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Government Ethics DeLayed on Account of Reign

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Apparently members of Congress believe their hallowed institution has been a bit more ethical than necessary. Thus, constituents everywhere will be happy to hear, things are about to change.

Top congressional brass will be holding a secret meeting soon to rewrite the rules so, in the purely coincidental event that one of their members is indicted by a state grand jury, that member still can hold a leadership position.

Used to be, a criminal indictment or even lesser impropriety was grounds for dismissal as a congressional leader. The stodgy old thinking was that even that much of an appearance of impropriety would be an intolerable embarassment to Congress and, of course, the member’s own political party.

Tom DeLay has changed all that. First off, he is the federal govmint. Or at least he appears to control at least one branch of it. Second of all, he’s his political party’s top fund raiser (and the tactics he uses to twist arms raise funds account for the probability of a grand jury indictment in Texas).

When your party controls Congress, and you control your party’s purse strings, then you can buy your own damn ethical regulations, can’t you? Otherwise, what good’s having money, eh?

Seen from another angle, the annointed few following the Narrow Path of the Religious Right should not be denied the benefit of their own personal enforcers in the event Evil tries to moderate the Word of God as it relates to political policy, do you think? And if one is forced to take on Evil, what better enforcer than one who has familiarized himself with the enemy? OK, maybe he’s been forced to roll around in the dirt a bit himself, but if his goals are basically the same as those of The Chosen, what’s the harm, really?

I mean, it’s not like he’s homosexual or anything, is it?

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  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    You did a much nicer and more polite job on this than I would have done.

    Tom Delay is a sleazy, sanctimonious, hypocritical SOB and, unfortunately, too representative of too many on the right. Here’s his claim, which should be contrasted against his reality:

    Speaking to about 300 people at the First Baptist Church of Pearland, Tex., on April 12, DeLay said that God is using him to promote "a biblical worldview" in American politics, and that he pursued Bill Clinton’s impeachment in part because the Democratic president held "the wrong worldview."

    "Ladies and gentlemen, Christianity offers the only viable, reasonable, definitive answer to the questions of ‘Where did I come from?’ ‘Why am I here?’ ‘Where am I going?’ ‘Does life have any meaningful purpose?’ " DeLay said. "Only Christianity offers a way to understand that physical and moral border. Only Christianity offers a comprehensive worldview that covers all areas of life and thought, every aspect of creation. Only Christianity offers a way to live in response to the realities that we find in this world — only Christianity." [DeLay Criticized for ‘Only Christianity’ Remarks 04/20/02]

    Wouldn’t the world be a better place if he actually practiced some of that Christianity he preaches?

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    Bum link – try this one. {opens in new window)

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    Sleazebag House Republicans have now given their sleazebag Republican House leader a free pass.

    House sleazes changed the rule and now sleazebag Delay can retain his post even if he is indicted by a Texas grand jury on state political corruption charges.

    I know, righties – innocent until proven guilty.

    But if there was no chance of an indictment, why did the Republican House sleazebags feel they had to change the rule at this particular time if not to keep their sleazebag leader in his sleazy leadership role (and sleazy it has been)?

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com andy marsh

    I guess it all depends on what your definition of “is” is?

    Hal, they’re ALL sleazebags, not just the republicans.

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    Not like the sleazebag Republicans.

    Delay speaks as if he were a Christian then acts like an infidel barbarian.

    It takes more than lip-service to be Christian.

    Republican Tom Delay is a sleazebag, as are all his Republican cohorts in the House who changed the rule for their loathesome, sleazebag Republican leader.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com andy marsh

    Hal – the demoncrats(speeling error on purpose there) have KKKer’s murderers and liars in their party. How can you demonize one side and try to pretend that the other side is so righteous?

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com andy marsh

    spelling even!

  • Eric Olsen

    great title

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Andy, let’s hear you on the record. What do you think of this move by the House Republicans?

    Don’t mentioned the Democrats, just talk about the Republicans.

    ???

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com andy marsh

    I think it’s pretty shady! For the record.

  • boomcrashbaby

    wow Andy, I’m glad you admit that. It would almost make me concede to you, in fairness, some shadiness done by Democrats, if there were any on an equivalent level.

    :-)