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Should A Felon Serve In Congress?

Politics 2010/06/10 21:37:49
Well now South Carolina Republicans, after dealing with "Appalachian Trail" Mark Sanford and the odd sex scandal dogging Nikki Haley, can finally have a laugh on the Democrats.

An unknown and unemployed veteran, Alvin Greene, was nominated by South Carolina Democrats to run for Senate against GOP Sen. Jim DeMint. How? Apparently the theory is that his name came first on the ballot.

Unfortunately for Democrats it gets worse. Greene is facing felony charges, accused of showing pornographic photos to a coed. The party leadership has accused Greene, who has virtually no chance against DeMint, of being a "plant" and asked him to resign. So far, he has refused.

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  • MOM - LOL@Silly.St.Sarah.of... 2010/06/11 13:36:08
    MOM - LOL@Silly.St.Sarah.of.Wasilly
    +21
    SHAME on you SodaHead Politics....

    1.) First, according to your statement, "Greene is facing felony charges" and in the US of A, you are INNOCENT until you are proven guilty. So you are prejudicial and frankly lying in your title, shame on you.
    2.) Second, and regardless, you do not mention what those felony charges include, but it really does not matter, because he has not been convicted of ANYTHING.
    3.) Third, when did showing pornographic pictures to an adult woman (Co-ed) become a crime? They were not working together, so it is not sexual harassment.

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  • tinky_tink 2010/08/17 08:27:54
    tinky_tink
    +1
    NO!!!!! it says right in our constitution that a convicted felon cannot serve. but, this is interesting, only because he's not convicted. and in our great nation, we are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. that being said, let the people he will possibly be representing decide.
  • william... tinky_tink 2010/08/26 03:02:23
    william bates
    Actually convicted fellons can serve there are some of them in congress
  • All-American Bitch 2010/07/28 20:26:25
    All-American Bitch
    If the felon is good, then yes. If he's an underlining jackass, then no. But of course everything isn't that simple because it's America. XD
  • rizki 2010/07/24 09:09:56
    rizki
    +1
    I haven't answer but just look it
  • GANGA~Patriotic Revolution ... 2010/07/09 14:14:00
    GANGA~Patriotic Revolution BL-100+
    Why would the Democrats have a problem with Greene? Look at what Otraitor surrounded himself with. Is it because he may not be part of the Chicago political crime mob?

    The Democrats have worn the 'blame' game out!
  • Sherlock Dog BL - a Gazillion 2010/07/09 13:45:47 (edited)
  • johnnyg 2010/06/29 06:03:23
    johnnyg
    Hell yes!! he will fit right in with the other crooks, cheaters, and child molesters already there!!
  • Laura 2010/06/28 22:34:25
    Laura
    I don't think anything can keep him from running except a felony CONVICTION and that's not likely any time soon .
    I can't imagine what the South Carolina Democrats were thinking............or Not thinking!
  • Dolly 2010/06/27 05:20:06
    Dolly
    If he did the crime then he needs to pay the price for doing it.
  • concerned 2010/06/23 23:25:15
    concerned
    +1
    Thought we already had a bunch of them serving
  • tomem 2010/06/23 20:31:49
    tomem
    He's not a felon yet. Innocent until proven otherwise still applies. But, if I remember my civics classes, a convicted felon cannot run for or hold a federal office.
  • Niki 2010/06/22 21:25:01
    Niki
    +1
    No. I guess he figures that if obama can run, so can he.
  • Baby Boomer in Oregon 2010/06/22 20:08:14
    Baby Boomer in Oregon
    Until he is convicted of any crime, he should be able to run for office. If he runs and wins and it is found out that he is guilty, then off he goes. No more public work.
  • ajeetgoel 2010/06/21 01:20:36
    ajeetgoel
    ALL of us have committed mistakes, and some have committed crimes. But I can always repent and turn a new leaf, can't I? But Greene's 'embarrassing history of unemployment' does not inspire confidence in me.
  • DISCO 2010/06/20 19:05:32
    DISCO
    Not no but HELL NO!
  • patti 2010/06/19 17:25:56
    patti
    There are lots of Congress. Unfortunately, most of them haven't been charged and prosecuted.
  • big lou from peru 2010/06/18 12:37:36
    big lou from peru
    most democRATS are criminals !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Greg 2010/06/17 17:35:45 (edited)
    Greg
    If convicted, he would fit right in with all the other crooks in DC, Besides, a felony is a resume' enhancement for Democrats, as does his discharge from the military being "involuntary"..
    At least with this guy you know what you are getting... You can't say that about the current occupant of the White House.
  • Abby b 2010/06/17 01:39:13
    Abby b
    there is no way that i would want a felon to serve in congress because you would not know what he would pull.
  • OLD CRACKER 2010/06/16 22:40:29
    OLD CRACKER
    no
  • jensen-babe11 2010/06/16 18:04:02
    jensen-babe11
    just for showing pics i think not mate!!!NO NO NO NO NO
  • Msh3an 2010/06/16 01:39:09
    Msh3an
    +1
    Should the cat marry a dog <<< it's like that :) .
  • jensen-... Msh3an 2010/08/06 18:17:52
    jensen-babe11
    +1
    yh mate ur right
  • Randy 2010/06/15 17:05:45
    Randy
    +1
    Aside from the truth being that there is already a plethera of criminals in Congress, this seems on the outside to be pathetic. If one listens to Mr. Greene, or whomever is coaching his answers with an earpiece, he seems woefully unprepared to answer any questions let alone serve South Carolina in Congress. This is just too blatantly rigged. There is not even a hint of Mr. Greene winning on his own merits and knowledge of government. We are doomed if this is allowed to be seen to fruition at the general election level.
  • Randy Randy 2010/06/15 17:07:33
    Randy
    Oh...and follow any money involved in this fiasco. Therein lies truth. It's always about the Benjamins.
  • big dipper 2010/06/15 14:00:21
    big dipper
    Mr. Greene is not better or worse than many politicians now in office. In a few situations, he may be an upgrade to some of the low life scum presently occupying office. Like MOM-LOL states he has been convicted of nothing so until he is convict the question is a moot point. The questions I ask is how did he win without rallies, meeting, fund raisers, etc. This situation smells like someone fixed this election to ensure Jim Demint wins re-election.
  • Andrew 2010/06/15 05:47:46
    Andrew
    NO that is not right for any felon or criminal to serve in politics.
  • deepthinker 2010/06/15 02:41:43
    deepthinker
    I absolutely agree with Bill's comments. The candidate's race, his unemployment record, general sympathy with his situation should NOT be a consideration with this, or ANY candidate. Running for public office in an attempt to find employment -- and very highly paid employment at that -- should be the last consideration of a public official. If his purse is his main objective, he is not a suitable candidate. Entering politics in a desperate attempt to get work should be automatic disqualification for any candidate -- of any color, gender, ethnic background, culture, lifestyle, religious proclivaity, or social status. I don't care how handsome, charismatic, eloquent he is. He is not to be trusted in a public office.

