Skip to comments.How to Attack Your Opponent for Things He Didnít Do (Perry has the Left's attention)
Posted on 11/21/2011 1:35:34 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
As a journalist whos covered American politics for the last 24 years, and who covered the Soviet Union as a foreign correspondent before that, Ive learn to appreciate the dark art of political propaganda.....One of my all-time favorites is the straw man scam....
A recent example of the straw man scam came courtesy of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. At a Family Leader conference in Iowa on Saturday, Mr. Perry said that there is a time and a place for us to intervene and intervene militarily.
Phew. Glad we got that cleared up.
Mr. Perry went on: But when we intervene militarily, we best make the decision on how we are going to win and how we are going to win convincingly and quickly, send those young men and women with the equipment to win.
....But Mr. Perry was not satisfied with two straw men, so we he went for a third. He said he did not want to let some Congressman sitting in an air-conditioned office in Washington, D.C. deciding what the rules of engagement are. And for us to micromanage them, in a civilian way, without their commanders truly in charge, is absolute irresponsible and as commander-in-chief of this country I will not let it happen.
Thats a lot of stuff to digest, even leaving out that the president is not commander-in-chief of the country, but of the military. Surely he was not suggesting we do away with civilian control of the military. So what problem does he want to fix? When exactly does Mr. Perry think a politician micromanaged troops in the field? Is he trying to say thats what President Obama does, or what one of his opponents would do?....
(Excerpt) Read more at loyalopposition.blogs.nytimes.com ...
Hannitys 3rd Freedom Concert - Perry on America heroes! 7 minute video
Nov. 11, 2011 VIDEO: Rick Perry interview Nov 11, 2011 in Columbia 25 minute video starting around 4:00 12:00 Perry speaks at length about Iran, allies and national defense.
Did Perry Blow It on Social Security? (Marco Rubio and Ron Johnson certainly didn't)There is a brand of Republican who looks at President Obamas vulnerability on the economy and says, Go for it! They argue that the overriding issue of the campaign should be jobs and that everything else should be a distant second.
There is another kind of Republican who sees the election of 2012 as a tipping point for the nation a do-or-die moment when we will either pull back from the precipice of debt and national decline or fall off the edge. This second brand of Republican is hoping that a candidate will emerge who can lay before the American people the nature of the challenge we face in a direct and forthright way. If a campaign is run and won on the need to reform our obese government, the new president will have a mandate to take the necessary steps once in office.
After Wednesdays Republican debate, it seems that Mitt Romney represents the first group, and Rick Perry stands for the second.
Rick Perrys Air War (with the EPA)...........>>>Texas alone opted for the unfriendly approach. Its the only state that did not issue a plan for complianceand Perry has made it clear that Texas has no intention of complying. The move was a blatant slap to the Obama administrationand once again gave Perry the national spotlight. Defying the climate rules offered him the perfect opportunity to loudly decry the science of global warmingwhich in his book Fed Up! he calls a contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weightand to slam EPA as a rogue agency with an activist mind-set that has targeted Texas. Such rhetoric is viral catnip to the tea party voters who could help catapult Perry to the 2012 presidential nomination.<<<..............
Metro - Carolyn and Ron Agnew, center, of Pflugerville, wait for Governor Rick Perry's arrival during the Rick Perry Welcome Home Rally at Abel's on the Lake in Austin on Saturday, August 20, 2011. LISA KRANTZemail@example.com
In Texas Schools, Perry Shuns Federal Influence >>>When Secretary of Education Arne Duncan jabbed Mr. Perry on public schools in mid-August, it was only the latest skirmish between the governor and the Obama administration since late 2009, when Mr. Perry announced that the state would not sign on to common core-curriculum standards.<<<...
Trial lawyers prep for war on Perry Americas trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred and fear as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs bar who has presided over several rounds of tort reform as governor.
And if Perry ends up as the Republican nominee for president, deep-pocketed trial lawyers intend to play a central role in the campaign to defeat him.
Thats a potential financial boon to a president who has unsettled trial lawyers with his own rhetorical gestures in the direction of tort reform. A general election pitting Barack Obama and Perry could turn otherwise apathetic trial lawyers into a phalanx of pro-Obama bundlers and super PAC donors.
