Wrangling Charlie

A good exchange happened last night on The Factor with that tax dodging, dishonest, franking abusing, bribe accepting, misuser of House resources Rep. from NY, Charlie Rangel and the host, check it out:

For those wondering why the dems had no time, sympathy or support for Anthony Weiner but kept this guy around, who did far worse, good question. Most know about Rangel’s involvement with income tax evasion, but the list of ethics breaches goes way beyond that, some highlights:

House Rules state that a Member “shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”
Subcommittee finds Rangel violated this with the following offenses:

-Improper solicitations of potential donors to the Rangel Center

-Acceptance of favors and benefits from donors to the Rangel Center in a way that some might see as influence the job he does in Congress

-Knowingly accepting indirect gifts from donors to the Rangel Center

-Improperly using franking privileges to raise money for the Rangel Center

-Writing solicitations for the Rangel Center on House property

-Misusing House resources- staff, phones, e-mail and franking for work related to the Rangel Center.
-Misuse of Congressional letterhead to solicit donations to the Rangel Center

-Failing to disclose, from 1998 to 2007, full and complete financial statements
-Rangel’s pattern of submitting Financial Disclosure statements that were incomplete and inaccurate

-Failing to make sure his Financial Disclosure statements were complete and accurate

-Violating the Ethics in Government Act

-Failing to report rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic on his Federal income tax returns from 1998 to 2006
-Violating the Internal Revenue Code

-Receiving rent stabilized apartment, using it for campaign activities when the lease stated it should be used only for living purposes

-Accepting the rent stabilized apartment in a way that could look like he was influence in his government activities by the deal

-By breaking the law, Rangel violated the Code of Ethics for Government Service

For his offenses, Rangel got “Censored”:

The House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who pleaded for leniency but now finds his 40-year career tarnished after his colleagues rebuked him using a rare form of public punishment for ethics violations.

Some thought expulsion was more appropriate, but the voters get to decide and his public service record reveals a vice like grip on his constituency.

But back to the video. Is anyone else getting really tired by the still present slave references utilized by both sides in scoring points? I thought we moved way past these metaphors, and granted, the left goes to that well more often, but I think it is lame for any one in this day and age to plantation reference anything regarding the black community. Questions asking what has Obama done for the black community, has liberalism devastated the black community, has the war on poverty been a success or failure, has the democratic party sold the black community a false bill of goods, why success in inner city empowerment benefits us all, what steps are needed to defeat the welfare/dependent mentality and get folks motivated to enhance their own station in life, these are all legitimate questions of the day.

One tactic used by some politicians (maybe it is an Alinsky tactic) and one used by Barney Frank relentlessly is the question dodge/sympathy play. A question is asked whereby the guest goes off some primrose path, the host tries to rein him in and get him back to the question and the guest then complains that he is not being allowed sufficient air time to answer, weak. Rangel does this a few times here and finds himself behind 3 or 4 questions because he dilly dallied with the first one.

He also gives us another example of how some try to play the nonpartisan, who blames both sides initially but then can’t help themselves and goes to the familiar ,” America is made of people who dream and hope that they can have a better life, that was snatched from them and Obama has not restored that hope that was taken from them by George Bush”.

Charlie is right when he says that Obama inherited a bad economy, but it was bad when he was still campaigning, it was bad when he introduced the ARRA, it was bad when he launched the Financial Stability Plan (taking TARP money to bail out the banks), it was bad when he committed major cash to stabilizing AIG, automakers and Fanny and Freddie, it was bad when he decided on quantitative easing and buying trillions worth of treasuries, and it was bad when he decided to amend health care which turned out to not be deficit neutral after all. He inherited a lousy economy, and it is still lousy, only with a bigger price tag.

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  1. CzarChasm

    But back to the video. Is anyone else getting really tired by the still present slave references utilized by both sides in scoring points?

    It was Allen West who made the reference. I have absolutely no problem with him making that reference. If a black man can’t determine for himself which party is trying to keep his people down and use a vivid metaphor to express it, then what freedom have he and his people actually won over the last century and a half?

    There’s nothing wrong at all with what West said about the “Democrat plantation.” Now, his vote on the debt ceiling or the Patriot Act…..

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  2. richtaylor365 *

    It was Allen West who made the reference

    I was aware of that, I saw it the night before when he made it, and I was criticizing him for it since it is a usual ploy the other side goes to much too often. Sure, he can use it if he wants, I think our side can do better, just an opinion.

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  3. CzarChasm

    I personally think that stifling one’s self in the name of political correctness is much more offensive than stating the truth as one sees it. True, there is a fine line between hyperbole or intentional insult and direct, unabashed honest expression. I find the use of the word “plantation” to be well on the side of the latter though. What word or sentence should West have used to get the point across that he sees the devotion to the Democratic Party by such huge majorities of his fellow black Americans slavish in nature, considering that black America is in the state that it’s in now after more than 50 years of said devotion? The word “plantation” was just shorthand to get that point across, and it works fine. Seems to me the best you can offer is just some watered down, politically correct language to appease the sensibilities of literal criminals like Charlie Rangel. Here’s what you said (in part) about him:

    Some thought expulsion was more appropriate, but the voters get to decide and his public service record reveals a vice like grip on his constituency.

