Rick “the Panderer” Perry
December 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
I know I am late in response to Perry’s :31 second ad but in case you missed it, here it is:
Perry’s campaign even provides a convenient transcript in the description box:
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.
As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.
Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.
I’m Rick Perry and I approve this message.
The ad, suspected to be aimed at evangelical voters in Iowa, is filled with lies, demagoguery, and pandering in its most supreme form.
The first claim, that he’s a Christian, can be challenged. What constitutes a Christian? Perry intentionally lied in every second of his ad yet he calls himself a Christian? Perry conveniently held a huge prayer conference before throwing his Texas-sized hat in the presidential ring. Does this make him a Christian? Is anyone opposed to Perry’s views not a Christian?
Perry then mentions he has a problem with gays openly serving in the military. In an interview with Christine Amanpour, he refused to answer the question on whether or not he would reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should he become president, and instead attacked the president for “making a political statement” for the repeal. DADT was a horrible policy in the first place and any candidate proposing to reinstate it isn’t fit to be President and Commander in Chief.
(At one of the debates, a gay soldier asked the candidates whether or not they would reinstate DADT, and as you may remember the crowd booed him. The contradiction at that moment was startling. The crowd booed an American troop risking his life for a nation which they claim to love. We say we want to spread freedom and liberty to other countries yet believe the troops should not partake in that same freedom and liberty. Santorum, the unapologetic “social conservative” is the only candidate who would reinstate DADT)
The most contradicting statement in the interview was “If an individual in their private life makes a decision about their sexuality from the standpoint on how they are going to practice it, that’s their business.” I agree. It is the individual’s business. Not the government’s business. That’s why it was a horrible policy, Perry.
And being a “conservative,” I imagined Perry would be opposed to DADT. How is it conservative for the government to dictate whether or not a homosexual can serve openly in the military? That’s the exact opposite of the conservative philosophy! Perry is a big government liberal.
Rick “the Panderer” Perry goes on to lie by claiming kids can’t pray in schools, which is completely untrue, and wants to end Obama’s so-called “war on religion.” This reminds me of the NRA smear campaign in 2008 that Candidate Obama wanted to get rid of the 2nd amendment and ban the ownership of guns. One NRA leader recently told a crowed he believes in a ” massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and destroy the Second Amendment in our country.”
I can’t make this up. Watch the video here for laughter.
War on religion? Really, Perry? Why would he use such words? Does Perry know something we don’t? Is the President on his way to propose a bill banning Christianity?
Though Perry throws the divisive term “liberal” in the ad, DADT or prayer in school has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives.
The military is a volunteer position–and a highly respectable one. One’s sexual orientation is absolutely none of the government’s business and certainly doesn’t affect the way one serves this country. It is ads like these that forces people to turn away from politics. Who would want to keep up with politics when the candidates lie, use religion as a tool, and lie? The ad is a very desperate attempt to grab voters’ attention and another sleazy, lie-filled political ad.
Perry gives one a perfect excuse to hate religion. Perry can use his religion to gain votes but he isn’t fooling me–or voters according to the poll numbers.
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