Who Goes to Washington, Mr. Smith?

by Nina Guajardo

This isn’t an endorsement of Ron Paul.

I did notice the faithful (and intelligent) support Paul had in the last Republican Presidential primary three and a half years ago.

A life-long resident of Texas, I have had a soft spot in my heart for our governors-turned-presidential candidates. I also figured that a governor can run a government, but then, Romney proves that theory very wrong.

My father read to us Mr. Bojidar Marinov’s latest article explaining that today’s conservatives are former liberals, though they probably don’t mean to deceive us. It’s just that we’ve changed our terms. With Bush, Perry, Santorum, I hadn’t imagined them as part of the political machine (known as the two-party system) so clearly depicted in “Mr. Smith goes to Washington” (bigwigs plotting and scheming in dark corners), but politicians do fall in line with the party’s agenda. These candidates mean well (I’m sure), but as we saw with Bush and those “bailouts,” they served only to further bury us under our own debt. These “conservatives” are not traditional constitutionalists.

The media has already chosen their favorite candidate who will be all too easy to tear down leading up to November (reminding me a little of Luke 6:26 “Woe to you when all men speak well of you…”).

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus describes the persecution Christians would face for following him. I can imagine Madison or other founding fathers telling Paul something like “you’ll be blessed when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of our nation’s constitution” (pardon my almost blasphemy Matthew 5:11 is one of my favorite verses).

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