CLICK HERE:Once in a while, though not very often, we are 'gifted' with a public apology from a 'public official'. Such is the case in a recent Washington Post article, detailing this very painful episode in the life of a certain Congressman, Charlie Rangel LINK: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/11/rangel-apologizes-to-supporter.html
The actual 'apology letter' can be found here: LINK: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/11/rangel-apologizes-to-supporter.html
It's a nice enough apology, a little late, and one can only imagine how heartfelt it may be. One prays that 'it' is not just a public cover for the private regret of 'getting caught'.
Maybe we should just take it at face value and leave it at that. We can choose to give Rangel 'the benefit of the doubt' if we want to.
Certainly, the rule-of-the-law will be applied, upheld and enforced. Certainly Mr. Rangel will seek to 'reinforce' his apology with timely 'good deeds' and gestures of 'good will' and will encourage his supporter cohorts to do likewise.
Yes, it is infuriating to be subject to the politics of corruption. We taxpayers bristle at gross financial abuses just when the economy is so bad for most of us...But there is good to be had here, too.
Mr. Rangel in a 'one-man political show' has validated, once and for all, just how necessary the TEA PARTY is at this time in American history. And for that we owe Mr. Rangel a debt of gratitude.
We will survive things are they are today with all the political corruption and misuse/mismanagement of taxpayer money. We'll investigate and act and we will be the better for it as a country in the end.
Therefore, in truth I would urge us all to simply accept Charlie's apology as it stands. He knows he's under scrutiny, censure and his finances will be checked and checked again, as will those of all of his associates.
What more can we want from him? Nothing at all except truthful testimony as things progress.
For a guy who couldn't cough up a million dollars recently for his lawyers' fees, it is unlikely that he will be able to actually reimburse his constituents. But there is something he can do for us that doesn't directly involve money.
He can 'call to task' those who have 'defended him' with 'purposeful deceit'. Mr. Rangel can tell them to 'cease and desist' and that would mean a lot to many people.
He could start, for instance, with columnist Janus Adams, who, in her frantic defense of Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters and others, chose the path of racial and ethnic divisiveness over clear discussion and fact-finding.
In a word, Adams seemed to have 'tweaked'.
There are those who have suggested that Ms. Adams played 'the race card', but let me be clear: Ms. Adams played the ENTIRE DECK this go-round with Rangel and Waters.
Overtaken by her 'zeal' to see Rangel, Waters and others 'vindicated' (or at least 'left alone), Janus finally had the 'big one' and did it publicly, no less. LINK: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Adams-Rangel-s-woes-echo-unwelcome-history-820718.php
Perhaps Janus will become 'enlightened' in view of Charlie Rangel's obvious confession and apology. Maybe she can admit she made a 'mistake' with her recent column.
Janus can henceforth distance herself from the 'self-demeaning archaic racial ploys of old' and promise never to use them again.
Maybe she will realize that she denigrates and 'speaks down to' those who consider themselves her 'fans' when she reduces 'political, financial and ethical corruption' to nothing more than a matter of skin color.
This is so very hurtful and unfair to others, especially to the children and grandchildren Janus might 'counsel'.
ALL children and grandchildren deserve to be relieved of racial falsehoods and derision and arguments of same promulgated by an obviously inflamed Ms. Adams. Where is her 'inner censor'?
Perhaps Mr. Rangel will bring some understanding to Ms. Adams. He can point out that he APOLOGIZED. He can impress upon her the benefits of moving into a 21st century racial paradigm.
I understand that Ms. Adams' rage and indignation at 'the Charlie Rangel situation' is compounded by recent reports about Maxine Waters as well. LINK: http://nation.foxnews.com/maxine-waters/2010/11/22/hot-air-bombshell-evidence-may-make-waters-ethics-nightmare-dems
But this in no way--none of this--allows anyone, let alone Janus Adams, to lodge false charges of 'racism' where they simply do not exist.
courtesy www.GospelGifs.com Jim Sutton
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