ST. CHARLES, IL - Over the weekend, the first Black Conservative Summit featured prominent religious, media and political leaders, including former George W. Bush Administration official Kay Cole James who explained just how tough it is to change the country.
"We were going to change the culture, we were going to do great things for the future. I have to confess after all those many, many years, I have quite a different view of what is the appropriate role of a Christian related to working in government," she said. "This thought comes from one who every single day had to get up and go into a government system to fight for the things that you and I believe in."
"We're under the false impression that who we elect and the laws we pass are what we really need to put our time and energy and effort into," James said, "And I want to tell you, that's just the first step. That's just to get you in the door. Because what they cannot get into law, they get in regulations."
The real effort is in challenging the bureaucracy, and keeping public officials accountable. "My new mantra when I left public service was that the Christians' job is no more than to stop the rot," James said, giving the audience three specific ways they can influence their world: