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Friday, May 26, 2006

Content of Our Character

Congressman William Jefferson (D-La.) was caught on tape accepting $100,000 in bribes. Several days later the FBI found $90, 000 of the marked bills in Jefferson’s freezer. Two of his former aides have already pleaded guilty to participation in a bribery conspiracy.

Given such compelling evidence and Democrats' “culture of corruption” election strategy, it’s not surprising that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would ask Jefferson to step down from the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. She did, he declined and now the congressional black caucus is playing the race card.

"Congresswoman Pelosi, by preemption without any legal justification, has now created a new precedent for how members are going to be treated.

Unfortunately, she’s chosen to single out an African-American for this honor.”Then the aide added an electoral threat, saying, “The African-American community, which overwhelmingly backs the Democratic Party, will not take this lightly. I hope she enjoys being minority leader.”
I know I’ve said this before, but I am going to say it again - charging racial discrimination in situations that obviously have nothing to with race leads to legitimate cases of discrimination not being taken seriously. The congressional black caucus by taking such a ridiculous position only serves to reinforce the idea that blacks represent a narrow interest -- not the best interests of their constituents , their party or the country.

As Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi can remove Jefferson from the House Ways and Means Committee, she doesn’t need his acquiescence. I know there are many people thinking the only reason she hasn’t taken this action is because Jefferson is black and they would be right.

I have a dream that one day we will live in a nation where we will not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. I have a dream today.
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