Throw the (R) bums out!
I never thought I'd be expressing what the title of this post says. But I'm getting more and more upset at Republicans behaving as Democrats. John Podhoretz offers a fairly cold dose of painful reality in this article.
Tom DeLay needs to purchase some cardboard boxes. I honestly think that a wrong is being done to him in Texas by an overzealous prosecutor. That being said, DeLay exposed his brazen ambition and his casual ethics by quashing a House ethics rule prohibiting indicted members from holding leadership posts. It was a very high-minded rule, and it showed that the Republicans had a commitment to the highest ethical behavior. But the first time that the rule was triggered, DeLay moves to quash it, leaving it as only so many meaningless words. It's shameful. And it's time for Tom DeLay to go.
I am a Republican for many of the reasons Arnold Schwartzenegger listed in his convention speech. Smaller government, responsible spending, taxing as much as needed--not as much as possible, a strong national defense, and because I believe that the Republicans tend to hold moral principles much better than the Democrats. But I've seen precious little of it since 2000.
Note to Republican members of Congress: Your position of power is not about you. It's about us. Take care of us by keeping us safe, letting us keep our own money, and holding ethical standards above what is tolerated at a pool hall.
Because if you don't, the Democrats will fairly quickly turn their rhetorical act around, and you all will be out on your ears. And remember this: Nancy Pelosi, the far-left House Minority Leader, the person who claimed that the Republicans "altared" [sic] the 2004 election, holds a VERY safe seat.
Clean out the leaders and let's start over. Because a little too much power for a little too long is dangerous. For all of us.