What Did Rick Perry's Donors Get for $17 Million?

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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