Thursday, July 06, 2017

With God As His Co-Pilot

When in 2012 he first ran for the House of Representatives, Oklahoma Republican Markwayne Mullin vowed 'We are going up for 6 years and then I’m coming home.” One of his campaign mailers read "I, Markwayne Mullin, pledge to…serve no more than six years as your 2nd District congressman.”

Mullin was beginning to waver during his bid for a third term in 2016. Then this year, he announced during an interview (video below) that "we" had decided to run for a fourth term and "we were really praying about it."  His wife, Chris, added that they were unsure whether to seek another two years until approximately a month earlier and "we have not stopped praying about it." Going through the process, Mr. Mullin maintained, "Chris and I were both sitting there having our devotion one morning" when the decision was made.

Later in the interview the couple was asked about the skepticism which would greet the notion that God had directed another bid for office when it conflicted with the promise the congressman had made five years earlier. Chris responded

We are not running because God told us to run because in fact we wanted him to tell us that,like we wanted him to tell us 'yes' or  'no' but he never did. But he put all the things in front of us till we actually made the decision.

She almost had me there. Perhaps "we" were not suggesting that God had endorsed the incumbent while Satan was pulling for his challenger. But then I learned that in April of this year

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican in his third term, held the forum in Jay, Okla., and didn’t appreciate one of the questions, which was based on the premise that his constituents are the ones paying his congressional salary.

“I’m going to address two things: One, you said you pay for me to do this? Bullcrap, I pay for myself,” Mullin said quickly. “I paid enough taxes before I ever got there and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go.”

“I do it as an honor and a service,” he added.

Several audience members spoke up, challenging his position. “Who pays you to go there?” one audience member can be heard asking.

Mullin did not directly answer, but instead doubled down on his previous claim: “I’m just saying this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living.”

"Prepare ye the way of the congressman," we are believed God has decreed, although at least Mullin didn't go "bulls_ _ _," presumably because he was aware that unless your name is "Donald J. Trump," swearing in front of voters is not a wise career move. Mullin believes he does not owe his constituents; rather, they owe him. The sense of entitlement is impressive, in which he deserves the office because he pays a lot of taxes.  “Like all business owners," his spokeswoman pleaded, "Congressman Mullin pays his taxes, which contribute to congressional salaries.” You see: he's a businessman, not a taker, nor a laborere.

Five years ago the Pentecostal Mullin announced that he would serve only three terms. Now after prayer and devotion, God has directed him on a different path.  In his next interview, he may bless us with the explanation as to why God chose him to mislead his dear, fellow Oklahomans a few years ago. Or not.

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