Stomach for politics

Published 3:19 pm Tuesday, November 11, 2014

By: Allen Farley / Guest Columnist
When I think about going back to the Alabama Legislature for four more years, my mind is immediately flooded with memories of the highs and lows of our first term.
I was blessed to sponsor legislation that made synthetic marijuana (Spice) illegal. I sponsored legislation that created a DUI ignition interlock program. And, I was amazed when I received a unanimous vote to pass Carly’s Law at 2 a.m. in the Alabama House. However, God also allowed one of my first term memories to leave a mental scar.
There is no doubt that the enormous secrecy I discovered surrounding the Jefferson County Legislative Office Fund became a thorn in my flesh. It’s still there!
2 Corinthians 12:7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surprisingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
I can clearly remember a profound question my friend Pam Segars Morris asked me one afternoon a few weeks after the 2010 elections.  She looked me in the eye and asked: Do you think you’re going to have the stomach for politics?
As I think about beginning my second term, I can honestly say that I have a real problem with some of the people associated with Alabama politics. But, some of the best people I have ever met are also associated with Alabama politics. I am more committed than ever to uncover the corrupt and shine a light in the halls of the Alabama State House that will put Satan on the run.  I think good old Christian integrity is the best medicine for calming a queasy stomach in Montgomery.
Psalm 37:5-6 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: (6) He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
God Bless America!!!
Allen Farley represents parts of Jefferson and Shelby counties in the Alabama Legislature’s House District 15.  Allen’s email is