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Showing posts with label Governor Rick Perry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Governor Rick Perry. Show all posts

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Rick Perry: The Fraudulent Conservative Has Been Exposed

"What is that 3rd federal department I'm committed to closing?"
He was thrown up by the Republican establishment as an alternative to Mitt Romney.  We were all supposed to buy the tall Texas tale that Al Gore's former state chairman and before that, one of Jimmy Carter's county chairmen, was a genuine conservative.  The Perry team spent more time in New York raising money than in Iowa telling his story because they thought enough ads could make Iowans believe what never was.  When that failed, Bill Bennett and other self-appointed elders of the Republican Party began a frantic search for a substitute.  But Newt Gingrich proved an even harder sell.  It takes time; truth is the daughter of time, but the good sense of middle America has sorted out the pretenders from the genuine, principled conservative, Rick Santorum.  As in 1980 when the Republican establishment thought George H. W. Bush would be more electable than Ronald Reagan, the establishment will be taught once again that character and principle are actually good politics.

Happy trails, good riddance and thank you, Iowa.  The news stories from a single news cycle reflect what a very cynical and insulting candidacy is Rick Perry's.  It took no more than one debate to expose this fraudulent conservative.
In Iowa, Rick Perry Is Stuck in the Second Tier
New York Times (blog)
Rick Perry of Texas. With a strong finish in the caucuses, Mr. Perry could re-emerge as a top-tier candidate — perhaps the best-equipped to compete with Mitt Romney, the presumed frontrunner, on a state-by-state basis. With a poor finish, Mr. Perry ...

Perry denies campaign collapse
Politico (blog)
Rick Perry pushed back Sunday against a POLITICO story about dysfunction and infighting within his presidential campaign. The Republican presidential candidate dismissed a statement in the Saturday article by an unnamed senior adviser that “there has ...
TEXAS VIEW: Rick Perry's run for president costs Texas taxpayers
Odessa American
Rick Perry's extended campaign for president. Perry has been out of the state for about 80 days so far — drawing his full salary and earning Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst about $33000 extra. There ought to be a better way to handle this situation. ...
 Rick Perry Flip Flops on Abortion... Again
GOP candidate Rick Perry flip flops on abortion again. Just this week, he has offered two different stances. Initially, he stated that abortion was wrong no matter what, and now he is saying that abortion is cool as long as it saves mom. ...

Perry hopes organization can get him a ticket out of Iowa
By NBC's Carrie Dann and Domenico Montanaro Rick Perry hopes his money, organization, and a last-minute push can help him to a surprise showing in Iowa. A source in the campaign says it has signed up 1500 precinct leaders in preparation for Tuesday's ...
New York Daily News
Photo by AP Republican presidential candidates, from left, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Ron Paul all seem like bad choices to Jimmy Breslin. The notion was to walk around Iowa and report on the Republican candidates in ...


Monday, October 31, 2011

Rick Perry at His Skin-Crawling Creepiest

With what we have seen of the political leadership of Texas in recent decades, it may be time to take Rick Perry up on that secession threat.  After viewing the following we are left asking -- Has the pressure of the campaign resulted in a mental breakdown or was he addressing 7-year-olds?  The following clips are from a speech Perry delivered in New Hampshire last Friday night.  At the end he embraces a bottle of maple syrup after inspecting it vertically and horizontally.  You won't see anything creepier this Halloween.  Would you want to subject the country to this for the next four years?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Perry Tells Supporters He's "Not Ignorant"

We're really glad he cleared that up!  One could get the opposite impression after the last several debates.  And since by his own admission Rick Perry is "not ignorant," he should read the handwriting on the wall and get out of the race. It is clear he is not going anywhere and he only divides conservative primary voters.  

As Ronald Reagan proved so well, clear, persuasive communication is essential to a successful presidency.  Ronald Reagan's great gift was to go over the heads of Congress and rally public opinion in support of his agenda.  Those skills served him well in debates with Carter and in negotiations with Tip O'Neill and Gorbachev.  Since Rick Perry is now threatening to run from future debates, what does that tell us about how he would perform in a debate with President Obama, at a meeting of the G-8, or in a summit meeting with Putin?

