Image: Actual campaign advertisement, Charlie Riley for County Commissioner campaign, released May 12, 2018.
Magnolia and surrounding area, May 14 – Charlie Riley has had his Hillary Clinton “basket of deplorables” moment.
On May 12, 2018, Riley released a campaign advertisement on his social media page in which he compared himself to the Messiah and in which he called a “brood of vipers” anyone who supports his conservative electoral opponent Gregory Parker, who opposes Riley’s $107 million, 3 mile, TX 249 Tollway, or anyone who supports reduced property taxes and County government spending as well as ethics reform.
A copy of the campaign advertisement is at the top of this article. Riley released the ad on May 12, 2018, although it does not have a proper disclaimer in accordance with the Texas Elections Code.
Riley’s comparison of himself to Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior, is, well, interesting. Jesus Christ, in the Gospels and in the Book of Acts, did not:
- Get criminally indicted, as did Riley, who currently faces criminal indictment for official misconduct and who, if convicted, would be removed from office automatically;
- Create a job, which the taxpayers funded, for his wife or his nephew (of course, there is much controversy over whether Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife);
- Vote consistently for higher tax payments to Rome;
- Work for higher spending by the Roman government or the Herodian government in Israel;
- Vote in favor of making taxpayers pay for snacks for sex offenders (Jesus was quite critical of sex offenders);
- Work to place tolls on the Road to Damascus or elsewhere;
- Force taxpayers to pay him massive compensation of $235,000 per year (salary plus benefits), but rather Jesus lived off of the kindness of those who chose to give to him;
- Lobby against tax reform in the Sanhedrin; or
- Vote against ethics reform or conflicts of interest reform.
When Jesus called the Pharisees a “brood of vipers” in Matthew 12:34, he was chastising them for speaking against the Holy Spirit. In the NIV version, Jesus said, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” As Matthew 12:32 makes clear only two verses previously, Jesus spoke from humility rather than from Riley’s hatred or anger.
In recent days, Riley’s campaign has made its racism open and clear (since Parker is African-American), they’ve attacked Parker’s supporters, they’ve questioned the “manhood” of one of Parker’s supporters (John Hill Wertz, who, by the way, is one of the hardest working activists out there), and they’ve made stories up about “convictions.”
One must question then who are Riley’s “brood of vipers”?
In the world of Riley’s self-characterization as the Messiah, he believes that those who support Parker, oppose Riley’s $107 million 3 mile TX 249 Tollway debacle, support reduced property taxes (Riley has fought for higher property taxes as an Appraisal District Board member setting their reappraisal policy and as a lobbyist for the Texas Association of Counties in the Texas Legislature), support reduced government spending, or support the ethics reform Riley so vehemently opposes are a “brood of vipers.”
If that’s what makes someone a “viper” in the topsy-turvy world of pro-tax, pro-spending Charlie Riley, where does one sign up to become one of Parker’s Vipers?