Skip to comments.When it comes to liberty, is TX Gov. Rick Perry all talk?
Posted on 06/06/2011 6:55:44 AM PDT by jbwilson
In recent years, Texas Governor Rick Perry has made quite a name for himself as a champion of state sovereignty, as an outspoken supporter of the right to keep and bear arms, and as a proponent of reigning in unlawful searches by TSA agents. But with the media now abuzz about the possibility of a Perry presidential run, Im forced to wonder if these reputations are well-earned or if Governor Perry simply knows how to say the right things at the right time to stir up his political base.
How many times during his decade-long reign as governor of Texas has Rick Perry put his money where his mouth is, so to speak? Despite all of his strong rhetoric, Governor Perry seems surprisingly reluctant to throw his political weight behind any freedom-ensuring legislation that is even the slightest bit controversial (hes much less reticent when it comes to requiring 12-year-old girls to get vaccinated for STDs).
During the 2011 regular session of the Texas Legislature, Governor Perry stood idly by as the federal government strong-armed Texas lawmakers into killing legislation by Representative David Simpson that would have prohibited federal agents at airports from performing invasive searches without probable cause. And he lifted nary a finger to facilitated passage of legislation, also by Representative Simpson, that would have guaranteed the Second Amendment rights of those Texans working and studying on college campuses.
When it became clear that a few spend-happy Democrats were going to force the Texas Legislature into a special session, many Texans assumed that Governor Perry would add these two important bills, both of which have broad support among legislators, to the agenda. But so far, the governor has remained silent on both issues. And now many pundits are suggesting that Perry wont add these bills to the special session because doing so might not bode well for his potential presidential campaign.
Governor Perry loves to play up his image as a cowboy or true Texan, bragging about shooting a coyote on an Austin jogging trail (a dubious story hes failed to corroborate with either a police report or a dead coyote) and peppering his talk with folksy Texas sayings. But at the end of the day, he may very well be just another opportunist politician looking for his ticket to D.C. At the end of the day, there may be one folksy Texas saying that does sum up Rick Perry: Hes all hat and no cattle.
yes, he’s all talk. I like him here in Texas where at least he pretends to be conservative.
EVERYONE needs to remember that Texas is an EXTREMLY WEAK Governer state and ALL TX Gov(or Ex-TX Govs) should be AVOIDED at ALL costs.
Is this the beginning of the pre-emptive attacks on Perry because of the rumors he may run for Pres.?
born March 4, 1950 in Paint Creek, TX (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)
Joseph Ray Perry born 1925 in TX
Amelia June Holt born 1928/9 in TX
Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)
Rick Perry is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN
Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama ISN'T!
Texas posters are going to have to educate the uninformed like myself because from what I see on the surface, Perry looks acceptable and, in comparison to what we have now, pretty good. Get the bad facts out (that Perry has been able to hide) because if he jumped in now, I’d probably support him.
Been on FR all day Wilson...seems like you are the one that is all “hat and no cattle”....
I have to agree.
He does have good hair, though.
Didn’t want him for governer the last two times and don’t want him for president. Had to hold my nose to do it and will again if he’s the one representing the Republicans, but it won’t be a happy day for me. I say this from having observed him in office only. But my husband did go to college with him and said he was a total jerk then, too.
He also wouldn’t stand with Gov. Brewer (AZ) over the illegal immigration bill....saying “our focus must continue to be on the criminal elements involved with conducting criminal acts against Texans and their property.”
So, it is okay to come across illegally and stay here illegally as long as you don’t commit a criminal act against Texans and their property? The mere act of committing the illegal act of sneaking into this country should be enough of a criminal act against Texans and their property. He is a DORK!
Don’t forget Re. Burt Solomons’ Sanctuary Cities bill, which Dems killed as HB12 in the Senate, but which Solomons has re-posted as HB9 -— yet a week later, Perry has yet to add it to his “call list” so it can be begun. As the days roll on, the chances of that bill’s success dwindles - ONLy because of Perry’s inaction. The Dems CANNOT kill it anyone in the Senate under special session rules.
