Here are a few questions about Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., of the Illinois Second Congressional District:
1. Why is Jesse Jackson, Jr. still on the ballot as the Democrat running for Congress in Illinois’ 2nd District, when he himself admits that he is laboring under a disability that has prevented him from doing his job, and doctors tell him that the road to recover will be a “long one”?
2. Why didn’t Jackson resign his seat, which he has been unable to fill except in name for six months due to his illness?
3. Why are the mostly Democratic voters in his district preparing to return him to office, at a time when the United States, even more than usual, needs all of its members of Congress alert, trustworthy, stable and present, when Jackson is incapable of being any of those things?
It would be a different story (slightly) if Jackson was such a Congressional stand-out that it would be worth holding out for a miracle, as Democrats did in the case of brain-damaged Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He is not, however. The only reason he was elected to Congress at all was because he carried his famous father’s name. His only jobs before Congress were working for Jesse Jackson, Sr. There are two serious investigations going on regarding corrupt activities by Jackson as a representative, one regarding his involvement with the alleged auctioning off of President Obama’s Senate seat that sent former governor Rod Blagojevich to prison, and a more recent FBI investigation into misappropriation of campaign funds. He’s hardly an exemplar of Congressional dignity: in 2007, he threatened fisticuffs with a Republican colleague. Nor has he distinguished himself with his policy acumen and problem solving skills. Here is Jackson cure for America’s economic problems, for example, in 2011:
“I believe … in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 — that’s a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bailout all of the states … for another $100 billion, we bailout all of the cities.”
As lawyer Steve Martin says in “All of Me,” after his client tells him that she has made arrangements for a shaman to transfer her soul to the body of a young, beautiful woman before her own body dies: “Good plan!”
Here’s all you need to know, really, about Jackson, Jr.: CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) named him one of its most corrupt members of Congress in 2009, and CREW, which begins with the presumption that all Republicans are corrupt and all Democrats are as pure as Ivory soap, never names a Democrat to this list who isn’t dirty through and through. On top of that, we have the fact that Junior disappeared in June without telling his constituents where he was, and has been unable to do his job since that time because of his battles with depression and bi-polar syndrome. Neither of are easily treated or cured, and are definitely not desirable maladies for one who works in Congress, which could make Pollyanna suicidal.
Jackson has already missed 25% of his current term, and will probably be able to serve during even less of his next one, if any of it. The only explanations for why neither he, nor his party, nor the public have already made sure that he is replaced with a trustworthy, qualified, functioning representative are:
- Jackson needs the job, and is irresponsible.
- Democrats want to keep the seat, and are irresponsible.
- Second District voters are ignorant, which is irresponsible.
- All of the above regard the political fortunes of Jesse Jackson’s son more important than the fate of the nation, which is beyond irresponsible, or
- All of the above.
Before the election, Ethics Alarms will post its traditional “Dirty Dozen,” the most unethical candidates running for high office in 2012.
Guess who is likely to top the list?