He should get out and let conservatives find someone who can do what slick Rick will never be able to do -- articulate the conservative philosophy from heartfelt conviction.
From ABC News The Note

Shortly after filing his paperwork to enter New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry greeted voters at the Barley House on North Main Street here and fielded questions on global warming and his support of Texas legislation that offers in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants.

Perry has expressed skepticism over global warming on previous trips to the Granite State, saying in August that the issue of global warming has been “politicized.”

Asked about his stance while mingling with supporters in the crowded basement today, Perry said his global warming skepticism is not a result of ignorance.

“I don’t put myself in the ignorant category. I put myself in the, you know, thoughtful skeptic,” Perry told the group.

After recording a radio interview with WKXL, Perry was approached by Bill Higgins, an elderly man from Massachusetts and member of the Northborough Tea Party. Higgins expressed the Tea Party group’s concern that the Texas governor was weak on immigration because of his support of in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants in Texas.

Perry said the federal government’s failure to secure the border forced the state of Texas to deal with illegal immigrants in a different way than other states, but he assured Higgins that, should he become president, he’d work to secure the border.

Higgins told reporters after hearing Perry’s answer that he will support the Texas governor in this election.

Asked during his radio interview how he would bridge the divide in culture, politics and religion between Texas and the Northeast, Perry pointed to his job creation record as an issue transcending differences between to the two regions.

Perry will tape an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper this afternoon.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Did Santorum Bring Down Perry?

By Jennifer Rubin

Whatever problems Texas Gov. Rick Perry faces are his own doing. He debated poorly, failed to advance a specific agenda and stubbornly stuck to extreme ideas in a book that contains ideas unacceptable even to GOP primary voters. But the instrument of his downfall may have been Rick Santorum.

It was Santorum who boxed him about the ears in successive debates on mandatory HPV vaccinations and in-state tuition breaks to illegal immigrants. Coming at Perry from the right, his criticisms were particularly effective.

I asked Gary Bauer, one of the most influential of the Christian conservative leaders, about Santorum. He told me, “He has been impressive in the debates. Eventually one person will emerge as the alternative to Romney. I think Santorum could easily become that alternative, and many social conservatives would agree.”

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rick Perry Calls South Carolina GOP Activists

We received an unsolicited robo conference call tonight from Rick Perry and his South Carolina campaign organization.  Like his vaccination mandate for little girls, it was an opt-out, not an opt-in phone call.  Hosted by former state party chairman Katon Dawson, the call was apparently directed to several hundred GOP activists in South Carolina.  It seems to have been motivated by the need to answer all the questions he was incapable of answering without a script during the debate in Orlando last week.

Perry attempted to explain why Texas provides a $22,000 annual tuition discount for the children of illegal aliens; why he opposes securing the border with a wall or fence; and why he attempted to mandate that every 11 year-old girl in Texas receive a costly and controversial vaccine made by campaign contributor Merck Corp.  At the end of  rambling, incoherent explanations, he still seems to us soft on illegal immigration, someone who would continue to be fast and loose with taxpayers' dollars, and one who fails to understand why Americans are appalled by an executive fiat mandating that citizens of our Republic do anything, much less have their 11-year-old daughters vaccinated for sexually transmitted diseases. 

There was no talk about ending America's undeclared, unconstitutional wars.  He wants an amendment to the Constitution requiring Congress to balance the federal budget, but we didn't hear anything about the budget he would propose.  He's for "pushin the personal rates down, pushin the corporate rates down," but other than eliminating the U. S. Department of Education, there was no indication as to how federal spending would be reduced and the budget balanced by a Perry administration

