Comment Last Three
November 19, 2010
Congressman Rangel broke the law and now he should go to jail.
The public scolding in Washington for Rep. Charles Rangel over ethics violations has drawn both sadness and scorn in his Harlem neighborhood, where he was just re-elected with 81 percent of the vote and remains an icon to residents who say they'll be the ones to decide his political fate. How dumb are the voters in his district? Where are the state and federal attornies who should haul him to court and then send him to jail?
Voters in his district want to give him a pass...and so does the Democrat Black Congressional Caucus. Thursday's 9-1 House ethics committee vote to recommend censure for the Democratic lawmaker came days after the same panel convicted him of 11 violations, including failure to pay taxes on rental income from a villa in the Dominican Republic and operating four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem instead of just one. Censure is the most serious congressional discipline short of expulsion; the full House will probably vote on the recommendation sometime after Thanksgiving.
Rangel pleaded with the ethics panel to show him "fairness and mercy" and said he's not a crooked politician out for personal reward. While his House colleagues will determine his punishment, the prevailing sentiment back home is that any decision on Rangel's future in Congress ultimately rests with him and the voters. Not true--it is the judicial system's responsibility to put him in jail.
Rangel, 80, has represented Harlem for 40 years and remains a beloved figure even as some constituents have grown weary of the ethics scandal. A co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, he helped steer millions in federal funds toward the revitalization of Harlem, long the political and cultural heart of New York's black community.
This proves the fact that the longer people stay in Congress, they get corrupt. This is why we need term limits. I suggest that the members of Congress kick him out of Congress, let the judicial system put him on trial and then send him to jail. Where is Nancy Pelosi with the "most ethical" Congress?
This is why the American people have had enough of Rangel, Pelosi and other members of Congress who think that it is their right to stay there for their life time and they are exempt from the laws that govern our country. Rise up Tea Party and other responsible Americans.