    The most important thing is education, qualifications, experience, and a sincere desire to better the status America and Amerricans. Whatever happened to the concept that our governmental leaders were the servants of the people? The type of felony should also be considered. Obviously, an embezzler should not be put into a position of managing large sums of money. Has this man been rehabilitated so his prior problems would not continue to plague him in his new role?

    It would be expecting a lot (but wouldn't it be wonderful) if personal character and inte...
    I absolutely agree with Bill's comments. The candidate's race, his unemployment record, general sympathy with his situation should NOT be a consideration with this, or ANY candidate. Running for public office in an attempt to find employment -- and very highly paid employment at that -- should be the last consideration of a public official. If his purse is his main objective, he is not a suitable candidate. Entering politics in a desperate attempt to get work should be automatic disqualification for any candidate -- of any color, gender, ethnic background, culture, lifestyle, religious proclivaity, or social status. I don't care how handsome, charismatic, eloquent he is. He is not to be trusted in a public office.

    The most important thing is education, qualifications, experience, and a sincere desire to better the status America and Amerricans. Whatever happened to the concept that our governmental leaders were the servants of the people? The type of felony should also be considered. Obviously, an embezzler should not be put into a position of managing large sums of money. Has this man been rehabilitated so his prior problems would not continue to plague him in his new role?

    It would be expecting a lot (but wouldn't it be wonderful) if personal character and integrity were present in all of our elected officials. Far too often some of them should be brought up on charges. We need people in government (at ALL levels) that deserve the public trust. The scarcity of such individuals has destroyed American's trust in our government leaders. Is it any wonder we are so dissatisfied with the highest officials in the land. And is it any wonder American is becoming the laughing stock of other nations?
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  • StygianAgenda 2010/06/14 23:41:02
    StygianAgenda
    A better question would be: "Do you think any person should be allowed to run for a public office without psychological screening to determine intelligence and mental stability?"

    My answer to my own question would be a resounding "NO!!!"

    I'm neither democrat, nor republican, but I also realize that the other parties don't have enough political clout to create a true balance of power. Given the state of society today, it seems that we would be better off without any of the current forms of government, world wide. What this world needs is a reboot! Maybe I'm too much of a futurist, but I think we would be much better off with no national boundries, no national governments, etc. Instead, I'd prefer a Global Terran Alliance that eventually expands to become a Galactic Terran Federation. We need to start looking more seriously to our future. The BP incident in the Gulf Of Mexico is quickly killing our planet, and regardless of what many may think, our earth is bleeding... uncontrollably. Estimates last week said that the gulf was roughly now 30% contaminated with crude oil. Where does it stop? This is far beyond a national issue... it literally effects the entire world, whether it's people know it or not. It's only a matter of time before the Everglades are over run, a...





    A better question would be: "Do you think any person should be allowed to run for a public office without psychological screening to determine intelligence and mental stability?"

    My answer to my own question would be a resounding "NO!!!"