When all was said and done, we were left wondering:
  • how, after 8 years of the Reagan presidency, could this self-proclaimed "conservative" chair Al Gore's campaign in Texas? 
  • how and why would the Governor of one of America's most conservative states accept an invitation to attend a Bilderberg meeting?
  • how and why would a Texas governor disregard property rights and support the NAFTA superhighway project that was opposed by the Texas GOP Platform?  If, as he claims, he can't be bought for $5000, what was his price for supporting a project opposed by most Democrats and Republicans in Texas?
  • why does one sponsor a major prayer jamboree days before announcing one's candidacy and yet fail to contribute anything to one's own church for several years, and give less than 1% of one's income in other years, according to 10 years of tax returns?
  • how does a purported "conservative" nearly double the cost of state government and more than double its debt?
  • do all those illegal aliens that manage to slip into Texas each and every day have anything to do with the fact that Texas has doubled in only 4 years the number of residents earning the minimum wage?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Alex Jones on the 'True Face of Evil'

We will endorse one of the GOP presidential candidates in the next week, but under no circumstances would we ever cast a vote for Rick Perry.  If America is bound and determined to have evil leadership, we would rather have that evil continue to flow from the opposition party than from a President of our own party.  Wake up America and look at the record, not just the rhetoric.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rick Perry Rewrites His Own History Again, Claims He Never Considered Secession

By Ian Millhiser

Slick Rick Perry
Before he announced his presidential bid, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was commendably honest about his radical view of the Constitution. Perry repeatedly and proudly called Social Security and Medicare unconstitutional — even doing so on video at least once. Now that Perry wants to be president, however, he has unleashed a blizzard of falsehoods, claiming untruthfully that he never said Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional.

Last night, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Perry showed similar disregard for the truth in claiming that he never suggested Texas might secede from the union:

HANNITY: Some people said, well, you used the term once “secession.” That’s not anything—is that something you believe?

PERRY: No, and I never used that term, at all.

HANNITY: Then why was it reported so heavily?

PERRY: I have no idea to be real honest with you, because it was never a really factual piece of reporting. It was shouted out by an individual at an event—at a Tea Party, actually—and I said “listen, America is a great country. We have no reason why we would ever dissolve this union.”

Watch it:

Perry is technically correct that he never uttered the word “secession,” but he did say that “when we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation. And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we’re kind of thinking about that again.” Just in case Perry doesn’t remember saying that he is “thinking about” seceding, he can listen to himself saying it here:

For the record, Perry isn’t just wrong about his own previously stated views on secession, he was also wrong the first time when he claimed Texas has the right to secede from the union. Just in case the Civil War didn’t resolve this question enough to suit Perry’s unusually fluid understanding of the Constitution, the Supreme Court resolved the question just a few years later in 1869. As the Court held in Texas v. White, “[t]he union between Texas and the other States was as complete, as perpetual, and as indissoluble as the union between the original States. There was no place for reconsideration, or revocation, except through revolution, or through consent of the States."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ron Paul Ad Tells the Truth About Rick Perry

Ron Paul is taking on Rick Perry in a new television ad blasting the Texas governor for his support of Al Gore’s 1988 presidential campaign.

The six-figure ad buy, and one of the first negative ads to attack Perry,  contrasts Paul’s endorsement of Ronald Reagan in 1980 with Perry’s role as the Texas chairman for Gore’s first presidential campaign.

We're not endorsing any candidate yet, but this blog will most definitely not be supporting Rick Perry or Mitt Romney. American can and must do far better; Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann are much better -- and genuine conservatives.

Please tell us what you think.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rick Perry Signed Hate Crimes Bill in Texas

"Thus, if Perry were to become the Republican nominee for president, both major presidential candidates would be on record as having signed into law what is arguably the most dangerous element of homosexual activists’ political agenda, which we routinely characterize — when criticizing Obama and other Democrats who advocate it — as threatening to result in the criminalization of Christianity"

By Kelly Holt

Not long after Rick Perry became Governor of Texas, according to an Associated Press release on May 12, 2001 he signed the James Byrd Hate Crimes Act (HB 587) named for a black man in Jasper, Texas, who was dragged to death behind a pickup in 1998.

