Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Rick Perry: Drawing the Lines Clearly
American Thinker ^ | June 25, 2011 | Peter Heck

Posted on 06/25/2011 2:28:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Rick Perry may just be the guy. The country's longest tenured governor, from its second-largest state, is generating a lot of buzz in conservative circles as he contemplates entering the wide open Republican presidential primary. There are plenty of reasons that Perry is an attractive option: he is a no-nonsense decision-maker with solid conservative credentials. A man who not only speaks about family values, but lives them, Perry's power to persuade voters to see things his way is proven -- battle-tested in a state known for independent-minded citizens.

But what serious political analysts on both sides of the aisle will acknowledge as perhaps Perry's strongest attribute heading into 2012 is the stark contrast that would be evident in a potential Perry-Obama showdown. While Republican front-runner Mitt Romney capitulates to the left on global warming, refuses to sign a pro-life pledge, and ridiculously defends the RomneyCare failure in Massachusetts, the media is working overtime to tout their choice, former Utah Governor and Obama administration official Jon Huntsman, as the Republicans' best hope. What nonsense.

While Huntsman or Romney might please the same Republican establishment that brought us the mesmerizing campaigns of John McCain and Bob Dole, the best thing for the Republican Party -- and the country -- is for there to be a sharp distinction between the two parties' nominees. If there were any question about whether Rick Perry would provide a clear alternative to Obama, look only to the left's reaction to Perry's recent speech at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Following his remarks (which, though well-prepared and delivered, were nothing outside mainstream conservative thought), MSNBC's liberal commentator Mika Brzezinski proclaimed that she "felt like an alien" watching the speech.......I found myself applauding Mika's refreshing candor about the perspective of the American left.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; amnesty; arlenspectoresque; bilderberg; billionaireshenchman; bopilgrim; bush3; cintra; conservatism; economy; formerdemocratperry; gardasilperry; illegals; infrastructure; kelo; naftahighway; nasco; nwo; openborders; perry4gardasil; perry4illegals; perry4noborders; plutocracy; privateinvestment; privatization; rickperry; rino; silkypony2; spp; tollroads; ttc; veryprettyhair; vichyrepublicans; virtualfence
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-85 next last
California's mess not Texas' fault [excerpt] .......Texas has many flaws, but at least the leaders there seem to understand the importance of private investment and the limits on government. It's sad, in a way, that California leaders need to make such a trek to remind themselves of those simple, timeless lessons, and that I even need to devote a column raising these obvious points...........

The answer to all these questions is simple: Do less. Govern less. Spend less. Let the market work. Then the jobs will flow, and the public coffers will be filled again.

This isn't about Texas, but about enterprise and freedom. Until California voters understand that, it's going to be a long time before we are prosperous again. [end excerpt]

1 posted on 06/25/2011 2:28:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

I am curious to see what The Free Republic response to Gov. Perry as a potential GOP candidate for the 2012 POTUS election will be.


2 posted on 06/25/2011 2:46:52 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

this writer must not live in Texas.

Perry is ready to surrender sovereignty for the Trans Texas Corridor, he makes only static noise about the border and he thinks schoolgirls are perfect guinea pigs for drug makers.


3 posted on 06/25/2011 2:56:00 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

For some reason, the writer fails to mention that Rick Perry signed legislation to grant Illegal Aliens In-State Tuition to Texas Colleges and Universities.

I bet Sarah mentions that fact.


4 posted on 06/25/2011 3:13:02 AM PDT by trumandogz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tainan
"If there were any question about whether Rick Perry would provide a clear alternative to Obama, look only to the left's reaction to Perry's recent speech at the Republican Leadership Conference. Following his remarks (which, though well-prepared and delivered, were nothing outside mainstream conservative thought), MSNBC's liberal commentator Mika Brzezinski proclaimed that she "felt like an alien" watching the speech "

If GOV PERRY elicits THAT kind of reaction I'M FER HIM......

GO YOU PRESIDENT PERRY.....JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED:

PERRY/PALIN......

THE DREAM TEAM:


5 posted on 06/25/2011 3:14:22 AM PDT by flat (s)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Tainan

Hello Tainan,
I think Perry would be much more formidable than say Mitt, Huntsman, Newt or the other RINOs.
While being a bit of a rube he at least is a conservative.

