The Bull’s-eye On Rick Perry’s Back

Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by admin on 09-09-2011

Anyone who couldn’t tell that Rick Perry was the bull’s-eye on Wednesday night’s debates simply wasn’t watching the debates. When it came to The only thing missing from the questioning of both Brian Williams and John Harris of the Politico, was “I have a missile lock”. For anyone who is following the politics surrounding the run for the presidency in 2012, this should not be at all surprising. And it wasn’t only Brian Williams and John Harris that were doing everything they possibly could to take him down.

All of the good old boys in the Republican Party, including Carl Rove, and Dick Cheney – along with virtually every single Democrat – is doing precisely the same thing. And it is for that exact reason I am becoming increasingly interested in Gov. Rick Perry. It seems like the insiders on both sides, really hate this guy! They’re not used to seeing any politician say exactly what he means, and mean exactly what he says. For the ” old guard ” on both sides, that is absolute anathema.  And if all the “establishment” politicians who got us into this mess hate him – that’s plenty reason enough for me to like him!

Why is it that the Republicans are continually on the defensive? They’re continually running around in a panic trying desperately to prove that they’re not like the Democrats. And they’re willing to do whatever it takes to show the independents and the rest of the American voting public, that they’re not racists and bigots. Bill Shakespeare nailed it in his play Hamlet; “The lady doth protest too much methinks.”  They continue to insist so passionately that they are not these things, that people always end up suspecting the opposite of what they’re saying.  Why the Republicans persist in desperately seeking the approval of the very people who hate their guts, is beyond me.  Stop “sucking up”, and STAND up!  And from where I was sitting, Perry did just that.

All things considered, I was pretty pleased with how Perry handled the balance of the debate. I do have to say, that he stumbled when it came to the issue of climate change. But he should’ve been emboldened by John Huntsman’s outrageous remarks, who is out there saying that 98% of all scientists agree that man-made global warming is real. That statement should be in Webster’s dictionary, for the definition of “absurdity”.  Who in the world can get 98% of all scientists to agree about anything?!  Preposterous.

I respect Perry for standing his ground and defending his position on Social Security, when he called it a Ponzi scheme. Frankly, I’ve been calling it that for years. Because if you look at the structure of a Ponzi scheme, it’s basically an operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from any actual profit earned by the organization, but from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors. And applying that definition, that’s exactly what the Social Security system is. Checks that are being sent out by Social Security today are not being funded by money those recipients paid in back in the day, but rather by the infusion of cash of far younger Americans, paying into it today! And those far younger Americans – the way Social Security is structured today – have absolutely no hope of ever collecting the money they’re paying in.  So Perry is absolutely 100% correct.

When Perry wouldn’t cave on calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme, Williams and Harris shifted gears and tried to attack him with bogus issues on jobs, and minimum wage in Texas. In a blatantly biased way, they both began accusing Perry’s Texas as being last in education and healthcare. Take another look at your facts boys, the state you’re describing is Arkansas – remember, thats the Clinton’s home state.  Texas is getting hammered by the massive influx of illegal immigrants. So when it comes to issues like wages, unemployment, and education, that one small fact needs to be considered.

If you want to make a legitimate argument against Perry, let’s not forget all those years where he did not oppose illegal immigration as the governor of Texas. Let’s also remember that he supported in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants. So when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration, and its impact on the economy and education of Texas, I think Perry’s detractors could make a legitimate point.

We need to keep our eyes on the prize, and not let ourselves get sidetracked by these types of issues. Because, this is not what this upcoming election is all about. Illegal immigration is definitely a problem, and a significant factor in the nation’s economic problems. But immigration is not the reason that the Tea Party exists. The Tea Party exists as a physical manifestation of the overwhelming frustration with the destructive policies of the Obama presidency. So, let’s not let this sleight-of-hand distract us from the critical core issues that are bringing this country to its knees.

Neither should we be distracted by moderators Williams and Harris’ ploy, of attempting to paint Kerry as having an unrepentant bloodlust – citing the number of executions in Texas. They basically asked Perry if he had any problems sleeping at night, in light of the 249 executions in the state of Texas. I think they were stunned, when Perry basically said  “No!”   To paraphrase; Perry said if you want to murder a child, or you want to kill a police officer, or you want to take the life of any law abiding citizen in Texas, you will pay the price with the appropriate punishment. His remarks were met with resounding applause and cheers from the audience.

Is Perry the perfect man for the job?  Frankly, I don’t think that person exists. But one thing I can say for sure, is that this magnificent country, as we know it, cannot – will not survive four more years of this regime, its policies, and its toxic regulations. I applaud Perry for standing up, and not retracting, equivocating, or backing down on any of the statements he has made. Right or wrong, agree or disagree, this guy definately isn’t afraid to show he has a spine.

Whether he’s right, or whether he’s wrong, Rick Perry is absolutely unrepentant for his statements or his actions, because he doesn’t think he needs to be. He sticks by his guns, and I think it is that kind of boldness that might very well appeal to the voters of this country.  And in a country that has been taught to become accustomed to mealy-mouthed political correctness, vagary, and equivocation, anyone who is this certain about who he is and what he stands for, makes many people nervous.

November will tell just HOW many.


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