At his birthday bash earlier this month, the Democrat Congressman from New York City – running for yet another term – made a surprising, though likely unintentional, statement of complete honesty:
“For the nation, these next two years are going to make history,” Rangel told the packed room at his birthday gathering. “These next two years are not the years for someone who just has pride and ambition, it’s for someone . . . who has the experience to guide the ship into the dark for the next two years.”
Evidently, things in this country are not yet dark enough, so Charlie’s pledging to work hard and use his experience to guide the ship of state into even deeper levels of darkness. It’s rare for any life-long politician, and especially a Democrat, to exhibit such refreshing honesty. And while the gesture is appreciated by many, it remains that what most people in this country likely want is not to have the country guided ever deeper into darkness; many of us would prefer some sunlight and fresh air, and perhaps a little breathing room.