Not Watching “Dancing DeLay”

A dancer’s grace is a joy to behold. That makes Dancing with the Stars a former favorite. “Former” favorite this season for a reason: Tom DeLay

When I see DeLay now on that show, I think of a young woman forced to strip in a club and into prostitution in the Mariana Islands because of his opposition to requiring enforcement of U.S. work and immigration laws in this U.S. commonwealth island. Or, perhaps, garment workers who paid thousands and thought they were being taken to the U.S. mainland.

Now, you could argue that Tom’s probably served some time for his money laundering and dirty politics but he’s still tainted. Read the following about how DeLay delayed rights for abused workers in human trafficking ring in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Mariana’s garment factory owner Willie Tan, fined millions for labor law violations, donated some half a million to DeLay, who obstructed immigration reform legislation in the House that had been unanimously passed by the Senate. From the web site Unheard No More!:

The first victim of human trafficking that I ever met told me that she danced in her tears. She was recruited from Manila, Philippines to work as a waitress in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), but she was forced to strip and dance in a sleazy club seven nights a week. Every evening after the club closed, she was sold to customers against her will. By dawn she was locked inside a rundown barracks until the next evening when she would again dance in her tears.

Tonight the new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars will premiere to the delight of millions of fans. Among the contestants in the show’s ninth season is Republican politician Tom DeLay, the former House Majority Leader who hails from Sugar Land, Texas. In 2006 DeLay departed from the U.S. Congress in disgrace after he was indicted for conspiring to violate campaign finance laws. His connections to convicted felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff are legendary. Two of Tom DeLay’s former staffers were indicted in the Abramoff scandal. The Abramoff –DeLay deals involving casinos, Russian oil and money laundering are well known and are said to be under investigation. Tom DeLay is probably the first morally bankrupt person chosen to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. More>>

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