Jefferson's democracy

Franklin Jefferson's thoughts on the world

Sunday, May 28, 2006

I hate 'em all

The newest congressional corruption scandal doesn't surprise me-- Democrats take bribes too? No surprise. It's kind of karmic retribution; after all, what with (Republican) Randy Cunningham now in prison for taking bribes, and influence-peddler Abrahmson pleading guilty. I'm pissed off, but have to admit also being a bit happy to see the Democrat's smug holier-than-thou attitude get a little bit punctured.

But what I don't get is the instant Republican response. Jefferson was videotaped by the FBI taking bribes. One of his aides had pleaded guilty to bribing him. They got a search warrant, they searched his office-- sounds routine.

Congress is not above the law, dudes. He's just as fair game for a search warrant as a drug dealer or fence or any other criminal. Why the outrage over the search? This is the same congress that, when Bush says that search warrents aren't needed if you say the magic words "war on terror", says "well, that's reasonable.",1,2834107.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed,1,7962390.story?coll=la-headlines-nation&track=crosspromo

The burning question I have is, why is Hastert so afraid? What does he have to hide?


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