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Politicians, Ethics, and Intellect

BY MICHAEL REISIG –

 

It doesn’t seem possible, but the recent events with Anthony (let me show you pictures of my last name) Weiner, and San Diego Mayor Bob (I’m just a hugger) Filner, you would think our politicians have managed to drag themselves down to a new level. But it’s really not true. You would be surprised how many politicians are really comfortable at subterranean levels, intellectually and ethically. I did a little research and discovered that, in just the last two years, better than 200 major politicians in America followed Rod Blagojevich (who wasn’t quite as *%$## golden as he thought) and have been arrested for a purely disgusting array of crimes.

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned after it was revealed that he was a regular customer of a call girl ring. Spitzer reportedly had at least seven liaisons with prostitutes from “the agency” over six months, and paid more than $15,000 for their services at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Talk about our tax dollars hard at work.

*Washington State Representative Matt Shea (R) brandished an illegal handgun and chased another motorist at 60 mph through a residential area. The Spokane Police arrested Shea and cited him with two violations of the State’s firearm law.  (*Source: Wikipedia)

*Massachusetts State Representative Carlos Henriquez (D) was charged with assault and kidnapping of a woman in July 2012 and released after posting $1000 bond.  (*Source: Wikipedia)  ($1,000? For kidnapping?)

*Rhode Island State Representative Daniel P. Gordon (R) of Portsmouth, when arrested for drunk driving told police it was due to PTSD from being wounded in the Gulf War. A check revealed he was never in combat, but did reveal an extensive arrest record in Massachusetts for assault and attempted murder.  (*Source: Wikipedia)

*Georgia State Representative Robin Williams, a Republican from Augusta, stole more than $2 million from the local community mental health center.  (*Source: Wikipedia)  Low… very low…

*Georgia School Superintendent and gubernatorial candidate Linda Schrenko  stole $600,000 in federal funds set aside for educational services for deaf children and those in the governor’s honors programs.  (*Source: Wikipedia)  Equally low…

Marion Barry, mayor of Washington DC in 1990, was arrested for possession of cocaine. He was in prison for six months. In 1992, he ran for Ward 8 City Council Seat and won. Then, in 1994, in the aftermath of this scandal, he ran for mayor and won. He is currently a member of the DC City Council.

Many of our politicians are nowhere near as clever as they’d like us to think. I’ll leave you with a few quotes that exemplify that point:

“Stand up, Chuck, let ’em see ya.” — Joe Biden, to wheelchair-bound Sen. Chuck Graham: Missouri, Sept. 12, 2008

 “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.” —Hillary Clinton

“When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” – Richard Nixon

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talking about President Obama’s healthcare law,

“Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?” — George W. Bush

I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman  — Arnold Schwarzenegger

“It isn’t pollution that is hurting the environment, it’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” – Dan Qyale

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’” – Vice President Joe Biden

Kind of leaves you a little weak-kneed, doesn’t it?