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Aug
11

‘saving america from rick perry’

Ruth Marcus (Washington Post); Rick Perry is no George W. Bush. This is not a compliment … his 2010 Tea Party-steeped manifesto, “Fed Up!,” makes George Bush look like George McGovern. Perry has said he wasn’t planning to run for president when he wrote the book, and it shows:

● He floats the notion of repealing the 16th Amendment, which authorized the federal income tax. Perry describes the amendment as “the great milestone on the road to serfdom” because it “was the birth of wealth redistribution in the United States.”….

●He lambastes the 17th Amendment, which instituted direct election of senators, as a misguided “blow to the ability of states to exert influence on the federal government”….

● He laments the New Deal as “the second big step” – the 16th and 17th amendments being the first – “in the march of socialism and….”

● He specifically targets Social Security for “violently tossing aside any respect for our founding principles of federalism and limited government”….

● … he is even less happy about the Great Society, suggesting that programs such as Medicare are unconstitutional….

…. Perry’s views on the role of judges may be the most alarming given a president’s ability to shape the Supreme Court for decades to come. He writes about the current court with venomous disdain …. Disagreeing with liberal justices is one thing. Accusing them of not caring about the Constitution is like denouncing the opposing party as unpatriotic …

…. The subtitle of Perry’s book is “Our Fight to Save America from Washington.” Reading it summons the image of another, urgent fight: saving America from Rick Perry.

Full article here


38 Responses to “‘saving america from rick perry’”


  1. 1 Marlz
    August 31, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I hate the man AND the picture.
    Uurrggghhh…

  2. 2 nintendowii10
    August 31, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Of course Rick Perry is no George W. Bush. Bush had a brain to do the thinking for him: Karl Rove, Perry doesn’t.

    And to think this secessionist wants to be President of the UNITED STATES, he’d be better off running for President of the Confederacy.

  3. 4 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    August 31, 2011 at 7:52 am

    THIS MY FRIENDS IS A VERY SERIOUS FIGHT WE HAVE HERE. UNFORTUNATELY…WE HAVE A CORE PRESENCE OF IDEOLOGICAL BELIEVERS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO CAN BE LED LIKE SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER. THEY FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGER SIGNS ALONG THE WAY. PEOPLE LIKE RICK PERRY SUCK THEM IN LIKE A VACUUM CLEANER. IT’S COMPARABLE TO A CULT EXISTENCE AND FIGHTING THE ABSOLUTE NONSENSE EXISTING IN CULT POLICIES. IT REMINDS ME OF THE ‘JIM JONES EFFECT’ AND THE KOOL-AID IS BEING PASSED AROUND EVERYWHERE. IT IS DANGEROUS…EXTREMELY SO…AND WE MUST DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO FIGHT AGAINST IT. WE MUST TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED AND STAND STRONGLY WITH PBO!

  4. August 31, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I liked the description of Perry that I read somewhere—-he is part of the teapublican movement of grifters who only look out for themselves and for those who bankroll them. I don’t understand how anyone—-anyone—could ever consider Rick Perry presidential material.

    • 6 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      August 31, 2011 at 8:14 am

      ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TAKE A STRONG LOOK AT THE SAME PEOPLE WHO CONSIDERED G.W. TO BE PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL!

    • 8 57andFemale
      August 31, 2011 at 10:32 am

      40% of Americans are going to vote for him. They will see ‘change’. He will be a master at looking like his ideas will actually work. He will set the narrative with the willing help of a pack-mentality media. He will get at least 40% of the votes of the Americans who bother to vote.

      This time, because of the virulence of the PL, we have serious work to do with Democrats and not just independents (who aren’t independents but just believe the last feel-good lie they’re told). Democrats are awful at showing up at the polls. And if anything has been made painfully clear to us in the last 2 1/2 years it’s that they are as wilfully misinformed as the tea party when it comes to understanding the stakes and are impossible to educate on the long term goals.

      DNC and the Obama campaign are going to have to win back some of them. I may get flamed here for saying this, but I hope Obama’s plan is not about just what’s ‘possible’, because if we have learned one thing it’s that NOTHING is possible from these Republicans. So I hope the jobs/economic plan is what it SHOULD be, not just what we can get through. Because seriously — can we even get a weak plan through?