In a bill-signing ceremony on May 11, 2001 Perry said:
As the Governor of our diverse state, in all matters it is my desire to seek common ground for the common good. In the end, we are all Texans and we must be united as we walk together into the future. That’s why today I have signed House Bill 587 into law. Texas has always been a tough-on-crime state. With my signature today, Texas now has stronger criminal penalties against crime motivated by hate.
President Obama signed a similar law, and the Texas statute signed by Perry does effectively establish a special “protected class” status including enhanced sentencing for crimes allegedly motivated by bias against it.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rick Perry Run Carefully Orchestrated by Global Elites?

By Paul Walter

The pool of presidential candidates for the Republican nomination has been considered less than exciting for many party faithful. Mitt Romney, a rerun from 2008, appears to be popular with the more moneyed crowd than average Americans who rejected his bid the first time around. Rep. Michelle Bachmann jumped out in front with her fiery rhetoric and appealing smile. Rep. Ron Paul, also jumped to the top three while candidates like former Speaker of the House, Newton Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain continue to struggle in single digit numbers in the polls.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Texas RLC Sends Out Warning on Rick Perry

Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas Sends Warning to Republicans Nationwide About Perry’s Tax and Spend Record

Texas Governor Rick Perry may be the flavor of the day for a lot of Republicans, but Texas Republicans who are familiar with his record are a lot less enthusiastic about his presidential run. “Perry has a unique talent for finding new ways to raise taxes and loves to use taxpayer money to subsidize his business cronies,” says Secretary Dave Nalle of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas. “His supposed belief in limited government and states rights conveniently disappears whenever it conflicts with the demands of the special interests and corporate cronies who he serves.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Karl Rove Backs Away from His Creation, Rick Perry

In Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein, scientist  Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster more powerful and dangerous than himself, and the creator becomes horrified by his creation.

Here's a modern Dr. Frankenstein explaining that he, more than anyone, is responsible for the political career of Rick Perry. Indeed, he went to Perry and persuaded the former Texas State Chairman for Al Gore to become a Republican. But it appears the modern Dr. Frankenstein, that is Karl Rove, is just a tad apologetic for the monster he created.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Perry Can't Defend Abstinence Education

Perhaps the reason abstinence education may not be working in Texas is because the state doesn't have a political leader who can articulate why it is important and respond to questions like the following.  Abstinence education is working in much of America.  As the following makes painfully obvious, America doesn't need a national leader who will make George W. Bush look like the smart President from Texas!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bank of America to Rick Perry: "We'll Help You Out"

Here's Bank of America lobbyist James Mahoney promising Rick Perry that America's largest bank will help him out.  Mr. Mahoney is a former secretary of the Boston Fed, was a district director for former Democratic Congressman Joseph Kennedy, volunteered for Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown’s 1980 presidential campaign, and assisted the Brown administration in California.  You might ask why a lobbyist for Bank of America, with that kind of political history, would want to help Rick Perry out.  And isn't Bank of America the beneficiary of a massive transfer from the American taxpayers known as "bailout" and "stimulus?"

This explains why establishment Republicans here in South Carolina and across the nation, like rats to a feedbag, are scurrying to the Perry candidacy.  It surely isn't because Perry offers any hope to the former occupants of 20% of the homes in Florida that stand empty, or the unemployed 10% of South Carolina's population, or those facing a staggering tax load and rising consumer price index in the Northeast.  No, he won't be looking out for middle America, Tea Party Patriots, and small businesses suffering under Obamunism.  As in Texas, he will be looking out for the special interests that look out for him.  And it makes little difference to Bank of America whether they are protected by a Barack Obama or Al Gore's former Texas State Chairman, Rick Perry.  As long as establishment politicians are looking out for the establishment, Bank of America will do just fine.  But what of the American taxpayers?  

