We, The People PERFORMANCE REVIEW
THE IMPERIALISTIC LIAR AND CROOK, CHARLIE RANGEL
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
“I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
~Louis D. Brandeis
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
Charles Bernard “Charlie” Rangel (born June 11, 1930) has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1971, representing the Fifteenth Congressional District of New York, and is the most senior member of that state’s congressional delegation. He is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. In January 2007, Rangel became chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Rangel graduated from New York University in 1957 and St. John’s University School of Law in 1960, then worked as a private lawyer, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and legal counsel during the early-mid 1960s. He served two terms in the New York State Assembly from 1967 to 1970, then defeated longtime incumbent Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in a primary challenge on his way to being elected to the House of Representatives.
Once there, Rangel rose rapidly in the Democratic ranks, projecting solidly liberal views.
The New York congressman under investigation for tax evasion, using his office to raise money from corporations with business before him and illegally accepting multiple rent control apartments has for years concealed his true wealth.
It simply marks the latest of numerous corruption scandals in the lengthy political career of Democrat Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. It turns out that the veteran lawmaker, who has represented Harlem in the U.S. House for three decades, is at least twice as wealthy as he originally reported on congressional disclosure forms.
Since the House Ethics Committee finally decided to investigate Rangel’s many violations last fall, the congressman corrected the huge asset omission fearing it would be discovered in the course of the probe. Now his amended disclosure statement for 2007 reports new assets worth between $647,000 and $1.38 million, substantially raising the value of his holdings.
Lying is par for the course for Rangel, who has committed a series of legal and ethical lapses in his storied career. Among them are violating New York state and city regulations by accepting several rent stabilized apartments from a Manhattan developer, using congressional stationery to solicit money for a center named after him and failing to pay taxes for two decades on rental income from a Caribbean villa. Ironically, the House committee he chairs writes the federal tax code.
A few years ago Rangel got in trouble for proposing tax legislation that would greatly benefit his campaign contributors and for lying about secretly accepting an all-expense paid family trip from a terrorist government. He slipped the tax provision into a broad tax relief bill in order to halt current audits of Americans who get breaks for operating businesses in the Virgin Islands.
In 2006 he was caught lying about a 2002 family trip financed by a government that for years has appeared on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist-sponsoring nations, a violation of House ethics rules. Rangel actually lied on his congressional travel disclosure forms to conceal that the Cuban government had paid for him and his family to visit the island to meet with Dictator Fidel Castro to discuss lifting U.S. trade restrictions on Havana.
A day after confidently assuring (“You bet your sweet life!”) that he still chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Charles Rangel became the second consecutive Democrat to get booted as head of the tax-writing panel amid a highly-publicized corruption scandal.
The famously unscrupulous politician, who has represented Harlem in the U.S. House for nearly four decades, was most recently reprimanded by the largely remiss House Ethics Committee for taking a couple of corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean during lavish Congressional Black Caucus jaunts. The ethics panel concluded that Rangel, a notoriously feisty powerbroker, violated the chamber’s gift rules in taking the trips.
The arrogant and seemingly untouchable politician blamed the violation on a staff member, assuring he knew nothing about major corporations funding the luxurious excursions. Members of congress shouldn’t be held responsible for their staffs’ mistakes, Rangel asserted at a press conference to respond to the ethics committee’s findings which he labeled “disturbing.”
It marked the admonishment of merely one of Rangel’s many transgressions, which have been well documented in the media and mostly ignored by Democrats, especially House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
One Pulitzer-prize winning political columnist sent Rangel a message: “Sorry, Charlie. You have no one to blame but yourself.” Rangel has become a creature of the rarified insider circles where the normal rules apply only to little people, not to him, the message further says.
Rangel is so sleazy that he’s tried to fend off punishment with money by making generous “campaign contributions” to members of the House Ethics Committee charged with investigating him. The back-door deals and political power peddling have bought him some time, but his mounting legal problems can’t go unpunished forever.
Perhaps Rangel will end up in jail like the disgraced Democrat who was forced out of the House Ways and Means chairmanship before him. Illinois Congressman Dan Rostenkowski served a 15-month prison sentence for operating a scheme in which he traded postal stamps for cash, hired “ghost” employees to pad his congressional payroll with fake workers and used his account at the House stationery shop to buy gifts. Bill Clinton pardoned Rostenkowski in 2000.