Sooo, HOw’s things going in Taiwan? You ok there?
They nervous about the Chi-coms invading what with this marxist turd just waiting to throw the country under the bus?
Also I miss Asia’s open markets like you show in your about page. Loads of fun walking them and wondering just what the heck this or that is??


6 posted on 06/25/2011 3:14:49 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: trumandogz

“For some reason, the writer fails to mention that Rick Perry signed legislation to grant Illegal Aliens In-State Tuition to Texas Colleges and Universities.”

THAT’S ALL YA GOT? AW YOU GOTTA DO BETTER THAN THAT, SONNY...

‘let not the perfect be the enemy of the ‘git ‘er done’ hahahaah


7 posted on 06/25/2011 3:17:02 AM PDT by flat (s)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife
[Article] There are plenty of reasons that Perry is an attractive option: he is a no-nonsense decision-maker with solid conservative credentials.

Wrong. His "Open-Borders" policies, catering to the big employers who pay for his political campaigns (construction, homebuilding, and poultry packagers like Bo Pilgrim and the Tysons), mirror the policies that California agricultural interests foisted on their state, causing the state's effective loss to the Aztlanists and the eclipse of the Republican Party in California.

8 posted on 06/25/2011 3:19:44 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flat; Vendome; davetex; re_nortex; wolfcreek; wardaddy; x
THAT’S ALL YA GOT?

Ping to my last.

Loss of control of Texas, and eventually the politics of the nation, to bloc-voting Mexican hordes led by irridentist politicians whose ideas of leadership were molded by Santa Anna and Pancho Villa, would be an absolute disaster to the folks we used lightly to call the People of the United States.

Perry's observed Texas OBL politics to date, if elevated to national office, would prolong the open-borders policies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama and result in both reproletarization of the American people and, eventually, civil war.

9 posted on 06/25/2011 3:28:21 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: flat
‘let not the perfect be the enemy of the ‘git ‘er done’ hahahaah

You won't be laughing when you realize that "bracero-to-votero" shamnesty now embraced by Perry (and others) will guarantee that the next dozen Presidents will be left-wing Democrats.

10 posted on 06/25/2011 3:32:49 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: flat
"THAT’S ALL YA GOT?"

For one I have to question his core values. This week he vetoed a law making texting while drive illegal calling such a law government intrusion. Yet several years ago he was hell bent to shoot up every sub-teen girl in Texas with Gardasil.

For long watching Texans we've noticed how "conservative" he gets around an election and just as soon as it's over, well, he's that dim that supported Al Gore.

11 posted on 06/25/2011 3:46:15 AM PDT by Proud_texan (Scare people enough and they'll do anything.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

Too bad the RINO Perry does not respect

1) Americans who want CLOSED borders

and

2) Americans who do not want Gardasil and other
BIG PHARMA medicines FORCED on them for no reason
but money for politicians like RINO Perry.

Has he apologized yet?


12 posted on 06/25/2011 3:53:09 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: flat

“THAT’S ALL YA GOT!!?”

See previous thread where Gov. Perry refused to support an anti-sanctuary city bill along with some of his rich pals. Big break for illegals. Worth looking into.

“A buck’s a buck, even when it turns into a peso.”


13 posted on 06/25/2011 3:53:34 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam. Freedom for mankind.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Tainan

GO RICK!!


14 posted on 06/25/2011 3:57:09 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

I am not saying he is the perfect candidate, or any of the current pool of candidates is, but Texas u nder his administration created more Jobs than the other 49 states combined.


15 posted on 06/25/2011 4:17:25 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tainan

I live in Tennessee and a lot of people here are excited about Perry getting into this race. They see him as a more formidable voice for conservative principles.


16 posted on 06/25/2011 4:21:20 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Joe Boucher
Sooo, HOw’s things going in Taiwan? You ok there?
They nervous about the Chi-coms invading what with this marxist turd just waiting to throw the country under the bus?
Also I miss Asia’s open markets like you show in your about page. Loads of fun walking them and wondering just what the heck this or that is??

Things are well here. Politics in/on Taiwan is a bit...different...to say the least. There is very little "worry" about an invasion by the mainlanders(CCP/PRC/PLA). Its a concern for a lot of the military - but thats about it.
My take on the lack of obvious concern is twofold:
If you live with something long enough it eventually assumes a lower status on your 'worry list.'
Everyone likes to have their relatives come for a visit. (this is only partly a joke here)

The traditional markets are pretty cool - Sort of like "Farmers Markets" on steroids everyday. I need to post some new pics of the markets.
thanks

17 posted on 06/25/2011 4:33:02 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: GeronL
this writer must not live in Texas.

