From time to time, some partisan political puke will email or confront me in a coffee shop to try and convince me that America will be so much better off with their party in power.
Currently, it’s the Democrats who shout from the rooftops that the only thing America needs to cure its ills is to put someone from the party of the jackass back into the White House.
Yeah, right: And there will be pork in the tree tops by morning.
This is what makes the American political system such a laughing stock. When partisanship trumps practical thinking, reason takes a holiday and America loses.
Democrats aren’t any better than Republicans. They’re just another class of corrupt criminals with slightly different approaches to criminal activity. Democrats are no more honest than Republicans and no more concerned with what’s right for America.
Take Nancy Pelosi (as Henny Youngman would have said: “Please”). When Democrats swept into power though the angry vote of a hopeful, but hopelessly ignorant, populace, the mainstream media fell all over itself gushing about the lady from California and how things would change in Washington.
They glossed over history: Pelosi learned her politics from her daddy, a corrupt, bribe-taking old-school politician, Big Tommy D’Alesandro, Mayor of Baltimore. The Washington Post called Big Tommy a “flamboyant and legendary machine politician.”
Big Tommy was a lot more than that: a crook who took payoffs, rewarded corruption and he taught young Nancy how to hand out favors and reward those who played the game.
Pelosi showed what daddy taught her when, as her first act as the incoming Speaker of the House, she tried to ram the ethically-challenged Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha down her fellow Democrats’ throat as the new House Majority Leader. Then she opened the new Congress with a high-dollar fundraiser for the same fatcat special interest groups that controlled the GOP Congress.
Things aren’t any better in the Senate where Harry Reid, a fast-buck artist who made millions on shady land deals back home in Nevada, runs the show like a fiefdom.
But the real poster child for the Democrats in Congress is Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana bribe-taker who faces two new charges for soliciting money for votes even while awaiting trial for bribes relating to the pile of cash FBI agents found in his freezer last year.
If Democrats had an ounce of the ethics they claim they would have tossed Jefferson out of Congress in a heartbeat. But they simply stripped him of a few committee posts and kept him around, proving to the world that the corrupt protect their own and nothing changes in the den of thieves called the United States Congress.
Republicans gave us con-artists and bribe-takes like Tom DeLay and Duke Cunningham but as long as Democrats keep criminal elements like William Jefferson around they have no room to talk: Not to mention known wife beaters like Jim Moran of Virginia or con-artists and check kiters like Corrine Brown of Florida.
As Mark Twain once said, “America has no distinct criminal class…with the possible exception of Congress” and Twain was smart enough to not claim they belonged to just one political party.
Too bad the partisan political pukes who march under the flag of one party or another aren’t that smart.