      I think it is time for a bold plan — a vision of what an America would have considered even a decade ago. Show the American people what we should be aiming forto turn this country and its economy around and enlist the people to help fight for it. If it is no more than the few items that Obama has said should be no-brainers, then we cede the narrative to Republicans. We can no longer rely on saying, “these were YOUR ideas, Republicans. Why won’t you accept them now?” It’s time to show this country and the world what SHOULD be done, and start negotiating from there.

      Flame away. But if we’re truly going to be pragmatic progressives, we have to get to the business of winning elections consistently and reliably. We don’t get there by buying into Republican frames and expecting them to be reasonable.

  5. 9 hopefruit2
    August 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I still believe that the nominee will be Mitt Romney. The ultimate goal of the GOP is to defeat Barack Obama and they’re going to endorse the individual whom they think can most accomplish that. I don’t care how much Perry is leading in the skewed polls right now – it’s nothing but a distraction, just as Michelle Bachman was at one time. While the MSM distracts the public with Perry, Romney is silently stalking the President and the media is not focusing on him.

    The next GOP Debate is September 7 (next Wednesday) and after that debate, watch Perry tank in the same polls that he’s supposedly now leading by double digits.

    • 10 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      August 31, 2011 at 8:16 am

      LET’S HOPE…BUT WHAT THE RIGHT WINGERS WANT IS SOMEONE WHO BRINGS GOD INTO THE AMERICAN CONVERSATION AND THEY DON’T WANT A MORMON FOR PRESIDENT. THAT’S THE HITCH!

      • 11 hopefruit2
        August 31, 2011 at 8:20 am

        Yes that’s true Sue, but I still believe that at the end of the day, their desire to see President Obama defeated trumps everything – even the possibility of a Mormon for President. It’s gotten to the point where these folks are running away from a few of their own policies – just because President Obama happened to endorse some element of it.

      • 12 blondegrrl
        August 31, 2011 at 9:09 am

        I think it comes down to charisma – Perry has it, Romney doesn’t. If Perry screws up the debates next week and if the media pounces (hah!) on that, his numbers could start going downward.

    • 13 Ladyhawke
      August 31, 2011 at 8:47 am

      I am looking forward to the GOP presidential candidates debate next week. But what I really think we need is more “Katie Couric” moments. I want to see these candidates interviewed by a real journalist who will ask the tough questions and challenge outlandish or evasive responses. These candidates can’t just appear on Fox or Limbaugh where they are joined at the tonsils with the host.

      • 14 Obama Grandmama
        August 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm

        Speaking of a Katie Couric moment, I am trying to figure out if Palin is really planning to enter the race or not. It seemed as if she was waiting to supposedly make her decision. I wondered if she was thinking of skipping the debates so she wouldn’t get tripped up and show herself uninformed. However, I remember how she said, ” I might not answer the questions you expect me to answer …” against Joe Biden in the VP debate in ’08. She just set herself up to spew talking points instead of do a debate. It might be harder to do that with several candidates at once.

    • 15 57andFemale
      August 31, 2011 at 10:35 am

      I think it’s going to be Perry. Republicans have lost control of the monster they created and that monster is running the show and voting in primaries.

      Romney has been running for President for 8 years and he is bad at it. He is a terrible communicator, terrible at engagement of actual people. If he can’t do it by now he’ll never be able to.

      Republicans, even the ‘moderate’ ones if any are left, will vote for Perry.

  6. 16 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    August 31, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I TOO WANT ‘GOD’ IN EVERY CONVERSATION IN AMERICA…BUT,NOT USED THE WAY PERRY IS TRYING TO USE HIM. PERRY WILL FACE GOD’S WRATH BECAUSE ‘THE DIVINE’ KNOWS HIS HEART!..IT’S COLD AND MANIPULATIVE!

