Thursday, April 14, 2005

DeLay on the, Whatever...

I know what Tom DeLay, House Majority Leader for the Republican Party, thinks of the Democrats. I know he's a wingnut. I know he has contempt for the rule of law and ethics in general. I know I shouldn't be surprised about what he says. But this one just floors me:

Mr. Dinan:You've been talking about going after activist judges since at least 1997. The [Terri] Schiavo case gives you a chance to do that, but you've recently said you blame Congress for not being zealous in oversight.

Mr. DeLay: Not zealous. I blame Congress over the last 50 to 100 years for not standing up and taking its responsibility given to it by the Constitution. The reason the judiciary has been able to impose a separation of church and state that's nowhere in the Constitution is that Congress didn't stop them. The reason we had judicial review is because Congress didn't stop them. The reason we had a right to privacy is because Congress didn't stop them.

Separation of church and state. Judicial review. Right to privacy. To Tom DeLay, Republican Majority Leader, these should have been stopped. But it just gets better: (emphasis mine)

Mr. Dinan: Are you going to pursue impeaching judges?

Mr. DeLay: I'm not going to answer that. I have asked the Judiciary Committee to look at this. They're going to start holding hearings on different issues. They are more capable than me to look at this issue and take responsibility, given the, whatever, the Constitution.

The whatever. The extreme Right is in control of the country and the Republican party. It's time people wake up and notice.