Monday, May 22, 2006

FBI Raids & Mistreatment of Black Congressional Members ...

Washington Post's Dan Eggen & Shailagh Murray write:

An unusual FBI raid of a Democratic congressman's office over the weekend prompted complaints yesterday from leaders in both parties, who said the tactic was unduly aggressive and may have breached the constitutional separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government.

But, does this Administration's disrespect for checks and balances really surprise anyone?

This is probably one of the more sensible stands Congressional leaders have taken in recent years. Despite the history of scandals and corruption cases plaguing Capitol Hill, this is a first where a sitting Member's office is raided. Questions are soon to float about the pundit-verse about the treatment of Black Congressional Members as opposed to their White counterparts: Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) and Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX) didn't get this sort of treatment.

We have to ask: Did former and now jailed Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) get his office raided? What's up with that. And he ended up admitting the crime(s).

And, as ridiculous as her behavior in the Capitol police incident, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) did nothing as potentially dangerous or egregious as the alleged drunk driving of her White colleague Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) who was quietly whisked away into rehab after banging his car into a Hill barricade during an evening of alcohol binging. Where's his grand jury investigation? Is there a racial double-standard? Are Black Members being harrassed or profiled in an unscrupulous manner? It's a question many will begin asking ...