|October 8, 2004|
Documented Proof of Why No American Should Vote for ANY Republican and Leave Us with a Corrupt, Anti-Democracy Congress Run by Tom DeLay
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Tom DeLay is a former exterminator and Vietnam draft avoider who has risen in prominence to essentially control the Congress of the United States. His official title is Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. But he is much, much more than that. This demented man, who wanted Clinton impeached because he didn't share DeLay's "Biblical world view," pretty much sets the agenda for our national legislative branch. Along with Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Antonin Scalia, DeLay runs the American government. These guys just send George W. Bush out to read a script, shake hands and give people nicknames.
Read what Tom DeLay has to say, and then don't vote for ANY Republican. It's the price that even the occasional "reasonable" Republican pays for being in a party that has Tom DeLay setting the national legislative agenda.
Provided by Public Affairs, Publishers of The Hammer: Tom DeLay, God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress, by Lou Dubose and Jan Reid (2004)
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The Quotable Tom DeLay
On trying to force Republicans-only practices on lobbying firms in Washington:
"We're just following the old adage of punish your enemies and reward your friends. We don't like to deal with people who are trying to kill the revolution. We know who they are. The word is out."
On campaign finance reform:
"I don't think there is enough money in the system today."
On the percentage of soft money PAC contributions that he wants to ensure goes to Republicans:
"Ninety percent would be about right."
On GOP critics of the ethics of his directly linking legislation and fundraising:
"That's their problem. If they're uncomfortable with it, then give me their names and addresses and I'll make sure I don't help them raise money. There is no connection between my philosophy and money."
On the constituency of Democrats:
"Greenpeace, Queer Nation, the National Education Association."
On the political left:
"Their malignant hold over the intellectual life of this country must be exorcised, and men and women who are willing to speak the truth offer our only hope of reclaiming our culture from the grip of a hedonistic, reckless and destructive descent into nihilism."
On his success as a whip in Congress:
"I'm very aggressive. I'm a hard-working, aggressive, persistent whip. That's why I'm whip. I worked harder than anyone else. I raised more money than anybody else in the race. I won because I work hard and I don't give up. Once I sink my teeth into something, I don't turn loose until I win."
On being asked by a federal employee to put out his cigar, because it's against the law to smoke in federal buildings:
"I am the federal government."
On Clinton's military intervention in Bosnia:
"The President now needs to show leadership, consistently and with great clarity, from devising an exit strategy to developing favorable rules of engagement, from defining the criteria of success to detailing the timetables of operations. We have learned the hard way in this country that muddled military missions lacking clear leadership hurt our national credibility while putting our troops in harm's way."
On shutting down the federal government during the 1995 budget conflict:
"Screw the Senate. It's time for all-out war."
On the GOP's subsequent loss of its House majority:
"Our biggest mistake was backing off from the government shutdown.
We should have stuck it out."
"The sanctity of the Constitution is under assault from many different
directions. The branch of government charged with maintaining the sanctity
of the Constitution no longer feels bound by the constraints of that
same Constitution. The courts today recognize no limits on their authority.
"When judges exercise power not delegated to them by the Constitution, I think impeachment is a very proper tool. ... We are receiving nominations from all across the country of judges that could be prime candidates for the first impeachment."
On environmental protection:
"The EPA, the Gestapo of government, pure and simply has been one of
the major clawhooks that the government has maintained on the backs of
"DDT is a very viable pesticide, and in fact, the stoppage of usage of DDT around the world is now costing about two million people their lives a year-because of malaria. ... There is scientific fact, by many scientific studies, that show that the claims made by Rachel Clark[sic] in her book The Silent Spring indeed had no scientific basis - it was all based on emotion."
On acid rain in the U.S.:
"There is no crisis of acid rain in the Northeast. In fact, instead of spending the billions of dollars that have been imposed on industry ... we could have simply spent $500,000 on lime, and put it in the lakes in the Northeast, and corrected the acid problem." Laughter. "Now, that's what I'm talking about. You need good science, reasonableness, and common sense in this debate."
On global warming:
"It's the arrogance of man to think that man can change the climate of the world. Only nature can change the climate. A volcano, for instance."
On why the U.S. became involved in the second war against Iraq:
"Because the rabid environmentalists felt it was more important to jeopardize the lives of our brave American servicemen than risk the death of a single snail darter. The greenies have led us into the crisis in the Middle East. Not only are they responsible for the huge amount of American dependence on foreign oil, but if an open war develops in the sweltering heat of the Saudi Arabian desert, the tragic result will be on their heads."
On policy toward Israel and the Middle East:
"Jesus Christ was a Jew. The Jewish people were God's chosen people. He has a covenant with them. We ought to appreciate that."
On Clinton's expressed regret of slavery in the U.S. during a trip to Africa:
"Here is a flower child with gray hair doing exactly what he did back in the sixties. He is apologizing for the actions of the U.S."
On Democrats' 1991 drive for another federal civil rights bill:
"A lot of politicians in this House and in this country are sucking the blood out of our constituencies. I can point to Hispanics or blacks that have become very rich by becoming civil rights advocates, and I think it's pitiful."
On his faith:
"Christianity offers the only viable, reasonable, definitive answer to the questions of 'Where did I come from?' 'Why am I here?' 'Where am I going?' 'Does life have meaningful purpose?'"
More on his philosophy:
"I think about everything as it comes through my faith in Christ. ... I feel every issue is a moral issue. Every vote I take is a moral vote, whether it's taking money from people and giving it to somebody else, or fighting the war on terrorism."
The rationale for his relentless drive to impeach Clinton:
On the 2000 presidential election:
"You're going to think I'm crazy, but I didn't see this as a tie election. This is something I've been working on for 22 years. I mean, we got it. The Republicans are the majority party in this country."
On his Republican congressional objectives and the redistricting ordeal and expense he muscled through the Texas legislature during the past year:
"The whole process won't have been worth it if we don't pick up at least four seats."
On the budget, now that Republicans hold a House majority:
"We're going to fund only those programs we want to fund. We're in charge. We don't have to negotiate with the Senate. We don't have to negotiate with the Democrats."
On similarities between himself and George W. Bush:
"He may not appreciate this, but I think we're a lot alike. We're both
raised in the oil business; we've both had our successes and our failures
in business; we've both had rather rowdy young lives; and we've both
settled down. We're strong believers, religious guys, family guys, and
we both have
On his methods and reputation:
"The hammer is the most important tool a builder has."
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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