Monday, June 24, 2019

#TXLEGE: System Chews Up and Spits Out Last Honest Man

"If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them."
Ecclesiastes 5:8

Well this sucks:
What a ride we’ve had together!

Friends, I find it very hard to put into words what an incredible honor it has been to represent you as your State Representative for four terms. Your love and support have carried us as we fought for our Christian, conservative values in Austin.

Eight years was enough for George Washington, and it certainly is for me. After much prayerful consideration and reflection, I have determined it is not the Lord’s will for me to seek reelection. Instead, I intend to dedicate more time to my family, my church, and my business.
Honestly, it's not surprising; it's been obvious since (at least) March that Jonathan was burnt out.

Therein lies cruelest joke.  Even if you get someone elected (as hard as that is), even if they manage to withstand the system's bad incentives (both the obvious temptations and the subtler, more insidious, compromises), it's still not enough.  To get elected, fight the system on this level while in office, and keep your seat is prohibitively personally draining.

Bottom Line:   Considering the insane amounts of pressure he's been under for five years, it's amazing Jonathan held on as long as he did.

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