    • 17 Bill
      August 31, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Sue, in all due respect, I love your comments and passion, but there are many definitions of God and some Americans do not believe in a God. God should not be discussed in political discourse. Your God, or Rick Parry’s God, or Michele Bachmann’s God may not all be the same God.

      • August 31, 2011 at 8:55 am

        Have to agree with Bill. I respect Sue’s religious views and the faith of anyone here, regardless of their faith, but I do think the planet would be much better off if we could separate religion and politics. Just my view.

        • 19 blondegrrl
          August 31, 2011 at 9:11 am

          Agree, Chips. Wouldn’t it be nice it we could just discuss the actual issues affecting our country and work on solutions?

          • 20 jacquelineoboomer
            August 31, 2011 at 10:59 am

            Agree, echoing the fact I mean no disrespect (I strongly believe in God, too, but we need to separate religion from politics).

        • August 31, 2011 at 11:12 am

          Like it or not Dear Chips this subject has a tendency to set people off. So much so that some folks will argue about the name. i personally like the way Emerson put it : “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
          Ralph Waldo Emerson
          Hopefully most can agree on that and move on.

        • August 31, 2011 at 11:32 am

          Strongly agree with Bill and chipsticks. Thank you for speaking up.

      • 24 Mae who love our CIC
        August 31, 2011 at 9:31 am

        Bill when I say God or Sue says God we are speaking about the creator of this world, the HOLY SPIRIT. And He exists in everything, and is everywhere at all times, AND knows everything.

        The USofA was founded on christian principles and it is very much a part of politics. There is a separation of church and state but Godly principles or christian principles will always be in the conscience of people. No one is trying to impose their beliefs on you. You can only speak from the core of your beliefs or viewpoint. I am an AA and I have an AA friend who is a Democrat but will vote for a candidate because of the politician’s christian belief and she feels strongly about that no matter if it cuts her nose off to spite her face. Religion is and always be a part of politics whether we want it to be or not.
        Just why do you think the Republican party always pander to the religion of politics: it matters to a lot of people.

        • 25 Bill
          August 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

          Mae, the US was not founded on “Christian” principles. Christianity is not mentioned in the Declaration of Independence or Constitution. The Republicans pander to fundamentalist Christians because it works with that part of their base.

          • August 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

            Bill is correct. No Christian principles. Most of founders were not religious at all. And agree that Repubs use religion to manipulate their low information voters, to get them to vote against their economic self-interest. Democrats of all faiths and no faith have tried to keep religion out of politics, as it should be.

        • 27 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          August 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

          I AM WITH MAE ON THIS. GOD CREATED ALL THINGS. AMERICA HAS BEEN BLESSED AS A LEADER IN DEMOCRACY BECAUSE OF ITS LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLE,EQUALITY AND JUSTICE. WHEN WE BEGIN TO REMOVE GOD FROM EVERYTHING…HE WILL REMOVE HIMSELF. GOD’S LAW IS MAN’S LAW AND THERE IS NO CHANGE FROM THAT. MY PRESIDENT MUST BE AN HONEST AND FORTHRIGHT GOD BELIEVER..OTHERWISE…HE DOES NOT GET MY VOTE. PBO IS A CHRISTIAN AND HE MAINTAINS MORAL VALUES. GOD IS IN CONTROL…HE IS ON TOP OF THE LADDER AND THIS FACT DOES NOT CHANGE!

          • 28 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            August 31, 2011 at 10:22 am

            TO BE SURE…IN FACT I CAN GUARANTEE IT…IF PERRY BECOMES THE NOMINEE…HE WILL USE GOD,UNFORTUNATELY FALSELY AS A COUNTERED SUBJECT FOR DEBATE. THIS IS WHAT THE FAR-RIGHT WINGERS ARE WAITING FOR!

