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May 06, 2005

Now Testify!

And DeLay's Repentance-palooza continues:

"Just think of what we could accomplish if we checked our pride at the door, if collectively we all spent less time taking credit and more time deserving it," DeLay told the 54th annual National Day of Prayer gathering on Capitol Hill. "If we spent less time ducking responsibility and more time welcoming it. If we spent less time on our soapboxes and more time on our knees."

DeLay drew appreciative smiles when he added, "For in God, all things are possible, ladies and gentlemen. And even greatness from lowly sinners like you and me -- especially me."

Indeed it's true, greatness is quite possible from lowly sinners who trust in God.  Whether your sin is a few decades of unethical politicking or a lifetime of drink and drugs, redemption can be found in The Lord.  But what Tom's doing here is a bit different, he's finding redemption in The Leader.  By making his wholesale invention and embrace of DeLayism into an issue of sin, he's tightly wrapping himself to Bush's resurrection tale, and in doing tangling the President's hopes of ever getting away.  After all, the Christian Right sure accepted Bush despite his past, how do you think they'd feel if their Christian head of state denied Christ's teachings and declined to show forgiveness to an admitted, repentant, sinner like DeLay?  Particularly one who'd been such a good friend to the Christ movement?

They wouldn't like it at all, I expect.  Not at all.

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Actually if you think the "moralists" on the right give two cares about what DeLay did, I got a bridge I'd like to sell ya.

What DeLay did isn't a sin in their eyes. It was all about gaining power, influence and money. Hell, it's their GOAL in life.

Posted by: Karmakin | May 6, 2005 11:52:05 AM

Interesting that "Christians" will forgive a Republican any transgression but they are actively kicking Democrats out of the church in North Carolina (see Daily Kos recommended diaries for more on this).

Posted by: cls180 | May 6, 2005 2:49:35 PM

I always thought that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. Looks like religion has replaced it.

Posted by: Marvyt | May 6, 2005 3:57:16 PM

I think a lot of people have gotten this all wrong. The WBA isn't proclaiming that he's a sinner and repenting -- in his circles that one is a sinner is a given and repenting comes like sneezing. No, Mr. Duh-Lay is proclaiming how _great_ he is. Claiming that he has won and that he's going to be bringing all his friends along with him

Posted by: pfc | May 8, 2005 9:07:16 AM

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