Nov. 13, 2011: Pelosi fires back at 60 Minutes report on soft corruption
Pelosi and her husband participated in an initial public offering of Visa in 2008, according to CBS. They bought 5,000 shares at the initial price of $44; two days later, shares were trading at $64, CBS said........... Source
November 16, 2011
Dear Leader Pelosi,
After reading about House Minority Whip Steny Hoyers outburst over my Overhauling Washington plan, I wonder if his obstructionism reflects your own opposition and that of the Democratic Caucus to urgent reforms the American people so vehemently demand.
After increasing the debt by $4 trillion in less than three years, no one can believe that Americans are satisfied with business as usual, and that a permanent political class in Washington can get us out of the mess you and your colleagues have created.
A part-time Congress with half the pay would still make $38,000 a year more than the average American family. Do you truly oppose lawmakers spending more time in their districts? Is it so important for the Washington power brokers to build their fiefdoms of influence, including providing bailouts to Wall Street while businesses on Main Street are being boarded up every day?
Here is the fundamental question: do you believe Washington is broken? Before answering that question, consider these facts:
1) the Washington Metro area is now the most affluent metropolitan area in the country because lobbyists, contractors, elected officials and bureaucrats have been insulated from the economic ruin prevalent in the private sector;
2) Congressional office budgets have doubled since 2000 while employers all across America are laying off workers;
3) Our nations total debt is nearing the size of our nations economy, increasing our dependence on competitors like China;
4) The number of Americans out of work has increased by more than two million since January 2009, despite the massive stimulus package Democratic leaders promised would revive the economy, and;
5) on top of the job-killing spending policies of the previous Congress, employers are faced with a staggering $1.1 trillion in costs related to federal regulatory compliance.
Do you truly believe the answer to massive debt, over-regulation and bloated big-government policies is to continue to protect the status quo, which enriches and empowers Washington insiders at the expense of the American People?
My plan would overhaul Washington, eliminating certain agencies and reducing the size and scope of others. It will force Congress to make the tough decisions to balance the budget or require a further reduction in their pay. It would end lifetime appointments to future appointees to the federal bench. I dont want to tinker around the edges when the American People demand a complete overhaul of Washington.
Let me conclude with an invitation: I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo. I think it would be a tremendous service to the American public to see a public airing of these differences. Let the people decide. If Monday doesnt work, perhaps we could find a time in Iowa over the course of the next month to discuss these issues in front of the people of Americas heartland.
Should you choose not to respond or engage in such a healthy discussion, I will take it to mean you will continue your obstructionist ways in the face of much needed Washington reform.
Governor of Texas
I'll answer the question: Back in the 1960s under LBJ and McNamara.
“As a journalist whos covered American politics for the last 24 years, and who covered the Soviet Union as a foreign correspondent before that,...”
Ah, now that he’s identified himself as an ill-educated, lying, piece of Obamastuff who’s “education” is a bunch of mamby pamby journalism classes, why read the rest?
Admitting that your entire claim to fame is being a NYT journalist puts you right there at the bottom O’the cesspool.
Rick Perry, Corps of Cadets 1969 TX A&M
Rick Perry served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Texas A&M
Perry could count on one hand the number of trips he had taken out of his home state by the time he graduated from Texas A&M University, but everything changed when he joined the Air Force.
Flying C-130s, Perry lived in Germany and Saudi Arabia. He flew in Central and South America, North Africa and all over Europe.
"I saw all of these different types of governments and I made the connections to how the people acted and looked, and it became abundantly clear to me that, at that particular point in time, that America was this very unique place and that our form of democracy was very rare," Perry said. " ... That was the greatest gift I received from my years of being in the military, and they really shaped my outlook on the rest of my life."
.....Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force, completed pilot training and flew C-130 tactical airlift in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe until 1977. He left the Air Force with the rank of captain, returned to Texas and went into business farming cotton with his father.