I guess using your logic, only people in Alaska know Sarah Palin.

???????

Hey, I live in Texas.

I like Rick Perry in the primary and campaigning against Obama.

I like Sarah Palin too.

18 posted on 06/25/2011 4:33:36 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SumProVita
I see some issues being brought out on this thread that look to be made into larger ones if he does seek the nomination.
I am reminded of the old Texas political quote:
Politics in Texas is bettern TV wrasslin'!


or something along those lines...;)
19 posted on 06/25/2011 4:37:25 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: trumandogz
I imagine Sarah Palin knows the facts.

A Sarah Palin-Rick Perry GOP ticket in '12? She endorses him in Texas primary"....In a letter distributed this week to nearly 11,000 members of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, longtime supporters of Hutchison, Palin follows the Reagan Rule and does not attack Hutchison by name. But she strongly touts the "true conservative" credentials of Perry, who befriended the Alaskan chief executive in the Republican Governors Assn. when he was chairman last year.

"He walks the walk of a true conservative," Palin writes. "And he sticks by his guns -- and you know how I feel about guns."

As is the case for most party primaries, Texas' will be a struggle for the far reaches of the faithful, who have historically been much more likely to turn out in a spring election. Palin praises Perry's stand against federal bailouts and his opposition to abortion.

"Not every child is born into ideal circumstances," Palin adds, "but every life is sacred. Rick Perry knows this -- it is at the core of his being."

On his respected Trail Blazers blog, longtime Texas politics observer Wayne Slater wonders out loud: "With GOP super-star Sarah endorsing national party wannabe Rick, could a Palin-Perry 2012 ticket be in our future?"..." Feb. 2009

20 posted on 06/25/2011 4:40:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Tainan

“I am curious to see what The Free Republic response to Gov. Perry as a potential GOP candidate for the 2012 POTUS election will be.”

Speaking for myself, I have mixed emotions. I want to see an actual conservative run for President on the gop ticket. Because I am a conservative and a patriot and do care about this country.

Then there is that selfish part of me that would much rather stay home, tend to the garden, read books, and not lift a finger to assist the feckless gop and it’s faux conservative candidates.

“Gardasil Rick” Perry is the kind of fair weather conservative who talks a good tale until about 15 minutes after the election. So, for what are purely selfish reasons, I have some hope that he becomes the gop candidate. I’ll have a nicer garden, and will be able to sleep in late on election day.

I’ll even name a row of vegetables after him.


21 posted on 06/25/2011 4:46:47 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (STOP the looting - Repudiate the National Debt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Proud_texan
For one I have to question his core values. This week he vetoed a law making texting while drive illegal calling such a law government intrusion. Yet several years ago he was hell bent to shoot up every sub-teen girl in Texas with Gardasil.

As Rick Perry said when he VETOED this nanny-state bill:

".....Texting while driving is reckless and irresponsible. I support measures that make our roads safer for everyone, but House Bill 242 is a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults. Current law already prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from texting or using a cell phone while driving. I believe there is a distinction between the overreach of House Bill 242 and the government's legitimate role in establishing laws for teenage drivers who are more easily distracted and laws providing further protection to children in school zones......"

Oh, and the HPV shot was "opt-out."

22 posted on 06/25/2011 4:48:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: RKBA Democrat

You’re swimming upstream against a tide of “Run Rick Run!”

You’re a one trick pony.


23 posted on 06/25/2011 4:53:36 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Tainan
I am curious to see what The Free Republic response to Gov. Perry as a potential GOP candidate for the 2012 POTUS election will be.

"Mixed" by posters, "tolerated" (for the time-being) by the administrators.

24 posted on 06/25/2011 4:56:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Tainan

“Politics in Texas is bettern TV wrasslin’!”

Lol! That could be true. As for the issues brought out here, some are non-issues or exaggerations. Overall, Perry is not perfect....like all the rest of the human race. I think one reason you see this *ruler of ideological perfection* used to size up every candidate (in order to toss out what is not perfect) is that people are truly fearful of our future. People see what has been wrought by liberal policies and corruption and understand that we are in a very serious situation. They are (consciously or unconsciously) looking for some perfect SuperHuman to save us.

