The US Congress is a Den of Iniquity

And you pay for the party

by baldilocks

For years, people have repeatedly suggested that I run for office, specifically, for the House; this was especially so when I lived in Maxine Waters’ district.

I refused because I didn’t want my personal life and people involved in my personal life to become public spectacles, but there was a more visceral reason.

It’s long been obvious that the Legislative Branch of the United States government is corrupt to the core. I don’t even trust the “good guys.”

Exhibit A.

Inside Congress, members have shaped the institution to protect incumbents through secrecy and even created bureaucratic offices that break the House’s own rules in order to do so.

Shielding themselves from facing consequences for malfeasance isn’t about Democrat versus Republican, it’s about insiders versus outsiders. (…)

In 2018, a vivid example of this bipartisan detente emerged in a slush fund congressional members used to conceal sexual harassment claims against them and their staff. (…)

[In 2017, John Conyers] was abruptly forced to resign for allegedly using taxpayer money to cover for making sexual advances on staffers.

But the House had already known about that for years. BuzzFeed reported that a female employee was fired in 2015 for refusing to “succumb to [Conyers’] sexual advances.” She filed a complaint with the House’s Office of Compliance, which is designed to hear such complaints of mistreatment and received a $27,000 settlement to secure her secrecy.

In fact, the Office of Compliance ran a settlement fund that routinely paid off congressional employees to stay silent about alleged misconduct. It paid $1 million in settlements involving congressman-led offices in the last 20 years, according to data it released under pressure after a media storm following the BuzzFeed disclosure. (…)

Advice to members to [having accusers] “‘remain on the payroll as paid severance for __ month(s) without reporting to work or performing any services,’ [is] in violation of House Rule XXIII, clause 8. 217,” the ethics committee said.

The ethics committee has its own reputation for being where accusations against members go to die, killed off by their fellow members.

I don’t why some people are resistant to the idea that government entities — the Intelligence Community is an even more timely example — have long been infested with corruption, especially those who are likely to have a microphone shoved under their faces.

That’s why these leaches hang onto office until their deathbeds, unless there’s a chance of being elected to higher office.

And, speaking of Joe Biden …

We’ve watched for the last ten years or so as the former vice president  – formerly a US senator from Delaware — felt up women, little girls and, sometimes, little boys as the men in the families were smiling for the cameras and not looking at Biden.

On camera.

I don’t even want to imagine what goes on in those back offices.

Congress is a den of thieves, robbers, and perverts. I couldn’t become a part of that.

Some of that iniquity might rub off and I have enough of my own crap to explain to the Almighty when my time comes.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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