Video and Transcript of Post-Censure Speech Given by Charles Rangel to Congress
I looked for a transcript of Charles Rangel's post-censure speech given to Congress yesterday. Since I was unable to find any transcript, I decided to transcribe the speech myself. Why? I wanted to read and study carefully the words of someone whom I had admired and respected over the years. When I first heard his speech on the internet, I was disappointed in not hearing a contrite, humble apology, acknowledging his wrongdoing. Rather, what I heard was an appeal to a higher body—perhaps a heavenly tribunal—to judge his life's work. How sad, how disappointing, how tragic for our youth, who need to know and learn the consequences of doing wrong. Equally as distressing and appalling was the sound of applause by certain members of Congress, expressing approval of Charlie's non-contrite, non-apology (Charlie merely apologized for members of Congress being placed in this awkward position presumably of having to vote on his censure: give me a break).
But you be the judge. Perhaps I am being too hard on Charlie Rangel. Here is my transcript of his speech and you have the video, too:
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