Do Congressional Republicans have a problem with behaving ethically?

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According to a report in the Florida Times-Union – Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns allegedly tried to convince a primary challenger to drop out of the race with a $25,000 bribe and a job offer. That primary challenger – James Jett – confirmed that he’s turned the matter over to the FBI for an investigation.

Stearns isn’t the only Republicans with dirty hands though – more than 10 other Republican Members of Congress have ethics complaints and investigations against them – including the only member of congress with allegations of a criminal past - the second richest man in Congress – Darryl Issa. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor famously lied back in 2010 that his party would have a zero-tolerance policy toward ethics violations. Of course, Cantor also lied that Republicans would pass job-creating legislation.

Why does the Republican party attract crooks and liars?

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Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 10:59 am


Great question Thom!

Could it be that since they gave us Regan & the Regan koolaid kocktail of trickle down nonsense we were primed to accept the outward appearance of what things looked like - while ignoring the nature of reality? Could it be they learned about the human need for connection & replaced it with 'the Jesus' myth to comfort the spiritual hunger of our nationally designated corrupted Christianity Complex? Could it be that since we swallowed hook, line & spinner these maneuverings which made us ripe for plunder by criminals?

Based on these, it sees to me, we have been indoctrinated to believe the 'convincing truths' hand selected by christians & corporate controllers. Proof is no longer necessary - it just has to be 'convincing'. We've moved on from the days Nixon gave us - "I am NOT a Crook." Today we get instead - "I am a patriotic guy, I believe in God, I have stellar family values, I am pro business - let's bomb Iraq, Iran or somewhere else nearby, ya know that place, aw, schucks, gee willkers I caint remember the doggone place but we need to bomb it anyway!."

So, even though someone 'acts' like a criminal, & since we don't prosecute white collar crime, all the criminal has to do is say their schtick enough times - we believe them & re-elect them. Even more pathetic is the trend of 'stupid but looks good' which has taken over . Now our great American birth right provides us empty headed vampire vanities for our governance & media personalities.

BTW, we amerikans seem to especially appreciate LAZY crooks & liars - cause most of those guys don't do much work while in their congressional capacity. I wonder what happen to the notion that our governance set good examples for us? Now, their examples give youngsters the idea that you can get a great socialistic job in the government & vote yourself all kinds of perks. You don't need to have civility nor facts - just say what ever you feel like because of our great freedom to interpret 'free speech'. You don't need to work - all you need to do is be exemplary in minding every ones business but your own. You are permitted to value mean spiritless over common ground. And you get to enjoy the most valued perks - you get to tell women what to do & put to death men you don't value.

Dec. 10, 2011 3:09 pm

Though there are likely to be a share of crooks and liars in the Democratic Party, it would make sense that the majority of them would settle into the Republican Party. The Democratic Party leans toward people helping each other, sharing responsibility, providing for the less fortunate, etc. The Repulican Party seems to be more about individual accomplishment, greed, taking as much as you can for yourself. Crooks and liars are more in tune with the latter.

N-O-R, Not One Republican, 2012. Pass it on.

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

My optimism dream is that the Repugnuts will become the Whigs as they hit the edge of the earth and the Dems will no longer have the "greater evil" to justify themselves. The Great Reorganization of American Politics after the Whigs can have a Progressive Movement with previously disappointed and alienated ground up populists who have gotten over the adolescent withdrawal of their 'libertarian' phase. If we can think about democracy as our work in progress instead of failed government, we can get busy on the journey again.

DRC's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Gee whiz, last night before I went to sleep i was wondering about the state of our political parties. (Not the best subject to consider before drifting off to dreamland.) I've resigned myself to our political low caused by our corrupted system which isn't going to split up the goodies to share with a 3rd party. So let's call the two parties by their true names - that would be: the Regurgitators & the Demoralizers. So glory be! I have a choice! Since the Regurgitators leave behind that sour sickening smell I guess I'll go with the mustiness of the Demoralizers.

Dec. 10, 2011 3:09 pm

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