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Down the Drain: $17 Million for Rick Perry’s Campaign

Written by Gary North on September 19, 2015

Rick Perry has quit running for President. He said this:

“When I gave my life to Christ, I said, ‘Your ways are great­er than my ways. Your will su­per­i­or to mine.’ Today I sub­mit that His will re­mains a mys­tery, but some things have be­come clear,” Perry said. “That is why today I am sus­pend­ing my cam­paign for the pres­id­ency of the United States.”

He never recovered from this in 2011:

Donors of $17 million should ask themselves this: What was I thinking of?”

What causes could they have funded?

What books could this have published?

What free online K-12 Christian curriculum could this have funded to compete with the Khan Academy?

What Christian research organization could this have launched?

Of course, he could not have raised this kind of money for any of these alternatives. Conservative Christians think that national salvation will come through politics. They will donate to an obviously lost cause until the lost cause hits the brick wall. They will write those checks in hope of a short-term political victory in Washington. Congress does not change. The courts do not change. The federal bureaucracy does not change. “But if we can just elect a President…”

Reagan failed to change Washington. Why would anyone believe that Rick Perry could do this… especially Rick Perry?

The futility of national politics should be obvious. But it isn’t.

It is time, once again, to read what Christian conservative political activist Paul Weyrich (1942-2008) wrote in 1999. He was the Founder of the Free Congress Foundation. He was the co-founder of the Heritage Foundation. I knew him for 30 years. I watched him tilt at windmills. He finally figured it out.

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February 16, 1999

Ms. Amy Ridenour
National Center for Public Policy Research
777 N. Capitol Street, NE
Suite 803
Washington, D.C. 20002-4201

Dear Ms. Ridenour:

Late last year, I had the opportunity of speaking to the Conservative Leadership Conference on the state of the conservative movement. I’ve given similar talks in the past, and usually they have focused on the most recent election or our situation in Congress or something similar. This time, the thoughts I offered were very different, and frankly rather radical. The strong, positive response they brought forth — which came as something of a surprise to me — has led me to think that I should share them more widely. That is the purpose of this letter.

What many of us have been trying to do for many years has been based upon a couple of premises. First of all, we have assumed that a majority of Americans basically agrees with our point of view. That has been the premise upon which we have tried to build any number of institutions, and indeed our whole strategy. It is I who suggested to Jerry Falwell that he call his organization the “Moral Majority.” The second premise has been that if we could just elect enough conservatives, we could get our people in as Congressional leaders and they would fight to implement our agenda.

In looking at the long history of conservative politics, from the defeat of Robert Taft in 1952, to the nomination of Barry Goldwater, to the takeover of the Republican Party in 1994, I think it is fair to say that conservatives have learned to succeed in politics. That is, we got our people elected.

But that did not result in the adoption of our agenda. The reason, I think, is that politics itself has failed. And politics has failed because of the collapse of the culture. The culture we are living in becomes an ever-wider sewer. In truth, I think we are caught up in a cultural collapse of historic proportions, a collapse so great that it simply overwhelms politics.

(For the rest of my article, click the link,)

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