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Old 11-29-2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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Congressman Duke, Tragedy, Tears

A white man named Duke is crying on TV.

Radio, Cable, Website, Blog, it’s on every channel, a perennial Republican politician is balling his eyes out because he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, “admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes mostly from defense contractors in exchange for government business and other favors,” to be exact. Sure, this conservative who looks more like a crook, this pathetic political convict will get some hard time, but that’s not the half of it.

That’s not why I’m crying tonight.

We live in a society that produces misery for millions of the working poor as a matter of course and starves billions on slave wages in the developing world. So why do we have to pay to see another rich, white man cry?

Misery. Tragedy. Words that suffer when compared to the reality of life on Earth in the year 2005. Thousands die in wars for profit, wars based on lies. Then there’s the collateral damage caused by global warming and chronic ecocide. Hurricane. Tsunami. Earthquake. Tornado. Those bible thumping beggars for the apocalypse get what they paid for. Pass the popcorn and the Hal Lindsey novels.

This holiday weekend, a student of mine went home to find that her mother had taken her own life with a gun while planning a Thanksgiving dinner. A housemate’s brother fell from a tree to a bleeding brain and likely loss of his legs. Another comrade’s lover caught fire while cooking. Today, my wife remembers the fifteenth anniversary of her first daughter’s death, the stepdaughter I never knew.

These are personal tragedies worthy of the tears that will likely never fill the dry creekbed of the soul after a season of draught. These are the tears that will water the compost of the soul to create a spring garden of growth. These are tears worth crying, the tears of mother, daughter, sister, lover.

But the tears of a political clown? On national television? He steals from the poor to feed the war machine and wants us to feel sorry for him?

For the families of New Orleans, for the workers who got pink slips for the Christmas season, for the people cut from Tenncare, for the working-class soldiers trapped in this stupid, worthless war, for all the parentless children and childless parents and heartbroken spouses, I am ready to cry, weep an ocean for your pain.

But for you rich politicians, rich on the blood of the victims, your vice fed by working people who pay their fucking taxes, my heart has grown cold. I cry for the world but never for you. My heart is broken for my wife, my student, my housemate, my friend. For you, my eyes are dry.

And it is actions like these that make it a life challenge to seek radical, unconditional, antiauthoritarian love in such a loveless society in love with its own facile fantasy of love.
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i agree , it's a pathetic display
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Boo hoo. Now, he will lose his boat.
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Re: Congressman Duke, Tragedy, Tears

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This holiday weekend, a student of mine went home to find that her mother had taken her own life with a gun while planning a Thanksgiving dinner. A housemate’s brother fell from a tree to a bleeding brain and likely loss of his legs. Another comrade’s lover caught fire while cooking. Today, my wife remembers the fifteenth anniversary of her first daughter’s death, the stepdaughter I never knew.

Oh these are so sad. My condolances and best wishes to all affected.
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He was one of the most vocal supporters of the federal anti-gay marriage amendment, so good riddance. I guess he forgot to take the beam out of his own eye before pointing fingers at unpopular minorities.

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He was one of the most vocal supporters of the federal anti-gay marriage amendment, so good riddance.


which you'd think was ironic, but is actually just par for the course when it comes to politicians who have just a few more skeletons in their closet (as is DC rumor) than they'd care to admit. or for us to find out.

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Good riddance, and I'll be damned if I feel sorry for the guy.
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I saw this guy on the "Today Show" this morning and laughed my ass off as he shed his tears.
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poor guy

"In court documents, prosecutors said Cunningham admitted receiving at least $2.4 million in bribes paid in a variety of forms, including checks totaling over $1 million, cash, antiques, rugs, furniture, yacht club fees and vacations.

Among other things, prosecutors said, Cunningham was given $1.025 million to pay down the mortgage on his Rancho Santa Fe mansion, $13,500 to buy a Rolls-Royce and $2,081 for his daughter's graduation party at a Washington hotel."
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This holiday weekend, a student of mine went home to find that her mother had taken her own life with a gun while planning a Thanksgiving dinner. A housemate’s brother fell from a tree to a bleeding brain and likely loss of his legs. Another comrade’s lover caught fire while cooking. Today, my wife remembers the fifteenth anniversary of her first daughter’s death, the stepdaughter I never knew.

These are personal tragedies worthy of the tears that will likely never fill the dry creekbed of the soul after a season of draught. These are the tears that will water the compost of the soul to create a spring garden of growth. These are tears worth crying, the tears of mother, daughter, sister, lover.
My heart goes out to you. Last night I could not sleep. Thanksgiving a couple that took me in when my parents were divorcing to give me support in 1986 died in a head on collision. Their son was in my wedding. Sunday a student from my school drowned in a canoeing accident. Yesterday a friend of mine found out she has a brain tumor.

So here I was posting about JFK last night to escape the news of the day.

My heart goes out to you and yours. You and they are in my prayers.
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Re: Congressman Duke, Tragedy, Tears

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But the tears of a political clown? On national television? He steals from the poor to feed the war machine and wants us to feel sorry for him?
Who feels sorry for him?

I think probably only he does

Was he sorry when he sold out?

Was he sorry when he deposited the millions in bribe money?


He is only feeling sorry because he got caught



The REAL sad part here
is that congress is full of this crap


Why are they not investigating this?

The oversight committee/ ethics committee
is shut down
by circling the wagons to protect that SCUMBAG Tom Delay

Anybody who is a Republican should be real upset
and working to throw this current bunch out on the fat, immoral, greedy asses.
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My heart goes out to you. Last night I could not sleep. Thanksgiving a couple that took me in when my parents were divorcing to give me support in 1986 died in a head on collision. Their son was in my wedding. Sunday a student from my school drowned in a canoeing accident. Yesterday a friend of mine found out she has a brain tumor.

So here I was posting about JFK last night to escape the news of the day.

My heart goes out to you and yours. You and they are in my prayers.
I'm so sorry. You and your friends are in my thoughts.
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