Perry isn’t perfect by any stretch, but he seems like a very astute politician that can stick it to the Rats, and won’t roll over, like most Milquetoast GOP candidates.
Perry is only in office because George Bush Resigned in 2000 to run for president and thereafter in EVERY re-election campaign Perry was the preferred douche bag vs the lesser turd sandwich.
Perry is no conservative. His attempt to force Texas young women to be injected with a drug via executive order tells you everything you need to know about him. If that is not enough his attempt at property theft via the Trans-Texas Corridor is more than enough. Need more? He has been a wimp do-nothing when it comes to the border and has allowed for sanctuary cities all across Texas where illegals murder, rape and steal from Texans. Still not enough? He signed in to law an illegal state income tax on businesses via “franchise tax”. On top of all of this Perry has broke the record on special sessions. He uses it to push through laws he wants because he sets the agenda in these sessions. This has been a huge waste of money.
The only good thing here is that Perry is lazy. He will not run for president unless like all his past elections he is the preferred douche again. If Palin comes in to the race Perry will not get in. He does not have the grit or mental tools to be a great candidate nor a great president.
“Rick Perry, he sucks but he sucks less than the other guy” will always be his campaign slogan.
The last thing we need is another lightweight that looks and sounds good a mile wide but has absolutely no depth.
I have posted before against Perry, but contrary to what some are saying his record is no worse than mixed. Bachmann is more consistently conservative, but Perry has a more conservative record than most of the field. He has also been an effective legislative strategist in a weak-governor form of state government.
When it comes to anything, TX Gov. Rick Perry is “all talk”. Or, as we say down here in Texas, “he’s all hat and no cattle.” The words “light-weight”, “empty suit” keep coming to my mind.
No it’s those of us that know him well giving insight to those that don’t.
Like all Perry has his good and bad points. I”m not sure how he'd fare in a hard nosed campaign with everyone looking at his record or lack thereof and having to face confrontations on a daily basis. That's something he hasn't had to do as gov.
On the other hand maybe we could share him with the other 56 states and get someone else to occupy the governor's chair in Austin.
Governor Perry was nowhere to be found when child protective services kidnapped the children of a “LDS sect” from a “compound” and refused to let their mothers interact with them, because of their beliefs. The children were held prisoners, then after a few weeks or longer, they were quietly allowed to return to their homes with no comment. If that is not dereliction of duty by the head of a state, I don’t know what is.
He supports NAFTA & Mexican trucks on Texas highways.
No candidate will be perfect so we'll have to take the bad with the good from whoever enters the race.
I have never fully agreed with any President or Presidential contender. That said, if we continue to look for perfection, we will end up with the one for another four years.
We need to look at the positive things the candidates have done instead of always the negative.
Not for or against Perry at the moment.
Perry is on my short list.
Palin, Cain, Perry
Palin has that charisma and fighting spirit; Cain has charisma and business experience; Perry has that real chance at solid electoral vote getting.
Weak; but he has the veto pen.
thanks, you said exactly what his Texan thinks about Perry.
Okay, some of us already know of the negatives, and now that Governor Perry and Lt. Governor Dewhurst are reaching the limit of their tenure, who are you supporting as their replacements?
You signed up today to post this?
I don’t know about any “protocol” or “sub-forum”... I do know, with 100% certainty, that you don’t give a flying F about FR and that you’re here to further some agenda.
I don’t know or care what it is.
My opinion is:
If a poster has been here less than a year and starts posting articles I’m suspicious.
If they post an article their first DAY, I’m not just suspicious, I’m certain.
I’m curious though, did you post this on your “regular” forum, wherever that is?