    I'm neither democrat, nor republican, but I also realize that the other parties don't have enough political clout to create a true balance of power. Given the state of society today, it seems that we would be better off without any of the current forms of government, world wide. What this world needs is a reboot! Maybe I'm too much of a futurist, but I think we would be much better off with no national boundries, no national governments, etc. Instead, I'd prefer a Global Terran Alliance that eventually expands to become a Galactic Terran Federation. We need to start looking more seriously to our future. The BP incident in the Gulf Of Mexico is quickly killing our planet, and regardless of what many may think, our earth is bleeding... uncontrollably. Estimates last week said that the gulf was roughly now 30% contaminated with crude oil. Where does it stop? This is far beyond a national issue... it literally effects the entire world, whether it's people know it or not. It's only a matter of time before the Everglades are over run, and once the currents carry the spill out to sea in the Atlantic, the final domino effect will inevitably begin. But I digress...

    If you've listened to the interview with this (so called) plant, it's easy to discern that he doesn't have the education, much less the intelligence, to raise the amount of money needed to run for public office, regardless of his legal status. What we have here is a silent war. The two parties are so hateful of one another than nothing worthwhile is done. It seems that they would rather serve out their terms in office bickering like spoiled children. Even worse is the fact that many of the constituents follow suit and do the same thing themselves, rather than wising up to these jack@sses and holding their worthless @sses responsible for wasting our time, money, and causing us more grey hairs.

    Otherwise, I totally support the statements made to this thread by "MOM - LOL@Silly.St.Sarah.of.Wasilly" . It's reprehensible to call someone a felon that hasn't been convicted. It's stigmatizing to all that have to live with that title. When someone has paid their dues, people should leave well enough alone.

    "If you're going through hell, keep going..." --Winston Churchill
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  • garryl 2010/06/14 23:08:51
    garryl
    ok all U smart azzzzzz,,,,,,,,reps,,,,,,,,,w... the difference btwn voting and being voted 4,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hmmmmmmmm?....... me and maybe I'll change me vote...Go head bro.......( I just hope the porn wasnt a 'self portait'....)
  • krayzrick 2010/06/14 22:50:21
    krayzrick
    What a great 'role model'
  • Luis 2010/06/14 21:47:19
  • Molly 2010/06/14 21:05:06
    Molly
    Wow only in America........
  • dlsofsetx 2010/06/14 20:48:06
    dlsofsetx
    Absolutely not!In most states they can't vote after release.
  • bill 2010/06/14 18:29:21
    bill
    +1
    The question should read: "Should you vote for or support such a tool for congress?"

    There is a big problem with American politics and it is the voters. American's vote for candidates like they are voting for American Idol. They will consider things like, he is black(yes, that will get him votes), that he is unemployed, an underdog.

    Just with those three reasons alone he will get many votes. What a lot of American's will not do is take their voting power serious, look pass the drama and ask "How is he qualified to be a member of congress?".

    They ignore important details like education. Why is education so important? The bills that a written are very complex and are written using legal terms. Does he have the ability to read and understand the cryptic laws, or does he have to have someone else read it for him and give him the "layman's version". Ever wonder why such poor bill's get passed, that's the reason right there.

    How about experience? Has the person held an office prior? Does he have a financial background? Will the economy be fixed by voting for people with no strong financial background. These are only a few of the things you should look for in a candidate.

    So lets sum up this candidate. Uneducated, poor work history, military(+), no financial background, ne...
    The question should read: "Should you vote for or support such a tool for congress?"

    There is a big problem with American politics and it is the voters. American's vote for candidates like they are voting for American Idol. They will consider things like, he is black(yes, that will get him votes), that he is unemployed, an underdog.

    Just with those three reasons alone he will get many votes. What a lot of American's will not do is take their voting power serious, look pass the drama and ask "How is he qualified to be a member of congress?".

    They ignore important details like education. Why is education so important? The bills that a written are very complex and are written using legal terms. Does he have the ability to read and understand the cryptic laws, or does he have to have someone else read it for him and give him the "layman's version". Ever wonder why such poor bill's get passed, that's the reason right there.

    How about experience? Has the person held an office prior? Does he have a financial background? Will the economy be fixed by voting for people with no strong financial background. These are only a few of the things you should look for in a candidate.

    So lets sum up this candidate. Uneducated, poor work history, military(+), no financial background, never held a public office. Those are great reasons not to vote for him. Even without the alleged charges he should get no votes. Include the charges and you vote for him, I hope you are affected drastically by the economy or a law that is passed. Maybe after that you will wake up and take the precious gift we have of voting serious.
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  • ThePerfessor 2010/06/14 15:56:34
    ThePerfessor
    Let the voters decide (as they did in the primary).
  • OPOA912 2010/06/14 14:44:49
    OPOA912
    +1
    Aren't they already?
  • Karlo 2010/06/14 14:39:31
    Karlo
    The question should not have a picture of Alvin Greene, he has NOT been convicted of a felony, so the question is mute for this example. In General, I think A convicted felon can be elected to congress, as long as they have paid the price, served, the time, etc. You can't do the job, if your in Jail.. Getting elected might be another problem
  • lajfa 2010/06/14 12:37:19
    lajfa
    No, but is this guy actually convicted yet? If not, aren't you putting the buggy before the horse?
  • grizzly 2010/06/14 12:10:07
    grizzly
    He's probably not slick to make it as a politician.
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