Enter Another Right-Wing Wing-Nut As Texas Gov Rick Perry is About to Announce His GOP Candidacy for President
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce Saturday he is about enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination casting a shadow on the GOP Iowa straw poll that same day.
Perry will provide Republicans with another far right candidate to its cast of crazies and clowns. He will present Rep. Michele Bachmann with major competition for winning the favor from extremist Tea Party members.
Perry’s right-wing credentials and positions soar to stratospheric heights. Last weekend Perry spearheaded a religious gathering entitled “The Response” in Houston. Perry said “The Response” was designed to focus on God, not politicians, but other blasted it as a clear violation of the separation of church and state.
The event provided a full display of an array of fringe and hate-mongering evangelistic pastors. The question is why Perry would share the stage with and help elevate organizations and people with such extremist and insane views.
The line-up of these men of hatred posing as men of god and some of the event sponsors included the following.
The American Family Association paid for the event. The evangelical association condemns homosexuality, opposes abortion rights and argues that the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom only applies to Christians.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the association a hate group for spreading misinformation about homosexuals and transgender people. Perry has dismissed such characterizations and appeared on a Christian radio show with the association’s president, Tim Wildmon.
Bryan Fischer, the association’s director of issue analysis, said after the massacre in Norway that suspect Anders Breivik was the Charles Manson of his country. But Fischer went on to argue that Breivik’s opposition to multiculturalism had some merit.
Another sponsoring group was the International House of Prayer, a Christian missionary group based in Kansas City, Mo. The church’s founder, Mike Bickle, has called Oprah Winfrey’s tolerance and popularity a precursor to the apocalypse, and he has called on Christians to use “spiritual warfare” against legalized abortion and gay rights.
A key speaker was televangelist pastor John Hagee who gained notoriety for declaring that Hurricane
Katrina was God’s vengeance on a sinful New Orleans and suggested God sent Adolf Hitler to hunt Jews so that they would go to the Promised Land.
And while this should be enough to dismiss Perry, it is also his views and record as Texas Governor that brings additional concern. So much so that Glenn Beck even described Perry as a man he was so enamored with that he wanted to “French kiss.”
Rick Perry’s Views & Record as Texas Governor
Perry wants to repeal the 16th and 17th amendments to the Constitution, ending direct election of US Senators and the federal income tax.
Perry proposed letting states drop out of Social Security and Medicaid.
Texas being the nation’s largest polluter, Perry sued the federal government for disapproving the state’s air quality standards.
Perry designated his proposal requiring all women seeking abortions to have a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure as “emergency legislation,” allowing the bill to be rushed through the legislature.
Perry was a strong proponent of Texas’s anti-sodomy law that was struck down in 2003 by the Supreme Court.
Perry was a vocal critic of Congress’s recovery package, even advocating that Texas reject the money because “we can take care of ourselves.” Months later, Perry was able to balance the state’s budget only with the aid of billions in federal stimulus dollars.
Perry floated the idea that Texas may again have to secede from the United States.
Perry falsely claims that “Texas has the best health care in the country,” when in fact, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents of any state.
This clearly is a person who has no business being President of the United States let alone Governor of Texas.