Friday, January 2, 2009

Where was Pelosi?

Dec. 9, 2008

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is famous for saying that the Republican Party is bathed in a "culture of corruption". She and her colleagues (Senate and House Democrats) often urge that every Republican, hint of corruption or not, resign. Where are her accusations now, when various Democrats have been found to have been corrupt?

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) actually resigned his governorship on Mar. 17, 2008 after being caught spending a lot of time with a prostitute. But Spitzer is the Democratic rarity. President William Jefferson Clinton (D-AR) was impeached after it was revealed that he had sex in the White House with an intern (yet, he didn't resign). Today, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) was arrested for attempting to profit personally from Barack Obama's soon-to-be vacant Senate seat. Blagojevich immediately refused to step down. In 2005, Congressman William J. Jefferson (D-LA) was being investigated by the FBI for the corrupt practice of allegedly receiving a bribe from the iGate company. He supposedly received over $400,000 in bribes in exchange for using his congressional influence to aid iGate's business in several ways. He had the gaul to run for re-election, but he lost to Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao.

First of all, this shows that corruption knows no political ideology. It proves that Pelosi's myth that Republicans are the only bad guys on the block is false. Any politician can be corrupt, no? Why do corrupt Democrats refuse to resign after calling for so many Republicans to leave their jobs? Isn't this a double-standard, and don't we all have an obligation to speak truth to power?

Speaker of the House Pelosi, you are noticeably absent on this issue - at times. But we notice when you choose to not say anything.

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