Such a human being does not exist.

As for me, I haven’t made any firm commitment yet. It’s still too early and this election race will get a lot more interesting. My hubby and I are both interested in Perry and think he could be an excellent candidate.

We also wish Santorum had better numbers.

And we are praying for our nation.


25 posted on 06/25/2011 5:00:35 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

You defend STATE ORDERED MEDICINE where the profits
went to Perry.

Perry is a fascist RINO who imposed poisons on children
who were chaste and did not need it.

You defend THAT?


26 posted on 06/25/2011 5:01:03 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

Think I’ll pass. He makes the right noises but noise is really all it is.


27 posted on 06/25/2011 5:13:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife
Oh, and the HPV shot was "opt-out."

I take the Gardasil adventure seriously, too, because I see it as a character flaw that can't fail to show up again: Rick got fat donations from Merck exactly around the time his program was announced. That looks especially bad in light of the fact that the spirit of it was against his general support for Texas liberty.

Perry had no coherent defense for what he tried to do. It was beyond Bloomberg in many ways, and the legislature was right to override him. I'm sorry I saw what I did. I love a lot of the quotes I see from him. But I can't unsee what I saw.

28 posted on 06/25/2011 5:14:24 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Tainan; All
He's better than Romney or Pawlenty but still a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Perry seems to be the latest flavor of the month from the "Anybody but Palin" crowd.

Perry rejects conservatives' vaccine backlash

Trans-Texas Corridor plans dropped after public outcry

Perry against Arizona law for Texas

Rick Perry served as Texas campaign chairman of Al Gore '88

29 posted on 06/25/2011 5:44:25 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Diogenesis
"You defend STATE ORDERED MEDICINE where the profits went to Perry.
Really?? This is shocking, if true. Could you post specific evidence to support your statement?
30 posted on 06/25/2011 5:53:37 AM PDT by Clara Lou
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Virginia Ridgerunner

AWK!! That last link is more damning than any of the rest.


31 posted on 06/25/2011 5:59:00 AM PDT by Clara Lou
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Virginia Ridgerunner; lentulusgracchus

LG - check out VirginiaRidgerunner’s list of Perry no nos.


32 posted on 06/25/2011 6:11:14 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Clara Lou

After hangin’ out with Gore in ‘88, Perry turned Republican in ‘89.


33 posted on 06/25/2011 6:28:36 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife
Oh, and the HPV shot was "opt-out."

That is disingenuous.

I was fighting for my own daughter not to have to take this shot. The ONLY option I had was to get a *religious* exemption and not allow her to have *any* vaccines at all.

MY daughter has an immuno-deficiency. She is missing part of her immune system. We've had luck with traditional vaccines (which still don't work well with her body - she got measles after being fully vaccinated and the pneumonia vaccine didn't register. She had to get it again.)

With her weakened immune system, we didn't know how she would react to Gardisil. We don't have her vaccinated with anything that isn't tried and true and we don't expose her to anything that isn't necessary. (She's also vulnerable to autoimmune diseases and anything could set her off.)

Rick Perry's EXECUTIVE ORDER would make it impossible to manage my daughter's vaccines on a medical basis. It was an all-or-nothing situation.

My friend has a son who's allergic to eggs. There is NO opt-out option for this kid on a medical basis. In order for him to go to college, he had to vaccinated in the emergency room so they could deal with the anaphylactic shock. (The local schools were understanding and didn't push it when they got a note from the doctor, even though they were BREAKING STATE LAW by doing this.)

Oh and one more thing: My daughter received her last round of vaccines from the school nurse with no notification to me or permission from me. When I signed the normal 'going to school' paperwork, there was one allowing the school to administer emergency medical care to my daughter if she needed it. I was thinking that this meant that they'd apply pressure if she were bleeding out. In Texas, this also means that they can vaccinate her for anything without my express consent.

So don't tell me that there's an 'opt-out' option in Texas and do NOT imply that gardisil was optional.

34 posted on 06/25/2011 7:05:46 AM PDT by Marie (I agree with everything that Rick Perry is saying. I just wish that *he* did. (NO to Bush II))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Marie

Marie,

I am truly sorry to hear of your daughter’s immuno-deficiency. But I can not believe that Gov Rick Perry’s EO has caused all the problems you have attributed to him. It must be terribly frustrating to deal with your situation and I do sincerely wish you an easier time in the future.


