Ten Years ago today….
There’s an article from the Washington Post from May 7, 1998, referring to events from May 6, 1998. Newt Gingrich calls Dan Burton an embarrassment:
”This contrast was evident during the GOP’s closed conference meeting yesterday, when Gingrich apologized to his colleagues for how staffers distributed the tapes on Friday. When Burton shot back that he was not embarrassed, according to members who attended the meeting, Gingrich responded, ‘Then I’m embarrassed for you, I’m embarrassed for myself, and I’m embarrassed for the conference at the circus that went on at your committee.’”
Hopefully the voters of the 5th District will agree with Newt today, even if it is delayed by a decade.
Now, why do I feel this way? There comes a point in time where a politician or leader stops working for reform, and starts working to retain power. Bart Peterson was this way. Julia Carson was this way. Dan Burton is this way. Steve Buyer is this way. And I find this attitude towards the job of Congressman disgraceful. This is special honor. It is not yours. It is ours, and it should be treated with respect.
The Founders of our Country were concerned with Public Servants being disinterested, meaning no other interest than serving the people.
I can stand Republican. I can stand Democrat. I can stand Libertarian, but I can’t stand comfortable and entitled.