In the interests of political correctness, ethics investigations into corrupt politicians should be ended at once. You see, they result in “disparate impact“:
African-Americans make up 10 percent of the House, but as of the end of February, five of the sitting six named lawmakers under review by the House Ethics Committee are black. The pattern isn’t new. At one point in late 2009, seven lawmakers were known to be involved in formal House ethics inquiries; all were members of the Congressional Black Caucus. An eighth caucus member, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois, had also been under investigation, but his probe was halted temporarily while the Justice Department undertook an inquiry of its own.
All told, about one-third of sitting black lawmakers have been named in an ethics probe during their careers, according to a National Journal review.
Only two members of Congress have been formally charged with ethics violations in recent years and have faced the specter of public trials — Reps. Charles Rangel of New York (censured) and Maxine Waters of California (investigation ongoing). Both are black. There are no African-Americans in the Senate. Remember the most recent black senator, Roland Burris of Illinois? Reprimanded by the Senate Ethics Committee in 2009.
Burris was appointed to replace a black junior Senator named Barack Hussein Obama, who went on to personify crony capitalist corruption.
Naturally, black legislators are endeavoring to restore their reputation by rooting out corrupt members. Just kidding. Their predictable reaction has been to deal a hand of 52 Pickup with a deckful of race cards.
In interviews with more than a dozen members of the CBC, an unsettling thread emerges: They feel targeted. There could be no other explanation, many said, for what they see as disproportionate treatment at the hands of ethics investigators. They describe a disquieting reality of being black in Congress today: a feeling that each move they make is unfairly scrutinized. “We all feel threatened,” said Rep. Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, as he sat by the fireplace off the House floor. “If the only reason that you would suffer a complaint is because of your skin color, that is a cause for concern.”
It couldn’t possibly be that black congresscritters often represent ghetto districts that are poor precisely because the people who live in them are so ethically challenged that they would rather spend other people’s wealth than create their own. It couldn’t be that the only qualification for office in such districts is a guarantee to bring home the free money and to stick Whitey in the eye whenever possible, so that even criminal lowlifes like Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters get reelected time and time again. No, it must be racism.
The interim solution — destroy the Office of Congressional Ethics. CBC congresscritters have
met privately with investigators, complained to Pelosi, and introduced legislation to curb its powers. When Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, introduced a measure in 2010 to shrink the office’s authority, her bill had 19 cosponsors, all of them fellow members of the black caucus. A year later, when African-American Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., pushed on the floor to slash the office’s funding by 40 percent, 25 of the 29 Democrats who voted with him on the failed measure were black.
For a permanent solution, we have two alternatives: 1) make it official that corruption is only bad when white people engage in it; or 2) make it official that our government is so rotten that corruption is the norm and should no longer be investigated.
Hilariously, the Congressional Black Caucus likes to call itself “the conscience of the Congress.”
On a tip from Conan.