        • 29 Vicky
          August 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

          The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian reliigion. George Washington

  7. 31 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2011 at 8:54 am

    The difference between GWB and Perry is that although GWB had misguided policies and a messed up administration, you didn’t feel that he was cold bloodedly callous or lacked a conscience. People like Rick Perry, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Dick Cheney are and always will be dangerous for this country because everytime one observes them, their behavior, character, morals, their mannerisms, their conduct; what one sees is beyond scary. They all collectively fundamentally lack a conscience and are quite sociopathic in their demeanor. If they were given free reign to do as they will; they would destroy this country just to serve their self-interests. You have Dick Cheney who believes waterboarding is all fine and dandy but hey don’t you ever do it to him or his own. You have Dick Cheney who participated in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame after she had served her country with everything she had. You have Rick Perry who if given the chance would destroy the Constitution and all it stands for. You have Paul Ryan who calls himself a budget and deficit hawk but if given the chance would destroy the social framework known as Medicare and Social Security but make sure he and his own stayed firmly out of the path of destruction. You have Eric Cantor if given the chance would defund and strip FEMA and other governmental agencies bare. Why? Because they help the middle class and the downtrodden of society who need all the help we can give them. The scary thing about the above mentioned people is that they don’t just stick to these principles, this is who they fundamentally are. This is the core of them and it never changes no matter the time of day or night.

  8. August 31, 2011 at 8:59 am

    The 2012 election is going to present stark contrasts between a positive vision for American that will give us a chance in the 21rst century and a backward America that will hurl us into the 19th century. The stakes include the welfare of tens of millions of elderly and all current and future generations of children. We will not survive the loss of safety net supports for the poor and elderly and our children cannot thrive and build a future in a devastated school system. The America we know as a land of decency and at least attempts at social justice will disappear. I’m not sure we can count on the intelligence of the American people,but maybe we can count on some decency and a little bit of self-preservation. In the meantime, we have these tools to fight with:

    1) Our own commitment to work until we drop, delivering our president’s vision to the American people. Nothing we do in the coming year will be more important than this and we have to be relentless and creative about it.
    2) Our president who is biding his time and has yet to go into campaign mode. There is no one like him for inspiration, vision, charisma. People just have to be exposed to him and open their eyes to see.
    3) Superior organization: The Obama people are geniuses at this. I was told by someone at OFA in Chicago that states are going to be raining organizers–several times the number as the last time and earlier than ever. They are on top of every development and planning to build a formidable ground game. Lots and lots of money will be spent by the other side, thanks to Citizen’s United, but we will have the better trained forces and I for one, intend to give every penny I can spare.
    4) The radical elements of the Republican party will run on fear and resentment, hatred and racial prejudice. That leaves love, compassion, hope and positive vision for our side. Keep that in your heart and the darkness shall not overcome the light.

  9. 34 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

    WHO IS RICK PERRY??

    The link below contains lots of good twitter material. The AlterNet article entitled “The 10 Worst Things About Rick Perry” is really good.

    Who is Rick Perry?

    Here’s a compendium of articles profiling the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2011/aug/13/who-is-rick-perry-republican

  10. 35 Sheila R.
    August 31, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Perry looks so menacing in that photo. Thanks for choosing it, Chipsticks!

    • August 31, 2011 at 10:33 am

      To be honest Sheila, it’s hard to find a non-menacing photo of him!

    • August 31, 2011 at 10:37 am

      I’m partial to the one where he is seemingly praying at his prayer rally, but is looking out at the audience with a look that is almost saying “are these guys buying it?” He’s the ultimate huckster.

  11. August 31, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I want this guy as the GOP nominee. I welcome the conversation and debates between President Obama and Rick Perry. I want the Republican vision of America laid bare and we will not see that from Romney. I want Perry on the top of the ticket because he’ll rally out Dems that are jaded about President Obama (the neophytes who thought their “work” was done with one election), which would help down ticket races, especially the House – remember there was something like 50 seats that Dems won in 2008 that they lost in 2010 – we need outside motivated and out to vote. With Perry on top of the ticket you paint the whole party as extreme – from Perry and his talk of ending SS and Medicare, secession, killing Bernanke, to McConnell saying his only goal was to defeat President Obama and the 100% obstruction, to Boehner and the House holding everything hostage, to Fox News and Wingnut Radio, to Citizens United and all of the secret millions coming in from billionaires to Rove’s outfit.

    Run on inclusion, equality, fairness, shared sacrifice and hope. Make the GOP seem petty, small and evil.


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