Representative Rangel wanted to make some points about the ethics violations filed against him. The rules of the House allow him to take up to one hour to do so. He took about half that time to make his case. His was was that he made mistakes, and admitted them on the Floor of the House. He maintained, however, that he was not corrupt.
I was at the 99 on Route 38 in Tewksbury, having lunch and watching it on Fox, but not listening. I was doing my best to follow the subtitles.
I have mentioned before that Representative Rangel is an authentic US Army hero from the Korean War. Maybe that is why I was disposed to accept his statement at face value, that
I love my country and I love my Congress.For me that statement counts for a lot. If the House Ethics Committee votes for guilty, I hope that he is allowed to proceed with dignity. The man is 80 years old. I think his politics is wrong headed, but he is a patriot who loves his country and has served it. Should he have have learned from Adam Clayton Powell, Jr? Absolutely; but sometimes we forget those lessons of our youth.
Justice should be done, but justice should include mercy.
Regards — Cliff