Sunday, January 01, 2006

(Op-Ed by Bos'un) Who are the Dems for

Sounds like Chuck Schumer, Democrat, New York, is beginning to lay ground work for the defense of releasing of classified information on the National Security Agency secret wiretapping program. What are his motivations? According to Schumer, "There are differences between felons and whistleblowers, and we ought to wait til the investigation occurs to decide what happened" in an article, "Schumer Wants to Know Motivation Behind NSA Leak."

My question to Schumer is, "What exactly is the difference between violations of the law in regards to national security and leaking classified material to the press?"

With Schumer's logic, one would have to say that it was completely alright for Sandy Burger to stuff classified material in his underpants and socks and walk out of national archives. Perhaps one should pardon John Walker and his son, Michael, for stealing national security information and selling it to the Russians. After all, Walker was just trying to secure his retirement account and Michael was influence by his fathers mis-judgement. Schumer would like us to look into the motivations for the crimes rather than the crimes themselves.

Give me a break. Schumer seems to be suffering from "liberalism is a mental disorder" disease.

While looking at yet another confusing statement by Schumer, we have to remember the controversy surrounding Schumer and his staffers. According to the Weekly Standard, back in September, Schumer expressed outrage at the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court when news broke that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which he chairs, had a small problem. Both Newsday and the New York Post reported that the DSCC was in illegal possession of the credit report for Maryland's Republican Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele. Two of Schumer's staffers, Katie Barge and Lauren Weiner, used Steele's Social Security number to fraudulently get his credit history. Schumer kept Barge and Weiner on the payroll long after the story broke. What was their motivation besides criminal misconduct? Incidently, Schumer had campaigned against Wheaties price-gouging, exorbitant ATM fees, and also sponsored legislation to protect corporate consumer data. Schumer had been busy pressuring legal publishers to block snoopers from accessing Social Security numbers online.

So, he campaigned for one thing and his staffers violated the very ethics that he said he was for. There is something wrong with that picture.

One should closely examine Schumer's past conduct and evaluate how he has swarted supreme court nominations, his support (or lack there of) the war efforts, and one should look at his record on supporting the war on terrorism. We may find that Schumer lags behind in most issues and continues to stay on the wrong side of history. Schumer is either ill informed, has very dense staffers and advisors who cannot get it right, or, perhaps he does not know what he is doing. For sure, the ethical hypocrisy of today's Democrats knows no bounds and Schumer is just a small part of a rather large problem. I'll let you be the judge.

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