Duke Cunningham, Traitor
Ok, I’m a bit prone to hyperbole, so check me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think traitor is too strong a word.
SAN DIEGO — Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, an eight-term congressman and hotshot Vietnam War fighter jock, pleaded guilty to graft and tearfully resigned Monday, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes mostly from defense contractors in exchange for government business and other favors.
“The truth is I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my office,” the 63-year-old Republican said at a news conference. “I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.”
I don’t care what this guy did in the Vietnam war, this erases that. He should be boycotted in the original sense of the word: before he’s put behind bars, no one should even speak to him. When he walks into Starbucks, the manager should immediately ask him to leave. If he wants forgiveness, he can consult a priest, but the American people should never grant it.
This piece of garbage stole money from the American people and the Republican party should immediately speak up about it, loudly. When asked, those who worked with Cunningham should say that they thought he was a good man — but that they were wrong, he’s a disgrace.
I shan’t hold my breath, given that most of them live in glass houses.