The House of Representatives is often referred to as the “People’s House.” The Framers designed it to be the most democratic body of the government, as responsive as possible to the popular will. That is why members have shorter terms and represent smaller numbers of voters than the Senate.
There are now 188 Democrats in the new Congress; the smallest number since, well, Christ was a corporal, or if you prefer…John Conyers was born (1929).
The Congressional Black Caucus in the new Congress has 46 members. This includes Utah Republican Mia Love. (The other black House Republican, Will Hurd, wisely decided he had far more important things to do in life than join the CBC)
So there are 45 Democrats in the CBC. It should be noted that two are territorial delegates, nonvoting House members, and one ( [mc_name name=’Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’B001288′ ]) is in the Senate.
Thus, as [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] gazes out over her caucus, one quarter of her membership is black. On the other hand, the percentage of Americans who are black is….12%!
So, whatever happened to..diversity?
The Democrats much vaunted “gorgeous mosaic” has a palette skewed towards the dark end of the spectrum.
How this happened is easily explained. The Voting Rights Act, and the mandated “majority-minority” districts is responsible.
This completely unconstitutional law, to which the GOP happily agreed, because it allowed them to concentrate nearly all black (and presumably Democrat) voters in a few districts has resulted in the election, and near perpetual re-election of what is without a doubt the biggest collection of self-serving “dumb as a rock” politicians ever on the planet. Consider just a few:
[mc_name name=’Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’D000096′ ]: Early in his political career, he refused to repudiate the support of individuals connected to Gangster Disciples Leader Larry Hoover. Recently he was implicated in the many scandals involved in filling Obama’s Senate seat.
[mc_name name=’Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’H000324′ ]: A convicted felon, and impeached federal judge.
Sheila Jackson Lee: Routinely chosen by multiple “Inside the Beltway” organizations as the “worst, meanest boss,” in DC..her constituency has expanded to include out space, as she once asked if the Pathfinder space probe had taken a picture of the “flag that Neil Armstrong planted on Mars.”
[mc_name name=’Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’J000288′ ]: At a Congressional hearing, he wonered if basing additional US troops on Guam will cause the island to “become overpopulated and tip into the ocean.”
Charlie Rangel:..All around liar, cheat, tax dodger. Nuff said.
“Mad” [mc_name name=’Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’W000187′ ]: Truly vile, mean, loathsome individual..accused of multiple financial improprieties and ethical violations. Always willing to play the race card. Accused then-LA mayor Riordan of “running a plantation.” Said that the 1992 LA riots were a “justifiable rebellion.” Has introduced multiple bills calling for reparations to be paid to blacks.
“Downtown” Corinne Brown: Accused of multiple ethical violations and charges of financial wrong doing and self-dealing. Always willing to play the race card, she was rebuked by the House for calling the 200o election a “coup d’etat.”
One could go on, and on, like the Energizer bunny.. “ad nauseam.”
Collectively, the membership of the CBC exists for only one purpose. To get re-elected, and to continue to amass the trappings and treasure that go with the office, and then, when it’s time to retire, to install a child or other family member into the seat, the latest example being John and Debby Dingell.
They have accomplish nothing for the nation..heck, they can’t even run a scandal without getting their grubby hands dirty.
The Democrat party has joyfully acquiesced in the ascendancy of the CBC because they delivered an ultra-reliable, rock solid voting block. [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ] gave them everything they wanted; in turn, their votes kept her in power.
But now, finding themselves in the minority, and with their smallest numbers in almost a century, the Democrats have a problem, a big one.
Of the top 30 House Democrats, by seniority, 13 are members of the Black Caucus. And Democrats collectively are realizing, like Forrest Gump, that “stupid is as stupid does.”
[mc_name name=’Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’T000193′ ] is both a disgrace and an embarrassment as ranking member of Homeland Security.
The Democrats were forced, of desperation, to remove the pathetic Edolphus Towns as ranking member of Oversight.
[mc_name name=’Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’D000355′ ] could barely stay awake at hearings. John Conyers can barely utter a coherent sentence.
The Democrats have no chance of ever retaking the House if this is “leadership” they offer the nation.
House Democrats are now engaged in am “off-site” meeting, to discuss what went wrong in 2014 ( and one assumes 2012, and 2010 as well) and where do they go from here.
One of the topics “gently” being discussed is the question of term limits ( ya think?) for committee chairs and ranking members. IOW, they’re asking.. “how the hell can we get the dead wood out of the House?”
The CBC.. which controls 25% of the votes in the Democrat caucus, and can pretty much tell Dem leadership to go and pound sand, is vehemently opposed to the idea.
Intramural warfare among Democrats is fun to watch. When the animals are fighting over an ever smaller carcass….when there isn’t enough to go around for everyone, then someone will inevitably get gored.
FYI, just after I posted this, I noticed an article on the topic at the Daily Beast website: “Black Caucus Planning Revolt Against Pelosi.”Worth reading if you want the PC view of the conundrum.