‘Cause if you haven’t had a chance to see this yet, at least now you won’t ruin your computer screen.
While you watch (it’s only 2 minutes), test yourself and see if you can see both ways that THIS story is handled differently than reports about Republican/Conservative/Tea Party politicians.
First of all, you may have noticed that there was no mention of Jackson Jr’s political party (hmmm, ....guess which one HE is??). But even worse was the tone. Sadness? Really? He ripped off three-quarters of a million bucks from his campaign funds, yet it’s “sad” since he had such talent and a promising career?
This was political arrogance, plain and simple. How is that sad? Stupid, sure. Selfish, no doubt. But sad?
I’d possibly feel sorrow if he’d gotten himself hooked on drugs or booze. Addiction is sad. I’d certainly feel sadness if he was hurt in a car crash, or was diagnosed with an incurable disease. But this? Jackson Jr. blew $43,000 of other people’s money just for a wristwatch, and the emotion MSNBC wants me to feel is “sad“??!?
No, I feel outrage. Fury. And some small sense of justice that at least he’s partially paying for his crimes.
He’s another Chicago politician going to jail for behaving as if he were owed his elected position (seems to occur pretty often up there, doesn’t it?). He showed contempt and disdain for the law, his supporters, and for the opportunities that he was given. Good riddance to him.
Obviously, this hasn’t gotten nearly the wall-to-wall coverage that we’d have expected if his party affiliation was different. But I suppose we should feel relieved about one aspect of Jackson Jr’s story:
At least he didn’t do something REALLY horrible, …like take a sip from a water bottle on TV.
Political corruption by ANY party is a cancer to our democracy. Four years? Really? How about 1 year for every one of his illegal purchases? You want to put an end to this kind of thievery? Put JJ, Jr., or ANY other corrupt politician in PRISON (no country club, minimum security stuff here!). Let him carry the label of “felon” around for the rest of his days – unable to hold ANY political office, Board of Directors position, etc. It’s time that these types of criminals face a new reality: You do the crime, you do the TIME.
No excuse for anyone stealing money, from anyone else.
And this is hardly petty larceny. Dude, $750,000?? And he furnished two homes and bought STUPID stuff, to boot?
This has been going on for as long as we’ve had people in positions of power. The bigger and scarier problem is that now even being a Congressman is considered a Position of Power.
“Citizen Legislators”, my rear end…
…This just in….MSM says Jackson embezzlement just shows the need for better pay for congressmen from Chicago….More at 6…
Now THAT I could believe, coming from these clowns.
Remember the good ol’ days, when the press would at least PRETEND to be objective??
…This Just In…Sources say the expensive watch purchase was unavoidable due to a lack of quality fakes from China caused by fears of sequestration…More at 6…
You should live there…
No mention of JJ Jr.’s political affiliation, but yesterday when retired Senator Pete Domenici admitted to having a love child thirty years ago, his political affiliation was mentioned in the first sentence. Yep, he’s a Republican.
30 years ago?? Teddy Kennedy and Robert Byrd’s “youthful antics” were explained away by stating repeatedly that they were “a long time ago”.
It seems so odd that Domenici wouldn’t be given the same latitude??
I kid, of course.
Domenici is a Republican, so everything he’s EVER done (the illegal, the immoral, the titillating, stuff from 150 years ago, etc,..), is fair game. The examples are so numerous, I only bother to touch on this subject periodically.
I am amused when the Libs in the Media say, with a straight face, that they just go “where the story leads them”, and then report it “right down the middle”.
And yet the story almost always leads them to the Republican, & then they report it right down the middle of Left Field.
This has been a slow train accident for over a year. This Chicago politician will have another chapter in his life as a politician?????
AFTER HE PAYS BACK THE 3/4 MILLION DOLLARS!
Plus interest, plus a penalty.
Wanna bet AGAINST Chicago electing him again?
I, for one, WON’T take that bet.
You are an exceedingly wise man…
Nah…I’ve just read the history on Chicago politics….does Pendergast ring a bell?? 😉
Nope, not a name that I have in the mental Rolodex.
Well, I’m going by memory from reading “Truman” by McCullough last year, so forgive me if the details are a bit fuzzy. Basically, Jim (James) Pendergast headed a “political organization” that was instrumental in Truman’s election to first the local scene, then the national with his election to US Senate in 1934.
Because of the conviction of Tom Pendergast for tax evasion (Tom took the reins of the Pendergast organization after his brother Jim’s death) by the time 1940 re-election rolled around, many predicted that Truman would be defeated. Because of Truman’s frank portrayal of his relationship with Tom, he was narrowly re-elected.
Much more detail can be found online or in the book by David McCullough. That’s who he was, briefly. 🙂