Politicians are sheep dogs; the important thing to remember is that our founders set “We the People” as the shepherds, not the sheep. If you don’t bare the rod and the staff, then ACORN, the NEA, NARAL, foreign money, foreign governments, Myth McConnell, or John Boehner will. Are you more like a lamb in relationship to your representatives? Do you not realize that they are supposed to work on your behalf?
My mother was the type of woman who could find something good to say, even about the devil himself: “Well, you have to admire his persistence.” In that vein, the “Gay Lobby” can teach disgruntled Christians and conservatives a few things about success in the political realm. Gay activists understand better than most that politicians respond; they rarely lead.
While a true public servant will act out of duty, the vast majority of politicians respond to fear and greed; and if they do the right thing, it’s because they are dragged there, kicking and screaming. (Then when they arrive, they take credit for it in the first place.)
The truly foolish are those who treat politicians like they’re rock stars. Those who do end up being roadies or groupies; either they carry the luggage, or they leave with the stained dress. In either circumstance, they live on their knees. Both parties know this, and both encourage it.
Looking back on the successes of the tea-party movement in 2010 and the GOP antipathy toward them ever since, political analyst Carol Ann Parisi says, “It was like a political booty call. They love it when we’re collecting checks and signatures, walking precincts and passing out signs; but once they’re in Washington, it’s ‘out of sight – out of mind,’ until the next cycle.”
No one will fear you when you submit to the same old abuse, election after election. So why do politicians, corporations, and institutions fear the Lavender Mafia? Because crossing them comes with consequences. Dire consequences. Don’t get me wrong– I’m not calling for fascism. I’m just pointing out that they operate in a block, and they’re not to be trifled with. Politicians don’t think that way about Christians or conservatives because they are used to us lying down. They don’t respect our bark because we never bite.
America was founded by men who only regarded God as a celebrity, and they built a nation that admired laws and not personality. Ideas are heroes in a free land; and men, especially men with power, are to be regarded with a necessary suspicion.
For Christians, expecting spiritual results from the political class is like hoping the Cubs win the Stanley Cup. We must stop bowing to the promise fairies and put them on notice that our vote must be earned and is not to be expected. And if they betray us, they will pay dearly.
As for me, let no more be heard of Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Tea-Party. I am not a Libertarian or an Independent – I am a Christian. And I will live my life in the pew, in the public square, and in the polling booth, as a follower of Jesus Christ.
No exceptions! No apologies!
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