Perry Awarding Iraqi Service Medals
Gov. Rick Perry participates in ceremonies at Camp Mabry to redesignate the 49th Armored Division as the 36th Infantry Division. The former 49th Armored Division, which consists of approximately 12,000 soldiers, makes up almost two-thirds of the Texas National Guard. The division's redesignation as the 36th Infantry Division is part of the Texas Army National Guard's transition from a heavy armored force to a more versatile infantry force.
Texas Gov. Perry receives a warm greeting from Ghazni Provincial Governor Dr. Usman Usmani at the flight line minutes after landing at Forward Operating Base Ghazni by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Perry led a delegation of four other governors
Lt. Col. Thomas J. Kleis (R) briefs Texas Gov. Rick Perry (C) as Command Sgt. Maj. Peter P.A. Collins (L) listens on the intelligence gathering successes the 636th Military Intelligence Battalion has achieved during their last six months of duty
Texas Gov. Rick Perry stands with Texas service members from the 636th Military Intelligence Battalion, 71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and the 136th Military Police Battalion on July 20th under the Texas flag he presented to the 636th.
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This is just how Rick Perry is. After Hurricane Ike devastated my community, he came here to survey the damage. He did not just walk through here surrounded by security and news cameras and then make a speech. That's not Perry. He showed up in jeans and a work shirt, no cameras, no press conference, and he walked among all of us who had been hit. A hug, a pat on the shoulder, a listening ear, and an encouraging word. He saw to it that emergency shelters were being set up and food and water were available to everyone. When Obama/FEMA refused to help us, Governor Perry set up state funding to help us rebuild our homes and our lives. My home is at 'ground zero' where Ike came ashore. We all took tremendous damage. FEMA sent me a check two months later for $600 dollars. Governor Perry set up the Recovery Fund to help us all rebuild. That is what a true leader and a true Christian does. That's my Governor! I can't wait to see America under the caring wing of Rick Perry.
I’M A PERRY BACKER!!!!!
If there's one thing you can be sure of, with an opening like that, the writer will definitely NOT be attacking an actual communist, and definitely NOT a Democrat--MUST be a Republican.
It really is funny how these journalists simply flaunt their biases.
They think they're highlighting their credentials.
He sure does the left’s attention. He went on every lefty show that he could including David Letterman. Perry LOVE the leftist media. Why he seems to think the Left is on his side is beyond me. The way he runs a campaign is odd at best. I imagine his next trip to lefty land will be Rosie O’Donnell. Perry went to the land of David Letterman many FREEPERS can’t stand him. Good thinking there Perry.
What ya drinking there sport?
Nothing. You personally wrote that the Left has Perry’s attention and I simply said of course they do because he went on every Lefty news program he could including David Letterman. I thought I was being very nice. I was just agreeing with you which I guess I don’t do enough. I took you “aback” a little bit, huh?” :)
No. You were true to form.
You’re really stretching. Perry’s doing the tv talkshow circuit, just like Cain and Bachmann have been doing. Cain has been on Leno, The View, etc. Does this make him a leftist? No. Its called reaching out to people otherwise not interested in politics. Good grief!
Yep, Perry just stay RIGHT HERE on FR trying to persuade his haters to love him, not go out to the voters.
Perry just should throw himself in front of a Mack truck already! /perryhater
Youre really stretching. Perrys doing the tv talkshow circuit, just like Cain and Bachmann have been doing. Cain has been on Leno, The View, etc. Does this make him a leftist? No. Its called reaching out to people otherwise not interested in politics. Good grief!
Perry fan Cincinatus’ Wife was the one bragging in the title of the article that he was being recognized by the liberal media. How is that stretching? Cain and Bachmann’s supporters do not write junk like that in their title. Sorry those are facts. Maybe you can learn something when things backfire on your a$$es.
But Cain was BRILLIANT because he went on David Letterman!!!!
If you don’t like getting responses about Perry going on Liberal shows then tell your Perry lovers to stop writing them in the article title. Nobody put nonsense on a Cain article title like you Perry supporters do. I know you can read. Perhaps you should try it sometime.
If you don’t like Cain being BRILLIANT because he went on Letterman, well, I know you LOVE Cain going on Letterman because whatever Cain does is BRILLIANT.
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