Hey Harlem, You Had Your Chance

I am constantly amazed at how dense some people can be. Take for instance, the people of Harlem in New York. Now that Charlie Rangel has been convicted of 11 ethics violations many of the Harlem folks say he should resign (though some, amazingly, still support him).

The news of Rangel’s corruption is not a recent thing. He has been under investigation for over two years and it was obvious to most everyone that he was guilty. How does one explain away using official stationary and postage to mail out fund raising material? That is against the law. Even if all the other allegations were on shaky ground, this one had hard evidence.

Evidently, so did the others as he was found guilty on 11 of 13. One was dismissed and the other was combined with one of the other allegations (so he was guilty on 12 of 13 original charges).

So the question is, why are all these folks from Harlem now calling for Charlie to step down? THEY JUST REELECTED HIM.

The people of Harlem had the chance to get rid of Rangel on their own and they chose to put him back in office.

And herein lies the issue. I am willing to bet that most of the people who voted for Rangel probably had no idea that he was under investigation. They probably just discovered the issue when the news broke that he had been convicted. The people of his district probably just vote for the Democrat they have elected in the past because he brings home the bacon and he must be a great guy.

It is people like these who keep putting career criminal politicians back in office.

So you folks have no real reason to ask him to resign. You just gave him the job again for two more years.

Maybe you can get better educated and start paying attention from now on.

Cave Canem!
Never surrender, never submit.
Big Dog

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4 Responses to “Hey Harlem, You Had Your Chance”

  1. Ogre says:

    You oppose Wrangle? Then you’re clearly racist. After all, he’s black and the ONLY reason anyone opposes ANY black politician is because you’re racist. Everyone knows that.

  2. Blake says:

    Those who still support a CLEARLY CONVICTED felon are those who get the government they deserve- the rest of us have to put up with a grasping, greedy criminal, and hope that the guys and gals we elect can counter-balance this waste of oxygen. And don’t give me that old- “He served his country” blather.
    Unfortunately for those who serve and ACT honorably, there are also those who do not.
    Rangel obviously falls in the latter category.

  3. loboinok says:

    Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.

    [James A. Garfield, The Works of James Abram Garfield, Burke Hinsdale, editor (Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883), Vol. II, pp. 486, 489, “A Century of Congress,July, 1877.]

  4. Ogre says:

    Sadly, in many cases people are not allowed to elect who they want to the House. The vast majority of districts are gerrymandered to the point that the election is pointless. I cannot count how many districts give you literally no choice: Select one of the following one people to represent you. I would be willing to bet that Rangel’s district is the same.