The joke of a House Ethics Committee could no longer ignore a famously unscrupulous—and seemingly untouchable—New York congressman’s corrupt activities, finally admonishing him for one of his many transgressions.
While a “public admonishment” from the notoriously remiss House Ethics Committee is merely a figurative slap on the wrist with no further consequence, it certainly presents a dilemma for the Democratic leadership which is already facing serious midterm election loses and all-time low approval ratings.
Like the crooked politician that he has repeatedly proven to be, Rangel claims he knew nothing about major corporations funding the luxurious excursions.
This could very well be the tip of the iceberg for Rangel. Incredibly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues supporting her good friend and refuses to remove him from his prestigious tax committee chairmanship.
Madam Speaker’s ardent support hasn’t wavered even though, fearing the tax probe would reveal his hidden assets, last fall Rangel disclosed that he is at least twice as wealthy as reported in congressional disclosure forms. For years he has concealed assets worth more than $1 million, including a federal credit union account worth between a quarter of a million and half a million dollars, a separate account at a private institution worth about the same, tens of thousands of dollars in municipal bonds and tens of thousands more in rental income.
After being targeted in a series of corruption probes, black congressional leaders have quietly introduced legislation to essentially gut the independent office they helped create to investigate wrongdoing among lawmakers.
Ohio Democrat Marcia Fudge introduced the measure to drastically weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics that recently determined her top aide improperly helped black caucus members take a lavish Caribbean trip funded by corporations. Congress created the citizen-run ethics office in 2008 because the House Ethics Committee is a joke that seldom investigates corruption.
But the panel’s inquiries have hit the Congressional Black Caucus hard and nearly half of its members want the vibrant new ethics office to cut back on its aggressive agenda to weed out corruption in the U.S. House of Representatives. Twenty of the 42 members of the all-Democratic caucus support Fudge’s measure, which is also sponsored by Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee of California.
In its short existence, the ethics office has investigated at least eight black caucus members, including the notoriously crooked Charlie Rangel of New York who got booted as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee this year.
Until the independent ethics office was created, Rangel was practically untouchable because fellow lawmakers on the House Ethics Committee refused to take any action against their beloved colleague.
In a statement to the Cleveland newspaper that broke this story, Fudge claims that she’s simply trying to “perfect” the “processes” of the new ethics panel to ensure that its aims are “achieved in a manner consistent with America’s spirit of justice.” The so-called “processes” must be fair to all people involved, Fudge’s statement goes on to say. Sounds like she just doesn’t want any of her pals to get investigated.
Why is Nancy Pelosi Protecting Charlie Rangel? http://www.judicialwatch.org/weeklyupdate/2009/36-why-nancy-pelosi-protecting-charlie-rangel
Maxine Waters: Rangel Not The Only In Congress To Hide Assets: http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2009/oct/maxine-waters-rangel-not-only-congress-hide-assets
The same hometown newspaper that exposed Charles Rangel for failing to declare $75,000 in rental income on a Caribbean villa, reports that he has concealed eight years worth of rental income on a six-unit structure he owns in the Harlem area that he’s represented in the U.S. House for three decades.
From 1993 to 2000 the veteran Democrat lawmaker has reported no rental income on the property on federal financial disclosure forms even though tenants have paid rent to live there during that time. Over decades Rangel has selectively reported the property’s income, from nothing to up to $50,000 in federal disclosure forms.
It simply marks the latest of numerous violations in Rangel’s storied political career.
Rangel only revealed the information because the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into his many transgressions last fall and he feared the huge asset omission would be discovered in the course of the probe.
A major news agency reported that Rangel has made hefty campaign contributions to members of the House Ethics Committee charged with investigating him. Since his ethics probes began, the shady congressman has covertly given campaign donations to 119 members of congress, including three of the five Democrats investigating him. They include Kentucky’s Ben Chandler, North Carolina’s G.K. Butterfield and Vermont’s Peter Welch.
The growing scandals and mounting legal problems have created a powerful chorus of one-time supporters calling for Rangel to resign as committee chair. Many insist that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi step up to the plate and yank him from the coveted position, but she refuses to remove her good friend or censure him publicly unless the House Ethics Committee—that he’s been paying off—finds him guilty of misconduct.
The Ethics Committee has also worked on three more serious investigations, which involve allegations of improperly living in multiple rent-stabilized apartments in New York City while claiming his Washington, D.C. home as his primary residence for tax purposes.
