Tuesday of this week, I voted in the Texas Republican Primary. As I previously said I would do, I voted for Kay Bailey Hutchison for governor.
So, of course, Hutchison went on to be rather easily defeated by Rick Perry, who won the Republican nomination with 53% of the vote and rather easily avoided the run-off that many of us assumed the primary would lead to.
Perry will face Democrat Bill White in November.
As for Hutchison, she lost the primary not because she ran a bad campaign or because people didn't feel she'd be a good governor. She lost the primary because, night after night, the evening news identified her as "SENATOR Kay Bailey Hutchison" as opposed to "Citizen Kay Bailey Hutchison."
After just one year of Barack Obama's new "activist" government, the people are speaking again and again. Whether they're electing Scott Brown in Massachusetts or rejecting Hutchison in Texas, the people are saying that they don't want a thing to do with this government or anyone (regardless of party) who has spent any amount of time as a member of it.
As a Libertarian, this should make me happy.
However, I fear that we're running the risk of becoming so knee-jerk in our rejection of all professional politicians that we're letting the few good ones (like Sen. Hutchison) get lost in the frenzy.
As we continue to fight our intrusive, out-of-touch, and corrupt government, let us not forget who the true enemy of freedom is. The true enemy of freedom is not the American government. The true enemy of freedom is Barack Obama's government.
Let us not forget that all politicians started out as citizens. And as the citizens continue to make their voice heard, they are transforming into politicians themselves.
Sometimes, the professional citizen is a hundred times more dangerous than the professional politician.