Not only didn’t we get Vermont-style carry; we didn’t even get open carry. A bill that would have brought Texas into line with 44 other states (that currently allow concealed carry) never got a vote. And Perry has yet to sign the “employee protection act,” or whatever they’re calling it, that would prevent an employer from firing somebody for leaving a gun in his or her car. It looks like maybe he’s decided that all of the pro-gun stuff won’t play quite as well on the national stage as it does here in Texas.
The way I hear it, he pushed for the sanctuary cities bill because it would give him conservative street cred without actually rocking the boat the way Gov. Brewer’s bill did. And after threatening Senate Democrats with the promise that he’d include the sanctuary cities bill in the special session, he’s yet to do so.
To which we can add, "Big Chief Dull Knife", aka slow-witted tool of Karl Rove, the Bush family, and NWO Untouchables who want to privatize (for their own gain) the principal commuter routes and Interstate highways of Texas.
To which we can add, that he's been accused of cheating on his wife with effeminate men he appointed to their offices (and all hushed up after a big, totally-not-secret powwow with lefty/queer Austin American Statesman editors and homosexual agitators).
To which we can add, that he oversaw the illegal firing without appeal or recourse of a Texas woman who blew the whistle in 1997 on secret lawbreaking by Child Protective Services (New York Times article summary available) who were placing orphans for adoption by homosexual and lesbian couples, in direct violation of the black-letter law of the State of Texas. Neither Perry, who as lieutenant governor had the larger direct authority and responsibility in the affair, nor then-Gov. George W. Bush, did any thing to assure that the law would be followed and this woman justiced in her complaint against her vindictive, lawbreaking homosexual supervisors and managers.
Don't worry, other people are doing it for him. Their way, of course.
2. Perry pushed a fake prop. rights bill that lacks real teeth. Sorta like when congress said they did “a lot” to fix things when they really don't.
3. Perry tried to vaccine Texas girls with that gardisil ,
It would have been required . Perrycare=Obamacare
4. Perry (regardless of State Govt. Governor power) does not lead. He very carefully test the waters to keep himself from looking bad on all things.
5. After studying Jeffersons’ History Method of judging politicians Perry is an opportunist, statist, and wants
to control you for his ego's sake.
6. He is RINO magnified. He is statist politician.
7. He thinks the position of (potus) is reserved for him,
becuase it's “reserved for him”.
Debra Medina was best choice for Tx Gov. until Beck did a hit job
on her. (She thought ‘truthers’ should be heard- as was their right). But she had a patriots gut and knew what is wrong with Texas and not afraid to fix it.
Why here? Why now? Where have you been previously.
I’m more interested in you that I am in what you think of Rick Perry.
Rick Perry...former Democrat...nuff said.
Sam, Im not sure if youre a big Perry supporter or if youre just naturally suspicious of newcomers, but Im not going to get sucked into defending my motivation for posting here. As Ive suggested in my other posts, I dont think Perry is the worst possible choice for governor or president, but his failure to follow through on some of his own rhetoric gives me pause for concern that perhaps hes just an opportunist in conservative clothing.
I’m not a Perry supporter, I am suspicious of people who post articles their first or second day, but I have to admit, you are joining in the conversation. Usually the newbies post-and-run.
“I have never fully agreed with any President or Presidential contender. That said, if we continue to look for perfection, we will end up with the one for another four years. We need to look at the positive things the candidates have done instead of always the negative. Not for or against Perry at the moment.”
I disagree. We need to know where they have stood in the past—good or bad—simply because it may reflect where they go in the future. Perry is a candidate who as Texas Governor hasn’t exhibited a reflexive principle beyond getting elected to ever higher office. I don’t foresee him being a bad candidate if he runs, but I don’t trust him to be a good President.
Worth repeating, as Gov. Goodhair has a lot more influence over the legislooters during special sessions.
Most folks don't realise how restrictive the laws are regarding handguns in Tx. They are much more restrictive than the common perception.
No it is a valid warning that Perry is a POS. Don’t be fooled by this phony. He is bought by the world elite.