2017 The Year In Review –
More Than A Few Elected Officials Dominoes Fell
I have no bias when it comes to wrong, I believe Congress members and elected officials should ALL be held accountable for their actions and no one party is exempt. When it comes to real sexual harassment (not fake accusations based on Snowflake era stupidity) or using position for privileges I get hot under the collar. That said, I find it telling in the last year just how many government officials have been accused or indicted of criminal acts some stemming back several years and others carefully hidden under slimy carpets.
As you can see below, the list is fairly long. Obama made comments on several occasions that his terms in office carried “NO HINT OF SCANDAL.” I guess it technically wasn’t a lie if you consider that there were so many, rather than just one.
1- Shaun Brown, Democrat – considering running for 2018 U.S. House seat in Virginia has been indicted on charges of fraud, $803G fraud embezzlement, and theft in connection with events that allegedly occurred in 2012.
2- Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat (TX), accused in media articles of gaining special seating privileges on a United Airline flight by bumping the first class ticket holder who had a confirmed reservation. Apparently, this was not her first time and not the first person who received such a bump due to either Ms. Lee’s or other congressional members “privileges”. What makes this worse is the method used by United in order to grant her special seating request.
3- City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright in Adelanto CA – arrested as the focal point of a FBI sting dealing directly with the medical marijuana industry, accepting bribes, and arson scheme to burn down his restaurant.
4- Mayor Jim Strickland, Democrat, and city council of Memphis TN – defied court order and removed Confederate statues from two city parks just before Christmas. Not only that but they signed paperwork which sold the valuable property locations to Memphis Greenspace Inc., a private, non-profit organization, for a minimal amount the same day as the statue removals that evening. Legislation passed in September allows nonprofit groups to purchase parkland and additionally the statues had been a sore point for some in the community for several years.
5- U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle defies a Supreme Court ruling on the Trump Travel Ban issue.
6- Harassment scandals have swept up several congress and other elected members in their wake. OOC’s estimate reached roughly $17 million out of their so-called “slush fund” since 1997, though the total may be less for harassment if the group is broken out since nothing was categorized just a total figure by year.
- Democrat Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL) — The Treasury paid $220,000 to settle allegations against him made by a former congressional staffer that claimed he “touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job.”
- Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX) — The congressmen announced on Thursday that he was “retiring” after former staffers accused him of making “sexually graphic jokes” and berating his aides. He previously settled a sexual harassment claim made by an employee in 2014.
- Democrat Rep. Ruben Kihuen (NV) — Multiple women have accused the Pelosi-backed congressman of sexual harassment.
- Democrat Sen. Al Franken (MN) — Franken announced that he would resign last week after multiple women accused him of sexual assault. Franken has still not resigned despite his promise to do so.
- Republican Rep. Trent Franks (AZ) — Resigned after he reportedly made women uncomfortable by asking them to be a surrogate mother.
- Democrat Andrea Ramsey (KS) — 2005 sexual harassment lawsuit against her may or may not prove a stumbling block in her 2018 bid in congressional midterm elections.
- California Assembly Majority Whip Raul Bocanegra – stepped down as majority whip after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment and “inappropriate and unwelcome physical contact.” Bocanegra ended his reelection campaign and said he would resign from the Assembly next year.
- Ohio State Rep. Wes Goodman, Democrat – resigned after he engaged in allegedly consensual “inappropriate behavior related to his state office.”
7- House Ethics committee has several investigations under way.
- Chris Collins, Republican (NY) – up on ethics charges for insider trading congressional violations
- House of Rep. Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo. (Guam) – up on ethics charges for possible misuse of official funds while other charges have been recommended to be dropped
- Duncan D. Hunter, Republican (CA)- up on ethics charges for campaign violations but deferred to a FBI investigation
- Mark Meadows, Republican (FL) – up on ethics charges in 2016 and continuing into misuse of hiring and payroll practices employment issue concerning a staff member
- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Republican – resigned mid-2017 over sex scandal
- Timothy F. Murphy (R-PA) – resigned under allegations of seeking abortion for his mistress
8- Greg Gianforte (R-MT) – pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management counseling and ordered to pay a fine
9- Wasserman Schultz, Democrat (FL) – Imran Awan IT scandal yet to be resolved
10- Robert Brady, Democrat (PA) – under FBI investigation for paying a primary challenger to drop out of the race in 2012
11- Bernie Sanders, Democrat (?) (VT) – sued for unpaid campaign rally services, wife under federal investigation for a land deal
12- Corrine Brown, Democrat (FL) – convicted of several charges concerning fraudulent charity
13- Sen. Bob Menendez, Democrat (NJ) – corruption case ended in mistrial but may be challenged – at issue congressional donor “stream of benefits”
14- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Democrat – constant stream of scandals, mismanagement, cover-ups, and city murders leading to donations decline and possible re-election bid withdrawal. His largest labor union backer, John Coli Sr., was recently indicted on extortion charges.
15- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Democrat – New York Daily News reported in July that Cuomo diverted funds meant for MTA repairs to boost his “pet projects.”
16- Anthony Weiner, Democrat (NY) – pleaded guilty to sexting charges and sentenced to two-year prison term
17- Judge Roy Moore – wave of sexual misconduct scandals hit just before voting but since have gone quiet
18- Hillary and Bill Clinton seems to have a permanent place on this domino chain, plated in blood-red and gold.
19- Other State government positions also came in for a share of notoriety:
- New York Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Democrat – corruption conviction overturned but there may be retrial
- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Democrat – dropped bid for re-election due to a sex abuse scandal he is implicated in
- Mayor of Allentown Ed Pawlowski and former Mayor of Reading Vaughn Spencer, Democrats (PA) – indicted by the FBI for a pay-to-play scheme
- District Attorney Seth Williams, Democrat from Philadelphia PA, dropped out of re-election race after facing a FBI probe and conviction for bribery
- Alabama State Representative Oliver Robinson (D) was convicted of bribery.
- Arkansas State Representative Micah Neal (R) was convicted of taking $38K of public money in kickbacks as part of the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District
- Florida State Representative Daisy Baez (D) convicted of perjury.
- State Representative Dwayne L. Taylor (D) convicted of fraud.
- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), was found guilty of withholding documents and misleading the court. He was fined $1000.
- Michigan State Representative Brian Banks (D) was convicted of fraud for filing false financial statements.
- New Mexico State Senator Phil Griego (D) was convicted of corruption.
- Oklahoma State Representative Gus Blackwell (R) was accused of perjury and embezzlement for using both state funds and campaign funds to pay for the same trips. In a plea bargain he pleaded guilty and agreed to pay restitution.
- Oklahoma Senator Kyle D. Loveless (R) was sentenced to three years of probation and restitution after pleading guilty to embezzling campaign funds.
- Oklahoma Senator Sen. Ralph Shortey resigned after being arrested and charged for engaging in child prostitution.
- Oklahoma Rep. Dan Kirby resigned following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.
- Pennsylvania State Representative Marc Gergely (D) convicted of conspiracy.
- Rhode Island State Representative Raymond Gallison (D) convicted of fraud.
- South Carolina State Representative Jim Merrill (R) convicted of corruption.
- South Carolina State Representative Chris Corley (R) pleaded guilty to first-degree domestic violence for beating his wife and threatening to kill her with a gun.
- Texas State Representative Carlos Uresti (D) convicted of fraud and money laundering
- Vermont State Senator Norm McAllister (R) guilty on a misdemeanor charge of prohibited acts of prostitution
2017 — The year of “rants, defiance, and putrid moral, social, and political lackwitted fanatics” is drawing to a close. There were winners and losers and a few “privileged” who seem to have escaped the “equal under the law” statement once again.
It seems obvious to me that many in the list above found a “welcoming niche” over the last few years where few felt threatened by legal accountability. The year 2017 has been a turn-around year full of regained strength and determination to return freedoms blow for blow and step by step. It has been a year that redefined the political parties and highlighted the rot within both of them.
The year has also shaken the country to the core as the reality of what “transformed” had meant to the last administration, the seeds that had been sown, and just how close we came as a nation to losing all we hold dear. We nearly became the last and largest world domino to fall to communism/socialism.
Was it because of President Trump — maybe. People were fed up with the status quo and luckily he came along at just the right time. It seems to have taken his particular brand of brash, un-politically correct methods and words, and his uncompromising push to fulfill his campaign vision and promises in order to put a brake on the downward spiral. He also provided the spark of impetus to fight back that had been increasingly curtailed over the last eight years.
Some of the problems listed above were not caused by him entering office but by those who were “bankrupt” and found a welcoming slot where accountability and transparency were only “lip service” words and they felt safe to profit and plunder.
In the case of sexual harassment allegations, the Democrats who attempted to undermine his election and right to be in office definitely had a hand in making these happen. Liberals eagerly went about their blame game–even those within their own party were food for their horde.
The old advice about “those who yell first or loudest to accuse are often the most blame-worthy” again appears to be true.
January 20, 2017 was a “Red Letter” Day to be marked on our calendars for many reasons.
Brace for it…I am guessing 2018 will be just as active.
The Democrats are already huddling and conspiring to take over elected positions and bring about the downfall of our sovereign country again in 2018. Every little victory they win is one LESS spot for conservatism and our republic. Put that in your thoughts for a moment. Think of all the “off the rail activities and attitudes seen in 2017 and multiply them by 5. That will be 2018 because the more they see themselves backed into a corner, the nastier and more desperate they will become.
I pray that a republic free from tyranny or socialism and a more fiscally responsible, balanced nation will return. Hopefully law and order will prevail and grow stronger again as a constitutionally conservative rather than liberal-minded entity.
BUT all we fought for this year will be lost if Republicans, conservatives, and patriots simply fall back into the groove and again allow the Democrats to out-manuever us.