I'm a preacher, Jim, not a politician!
Rep. Kristi Noem offers this disgusting deflection as she dresses up her failure as a Congresswoman in some sort of clergywoman's collar:
God kinda taught me a lesson through the several months that I was there [in D.C.] right away that, you know, He placed me there yes to work on policy, but maybe my biggest job was gonna be to minister to individuals [Rep. Kristi Noem, interview, 700 Club, reposted by Dakota War College, 2013.12.17].
Noem inarticulates two major errors in this one brief statement:
- The people of South Dakota, not God, placed Noem in Congress.
- Nowhere does job for which the people of South Dakota hired Noem include "ministering to individuals" in her duties. Her biggest job really is to work on policy.
If Noem really believes the words spilling out of her mouth, she may have explained why we have no Farm Bill, and why she has no other legislative legacy for the interviewer to cite in this fluff piece. Evidently we are to believe that she's too busy running around witnessing to all those desperate profligates in Washington to make her committee meetings and represent South Dakota.
Maybe that's where Annette Bosworth has gotten her latest campaign idea to post a series of daily religious devotional readings instead of discussing real issues of concern to the public. If you can't do policy, pretend to be a preacher.
I regularly cite Tom Joad and Jim Casy; the citation is amply appropriate here:
Tom: Prayer never brought in no side-meat. Takes a shoat to bring in pork.
Jim: Yeah. An' Almighty God never raised no wages [John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, 1939].
Get off your pious horse, Kristi, and get back to work.