We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Rep. Jesse Jackson's absence lately has been the source of much speculation and rumor. Yesterday, his mother spoke about his disappearance.
I don't know what's wrong with him, and if he is sick, I hope he gets the treatment he needs and is better soon. But his mother's words ring hollow. Is she saying that her son can't get up in the morning because he didn't get what he wanted?
There are plenty of things I wanted. I thought I'd be a senator, too. I thought I'd be a fireman, an astronaut and a pro soccer player. But I still get up in the morning and do my job, despite many disappointments in life.
People need privacy, particularly when ill. But this is an elected official who is suffering through several scandals. Something seems amiss. One has to wonder how Democrats would handle this if it was a Republican representative who was "disappointed"?
I'm not trying to diminish a physical ailment or a (rumored) addiction. These are difficult and can require much assistance. But the idea that he's not "bouncing back" from disappointment sounds a bit like a mother excusing and rationalizing her entitled son's behaviors.
Re Congressman Jackson's disappointment at not being a Senator or Governor: how many people get elected to Congress on the strength of their Daddy's name?
His disappointment at not being a Senator or Governor is perhaps showing him for the first time, as scullman states, that If his name were Jesse Jack instead of Jesse Jackson Jr., the closest he would've gotten to Congress, would have been when riding a bus on Congress Avenue, on his way to flipping burgers at Wendy's.
Disappointment at finally getting a true measure of his abilities.
I remember an acquaintance non White individual many years ago that was hiding from some federal charges. He admitted himself to the Red Cross hospital here and kept them at bay for a few weeks. Then of course after the trial he did his time.
If that's true, and I have no reason to believe it isn't, though his staff denied it making it more than likely true, that's a pretty severe reaction to personal difficulties. It also makes his mother's commentary even less compelling than it was.
We all have our crosses to bear in life. We all have excuses for our failures. In a public position, it's important he comes clean on whatever is going on.
On the other hand, he is a Democrat. Which means even if he does come clean, he'll be forgiven and probably re-elected even if he committed some kind of fraud. The Charles Rangel Effect.
Before the Rangel Effect, there was the Judge Alcee Lamar Hastings Effect. Hastings was a US District Court judge in Florida, who was impeached for bribery and perjury by the US House, subsequently convicted and removed from office by the US Senate in 1989. He was elected to the US House in 1993 as a Democrat (naturally), where he still serves. Hastings co-conspirator in the bribery case was convicted and went to jail, but was given a full pardon by President Bill Clinton, a Democrat (naturally), on his last day in office. See how it works?
The most notable event so far of Hastings's Congressional career is his hateful comment regarding Sarah Palin in the 2008 campaign, when she was John McCain's VP running mate, saying about her, "If Sarah Palin isn't enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention. Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through."
Ahh, how I miss those days of civility in the public discourse of the Democrats.