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Tom DeLay's Hypocritic Oath


Dr. Howard Dean was certainly required to take the Hippocratic Oath when he became a doctor. Congressman Tom DeLay has his own version:
Tom DeLay's Hypocritic Oath

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won gains of those Republicans in whose steps I walk, and gladly attack those those who do not follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the GOP, all measures which are required, applying those twin traps of distortion and invective.

I will remember that there is art to distortion as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding have no place in its application.

I will not be ashamed to contradict myself nor will I call my colleagues on their hypocrisy.

I will respect the privacy of my lobbyists, for their pizza is disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of lunch and dinner. If it is given me to eat a lunch, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to provide lunch to my staff; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own hunger. Above all, I must not pay for pizza.

I will remember that I do not work for my constituents, but for my donors, whose money may affect my party's economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care for the wealthy.

I will used diseased speech whenever I can, for invective is preferable to pure.

I will remember that I remain a member of high society, with special obligations to all my fellow patricians, those sound of cash, but not the destitute.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with aversion thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the power of the GOP and may I long experience the joy of ignoring those who seek my help.

Further reading: A day of color and surprise on Capitol Hill
Pizza Rule. House Republicans Tuesday weakened their own ethics rules related to food, travel and lodging. Under the so-called "pizza rule," the value of food had counted against a $49.99 ceiling for a single gift to a lawmaker from a lobbyist. The change calls for the value of each slice or plate of food eaten by each person to count against the cap, not the total value of the pizza or food purchase. The changes also mean charities can pick up the travel and lodging tabs for lawmakers. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas, denounced the changes as opening "a proverbial can of worms."
Who's leading the anti-war movement? Congressional Republicans, Tom DeLay and the party of appeasement, and the essential What Did You Do in the War, Hammer? which contains this:
He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.
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