virtually nil.

But I do admire your steadfast refusal to stay on anything even resembling the topic -- the sheer folly of the Congressional Black Caucus to take the lead in gutting the enforcement of ethics laws and regulations against members of Congress, in case you've forgotten -- and your sheer inventiveness in making up the most astonishing bullshit in the process.

Now, if you'd only showed a shadow of that ingenuity instead of your fascist paranoia when you ran Wizbang Blue, it might have succeeded, instead of being a smoking crater after you ran it into the ground.

J.

Note to LeewardGet... (Below threshold)
olsoljer:

Note to Leeward

Getting burgers at Burger King is not bbq ing

You failed to mention that "girlfriend" is a trans-sexual.

Your basement doesn't have a lawn, and your mom said mowing the lawn at her house is YOUR job.

Three gerbils don't constitute "pals"


Aside from that, Jay Tea would you please check HR5175 and see if you can find out what is behind that?

Andrew Clayton Powell blaze... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Andrew Clayton Powell blazed the original corruption trail and notables of the CBC have only widened the path by their constant use of skin color as an excuse in recent times.

Color me shocked that they of all people want to do away with what amounts to a toothless committee in Congress.

Personally? I'd really like to see a non-political judicial body provide congressional oversight and anyone caught bending or breaking the rules striped of benefits and sentenced in as short a time as possible.

#43, The Pud above was a ... (Below threshold)
hvywgt:

#43, The Pud above was a master at the game that his trying to now claim JT is working to some extent. Lee used to selectively ban based on dissension to his rant to make it appear that his supposedly superior intellect quieted the commenter. After a short length of time he would eventually rescind the ban. You are still an master Pud Lee and will forever hold that title.

No, actually I'm l... (Below threshold)
pvd:
No, actually I'm looking forward to watching some outstanding soccer with some pals, doing a little world-class BBQ'ing and spending the rest of my time with my absolutely gorgeous girlfriend who is 12 years younger and soooo affectionate.

Kinda reminds me of my retreiver. He finally got to be the "alpha" male and strut after the last dog died. Of course, the last dog was a female bichon. Just a touch sad. Enjoy your "pals" and "sooo affectionate" girlfriend, Lee.

And, really, soccer? Really? Football has the long bomb, the blitz. Basketball has a fastbreak and bombing from downtown. Even baseball manages a home run.

Soccer has the offsides penalty.

Lee, I've said it before: O... (Below threshold)

Lee, I've said it before: On Wizbang proper, I only use a single alternate identity, and that is reserved for when I enter caption contests. I have never used any other identity on this site.

Elsewhere? I participate in two other fora, where I use different identities -- one of which I've linked to before, and identified myself as the same person.

The other is none of your business, quite frankly. I've never mentioned it here, and I have never mentioned Wizbang there.

But for someone who's occasionally the champion of denouncing others for going "off-topic," you're remarkably skilled at doing so -- despite my apparent threat (which I don't ever recall making) to ban you if you did so.

I think it's time I removed your protective status, Lee, and stopped asking my colleagues to not ban you. It's obvious that you don't welcome or appreciate it, and I don't need to cause more tensions among my colleagues.

I won't ban you, and I won't ask you to be banned, but I will no longer speak up if someone else chooses to. And I think you've managed to irritate pretty much everyone here with your flouting of the rules and common decency.

J.

What readers were those, Li... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

What readers were those, Lie Ward?

No response to my offer, Le... (Below threshold)

No response to my offer, Lee? No answer to whether or not I should stop shielding you from my colleagues?

If you find this place so repugnant, feel free to go elsewhere. Anywhere. I'll be glad to help you make the clean break.

And as I recall, you were banned from here a long time ago. You've been banned from Shawn's threads. Why do you keep flouting that?

J.

I wouldn't mind seeing hi... (Below threshold)
hvywgt:

I wouldn't mind seeing him take a flying leap. Him along with his ever-present "sock puppet" argument. Lee, any credibility that you may have had (no matter how slim), was lost quite a while ago, long before you jumped off the Hillary ship and onto the O wagon.
And I only post under hvywgt. Sock puppet my a$$.




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