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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tom Delay Resigns!!!!!!!

I have been waiting several years to write about the outcome of this particular matter. I never have been one to rejoice on someone's demise. I think it is a poor quality to have. But today, I'm sorry, I will rejoice and be a person of poor quality, and I'll be happy for it.

Tom Delay is DONE!!!!!!
Tom Delay is DONE!!!!!!
Tom Delay is DONE!!!!!!

Ha ha ha! Happy day! The "Hammer" is resigning!!

Ex-House majority leader Rep. Tom Delay anounced this morning that he would be resigning his seat in the House of Representatives effective mid-June, depending on the congressional calendar. If you do not already know, Delay has been smeared by a number of lobbying scandals resulting in his indictment last year on money laundering charges. The controversial congressman faced an uphill battle in the November miderm elections and was most likely pressured by party insiders into resigning and giving a better chance to another Republican to retain the coveted seat. This is good for Republicans. By removing Delay, the opposing election campaign cannot base its message on a referendum on Delay, which would have doomed him, and gives a much better chance for the replacement candidate to win the seat and hold it Republican. Republicans face strong opposition in this year's midterm elections for the first time since 1994, when they took power under similar circumstances. Much of the problems the party faces were brought on by Delay and his aggresive form of politicking.

I pride myself in being able to have differences of opinion and political views while still respecting those who do not agree with me. I do not think any less of anyone because they disagree. It is their right. As it is mine. I am not a Democrat or a Republican, and I am both. That is to say there are issues that Republicans support as I do, and there are some I disagree with. The same goes for Democrats. Unfortunately, each party has a radical wing that I believe does not represent the majority sentiment. Moderation always seems to be the best policy, and most people seem to agree. Extremism is exactly that: extreme. It is the breeding ground for intolerance, racism, religious fanaticism, ignorance, etc. On the right: Facism. On the left: Communism. Terrorism is the result of Muslim extremism. Do not mistake this for a comparison. I'm not comparing conservative/liberal extremism to terrorism. I am just providing an example. My point remains: extremism is not good. The Republican party's right wing, because they are in such an overwhelming position of power, have had much influence in today's political arena. They have hijacked and reshaped the Republican party, and the face of this wing was Tom Delay. Mr. Delay, through his political hypocrisy and religious rhetoric advanced aggresively many of the issues that were important to the right wing, at the expense of the regular people. I do not like Mr. Delay, not because he has different political and religious views, but because he has always presented himself with a self-righteous indignation and spoke inflaming rhetoric aimed at advancing his own interests not those of the majority of people he represents. From the aggresive and unwarranted pursuit of Bill Clinton for oral sex (President Bush has committed far worse offenses) which, although very wrong morally, should have been a private matter, to the gerrymandering of Texas district lines, to the creation of pay for play in the D.C. lobbying world, to the intrusion in the Terri Schiavo affair (in which he verbally spewed some very threatning rhetoric), to his involvement with Jack Abramoff. I do not like congressman Delay because of his unacceptable behavior in a position of public power. Wether he is found guilty or not of the crimes he is accussed of, just the fact that Delay has been implicated should be enough to demand and rejoice at his resignation. Mr. Delay has skirted the limits of congressional law and might have even cross them, with disdain for any authority (hardly existent anyway) who tried to curb his actions. He abused his position to advance an extreme agenda that excludes most Americans and panders to his religious followers. Just last week evangelical Christians held a rally in Washington D.C. where they presented themselves as a minority and asserted that they were being persecuted. Mr. Delay was introduced in such a manner as to insinuate that his legal problems were the result of persecution for his religious beliefs. This is the rhetoric that I despise, because it is exclusive, intolerant and accepts no other view except their own. The last time I checked, Christianity was a majority in the nation. As for being persecuted, Jews were persecuted, gypsies were persecuted. No, they were executed. There is no persecution of the religious right! What there is is a growing anger at the religious right's constant rhetoric and the fact that its intolerance of anything not their own is being pushed on the majority of moderate Americans by its increasing political power, and the politicians too cowardly to stand up to them (just look at John McCain pandering to Jerry Falwell and the right trying to get his '08 nomination, and I liked McCain a lot, now I do not know). But that is our own fault for not participating enough in our country's politics. The jeft wingers are no better, but they are not in power. Separation of church and state is no longer! Religion has become abundant in politics and government and when you have a president that not only relies on his faith to make life and death decisions, but also talks to a higher father, not his real father (an ex-president that invaded the same country) when deciding to go to war, it is terrifying to wonder if we will elect a future leader who runs on the platform of being the Messiah come back to deliver us!

I do not like Tom Delay because he has corrupted the system by letting his religious fanaticism dominate his political agenda while taking advantage of his position as a party leader to enforce his more radical ideas and suppress those that do not oppose him. A democracy flourishes with the freedoms accorded to all and with the ability to disagree and be safe from repercussion. Under Tom Delay's hold, Congress lost the right to disagree, and therefore represent those who are in the minority.

P.S. Tom Delay is not a bad man. He is just a man, subject to all the temptations we are. Somewhere along the line those temptations got to him and corrupted him. Hopefully, now that he leaves Congress, he will have time to find himself again, and practice his beliefs and faith without imposing them on others and without profiting from taxpayers.


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