September 13, 2001

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if the world really hired the foxes to watch all of the hen houses? While I'm not concerned about a chicken shortage (especially at my house where fowl is on the menu more often than not) I am a bit concerned about some news I recently read about one of our nation's self-proclaimed protectors.

That's right, none other than Jesse Jackson, has made his way back into the little editorial corner of this rural Missouri newspaper. I must have missed this bit of information when it made its circle of the news programs, either that or the "liberal press" simply chose to ignore it. Either way it struck me as amusing when I read an e-mail from a friend about the most recent miscue by Jackson and his Rainbow/PUSH political organization.

It seems that Jesse has stepped in it again courtesy of one of his organization's personnel moves. The most recent hire at the good old Rainbow/PUSH office is none other than former Illinois Representative Mel Reynolds.

Mel (I only refer to people as Mr. when I respect them) gained fame a few years ago when he resigned from office and then earned federal prison time courtesy of a number of crimes including a variety of fraud charges. However his resignation was forced by his conviction of sex crimes involving a 16-year-old "campaign volunteer".

This story only gets better, as Reynolds was one of those last minute presidential pardons offered by President Clinton on his way out of the White House.

And who says politics are strange? Just because Jesse's son took over Mel's seat in Congress, doesn't mean anything. There probably is no connection between all of this and Mel's hiring as a consultant on prison reform. At least that part of the whole picture makes sense, as Mel definitely has first hand knowledge of prison. It just makes you wonder why they didn't name Mel the youth counselor. Then they could hire Clarence Thomas to consult on any issues of sexual harassment in the office place. Clinton could team up with O.J. to consult on legal affairs, specifically how to beat the system.

It just seems a bit ironic, that you have a man hiring a former criminal, who was pardoned by a criminal, who will now go to work for a criminal. These three criminals all have something else in common, courtesy of their love lives and their highly publicized affairs. As the e-mail put it best, this may be a first for even the world of politics "An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate, won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate, then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate." I wonder if they put that on their resume?

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