Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Delay

Well it is no surprise to me that my first story is about the Republican Party's ethics and their subsequent hypocrisy. That is not to say that hypocrisy is a stranger to the Democrats, because I know it isn't. However, the hypocrisy of the Republican Party is becoming quite rampant these days to say the least. Hell, the hypocrisy and ethics of the Republican Party are what make me hate the Republicans and only dislike the Democrats.

Let me start of by saying I can't stand House Majority Leader, Tom Delay (R-Texas). He is quite possibily the politician I hate the most (yes, even more than Asscroft). He is extremely unethical and a religious extremist. However I don't let my biased influence my objectivity, so here goes...

Apparently, after aftering being admonished three different times in one week--back in October--Delay is now being indicted for a felony.

And apparently there is rule within the Republican Party which states that any top party leader must step aside when he or she is indicted for a felony. The Republican party made this rule, back in 1993, when they were the minority party trying to end 4 decades of a Democrat controlled House. The Republicans claimed that they held themselves to higher standards than prominent Democrats, such the then-Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, who eventually pleaded guilty to mail fraud and was sentenced to prison.

Now take a wild guess at what the Republican Party wants to do? They want to change the rule, so that Delay won't have to step down. Why am I not surprised?

It seems the Republicans only want to be held to "higher standards" when they don't break those standards anyways.

Of course Delay and the Republican Party call the indictment "politically motivated", thus that is why they need to change the rule. Now, in Delay's defense (ugh it disturbs me to even say that), he and the Republicans might have a point. The attorney who has charge Delay is named Ronnie Earle. Ronnie Earle, an elected Democrat, brought charges against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison ten years ago, but then quickly dropped them before they went to court. So these charges might be politically motivated.

However, I wouldn't take Delay and the Republican Party's word for it. Afterall, Delay and his party claimed that all of his admonishments back in October were also politically motivated by the Democrats. The thing is, the committee that admonished Delay those 3 times was bipartisan. The committee consisted of 5 Democrats AND 5 Republicans. The vote was unanimous to admonish Delay all 3 times. So Delay and the Republican's reasoning on his admonishments is clearly bullshit. If anything Delay probably got off easy since the ruling had to be a majority and the committee consisted of half of his party members. This leaves Delay and the Republicans with little crediblity on this matter.

Oh and by the way, the 3 colleagues of Delay that were indicted with these charges have all been recently convicted.

One can only hope Delay suffers the same fate.


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