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Bring Back the Enemies List

Monday, 10 April 2006 12:00 AM

Congressional Rep. Cynthia McKinney's unnecessary and embarrassing confrontation with the Capitol Hill police for not showing her ID, and the automatic, empty cry of racism from her and her shrill supporters on the far left, makes one yearn for the wickedly funny enemies lists from the old American Spectator that were compiled by satirist P.J. O'Rourke.

In 1989, O'Rourke wrote an essay in the Spectator calling for a "New McCarthyism" that inspired readers to send in ideal candidates for a blacklist, containing a "cluster of dunces" who would expose themselves for the frauds that they are. Instead of censure, he advocated that they be subjected to the "monstrous, gross, and irreversible late-twentieth-century phenomenon of Media Overexposure so that a surfeited public rebels in disgust."

The last Spectator list was over a decade ago, in the scandal-a-day Clinton era, but today's crop of loonies – some of whom are legacies from the previous decade – deserve similar treatment. This treatment must have been the genesis for Bernard Goldberg's best-selling "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America."

Anyway, it occurred to me that, as a public service, the U.S. Congress deserves a list all its own, since it is populated mainly by a pack of self-serving, careerist pols who care little about principles or the nation, but only about keeping themselves in office. If, along the way, they obtain a measure of personal power, prerogative, and more wealth than they came in with – well, that seems to be OK.

At the head of this list should be those representatives and senators who serve many terms but have essentially done nothing their entire lives to warrant re-election to government office, except perhaps to funnel pork barrel money to their districts in order to keep their seats.

This would include, of course, Reps. McKinney from Georgia and Maxine Waters from California, and countless others from both parties. I don't necessarily mean only those who are deeply ideological or partisan in their views, but also those whose opinions and actions carry little respect, even within their own parties – those members of Congress or the Senate who use their office simply as a sounding board for their own peculiar gripes.

A prime example of this kind of politician is Rep. John Conyers, a man who once bragged that he never reads any of the legislation that he votes on. Representing Michigan's 14th District, Conyers has been a House member for 42 years, but his career in the Congress seems only to have been to feather his own nest and to act as a mouthpiece for various socialist nostrums that primarily favor blacks.

Thus he is for universal health care, publicly funded jobs programs, anti-racial profiling measures and other big spending measures cooked up by Congressional Black Caucus members.

In addition, he spearheads causes that endear himself to his benighted constituents and leftists-at-large, such as legislation to mandate "reparations for slavery" payments to blacks or calls for investigations of "voting irregularities" in the 2000 presidential election.

Last year, he rode the wave of unease about the Iraq War campaign by announcing an investigation into the U.K.'s Downing Memo, which claimed a "secret plan" between the U.S. and Britain to invade Iraq.

Most recently, Conyers has been beating the drums for an investigation of President Bush, claiming a variety of "impeachable offenses," directing his staff to prepare a 273-page report on the Bush administration's "misconduct."

These are the high points of a 42-year career in the Congress? In his own mind, he's on a roll, and has already introduced in Congress a measure for censure of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

While all this is being played out, two former Conyers aides are charging that he has repeatedly violated House ethics rules by forcing his staff to work on various state and local political campaigns without taking leave, and to babysit his children. A complaint has been filed with the House ethics committee.

What is most disturbing is that, if the Republicans lose majority representation in the House in November's elections, John Conyers will, by way of seniority, be elevated to chair the House Judiciary Committee. A frightening prospect, considering the baggage carried by this bitterly partisan man.

Barrett Kalellis is a Michigan-based columnist and writer whose articles appear regularly in various local and national print publications, and is a featured pundit for NewsMax.com.

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