The Ten Most Corrupt Politicians in Washington, Part One

The Ten Most Corrupt Politicians in Washington

Recently, Judicial Watch released their list of the ten most corrupt politicians in Washington. Here is a synopsis of the “winners” and the dishonorable mentions.

Corruption posterNumber one on the list is Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Al). Rep. Bachus is the face of the “insider trading” scandal with over 40 trades during the 2008 financial meltdown.

Interestingly enough, he was the ranking member of the Financial Services Committee. He profited by trading short in the market after a private briefing by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Bachus says that he was simply a good trader and did not benefit by insider information.

Former Senator John Ensign (R-NV) was named number two on the list for paying off the  his alleged mistress and her husband with money and gifts. Ensign has paid the ultimate price for a politician. He was forced to resign and give up power.

The Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, was named as the third most corrupt politician in Washington. Under Holder the Department of Justice has become the most political and ideological in many decades.

The list of scandals starts with the insistence on holding the terrorist trials in the United States. That has been shelved under Congressional and public pressure, reverting to the Bush plan of military tribunals.

Then we have Operation Fast and Furious with its attempted cover ups. Hundreds of people have been killed and wounded by the guns that were “walked” over the border, including at least one Federal Border Patrol officer. To date, no one has been punished, other than the whistleblowers. Some in Congress believe that holder has lied to the House Oversight Committee when he denied knowing about the operation.

Holder’s other political acts are the refusal to prosecute the Black Panthers voter intimidation, the DOJ’s war against state voting regulations and the refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) is number four on the list. Rep. Hastings was impeached by the Congress in 1988-89 for bribery and perjury by a vote of 413-3. Hastings was a Federal judge at the time. Hastings allegedly sexually harassed a female government employee and then engaged in a cruel campaign of retaliation when she rebuffed his advances. On November 28, 2011, The House Ethics Committee announced that it will take an additional 45 days to determine whether to launch a full investigation into the allegations against Hastings.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is number five on this list of shame. The House Ethics Committee announced on December 2, 2011, that it will continue its investigation into allegations that “Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or someone acting on his behalf offered to raise campaign cash for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for a Senate appointment in 2008.

We will continue this list of The Ten Most Corrupt Politicians in Washington in our next post early next week. 

 

 

 

Chart Comparing the Tea Party and the Occupy Movements

Chart Comparing the Tea Party and the Occupy Movements

Many mainstream media outlets have taken to comparing the Tea Party and Occupy movements. They have attempted to tar the Tea Party movement with the same brush that has been used to tar the radical Occupy movement.

If you look through this chart you’ll see that there is no similarity between the two groups , other than the general description of both being Fed Up. Other than that descriptive phrase, there simply is no comparison.

The Democrats have said that the Occupy Party was their answer to and “just like” the Tea Party.  The data below conclusively indicates otherwise.  Amazingly, this listing only covers reported actions and events.   
  
REPORTED
OCCUPY PARTY
TEA PARTY
ARRESTS
4149+
0
DEATHS
7
0
RAPES
12
0
ARSON DAMAGE
$10,000,000.00
$0
PUBLIC DEFECATION
YES
NO
ANTISEMITIC RANTS
12
0
COST TO TAXPAYERS (11/9)
$19,327,487.00+
$0
PUBLIC MASTURBATION
3
0
MOLOTOV COCKTAILS THROWN
10
0
FIGHTS STARTED
YES
NO
CHILDREN EXPLOITED
YES
NO
POLICE CARS DAMAGED
2
0
PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS
YES
NO
DRUG POSSESSION ARREST
YES
NO
CONCEALED WEAPON ARREST
YES
NO
DRUG OVERDOSE
YES
NO
THEFTS
YES
NO
BURGLARIES
YES
NO
VANDALISM ARREST
YES
NO
TRESPASSING ARREST
YES
NO
NON FATAL SHOOTINGS
1
0
PUBLIC URINATION
YES
NO
URINATION ON OTHERS
YES
NO
ISRAELI FLAGS BURNED
2
0
AMERICAN FLAGS BURNED
1
0
AMERICAN FLAGS DANCED ON
1
0
AMERICAN FLAGS DESECRATION
25
0
FELONY ASSAULT ON AN EMT
1
0
HEAD/BODY LICE OUTBREAKS
1
0
TUBERCULOSIS OUTBREAKS
1
0
MURDER
1
0
SUICIDE
1
0
SHOTS FIRED AT WHITE HOUSE
1
0
SCABIES OUTBREAKS
1
0
OBAMA ENDORSED
YES
NO
PELOSI ENDORSED
YES
NO
CAIR ENDORSED
YES
NO
SOCIALIST PARTY ENDORSED
YES
NO
NAZI PARTY ENDORSED
YES
NO
MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ENDORSED
YES
NO
COMMUNIST PARTY ENDORSED
YES
NO
BIDEN ENDORSED
YES
NO
HUGO CHAVEZ ENDORSED
YES
NO
BLACK PANTHERS ENDORSED
YES
NO
HEZBOLLAH ENDORSED
YES
NO
MARXIST UNION ENDORSED
YES
NO
9/11 TRUTHER ENDORSED
YES
NO
BOLSHEVIK ENDORSED
YES
NO
IRAN GOVERNMENT ENDORSED
YES
NO
AYATOLLAH ENDORSED
YES
NO
NORTH KOREA ENDORSED
YES
NO
FARRAKHAN ENDORSED
YES
NO

