Allegations of Divine Kickbacks as Tom DeLay Takes up God’s Cause

Tom_DeLayHe [God] is using me, all the time, everywhere, to stand up for a biblical worldview in everything that I do and everywhere I am. He is training me, He is working with me.
– Tom DeLay, Pearland Texas, 2002

Former Representative, money-launderer and conspirator and NRA A+er, Tom DeLay, who was later ruled by a bunch of Republican judges to have just been misunderstood (how often do we hear this?), who thinks the Constitution was written by God, also thinks Republicans are going to win big in the midterms.

Seriously, well…okay, jokingly (I think), how much would it cost God to get DeLay to take up his cause? Given DeLay’s record, we have good reasons to ask that question.

Here’s the thing: DeLay says Americans are sick of “same-sex marriage and abortion” and fed up with politicians who have “pushed God out of the public sphere.” Where he gets these ideas is anyone’s guess, since there is absolutely zero evidence for it.

Or is there?

“God has spoken to me,” DeLay told The New Yorker magazine in 2007. “I listen to God, and what I’ve heard is that I’m supposed to devote myself to rebuilding the conservative base of the Republican Party, and I think we shouldn’t be underestimated.”

Keep in mind now, this steaming tower of…um, well…”morality”…is the guy who, in 2005, Slate called “a bogeyman to the left for his outrageous rhetoric, strong-arm tactics, and shady dealings.” Well, suffice it to say DeLay is a Texas Republican. Any detailing of corruption becomes redundant at that point.

People are finally understanding that they have got to bring God back into the mix of politics and what’s going on in the civil government.

“I’m really seeing a spiritual revival, a constitutional revival” he says, never mind that the two are mutually incompatible, unless the Constitution was written by God, which it wasn’t. It was written by a bunch of men who, sadly, did not foresee people like Tom DeLay.

People may not know it or may not be able to articulate it [he can’t] but they have a sense of what is right and what is truth [he has a sense of neither] and they’re grabbing a hold of that and they’re running with it [see what I mean about articulate?] and I’m very excited about it.

More excited that you were about the Russian oil executives and their money? More excited than you were about abusing your power? More excited than you were about Jack Abramoff?

Oh my, you must be very excited then!

Take a listen courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

The thing is, none of what DeLay says is true. It is a classic case of a Republican argument proceeding from false premises. According to Gallup, “the American public has become more tolerant on a number of moral issues” and one of those issues, “gay or lesbian relations,” have a morally acceptable rating of 58 percent. Gallup tells us that “acceptance of gay and lesbian relations has swelled from 38% in 2002 to majority support since 2010.”

Sure, Republicans aren’t likely to approve – only 39 percent, but 60 percent of Independents and 71 percent of Democrats approve and Gallup reveals that even Republicans have become more accepting since Gallup began tracking these numbers in 2001. And Gallup previously reported that same-sex marriage support has reached a new high of 55 percent and that “nearly eight in 10 young adults favor gay marriage.”

This doesn’t sound like the morality sh*tstorm DeLay is predicting.

Abortion is a more contentious issue but hardly the slam-dunk DeLay thinks it is. With an acceptability rating of 42 percent, it falls into the “contentious” issues category according to Gallup, along with doctor-assisted suicide. Only 28 percent of Republicans approve of abortion, 41 percent of independents, and 59 percent of Democrats.

Maybe math is different in DeLay’s heavenly summer home where the Almighty discusses tactics with him.

By the way, one of the things republicans most enjoy, married men and women having an affair, has a moral acceptability rating only of 7 percent, showing Republicans really are hypocrites and largely lack a moral compass.

DeLay told The New Yorker in 2007,

I see this as a cleansing process, where you can return to your principles, which are order, justice, and freedom – the basic principles of the conservative movement. We have to redefine government based on conservative principles, we have to win the war against our culture, and we have to win the war on terror.

The culture war has been largely lost, and many Republicans have as much as admitted this is true. The times they are a changing and the GOP did not change with them, and a 13th century worldview just doesn’t cut it in the 21st. And the war on terror is not so much a war as a euphemism that has been largely abandoned as the gaping falsehood that it is. Sure, Bush liked it, but Bush is, like DeLay, a Texas Republican so, yeah…you know what that means.

It is bizarre to see this ethically-challenged individual claim to be steering America back onto a moral compass he cannot himself find, and were I him, I would certainly worry more about falling off the biblically-mandated edge of the earth’s disk thingie than about what people are doing in the First Amendment-guaranteed privacy of their bedrooms.

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30 Replies to “Allegations of Divine Kickbacks as Tom DeLay Takes up God’s Cause”

  1. I thought he was in prison?

    Hey tom, ever hear about not throwing stones if you live in a glass house? I wonder how long before a male escort comes forward claiming delay as a regular client?

  2. Lest we forget, the GOP did an “autopsy”, and has since become the party of inclusion. They have welcomed neo-nazis, white supremacists, gay bashers, teabillies, and all the fundamentalist bible thumpers they can find. The moral minority as it were.

    It amazes me how Delay & Co. can live in such a world of denial. Saying it doesn’t make it so.

