Absolutely, Balladeer. I have not abruptly forgotten that even as I have been focusing on DeLay here, both corporate parties have characters with attitudes like his.
You know, I have a thread on Defenders of Peace where I always talk about these monkeys on politicians backs from both parties. I touch on Tom DeLay and Bush as you probably have figured, but I also touch on Democrats like Joe Lieberman, Ken Salazar, and Harry Reid a lot as well. So-called "Democrats" like that are very well the reason I am not a self-declared Democrat, but an independent.
I believe the example of Tom DeLay here is crucial because, after all, he is the House Majority Leader. So much of the world and policy revolves around him, he is one of the most influential characters in all the government.
And it is troubling to me when, of course any politician, but especially one of highest stature, seems to have exhibited ongoing and consistent patterns of unethical behavior that seem to have only brought out the worst in us all.
I take this issue seriously because, especially when those among his own party are even speaking out against him in his home community of Sugarland, Texas, that strikes me as that this sort of behavior has gone on long enough and is the final straw, and he must be disciplined somehow, or resign if he's not going to do so.
It's important because this is all about example. It's kind of like how seriously the GOP thought of Clinton lying under oath about his affair as bad example and a bad influence on the youth of America, in encouraging them, perhaps, they would be motivated to cut corners themselves and it is OK to cheat if the First Man does.
Now, of course I am not directly comparing DeLay to Clinton here, as DeLay obviously hasn't lied under oath, etc.
Nevertheless, if we just allow all this behavior to go on without even reflecting or examinating it, it's a bad influence to not just the House, but America at large. It would influence this whole "get out of jail free" behavior I believe somehow.
With great power comes great responsibility...or irresponsibility. I'm concerned that many believe the latter has emerged under him, and awareness is what drove me to start this topic, not character assassination.
For I believe if you're not going to take your job maturely and cut corners only to allow the repercussions to come back and haunt the House later, you may not be the right person to handle the job. Someone who is more self-reflexive, perhaps.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"