Lock ‘em up and throw away the key

My, my. The gaggle of crooks, con-artists and thieves also known as the United States Congress got pissed because the FBI actually had the audacity to raid the office of a Congressman to collect evidence of corruption and criminal activity.

How dare they? What gives them the right to expect elected officials to obey the laws of the land? Why, the next thing you know we’ll be sending members of Congress to prison for their crimes.

Wait a minute. We already have. Former California Republican Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham is in stir, hopefully serving as the love slave to a big bruiser named Bubba. So is former Ohio Democratic Congressman Jim Trafficant, another corrupt, scandal-ridden piece of crud. With any luck, a sleazeball named William Jefferson (D-LA) will soon join them along with slimeball Tom DeLay (R-TX).

But the weekend raid of Jefferson’s offices has House leaders in a snit.

"I clearly have serious concerns about what happened and whether people at the Justice Department have looked at the Constitution lately," said House Majority Leader John Boehner.

Got a news flash for you Johnny Boy. It’s the blatant ignorance of the Constitution that got you and your gang of wise guys into trouble in the first place. You and Speaker of the House Denny Hastert preside over a corrupt, lice-ridden, foul-smelling institution that has ignored the law for too long and deserves to be led away in handcuffs. I worked on Capitol Hill and in Washington long enough to realize that you, the guy the Republicans picked to replace a crook named Tom DeLay, are dirty too and, with luck, maybe you and Duke can share Bubba in the federal pen.

I’m sick of pathetic political posturing by elected officials who belong behind bars. The Senate is run by another con-artist, insider trader Bill Frist, and overrun by the usual suspects. Both houses of Congress are cesspools of crime, corruption and decadence – Republican and Democratic.

On the other hand, the FBI raid, while long overdue, stinks to high heaven because it was a political move no doubt instigated by a Justice Department determined to shift focus away from the many legal and ethical problems facing the Bush Administration. If not, why didn’t the raid Cunningham’s offices earlier? Oh, I forgot. He’s a Republican. My bad.

In one sense, Boehner’s probably correct when he wonders if the people of the Justice Department have looked at the Constitution. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, while serving as White House Counsel, wrote that the document that is supposed to define the land of the free and home of the brave is "an outdated document." We already know that Bush uses the Constitution to wipe his ass after he shits on the freedoms it once guaranteed.

But the holier-than-thou reaction of Congress to the raid on Jefferson’s office demonstrates just how out-of-control our government is in these days of bribery, corruption and votes for sale to the highest bidder.

In theory, nobody should be above the law – not the White House, not Congress, not state governments, not local entities.

In reality, however, they are. Our government is rotten to the core, dominated by corrupt men and women who truly believe they are beyond the reach of justice, and it will take much more than a politically-timed FBI raid on a Congressional office to eradicate the stench of corruption that covers Washington like a toxic cloud.

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