Deconstructing The Absurdity

Another one on the bus; Presenting Rick Perry!

In 2012 Presidential Election, Elections, Texas, U.S States on August 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

THIS is the moment I was waiting for. Since the run up to the 2012 presidential race began I was hoping for this man to come on board and make covering politics even more fun. I can foresee that the final two contenders for the Republican nomination will be Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Expect a huge battle between these two players as each will try to outdo the other in a grand way. Rick Perry (R), Governor of Texas formally made the announcement on Saturday. Perry’s spokesman Mark Miner said the governor would make his intentions known on Saturday while visiting the crucial early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire. This was a very strategic move as the Rick Perry news kind of overshadowed the Iowa straw poll, which was on the same day. Perry announced his candidacy the day that eight candidates, including Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, were to appeared on stage during a nationally televised debate.

Perry who recently concluded the controversial stadium prayer event will jump onto the bandwagon polling second only to front-runner Mitt Romney. The funny thing about Rick Perry is that he is majorly unpopular in his state of Texas. A Public Policy Poll (PPP) shows that Perry carries a favorability of 42 (for) – 50 (against) at home. The country elected George W. Bush Jr who was also the governor of the same state and here comes this guy who is unfavorable in his own state and is hoping to pray his way out of economic turmoil. Texas at the moment is in a financial muck and it’s governor is busy with a Christians only stadium prayer events to solve the problem.

Most of the Presidents of this country have held great degrees from prestigious educational institutes like Harvard, Princeton, Oxford and Yale to name some. It’s either that or a decorated war veteran like General Eisenhower. This skeleton, which is not so much in a closet anymore, might end up being Perry’s major concern as it gets closer to November 2012. A Huffington Post article lays down the his school transcript. Perry who went to Texas A&M has only C’s and D’s in his report. C in U.S. History, a D in Shakespeare, and a D in the principles of economics. Perry got a C in gym. Perry also did poorly on classes within his animal science major. In fall semester 1970, he received a D in veterinary anatomy, a F in a second course on organic chemistry and a C in animal breeding. He did get an A in world military systems and “Improv. of Learning” — his only two As while at A&M. Seriously? How do you get a C in GYM and C in animal breeding? C in U.S History and D in economics doesn’t give a lot of hope to voters specially when you’re looking for a person different from Mitt Romney. Perry has also since changed  his political affiliation. That’s right people. he wasn’t always a Republican. Rick Perry was a Democrat until 1989, when he changed his party affiliation to run for Agriculture Commissioner of Texas.

Another major issue which would come up later in the primaries is the fiscal problem in Texas. Similar to most of his counterparts, Rick Perry has done little to solve the financial problem in Texas. The Lone Star State is facing a budget gap of about $27 billion, putting it in the same league as California among states facing financial meltdowns. The gap amounts to roughly one-third of the state’s budget. Texas has a two-year budget cycle, which allowed it to camouflage its red ink last year, thanks in large part to billions of dollars in federal stimulus money. “Someone just turned the lights on in the bar, and the sexiest state doesn’t look so pretty anymore,” said California Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

The L.A Times reporting on Texas’s fiscal meltdown, reported, In a place where government is already lean, there aren’t many areas to make up that kind of cash. The budget blueprint Texas’ Legislature is mulling would mean layoffs for tens of thousands of teachers, closure of community colleges, and a severe reduction in state services for the poor and those with mental health problems. For quite sometime Texas leaders have been lecturing the rest of the country and specially how California wouldn’t be in such a budget mess if its politicians did business the way it is done in Austin has been relentless for years.

Since Rick Perry stepped into the race, economists and the media are looking deeply into the accounts of Texas, leaving Texas leaders ash faced. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who wields considerable influence over the budget process, said, “A lot of the things we are doing arguably aren’t priorities for the people of Texas,” he said. “People could stake me and Gov. Perry on the ground and torture us, and we still would not raise taxes.”. Dewhurst provides some examples of  like millions of dollars spent on beaches for tourists. But the real savings in the legislative budget plan came from slashing Medicaid and cutting per-student spending from more than $9,000 to $7,800 each year. The state’s cap of 22 students per elementary school class is almost certain to be lifted. The Republican committee chairman turned pale as he urged legislators who had campaigned on preserving the state’s $9.2 billion Rainy Day Fund to now break that promise to ease the budget pressure. “If you want to close this shortfall through cuts alone, you have to either (completely) cut payments to Medicaid providers, cut payments to school districts or lay-off a substantial number of state employees,” said state Rep. Jim Pitts, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “You would have to do these things immediately.” “I remain steadfastly committed to protecting the remaining balance of the Rainy Day Fund, and will not sign a 2012-2013 state budget that uses the Rainy Day Fund,” Perry warned. So the dilemma continues…

“Texas is better off than practically any state in the country,” Perry said in September. When asked about the budget deficit in December, Perry dismissed the question as speculative. Even though Texas in facing great financial crisis, Rick Perry suggests that Texas should be a role model for other states. Specially California!

