Many people say, G.O.P. corruption is no worse than Democratic corruption. ( "They're all corrupt." ) I challenge anybody to direct me to anything remotely similar to the catalogue of Republican corruption above. Here's a list to get such challengers started. It's very short, because liberal Democrats are nowhere near as corrupt as conservative Republicans.
Although no Republican apologists volunteered a site, I found one that claims to do what I have been challenging Republicans to do. The site proclaims the following:
"Sleaze. Corruption. Breaking the law. And no agenda for the American people. The ethical hypocrisy of today's Democrats knows no bounds. While a discredited partisan hack pushes trumped-up charges against Tom DeLay, the Pelosi/Dean Democrats have become a Caucus of Corruption – name an ethics violation, and they're guilty of it. NoAgenda.org exposes the wrongdoings of more than 70 Democrats who are under an ethical cloud. Learn more about who's doing it and what they're doing."
As of 10 / 06 / 06, a related site, www.caucusofcorruption.com, was promoting the book, Caucus of Corruption, written by Mark Margolis with Mark Noonan, and it featured : "A Glowing Endorsement from Tom DeLay", about which author Noonan crowed:
"I'm excited to report that Caucus of Corruption has received its first endorsement! Our first endorsement comes from Rep. Tom DeLay, a great man and politician who found himself the number one target of Democrats in their phony ethics war."
The authors actually include this part of DeLay's endorsement on their book cover, "a must read for all Americans looking for the unreported motivations behind the Left's political scene."
The NoAgenda.org site is hilarious, Here's are some examples of what this site's author, Matt Margolis, considers examples of outstanding Democratic corruption:
I found another hilarious internet attempt by conservative Republicans to whitewash their own corruption by mudding the waters about the supposed corruption of Democrats. At thePeoplesCube.com they use very elaborate graphics in a hopelessly vain attempt to raise minor examples of corruption (except for Kwame Kilpatrick) to the level of their own Republican corruption and to claim that the MSM (mainstream media) only identify the party affiliation of corrupt politicians when they are Republicans.
Republicans love to remind people that as Frank's gay partner for a time , Stephen Gobie, told The Washington Times, he (Gobie) ran a prostitution ring out of Frank's Washington, D.C., apartment and that Frank was aware of his operation.
The trouble with this story is that it is untrue. While Frank admitted to paying Gobie for sex several years earlier and to later hiring Gobie as an assistant, Frank denied any knowledge that Gobie allegedly ran a prostitution ring out of Frank's apartment. Frank maintained that he fired Gobie upon being told by one of his landlords that Gobie was using his residence for his prostitution business. As The Guardian reported on August 30, 1989, Frank actually "asked the House ethics committee . . . to investigate his relationship with" Gobie:
in his letter to the ethics committee, Mr. Frank wrote: 'Questions have been raised about my employment of a personal assistant during a period between 1985 and 1987. I have publicly responded to these questions and I have expressed regret for the mistaken judgment involved. In order to ensure that the public record is clear, I hereby request that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct [CSOC, commonly known as the ethics committee] conduct an investigation into these matters.'
The House ethics committee launched a 10-month investigation, ultimately finding, as The Boston Globe reported on July 27, 1990, "that Frank had violated House rules by writing a misleading memo that was used in an effort to end prostitute Stephen Gobie's probation on felony charges and by allowing his House privileges to be used to waive 33 parking tickets that Gobie might have received while driving Frank's car." The report recommended Frank be reprimanded for the infractions, and the House voted for such punishment on July 26, 1990.
'Based upon information obtained under subpoena and sworn testimony, the Committee concludes that the weight of the evidence indicates that Representative Frank did not have either prior or concomitant knowledge of prostitution activities involving third parties alleged to have taken place in his apartment. . . Representative Frank's landlords . . . submitted sworn testimony contradicting Mr. Gobie's assertion. . . . The Committee, therefore, further concludes that no further action is warranted.'
'While much has been said, written, and speculated with respect to Representative Barney Frank's relationship with Stephen L. Gobie, it is clear that most, if not all, of such media attention has been the product of assertions made by Mr. Gobie. As has been discussed in detail in prior sections of this Report, the Committee went to great lengths in seeking testimony or other information relevant to the assertions. In numerous instances where an assertion made by Mr. Gobie (either publicly or during his Committee deposition) was investigated for accuracy, the assertion was contradicted by third-party sworn testimony or other evidence of Mr. Gobie himself.' (Page 37)
Republicans and conservatives claimed for years that despite the fact that Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds was found guilty of sexual misconduct with an under-aged aide of his,
Reynolds was spared punishment for his crimes, was pardoned by President Clinton and some also claim that Reynolds was then hired by Jesse Jackson as a Rainbow Push "youth counselor".
Now for the truth (from wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Reynolds) :
"In August 1994, he was indicted for having sex with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer. . . On August 22, 1995 he was convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. He resigned his seat on October 1, 1995.
Reynolds was sentenced to five years in prison and expected to be released in 1998. However, in April 1997, he was convicted on 15 unrelated counts of bank fraud and lying to SEC investigators. These charges resulted in an additional sentence of 78 months in federal prison. Reynolds served all of his first sentence and served forty-two months in prison for the later charges.
At that point, U.S. President Bill Clinton commuted the sentence for bank fraud. As a result, Reynolds was released from prison and served the remaining time in a half-way house."
And then Jesse Jackson did hire Reynolds, but not as a "youth counselor". He was hired for a position for which he had excellent experience, prison reform.
Was Ted Kennedy a villain or a victim?
One of the favorite Democratic whipping boys of the G.O.P. is Sen. Ted Kennedy for the "Chappaquidick affair". But before Democrats bow their heads in shame over this matter, they should not buy the official version of this matter without first reading these explanations of how Ted Kennedy may have been framed (including why, how, by whom, and why the Kennedy family have been so quiet about this matter, as well as about the suspicious deaths of brothers Jack and Bobby) :
There is much more where this came from at