  3. If God (any god) is truly omnipotent, then whe doesn’t he/she speak to all people? Instead we have a few crazed individuals who claim to have heard the word of their god, constantly ABUSE THE FAITH OF THEIR AUDIENCE to spew their twisted ideology.

  4. One of these people who says God talks to them told me that they don’t actually hear God’s voice, but that they essentially follow their “hunches” – they just know that’s what God wants them to do and that’s how the talking actually works. Basically, divine sanction for any hare-brained scheme you can cook up.

    Awesome decision-making paradigm!

  5. Sounds like Tom is angling for a Fox News million dollar gig, or he wants to hook onto some religious charlatan like Osteen or Franklin Graham…those Texas Republicans do follow the money.

  6. “God has spoken to me”.. Isn’t it amazing that God always tell conservatives something that fits their own ideology like a glove…

  7. What we are sick of Mr. Delay is you criminals believing we will give you a second chance to screw us over. I believe in second chance just no a second chance to do us again the same way. Pick another line of work.

  8. “order” — as in, back when the darkies and the peasants knew their place and didn’t get ideas above their station.

    “justice” — Where the law exists to protect the wealthy landowners from the poor.

    “freedom” — the ‘freedom’ of the factory boss to exploit his workers and fire them when they complain, fall ill, or are injured in a workplace accident because the boss is ‘free’ from onerous workplace safety regulations.

  9. It’s hard to understand why anyone would listen to this psycho, hypocritical, blasphemous, pseudo-Christian, crooked a__hole.

  10. Personally, I’m sick of Tom Delay and his ideological pals…

    He got a Texas republican judge to keep him out of prison…I doubt he spent a day in confinement at all.

  11. I agree with everything you say, except “It (the Constitution) was written by a bunch of men who, sadly, did not foresee people like Tom DeLay.” Actually they did.

    In the mid-1600s the English Parliament passed the “Test Act” which required people appointed to government office to swear to uphold the Church of England and, thereby, excluded Catholics, Lutherans, Quakers, Puritans and others from public office. These laws and others were closer in time to the founding fathers as the American Civil War is to our times. Recent history to them in other words.

    This is why they included in Article VI ” … but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

    Tom Delay and others would like to see that amended.

  12. Itbeats the hell out of me that these characters including Cheney are given air time to issue their pronouncements.To say that DeLay and Cheney have nothing to say is putting it mildly.Giving them airtime only fuels their self importance I blame media-if someone would ask them the hard questions about corruption and lying to get us into a war,they probably crawl back into their respective holes.

  13. I think it is closer to the truth to say that a lot of Americans are sick and tired of politicians and criminals like DeLay cloaking themselves in Christianity and false piety, and purporting to speak for God himself.

    Also, if you’re going to say you’re all about the Constitution, it would be helpful if you actually understood the document and, most importantly, the philosophy behind it’s creation.

    It’s not what he thinks it is.

  14. Didn’t he have to shut down the phony “Children’s Charity” he started, when it was revealed that most of the donations went to purchase golf outings at first class resorts? I bet Tom missess the trps to Scotland to golf, and all his buddies in the clan he hung around with. These disgraced repubs. just refuse to GO AWAY, they miss having their taxpayer funded perks. Get a JOB, little man.

  15. DeLay isn’t totally out of the woods yet in regard to his money laundering issues. The TX State Court of Criminal Appeals is reviewing the lower court’s decision to overturn his sentence.

    “The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decision means that Mr. DeLay isn’t out of legal trouble after being found guilty in 2010 of channeling $190,000 in corporate political donations to Republicans running for the Texas Legislature in 2002. Texas law bans corporate campaign contributions to state candidates.”
    “An Austin appellate court overturned the verdict against Mr. DeLay last September, concluding that the state had failed to prove that the donations came from corporate funds.”

    “If it reverses the lower court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals could reinstate the money-laundering conviction.”

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB20001424052702304256404579449581362878614

  16. So we find that Delay is a a liar, fool, and hypocrite. This is not news.

    What would be good is if he were found guilty of a few of his crimes and spent the rest of his life in prison as the gay bitch of a black supremacist gang.

  17. God speaks to me and he tells me to Love thy neighbor as thyself. This is the second most important commandment. He tells me to help the poor and needy,care for the wounded,not judge others or their lifestyle. He tells me to respect the earth he gave us and be accepting of everyone. My God wants Veterans, gay people,poor,disabled to live a quality life. He told me I should open my heart and arms to them and not punish anyone for they are just as human and vulnerable as I am. Tom Delay only hears negative thought because they are the Satans voice in his head and heart.

  18. DeLay…????? Isn’t he the guy with the ceramic hair piece? I remember him in front of a microphone one time, the wind blowing, everyone’s hair, blowing wildly about, but DeLay’s, it wouldn’t even budge. Pretty funny to watch. Wish I could put a time and date on it, because everyone would enjoy the visual aspect of that rant.

  19. Delay obviously has never read the First Amendment, or even has an inkling of understanding of what the wall of separation of church and state is all about.

    Nor evidently, has he ever read anything about what our founders and settlers have said about that matter. Neither evidently has the Robert’s Supreme Court.

  20. The only connection between Tom Delay and God is the “In God We Trust” printed on the money he took under the table from people trying to buy him.

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