Another Republican Criminal

Randy “war profiteer scumbag liar” Cunningham

A Republican congressman pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy and tax charges – tearfully resigning from office, after admitting he took $2.4m (£1.7m) in bribes to steer defence contracts to co-conspirators.

Randy “Duke” Cunningham, 63, entered pleas in US District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for under-reporting his income in 2004. Mr Cunningham, of California, answered “Yes, Your Honor” when asked by US District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted bribes from someone in exchange for his performance of official duties.
(Source: The Independent)

These are the criminals who run America. Profiteering from war, passing defence contracts to their buddies in return for fat kickbacks, sending the children of their electorate off to die in foreign lands with not even a tear of remorse. The stinking corpses of their victims pile up around them and all the time they ignore the stench and keep counting their dollars.

“Duke” Cunningham just happens to have been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. But, right-wing Americans being the absolute fucking idiots they are, he’ll probably now become a hero. Hell, he’ll probably get institutes named after him like Ronald Reagan has.

After all, he seems far more intelligent and lucid than the current President. At least Cunningham can string a coherent sentence together, even if it’s mostly composed of obscenity and invective:

Before a group of elderly cancer patients in Alvarado Hospital, Mr. Cunningham made obscene remarks and gestures. After he said the defense budget was the lowest in 25 years, a member of the audience, Charles Cotton, a WW II veteran, commented that it was “not low enough.” The embarrassed audience was shocked when Mr. Cunningham replied by giving Mr. Cotton “the bird” finger gesture and said “f–k you.”

No wonder Cunningham thought defence budgets were too low – he probably wanted to buy himself yet another house:

Prosecutors said Mr Cunningham had taken bribes that enabled him to buy a mansion, a suburban Washington house, a yacht and a Rolls-Royce.
(Source: The Independent)

So, the next time you see Bush or Rice or Cheney or Rumsfeld on telly, any of the warmongering scum profiting from the murder of innocents, just remember the only difference between them and Randy “Duke” Cunningham is that they haven’t been caught.