By Tony Perkins
For former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, dealing with the judges on “Dancing with the Stars” was nothing compared to the real ones he faced in a decade-long courtroom battle, which, this week, is finally over. After pouring millions of dollars into his defense, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals finally vindicated the Republican leader, whose wrongful conviction toppled and tarnished a powerful voice in the party.
By a 2-1 vote, the judges tossed out the charges, finding DeLay “not guilty” of criminal activity. After nine years, the negative publicity for the former Majority Leader had certainly taken its toll, but Tom credits his faith for his perseverance. “I don’t know how someone could go through this without Christ.” After all the accusations of money laundering and conspiracy, Justice Melissa Goodwin was stunned that the case had gone on as long as it had. “The fundamental problem with the state’s case,” she wrote, “was its failure to prove proceeds of criminal activity.”
Although the trials are literally and emotionally over for the DeLays, this court of public opinion shouldn’t leave without one indictment — of the Left. The Democratic Party took its political vengeance to another level with this attack, all the while knowing that the ethical questions it was raising were baseless. This is by the way, the same County District Attorney’s office that is now going after conservative governor Rick Perry.
Unfortunately, this is how radical liberals work — they try to silence and smear, instead of discuss and debate. “The Republican Party leadership does not understand,” DeLay warned, “they are dealing with the far Left when they are dealing with Democrats today. The Democrats want to destroy you and your family. They want to bankrupt you and put you in a coffin so they can dance on your grave.” We’ve witnessed that up close and personal on issues like marriage. Instead of practicing the tolerance they say they want, these anti-freedom extremists fiercely target anyone they disagree with. Tiny family businesses like the Kleins’, whose only offense is trying to operate their cake store in line with their religious beliefs. Large corporations like Hobby Lobby, who feel that they shouldn’t have to pay for pills that violate their conscience. And everyday conservatives, whose own senators were trying to junk the First Amendment to keep voters from speaking the truth about their radically liberal records. The Left will do anything to steamroll the opposition. If anything’s criminal, it’s the liberals’ totalitarian tactics!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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