35 posted on 06/25/2011 7:11:34 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Marie

I’m not arguing with you, but I don’t understand something you said:
I passed out letters home to my middle school students about a school shot clinic. They had to have a signed document from home in order to get those shots. No signed paper, no shots. The only way a kid without papers could have gotten the shot would have been by error.
I could be wrong, but I think you are in error when you say that “they can vaccinate her for anything without my consent.”


36 posted on 06/25/2011 7:21:54 AM PDT by Clara Lou
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife
Texans stopped this EO and protected our daughters.

I hate it when FReepers 'pooh-pooh' the gardisil incident as if it weren't a big deal.

This was an affront to civil liberties. This was an affront to parental rights. This was an affront to religious rights. Texas' current vaccine laws are an affront to the right to have medical care be between a patient and a doctor.

This is a perfect example of how Perry thinks and where his moral compass really points.

And I cannot *believe8 that my fellow conservatives scoff at those of us who are upset about this and blow it off as 'no big deal'.

My fellow FReepers who spit and snarl over Obama's EO's are just fine with this one that was a *direct* threat to our vulnerable daughters.

And Perry said that the state legislature had "no right" to override his highness's executive decision?

http://commonamericanjournal.com/?p=29220

Well, they slapped him down and vetoed this order anyway.

HE DID NOT "see the light" and "change his mind". He was beaten back by the state congress! He even refused to sign the bill, but he didn't need to because it had enough votes to override his veto.

37 posted on 06/25/2011 7:26:45 AM PDT by Marie (I agree with everything that Rick Perry is saying. I just wish that *he* did. (NO to Bush II))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Clara Lou

In the school system that both of my children attend, they can and they do.

I took my son to be registered. Part of that registration was to run by the school nurse’s office to have her check the vaccination records. My son was missing a vaccine. The nurse told him to sit down and pulled out a pre-loaded syringe. I asked her how she could do this without my permission and she told me that I gave my permission with the emergency medical form.

My daughter came home with a band-aid on her arm. I asked her what happened and she told me that she had to get the Hep-B vaccine. (We had homeschooled before this and I had declined this shot in the past.)

Again, no permission.

Yes, this does happen in Texas and it happens often.


38 posted on 06/25/2011 7:40:07 AM PDT by Marie (I agree with everything that Rick Perry is saying. I just wish that *he* did. (NO to Bush II))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: lentulusgracchus

Perry would make a great President of Mexico...or the UN’s North American Union.

He loves the racist organization LaRaza; he’s a multicultural tribalist. He’d impose amnesty in a New York minute even though he’s from Texas and he’d leave the borders wide open to make sure the invasion continues.

He’d be a disaster for the interests of America and Americans. He’s a globalist, meaning his agenda does not have anything to do with the interests or well being of Americans nor of constitutional freedom and citizenship.


39 posted on 06/25/2011 8:01:30 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: flat; P-Marlowe

Perry should be considered among those who are acceptable as candidates. He is pro-life, pro-God, pro-guns, pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-fiscal responsibility, and pro-free market.

There are some problems with Perry in some immigration positions he has taken. Some take issue with his state-run, opt-outable immunization for some STD or another. Some don’t like his support of the free trade agreement as evidenced in his support the trans-texas corridor.

To me, the question is whether I want Perry with his positives or Romney with his negatives. Perry’s positives far out-weigh Romney’s positives. And Romney’s negatives are much worse than Perry’s negatives.

Anyone who can count electoral votes based on the patterns of recent history knows that Perry begins with huge Texas and in all likelihood runs the south, most of the southwest, and a fair part of the midwest.

In other words, Perry is extremely viable as a winner.

While Palin remains my #1 choice, as each day passes I do not see her doing the things to get into the race. She has been terribly vilified, and it’s possible she either doesn’t want to go through that again, or she has polling data that says it’s too hard to reverse the damage in the time she has til the election.


40 posted on 06/25/2011 8:19:47 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Marie

I am stunned.

This is doesn’t happen in my school district. But, then, I’m in one of the reddest counties in Texas.


41 posted on 06/25/2011 8:26:56 AM PDT by Clara Lou
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: xzins

This is just my opinion, but I don’t think Palin will run. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see her endorse Perry.


