He is paying a steep price for his alcohol-fueled violence. He should have ignored his wife's taunts and hurtful words. Ray Rice is now the poster child for domestic abuse, even though there's no evidence this was more than a terrible first-time mistake. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, breathing fire and brimstone, went on national TV condemning all concerned for not immediately stripping Rice of his livelihood. She neglected to tell viewers that her own organization, the U.S. Congress, never acts so precipitously, even when senators and congressmen abuse their wives and betray the public. On Capitol Hill, even the worst offender is entitled to a long, drawn-up process to determine guilt or innocence, examine extenuating circumstances and consider what would be a just outcome. Rice, though,doesn't get any leniency. For him, it's the gallows ... pronto. What ever happened to the Judeo-Christian concept of redemption? No one is talking about that for Rice. Perhaps we should.