Is it Racist for the Pot to Call the Kettle Black?

Who needs comedies on TV when you have the follies in Congress?  You cannot make this stuff up and I wonder if politicians realize how absurd they sound every time they open their mouths.

At a hearing on the IRS targeting scandal, Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., cut off Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ microphone.  Issa adjourned the meeting after Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS and is in the center of the scandal, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights rather than answer a series of questions.

However, Cummings continued to speak so Issa shut off his microphone.  That led to more stupidity.  Issa is white and Cummings is Black so of course Jesse Jackson, desperately trying to remain relevant, called Issa’s actions “crude, wrong, racist and mean.”  Racist? Really?  Jackson has never met an innocuous incident he couldn’t deem racist and has been using the same shtick is whole career so I’m not surprised.

But here is the real fun.  Democrats tried to strip Issa of his chairmanship but that attempt was voted down.  However, not before Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, had called Issa’s behavior “offensive and disrespectful and a disgrace.”

In asking for Issa’s head, Fudge said “Congressman Darrell Issa of California abused his authority and therefore must be reprimanded to ensure the dignity of the House of Representatives is preserved.”

OK a few points on this.  First and foremost, I agree with her that Issa was disrespectful.  Politicians need to learn how to play nice with each other.  However, saying he “abused his authority” is laughable when the President abuses his power every day and not a single Democrat says a word.  Consistency would help if you want us to take you seriously Congresswoman Fudge!

I’m still laughing about her assertion to “ensure the dignity of the House of Representatives is preserved.”  Is she watching the same congress the rest of America witnesses?  There is no dignity in this group – just a bunch of crooks with law degrees. I guess you can make a case for honor among thieves but that pre-supposes the congressional representatives understand the term honor.  Their only saving grace is the Senate is worse.

Issa shut down the committee hearing on Wednesday when the IRS official at the center of the scandal involving targeting of conservative groups, Lois Lerner, again invoked the Fifth Amendment when asked a series of questions.

And finally we get to the scorned victim of purported racism. As his microphone went off Cummings shouted “You cannot just have a one-sided investigation there is absolutely something wrong with that. That is absolutely un-American.”

Un-American?  Oh, you mean like having the IRS target organizations with a different political philosophy than the party in power and thwarting their efforts to participate in the election process and thereby assuring a win for the worst president this side of Jimmy Carter?

You see now that is Un-American but I do not recall Cummings saying anything about that issue.  It must have been an oversight.  Not to be out done Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz compared cutting the microphone to oppression in Venezuela and Ukraine.  That statement is so ridiculous I won’t even try to respond.

So, let me get this straight.  Lerner pleads the Fifth and cuts off all communication with the committee but her actions are not racist, crude, disrespectful, Un-American or akin to a dictator expanding his empire.  She has every right to plead the Fifth because it is a right all Americans have thanks to our Constitution and we need to respect that right.

Issa turns off a colleague’s microphone and adjourns a meeting making him a rude, crude, Un-American, disrespectful and power hungry madman with delusions of invading a small nation on a whim.

Lost in the rhetoric is the fact a member of the Obama Administration did abuse power and targeted the opposition. With Lerner pleading the Fifth I am left to presume the answers and it seems obvious to me what transpired.   Every member of the House of Representatives should be representing us Americans and demanding answers.

About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 30 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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