When people ask me why Ive 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:
DeLays not my only reason, but hes the most recent and patently offensive example around.
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.
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, hes done nothing wrong, and has God on his side as proof!
See, with God on his side, theres no need for personal accountability its all good.
Reading through the text of this weasels address of April 4, announcing to his constituents that hes 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. Thats 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. Bushs 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. Thats 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.