Before I close this sub-series, I want to mention Mrs. Kristi Risk. She would appear for all practical purposes to be a complete political outsider and she seems to believe, as do I, that a career in politics is something of which the Founding Fathers would not have approved.
I recently made a trip to Terre Haute, Indiana, to visit the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Holocaust Museum. As most of my readers already know, I am of Hebrew decent, am a Messianic Jew by faith and homeschool my three children, so it was an educational experience on many levels.
However, a welcome surprise was the fact that, when Mrs. Risk learned that I would be in Terre Haute on the same day she was to be there, she went out of her way to meet me. She took time out of her busy campaign schedule and actually met me at the museum!
Such devotion to reaching the average constituent is, according to the modern machine of politics, an archaic notion long sense forgotten in a bygone time. Of course, there are certain to be readers who will say that an internationally read journalist with six published books, whose column focuses on politics is not an average constituent, but I have often stood within ten feet of major candidates and had them ignore my attempts at initiating an interview, generally due to their fear that I would expose their true natures and agendas.
Not since my great-grandfather have I met a politician who was so completely approachable on any and every issue cared to bring up. This is unheard of in the modern age of what Mrs. Risk calls, the “science of politics,” but she said she prefers to return to the “art of politics.”
This was refreshing, as were both the pledge she made that, “I’m not a politician” and her statement that, “My whole steps are ordered by God.” I also appreciated her boldness in stating that “One of the things I believe that we’ve lost is faith in our people” and that, as whole, we as Americans “don’t even realize that we’re destroying ourselves.”
She said she believes that one of the major downfalls of the Republic has been the whittling away of the Bill of Rights by leftists in all branches of the Federal government. When asked her thoughts on the establishment of a Federal concealed carry permit which would allow individuals to carry their firearms into States other than their own, she said very flatly, “We already have a Federal firearms permit. It’s called the Second Amendment and all we need to do is enforce it.”
Over the years I have often been left speechless before a politician due to his/her unbelievable inability to see common sense. That day I was left momentarily speechless because I could not believe that I had never used those exact words in this column!
And yes, I realize that this could just be another round of political bologna being shoveled our way. However, when I pressed her concerning her dedication to that position, she introduced me to her husband, David Risk, who is my fellow firearms instructor.
I asked her many questions and, without regard for where it would land her in the polls, she answered them. I think we might still be standing there in the parking lot of the museum, had she not had an engagement that evening in Evansville.