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rick Perry Exposed: Baptist Minister Condemns Perry Vaccination Program for 6th Grade Girls

Pastor Steven L. Anderson, Pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix, exposes Governor Rick Perry's outrageous plan to enrich campaign contributor Merck Corp at the expense of parental rights and the health of Texas children.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rick Perry Just Wrote Off the Catholic Vote

By Paul Mulshine

Rick Perry made it plain he doesn't care if he gets any votes from what is by far the biggest religious group in America when he invited the anti-Catholic John Hagee to address that prayer rally of his.

Here's what the Catholic League had to say of Hagee back in 2008 when he was backing John McCain for president:
When he meets with Catholics, he is going to be asked about his ties to Hagee. He should also be asked whether he approves of comments like this: ‘A Godless theology of hate that no one dared try to stop for a thousand years produced a harvest of hate.’

“That quote is proudly cited by David Brog in his recent book, Standing with Israel. Both Brog and Hagee clearly identify the Roman Catholic Church as spawning a ‘theology of hate.’
Hagee has since backed away a bit from those remarks, but anyone paying close attention to this sort of thing has to realize that's just politics. His writings indicate a deep hatred for the Catholic Church. If you doubt that, look at this book excerpt:
When General Titus came marching from Rome in 70 A.D, the Jews were crucified on Roman crosses while their wives and children were forced to watch. This bloody demonstration of mass crucifixion was brutal proof that no one could resist mighty Rome and live!

What happened to the family of our Lord when Hadrian came from Rome in 135 A.D. to crush the Second Revolt? How dare these stubborn monotheistic Jews, loyal to the God of Abraham, refuse to bow their knees to a pagan culture that served hundreds of gods? The sons of Israel fought valiantly until one half million perished at the point of Rome's sword!

Constantine, a Roman emperor who ruled in 306-337 A.D., "Christianized" the Roman Empire. In one day, with one swing of the pen, he made Rome's version of Christianity the official state religion.

That religion was and is full of idolatry!

The monotheistic Jews refused to worship statues of men, birds and animals. The words of God as given through Moses still rang in their ears,

"Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one" [Deuteronomy 6:4].

"Thou shalt have no other Gods before me" [Exodus 20 3].

The theology of the devout Jews was more than pagan Rome could understand and certainly more than it would tolerate. The Roman conclusion was;

"The Jews are just stubborn, rebellious people!"

Constantine and his clergymen at the Council of Nicea quickly began enacting a series of restrictive edicts against the Jewish people.
There's a lot more where that came from, but basically what Hagee is trying to do here is the same thing many Muslim fanatics try to do: Paint their own religion as the sole monotheistic faith while describing other religions as pantheistic in nature.

In that regard, what really drives Hagee and other Protestant fundamentalists people crazy is the "Roman" part of the Roman Catholic Church. They believe that when the church found a base in Rome it got corrupted by Roman civilization, i.e. by the most successful and inventive civilization in human history. All of that knowledge and learning that was passed down from Plato to Aristotle to the great Catholic thinkers like Aquinas and Augustine was really the work of Satan - something Hagee has said in almost as many words.

Anyway, he's certainly free to believe that sort of thing. But why Perry would want to be anywhere near him is a mystery - unless it means Perry's not in the running for president.

Let's hope that's the case. Our tolls are already high enough.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SC Focus on the Family Affiliate Says Perry’s Views on NY Gay Marriage are ‘Slippery’

Brokeback Governor Rick Perry "OK" with gay "marriage."
By Sofia Resnick

Oran Smith
The leader of South Carolina’s Focus on the Family affiliate, the Palmetto Family Council, was among several conservative leaders recently asked to weigh in on the same-sex-marriage views of speculated presidential contender Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Like many of the other leaders, Palmetto Family President Oran Smith was less than impressed with the Republican governor’s view on gay marriage:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would Be A Really, Really Bad President

Supporters of Texas Governor Rick Perry are not going to like this article at all. Right now, Republicans all over the United States are touting Rick Perry as the "Republican messiah" that is going to come charging in to save America from the presidency of Barack Obama. Many believe that if Rick Perry enters the race, he will instantly become the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Perry certainly looks the part and he knows how to give a good speech, but when ordinary Americans all over the country take a hard look at his record, they may not like what they see.