Back early in February, I made a passing comment on my Facebook page that I was going to consider running for the U.S. Representative slot made vacant by current Congressman Stephen Fincher’s announcement that he would not seek re-election.
I was about 50% serious and 50% just curious if it would even get a response.
I was surprised to see several positive public comments and hear several more that didn’t post on Facebook to say that I would have their support if I was really serious. Of course, a few handfuls of people that know me versus several hundred thousand that don’t are two totally different things.
I even had a short and encouraging conversation with a friend that is also a political advisor and knows what it would take to even be relative in such a campaign.
But, then I came to my senses. Despite what Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, John Hancock, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and most of the rest of this country’s founding fathers had in mind when this type of government was set up, it is usually not really for average people like me and you.
First, to even properly campaign for the next eight months or so, a lot of things would have to line up pretty quickly for someone to be a viable candidate. One would be the support of a political party. And I’m not really a party kind of guy. I guess if you looked at my voting record over the years, you could accuse me of being a Republican, and certainly more so than a Democrat, but I don’t like the idea of being seen as “a Republican.” But, for the support, volunteer army, and automatic votes from those who are dedicated party-line voters, it’s almost required.
Next, would be the gaudy amount of money that is required to keep a candidate’s name on the mind of voters at the same level as his or her opponent. It is both shameful and wasteful at the same time. Just to give you an idea, Rep. Fincher’s campaign account currently holds $2.7 million, should he change his mind. I can’t believe that a small town, West Tennessee guy like myself would be able to raise enough money to matter. Even more so, I can’t believe I would be able to sleep at night knowing that poverty, suffering, and lack of Jesus still exists in the world while I spend money on campaign signs and advertisements.
But, in the name of this not being a super long blog, I’m gonna go ahead and announce my intentions to NOT run for U.S. House of Representatives.
I would be hard to be electable, anyway. I am not going to compromise on morals or what I know to be right according to the Bible. I would not support things that waste our tax dollars frivolously, especially when it promotes a lack of responsibility on the part of individuals. I also would represent blue collar, hard-working people like the ones I see every day in West Tennessee, not those in Washington, or even in Nashville that think money can buy anything. So, that would make it a hill that would be tough to climb.
So, yes, while operations of our government does hold a great interest to me, and while it would be beyond an honor and a privilege for others to think highly enough of me to allow me to represent them as a group (I feel that way just being a Board of Control representative for our area with the TSSAA), now just ain’t the time.
And I’m not sure there will ever be a time. But, God has had some funny plans for me before.
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.