    Seems to me a “vice like grip on his constituency” implies the exact same thing as the single word, “plantation.” Both imply that people aren’t thinking for themselves, and are being controlled either by blind devotion to an individual like Rangel, or the ideology he represents. There’s really no difference, except that West, being black, knows that the word “plantation” has the potential to have a little more “punch” for other blacks who might be listening. Good for him. He’s trying to convince them to see that they are volunteering for the state of their community that liberalism has wrought them. He’s showing them that they’re as welcome as he is into the tent, only they won’t be controlled or taken for granted under our tent, they will be exercising their own autonomous decision-making powers to work towards something better than the crumbs that Dems have left them.

    Why would a conservative give one good crap what Charlie Rangel thinks about anything another conservative says anyway? I mean, West didn’t say “Screw Charlie Rangel.” But I will. Screw Charlie Rangel, and may your chains rest lightly upon you.

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  4. CzarChasm

    HAHA! I always check YouTube to see what they have “recommended” for me based on other vids I’ve watched recently. Didn’t notice what this one’s recommendation was based on, but I watched it because I’ve watched this guy before and usually enjoy his rants. Not sure the more politically correct among us are ready for this much honesty from a black man who expresses his gratitude to Allen West for having the ‘nads to say what he said, but it’s on-topic and I enjoyed it, so here ya go:

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  5. richtaylor365 *

    I personally think that stifling one’s self in the name of political correctness is much more offensive than stating the truth as one sees it.

    No one said anything about stifling one’s self. He is free to use whatever form of expression he chooses, but in my mind it is more PC (not less) to keep on using the tired analogies that the race hustlers of the left keep going to. I think we can do better.

    I find the use of the word “plantation” to be well on the side of the latter though.

    In the body of the post I asked this:

    Is anyone else getting really tired by the still present slave references utilized by both sides in scoring points?

    Apparently you aren’t, that’s cool, it was a question I was asking but I think that tactic has been played out by the left, for no good effect.

    Slave analogies have been used, from Malcolm X on to the present race merchants in an effort to distinguish themselves and their plight from that of the white folks, and to marginalize blacks who did not march to their tune. How many times did we hear the left hurl pejoratives of “House Negro” or porch negro at Collin Powell, Clarence Thomas and Condi Rice? They use terms like “authentically black” as a cudgel to bash blacks that do not think like they do. They talk about “slave blood”:

    Barack Obama is “of the system. He’s going to be in the system,” Steele told a morning gathering of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.“Why are they attacking Michelle Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and not really attacking, to that degree, her husband?” Steele asked. “Because he has no slave blood in him. He does not have any slave blood in him, but Michelle does.

    “This system is an issue. I don’t care what you say. You can’t expect the system that enslaved you save you,” Steele said.

    And when you think about it, the plantation analogy really does not work anyway. Col. West mentioned Democrat leaders were overseers on the plantation, and now the people on the plantation are upset because now they are disregarded and disrespected and their concerns are not cared about. But in the days of slavery, when real plantations existed the slaves had no power, of course they were disrespected, they were slaves and had no power at all to change their conditions. Today they do, they do not have to settle for any “overseers” telling them what to do or what to think.

    Both imply that people aren’t thinking for themselves, and are being controlled either by blind devotion to an individual like Rangel, or the ideology he represents.

    That sounds a bit condescending. Is it possible that the folks in his district, his constituency like and support him because he speaks for them, because he does their bidding and represents them the way they like, that they are thinking just fine, are not blinded by him or his ideology but actively support him for a reason? He talked about his “empowerment zones” he created in the video, I looked at his website and found this. Going over some of these accomplishments, he has brought much pork to his district, he has enacted legislation that benefits his district. Sure, there are probably some folks clueless about any of this and vote term after term solely on his race but this guy has delivered for his district. Maxine Waters is of his same ilk, but she also has tremendous support in her district, she speaks and represents those folks, gives them a voice.

    West, being black, knows that the word “plantation” has the potential to have a little more “punch” for other blacks who might be listening

    OK, if he thinks going that route will increase the size of the tent, that’s fine, but empowerment, having a voice, and the tenets of self reliance and individual responsibility (core conservative principals), these are all the flip side of plantation thinking.

    The devastation of black communities in the inner cities that West speaks of is a problem for all of us. Not only is it a blight on our nation, a drag on our economic well being, and a constant reminder of the utter failure of big government social programs, but it is the antitheses of everything conservatism stands for. Strengthening the nuclear family, holding schools accountable so that they provide the proper tools for success, breaking the poverty cycle, giving folks hope and a chance at that American dream where everyone prospers and becomes a productive citizen, we all want that.

