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The Democrats' Free Mumia Caucus By: Michael P. Tremoglie
The Evening Bulletin | Friday, December 15, 2006


Three days before the 25th anniversary of the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution, "Condemning the decision of St. Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murder (sic) of Philadelphia Police Office (sic) Danny Faulkner."

The resolution was introduced by Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick on behalf of himself and Representatives Schwartz, Shuster, Sherwood, Dent, Pitts, Weldon, Holden, Brady, English, Murtha, Platts, Murphy, Pearce, Peterson, Gerlach and Hart. The resolution passed the House by a vote of 368-to-31 with 8 voting present.

Now who could possibly object to a resolution condemning a town for naming a street after a cop-killer?

Thirty-one Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives can, that's who. Specifically, those 31 Democrat Congressional Representatives are:

Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii), William Clay (Mo.), Carolyn Kilpatrick (Mich.), Robert Scott (Va.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jose Serrano (N.Y.), Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.), Cynthia McKinney (Ga.), Fortney Hillman Stark Jr. (Calif.), John Conyers (Mich.), Gregory Meeks (N.Y.), Edolphus Towns (N.Y.), Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.),Tom Udall (N.M.), Danny Davis (Ill.), James Oberstar (Minn.), Nydia Velazquez (N.Y.), Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), Major Owens (N.Y.), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Maurice Hinchey (N.Y.), Ed Pastor (Ariz.), Anthony Weiner (N.Y.), Mike Honda (Calif.), Donald Payne (N.J.), Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), Charles Rangel (N.Y.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) and Bobby Rush (Ill.).

Those voting "present" were also all Democrats. They were:

  • Sam Farr (Calif.);
  • Al Green (Texas);
  • Luis Gutierrez (Ill.);
  • Sheila Jackson-Lee (Texas);
  • John Lewis (Ga.);
  • George Miller (Calif.);
  • Janice Schakowsky (Ill.); and
  • Melvin Watt (N.C.).

Among the Democrats opposing the resolution condemning the honoring of a cop-killer are members of the Congressional Democratic Party leadership. Some will be powerful committee chairmen when Democrats take control of Congress. Some are whips or deputy whips. Most notable are:

  • John Conyers, who wants to impeach President Bush and who will be chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Charles Rangel, who will be chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, who keeps insisting on a military draft, who erroneously keeps claiming only poor people serve in the military and who wants to rescind all tax cuts.
  • Fortney "Pete" Stark, who will be chairman of the subcommittee on Health and who has been campaigning for years for socialized medicine.
  • Maxine Waters, who is a chief deputy whip, who was named one of the most corrupt members of Congress by a watchdog group founded by a former aide to John Conyers and Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer.
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr., son of the "civil rights" leader.
  • Barbara Lee, co-founder of the Out-of-Iraq caucus.
  • Lynn Woolsey, co-founder of the Out-of-Iraq caucus.

Some of the Democrats who voted "Present" (meaning they did not want to vote for the resolution or go on record opposing it) also are House Democratic leaders. They are:

  • John Lewis, senior chief deputy whip.
  • Jan Schakowsky, Deputy Whip.

These will be the Democrats who will hold the reins of power in the House of Representatives now that the American people elected to Congress in 2006 "moderate" or "centrist" Democrats, many of whom were "military veterans" or even more ironically "law enforcement veterans."

These are the people who accuse the Bush administration of conducting an illegal war and violating the Constitution?
These are the people who want to tell us what to do about terrorism?

When have these people ever been concerned about legality, truth, justice, the murder of innocent people, or the Constitution of the United States?

One has to wonder if the people who voted for Democrats this past election knew about what the Wall Street Journal appropriately dubbed the "Cop-Killer Caucus" of the Democratic Party.

One has to wonder if all those "moderate Republicans" or "true conservatives" who wanted to teach Republicans a lesson this past election, by voting for Democrats or not voting for Republicans, are proud of themselves for helping to make such people leaders of the Congress of the United States of America at such a critical time.

One can only guess what John Conyers, Lynn Woolsey, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters and Pete Stark will do to condemn and prevent terrorism when they refuse to condemn the honoring of a cop-killer by the French Communist Party-controlled city council of St. Denis, France.

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A former police officer, Michael P. Tremoglie recently published his first novel, A Sense of Duty. His work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Human Events, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has a Master of Science degree from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia.


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