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Tom DeLay, Al Capone and a Smidgeon of Justice

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Al Capone was a monster, finally nailed on a minor charge-- tax evasion.

Tom DeLay is also a monster and he was also nailed on a minor charge-- money laundering, convicted by a jury, yesterday.

The sad thing is most of the mainstream media are failing to report and focus on how his crimes affected America. DeLay could face jail time of five years to life in prison. Given the effects upon America of his crimes, he should get life without parole.


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DeLay used the laundered money to fund seven campaigns in Texas. Six of the funded candidates won and that led to the Republicans taking over the Texas legislature for the first time DeLay used that power to gerrymander Texas so it sent more republicans to congress in 2004.

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These machinations affected selection of supreme court justices, all kinds of legislation, billions in earmarks and had untold domino effects throughout the US and the world.

The system is still damaged and will continue to be so, regardless of whether or not DeLay wins the appeal he has asserted he will enter. Those six candidates who benefitted from the illegal money laundering were not affected. The Republican majority Texas legislature was not affected. The gerrymander-aided Republican members of congress were not affected.

Justice took a step yesterday, just a step. Lao Tse said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step.

There is much to be done. Note that this was justice done in Texas, not DOJ justice. Sadly, the DOJ, headed by Obama appointee Eric Holder, would probably have dropped the charges against Tom DeLay. Holder tends to pursue whistleblowers. Holder has maintained charges against people Bush appointed Rove directed, rogue US attorneys, engaging in prosecutorial misconduct have subjected to injustices. To learn more about the outrageous failure of Obama directed Eric Holder, see The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove .

It is a start, to see Tom DeLay convicted. It is not nearly enough. The DOJ should pursue this. Sadly, the track record suggests that will not happen. The centralization of power is not working. The centralization of finance is not working. We need to re-localize, taking power and economics back to the states, to our communities. The local court in Texas has proven that even the biggest, foulest criminals can be taken down. Let's hope that some judge appointed by a governor or president does not reverse the honest justice that's been meted out.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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