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  6. CzarChasm
    Both imply that people aren’t thinking for themselves, and are being controlled either by blind devotion to an individual like Rangel, or the ideology he represents.

    That sounds a bit condescending.

    You know rich, your penchant for taking snippets of text out of context and replying as though I meant what the out-of-context snippet says is getting irritating. I explained why the words you used seemed the same to me in meaning as the one word West used that you originally complained about. A “vice like grip on his constituency” does not imply that you think people are thinking for themselves anymore than being controlled by a plantation overseer does. The comment was directed at yours and West’s similar wording, not what I think about the folks in Charlie Rangel’s district.

    The devastation of black communities in the inner cities that West speaks of is a problem for all of us. Not only is it a blight on our nation, a drag on our economic well being, and a constant reminder of the utter failure of big government social programs, but it is the antitheses of everything conservatism stands for. Strengthening the nuclear family, holding schools accountable so that they provide the proper tools for success, breaking the poverty cycle, giving folks hope and a chance at that American dream where everyone prospers and becomes a productive citizen, we all want that.

    I don’t disagree with a single word of that, or really, the jist of your whole post. I just don’t agree that namby pamby, watered down, political correctness is the key to achieving those goals. The only reason “brutal honesty” is brutal to anyone is because the truth hurts, and hard truths hurt worse. If blacks as a voting block aren’t considering the dismal failures that their 50+ year “vice-like-gripped” association with the Democratic Party has wrought them, then some brutal honesty may be the only thing that wakes them up to reality. So far, the stifling politically correct route has only increased that vice-like-grip from 92% black vote for Gore to 96% for Obama. Political correctness doesn’t work to conservatives’ benefit, it works to leftists’ benefit as our messages get lost in navigating eggshells over focusing like a laser beam on undeniable truths.

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  7. richtaylor365 *

    your penchant for taking snippets of text out of context

    Sorry, that is not my intention, I’ll go back to what you said:

    Both imply that people aren’t thinking for themselves, and are being controlled either by blind devotion to an individual like Rangel, or the ideology he represents.

    A “vise like grip on his constituency” could mean (at least this is the context in how I was using it) that he is attuned to their needs and provides them with stuff, he represents them the way they want to be represented and he has it down to a science. This beneficial arrangement where both parties get something out it does not imply that they are not thinking or are controlled. Because he has been doing it so long and knows what the people want, he position is secure, like a vise.

    I just don’t agree that namby pamby, watered down, political correctness is the key to achieving those goals.

    Yeah, I agree, although, as I said earlier, I think using the tactics of the left and their plantation/slave analogies is more PC then not, that we should leave them to their antiquated thinking and start using language that empowers and provides dignity to the individual.

    . So far, the stifling politically correct route has only increased that vice-like-grip from 92% black vote for Gore to 96% for Obama

    That is changing, slowly. There will still be a large percentage of blacks that will vote Obama no matter what, but if that 96% can be eroded just a bit, and it looks like that is happening, then he is vulnerable.

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  8. CzarChasm

    A “vise like grip on his constituency” could mean (at least this is the context in how I was using it) that he is attuned to their needs and provides them with stuff

    I agree with this 100%. “Stuff” in this instance is like food stamps and Section 8 housing let’s say. Hmm….The plantation overseer that West referenced provided food and shelter as a means of control too. Like I said, there is really no substantive difference between what you said and what West said. You just don’t like the imagery and/or black mark on our history that his words invoke, which is fine, but it doesn’t mean there’s any real difference in what you said.

    …he represents them the way they want to be represented and he has it down to a science.

    Oh, you better believe the plantation owner and overseers had keeping them in line down to a science too. The threat of taking away food and shelter was wielded just as often as the whip, but rarely ever used en masse because throngs of people facing starvation is a sure recipe for mass revolt. Just look at Greece today. Just think what would happen in this country if those programs were suddenly yanked. There would be riots just as bad as any during the 20th Century, only they’d be nationwide and driven by starvation and desperation, not by political, police or civil rights abuses.

    It just seems like every time you try to show West’s choice of words and metaphors to be inappropriate or off the mark, you bring them into clearer focus. You’re arguments against him are actually convincing me more and more that he was spot on in his analogy. I understand that’s not what you intend, and understand also that me saying that isn’t likely to change your mind about anything, but I just can’t find it in me to criticize one black guy trying to communicate a hard truth about self-reliance and responsibility to other blacks using a metaphor that only they, collectively, could possibly understand the true, in-depth relevance of. The only reason Charlie got all indignant about it is because it exposes him for what he is, a purveyor of law and policy that is intended to keep people dependent on his, and the Democrat Plantation’s, largesse. Boo hoo Charlie. He shoulda been forced to find a real job already anyway after all the crap he got away with. He should be in jail wearing real chains, instead of walking around free locking metaphorical ones on his own people.

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