Friday, August 06, 2010

Is CBC "Conscience of Congress" or Standing Wave of Crime?

John McWhorter in TNR does note that there is a huge contradiction concerning the fact that:
Not so long ago, all eight of the members of Congress being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics were black.

and the fact that
The CBC traditionally calls itself “the conscience of Congress,” and in its public statements and activities often functions as a kind of alternate NAACP rather than as a generator of legislation.

Of course, he comes to the wrong conclusions or dampens the fires of indignation that should be warming the taxpayers' anger at the scoundrels in power.
Other cases of black congressmen under the ethical spotlight of late are due, really, to chance. Roland Burris and Jesse Jackson, Jr. happened to get pulled into the slimy realm of Rod Blagojevich’s grubby quest to become an old-style city boss, of a once-in-a-generation "Who'd-a-thunk-it?" shamelessness. Chicago has long had a substantial contingent of black lawmakers—which I assume we consider a good thing in itself. But black lawmakers will be playing The Game as much as white ones, and if a freakish phenomenon like Blagojevich happens into a drivers’ seat, then big surprise, some of the people who get their toes run over may be black.

No mention of Cong. "Cold Cash" Jefferson of New Orleans, or the dozens of black elected criminals in Congress in the past, indicted and unindicted [I worked for one in St. Louis named Clay.]?
Heather MacDonald has the REAL story in her excellent piece in the City Journal on Chicago Crime: the time Obama arrived in Chicago in 1984, an Alinskyite diagnosis of South Side poverty was doubly irrelevant. Blacks had more political power in Chicago than ever before, yet that power had no impact on the tidal wave of dysfunction that was sweeping through the largest black community in the United States. Chicago had just elected Harold Washington, the city’s first black mayor; the heads of Chicago’s school system and public housing were black, as were most of their employees; black power broker Emil Jones, Jr. represented the South Side in the Illinois State Senate; Jesse Jackson would launch his 1984 presidential campaign from Chicago. The notion that blacks were disenfranchised struck even some of Obama’s potential organizees as ludicrous. “Why we need to be protesting and carrying on at our own people?” a prominent South Side minister asked Obama soon after he arrived in Chicago. “Anybody sitting around this table got a direct line to City Hall.”

Pace Alinsky, such political clout could not stop black Chicago’s social breakdown. Crime was exploding. Gangs ran the housing projects—their reign of thuggery aided by ACLU lawsuits, which had stripped the housing authority of its right to screen tenants. But the violence spread beyond the projects. In 1984, Obama’s first year in Chicago, gang members gunned down a teenage basketball star, Benjy Wilson.

The citywide outcry that followed was heartfelt but beside the point. None of the prominent voices calling for an end to youth violence—from Mayor Washington to Jesse Jackson to school administrators—noted that all of Wilson’s killers came from fatherless families (or that he had fathered an illegitimate child himself). Nor did the would-be reformers mention the all-important fact that a staggering 75 percent of Chicago’s black children were being born out of wedlock. The sky-high illegitimacy rate meant that black boys were growing up in a world in which it was normal to impregnate a girl and then take off. When a boy is raised without any social expectation that he will support his children and marry his children’s mother, he fails to learn the most fundamental lesson of personal responsibility. The high black crime rate was one result of a culture that fails to civilize men through marriage.

As long as their constituents refuse to take even the first steps toward civilization and man up enough to be responsible for the upbringing and education of their own offspring, the Congressional Black Caucus ["Good Time Charlie" Rangel had five illegitimate kids by five different mothers as of ten years ago] won't bother to police themselves or attempt to curb the blood diamond trade of exchanging the crime wave of illegitimate black youth for their own enrichment.

The CBC has disgraced the legacies of MLK Jr. and previous black thinkers and idealists. Waters and Rangel should be evicted from office. Mark Foley is nothing compared with these black mafiosi and yet McWhorter limp-dickly explains that the Sherrod-Breitbart contretemps is a "Teachable Moment" [his caps, not mine!]

The CBC is not the only leftist entity unable to man up and take responsibility for its penchant to lie, cheat, and cut corners.

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