Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Chris Dodd Wants To Move On

U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd would have us believe that it's time to put the allegations of his corrupt dealings with Countrywide Financial VIP loans. He claims that those loans were legitimate and would be available to ANYONE who applied to Countrywide. The Senate Ethics Committee has "cleared" Dodd while the House is still "studying" what that side of Congress can do.
"I feel the matter's behind us,'' Dodd said. "We ought to move on.''
Personally, I believe that Mr. Dodd is extremely corrupt and only obtained the loans because he sat as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. I'm fairly certain, actually I'm utterly certain that Countrywide wouldn't give me the time of day in the CEO's office where the loans originated, much less the rates that were given to Dodd and Sen Kent Conrad.

What infuriates me is the simple fact that Congress is unable for any reason to enforce any sort of ethics. Charley Rangel can get away for decades for not paying taxes, and he gets no fines, no criminal indictments, nothing. The Democratic Party is now at the centre of a horrendous cesspool of corruption that will never end, just as the Republicans were a few years ago. It never ends, just the party affiliation initials after the corrupt politician's name.

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