To see Rep. Charlie Rangel pointlessly begging these smug colleagues for mercy broke my heart.
I’ve made the arguments you’ve made.
He took over from Adam Clayton Powell. He should have known better.
The Republicans have done the same or worse.
It’s time for the old guard to step down.
None of this helps Rangel or us.
In the end, losing the chair of the House Ways and Means committee and seeing the former lion of Harlem being brought low isn’t and can’t be a win for African Americans, Democrats or Americans as a whole.
This arrogance, sloppiness and petty corruption says many things. Our legitimate hunger to leave a legacy can’t be financed through nonprofits or government services. We’re going to have to build a solid business class to achieve this.
Mentoring and grooming replacements has to be a priority so that institutional memory and hard won knowledge aren’t lost matters.
Laziness and sloppiness speak just as loudly as hard work and rigor. A recent New York Times article about the Supreme Court notes an increasing number of opaque, vague yet lengthy decisions and justices who rely on clerks to write their opinions. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/us/18rulings.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=supreme%20court%20&st=cse
This isn’t an issue of age. Kwame Kilpatrick anyone?
We have to hold each other accountable at every level.
There is no joy or victory to be had in a nihilistic view that takes pleasure in things going wrong again. This is a loss.