There’s currently an excellent political joke making the rounds on social media and I found it a perfect illustration of the two U.S. Senate campaigns in Mississippi.
The joke goes like this:
While walking down the street one day a U.S. senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” says the senator.
“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”
“Really? But I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the senator.
“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down into the bowels of hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand and recall the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy and who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises up toward heaven. When the door reopens in heaven, St. Peter is waiting for him.
“Now it’s time to visit Heaven.”
So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
“Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”
The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The Devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
“I don’t understand,” stammers the senator. “Yesterday, I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?”
The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning … Today you voted.”
We have been fooled time and again by politicians. And Mississippi 2018 is no different.
With Chris McDaniel poised to enter the U.S. Senate race against Roger Wicker as 2017 ended and 2018 began, we saw Wicker all over the place, especially on social media. He’d never been more active. Seldom did a day go by that Wicker was not making an announcement or spinning a tale about all he was doing for Mississippi. Press releases and Facebook videos were the norm. And his biggest tactic was to showcase his closeness with President Trump.
But, since McDaniel switched races, where did Wicker go? He and his active campaign are all gone now. He’s back in politician mode. The campaign is over, at least in his mind. But don’t worry too much. You’ll see him again in six years. Until then, he couldn’t care less about you!
Cindy Hyde-Smith is playing the same game. She wants you to believe that she is a “lifelong conservative,” that she fully supports Trump and the America First agenda, that she is committed to rolling back government.
But mark my words: If she is elected in November, she will, like Wicker, revert back to politician mode. She and Wicker will be beholden to Mitch McConnell and the Republican Establishment. They will abandon Trump and his agenda. There will be no border wall, money will still flow to Planned Parenthood and government will continue to grow without letup.
The only way to take a stand against deceptive politicians is to elect members of Congress who actually believe in conservative values. And Mississippi has a chance to do so on Nov. 6 by sending Chris McDaniel to the United States Senate.
Ryan Walters is an author and college professor. He is an Ellisville native.