DeLay: God Has Called Me to Lead


Former House Speaker Tom DeLay told a Tea Party meeting the other day that now that his conviction for corruption has been overturned, God has called him to lead a “constitutional revival” in the United States. I’m sure, though, that having God on his side is not enough; he’ll need lots of financial contributions too.

Former Texas congressman Tom DeLay called on members of the Texas Patriot Tea Party on Tuesday night to join him in a revolution for the Constitution, to “shut down” every part of federal government that is not specifically based on the Constitution.

“It’s time for a constitutional renewal, a constitutional revival,” DeLay said in Burleson, adding that this revival is inherently linked to a “spiritual awakening” he sees happening across the country. He said conservatives have allowed “the left to intimidate us, cut off our heads, put us in prison.”

“It’s time for a revolution,” DeLay said. “I am not advocating for revolution in the streets. But if that’s what it takes … ”…

Speaking Tuesday night at the Tea Party meeting in Burleson, DeLay referred to the years since his conviction as his “time in the wilderness.” He said that he is coming out of the wilderness now and that God has called him to lead a constitutional revival.

Imagine the staggering arrogance required to announce out loud that God has called you to save the country.

Comments

  1. Mr Ed says

    This sounds like a good old revival, next he will ask for help going forward. Tom is just a con man and this is his new con.

  2. raven says

    …adding that this revival is inherently linked to a “spiritual awakening” he sees happening across the country.

    Delay is right but not in the way he means.

    People are waking up and realizing that his Oogedy Boogedy fundie death cultists will destroy the USA if they can.

    Approval ratings for their political arm, the Tea Party, are now at the Crazification Limit of 21%. And their cults are slowly dying.

    More Data:

    Salt Lake Tribune:

    Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boost of Prince George
    By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN
    | Religion News Service First Published Oct 23 2013 04:50 pm • Last Updated Oct 25 2013 06:12 pm

    And
    The SBC, which considers baptism a key marker of Christian faith and also denominational vitality, tallied 314,959 baptisms in 2012 — a low not seen since 1948.

    “It’s a sad situation,” said Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. “In 1948 we had 6 million members of the SBC but today we have (nearly) 16 million members.”

    Yet, Rainer called himself an “obnoxious optimist.” .Although his research on the nation’s 80 million “millennials” (born between 1980 and 2000) shows that only 15 percent call themselves Christian, Rainer said those youth are “on fire” for faith.

    “It’s a sad situation,” said Thom Rainer, president of (SBC) LifeWay Christian Resources. Speak for yourself, Ranier. As far as I’m concerned, your toxic cults need to drown themselves in a bathtub for the good of our society. I just cheer wildly and collect more statistics.

  3. uzza says

    Raven@3
    WTH? baptism rates have slid from “6 million to nearly 16 million”?
    Maybe coz they’re so bad at math?

  4. AsqJames says

    He said conservatives have allowed “the left to intimidate us, cut off our heads, put us in prison.”

    This must be all those sharia laws the left-wing courts are now enforcing. Of course the Lame Stream Media refuse to report on all the beheadings going on across America, but if Tom DeLay says it’s happening, that’s good enough for me.

  5. whheydt says

    Hmm… Only wants to keep those parts of the government mentioned in the Constitution, eh? Does that mean that he wants to disband the Air Force?

  6. raven says

    Raven@3
    WTH? baptism rates have slid from “6 million to nearly 16 million”?
    Maybe coz they’re so bad at math?

    Not quite.

    In 1948 the SBC had 6 million members, today 16 million members and going down steadily. Their own projections have them being cut in half in a few decades.

    Baptisms with nearly 3 times the members are now at 1948 levels. This means the SBC members are getting older and older and not recruiting young people. Their own numbers for retention of young people are 30%.

    I’ve heard from several sources that their claim of 16 million is over inflated. A lot of churches cook their numbers in various ways and double counting is common.

  7. says

    A person with absolutely no conscience, self respect or sense of decency can sometimes get away with at least somewhat of a comeback from getting caught at various shenanigans.
    Look at Newt Gingrich.

  8. Trebuchet says

    Former Texas congressman Tom DeLay called on members of the Texas Patriot Tea Party on Tuesday night to join him in a revolution for the Constitution, to “shut down” every part of federal government that is not specifically based on the Constitution.

