Politics.  D.C. Politics.  Straight from the headlines, yet another D.C. Council person is under attack!  Read all about it!  Kwame Brown, the Chairperson, is in hot water!!  Though we all know that the original dragnet was supposed to waylay Barry, other council persons such as Harry Thomas, Jr., and most notably, Kwame Brown are merely Barry henchmen needing to be removed to make way for the new regime — a less Barry-influenced Council…and Mayorship for that matter.  Stay tuned!

Just a short while ago, you might remember Harry Thomas, Jr. was embroiled in controversy over spending funds intended for at-risk youth.  No matter how painful, even the most ill-advised amongst us, could see the fate of Harry Thomas, Jr.  However, Kwame Brown is another situation altogether.  Kwame Brown, former Chairperson for the District of Columbia Council, was forced to resign after being caught  . . . . after committing  . . . .   Just what was the crime?

Oh, now I remember!  Mr. Brown overstated his income in order to acquire a larger loan than what he would have been able to qualify for ordinarily.  So, let’s get this straight, Mr. Brown received a larger “loan” from a bank and not a grant from the government.  He did not “understate” his wealth so that he could receive free money, grants or public assistance.  Mr. Brown received a loan that has to be paid back!!  They called this bank fraud — a felony.

The reality is that the vast majority of us can’t cast even the smallest stone at Kwame Brown.  That’s because for all our Christianity and high morals, these things occur every day.  It is akin to lying on your résumé and then learning the skill set—the one you said you already had—after getting the job.  This is akin to lying on income taxes and claiming more dependents then you are entitled to.  You know, let’s throw out just one more.  This is akin to taking office supplies from your place of business for use at home.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying that these are correct behaviors or that they are even remotely the right thing to do.  However, I am saying that they are everyday behaviors committed by ordinary citizens on a regular basis in this country and probably abroad.   The fact is…people embellish.  People lie.  People are, at the core, dishonest.  Even so-called honest people can be dishonest if an opportunity presents itself.  Dishonest in private.  Honest in public.  So, who’s the judge?  Who’s the jury?

And, what of the investigations of Councilmembers Graham and Evans?  What was the outcome?  Does anyone even remember?  Did anyone even care?  Can anybody hear me?