42 posted on 06/25/2011 8:30:42 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: lentulusgracchus

I’m not eager for another globalist. I’ve been going back and forth over Perry lately and I just don’t think he is what we need at this moment in history. I do think he is what we may well get. I’m going to stick with Bachmann until she wins, loses or gets out.


43 posted on 06/25/2011 8:31:10 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Tainan
"I am curious to see what The Free Republic response to Gov. Perry as a potential GOP candidate for the 2012 POTUS election will be."

From Texas FReepers who know Perry:


44 posted on 06/25/2011 8:51:10 AM PDT by TXnMA (There is no Constitutional right to NOT be offended.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: CharacterCounts

I agree with you on Palin not running, and I can see her endorsing Perry over others just because of Perry’s clear potential to garner electoral votes.

Pawlenty from Minnesota is not going to pull in the southern vote the way Perry would. Romney of Massachusetts definitely won’t. Bachman and Cain are in the same boat as Pawlenty. Gingrich is dead in the water. Paul doesn’t have a prayer...he comes across as a weirdo. And Obama’s governor friend is a non-starter.

I think you’re right that Perry is the most likely of that lot for Palin to endorse.


45 posted on 06/25/2011 9:10:52 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

Opt Out, is tyranny. Opt In is freedom, of choice. This nonsense was implemented in schools long ago, when the tyrants recognized that people would not take the trouble to Opt In, so they reasoned quite correctly that if they made the option an Opt Out, then few would exercise that option, therefore it becomes de-facto mandatory.


46 posted on 06/25/2011 9:21:04 AM PDT by itsahoot (I Stand with Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Diogenesis

Another 4 years of Obama would be better? Or maybe Romney or Huntsman? Just asking because I would vote Perry, if he runs, over all of the people who are in now and have a chance to win. That may change if other people get into the race, but right now everybody has negatives.


47 posted on 06/25/2011 9:48:52 AM PDT by jospehm20
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

Compared to Romney, Newt, and the rest of JOKES running for President he’s a rock star.
We need somebody who can WIN this thing. That means somebody with cross-over appeal, which our Palen, Bachmann and Cain (no matter how much we love them) simply do not have.

Until 1989, Rick Perry was a conservative Democrat. He switched parties as, like many Democrats including Ronald Reagan and Phil Gramm, he saw that party moving farther and farther to the left. Under Perry’s decade as governor, hundreds of Texas Democrats have followed his lead and become Republicans. As a former Democrat, Perry can speak to that swath of his former party that has become disenchanted with their party as President Obama has taken it even farther to the left, in a way that few Republicans can. He can also speak well and credibly to all wings of the national GOP, from the fiscal cons to the social cons to the libertarian set.
He would appeal to all segments of the Republican electorate and would come armed with a record of economic success and a commitment to liberty that no other contender can match.

Texas has been voted #1 business climate for the last seven years.
Texas has been getting all of California’s jobs.
Perry must be doing something right.
We need a good business guy right now.
Perry has proved it.

. Sarah Palin threw her endorsement to Rick Perry for governor- and so did Nugent.
Sarah just restated the other day she likes Perry

.Rush said that Perry is his dream candidate.
http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

. Pro-life, Pro-guns, pro-spending cuts, pro-business

. He’s an outside-the-Beltway candidate

. He is not a Ivy League grad

. He was an Air Force captain who flew a C-130

. Speaks Spainish.
(Odumbo says everybody should speak a foreign language, but he CAN’T)

. Fighting with Obama on many fronts
Google Perry/Obama and you will see he’s been fighting him and his government for the past two years.

. Since Perry has been Governor of Texas, Texas has added more than 850,000 jobs, more than all other states combined. Texas has added over 180,000 jobs since August of 2009.

. There is no such thing as ‘Perrycare’

. Signed into law sonogram and explanation by physician before abortion

. Signed into law, photo ID ident to vote

. Perry did not apply for federal “Race to the Top” education funds because he said it would force national standards upon Texas.

. He has vetoed a record 248 bills, including dozens after the 2001 session, angering many lawmakers.

. He said last year that President Barack Obama was “hell-bent” on turning America into a socialist country.

. Won governorship of state with lots of latinos

. According to this web site Texas is #1 this year and last year for business friendly.
http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business
Obama would not want not run against a governor that has the BEST business climate in the U.S. when everything else is in a depression.

