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Ethics Trials Highlight Racial Tensions in Congress (Obama, Pelosi Incite Democrat Race War?)
The Los Angeles Times ^ | Sunday, August 1, 2010 | James Oliphant and Richard Simon

Posted on 08/01/2010 12:33:33 PM PDT by kristinn

The prospect of two long-serving African American lawmakers in the House enduring unprecedented public ethics trials seems likely to add to the growing tension between black members of Congress and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill and in the Obama administration.

Congressional sources confirmed late Friday that later this year Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles) will face an ethics proceeding likely related to allegations that she sought to help a bank with ties to her husband receive federal bailout funds.

The House trial could come on the heels of the high-profile trial of Rep. Charles B. Rangel, the venerable Democrat from New York who is accused of 13 violations of House ethics rules. Like Rangel, Waters chose not to seek a settlement with House ethics investigators that would have involved some admission of wrongdoing.

Between them, Rangel, 80, and Waters, 71, have served in the House for six decades and are leading members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The caucus has long complained that the House ethics process disproportionally targets African Americans in the chamber.

Since its 2009 inception, the Office of Congressional Ethics — an independent watchdog set up at the behest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — has investigated at least eight members of the black caucus.

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The ethics cases are the latest source of tension between the Congressional Black Caucus and Democratic leaders.

The caucus earlier this month was unhappy over the Obama administration's treatment of black Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, who was asked to resign after her remarks in a video clip were taken out of context. In addition, some members of the caucus believe Obama has done little to support the candidacy in Florida of Rep. Kendrick B. Meek, who is bidding to become the state's first African American senator.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; blackcaucus; charlierangel; maxinewaters
Pass the popcorn, please.
1 posted on 08/01/2010 12:33:38 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

obama is the biggest racist in America....


2 posted on 08/01/2010 12:38:59 PM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: kristinn

Screw all of ‘em. They are the ones that created the mess with that group-ism thought process.


3 posted on 08/01/2010 12:45:04 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: kristinn

Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Can you DIG it?


4 posted on 08/01/2010 12:45:07 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: kristinn

The caucus has long complained that the House ethics process disproportionally targets African Americans in the chamber.

All they ever do -ever- is complain that they are being “targeted disproportionally”. Police in the neighborhood, hiring, bank loans, now House members...all targeted disproportionally.


5 posted on 08/01/2010 12:49:59 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (The problem isn't that 1% of muslims are terrorists. The problem is 99% of terrorists are muslim)
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To: kristinn
"Since its 2009 inception, the Office of Congressional Ethics — an independent watchdog set up at the behest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — has investigated at least eight members of the black caucus."

Just 33 more to go. Keep it up Pelousy, they're all commies.

6 posted on 08/01/2010 12:50:58 PM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day.)
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To: kristinn

If “Whitey” doesn’t look the other way during black corruption and crime,...he’s a rascist.


7 posted on 08/01/2010 12:59:14 PM PDT by Ranger Drew
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To: kristinn

If “Whitey” doesn’t look the other way during black corruption and crime,...he’s a rascist.


8 posted on 08/01/2010 12:59:26 PM PDT by Ranger Drew
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To: Personal Responsibility
All they ever do -ever- is complain that they are being “targeted disproportionally”. Police in the neighborhood, hiring, bank loans, now House members...all targeted disproportionally.

If they are being "targeted disproportionally", history shows that it is necessary.
9 posted on 08/01/2010 1:07:36 PM PDT by Dewey Revoltnow (Worst. Community. Organizer. Ever!)
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To: kristinn
"Pass the popcorn, please."

You ain't see nothing yet! Just wait until the unelectable one-term Obama is beaten in the Democratic primary by Hillary Clinton. All the race baiting and race incitement the Democrats have been falsely whipping up against Republicans and the Tea Party is going to EXPLODE onto the Democrats when Obama gets dumped.

10 posted on 08/01/2010 1:09:07 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Dewey Revoltnow

Much in the same way that the roach motel targets roaches “disproportionally”.


11 posted on 08/01/2010 1:18:54 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (The problem isn't that 1% of muslims are terrorists. The problem is 99% of terrorists are muslim)
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To: kristinn

So they feel the Dems might be racist.....did they forget history ? Oh wait I forgot Bill Clinton convinced them that their racist roots with the KKK was only temporary and didn’t mean anything. They had to survive somehow back in those days ya dig ? Well, Clinton did convince Peter Griffin to sleep with him. LOL !!!


12 posted on 08/01/2010 1:22:14 PM PDT by TheRevolution1776
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To: kristinn

Some predicted this was going to happen...the Republicans need to be very careful how they handle this whole thing as this may very well be a setup.


13 posted on 08/01/2010 1:23:40 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Personal Responsibility

Then they should not be committing a disproportionate amount of crime then!


