Everyone knows that you can drive 7mph over the posted speed limit without getting stopped, right?
And, everyone knows that politicians subscribe to a different set of laws. Or do they?
Our Mayor has to resign.
Not because what he did was so bad. But because what he did was illegal and he thought he could get away with it.
Although Mayor Jim Schmitt is expected to plead guilty to three misdemeanor charges, records show that he was involved in “illegal or irregular” campaign donations going back to 2011 (Green Bay Press-Gazette, 9/14/2016) http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com
Because once again a political leader decided he was above the law and better than the rest of us.
According to Wikipedia, http://www.wikipedia.org crimes committed by our elected officials at the federal level include but unfortunately, are not limited to: improper use of classified materials, illegal campaign contributions, money laundering, theft, bribery, mail fraud, perjury, tax evasion, obstruction of justice, misuse of public funds, embezzlement, extortion, racketeering, voter fraud, drug possession, sexual assault and possessing child pornography.
Anyone who came of age in the seventies can remember President Richard Nixon addressing the American people through the TV screen proclaiming, “I am not a crook.”
But he was and he was forced to resign the Presidency.
It has become a merry-go-round of “spin and denial” and then blame someone else. They keep the ride going, just waiting for the public to forget or to simply tire of the whole thing.
President William Jefferson Clinton, during the Monica Lewinski scandal had a legion of lawyers arguing over the definition of “sexual relations.” Really? Then they argued over the definition of the word “is”.
Finally, Congress (a whole bunch of lawyers) agreed on the definition of the word, “perjury.”
With that, he was convicted, impeached and his license to practice law in the State of Arkansas, suspended.
The list goes on.
William “Bill” Jefferson (no relation to the former President) Democratic member of Congress from Louisiana, was found with $90,000 in ill-gotten gains stashed in his freezer. Convicted in 2009 of 11 counts of bribery and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Dennis Hastert, Republican from Illinois and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, found guilty of structuring bank transactions to pay some $3.5 million to cover up allegations of sexual abuse when he was a high school teacher and coach.
Richard Renzi, former Republican Congressman from Arizona was found guilty on 17 counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators. He was convicted in 2013.
Trivia question: What state can boast that four of their last seven governors have spent time in prison?
At least the Cubs are wining.
As far as that “breaking the speed limit” thing goes…
I have never operated a vehicle above the posted speed limit.
I mean to say that I have never intentionally operated a motor vehicle above the posted speed limit.
There may have been a time or two when the speedometer failed or after purchasing new tires, the vehicle’s speed might have inadvertently exceeded the posted limit.
But once again I can unequivocally say, “I would never intentionally drive above the posted speed limit.”
Unless it was that time when the officer’s radar gun obviously was not calibrated properly or that, as everyone knows, they do have a quota to meet and it might have been the end of the month when my vehicle was targeted.
And there is always that vast “right lane” conspiracy out to get me just because I need to travel in the left hand lane. You know, the fast one.
After all. I do have some place important to go.