I’m glad to hear about Tom DeLay’s indictment, what with his lifetime of evil and all. And the less power he has (he’s stepped down as Majority Leader of the House of Representatives), the less harm he can do us.
What is he accused of? “Enter[ing] into an agreement” with co-defendants “to engage in conduct that would constitute the offense of knowingly making a political contribution in violation of subchapter D of Chapter 253 of the Texas Election Code” “with intent to commit a felony.” So what the hell does that mean? I think there are two ways of looking at it.
1) Money Laundering. Some corporations wanted to donate money to some Texan Republican political candidates in a 2002 election, but couldn’t legally do so. So they sent their money to the Republican National Committee, who could legally give money to those candidates, and did so, hiding the money’s original source. Just like a drug cartel.
2) Improper bribery. Let’s face it: every campaign contribution is a bribe. Every one is an attempt to have your legislative say in the form of dollars. But for some reason, if these bribes are done in a certain manner, following arcane rules that you and I (or at least I) are completely unfamiliar with, then these bribes are okay. So that’s why DeLay must be punished, not for selling out democracy, but because he didn’t sell out democracy in the dictated fashion.
In other words, he’s guilty of the only political sin: getting caught.
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