14 posted on 08/01/2010 1:24:48 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: kristinn

Yeah,the Pubs want Chuckie gone cause he’s a lib—The elitist lily white Dem leaders want him gone cause he’s black—the filthy rottin rascists!


15 posted on 08/01/2010 1:29:06 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Too many Obamunists will go to prison if the GOP wins in November--ergo there will be no election.")
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To: kristinn

And it begins. Don’t think for one moment this hasn’t been orchestrated by the left for the express purpose of whipping up black voters—that is, the democrat base, in November. Blacks are “disproportionally” tagged by the ethics committee? Well prisons are also filled with blacks. And naturally, its just those EEEEVIL cops and white store owners who make criminals out of our poor unfortunate brothers. Nope. This is just a very FANCY playing of the race card by desperate DC dems. Or rather, the SET UP for the card to be played and played and played, right up to election day!


16 posted on 08/01/2010 1:32:56 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: kristinn

“The prospect of two long-serving African American lawmakers in the House enduring unprecedented public ethics trials seems likely to add to the growing tension between black members of Congress and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill and in the Obama administration”

Maybe the days of black racists being given a free pass to fraud and corruption are coming to an end—but I doubt it.


17 posted on 08/01/2010 1:37:32 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: kristinn

Perhaps they are targets for ethics complaints because they act unethically, feeling they will be shielded by their race.

It’s time to get race out of the equation completely. We should be well past that by now!!


18 posted on 08/01/2010 1:45:25 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: GatorGirl

I still don’t understand why there isn’t a Congressional WHITE Caucus.........................

Btw, the knives are coming out all over the place - including Gloria Allred speaking out about how Hillary may have been denied her nomination because of fraud in her own party.

It’s going to get very interesting watching the Blacks fight their own party and Clinton lead the Cabal against Obamanazi.


19 posted on 08/01/2010 1:49:24 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: kristinn

Between them, Rangel, 80, and Waters, 71, have served in the House for six decades and are leading members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The caucus has long complained that the House ethics process disproportionally targets African Americans in the chamber.
Guess what? not only have they served six decades between them but they’re also 151 years old between them!
Gotta love this part of the article as well.”Earlier this summer, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D- Ohio), a member of the caucus, introduced a resolution that would strip the ethics panel of some of its power and allow House members to keep unflattering reports from public view. The caucus has stood behind Rangel even as other House members have called for his resignation.”
Fudge? Fudge! Are you trying to keep bad behavior hidden from public view? A further attempt to hide criminal behavior? What happened to transparency?


20 posted on 08/01/2010 1:51:17 PM PDT by wiggen (Government owned slave.)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Whether or not they are guilty doesn’t matter. We are all racists.


21 posted on 08/01/2010 1:54:53 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: avacado

Just to take your point one step further,what happens in the primaries when the panthers and other concerned parties stop dems from voting? I don’t think it will explode after hes dumped but rather the second there’s a serious challenge.


22 posted on 08/01/2010 1:59:32 PM PDT by wiggen (Government owned slave.)
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To: FrankR

No, that would be me.
Christian, white, former military, gun owner, registered Republican.


23 posted on 08/01/2010 2:02:16 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Ya unAmerican p.o.s.)
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To: kristinn


24 posted on 08/01/2010 2:03:01 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: kristinn

The OJ effect: They cain’t be guilty, they’re BLACK!


25 posted on 08/01/2010 2:05:05 PM PDT by Feckless (Don't care where he was born. The oath I took said "...against all enemies, foreign and domestic".)
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To: kristinn

Congressional Black Caucus = Racists.


26 posted on 08/01/2010 2:05:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: kristinn
I don't care what color the Rat is that we go after.

If it's easier to go after the white Democrooks first and weaken the Dim Party, I say that's what should be done.

After the Dims are weakened, then go after the black Democrooks.

27 posted on 08/01/2010 2:21:52 PM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: Republican Wildcat
Yes Republicans do need to be careful on this as it is a set up...IMO. It just stinks in the timing and the manner of how this came about...both these people are beyond retirement and I would not be surprised if for the past years it was get while the getting is good because your going under the bus for the good of the party. Never waste a retirement, or a funneral. Sounds very communistic doesn't it?
28 posted on 08/01/2010 2:33:50 PM PDT by caww
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To: kristinn

Isn’t the very existence of a Black Caucus in the Congress a racist construct? Its divisive in its very nature.


29 posted on 08/01/2010 2:55:26 PM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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To: kristinn
Neither Rangel nor Waters are ultimately expected to be forced to resign even if they are found guilty of breaking ethics rules.

Could this be a gift?


Runaway Slave

30 posted on 08/01/2010 3:08:43 PM PDT by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: Personal Responsibility
All they ever do -ever- is complain that they are being “targeted disproportionally”. Police in the neighborhood, hiring, bank loans, now House members...all targeted disproportionally.

