On Thursday morning, the House made a wise and necessary decision by censuring Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY). This marks the 27th member to be censured, which seems to be a popular trend among Democrats these days. It’s almost like they’re competing to see who can get censured the most. Talk about a dysfunctional party!
House Votes to Censure Jamaal Bowman, With Even Democrats Joining In
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Now, let’s talk about why Bowman found himself in hot water. Back in September, he decided to pull the fire alarm in the House Cannon building for no good reason. Maybe he thought it was a fun little prank, but I can assure you, his Democratic colleagues were not amused. They were busy complaining about not having enough time to read a bill to avert a government shutdown, which, by the way, they ended up passing anyway. It’s almost as if they just wanted something to whine about. Shocking, I know.
Bowman eventually pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge brought against him, but there’s a chance that the charge could be dropped. It’s funny how Democrats always seem to get off the hook so easily. Can you imagine if a Republican had pulled a stunt like that? They would be crucified in the media!
But here’s the best part: the censure vote was bipartisan. Three Democrats actually had the decency to vote in favor of censuring their own colleague. Bravo to Reps. Jahana Hayes, Chris Pappas, and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez for putting principle above party. As for the Democrats who voted “present” or didn’t vote at all, shame on them. It’s clear they’re more interested in protecting their own than holding their colleagues accountable for their actions.
And let’s not forget the double standard at play here. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who was censured just last month for her anti-Israel rhetoric, didn’t have to face any public rebuke in the well of the House. But when Republicans like Rep. Adam Schiff were censured, they had to endure quite the spectacle. It’s almost as if Democrats have a different set of rules for themselves. Hypocrisy at its finest.
This censure of Bowman comes on the heels of the expulsion of former Rep. George Santos (R-NY) from the House. Santos, unlike Bowman, hasn’t even been found guilty of a crime. Yet, he was still expelled. It seems the Democrats have a selective approach to holding members accountable. If you’re a Republican, guilt by association is all they need. But if you’re a Democrat, they’ll bend the rules to protect you.
In the end, Bowman got off relatively easy. He just has to pay a small fine, write an apology letter, and the charge will be withdrawn. No wonder the House Ethics Committee declined to take any further action. They’ve got better things to do, like focusing on Republican “crimes” that only exist in their imagination.
It’s no wonder the American people have lost faith in Congress. When politicians prioritize self-interest over serving the public, it’s a recipe for disaster. But hey, at least we can count on Republicans like Rep. Lisa McClain for taking a stand and bringing the censure resolution against Bowman. It’s time someone held these politicians accountable for their actions, regardless of party affiliation.