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Rangel Scandal, Charlie Should Step Down

rangelMaking Charlie Rangel step down would help clarify the message that things are changing in Washington dc.  I am from New York, and although Rangel is not from my district, I still considered him my congressman. The actions of Charlie Rangel are deplorable and there should be a penalty, he is on the ways and means committee for goodness sake, he is a serious liability and a distraction.  They need to get him out.  Shame on them for electing to keep him in the chairman’s seat.  Charlie unfortunately spent his congressional years living the high life.  This is a colossal blunder on Charlie’s part to have all these skeletons in his closet. He didn’t report assets, that’s like taxes 101.  The first thing you do when you do your taxes is list all of your assets unless you are hiding something.  What is Charlie hiding?  Democrats need to set an example, Rangel is becoming an albatross.  It’s not worth keeping Rangel, questions are sure to be asked about where Rangel got the finances for certain properties, and holding down four rent stabilized apartments, trips, quid-pro-quos, he is wallowing in it.  He needs to resign from congress or at least step down from chair.  Serving the people is a privilege and not a right.  Rangel needs to see that his current situation is not good for the people or democracy.  Patterson’s current defense of the congressman does not surprise me since Patterson is also enjoying his rent stabilized apartment in Harlem. (http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20080516/FREE/537488281)

I think Rangel needs to resign so he can go work in the private sector to make the money he is going to need for his legal bills, rather than raising it from tax payers under the guise of campaign contributions. So far he has spent about one million dollars on legal bills, and who know how much the final number will be after all the investigations and legal battles are done.  By staying in the seat Rangel is preventing someone else from vying for the seat.  I am for voting anyone out who has been taking advantage of the system.  There are many people who are not happy with the results of his empowerment zones in Harlem; some feel they have been priced out of the area.  Rangel has been in congress since 1971, thirty-eight years, that’s a very long time.

Hillary’s Sniper Fire Joke Highly Offensive

Could Hillary be Bush III “pinned down by sniper fire” joke from Leno.
I was highly offended by the joke Hillary made last night on Leno about being pinned down by sniper fire as the reason she was late for the show. This reminds me of Bush brushing off the fact there were no weapons of mass destruction and how he lies to congress and the people, and the way his Administration jokes about lying to the public.

Hillary is running for president, leader of the free world and commander in chief. I don’t want my commander in chief joking about lying about something as serious as her foreign policy experience. She would be in charge of the military, she insulted the military by making what they go through seem like something that can be joked about. She repeated this story three times and tried to discredit those who spoke out truthfully about the trip. She didnt just lie she was adamant about it, just like Bush.

The fact is that Hillary’s resume is fabricated, meanwhile she downplays Obama’s real experience. The Clintons are dishonest, remember that Chelsea basically corroborated her mother’s story. Hillary’s public appeal for already pledged delegates to consider changing sides has the potential to be political suicide and an open call for people to betray their country and conscience, and candidate.

This is serious, and a real insight to what a Clinton presidency might be like, more lies and double talk. Just Like Bush, we cannot afford to have another Bush three.

On Barack Obama: I Guess He Is Black Enough

After watching Barack answer the charges of hate against his pastor, sadness came over me. Barack was forced to say he was never in church when Wright was giving sermons that might have been peppered with the kind of comments being played on TV. I’m sure that republicans, the Clintons and the media are digging to see if Barack was indeed at such a sermon. To show how ridiculous this thing was at one point Anderson showed Barack one of the statements he was condemning it went something like, paraphrasing” “Hillary has never had a cab whiz by her because the color of her skin was wrong, Hillary has no idea what it is like to be a black man and live in a country controlled by rich white people,” after showing the statement Anderson repeated this is one of the statements you are condemning, even Anderson knew it was ridiculous, because the statement is true.
I then watched as Anderson and David Gergen and Roland Martin went on to talk about how it is possible that Wright could be a patriot and could possibly love this country more than many people but feel that America has not lived up to what it could be, how we needed to dialogue about the issues behind the statements and see the entire ceremony before casting judgment. Imagine after backing Barack into a corner and after he had committed himself to a particular position the media was offering up another explanation for the same words that was before being characterized as evil and hateful. Making him denounce a man he obviously loves a great deal and who has had nothing but positive influence in his own personal growth. Great.

This is one of those moments when I am proud I am not an American. Some would say America is the greatest country. To that I say; has anyone in your community been shot to death by the police simply because of the color of their skin. Has anyone in your community been tied to the back of a truck and dragged until the head separated from the body. Has your child been confronted with a noose lately?

Of the fifty states and one hundred senators did everyone know that Barack was the only black person in the senate? Did we forget King was jailed and the youth was beaten and killed just to be able to drink at a water fountain, imagine being deprived water because of the color of your skin? Does everyone understand that slavery was preached from the pulpit? When was the black vote fully realized? If you live in a ghetto you may have a different view of America, that’s why I support Obama, because America can be great.

Strength from force does not make greatness, strength of character does. Didn’t Jesus speak out against the corruption in his own community? Didn’t he turn over the tables of merchants at temple because he felt they were desecrating the sanctity of the temple? Remember there were those in Jesus’ day that spoke out against him. Why? Because he was interrupting their ability to make money, and too many people were starting to listen to Jesus, standing up for themselves. They conspired against Jesus and paid one of his own disciples to help in having him crucified? I’m not religious but I understand what happened to Jesus.

It seems like America has not learned anything in the past seven years. Let me ask, where was the media when George Bush was lying to the country about the war. Where were the tough questions, and the investigative reporting, when Colin Powell went in front of the UN with lies and graphics a second grader could make as his proof. We have basically given the media a pass on their role in forcing a lie on the American people. It cost us precious lives, by death and injury. Why aren’t they looking for the $9 billion dollars that was lost in Iraq? Shouldn’t the media also be held accountable? CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, CBS. Two minute panels used as evidence, supported by research from youtube! Where is the demand for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney? Why are we allowing the media to control the debate and ultimately the election? Are we forgetting that Bush has consolidated the media and they are controlled by Mega Corporation who has a stake in the outcome of the election? They insult our intelligence and we give them the country.

We are so quick to say we believe in god, but to me god is truth, the d(evil) is a lie, and when we force someone to a point where we know he might have to lie (and I am not saying that Barack lied, but he might have, the parties are digging) how godly are we. Reverend Wright is a man beloved across the country for the good and uplifting message he brings to his audience. His tape and DVD are available. We are asking Barack to deny who he, to deny twenty years of his life. How do you take away a mans life and expect him to be a man. This pastor is essential to the making of Barack, an ex-marine, who has done nothing but good deeds in his community. I don’t condemn Pastor Wright, I want to learn more about him and the church. Because what you her makes one uncomfortable, doesn’t mean it’s a lie. The Tuskegee Experiment on the Black Male did happen.

Everyone should go to a black church this Sunday (especially if the pastor is a handsome as the new guy at Obama’s church) to show support for Barack and love to Black America, especially supporters in Chicago. All the Chicago supporters should show up at Baracks church as show of support for Barack, let the world know that we are not going to give in to hate and misinformation, that we trust and support Barack. Barack has reopened the door of democracy in America, and invited us in. We knew we would be tested, Obama said this would not be easy. Can you imagine being Barack right now? We need to lift him up. Let’s all go to church this Sunday with our Barack signs and lift them up.

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