A Comparison: Tea Party versus Occupy Movements

A Comparison: Tea Party versus Occupy Movements

With the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street Movement in September the mainstream Tea Party Protestermedia has gone out of its way to seek a link between the two anti-establishment movements. Let’s take a look at the two movements by way of comparison.

The Tea Party Movement’s initial rallying cry was “Taxed Enough Already”. The clever acronym being TEA. The movement’s coming-out party was April 15, 2009, although there were a number of demonstrations in the first three months of that year. The demonstrations took place in such diverse locations as Binghampton, New York, Lansing, Michigan and Washington, D.C.

The demonstrations were one day affairs that lasted at most several hours with marches and speeches that proclaimed the need for lower taxes, less intrusive and smaller government. Most of the demonstrators were well-behaved middle class Americans. The signs that they carried were handmade and they cleaned up after themselves.

Over the last three years this has not changed. Yes, there have been abusive protesters but whether they belong to the Tea Party movement or not is unknown.The Tea Party members are mainly white and slightly more likely to be male, married, older than 45, more conservative than the general population, and likely to be more wealthy and have more education.

Polls have shown that they are to a very great extent more likely to be registered Republican, have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party and an unfavorable opinion of the Democratic Party.

Occupy Wall StreetThe Occupy Wall Street movement is a recent phenomenon with the initial demonstrations taking place on September 11, 2011 in the Wall Street area of New York City. It’s interesting that the first demonstration took place on Constitution Day.

Other demonstrations followed shortly thereafter. Most of the early demonstrations took place in large urban centers such as Boston, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and Oakland, California. Demonstrations also took place in metropolitan areas worldwide.

The protests are against social and economic inequality, high unemployment, greed, as well as corruption, and the undue influence of corporations—particularly from the financial services sector—on government. After the initial month of protests many left-wing unions joined in with Occupy, the SEIU and the UAW to name two.

The average age of the protesters is 33, with people in their 20s balanced by people in their 40s. According to a survey of Zuccotti Park protesters by the Baruch College School of Public Affairs published on October 19, of 1,619 web respondents, 1/3 were older than 35, half were employed full-time, 13% were unemployed and 13% earned over $75,000. 27.3% of the respondents called themselves Democrats, 2.4% called themselves Republicans, while the rest, 70%, called themselves independents.

The mainstream media would like nothing better to link the two groups in order to discredit them in the eyes of the general public but that doesn’t seem to be working. A recent Gallup poll found that Occupy Wall Street “may not be resonating with majorities in any party.”

At the same time the poll found that the Occupy Wall Street movement doesn’t represent 99% of the population. At best they represent a sub-set of 26%. Meanwhile, the TEA Party movement has a base two and half times as big.

What are we to deduce from these findings? Small government, personal liberty, and state’s rights are major winning issues right now. These are the very issues that the Tea Party movement has championed for almost three years.

The Occupy movement needs to take notice as well. Their call for more government regulations to control corporations will allow politicians to write special rules for their friends. Attacking big business will do nothing to change this fact.

The Original Tea Party

The Original Tea Party

Boston Tea PartyTomorrow is the 238th Anniversary of the original Tea Party in Boston. This event was one of the several events that led to the American Revolution.

The British government led by Lord North had promulgated the Tea Act of 1773 which was approved by King George III on May 10, 1773. The act in part allowed the East India Company to sell tea directly to the colonies rather than through middlemen. The company  appointed colonial merchants to receive the tea on consignment; the consignees would in turn sell the tea for a commission.