In March 2010, Rangel stepped aside as Ways and Means chair. In July 2010, Rangel was charged with multiple ethics violations by the House Ethics Committee and will face a formal hearing to determine his fate.
In July 2008, Rangel asked the United States House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, commonly known as the House Ethics Committee, to determine if his use of a Congressional letterhead while seeking to arrange meetings in which recipients of the letters would be solicited for contributions for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York had violated any House rules.
The New York Times reported on July 10, 2008 that Rangel rents four apartments in the Lenox Terrace complex in Harlem at below-market rates. The newspaper reported that Rangel paid $3,894 monthly for all four apartments in 2007, but that the going rate for similar apartments offered by the landlord in that building would be as high as $8,125 monthly. Three adjacent apartments on the 16th floor were combined to make up his 2,500-square-foot home; a fourth unit on the 10th floor is used as a campaign office, even though that violates city and state regulations that require rent-stabilized apartments to be used as a primary residence. The apartments are in a building owned by the Olnick Organization. Rangel received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from one of the company’s owners, according to The Times. Rangel told the newspaper his rent does not affect his representation of his constituents.
A Congressional ethics experts cited by The Times indicated that the difference in rent between what Rangel was paying and market rates on the second, third and fourth apartments he rented, an estimated $30,000 per year, could be construed as a gift as the savings is granted at the discretion of the landlord and is not offered to the public at large; if this should be treated as a gift, it would exceed the $100 limit established by the House of Representatives. In late July, the House voted 254 to 138 to table a resolution submitted by Minority Leader John Boehner that would have censured Rangel for having “dishonored himself and brought discredit to the House” by occupying the four apartments.
Rangel was also accused of failing to report income from the rental of a villa he owns in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, a three-bedroom, three-bath unit that has been rented out for as much as $1,100 per night in the busiest tourist season, from mid-December to mid-April. Labor lawyer Theodore Kheel, one of the principal investors in the resort development company and a frequent campaign contributor to Rangel, had encouraged the congressman to purchase the beachside villa. Rangel had purchased the unit in 1988 for $82,750 and financed $53,737.50 of the purchase price for seven years at a rate of 10.5 percent, but was one of several early investors who had interest payments waived in 1990. In September 2008, Lanny Davis, Rangel’s attorney, disclosed that Rangel had failed to report $75,000 in income he had received for renting the condo on his tax returns or in congressional disclosure forms. His accountants were calculating the amounts owed and would be filing amended city, state and federal tax returns to cover the liability for back taxes.
A September 14, 2008 editorial in The New York Times called for Rangel to temporarily step down from his chairmanship, stating that “Mounting embarrassment for taxpayers and Congress makes it imperative that Representative Charles Rangel step aside as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee while his ethical problems are investigated.”
Additional accounting discrepancies were disclosed on September 15, 2008, including omission in Rangel’s financial reports of details regarding the sale of a home he once owned on Colorado Avenue in Washington, DC, discrepancies in the value listed for a property he owns in Sunny Isles, Florida (varying from $50,000 to $100,000 all the way up to $500,000), and inconsistencies in investment fund reporting. While Republican leaders have called for his removal from his role as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee which plays a pivotal role in shaping tax law, Rangel has stated that there is no justification for his removal. “I owed my colleagues and the public adherence to a higher standard of care not only as a member of Congress but even more as the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee,” he said. He also stated that the mistakes were errors of omission that would not justify loss of his position.
An article in the September 18, 2008 New York Post states, “Rep. Charles Rangel has been using a House of Representatives parking garage for years as free storage space for his old Mercedes-Benz – a violation of congressional rules and a potential new tax woe for the embattled lawmaker… House rules forbid use of the garage for long-term storage more than 45 days – and congressional aides told The Post that Rangel’s car has been sitting there for years. A House Web site on parking regulations informs anyone with a space that, under IRS regulations, the benefit of the free parking is considered ‘imputed income’ and must be declared to the government. The spaces are valued by the House at $290 per month. In addition to the storage issue, the vehicle… runs afoul of other rules set forth on the House Web site because it does not have license plates and does not display a current House parking permit.”
In September 2008 Rangel paid back taxes of $10,800, owed from rental income on his Dominican villa. Rangel acknowledged that he had failed to declare $75,000 in rental income from his beachfront villa on his tax returns; he had owed back taxes for at least three years. Rangel’s examples, as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, (which writes the United States tax code) is nothing more than an insult.
