Short Dramas and Plays
Trust in Politics
James is walking through the headquarters of Senator Juan DeJesus. He is in the central office, which is lined with TVs. He hears the voice of a CNN reporter. He says that Senator DeJesus was taking money from a Cherokee lobbyist while he was fighting against casinos in Oklahoma. James goes into his little office and closes the door.
James: They're lying. I know it. [Taking out his computer] There's got to be on the Internet about that. [Finds the Oklahoma Gambling Commission's Report]. What? Checks from Cherokee lobbyists found in the office of Senator Juan DeJesus. We recommend this Senator be censored and place on another committee.
[James shuts down his computer and starts shuffling papers]
James has just spent two hours cleaning out his office after finding out the truth about Senator DeJesus. He just wants to go home, get a cup of coffee, open up his Bible, and pray. He stops to get a drink of water and the hall. Senator DeJesus is there and does not know James knows the truth.
Senator DeJesus: [Puts his arm around James's shoulder] I appreciate the hard work my boy. I know what you gave up to put me in office. When we get to the White House, you'll be rewarded for it.
James: [Jerks himself away from DeJesus] No reward can replace what you've taken from me.
Senator DeJesus: What do you mean my boy?
James: Have you or have you not been taking money from the Cherokees while campaigning against the casinos in Oklahoma?
Senator DeJesus: Want a piece of the action?
James: I want my faith in humanity back.
Senator DeJesus: I thought your faith was in Jesus.
James: You preyed upon that.
Senator DeJesus: It's not like I'm a first person to every do that. Can't we just forget about this?
James: if you were the man you claim to be, you give back the money.
Senator DeJesus: You gotta learn to look out for yourself a little more. Don't you realize that if I win, I could make you Attorney General? You could make the reforms we've been talking about.
James: Even if, you managed to get elected, the Senate would never approve me. And even if they did, I could never trust you.
Senator DeJesus: Trust God.
James: I don't think he'd want me working for a man with no integrity.
Senator DeJesus: Maybe you could give me some.
James: No, but I know someone who can. I'll pray for you Senator.
Senator DeJesus: I'd rather you'd organize a campaign rally at your church. I could even apologize.
James: [Walking away] No, Senator. And besides it won't work. If you'll excuse me, I've got to go home and pray.
Senator DeJesus: James, wait! I can put in a good word for you with Judge Abrams.
[James keeps on walking]
At home, James goes straight to his bedroom and gets on his knees.
James: Lord, how could I have been so wrong? Everything he seemed to stand for lined up with your word. I've waited four years for a candidate like this. I thought I was doing Your will. I don't know what to do now. But You do.
Voice of God: How come you've talked to me so little this year?
James: Lord, I was doing your work. I still prayed. And read my Bible.
Voice of God: You used to get up early in the morning when you were in law school spend time with me.
Voice of God: What's the difference?
James: [starts to sob] I trusted him. I trusted him.
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Very thought provoking - "I trusted him" rather than I trusted HIM.... good piece!