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‘Gentleman’ Jim Moran, Civil Servant

Posted on | November 19, 2011 | 15 Comments

by Smitty

That is, for ‘Civil’ means ‘Selfish’, along with ‘Overlord’ values of ‘Servant’. Remember when your retirement investments did a face plant during the 2008 election season?

Here is a brief tidbit from Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweizer. Chapter 2. Crisis For All, Opportunity For Some (emphasis original)

On Tuesday, September 16, 2008, when Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke held another of their terrifying closed-door meetings with congressional leaders (two days before the “ashen-faced” meeting), the stock market had dipped only a few percentage points, and most people assumed that the financial crisis was a disruption that would have just a limited effect on the broader economy. But what Paulson and Bernanke told lawmakers on September 16 made it clear that the public’s perception was wrong. Paulson, in his memoir, explains that during the meeting he outlined that the federal government was going to bail out the insurance giant AIG and that the markets were in deep trouble. “There was an almost surreal quality to the meeting,” he recounts. “The stunned lawmakers looked at us as if not quite believing what they were hearing.”

The next day, Congressman Jim Moran, Democrat of Virginia, a member of the Appropriations Committee, dumped his shares in ninety different companies. Moran is a former mayor and city councilman of Alexandria, Virginia. Earlier in his political career he had faced legal charges for casting a vote on the Alexandria City Council that helped a developer friend win a bid for a lucrative plot of land. Moran pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and resigned. It did not stop his career. He was elected mayor in 1985, and to Congress shortly after. (It’s interesting to note that legal standards IN Virginia are apparently higher than those of the U.S. Congress. Had moran cast that same vote in Congress, there would be no cause for any charges.)

This post is reprises a post of a couple days back: ‘Gentleman’ Jim Moran Appreciates Him Some Real Nice Assets, and offers some context. I’m about 1/4 through Schweitzers book. Also not looking too good so far are Princess Pelosi and Senator ‘Stuck in Iraq’ Kerry. We’ll see if my ‘good gentleman’ Congressman appears in any further heists.

Arguing Jim Moran’s end of things–wait while I put on my mean old, hard-drinking, condescending, Ruling Class Overlord hat–everything he has done is perfectly, strictly legal. Furthermore, ‘they’ probably did worse, and ‘anyone’ could have done the same, if they had clawed their way up to a senior Democrat leadership position. The rationalizations are classic, straightforward, and vanish in a puff of hatred when the voters ‘call’ a Moran on his tendency to ‘put’ the tire iron alongside the voter head.

I’ve been voting against ‘Gentleman’ Jim for the last five elections. 2012 will be the second round since realizing that there is a moral imperative to stand up against the kind of falsehood that Moran represents. Moran brings a particular flavor of evil to the job, as we live in the shadow of Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. It’s purely conter-factual to speculate how Washington would have reacted to Moran, but one would venture something involving a musket with a fixed bayonet would occur. Help Virginia relieve the Congress of ‘Gentleman’ Jim Moran. Support Patrick Murray.

Update: via American Power: Nancy, you ignorant Jane Curtin reference!


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15 Responses to “‘Gentleman’ Jim Moran, Civil Servant”

  1. Anonymous
    November 19th, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    Good luck with getting rid of Moron.

  2. smitty
    November 19th, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    I’m still no believer in luck.

  3. Adjoran
    November 19th, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    The guy IS evil.  But the religion of the left is all about the bottom line:  he votes their way, he must be okay.

    I thought he was a goner a few years back when he spotted an 8 year old black kid – with his family in a parking lot getting out of their vehicle – and thought the boy was LOOKING at Moran’s car too hard.  He grabbed him by the collar and picked the kid up, cursing and screaming at him.

    I said to myself, “Well, that finally does it.  Maybe he gets away with manhandling and cursing a white kid, but not this, he is done for now.”

    Nope.  Bigger margin of victory than ever, IIRC.  Which underlined the point to me:  elected leftists are evil because they are representing their constituents.  The people who vote for leftists are NOT being fooled by them or bought off by them, for the most part, although they do troll for votes among the poor with fear-mongering and goody bags.

    The well-informed leftist voter is every bit as evil as those they elect.  They know how evil they are, that’s why they vote for them.  That’s why the most evil candidate usually wins their nomination fights. 

    They aren’t “good people with a different perspective on the issues” by any stretch of imagination.  This is why Republicans keep getting screwed in deals.  We just can’t believe the other side is pure evil.  We persist in the myth that “we are all Americans” and “people are basically good-willed.”  Nope.

  4. Anonymous
    November 19th, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    The thing I don’t understand is why the constituency doesn’t replace this particular Liberal with a different Liberal. OK, he’s in a Liberal state and a Liberal they will choose, but the man is manifestly corrupt. Could they not muster up the energy to recruit someone – anyone – to replace one of the most disgraceful pols in D.C.? Sure, a Conservative would be nice, but I’d accept an ethical Liberal compared to an unethical one, too, in spite of the fact that very few people of ethics attain such high positions in politics. But it would be nice if his constituency appointed a jaywalker as opposed to a mass-murderer. (And I denounce myself for the hyperbole.)

  5. Anonymous
    November 19th, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    I hope the Tea Party Caucus starts a bookshelf for Peter Schweizer. Maybe when a filibuster is in order, a Representative could pull out Throw Them All Out and just start reading to the class. This is one of those cases where a long read is both nauseating because of its content and purging… because of its content.

    C’mon, Bachmann. This would be a perfect speech for you. Turn the bastards out.

  6. Anonymous
    November 19th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    Don’t be so dismissive of “the luck”, I suppose that Bob “The Mauler” Etheridge’s’ YouTube moment was just plain dumb or perhaps inevitable since it appears he drinks during the day. However you want to characterize that event it certainly was “lucky” for Renee Ellmers there is no way she’d have won if it weren’t for that.

  7. smitty
    November 19th, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    VA-8 has a lot of people who know on which side their bread is buttered. That’s all I can figure.

  8. Anonymous
    November 19th, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    I believe the other side is pure evil and ascribe no goodwill to them. To the wall with them.

  9. Ladd Ehlinger Jr.
    November 19th, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    Meme suggestion: Be less clever in your post’s headlines on Jim Moran for extra-special google-ishyness.

    Jim Moran, Master Thief
    Corruptocrat Jim Moran

    Pair the words befitting his character with his name.

  10. smitty
    November 19th, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    @FilmLadd: Part of the ‘Gentleman’ shtick is to help me curb my natural inclination to devolve into primal screaming at what a piece of work the guy is.

  11. Ladd Ehlinger Jr.
    November 19th, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

    You’re the only one inclined to blog on him, you must do your part to associate the correct words to his name in search results.

  12. Adjoran
    November 19th, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    yeah, but the most accurate wouldn’t be very nice words.

  13. Adjoran
    November 19th, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    Seems to me I saw somewhere (here? you?) that redistricting had scooped in some more Republican voting areas, so it isn’t as safe as it used to be.

  14. Bob Belvedere
    November 20th, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    There is no such thing as an ethical Leftist.

    The Left rejects tradition, custom, and morality.  Therefore, none of them can ever be said to meet the minimum defintion of ethical.

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