    Let’s see, those would include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, NSA, CIA, Seal Team Six, and presumably the congressional gym. Why does DeLay hate America?

    I always thought DeLay had the most appropriate name in Congress, but he was a piker compared to the current bunch.

  9. says

    Sweet. I assume he’s going to dump faith-based funding, NSA spying-on-everyone and the like.

    That’s what he meant, right? Because if he really meant screwing the poor, minorities, women and gays, and promoting rich white Christian male privilege, well…

  10. Jeremy Shaffer says

    Imagine the staggering arrogance required to announce out loud that God has called you to save the country.

    With people like DeLay and, sadly, far too many others we don’t have to imagine it. It gets displayed almost daily.

  11. raven says

    Look at Newt Gingrich.

    Look at ex-governor Sanford of South Carolina.

    They tried to impeach Bill Clinton for less. And then turned around and elected Sanford to congress because, well who knows. He said he was sorry but not sorry enough to stop stalking his ex-wife.

    Hypocrisy is one of their three main sacraments. Lying and hate are the other two. Tom Delay has got them all down really well, a veritable saint of the fundies.

  12. caseloweraz says

    @whheydt (#7):

    That was my thought too. The Coast Guard would probably be safe; it’s a navy of a sort. But not the USAF. Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin, for all their scientific bent, would not have understood pictures of B-52s or any other military planes (or commercial airliners for that matter.)

  13. dingojack says

    Just like god called on Moses I suppose –
    enjoy that 40 year wander around the Sinai teabaggers!
    Dingo

  14. says

    raven “‘Look at Newt Gingrich.’ Look at ex-governor Sanford of South Carolina. They tried to impeach Bill Clinton for less”
    Those were completely different things. Clinton was a Democrat.

  15. Artor says

    Yet another data point to show that this god Xians talk about is a raging asshole, and I wouldn’t want anything to do with it if it existed.

  16. Johnny Vector says

    They tried to impeach Bill Clinton for less.

    Um. You mean “they did impeach Bill Clinton for less”. So technically yes, they did try to, but stating it like that implies they failed.

  17. dingojack says

    Uh Johnny – you are aware that Bill Clinton was never actually impeached – aren’t you?
    Dingo

  18. inquisitiveraven says

    Dingo, given that you’re an Aussie, I can see how you wouldn’t understand how the American impeachment process works, so lemme explain.

    Impeachment refers to the House vote to file charges. This was done and charges were filed against Clinton. Once the president is impeached, the Senate has the job of trying him. The Senate acquitted him. Since he was acquitted, he got to finish his term and go on to other stuff.

  19. says

    “It’s time for a revolution,” DeLay said. “I am not advocating for revolution in the streets. But if that’s what it takes … ”

    INTIYAR*

    *(It’s not treason if you are Republican)

  20. matty1 says

    This is false in fact Delay called God and I have the transcript

    D: Dear Lord
    G: Oh Me, how did he get the new number?
    D: My convictions been overturned, what should I do now?
    G: I don’t really care just please stop calling
    D: It’s a terrible line, I think you said ‘lead it’s your calling’
    G: I don’t have a strong enough constitution to deal with this
    D: Defend the constitution? You got it
    G: (hangs up)
    D: I’ve got all these plans and….

  21. raven says

    “It’s time for a revolution,” DeLay said. “I am not advocating for revolution in the streets. But if that’s what it takes … ”…

    We’ve seen this movie before.

    OK Tom. Why don’t you and your followers hijack a few jets and fly them into skyscrapers?

    Go ahead make our day. They aren’t called the xian Taliban for no reason.

  22. Sastra says

    Imagine the staggering arrogance required to announce out loud that God has called you to save the country.

    UNLESS God really DID call on DeLay to save the country and therefore he’s being humble and YOU’RE the one who is using “staggering arrogance” to question God’s RIGHT to choose to speak to and command whomever he WANTS.

    Thinking like a religious right wingnut allows you to slip right in to a storyline going on inside your head, smoothing out all the rough spots.

    It also unfortunately inspires you to type in CAPS.

  23. felidae says

    Why is it God calls on the sleaziest politicians and commentators to save the country? A Supreme Being should have better taste than to associate with sleazballs like DeLay

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