. He used to be a Democrat. So? So did Reagan.

. The Bush’s don’t like him

. Perry has a reputation for not sweating

• He refused to raise taxes when Texas faced a record $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003. Instead, he was the first Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that lowered state spending (and has now done it twice). As governor, Perry has used his line item veto to cut over $3 billion in proposed spending.

• In 2005, Perry signed a historic $15.7 billion property tax cut for homeowners and businesses that also included new taxpayer protections against appraisal increases. In 2009, Gov. Perry secured a tax cut for approximately 40,000 small businesses in Texas and protected the Rainy Day Fund for future challenges.

• He led the battle to pass the country’s most sweeping lawsuit reforms, closing the door on junk lawsuits that had been making trial lawyers rich while driving countless doctors either out of the state or the profession all together. Since Texas voters approved these reforms, malpractice claims and premiums have fallen and access to healthcare is increasing across the state as doctors have applied in droves to practice in Texas.

. He has never lost an election, including an elementary school contest for “king” of the Paint Creek School Carnival. He secured that win by handing out pennies for votes.

. Perry is also known for his socially conservative views on homosexuality, and he opposes same sex marriage. He condemned the United States Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas, which struck down a Texas sodomy law. He called the law “appropriate”

ABORTION:

. Perry is pro-life and opposes government funding for elective abortions. In 2005, Perry, a social conservative, signed a bill that limited late-term abortions and required girls under the age of 18 who procure abortions to notify their parents. Perry signed the bill in the gymnasium of Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Worth, an evangelical Christian school.

Perry signed into law a bill requiring a sonogram and doctor’s explanation before granting an abortion

In 2005, Perry signed a new law that requires minor girls to receive parental consent before getting an abortion. This law strengthens a parental notification law Perry supported as Lt. Gov. in 1999, which
helped reduce teen abortions by 26 percent.
Perry has also signed a ban on third trimester abortions, a ban on tax dollars being used to support abortion facilities, a prenatal protection act that protects
unborn children from assault, and an informed consent law that helps expectant mothers better understand the risks and consequences of abortion. Perry supports a ban on human cloning and will veto any
legislation that provides state dollars for embryonic stem cell research, a process that ends a human life.
Perry urges to keep up pressure to roll back the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion until “Roe v. Wade is nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation’s history books.

Perry, a frequent critic of the federal government, also bashed President Barack Obama for his administration’s policy allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, saying he was deeply disturbed by studies that turn “the remains of unborn children into nothing more than raw material.”

Perry has faulted Obama for reversing the so-called “Mexico City policy” that banned giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information about abortions. Obama struck down the policy during his first week in office, saying it was too broad and undermined family planning in developing countries.
Under Obama “our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen, abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export,” Perry said.

IMMIGRATION:

Perry adds immigration issues to lawmaker session
Perry wants passage of a measure requiring every person arrested to be run through the federal immigration databases as part of the Secure Communities program. He also wants to provide the state Department of Public Safety with the authority to make sure someone is in the U.S. legally before issuing a driver’s license.
These measures, along with a ban on sanctuary cities, would “provide a clear message that Texas will not turn a blind eye to those breaking our laws,” Perry said in a statement.
“Texas owes it to the brave law enforcement officials, who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and communities, to give them the discretion they need to adequately do their jobs,” Perry said.
http://www.rickperry.org/media-articles/perry-adds-immigration-issues-lawmakers-agenda-0?amp
.Gov. Perry has made numerous requests of the federal govt. to enforce the border in Texas including handing Pre. Obama a letter in person when he landed in Dallas last year.
.Perry signed into law photo ID required before voting.

CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS BELIEFS:

In what was described as a “God and country” sermon at the Cornerstone church in San Antonio, attended by Perry and other mostly Republican candidates, the Rev. John Hagee stated, “If you live your life and don’t confess your sins to God Almighty through the authority of Christ and His blood, I’m going to say this very plainly, you’re going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket.” Perry was asked if he agreed with those comments and said, “It is my faith, and I’m a believer of that.”[39] Perry went on to say that there was nothing in the sermon that he took exception with.
Humorist and entertainer Kinky Friedman, the Jewish independent candidate for governor in the 2006 election, said, “He doesn’t think very differently from the Taliban, does he?” Carole Keeton Strayhorn disagreed with Perry’s comments, and Democrat Chris Bell said that one who is in public office should “respect people of all faiths and denominations”.
Conservatives then responded, arguing that Perry had a right to his religious beliefs, and that he was not disrespecting Americans of other religious convictions.[40] While visiting Israel in August 2009, Perry gave an interview to the Jerusalem Post in which he affirmed his support for Israel from his religious background, “I’m a big believer that this country was given to the people of Israel a long time ago, by God, and that’s ordained.”

