JOPLIN, Mo. _ A lull in the line of customers allows Carolyn Pendergraft to preach a spell from behind the glass-top counter at Dudes Donuts.
God allows government to be set up to punish the bad people. OK? And if you (voters) let the bad people come in, theyll punish the good people.
She smiles, an extraordinarily cheery and, at 73, hard-toiling woman. For half a century in the same squat building on Joplins Main Street, she and husband Durard, or Dude, have served a clientele that doesnt mind sprinkles of salvation and civics with their doughnuts.
As the United States becomes more and more turned away from God, she continues, hell punish this nation. And we will fall and become the slaves of other countries. With our indebtedness today to China and other countries, we already are enslaved.
Youre in southwest Missouri, deeply religious and reliably Republican.
But if the proprietors and customers of Dudes speak to anything, its to a longing for a candidate who stirs true passion.
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