More recent efforts of Rick Perry making the headlines went south when the sponsors to his stadium prayer event came under scrutiny. The sponsors of ‘The Response’ included groups like the American Family Association (which the Southern Poverty Law Center considers a “hate group”) and the International House of Prayer (the IHOP which doesn’t sell Pancakes). Organizers argued (unconvincingly) that “The Response” was about prayer, not politics. Perry’s involvement with faith is a well know fact but he argues that he was there as a private citizen and not as a politician. But groups like the American Family Association (AFA), which paid for the rally and its webcast, and organizations like the Family Research Council, whose president was among the speakers, are not organizations to win souls but to change American law and culture through grassroots organizing and political power-building.  And lest anyone think that Perry’s religious agenda is limited to social issues, he made clear that a rigid conservative economic agenda was central to his spiritual mission. Just days before the rally, on “The 700 Club,” Perry said he’d be praying for “our country’s economic prosperity. There just so many people that can’t take care of their family because government’s over-taxed, over-regulated, over-litigated, it caused roadblocks to economic prosperity.” Those words echo the theology of activists like Barton, who have preached that the Bible condemns progressive taxation, the minimum wage and collective bargaining.

Perry’s ideas of holding a stadium prayer event is to pray away record tornadoes, damaging floods, devastating drought, fires burning out of control, financial crisis and terrorism. This event was a Christians only event. All of it was going smooth till the names of sponsors to his prayer event were released. It opened up the company Perry was keeping possibly staining his presidential bid to a certain extent. If you’re wondering why these people are so controversial to be associated with. I shall present some words of wisdom shared by these great people with the world from interviews and public appreances. This should tell you why..

  • Japan, as a nation, is one of the nations of the world which has consciously, openly, invited national demonization. And they do this though what’s called the Daijosai ceremony…where when a new Emperor comes in to power…And as a part of this ceremony the Emperor goes to this specially chosen…place…He eats rice that has been planted and harvested and chosen through witchcraft. And at a certain time that night the Sun Goddess visits him in person, and has sexual intercourse with the Emperor.…So the emperor becomes one flesh with the sun goddess and that’s an invitation for the Sun Goddess to continue to demonize the whole nation. 

Peter C Wagner, a Colorado-based preacher who believes that Japan’s economy is in bad shape because the Sun Goddess has sexual intercourse with the emperor.

  • I believe that one of the main pastors, as a forerunner to the Harlot movement, it’s not the Harlot movement yet, is Oprah. She is winsome, she is kind, she is reasonable, she is utterly deceived, utterly deceived. A classy woman, a cool woman, a charming woman, but has a spirit of deception and she is one of the clear pastors, forerunners to the Harlot movement.

– International House of Prayer founder Mike Bickle, an official endorser of Perry’s event thinks Oprah is the forerunner to the Anti-Christ.

SERIOUSLY! People hating on Oprah now?

  • So Hitler himself was an active homosexual. And some people wonder, didn’t the Germans, didn’t the Nazis, persecute homosexuals? And it is true they did; they persecuted effeminate homosexuals. But Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Stormtroopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs. And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual soldiers basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all of the Stormtroopers, the Brownshirts, were male homosexuals.
The American Family Association’s issues director, Bryan Fischer.

I do hope someone someday reminds him that Hitler had a wife. Her name was Eva Braun. It’s not that hard. Just look it up on the internet.

  • John Benefiel is an Oklahoma City-based pastor and the head of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network believes that the statue of liberty is a demonic idol. “We don’t get liberty from a false goddess, folks, we get our liberty from Jesus Christ.” Amen.
Those are just some of the people who are associated with the prayer event. With influential conservative groups like American Family Association involved it’s hard to believe that this had nothing to do with Rick Perry’s running for president and politics in general. The guys over at Right Wing Watch have got more on this if you’re interested.

Rick Perry wants to repeal Obama’s Health Care policy, propagates solvency of Social Security and Medicare in the long-term, supports prohibiting stem cell research and wants to ban federal funding of abortion. What do you say to a governor who is running for president who doesn’t know that federal funding to abortion is illegal. Oh! That’s right. He got a C in U.S History.

Will he win the Republican nomination for president is yet to be seen. With Mitt Romney on the offensive it’s hard to say anything at the moment. But if he doesn’t mess up something big time he has a good shot at being the last one standing to battle Romney. The important questions is, Can he pray his way into the White House?

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