Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (2 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   4 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Recognizing the Long Arc of Jesse Jackson Jr's Congressional Service

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 2   Supported 1  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H3 11/23/12

- Advertisement -
Cross-posted from The Nation

Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress  with a poignant note of acceptance after a personal journey that took a heartbreaking turn.

"For seventeen years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy, and life to public service," Jackson wrote in a letter delivered on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday ...

"However, over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish. Against the recommendations of my doctors, I had hoped and tried to return to Washington and continue working on the issues that matter most of the people of the Second District. I know now that will not be possible."

Jackson pulled few punches. The congressman, who has been receiving inpatient treatment for bipolar disorder,  acknowledged not just the health challenges he has faced  but a deeply embarrassing federal investigation into the misdirection of campaign funds. "I am aware of the ongoing federal investigation into my activities and I am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes," he wrote, "for they are my mistakes and mine alone."

In an era when so many political figures refuse to take any responsibility for their actions, it is notable that Jackson chose to exit with an acknowledgement of his own fallibility.

Click Here to Read Whole Article

Next Page  1  |  2


John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about politics (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Paul Ryan? Seriously?

Scott Walker's Austerity Agenda Yields 'Worst Job Losses in US'

The Koch Brothers, ALEC and the Savage Assault on Democracy

Bernie Sanders: "I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States"

How Socialists Built America

Mitt Romney Debate "Win" Gives Obama a Winning Issue


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
4 people are discussing this page, with 4 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

You did not mention the bad stuff, which is always... by Lester Shepherd on Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 7:34:09 PM
He did not represent the suburbia segment of his d... by George Ramos on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 1:14:32 PM
Thank you John Nichols for another contribution. O... by Robert Perschmann on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 9:57:39 PM
Who knew? I didn't. Many thanks to the author for ... by JAHGIRL on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 3:00:44 AM