Sometimes I wonder, when I read about a kid getting expelled for drawing a (picture of a) gun, (it's always a white kid), or when a Canadian mother gets her son put in Oregon foster care because he was riding his bike without a helmet, I wonder if these aren't just drummed up to keep the number of white suspensions/arrests/foster care cases proportional to the other races.

31 posted on 08/01/2010 3:11:25 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: kristinn

About 98% of members of Congress should be defending themselves before ethics committees. There are not enough honest members of Congress to form an ethics committee.


32 posted on 08/01/2010 3:34:24 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: kristinn

I have great reservations about the Black Caucus using government property and spending public dollars on a racist group - whites are barred from the Black Caucus. If that is racism using federal money I don’t know what is. Can you imagine the uproar a White Caucus would create?


33 posted on 08/01/2010 3:45:03 PM PDT by monocle
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To: kristinn

A reprimand should be given to Emanual Cleaver for lying about being spit on at the kill the bill rally in March!


34 posted on 08/01/2010 4:17:48 PM PDT by orinoco
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To: Oldpuppymax

so, white demonrats are going after black demonrats, and the strategy in playing the race card is to whip the blacks up into a frenzy to...vote for more demonrats?


35 posted on 08/01/2010 4:50:25 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Liberals are drooling buffoons backed by satanic goons.)
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To: kristinn
Juan Williams brought up the "Race thing" today on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace. If the Dems try pulling this crap, it will blow up in their face. They have the Black vote already; this will just piss off more White and Hispanic voters and hurt the Dems, even more, on November 2.
36 posted on 08/01/2010 5:03:58 PM PDT by no dems (Palin/Jindal in 2012 or Jindal/Christie in 2012. Either is fine with me.)
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To: monocle
The CBC gets away with things no other caucus can, has influence beyond what its numbers would indicate and that has to cause resentment. Believe the New York Times fired the first salvo with this article last Feb:

In Black Caucus, a Fund-Raising Powerhouse

37 posted on 08/01/2010 5:09:13 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: kristinn

38 posted on 08/01/2010 5:32:35 PM PDT by Stultis (Democrats. Still devoted to the three S's: Slavery, Segregation and Socialism.)
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To: kristinn
The CBC - Criminal Black Caucus


39 posted on 08/01/2010 5:40:59 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
"I think they're race-hustling poverty pimps."

~~~(African American) Representative J. C. Watts, speaking of The Black Congressional Congress

"Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. He's white and the Caucus is black. It's time to move on. We have racial policies to pursue and we are pursuing them, as Mr. Cohen has learned. It's an unwritten rule. It's understood."

"Quite simply, Rep. Cohen will have to accept what the rest of the country will have to accept – there has been an unofficial Congressional White Caucus for over 200 years, and now it's our turn to say who can join 'the club.' He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria, unless he can change his skin color. Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population, and we will not allow white America to infringe on those objectives."

~~~Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (CBC member, and son of a founding member) in response to (white) freshman Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen's unsuccessful 2007 attempt to join the CBC, in the interest of better serving his majority black constituents.

40 posted on 08/01/2010 7:19:37 PM PDT by Stultis (Democrats. Still devoted to the three S's: Slavery, Segregation and Socialism.)
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To: kristinn

Article title:
“Ethics Trials Highlight Racial Tensions in Congress (Obama, Pelosi Incite Democrat Race War?)”

Like it or not, a “war” has been going on now for more than 40 years. Not a “hot” war, per se, but kind of a “racial cold war”.

But - for all those decades - it’s pretty much been a “one-sided-war”, with an agressor on one side waging battle, while the other side repeatedly cowers in response.

The cold war won’t ever be settled until the “cowering side” finally realizes what’s at stake and begins fighting back.

And - like it or not - it looks like that time is nigh.


41 posted on 08/01/2010 9:31:22 PM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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Black Caucus=a corrupt, divisive, racist cabal at the heart of the US Congress. It is disgraceful that such an organization even exists.


42 posted on 08/01/2010 9:47:50 PM PDT by Godwin1
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There is a special corner in Hell for the CBC, race baiters, and race card throwers......


43 posted on 08/01/2010 9:57:30 PM PDT by cranked
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To: kristinn

We should ignore tax cheating, corruption, and using one’s office to enrich one’s bank account because the offenders are black? Now THAT’s racist!


44 posted on 08/01/2010 10:17:26 PM PDT by BAW (Arizona.got it right.)
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To: kristinn

They’re going to play the race card in this election.

Their idiot followers will just take it for granted that these corrupt no goods are being targeted by conservatives because of the color of their skin.


45 posted on 08/02/2010 1:35:02 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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