Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Cast the First Stone - Please!

Is Howard Dean the only Democrat with the courage and integrity to stand up and go toe to toe with the corrupt thugs who are running (ruining) our country? The Democratic Party is running newspaper ads in six Congressional Districts decrying the corruption and scandals created by the Republican incumbents in those districts. A new Democratic sponsored web site renames the House of Representatives, the "House of Scandal".

Despite this rise in the the level of rhetoric and in the face of calls from both watchdog groups and the public, there has not been a single ethics complaint lodged with the House Ethics Committee.


According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Howard Dean wants Democrats to start holding Republicans accountable for the "culture of corruption" he sees in Washington.

The AJC goes on to point out that:

…Dean is getting virtually no help from fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives.

In the year since then-Rep. Chris Bell (D-Texas) filed a complaint that triggered the current ethics investigation of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), not one Democrat has initiated another complaint despite the pleas of outside watchdog groups.

In San Diego, Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham is being investigated by multiple federal agencies for what now appears to be over $1,000,000 in special financial considerations from two high suspect corporate types. In at least one case, Cunningham has admitted to working to help that corporate contact get millions of dollars of Department of Defense business. Were laws broken? Don't know. Does the case stink of corruption and abuse of power? Yes. Did Congressman Cunningham act ethically? Let's have the Ethics Committee investigate.

The people of Congressman Cunningham's 50th District are not being served by their Congressman, but they are also being failed by all of the Democrats in Congress who are sitting on the sidelines shaking their heads and making appropriate statements. It's time for that crap to stop. It is time for Democrats in Congress to step up and demand investigations of their fellow representatives.

If Democrats don't have the integrity to call for these investigations and to address Congress' "culture of corruption" perhaps they had better move on and leave their seats to real, honest Democrats who will

Come on Bob Filner, Susan Davis, Nancy Pelosi. It is time to step up and take a stand for something more than being the "best Congress money can buy."