On November 23, 2008, the New York Post reported that Rangel took a “homestead” tax break on his Washington, DC house for years while simultaneously occupying multiple New York City rent-stabilized apartments, “possibly violating laws and regulations in both cases.”
In late November 2008, following relevations from another New York Times story, Republican members of Congress asked the House Ethics Committee to look into Rangel’s defense of a tax shelter loophole that allows tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks for a company which has donated $1 million to the City College of New York school named after Rangel; under the loophole approved by Rangel’s Ways and Means Committee, Nabors Industries has been allowed to open a small outlet in Bermuda and call itself a foreign corporation. Rangel denies the charges. Nabors’ CEO, Eugene Isenberg, said that the company’s September 2006 donation was unrelated to what he calls Rangel’s promise to him to oppose the closing of the loophole after a meeting in February 2007. Isenberg gave a further $100,000 to the Rangel Center five days prior to that meeting. Nabors was one of four companies which benefited from the loophole.
The House Ethics Committee voted on December 9, 2008 to expand its investigation of Rangel to examine his role in the Isenberg matter. Isenberg subsequently denied there was any quid pro quo and called the Times article about it “full of malarkey”. The steady stream of revelations and ethics issues led to some loss of standing for Rangel in the House.
Rangel launched a counterattack on the Times, saying it had ignored facts and explanations offered by experts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denied Republican charges that she was trying to force the Ethics Committee investigation to an early conclusion, and Rangel indicated that he had no intention of relinquishing his Ways and Means chair.
In December 2008, it surfaced that Rangel paid $80,000 in campaign funds to an Internet company run by his son for the creation of his PAC website. Screenshots of the website have circulated showing grave misspellings and other errors on the site, and its normal cost of creation might have been more like $100. A representative for the non-profit Campaign Legal Center assessed Rangel’s actions in saying, “This is probably legal but is definitely wrong.”
In January 2009, Representative John R. Carter introduced the Rangel Rule Act of 2009 (H.R. 735), a tongue-in-cheek proposal that would allow all taxpayers to not pay penalties and interest on back taxes, in reference to Rangel not yet having paid them.
During a 2009 visit to Hamilton, Bermuda, Congressman Rangel received a book written by U.S. Consul General Gregory W. Slayton. In May 2009, the National Legal and Policy Center filed an ethics complaint against Rangel and several other members of Congress for trips taken in 2007 and 2008 to Caribbean islands that were sponsored by New York non-profit organization Carib News Foundation. The foundation funded by a number of large corporations with major interests before Congress and the Ways and Means Committee; this combined with the duration of the trips seemed to violate House rules, and the Ethics Committee agreed the following month to investigate the matter.
Some of Rangel’s unreported assets include a federal credit union checking account of between $250,000 and $500,000, several investment accounts, stock in Yum! Brands and PepsiCo, and property in Glassboro, New Jersey. Rangel also did not pay property taxes on two of his New Jersey properties.
On June 26, 2009, Bloomberg News reported on Chairman Rangel’s role in the Diageo Rum Bailout. On September 1, 2009, the Chicago Tribune reported on Chairman Rangel’s lack of action on pending legislation that would prevent $2.9 billion of U.S. Tax dollars from going to British concern Diageo. On September 2, 2009, the L.A. Times reported on Chairman Rangel’s association with a deal to give $2.8 billion of U.S. Tax dollars to Diageo to make rum in the U.S. Virgin Islands. On October 6, 2009, the Washington Times reported on the campaign contributions Chairman Rangel received related to the $2.8 billion rum deal he supports.
On November 12, 2009, The Hill reported on Rangel’s involvement in stopping legislation (H.R. 2122) that prevents $3.9 billion in rum bailouts from being voted on in the Ways and Means Committee.
As 2009 wore on, there was speculation that Rangel would be forced out of Ways and Means chair position, and another Republican resolution was put forth towards that end, but Rangel stayed in place and mostly maintained his role in House leadership and policy discussions, including the Obama health care reform plan. Nevertheless, his influence was diminished by the questions surrounding him, and the political difficulties surrounding the health care legislation hampered his efforts to bring about what would be one of his most significant legislative “accomplishments”.
Media pieces compared Rangel’s woes with those of ethically challenged past Ways and Means chairs Wilbur Mills and Dan Rostenkowski. Speaker Pelosi, a longtime friend of Rangel’s, continues to withhold any possible action against Rangel pending the House Ethics Committee report. Rangel evinced impatience with that body, saying “I don’t have a complaint now, except that it’s taking too goddam long to review this thing and report back.”
