All the Same
In case your a partisan screaming idiot, I am here to tell you that all politicians are the same. Rather than differentiate them based upon some ideology that many only follow in order to get votes, we should simply categorize them as what they are: people in power. If you don’t believe me, then take a look around the world. You don’t see Democrats and Republicans (as we define them anyways). What you see are people in power doing the same things that the people in power here are doing.
Consider all of ass-covering that the Republicans (specifically Cheney) did during our last administration. Now consider that the Democrats are doing the same thing under Nancy Pelosi. I must admit that I consider her a mental nitwit and an incompetent, I am still shocked that she would consider attempting to do such a thing in the Obama administration with his attempts to bring clarity to the haze in Washington. It could certainly be a smokescreen, but I don’t think so. While I don’t believe that he will be able to fully realize this, I applaud the effort. Washington has been dirty for too long for one man to change it. The same dinosaurs that helped corrupt our system in order to benefit themselves are still there. They don’t have any incentive to change the system. I think that the administration will be able to push forward small changes, but that is all. I hope otherwise however.
Let’s get back to the Nancy Pelosi situation. I came across this in the Washington Post this evening:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working to buffer lawmakers from federal investigators. This is a bad idea. Special legal protections for politicians encourage unethical conduct.
Democrats facing scrutiny include the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, for his close ties to the defense lobby firm PMA Group, which is under federal investigation; House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel of New York about a number of tax issues; Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. of Illinois over his reported effort to persuade ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich to appoint him to fill President Obama’s former Senate seat; and Rep. Jane Harman of California, who reportedly was taped in 2005 by the National Security Agency purportedly agreeing to help seek leniency for two accused Israeli spies in exchange for help in lobbying her appointment to chair the House Intelligence Committee.
Nancy Pelosi is trying to justify it by invoking the separation of powers as justification. The issue gets bogged down in the courts (naturally) from that point on. When a corrupt entity such as Congress can push forward laws, it is only natural that they will have a few that cover their own ass. Its a sick flaw, and one that I imagine our forefathers never would have considered. While there were certainly men of questionable motives and behavior during that time, I can’t imagine that they would have been able to envision such a state as we have now in our legislative branch.