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Taking a Bullet [Jan. 10th, 2005|10:54 pm]
Clean The House: Government Ethics Watch


Some Republican member of the House of Representatives last week said that Tom DeLay took a bullet for the Party.

First, House Republicans circle around DeLay and rescind a rule that would force him to resign his leadership post if indicted. The justification is that DeLay is in the crosshairs of a politically vindictive, Democratic, Travis County Texas district attorney, and he needs to be protected from being railroaded.

Next, after public outrage and at the request of Maj. Leader DeLay, the rule is reinstated. DeLay is congratulated for his political courage.

What the Republicans did was first show their ignorance for the justice system. In Texas, and I'm sure in most other localities in the US, district attorneys do not issue indictments, grand juries issue indictments, after hearing testimony from investigators on whether a case should be prosecuted. It is in reality a safeguard against the kind of vindictive prosecution of which District Attorney Ronnie Earl is being accused. If an indictment is handed down it is not because Ronnie Earl wanted it.

Second, the Republicans showed us that they have a warped sense of honor. If tom DeLay had any political courage, he would resign his position as Majority Leader. That would be taking a bullet.

[User Picture]From: yugo_nostalgia
2005-04-15 07:24 am (UTC)
being from Texas I am fully aware of the 'walking-the-line' approach to ethics that Tom DeLay takes. Don't get me wrong. He politics blow, he's an irritating jackass whose rise to power is steadily decreasing my faith in the American voters every day... I do feel, nevertheless, that DeLay may be being targeted out of the multitude of unethical congressman because of his big mouth. I'm certain that he's guilty of something and shouldn't be in the congress. Using the Dept. of Homeland Security to chase down Texas reps is just ridiculous and clear power trip. On the other hand, I am afraid that unless the Dems take a firm stand against unethical things like hiring the families and the other usual crap many congressmen, on both sides, indulge in, Dems will run the risk of looking like hypocrites.

What to do with DeLay? I think some sort of surgery that removed his voice and his hands thus rendering him completely unable to pontificate by written or spoken word would be the most poetic justice of all. Unfortunately, we have some rule about cruel and unusual punishment... maybe the Reps will temporarily put that one out of commission as well..
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[User Picture]From: youbetiam
2005-05-28 04:36 am (UTC)
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