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Charles Rangel:Expel the son-of-a-bitch

By DOUG THOMPSON
December 3, 2010

Rep. Charles Rangel: Expel the slimeball

So, the United States House of Representatives dressed down Good-time Charles Rangel for his corrupt, slimeball ways.

It’s called “censure,” which is the second-toughest punishment the House can hand down to one of its own.  The only thing tougher is tossing the bum out on his ass.

Which is what the House should have done with Rangel. Instead of standing him in the well of the House and mouthing some meaningless words, the “good and honorable” gentlemen and women should have lowered the boom — throwing Rangel into the street and recommended the U.S. Department of Justice take his life apart so he can spend the rest of his miserable existence behind bars.

But this is Washington where the powerful take care of its own and the pathetic handling of Rangel’s many crimes was a crime in itself.

Rangel ignored the law. He evaded taxes. He lied to investigators and on his official ethics forms. He padded his pockets at taxpayer expense.  He lived large at taxpayer expense.  And then he laughed at those who called him on his excesses.

When the censure came, Charles Rangel showed no remorse. He stood before the press afterward and made no apologies, exhibited no contrition and gave not one  single indication that he had learned a damn thing from his indiscretions.  He made it clear that he accepted no judgment by his peers, saying his actions would be judged down the road by others.

Rangel’s continued defiance stands as a disgusting symbol of the failure of Congress.  If this group of misfits cannot adequate deal with the wrong doing of one of its own, how in the hell can we expect it to run a country?

Charles Rangel should have been town into the streets of New York to be publicly stoned by the constituents he failed to serve.  Then every member of Congress who stood by for years and let this criminal get by with his many crimes be led from the Capitol in shackles and returned home to face the anger and wrath of of those they failed  to serve.

Then all should be locked in stocks on public squares to rot for the rest of their miserable lives.

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9 Responses to Charles Rangel:Expel the son-of-a-bitch

  1. Sandune

    December 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

    The Congress makes their own laws and continue to prove these laws do not cover their actions. CHB has exposed many Senators on sex charges and many House Members on money laundering as well as bribery charges. Nothing will ever change until the voters demand it.

    Sandy

  2. griff

    December 3, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Another Marie Antoinette moment courtesy of the Hill People. Just another day at the office for the Priveleged Class.

  3. Jon

    December 3, 2010 at 11:30 am

    “Then every member of Congress who stood by for years and let this criminal get by with his many crimes be led from the Capitol in shackles”

    Wouldn’t that mean them all? (with a few freshman exceptions).

    J.

    PS – But I concur. There is a class society in the USA, and politicians are in one, and the rest of us are in the other. In one, crimes get punished and don’t pay, in the other the opposite. If I may, Mr. Thompson, I would like to draw your attentions to the writing of a Mr. Joe Bageant, He has published two books, “Deer Hunting With Jesus” and “Rainbow Pie” and has a website at http://www.joebageant.com. I have no financial interest in either.

  4. Carl Nemo

    December 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    If it were only Charlie Rangel then we could survive such scandals in high places. Instead we have a long list of lawbreakers that haven’t been brought to justice, some representing the highest levels of our government, including G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    It seems the powerful and connected get to skate in these seeming endtimes for the Republic. Even the metric within his district is low in that his constituents continue to reelect him. So what does that say about the people themselves much less their representative? Crime is contagious. / : |

    *****

    “The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means — to declare that the government may commit crimes — would bring terrible retribution.” …Justice Louis D. Brandeis

    *****

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. Warren

    December 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I consider that representatives in our elected government operate on a plane like so:

             capable
                │
    dishonest ──┼── honest
                │
              inept

    It seems unfortunate that our elected representatives seem to, as a class, fall to the left and below center of the chart.

    That’s nothing new. Been that way since before the Romans. Somehow civilization has survived, and it could continue to survive and sometimes prosper if inept, dishonest politicians were the only problem.

    But, they’re only the visible face of the problem. There are forces much more powerful than our government. Those forces control the media, finance (banks), military and major industries. Those institutions, in turn, largely determine which politicians get elected.

    That’s been going on for a while, too, and we’ve lived with it.

    But those forces are no longer relatively benign. Of late they are becoming much more insidious, malevolent, and powerful. And toward what end seems unclear.

    —W—

  6. eve

    December 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    The reason why is unaccountability for Rangel and the rest. The apathetic, moronic masses are comfortable. They are happy in their ignorance and their comfort (iPhones, cable TV, internet access, able to eat, drink, shop).

    They do not care because this comfort level has not been disturbed.

    It’s been proven you can introduce bills like the Patriot Act (hardly patriotic) the MCA, DHS, TSA and the like without a question from the ignorant masses.
    Just keep that cable coming into the house so I can watch “Dancing With the Stars” or some other IQ insulting nonsense form of entertainment ala ESPN.

    The Federal Reserve (which doesn’t look to be part of the Federal Govt. at all) is bankrupting this nation and has ZERO accountability.

    Everyone here on CHB should take a gander at this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJqM2tFOxLQ&feature=player_embedded

    Then check out the movies on the sidebar.

    Consequently Rep. Alan Grayson was voted out of office recently.
    I wonder why? (sarc)

    Rangel is one of the many.

  7. Almandine

    December 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    What a bunch of morons “we the people” are. Eh?

  8. Jon

    December 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Oh, they’re capable all right. These guys are not dumb. It’s not the lower left corner of the graph that’s dismaying, it’s the upper left corner.

    These guys are not dumb. They know what they are doing, and what they are doing is enriching themselves.

    At everyone else’s expense.

    J.

  9. WhiteSnow

    December 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Good Lord!! This man has no shame! He’s made millions off the backs of hard working Americans.

    Where’s the outrage? Here’s a new book out about Americans fed up with corrupt politicians & government & they finally take a stand. It’s a must read for the holidays cause it’s about each of us. I recommend it.

    http://www.booksbyoliver.com

    I wonder if any of us would be censured at our office had we done what he did? He got off so easy. Great article.