Corruption must be called out regardless of party

We must call out corruption regardless of party affiliation. While the names Donald Trump, Duncan Hunter, Brian Kemp, et al deserve scrutiny over their alleged (and documented) corrupt actions, the GOP does not have proprietary ownership of the the topic of corrupt behavior. Rod Blagojevich, the convicted Illinois governor, was a Democrat, for example.*

From an article in Poltiico by John Bresnahan, “Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop of Georgia allegedly improperly spent more than $90,000 in official funds and campaign funds on personal expenses, including ‘fuel, golf expenses, meals, travel, tuition and entertainment,’ according to a newly released report from the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The independent watchdog agency said much of the total went to paying expenses at golf clubs where Bishop is a member. And more than $16,000 in congressional funds were reportedly spent at annual holiday parties at one club for the staffs of Bishop and his wife, Vivian Creighton Bishop, a Georgia municipal judge.”

This is wrong. We cannot tolerate elected or appointed officials using tax or campaign dollars for their personal benefit. We cannot tolerate them gaming the system in their favor. We deserve better. Period. Full stop.

Bishop needs to come clean. He should either be suspended, sanctioned or resign. When the incumbent dishonors the office, some action is needed.

* Hunter was convicted of fraudulent use of campaign funds, Trump settled court cases on fraud by Trump University, the Trump Foundation (which was ordered to be disbanded), discriminatory housing practices, and has been accused of other malfeasance, Kemp was used accused of cheating to win the Georgia governorship as Secretary of State (by even Republicans), and Blagojevich was convicted of corruption for peddling a vacated Senate post.

9 thoughts on “Corruption must be called out regardless of party

  1. I fully agree. If we don’t root out corruption in one party, how can we call it on the carpet in the other? We need fair and honest politicians … the others need to be investigated and ousted, else we will never have a government that is truly “Of the people, by the people, and for the people”. Public office should not be seen as an opportunity for enrichment, no matter which party.

  2. Note to Readers: History reminds us when Vice President Spiro Agnew was found guilty of campaign finance fraud, he stepped down. When President Richard Nixon was about to be removed from office for running a burglary operation from the White House and covering it up, he stepped down. Right now, we have the most corrupt and deceitful president in my lifetime, including Mr. Nixon. Yet, his sycophants have looked the other way, rationalized inappropriate behavior and attacked people who testified under oath. If this person is reelected, it would be a disservice to America.

  3. There can be no excuses, no exceptions and punishment must be harsh as an example. These are dangerous times for the nation and all must be wedded to the cause, absolutely.
    For a Party to take and hold the moral high-ground, like Caesar’s wife, it must be ‘Above Suspicion’

    • Roger, well said. And, no one is above suspicion who has run for elected office. The initial motivation may be pure, but after you have to ask for funding, it does not take long to spoil the apple. Keith

      • Roger, I just wish reporters are as tenacious and informed as Chris Wallace. Politicians need to be pinned down more. Keith

  4. Your point is well taken, Keith. There must be retribution for any public servants—regardless of party.

    But I don’t believe we’ve ever seen the kind of blatant corruption in evidence on the part of trump, his cabinet members, family members, and various hangers-on. “Drain the swamp” has to be the most ironic and distorted campaign message in recent history.

    • Annie, so very true, which makes it all the more sad. He is the most corrupt and deceitful president in my lifetime and that includes Richard Nixon who was a crook. It is hard to drain the swamp, when the swamp creature is doing the draining. Keith

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