R.I.P. former Ohio congressman Jim Traficant
Traficant was controversial, gutsy and eccentric. But behind what little coverage you’ll find is a working class hero who stood up unfailingly for steelworkers, homeowners, American industry – and perhaps more critically, against the abuses of the IRS, US Justice Department and the State of Israel. It was by his reckoning these latter “crimes” that landed him in federal prison for 7 years on flimsy charges including coercing staff members to work on his farm.
Every time you’re tempted to look down your nose at a Jim Traficant, Rod Blagojevich or Charles Rangel, remind yourself that Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, John McCain and Lindsey Graham walk the earth as free men.
Here Traficant tells it like he saw it in 2011: http://ift.tt/YFLeSc
"[Israel] controls both [chambers] of the House, they have us involved in wars in which we have little or no interest, our children are coming back in body bags, our nation is bankrupt over these wars, and if you open your mouth you get targeted. And if they don’t beat you at the poll, they’ll put you in prison."