All of our representatives in Washington are beholden to special interests. Some are more candid about it than others.
But what really bothers me: how do folks reconcile their faith in a meek man from middle east with a self-righteous, money grubbing panderer like Tom Delay? He stands for everything Jesus spoke against -- and fits the mold of the Pharisee perfectly: he mouths the words of the prophet while living the lifestyle of the king...
We have to stand up to these "wolves in religious clothing" -- we have to call them exactly what they are: charlatans who use "faith" to shield them from reasoned criticism..., demagogues who have nothing in common with the teachings of christ.
Until someone stands up to this crowd and exposes them for what they are we'll never take back this country.
AlterNet: A Time for Heresy:
"When Tom DeLay worked the system to reward the rich and powerful, he had come a long way from Sugar Land, Texas. The people who had voted for him had the right to expect him to represent them, not the big lobbyists in Washington. This expectation is the very soul of democracy. We can't all govern -- not even tiny, homogeneous Switzerland practices pure democracy. So we Americans came to believe our best chance of responsible government lies in obtaining the considered judgments of those we elect to represent us. Having cast our ballots in the sanctity of the voting booth with its assurance of political equality, we go about our daily lives expecting the people we put in office to weigh the competing interests and decide to the best of their ability what is right.
What do they do instead? Well, as Tom DeLay became the king of campaign fundraising, The Associated Press writes 'He began to live a lifestyle his constituents back in Sugar Land would have a hard time ever imagining.' Big corporations provided private jets to take him to places of luxury most Americans have never seen -- places with 'dazzling views, warm golden sunsets, golf, goose-down comforters, marble bathrooms, and balconies overlooking the ocean.'
The AP reports that various organizations -- campaign committees, political action committees, even a children's charity established by DeLay -- established by DeLay -- paid over $1 million for hotels, restaurants, golf resorts and corporate jets used by DeLay. There were at least 48 visits to golf clubs and resorts; 100 flights aboard corporate jets arranged by lobbyists; and 500 meals at fancy restaurants, some averaging $200 for a dinner for two. Spreading a biblical worldview kept DeLay on the move and on the take.