Perry’s credentials: As conservative as they come
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Should Rick Perry conclude that voter discontent has left him an opening to enter the presidential race, the longtime Texas governor would be among the GOP field’s most conservative candidates.
Primary voters would get a skilled politician with TV anchorman looks, a Southern preacher’s oratory and a cowboy’s swagger, matched by a disarming candor and sense of humor. The former cotton farmer from the village of Paint Creek in West Texas has never lost an election in nearly three decades as a politician.
What they wouldn’t get is a candidate whose politics are positioned to unite a Republican electorate that stretches from moderate pro-business fiscal conservatives to evangelical social conservatives, with the tea party falling somewhere along the spectrum.
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Perry’s credentials: As conservative as they come
Rick Perry is NOT perfect, I think we all know that, but, who is?
I have had my issues with Rick Perry; they were made public on this blog during the 2008 Texas gubernatorial elections. Perry had plainly stated that he would not appear at ANY venue where his opponent, Bill White was appearing.
There were some personal feelings involved and I seriously disagreed with Perry on his reasoning, but he stood his ground and didn’t budge. THAT is something that I have to respect.
I have had other points of disagreement with Perry, this being one of the bigger disagreements;
Texas governor orders STD vaccine for all girls
AUSTIN, Texas — Bypassing the Legislature altogether, Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
By employing an executive order, Perry sidestepped opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents’ rights groups who fear such a requirement would condone premarital sex and interfere with the way Texans raise their children.
Beginning in September 2008, girls entering the sixth grade — meaning, generally, girls ages 11 and 12 — will have to receive Gardasil, Merck & Co.’s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.
Perry also directed state health authorities to make the vaccine available free to girls 9 to 18 who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines. In addition, he ordered that Medicaid offer Gardasil to women ages 19 to 21. MORE
That decision by Perry left a lot of folks shaking their heads and wondering what we had developing with our Governor. After all, you can’t legislate common sense.
There are a number of other issues that Perry was involved in; imminent domain, Texas toll roads and the Trans-Texas Corridor being the biggest.
I am not going to judge Perry on these issues, pro or con, but I am pretty sure there will be those that DO make comments on one side or the other.
From the original story;
“Texans, God love them, have that bigger-than-life persona about politics and that doesn’t necessarily play everywhere,” said Christopher Nicholas, a Republican political consultant who has worked extensively in the Northeast and Midwest. “I haven’t heard a lot of Republicans call Social Security a disease.”
Perry has. He branded Social Security and other New Deal programs “the second big step in the march of socialism,” according to a book published last year. The “first step” was a national income tax, which he has said stands alongside the direct election of U.S. senators as a major mistake among the amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
I can’t disagree with Perry on his view of Social Security or the national income tax.
Social Security, in its original intent, may have been a big step in the march towards Socialism, but Americans were left with NO choice. That said, Social Security can be a good thing, or, I should say, WAS a good thing for Senior citizens and the disabled, in it’s original intent. As time went by Social Security became an easily raided source of *ready cash* for any administration that needed a cash infusion in a hurry.
In the just-completed Texas legislative session, Perry’s “emergency items” included laws that require a photo ID in order to vote, a sonogram before a woman had an abortion and enforcement of federal immigration laws by local police.
He rejects the idea of global warming and the theory of evolution, arguing for natural climate variations and intelligent design of the universe.
I can’t dispute one thing in that paragraph, not in any way. Although, I have seen some that are rumored to be human that DO bear a striking resemblance to the ape family. Just sayin’…
Perry doesn’t shy away from his deep conservatism. He embraces it with the same vigor with which he dismisses those who found his shooting of a coyote while the governor was jogging or spending tens of thousands of campaign dollars on a luxury rental home unbecoming a state chief executive.
Having a CHL (concealed handgun license) and shooting that coyote is a +10 for me. The luxury rental home? Not so much.
Working with the fundamentalist American Family Association, Perry urged people to participate in a day of prayer and fasting on Aug. 6, following the example of the Bible’s book of Joel. Courting evangelical Christians always has been one of his core campaign strategies.
“When it comes to conservative social issues, it saddens me when sometimes my fellow Republicans duck and cover in the face of pressure from the left,” Perry told the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this year. “Our party cannot be all things to all people.”
If you’re going to preach it, then have the courage to LIVE it. As far as I know, Rick Perry does just that.
And this line; “Our party cannot be all things to all people”, I have said that one a number of occasions. The GOP has this *BIG TENT* mindset and does indeed try to be all things for all people. You can’t do that. That premise is NOT what the GOP was founded on and is NOT what the GOP needs to do. The GOP needs to embrace solid Conservatism and lose the political correctness that it embraces.
Will the GOP offend a certain segment of the nation in doing so? Sure they will, but those are the people that need to be offended, that need to be slapped once in a while just to wake them up and get their attention deficit disorder back on course.
Rick Perry was, once upon a time, a Democrat, but thank God he saw the light and left *The Dark Side* in his conversion to becoming a real Conservative.
As I said, Rick Perry may not be perfect, and it’s a certainty that he won’t make everyone happy, I tend to like those qualities. If he made everyone happy, or way trying to make everyone happy, he wouldn’t be worth consideration. We don’t need the *BIG TENT* policy that the GOP embraces and we don’t need the liberalism that had led to Socialism that the Dems embrace.
And we don’t need any more RINOs.
The days of Jimmy Carter gave us a great, not PERFECT, but a great President, Ronald Reagan.
I’m not saying that Rick Perry is the reincarnation of Reagan, but a lot of Americans didn’t see Reagan as being the President he became either!