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(This column has previously appeared in THE LONE STAR ICONOCLAST, Crawford, Texas, and at

When people ask me why I've rejected my Christian upbringing - and yes, despite what hardcore evangelicals have been brainwashed into thinking, Catholicism is in fact Christianity - my new two-word response is:

Tom DeLay.

DeLay's not my only reason, but he's the most recent and patently offensive example around.

More so than Jerry Falwell or Jim Bakker, beyond the scope of Oral Roberts and James Dobson, predisposed to a level of intolerance that would set fear in Pat Robertson, possessed of less compassion than even George W. Bush, "The Hammer," this turgid little snot of an excuse for a failed Congressional leader, has irreparably damaged the reputation of true Christian believers all over the United States.

Except, for the most part, Catholics, whom he and his ilk most graciously refuse to include as Christians. Ah, yes, one time when exclusion is a good thing.

Unfortunately, his stink has even managed to land on Jews to some extent, as well.

Since being elected to Congress some 20 years ago, "Smiler" DeLay has single-handedly shamed his party, and the House in general by: Becoming unbelievably wealthy off the backs of his blindly faithful Sugar Land constituents, and others across the Country, including several Native American Nations; creating the K Street Project, the bloated mammoth, out-of-balance lobby system, a source of flowing riches for all comers with insider ties to the GOP on Capitol Hill; forcing an illegal, convoluted restructuring of congressional districts across Texas, resulting in minority under-representation combined with an inequitable Republican balance in the U.S. House; taking countless sums in "gifts" from special interests, foreign as well as domestic; setting up family to receive huge paychecks for little work; attacking any Federal judiciary, even threatening to unseat them, whenever he disagreed with their decisions; blaming the "evil" Liberal Democrats for every Republican failure" etc.

While Majority Whip, later as Leader, Tom DeLay laid the groundwork for, then oversaw, the largest, deepest, most widespread and corrosive infestation of corruption to ever wreak havoc upon our Government.

He then has the unmitigated gall to repeatedly tell us, and himself, he's done nothing wrong, and has God on his side as proof!

See, with God on his side, there's no need for personal accountability - it's all good.

Reading through the text of this weasel's address of April 4, announcing to his constituents that he's finally freeing them of his grip, I want to laugh and wretch at the same time.

Early on DeLay crowed about the "liberation" of Europe by Saint Ronnie Reagan. Oh, come on, it was just a matter of time before the Soviets and their arcane system ran out of rubles. That's what happens when governments dedicate sustained spending on military expenditures, putting more tax revenue into the science of killing than governing.

As is the case with George W. Bush's latest budget wishbook. You know, the same budget put together by his newly-promoted Chief of Staff, Josh Bolten. (Yes, he is the same putz who oversaw the turnaround of our national debt from a surplus to a deficit of multi-trillions in just five years. I thought he deserved a promotion, too.)

Smiler Tom added the liberation of tens of millions of Afghans and Iraqis in his farewell. That's a fine way to be free, with either puppet or squabbling governments, plus guns and bombs going off all around you all day, every day.

"At home, we moved from policies that had long empowered governments to finally empowering citizens, taxpayers and communities" initiating sweeping and positive change across all facets of American society."

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