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:

Perry does not believe there is valid scientific proof of anthropogenic global warming. He has said several times that there is no scientific consensus on the issue.[69] In a September 7, 2007, speech to California Republicans, Perry said, “Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. ... But you won’t read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story.”

MISC:

PERRY ISSUES OBAMA A COUPLE OF BIG FUBOs:

1. “Texas to Allow Regular Incandescent Bulbs”
Reports are the governor will sign Bill HB2510 by June 19th.
Bill HB2510 allows for the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs otherwise banned in federal legislation of 2007, applicable from 1 January 2012 onwards.
The legality, at least in the way the proposed law is framed, has apparently been cleared with the US Attorney General’s office.
The Bill has already passed in both House and Senate with overwhelming support.
While Texas has no current manufacture, relevant parties are being invited to restart it.
Texas has been a leading US state in providing new local jobs, and this is seen as a further contributive measure.
http://freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com/2011/06/texas-to-allow-incandescent-light-bulbs.html

2.Perry Adds TSA Anti-Groping Bill to Call
http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/tea-party/updated-perry-adds-tsa-anti-groping-bill-to-call/ ^

Gov. Rick Perry this evening announced the addition of TSA anti-groping legislation to the agenda for the special legislative session. In a statement, he said lawmakers could consider legislation “relating to the prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression on those seeking access to public buildings and transportation.”

. He played quarterback on the six-man football team for the Paint Creek Pirates. He also played basketball and ran track.

. He is an Eagle Scout and wrote a book about the Boy Scouts, ‘On My Honor’.
Rick Perry uses the Boy Scouts to draw a battle line in what he considers a “culture war,” defending them against the American Civil Liberties Union and what he sees as a moral struggle for the country’s future.
The book also traces a 30-year history of litigation involving the Scouts — most of which they won — which Perry considers an attack on traditional values and faith in God.

Perry targets the ACLU as the primary force behind a leftist push to accept homosexuality and challenge Scouting’s duty to God.
http://www.rickperry.org/media/perrys-new-book-supports-boy-scouts-attacks-aclu

. He’s a runner and triathlete.

. He is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing.

. He plays the drums. At a January 2005 inaugural party in Washington, he played with ZZ Top in front of 2,000 people

. Perry has Romney’s looks without the other baggage.
Raised on a ranch. Has hair. 6’ tall- presidential (especially after Obama)

This Perry trashing comes from the Ron ‘truther’ Paul nuts, Debra Medina sour grapers and the resident FR Libs.

Freepers, don’t you think it more sensible to trust what the Conservative icons have to say about Perry?

. Sarah Palin threw her endorsement to Rick Perry for governor- and so did Nugent. Sarah just restated the other day she likes Perry

.Rush said that Perry is his dream candidate. http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

Don’t you think it more sensible to trust what numerous politicians and scholars have said about Rick Perry than some haters on FR?

VISIT THIS SITE

Read the official statements of dozens of Perry’s fellow politicians and scholars (both Democrats and Republicans) have had to say about Rick Perry: http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/rick-perry-for-president-in-2012.html

All (including Democrat opponents) have called him a staunch Conservative, and not one of the dozens issuing opinions has mentioned the vaccine or TTC. Apparently they don’t consider these things an issue. They DID mention Perry threatening to secede from the unionas a strike against him. He did not issue such a threat- but I wouldn’t blame him if he did.

Americans WILL get it:
Better looking
Better record
Rick Perry for President.

.


48 posted on 06/25/2011 9:55:21 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic
49 posted on 06/25/2011 9:55:50 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: patriot08

That does look good. As Lt. Columbo would say ‘just one more thing’. Does he have a plan to find jobs for most of the 150,000,000 unemployed in his first two years?


50 posted on 06/25/2011 10:02:43 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-85 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson