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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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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Rangel and Waters should resign

By JP Bender

Too many politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, have fallen victim to the notion that since they are elected and voted themselves special privileges, they are different than regular folks; they are exempt from proper behavior. In case you didn’t know it, that’s why Congress has a positive approval rating of about 11 percent.

Which brings us to the matter of why both Congress members Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters should resign, as that would be the honorable thing to do. But they won’t, because neither of these two elected officials have any honor at all. They don’t serve their constituents or their country; they only serve their own needs. Personally I believe in the old fashioned Japanese method of honor – it is called Hari kari. For those of you not familiar with the custom, Hari kari, also known as sepuku, is an ancient form of ritual suicide.

It of course is the job of members of Congress to hold each other accountable to a higher standard, regardless of party affiliation, and if the serious charges against the two are accurate, they need to resign. But they won’t. Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse.

We've heard about Charlie’s problems, in the Ways and Means Committee, as he's addressed these charges against him. He never denied they happened but he always has an explanation. I personally have read the charges and you might excuse one or two, but not 13, Good old Charlie now plans to drag it out and probably will ultimately claim it is a public lynching (for sympathy purposes, blacks love to use that term), hatched by Republican white officials, out to ‘get him.’ Or, maybe he wishes to have President Obama invite he and Maxine over to the White House, for a beer summit, and this will all go away.

Now Maxine has adopted a different stance. She plans to go through a House trial to contest charges of misusing her office, and she is defiant about anyone who might suggest she has done anything wrong. Details of the specific accusations of wrongdoing have not yet been made public but they involve her improperly intervening, in 2008, with federal regulators to help get bailout funds for a bank that her husband owned stock in and on whose board he once served. Waters also once held stock in the bank

At no time in at least the last two decades have two sitting House members faced a public hearing detailing allegations against them.

And after listening to these two bozos, trying to manuplate the system, it should be noted that 435 members of the House of Representatives will be up for election in November. How much better would our country be if all were thrown out of office? While we are at it, 33 members of the Senate face the voters too and they also should be sent packing.

We once rebelled against the King of England, to take charge of our own destiny. Since that time, we have become complacent and have allowed the members of congress to run roughshod over the country and allow them to become the elite and exempt from their own rules and regulations. In aout 90 days, that could all change. Wake up America before this institution bankrupts us all.

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