Tom DeLay, the most corrupt person to ever serve in American government was just indicted today for criminal conspiracy relating to the illegal redistricting campaign he masterminded in Texas –in order to disenfranchise minorities and protect Republicans. House rules require him to step down from his leadership post, but that is completely inadequate. Most of the corruption scandals overwhelming the country have Tom DeLay at their core, and they run so deep and so wide, his continuing presence in Congress will hurt the country.
The current indictment is only a needle in a huge haystack of corruption and crime concerning this individual. DeLay was admonished three times last year by a Republican-led House ethics committee, unprecedented in history, yet he still remained in his post.
After Republicans were embarrassed into rescinding new unilateral ethics changes meant to shield DeLay from scrutiny, they have managed to bottle up a whole host of other ethics complaints against DeLay and other prominent Republicans.
DeLay is at the center of a scandal where a lobbyist bilked Indian tribes out of millions by conspiring with DeLay and others to manipulate legislation so as to fraudulently rake in money from different tribes with competing interests. DeLay is at the center of a criminal scandal unraveling in Guam relating to manipulating legislation to help sweatshops, as the sweatshops wrote checks to indicted super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, one of DeLay’s closest associates.
He is also at the center of a criminal scandal involving the fraudulent transfer of a shipping fleet to indicted super-lobbyist Abramoff, that resulted in the murder of the defrauded party and the arrests of mafia types who were likely hired to silence the victim of the criminal scheme.
These scandals are so serious and they run so wide and so deep, it is no longer plausible to cite a left-wing conspiracy. Nor is it plausible to cite ignorance of these schemes, where the entities involved are ones DeLay founded, owns, and controls. The current indictment is the least of DeLay’s troubles. While the people under him who trusted in his schemes face lifetimes in prison he remains silent and smirking like a coward. He should own up to the schemes of his creation and not let those he managed take the fall.
Stepping down is not good enough. All of the pork filled budgets DeLay has created to favor special interests and create a huge deficit for the American people are enough of a burden on the country. We don’t need five parallel multi-million dollar investigations into his crimes on top of it. Save the country the trouble.
Resign. Confess. Turn yourself in to authorities.