Skip to comments.What Jesse Jackson Jr. meant to politics
Posted on 08/15/2013 12:04:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison Wednesday, the closing chapter in the story of a pol who rapidly ascended the political ladder only to fall quickly and dramatically from public grace.
His story is a reminder of how quickly everything can come crashing down in politics. And the bigger you are, the harder you fall.
It wasnt that long ago that the political world was abuzz with chatter about the heights that Jackson might reach in his career. He is, after all, the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a civil rights icon. And he was elected to the House in a 1995 special election at just 30.
His future once looked pretty bright. There was talk over the years that Jackson might one day run for mayor of Chicago, governor of Illinois, or for a seat in the U.S. Senate. He is a natural public speaker who built a liberal record in the House that could have served as the backbone of a bid for higher office. He even landed a plum speaking spot at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
But things started taking a turn for the worse in recent years. He became ensnared in the scandal over a Senate seat involving Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D). And an extramarital affair he was having spilled into public view But it was all nothing compared to the revelation that he spent about $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, the crime that punched Jacksons ticket to prison.
Theres a lesson here for pols who are considering engaging in similar behavior...
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He’ll be back. Just like Marion Berry.
I got ensnared, Dad. Standing there one minute, minding my own business, doing what was right for The People, and the next minute I'm all ensnared!
Then, the next thing you know, my booty call spilled out into public view!
Just goes to show you, a black man just can't get ahead in Amerikkka. One way or the other, you gonna' get slapped down.
What JJ means to politics....
In my view the end result of what you end up with corrupt one-party inner city politics. No oversight, no opposition, plenty of corruption, no accountability, not to mention nepotism, graft, cult of personality.
Mindless drones voting mindlessly to tax others for free stuff into their own community. And look what it breeds: A once great city on the verge of bankruptcy over-run by violent gangs, criminals, and drug dealers, with so many murders and and so much violence a virtual war zone where lawlessness, chaos, and anarchy reign supreme.
That is the legacy of Rev. Jesse Jackson and his family.
Doncha just love the term, “civil rights icon?” More like civil rights shake-down artist.
Exactly. Operation PUSH(y)
There’s got to be more to this story than meets the eye.
Oh you know it - he'll be out within two years and the story of redemption is already being written
Was Jesse Jackson Jr. in politics , LOL I never noticed
The question is.. What did Jesse learn at home?..
From his father... and his bitch.
JJ Jr is nothing more than a well-dressed thief and grifter. Hand-wringing by libs of his self-inflicted downfall is ridiculous.