On February 26, 2010, the House Ethics Committee issued its report on the matter of Rangel’s Caribbean trips. It determined that Rangel had violated House gift rules by accepting payment from corporations for reimbursement for travel to the 2007 and 2008 conferences. It concluded that Rangel had not known of the contributions in question, but was still responsible for them and would be required to repay their cost. Five other members who made the trip were cleared of having violated rules but also had to repay their trips. Rangel disagreed with the committee’s finding, saying “Because they were my staff members who knew, one of whom has been discharged, [the committee has decided] that I should have known. Common sense dictates that members of Congress should not be held responsible for what could be the wrongdoing, or mistakes or errors of staff.”
The White House backed off its prior support of Rangel a bit, and within days fourteen Democratic members of Congress publicly called on Rangel to step aside as Ways and Means chair. Other Democrats were concerned that Rangel would be a drag on Democrats’ efforts to maintain their majority in the 2010 House elections, but did not want to say anything publicly out of respect and personal affection for Rangel. Pelosi said she would take no action against Rangel now, saying that his staff had been more at fault and that Rangel had not broken any law in this matter, and that she awaited the results of further committee findings. The ethics committee continued to investigate the three more serious charges against Rangel.
Momentum quickly built against Rangel, with up to 30 or more Democrats planning to oppose his continued chairmanship in a full House vote being pushed by Republicans. Representative Paul Hodes of New Hampshire said, “I think we’re in a zero-tolerance atmosphere, and I think … Washington should be held to the highest ethical standards. I have the greatest admiration for Mr. Rangel’s service to this country. He’s been a great public servant. This is very, very unfortunate, but I think it’s necessary.” On March 3, 2010, Rangel said that he would take a leave of absence as chair, pending the issuing of the Ethics Committee’s reports. Pelosi granted the request, but whether such a leave was possible was unclear, and when asked, Pelosi said that a resignation had taken place and that Rangel was no longer chair. Most observers said it was unlikely that Rangel would ever be able to regain the position. Several Democrats said they would return or donate to charity campaign contributions given to them by Rangel. Representative Sander M. Levin of Michigan serves as Rangel’s replacement. When asked about his well-known autobiographical phrase, Rangel said, “I haven’t had a bad day yet, but it’s been close.”
By 2010, Rangel’s continuing difficulties, together with the death a few months prior of Percy Sutton and the scandal around, and abandoned election campaign of, Governor David Paterson (Basil Paterson’s son), marked the end of the era of Harlem’s “Gang of Four”. Furthermore, Rangel faced a Democratic primary challenger for his seat, Vincent Morgan, whose grassroots campaign bore many resemblances to Rangel’s own against the scandal-plagued Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. back in 1970. Adam Clayton Powell IV was also challenging Rangel again, as was labor activist and past primary candidate for statewide office Jonathan Tasini. On June 6, 2010, Rangel officially announced the start of his re-election campaign. While Rangel’s fund-raising is down from previous years, and he has paid over $1 million in legal fees, he still has far more cash available for the campaign than any of his challengers.
On July 22, 2010, an investigative subcommittee of the House Ethics Committee indicated that Rangel probably violated a range of ethics rules in the cases involving the more serious charges. The matter was referred to another, newly created, special subcommittee to rule on the findings, and Rangel will face a trial-like, formal hearing soon.
On September 1, 2009, Rangel injected race into the American health care reform debate at a forum in Washington Heights, accusing opponents of the president’s reform proposal of racism saying, “Some Americans have not gotten over the fact that Obama is president of the United States. They go to sleep wondering, ‘How did this happen?’” He went on to say that when critics object to Obama “trying to interfere” with their lives by pushing for health care reform, “then you know there’s just a misunderstanding, a bias, a prejudice, an emotional feeling. We’re going to have to move forward notwithstanding that.” He also compared the battle over health care expansion for the uninsured to the fight for civil rights saying, “Why do we have to wait for the right to vote? Why can’t we get what God has given us? That is the right to live as human beings and not negotiate with white southerners and not count the votes. Just do the right thing.”
Judicial Watch: List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009
#10) Rep. Charles Rangel And what did he do when the House Ethics Committee started looking into all of this? He apparently resorted to making “campaign contributions” to dig his way out of trouble. According to WCBS TV, (http://wcbstv.com/local/charles.rangel.ethics.2.1160326.html) a New York CBS affiliate: “The reigning member of Congress’ top tax committee is apparently ‘wrangling’ other politicos to get him out of his own financial and tax troubles…Since ethics probes began last year the 79-year-old congressman has given campaign donations to 119 members of Congress, including three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee who are charged with investigating him.”
