Skip to comments.‘Lone Star America’ Author: Rick Perry is ‘Seasoned and Prepared’ to Run for President
Posted on 07/21/2014 3:49:10 PM PDT by Kaslin
Perhaps no state claims the sense of pride that is evident in Texas. Author Mark Davis talks about this shared sentiment in his new book "Lone Star America." This week, he spoke with Townhall about how Texas is excelling and taking the lead on just about every issue from jobs to energy to the Second Amendment. He shared some insight into policies that allow Texas to thrive economically, as well as his thoughts as to which Texans could be in the White House in 2016.
Why write this book now?
In 30 plus years of doing radio talk shows, conservatives always have the same questions: Whats the best kind of leadership? How can we get to smaller government? How can we convince people that low taxes are a good idea? Or sensible regulation? Government closer to the people? All those good, conservative questions. For the last 20 years, Ive had the joy of living in the state where I was born where all of these things actually are happening and they are actually working. So, the field of candidates in the 2014 elections, and a field of presidential candidates in the 2016 elections, are all going to get out there under the Republican banner and make various points about why conservatism is good and why it will work. The evidence of it is right here in Texas and has been for these past 20 years. We are a shining example of how conservative policies can lead to growth and prosperity and success.
What kinds of policies allow Texas to have such a thriving economy?
Its easy to go first to the notions of low taxation and sensible regulation and those are good nuts and bolts reasons why our state is doing well and why we are growing while America is stumbling. But, its a deeper answer. Its about the spirit in the way our state is run. We hold up high the notion of individual rights, self reliance, not turning to government to attach ourselves from cradle to grave. Texans, by and large, view the role of the citizen as to do what we can do with our talents. To work hard, and have government exist only to prevent chaos, only to provide for our basic needs, only to provide a system of laws that maintains order. Beyond that, we want government to stay out of our lives so we can rise as far as we can go. Or, if we stumble, we stumble, learn from that and move on. It is the opposite of almost every lesson that liberalism teaches.
I spoke with Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX), who said that Texas is not the place to go if you want to be on welfare. Why is that?
Texas has the same humanitarian concept - the caring for the truly needy that any society should have. But, we are governed by a sense of ethics that says you dont want to be on the public dole for the rest of your life. That is one of the things that made our state great - the story of the birth of our state. People coming here, working hard, and crafting this magnificent land from some very rough territory. That took a strong work ethic. Thats the kind of thing that made America great - a strong work ethic. Were going to do everything we can to our maximum effort to make a great state. Were going to do everything we can to make a great country. The last thing you want to do is set up a framework of government reliance - a culture of dependency that sucks away peoples desire to work, that erodes their sense of self-worth. The better way to do this is to create an environment where people can come in and succeed, work hard and see the fruits of their labors. So, there are places in America and places around the world where you can absolutely go and the government will take care of you for the rest of your life. You dont have to do much to earn that kind of care. Thats not the way Texas is run.
A lot of people, when they think of Texas, cant help equating it with guns. What are some of the misconceptions about Texans and their guns?
The misconception is that somehow our embrace of gun culture makes us a less safe state. The opposite is quite true. We have concealed carry - we have open carry. The resulting lesson is that criminals probably think a little more deeply about committing crime in our culture than they do in any part of the state that has a lot of gun-free zones. Guns dont kill people, gun-free zones kill people. The image of Texas as a gun-embracing state is accurate. We have more gun ownership here than most other states. A ton of our residents have more than one. One of the great answers to a recent poll came in a question asking how many do you own. Some said none, some said one, some said two to five, some said more than five. A good percentage of the respondents in that poll said essentially, none of your business. What a perfect Texas answer that is. Because, not only do we believe in the right to own guns, but we believe in the right to own guns without the government messing around with us - even knowing when we acquire them, or how many we have, because we dont consider that to be governments business. We are a safer, saner society because we are the Second Amendment. And we spend our days cherishing that amendment, knowing that without the Second Amendment, the rest of the Bill of Rights arent worth a nickel.
You said that Texas challenges the environmental alarmists. Could you explain this?
We love our land, we love our air, we love our water. We want to live in a clean state and a clean country. But, we will be damned if we will allow extremists and tyrants from Washington to tell us how to get there. I trust Texas environmentalism, which I call high regard for the land and a proper balance between keeping the land pristine and allowing human productivity. The environmental extremism of the current federal government and other administrations at times has led to job-killing initiatives that favor the environment at the expense of human productivity. Theres no one in Texas who wants industries to run rampant over the cleanliness of our air and our water. We want to be able to live in a clean state and have clean water, clean air, and were doing a very good job of that, while doing regular battle with the EPA. Our big belief is, returning to the very closely held notion of states rights, that every state should be allowed to be able to craft its own environmental policies, but that there should not be much federal oversight at all and if Texans are left to our own devices, we will have a thoroughly clean, and wonderful and enjoyable and livable state and will actually have job creation too.
How likely is it that our next president will hail from Texas?
