Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me

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    Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me


    By Ben Stein

    By now everyone who follows politics knows that Charles Rangel, the 20-term representative to Congress from New York's Harlem district, has been found guilty of ethics violations by the House ethics panel.

    He apparently failed to report rental income from a dwelling in the Caribbean, used his office stationery for fund raising for a school named after him, and used a rent stabilized apartment for a political office.

    For this, the punishment is publicly shaming by being censured.

    Now, just to me (whom you all know as a lifelong Republican), Rangel's misdeeds seem like extremely trivial matters. The IRS has not prosecuted him for tax evasion. When you are a busy man, small tax issues can get lost in the shuffle.

    The other two matters just seem like total and utter nothings.

    But what I really want to say about Charles Rangel is that this man is a genuine American hero.

    In unbelievably difficult service in the Korean War, his unit was swamped, cut off, overwhelmed by hordes of Red Chinese crossing into Korea. In the worst cold weather imaginable, under fire, starving, acting Sergeant Charles Rangel, in a black unit led mostly by white officers, took a large group of men, led them by example, lifted their morale, as they fought their way out to safety. Men were being shot, freezing, getting captured all around him, yet he got most of his men out.

    For this leadership, sacrifice, and courage, Mr. Rangel was awarded a Bronze Star with a V for Valor.

    After that, he served as a prosecutor, and then for 20 distinguished terms, as a member of Congress, for a time as chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. His erudition and fairness earned him high marks throughout his career.

    Now, he has been humiliated over what seems to me like almost nothing.

    Just for me, I hope that history will record that a truly great man, Charlie Rangel, a hero of the first rank, was laid low by trivial, no-account matters, censured by people who mostly have no clue of what true courage, fighting, blood and frostbite mean.

    Charlie Rangel does know, and to me, he is still a hero.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/11/28/sunday/commentaries/main7096523.shtml
     
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    In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me:
    [QUOTE]Nice article. I'm sure you feel the same way about this guy, right?: Bet you can guess his name  Service/branch United States Marine Corps Years of service 1968–1990 Rank Lieutenant Colonel Unit 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines 3rd Battalion 8th Marines 2nd Marine Division Commands held Marine Corps Northern Training Area , Okinawa Battles/wars Vietnam War Awards Silver Star Bronze Star Purple Heart (2)* Presidential Service Badge ?
    Posted by GreginMeffa[/QUOTE]

    Col. North
     
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    By the way you can be a war hero in Korea and still be a tax cheat later in life.

    What I want is a new rule I want to be held to the Rangel standard by the IRS is I cheat on my taxes and don't get caught for years , when I finally get nailed I dont get jail time or even a big fine, just pay the back taxes no worries.
     
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    North sold out.  He's a creep. Although Fawn Hall was really hot.

    I was hoping you'd play the Randy Cunningham card
    The man is a true Viet Nam hero.

    But you missed that too. Sheesh

    Sorry but I rarely play the military game, I just dont care about it.
     
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    Bueller? Bueller? 
     
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    Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me

    I generally like Ben's commentary but I think he is WAY off base here. This is the one area where he shows his DC insider side and won't say anything bad about long term members of either party. He, IMHO, is part of the problem when he writes things like this. The rules are the rules and if anyone of us did what Rangle did, we would be facing Fed. jail time. Mr Rangle should be facing the same as Tom DeLay is. Should we give DeLay a pass for his service?
     
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    In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me : Gee, I guessed right. Boy, that was a toughy
    Posted by GreginMeffa[/QUOTE]

    No, I dont care about it. Look at the top of the post, it says by Ben Stein, not by Bill.the.cat. Theyre not my standards.

    I just tought it was an interesting article by a true conservative fawning over a lib service, pretty rare..

    Pay attention next time.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me : No, I dont care about it. Look at the top of the post, it says by Ben Stein , not by Bill.the.cat . Theyre not my standards. I just tought it was an interesting article by a true conservative fawning over a lib service, pretty rare.. Pay attention next time.
    Posted by Bill.the.Cat[/QUOTE]

    No, I dont care about it


    So much so that you started a thread about it. Just like you don't care about Palin....Alllllllllrighty then.
     
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    Greg I dont think Frank was ever censured, now that sick guy Studds was.  And the good voters of the 10th saw fit to award him with 5 more terms.  Sick beyond words.
     
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    In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me : No, I dont care about it. Look at the top of the post, it says by Ben Stein , not by Bill.the.cat . Theyre not my standards. I just tought it was an interesting article by a true conservative fawning over a lib service, pretty rare.. Pay attention next time.
    Posted by Bill.the.Cat[/QUOTE]

    No, I dont care about it.


    Except for the fact that you started a thread about it. Nope....you don't care at all.....sigh....what a dope.
    Now go ahead and report me.
     
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    In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me : No, I dont care about it. Except for the fact that you started a thread about it. Nope....you don't care at all.....sigh....what a dope. Now go ahead and report me.
    Posted by WIIN12AM[/QUOTE]

    geez, a little uppity arnt we?
    here. let me repeat for the short bussers

    I just thought it was an interesting article by a true conservative fawning over a lib service, pretty rare.. Pay attention next time.
     
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    Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me

    More on Rangel...

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/rangel_in_deeper_with_new_ethics_NN5qV3bXesmA99ZPPDytiO

    The Federal Election Commission is investigating a complaint that Rep. Charles Rangel improperly used his National Leadership PAC to fund his legal defense on ethics charges for which he was censured Thursday.

    This actually seems worse to me than what Delay was accused of. Shouldn't he have to go through the court system rather than just face the non-judicial punishment of Congress?



     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me : geez, a little uppity arnt we? here. let me repeat for the short bussers I just t h ought it was an interesting article by a true conservative fawning over a lib service, pretty rare.. Pay attention next time.
    Posted by Bill.the.Cat[/QUOTE]

    Right....spin, spin, backpedal, backpedal, spin, spin....
     
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    Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me

    In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ben Stein: Charlie Rangel Still a Hero to Me : geez, a little uppity arnt we? here. let me repeat for the short bussers I just t h ought it was an interesting article by a true conservative fawning over a lib service, pretty rare.. Pay attention next time.
    Posted by Bill.the.Cat[/QUOTE]

    Next time, just tell him "Ack!! Phwwttt!!!"
     

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