Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Alcee Hastings on Sarah Palin: Horrific Attacks Continue

In the wake of a looming economic crisis it is comforting to know that loony people will continue to ignore the important issues and take the time to make ludicrous and offensive statements.

The strong-arm tactics of the Democrats that prevented Sarah Palin from attending the anti-Iran rally annoyed a number of the Jewish organizers. They were upset, and rightly so, that partisan politics took a front seat to opposing a dictator who has vowed to wipe Israel off the map.

In an effort to keep the Jewish vote heavily Democratic, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) had the following to say about Palin:
Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.

Sadly there is nothing more to say, really. The comments concerning Palin have gone beyond even what SNL would do during a parody. I continue to hope for a backlash, but economic matters may overshadow that. If Obama ends up winning, then in some ways these horrific statements will be justified. How sad for society as a whole.

1 comment:

BGnes said...

Thanks to Rep Alcee Hastings, I realize that I am a dangerous gun toting “moose stripper”


But, after researching Rep Hastings, I would expect no less from him;

In 1981, Hastings was charged with accepting a $150,000 bribe in exchange for a lenient sentence and a return of seized assets for 21 counts of racketeering by Frank and Thomas Romano, and of perjury in his testimony about the case. He was acquitted by a jury after his alleged co-conspirator, William Borders, refused to testify in court (resulting in a jail sentence for Borders).

In 1988, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives took up the case, and Hastings was impeached for bribery and perjury by a vote of 413-3. Voters to impeach included Democratic Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, John Conyers and Charles Rangel. He was then convicted in 1989 by the United States Senate, becoming the sixth federal judge in the history of the United States to be removed from office by the Senate. The vote on the first article was 69 for and 26 opposed, providing five votes more than the two-thirds of those present that were needed to convict. The first article accused the judge of conspiracy. Conviction on any single article was enough to remove the judge from office. The Senate vote cut across party lines, with Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont voting to convict his fellow party member, and Arlen Specter voting to acquit.[1]

The Senate had the option to forbid Hastings from ever seeking federal office again, but did not do so. Alleged co-conspirator, attorney William Borders went to jail again for refusing to testify in the impeachment proceedings, but was later given a full pardon by Bill Clinton on his last day in office.[2]