From the Republican Party, one of the most talked about names is Ted Cruz and one of the guys out there doing the most to make people think hes running, is Rick Perry. So, you take those together, Perry and Cruz probably occupy fully 25 percent of the presidential buzz right now, as Chris Christies star fades and other people are just sort of operating on a second tier. Its impossible to read minds, and neither gentleman is going to telegraph in the summer of 2014 what hes going to be doing for a presidential campaign, but Ill tell you, as soon as the midterm elections are done, anybody thinking about running for president had better have a campaign up and running. The interesting thing about Governor Perry is that some people feel that he might have come in late and he wasnt seasoned enough at the presidential level. Hes certainly seasoned now, hes certainly prepared now. He just wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post taking Rand Paul to task on isolationism and foreign policy and the war on terror. He is clearly marking out territory. It goes way beyond Texas issues and even way beyond states rights, on which he is perhaps our foremost champion. This is not a guarantee that he will run. Maybe hes just setting himself up to write more good books after he finishes up being governor in January 2015. But, if he were to run, I can guarantee you it would go better than it did in 2012. He will guarantee you that, and he will be right. Will he be the nominee? I have no idea. Maybe his fiercest competition would come from another Texan, and thats Ted Cruz, who is the proper recipient of an enormous amount of love, admiration, even hero worship among conservatives, because he will step out with a courage that few other people have. Does this translate to a desire to be president? I dont know. The feeling I get from Senator Cruz in talking to him is that he loves legislating, loves being in the Senate, loves being one of the most significant politicians in America right now, without having to endure the meat grinder of a presidential campaign. He may well want to stay right where he is, but if he decides to run for president, I know a ton of people whod be enthusiastic about it - and I would be one of them.
Did the RNC miss out by choosing Cleveland over Dallas?
I actually kind of called this. I wont have a I told you so. But, the arguments were, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is just a better place to hold a convention in Cleveland - and thats true. That Texas is just our area and our state is more Republican-friendly than Ohio - and thats true. And thirdly, how wonderful would it be to have a Rick Perry or Ted Cruz nomination take place on Texas soil - and thats true. However, none of those things were the deciding factor. The RNC going to Cleveland - you have to remember where Cleveland is - its in Ohio, an enormously important state. I have no idea whether holding a convention in a state is worth one or two or five percentage points come November of the election year - its probably not worth a thing. It allows a lot of Republicans to go into Ohio, be heard in Ohio, say nice things about Ohio. It was probably a PR move. And I dont disagree with it. Texas is going to do just fine. We get plenty of convention business.
Well, if Ohio is so important this year why was it not important in previous years?
Oh please. I know fire hydrants smarter. It may be nice that his political beliefs hew closely to mine, but he’s a fool and comes across as a fool. He would hurt the GOP.
I sincerely hope that none of the GOP candidates of 2012—all of whom were has-beens and never-will-bes—will throw their hats into the ring in 2016.
Having already willingly, needlessly and erroneously praised her as a "Great Secretary of State" Perry cannot do that.
Nor can he with any semblance of credibility critique Obama and the dems for pandering to the ILLEGAL hordes when he himself has a long history of doing just that.
As a Republican nominee, La Raza Rick Perry is a non-starter.
BTW, if a GOPe candidate is nominated, I will not vote for him regardless of who he chooses as a running mate or who the Dem nominee is.
BTW, if a GOPe candidate is nominated, I will not vote for him
Those are contradicting statements. Perry is a Karl Rove protégé. He is the epitome of GOPe.
Sadly, several of the 2012 retreads will, and possibly even a couple from 2008 will try again.
The GOP needs a strong governor to run. I am not sure Perry is it. He is better than some but not all that inspiring. But, I can’t think of any other GOP governor who would be considered outstanding.
Cruz is probably the most conservative, but I don’t care for senators running. Look at the mess we have now and what were their former jobs:
Obama — Pres_ent — Senator
Biden — Vice President — Senator
Hillary Clinton — Sec of State — Senator
John F. Kerry — Sec of State — Senator
And of course, Obama defeated the GOP Nominee, John McCain — Senator for his first term.
Of course, many will be jumping on various bandwagons and chastizing any who oppose their preference.
I ask 2 questions:
1. Is this person the best the GOP can offer?
2. Do you want another also-ran footnote in the annals of history, or do you want to win?
I like Rick Perry, and will support him if he runs. This time, he has the time to prepare, raise funds, develop a network, increase his base. I hope he runs, and I hope he gets elected!
Let the Texas hate and envy begin in 1..2...3. smh
Perry is deploying 1,000 Texas National Guard to the Tex/Mex border over the next month. How that plays out will be a big factor in Perry’s presidential prospects, IMO.
I like Rick Perry. I hope he runs. He and Ted Cruz are the only candidates I’m even interested in.
As a Texan, I think he is sorely lacking as a Presidential contender
I live in Texas and I like Ted Cruz for 2016. As far as Perry is concerned, it’s unfair to give him credit for all the above. I think a mop head could have been Gov the last 12 years and our economy with the growing oil business the greatly expanding population, infrastructure, commercial, industrial and residential construction would have done fine. Where I live we are building new schools and almost all water and sewer lines are brand new. Granted today the heat index was 105 in the shade but everything inside is AC. Trust me roughnecks are worth $150K/year.
...he’s gotta lose the Moe Greene glasses.
La Raza Rick ?
In a word, no.
In two words: Hell, no.
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