Charlie Rangel should not be allowed to remain in Congress, let alone serve as Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, and he knows it. That’s why he felt the need to disburse campaign contributions to Ethics Committee members and other congressional colleagues.
Our so-called “Public Servants” in this country have shown an unacceptable level of imperialistc royalty and arrogance when We, The People as questions and attempt to hold them accountable. This behavior can not be tolerated.
We now have an invisible empire above We, The People.
And we’re damned tired of their smug faces, ridicule and middle fingers.
THEY ARE OUR REPRESENTATIVES! NOT OUR RULERS! THEY WORK FOR US AND ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO US!
CHARLIE RANGEL—– THIS IS YOUR “PERFORMANCE REVIEW”. YOU ARE FIRED!
We, The People
VARIOUS YOUTUBE VIDEOS ON RANGEL:
Charlie Rangel Swears at Constituent asking about his scam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdtFWCrCh0s
Charlie Rangel refuses to commit to vote against tax payer funded abortion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-sRIqQ1FKQ&feature=related
Charlie Rangel, the poster boy for ethics violations:
Charlie Rangel jokes about dead police officer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn7qAQv-L1E
Charlie Rangel Must Go! FoxNews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngHMR3MbUsg
Charlie Rangel, Caught Red-Handed AGAIN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp51BLwsLRs&feature=related
Charlie Rangel calls Sarah Palin “Disabled”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB-e2aHh6nI&feature=related
Rangel Rants When BUSTED: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGuH2c_4HvE&feature=related
Rangel Rants about Healthcare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEx-bLjLEvI&feature=related
What to do now?
I’m tired. And I’m tired of this damned shadow-boxing.
Every day we awake to a new barrage of sewer billowing from the DC machine and from our so-called “Representatives” in Government. It’s nothing less than a travesty what they’re doing to the American people.
Starting today, I’m going to post a daily TWG GROWL. It’ll be whatever is on my mind for that particular day, and it usually begins the moment I awake.
Today’s GROWL is related to the relentless attack on our second amendment rights.
The Federal government and the United Nations have been working in unison for years to systematically disarm American citizens. Why is it so critical that they disarm us?
Today, many men and women have reason to believe that the United Nations and the Federal government are intent on disarming the American people as a means to significantly greater control the way citizens in disarmed China, Germany, the Soviet Union and Cuba were controlled.
We’ve seen Constitutional protections for fundamental individual rights eroded by a government that is actively hostile to the legacy of individual sovereignty we inherited from the American Revolution, and abandoned by countrymen who have surrendered to fear, laziness, apathy and complacency.
We’re entangled in laws that portray natural rights as vices and attack them in the name of false security, and by government that grows like a cancer until it occupies every area of human life.
We find our speech threatened, our communications spied upon, our privacy violated, our finances probed, our bedrooms monitored, our bodies controlled, our businesses regulated, our property stolen, our income taxed into nonexistence, and ourselves disarmed by officials who find comfort in the thought of submissive subjects.
We’ve seen people fined, imprisoned, and even murdered by officials for doing no more than acting on their liberty in ways that draw the displeasure of those who treat independence as a threat and the coercive power of the state as a plaything.
We’ve been told from those in our current administration that “political power comes from the barrel of a gun”. These are also words spoken by Mao Zedong and Lenin, dictators who murdered millions of their own countrymen! We’ve heard people in our own current administration, such as Anita Dunn, telling a group of college students that she “looks up to Chairman Mao.”
Really? REALLY? JUST WHO, AND WHAT DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?
When we express anger, we law-abiding gun owners and Patriotic Americans of today are presented as “gun nuts, extremists, militia fanatics, and killers” in the lame-stream media. Why?
Can you understand why tolerance pushed beyond a limit of fairness leads to justifiable anger? Can you understand why being told we cannot enjoy the same safety our leaders and representatives in government enjoy invokes outrage? Is a politician’s life more important than your life?
Gun owners are clearly losing rights with each new gun law. We’re constantly trying to correct statistics, and those against our second amendment rights don’t even want to be
educated because they are convinced regardless of all that information that the real problem is that the (evil) firearms owners have hate and violence in their hearts. Nothing could be further from the truth. But then, what do they care?
The fact that the barrage of legislation proposed today only apply to people who ALREADY own a handgun tells me that it’s not about crime prevention, it’s about harassment.
Personally, I want to live in a free society, not one with the government as chief nanny.
Criminals often kill people who’ve already turned over their money and put up no resistance. If a woman does not resist and the criminal intends to rape her, she will be raped.
Are we supposed to simply Submit when confronted with an armed rapist or murderer and leave our ourselves at their mercy?
I strongly disagree.
How is this different from the way the tyrants and news organizations of Nazi Germany,China, the Soviet Union, Cambodia, and Cuba propagandized against the segments of their societies that opposed complete state control?
Many documented statements by anti-gun groups claim that the Second Amendment refers to the power of the States to keep and bear arms. In other sections of the Constitution, we find the following statements:
“the right of the PEOPLE to peaceably assemble,”
the “right of the PEOPLE to be secure in their homes,”
“enumeration here of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the PEOPLE,” and “the powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the PEOPLE.”
Do you honestly believe “the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms” refers to the States but excludes Individuals?
The argument against our second amendment rights fail the basic tests of logic. Their argument is not determined by its truth, accuracy, or even that it is fully understood.
Let me remind you that Authority is NOT truth. TRUTH is authority.
They are our Representatives. NOT our rulers.
Our second amendment rights have nearly been decimated. It is time to stand up and be heard. Before there is nothing left to save.
GUN RIGHTS ARE CIVIL RIGHTS.
GUNS ARE RIGHTS.
Guns are the right of self-preservation, our basic human right to life itself. Our rights are, of course, everyone’s rights — whether or not some choose not to own firearms.
GUN RIGHTS are HUMAN RIGHTS. There are no rights at all for a disarmed population.
Society is not giving the citizens the protection, status, and empowerment usually offered to victims who are denied their civil rights.
Criminals get guns, knives, and bludgeons any time they wish, and they disobey whatever laws they wish–including laws against robbery, rape, and murder. Why would you want to make law-abiding citizens easier prey by taking away, or limiting their right to own and carry, their guns?
The ACLU and most Americans think a door-to-door search for drugs is a gross violation of civil rights. Many gun banners would like to see door-to-door confiscation of guns. Are you willing to have Your Home searched for guns (or anything else) any time the government wishes to do so?
To the politicians and officials who treat our rights as if they were privileges that they might limit or remove at will, we say that WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH.
You have overstepped your bounds and cut away at that which no government, no legislature, no agency, no referendum, no quorum, no majority, and no power of any sort may trespass against except at its own peril.
By your actions, you have deprived the institutions in which you do your worst of their legitimacy.
You have awakened the GIANT, and We, The People are going to monitor the activities of our politicians and government bureaucrats who threaten liberty, and to share such information as we gather with others who also value freedom so that those who engage in abuses can not hide behind official anonymity.
We do this not to turn our backs on our friends, relatives, and neighbors who have been duped into abandoning liberty, but to defend the rights whose value they have forgotten for them as well as ourselves.
You want to institute a system where the weak and elderly are at the mercy of the strong, the lone are at the mercy of the gang. You want to give violent criminals a government guarantee that citizens are disarmed.
Sorry, that’s unacceptable.
Fidelity to the Constitution is an absoloute MUST in your positions. Otherwise, we will vote you out and replace you with those who will keep their solemn oath to do so.
WHO AND WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
Our Republic is no longer the unified force for freedom that it once was. The dignity of office… the respect for law… and the commitment to spreading the shining and brilliant
love of freedom that we based our lives upon, has slowly but surely been transformed into an ignorant and careless abrogation of our duties and responsibilities.
We see our Senators calling for the dismantling of our Constitution, and for the change of
our representative government into officially sanctioned mob rule.
We see our leaders commit disgusting crimes in the face of our people, and explain away the consequences by the definition of simple words. Giving We, The People nothing but empty words, smug faces and middle fingers when we ask WHY.
We, The People need to be ever vigilant in upholding our Constitution because the people who took an oath to protect it aren’t keeping that oath.
Ask yourselves…….What agenda for the United States do they have planned that requires disarming the citizens of our country?
STOP PUNISHING LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS
WE WANT CRIMINAL CONTROL – NOT GUN CONTROL
SELF DEFENSE IS AN INALIENABLE RIGHT
OUR LIBERTY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE.
OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.