In July 1773, tea consignees were selected in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Charleston. These consignees were allowed to collect a three pence per pound tax. The Tea Acttax in turn was used to pay the salaries of some colonial governors and judges.

The colonies had several problems with the Tea Act. They protested that as British citizens they could not be taxed without the consent of their elected representatives. Since the colonies had no representatives in Parliament how could they be taxed for anything? No taxation without representation was their battle cry.

The British believed that by paying the colonial governors and judges from London these officials would be less dependent on the colonies and more responsive to the wishes of the government in London. They saw this as a dangerous infringement on their rights.

Once the Tea Act was put in place resistance began to escalate in the colonies. With the news of the Tea Act the East India Company shipped 600,000 pounds of tea to Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Charleston. The Sons of Liberty attempted to compel the tea Sons of Liberty compelling a merchantmerchants to resign their lucrative commissions by a combination of public and private pressure.

In Philadelphia, New York and Charleston the tea merchants resigned their commissions and the ships returned to Britain with the tea chests still in their holds. Boston, however, was another story.

The Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Thomas Hutchinson, convinced the tea merchants to stand firm and not resign. It must not have been very hard since two of them were his own sons.

On November 29, 1773 a mass meeting led by Sam Adams was held in front of an overflow crowd at the Old South Meeting House. The Dartmouth was in port and was required by law to unload their cargo and pay the tea duty within 20 days of landing. The mass meeting passed a resolution urging the captain to return to Britain without unloading Boston Indiansthe cargo or paying the duty.

Meanwhile, Governor Hutchinson refused to allow the Dartmouth to leave port without paying the duty. Two more ships the Eleanor and the Beaver had arrived in Boston. On December 16th Sam Adams held another mass meeting at Old South Meeting House that was attended by some 7,000 people. It was the last day that the Dartmouth was allowed to unload and pay the duty.

Some say at Adams’ urging a mob made its way to the wharf thinly disguised as Mohawk Indians. The group was reported to be between 30 and 130 men. They boarded all three ships and over the next three hours they proceeded to dump all 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor.

Whether Adams provoked the mob or not he publicized it and defended their actions. He characterized them as patriots who were protesting government actions and defending their constitutional rights.The Lord North government responded by closing the port of Boston and promulgating the Coercive Acts.

The Boston Tea Party and the response by the British government pushed the colonies further down the path to the inevitable break and the American Revolution.

 

 

 

Newt Gingrich Can Inspire Us

Newt Gingrich Can Inspire Us

Newt Gingrich is perhaps the best orator of all of the Republican hopefuls. He has a polished speaking style that has been perfected over his long career as a professor, politician and after dinner speaker.

Yet, he doesn’t seem like other politicians. As an example, Barack Obama or Bill Clinton would never have used the examples that Newt Gingrich uses at the end of this video. He’s more straightforward and isn’t that what we’ve been waiting for.

Gingrich knows how to weave American history into his speeches. He uses it to inform us. He uses it to inspire his audience to greater accomplishments. He also uses episodes in American history to point out to his listeners that things have been worse. He seems to be saying that these people who I’m talking about thought that their circumstances were beyond saving.Emotion and determination helped them to win through to the final victory.

The American electorate has been waiting for quite some time for a conservative who could inspire them. In fact, we have been waiting since Ronald Reagan who knew how to use the English language to move his people and others around the world to greater accomplishments. Who will ever forget his famous speech from the Berlin Wall? Once heard it can never be forgotten.

Reagan’s speech late in the 1964 Goldwater campaign is perhaps his most inspiring for conservatives. In it he challenged his listeners , “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.” I still get chills when I hear it. That’s what great public speaking is supposed to do. It’s supposed to lift you up and give you the determination to say, “We can do this. We’re Americans.”

Gingrich uses his speeches for many things. He uses them to lay out his many ideas and solutions. He is an idea machine. He uses public speaking to amuse his audience. He uses it to inspire and galvanize his listeners. In short, Newt Gingrich is one of the better public speakers of his generation. And the American people are starting to listen. And as they listen they seem to be nodding their heads as if to say, “He’s right. I’d like to see this guy in the Oval Office. He can help us solve our problems. He understands.”

Isn’t it time for those of us in the Tea Party Movement to listen and realize that Newt Gingrich can win and reverse the damage that the left has done to our society.

Newt Gingrich has gone from almost dead as a candidate in June to almost the nominee in December. Prepare to be inspired.

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