Monday, April 18, 2005

Tom Delay threatening armed violence?

Tom Delay is starting to lose it. Every day a new shoe drops and every day Tom acts a little more batshit crazy.


First we had his famous threats to Federal judges


and then his Spit-take Stupid Statement that the Democrats are trying to shut down the ethics committee so it can't clear him (and his bonus threat to "investigate" major newspapers that print critical stories about him)


But now Tom leaps over the deep end by subtly threatening armed violence against his political opponents.


At least that's how I read his statements, you be the judge:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, {gave the} keynote speech at the National
Rifle Association's annual convention Saturday evening.
DeLay {told} members
of the gun-rights group that he appreciated their support.
"When a man is in
trouble or in a good fight, you want to have your friends around, preferably
armed
. So I feel really good,"

Now on the one hand this could be viewed as typical audience pandering by a politician speaking to a group that fetishizes firearms as the answer to all life's problems. But I don't see any reason to let Timmy the Bug off that easily.


This was no off the cuff remark to a reporter, this was a scripted prepared speech. The words were not accidental or impromptu. Furthermore, the venue of the remarks is not accidental either. The NRA and its membership has a long history of giving tacit and sometimes explicit support to right wing terrorist groups, and have often expressed violent anti-law enforcement views


"

Mainstream America is counting on you to draw your sword and fight for them.
These people have precious little time and resources to battle misguided
Cinderella attitudes, the fringe propaganda of the homosexual coalition, the
feminists who preach that it is a divine duty for women to hate men, blacks who
raise a militant fist with one hand while they seek preference with the other
..." -Charlton Heston, Past NRA president

"Already a couple of the faithful have sent in checks for a foundation memorial
to the innocents who perished at the hands of the ninja at Waco. ... I have been
criticized by referring to our federal masked men as "ninja" ... a man who
covers his face shows reason to be ashamed of what he is doing. A man who takes
it upon himself to shed blood while concealing his identity is a revolting
perversion of the warrior ethic.
It has long been my conviction that a
masked man with a gun is a target. I see no reason to change that view."-Jeff
Cooper NRA Board Of Directors


" If you consider the Constitution less relevant, if you ignore or distort
the Second Amendment, if you conspire to make lawful firearms less accessible to
lawful citizens, if you infiltrate school boards and churches and legislatures
and foundations to advance an anti-freedom agenda of any kind -- the fact that
you were born on American soil won't mask the fact that you're an enemy of
freedom and a political terrorist."
_Wayne LaPierre NRA CEO and VP of the
Board of Directors


and lets not forget Bug-man's opening act at the convention, noted Idiot and NRA Board Member Ted Nugent:


With an assault weapon in each hand, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted
Nugent urged National Rifle Association members to be ''hardcore, radical
extremists demanding the right to self defense,'' reports The Associated Press.
He drew the most cheers when he told gun owners they should never give up
their right to bear arms and should use their guns to protect themselves if
needed.
''Remember the Alamo! Shoot 'em!'' he screamed to applause. ``To
show you how radical I am, I want carjackers dead. I want rapists dead. I want
burglars dead. I want child molesters dead. I want the bad guys dead. No court
case. No parole. No early release. I want 'em dead. Get a gun and when they
attack you, shoot 'em.''

If someone uttered anything like Delay's remarks in a public forum and directed them towards W, you can bet the Secret Service would come calling the very next day and have some unpleasant words for the poster. Supposedly we live in age where All Threats Are Taken Very Seriously. Well Tom Delay Wasn't speaking in a neutral forum but a place noted for its propensity to violence and extremism. Yet I'm not holding my breath for an investigation or even an official censure of his remarks


Why is a Politician of Tom Delay's Stature being given a pass on this? The remarks may have been nothing more than Tommy playing pander-bear for his core base. But that's no reason not to condemn the speech.


At the very least, the remarks reflect Hot Tub Timmy's increasingly tin ear for public statements (a very bad trait for a politician) and highlights his growing sense of paranoia. Even his most ardent supporters can't have failed to notice his growing signs of mental imbalance.


As the wolves circle closer and closer Tommy's denial of reality grows larger and more grandiose. First it was a "little partisan prosecutor" that the Powerful majority Whip dismissed with a wave of his hand and a change of House Rules. Then it was "baseless allegations", that the Hammer barely deigned to give notice to.Most recently he's cast himself as the victim of a grand conspiracy of liberals, a would be martyr of the conservative movement. Now as his persecution complex grows he's making speeches praising his armed followers.


Haven't we seen the last reel of this movie before, and doesn't it always end badly?

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