Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Corruption and inconsistencies of living

A few of my blogger friends have taken time out of their busy day to respone to my post "Negro Please" and I thank each one of you for doing so.
Your responses has generated another post,inwhich I simply asked are there matters of everyday living that we give a pass too,but on other we are ready to throw the book at others.
I commented in my previous post that Congresspersons Waters and Rangel should resign and come clean about the ethics charges layed against them.
Serveral of the responses questioned if the charges were no more then a witch hunt,my natural response is if my hands are clean,how do people connect me to theses charges?


Moanerplicity said...

Right or wrong, I think, not only our government, but society at large deems certain acts as unlawful offenses & other acts are dismissed as shortcomings. Shortcomings are often accepted or overlooked or end up w/ a slap on the wrist, at worse.

To my personal knowledge, neither of the parties involved happen to be bad or nefarious people. In their years of service, both have contributed, written, co-authored or sponsored bills that, in essence, would lead to the betterment of our country & our lives as a whole. Neither of them have done something so unforgivable or so egregiously corrupt that others haven't done before them, aren't doing now, or won't do in the future.

Maybe that was exactly THEIR mindset... & therefore, right or wrong, perhaps they saw those acts as only systemic finagling... & nothing more.

But wrong is wrong no matter how you cut it & no matter what face it wears.

The Larger Question becomes: Do we allow the wrongs to outweigh all the years of right, righteous, & right-minded service? In the end, should we be judged only by our mistakes?

That would be a sad way to construct someone's legacy.


BigmacInPittsburgh said...

Moanerplicity:As I posted earlier today the little white lies of my life have been the greatest obstacle to my being a better person.
I can't in good conscious excuse myself and anothers behavior if I know it's wrong.
Congressman Rangel give up his right to a clean legacy when he started living a lifestyle of the rich and famous,while Skippy and Ray-Ray stood on the corner of 125th and Amsterdam wondering which way was up.
Both Congress persons have a moral obligation to do what's right for their districts,some of the poorest in this country.
It's not that I don't have a forgiving heart,my forgiveness is reserved for the deserving!

Moanerplicity said...

I DO smell ya, Mac. For real.

In the end, history will be their judge, at least here on earth. And despite the years of service to this county & it's citizens, their wrongdoing will be a damning footnote that will forever color & taint the whole equation.

Remember Adam Clayton Powell?

As Mama Younger in "A Raisin In the Sun," said: "

When you judge a man, you make sure you judge him right!"


BigmacInPittsburgh said...

I do remember Adam Clayton Powell and his troubles.
You would think Congressman Rangel who replaced him would have taken a lesson or two from his ordeal.
Even though some would like to compare the stripping of power of two powerful black congressmen of their chairmanship,there are differnces in the two.