Dick Armey Announces Retirement December 19, 2001

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Dick Armey Announces Retirement December 19, 2001

House majority leader Dick Armey of Texas announced last week he is retiring from congress after this term. His son will run for his seat, which is a nice touch.


Dick Armey became a Christian while in congress. You might think that is a difficult place to consider salvation, other than through politics. It is. But Armey is a serious man about a lot of things and he came to realize that faith was something he had left out of his life while pursuing temporal goals.

The problem with Armey’s retirement is not that he doesn’t deserve to do something else; it is that we have too few decent and committed men and women in Washington. Most women in congress are liberals, largely because conservative women practice what they believe about marriage and children. They invest the time in their families and not in politics. Many conservative men are the same. Meanwhile, the pagan liberals mostly rule. I don’t know how to resolve that conflict, but I do know that Dick Armey has been one of the better leaders we’ve had. If you’d like to tell him so, you can write him in care of the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515. I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.