Tuesday, March 2, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 104

Dennis on the Death Penalty

Backstrom on Stress

Staff Editorial

Letters to the Editor

Editorial Cartoon


About the Cougar

High crimes and insecticide

R. Alex Whitlock

One of President Clinton's leading critics is University of Houston alumnus Tom DeLay. Republican Congressman DeLay was an instrumental force in the impeachment of the president. Working behind the scenes, he assured moderate Republicans that it was their constitutional duty to impeach a president for committing a felony.

Tom DeLay is also apparently a perjurer and a felon. In 1994, he was being sued and testified that he did not work as the chairman of an insect extermination firm. Later, he said in a congressional disclosure that he was indeed the chairman of the firm. Though I thought President Clinton's defense was weak, I respect his legal team for actually having a defense.

To date, DeLay has offered no justification, rationalization, technicality or defense of any kind. He has simply attacked the press for bringing this forward, whining that "he is the most investigated man in America."

Yeah, Tom, tell that to the president. I'm sure he could use a good laugh. I will never pretend that I care much for my own congressman. I have trouble viewing anyone favorably who proposes the impeachment of judges that disagree with him. I certainly cannot respect someone who spent most of the past year pushing the impeachment of a president for crimes he himself has apparently committed.

Where is the righteous indignation now, Congressman? Where is your "morality?" I can respect someone regardless of their political beliefs. I may not agree with Bill Archer or Paul Wellstone, but they certainly have my respect because they believe what they preach and have proven themselves to be sincere. This is in stark contrast to President Clinton, whom I usually agree with but have no personal respect for.

America has an abundance of capable and moral public leaders. We don't have to put up with felons in powerful positions. Unfortunately, nothing is going to change unless we do something about it. We must place our own standard, higher than that of legal technicalities, which define "sexual relations" and "employment," on those that spend our hard-earned money on federal, state and local programs and make laws that we must live under.

We should not have to let the politicians or the letter of the law tell us what to accept or not accept. More than 60 percent of Americans find Juanita Broaddrick's allegations that Bill Clinton raped her to be more true than not. We must look into ourselves and ask: Do we really want someone who we believe could be a rapist in the highest office in the land?

Do we want people who would impeach a judge for his philosophical and political beliefs or remove someone from office for crimes they have committed themselves as congressional leaders? Should we submit to being led by some one who lies about working for an insect extermination firm, because he lied about killing bugs?

The answer has to be no if our country is to survive. We must tell the Tom DeLays of the political world that we will not put up with their two-faced nature. We must all be aware of DeLay's actions. We have to vote against those we cannot trust with our freedom, property or lives. The second we start putting up with felons because they are "better than the other guys," the country is lost.

I voted against Tom DeLay in this last election. Next time around I will actively support the opposition, Republican or Democrat, by volunteering at least some of my precious little time to his or her campaign.

Tom DeLay needs to be removed from office, and not for killing bugs, either.

Whitlock, a sophomore information systems technology major,
can be reached at rwhitloc@bayou.uh.edu.

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