Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, enters the race to be the republican nominee for President. The anticipation was palpable. Perry, the savior of the party, has vaulted into lead by a wide margin. This sounds eerily familiar. Does the name Colin Powell ring a bell. Several years ago Powell’s name was mentioned by many to run as a republican for President. His approval numbers were quite high. Problem was, no one knew anything about his politics. People just blindly jumped on his bandwagon. Turns out he was a hack. Have we learned anything? Evidently not.
I don’t for a moment think Perry is as liberal as Powell. Not by a long shot. But he doesn’t appear to be the constitutional conservative I crave. In 2001, when he first took office as Governor of Texas, Perry went to Mexico. He boasted that his state was now the first to grant “the children of undocumented workers” (illegal aliens) in-state tuition for Texas colleges. It was the Texas Dream Act. Hooray! A group I follow called Numbers USA, an anti-illegal immigration group gives Perry a grade of D-. Not good.
In 2007 Perry issued an executive order (more like executive odor) mandating a vaccine for girls entering 6th grade to prevent a virus that causes cervical cancer. You may remember it. I’m not a big fan of government mandates of any kind. I’m the parent. I decide. Recently he did admit that was a mistake. Not that it was wrong to do it but because he didn’t realize the great opposition to it. Another good sign.
He used to be a democrat & was actually Al Gore’s Texas campaign manager in 1988. Al didn’t fare very well.
He almost doubled his state spending in ten years.
There is more, but for me, that’s enough. I will not support a big government republican again. So far it’s Michelle Bachmann. She is as close as I’m going to get to what I want. No more Bushs, Doles, McCains, Huntsmans, Romneys. I’m done. And don’t give me that, she’s unelectable crap!! She’s only unelectable if you listen to the media & the progressive republicans. They hate her because she will sap their power. Let’s not compromise this time. It’s too damn important.