Congress votes to oust William Jefferson
Once again, Nancy Pelosi has pinned herself into a corner she can’t get out of. By making ethics a purely partisan issue over the last couple of years, she’s got a real problem on her hands now. Subsequently, she allowed a horrible bill to fly through Congress yesterday. In essence, they want to kick Jefferson out of Congress.
I got a REAL problem with that. Actually, more than one.
- Although caught with his hands in the cookie jar, he’s not been CONVICTED of anything. Nothing. Nada, Zip. In this country, you’re innocent until proven guilty. Although the implications of his actions and the guilt of those around him are enough to suggest voters elect someone else, they are not enough IMO to justify legal actions. Congress should know better than that.
- This opens the door to very simply framing a legislator and kicking them out based on the publicity of the situation. I don’t like that at all. In the future, that’s all you’d see in the news media is one inflammatory accusation after another in an effort to get members of the other party kicked out.
- By casting judgment, for the second time in one day Congress has usurped the Judicial branch. To me that’s scary folks. A lot of people liked accusing Bush via the Patriot Act of Big Brother tactics. But, Congress passing the laws and enforcing them as well IS Big Brother.
- I see this as an effort by the Democrats to appease the criticism that they were going to clean house moreso than a concentrated effort to solve the core problems. Once William Jefferson is gone and forgotten, doing what they have so far, it’s back to the same old business as usual. That’s not fixing anything.
- I see this as a quick and easy way for the Democrats to get a thorn out of their side. Congressmen in trouble score all kinds of headlines. Former-Congressmen in trouble barely get a mention. Given the ethics platform Nancy Pelosi ran her slate on, and the way she ran it, I want Jefferson in her face until she actually does something about the ethical problems that she accused only one party of participating in. Too many people apparently bought that argument. So, those same people should hold her feet to the fire and demand reforms that she’s promised but never delivered on.