Apostle Claver: But, Would Rick Perry Even Win Texas?
As I predicted all along, Gov. Rick Perry is now a candidate for President of the United States. I predicted that he would announce shortly after his prayer service held here in Houston. One week after the prayer service, Gov. Perry is making it official. Honestly, didn’t we all see it coming?
So, he’s in. I decided to write a little column to let some folks outside the Lone Star State know what some of us grassroots activists have seen in his decade as the top executive.
Issue number one? After arguing against it, he took the stimulus money. For some of you, that’s enough to disqualify him, right now. 10th Amendment advocate? Really? I’m just sayin’…
Going back to 2006, Rick Perry won the gubernatorial election with 39% of the vote. You read correctly. 39%. His competition? A little-known Democratic congressman, a grandmother, and a comedian.
In the 2010 primary, Gov. Perry was being seriously challenged by little-known activist and former Wharton County GOP Chair, Debra Medina. Mrs. Medina was surpassing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and climbing toward the Perry lead. It was projected that Mrs. Medina was eventually going to end up in a runoff with the incumbent governor, Perry, and all bets would be off. Then on the Glenn Beck program, she fumbled and the campaign imploded. The implosion showed that her support was soft. But, her overall campaign showed that when Perry’s inconsistency and unproven conservatism is exposed, he’s vulnerable. How will that translate into a presidential campaign?
Gov. Perry has become an expert at positioning for this attempt at political promotion. He has learned how to counter his true beliefs for the purpose of disguise in order to gain promotion.
Gov. Perry signed an executive order for mandatory (I say again, mandatory) vaccination for pre-teen girls. Come to find out that the fuel for that order came from the lobbying power and money of Merck, the sole producer of the vaccine.
In order to counter his true colors, in the 2011 legislative session, Perry decided he needed to shore up his social positions and states that the sonogram bill – a blow against the abortion industry – was a priority issue for the Texas Congress to pass.
After the 2006 election, a huge fight in Texas commenced. It revolved around a massive land grab to build something called the Trans Texas Corridor. The super highway was designed to run from Mexico to Canada. To complete the project it would call for the complete repudiation of property rights and the abuse of eminent domain laws. Some Texas citizens threatened at town halls to protect their property through the use of firearms and violence if need be. The Trans Texas Corridor was defeated.
To counter his true colors, for the 2011 legislative session, Perry jawboned for stronger eminent domain laws.
Gov. Perry has made a big issue out of the porous borders in Texas. He’s placed the blame at the feet of the Obama administration. He’s made a show of trying to “confront” Mr. Obama by handing him a letter on the tarmac of the Austin airport and offering lip service.
No one would argue that the federal government has been criminal in there lax border control policies. But, in his 2010 campaign Gov. Perry said he would get control of the Texas border. He hasn’t.
But what those outside of Texas should understand is that Gov. Perry signed a “Dream Act” into law. Thus, illegal immigrants can now get in-state tuition rates for tax-payer funded grants to attend Texas state universities and colleges. This means that if a legal American citizen, born in this country – let’s say from Oklahoma – decided to attend Texas Tech, or the Governor’s alma mater Texas A&M, that Oklahoma student would have to pay expensive out-of-state tuition rates while the illegal immigrant gets the favorable discount.
To counter his true colors, in the 2011 legislative session, he pushed for the end of “Sanctuary Cities” in Texas.
These are just a few examples of the “Slick Rick” modus operandi directed by extremely shrewd and ambitious consultants. He has his Karl Rove(s), Dave Carney and Gordon Johnson. Thus his perceived “conservatism” isn’t about true conviction. It’s about political promotion.
We could forgive him for heading up Gore’s campaign a long time ago. But in 2008 he backed Rudy. Really, Rick?
Saints and patriots, an armadillo as POTUS is better that Barack “Insane” Obama. And so would Rick Perry.
But before you folks outside of Texas get all giddy about Gov. Perry, I’d suggest you really study his record. Understand that the economic strength of Texas is primarily the result of a relatively moderate legislature with a history of Republican majorities. The governorship of Texas is one of the weakest in the country.
Before you plaster a Perry bumper sticker on your pickup because you think he’s genuinely “Tea Party” and strong on the 10th Amendment, understand that the Texas Tea Parties are divided on him. He does not enjoy universal approval. There are those of us that enjoy long memories and have recall beyond a few months.
Therefore, the question stands: Would Rick Perry, Mr. 39%, even win in Texas during the GOP primary? Or, could Bachmann, Romney, Cain, Gingrich, et. al. give him such a run for his money that he’s being set up for the ultimate embarrassment?
I’m just askin’…