Which Rick Perry wants to be President; Politician or Preacher?

Just curious. Seems the same Rick Perry that mocks science, believes Global Warming is a hoax (that would be the same one baking Texas in a historic drought and record heat wave), and sued the EPA over believes the answer is prayer? When the nation  had a chance to create a proactive rather than reactionary effort to combat climate change Republicans, like Perry, chose short-term financial interests over rational long-term strategy-which incidentally is what brought the country to the brink of economic catastrophe beginning in the Reagan administration. Yes, including Clinton too. So now his best strategy is to pray? Not a martialling of resources or steeled determination, but hope and prayer?

“I’ve heard Al Gore talk about man-made global warming so much that I’m starting to think that his mouth is the leading source of all that supposedly deadly carbon dioxide,” Perry commented smugly during a speech before fellow Republicans in 2007.

And so this is the Republican golden boy? A man who would rather hold prayer meetin’s to stop devastating wildfires, an eight month-long drought in which whole towns are running out of water, and the longest stretch of scorching hundred plus degree days in US history? So instead of rallying his state to action, or embracing science and technologies that might lessen the impact of Global warming, this was Perry’s best strategy:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.

But the Texas med’cine man couldn’t conjure rain, which either means the prayer option was ill-conceived or Perry’s politics is out of alignment with his God. Nor could the zombie-like followers that joined him for yet another prayer and fasting fest at Houston’s Reliant stadium Saturday entice a single drop from heaven. And so they threw their arms to heaven, almost entranced in cult-like devotion to a politician as Perry called for “Americans to pray and fast, like Jesus did, and as God called the Israelites to do in the book of Joel.”

So this is the plan for America when we find ourselves in a crisis? Are we back to prayin’ fer god to smite our enemies. How about building alters for sacrifices? Voodoo? If things get really tough will we all gather in the streets by edict from Perry to bow and pray, but to whom will we pray, god or the demagogue in chief?

See, from Perry’s point of view, it is better to mock and undermine the science and unfolding reality of Climate change in favor of short-term business interests. He would rather sue the EPA over polluting emissions rather than think of the long term environmental and health issues inherent in his deregulation efforts. But see, the environmental movement is about conserv-ing things, which seems to have been lost among many who “call” themselves conserv-atives. He’ll religiously refend oil profits in the face of the reality that oil is a finite resource. The stone age didn’t end because mankind ran out of rocks!

Please no more of these soothe-saying no-nothings that were excreted and dumped upon this nation out of the Moral Majority, Karl Rove and FOX News. It was this excrement that gave us the Tea Party, and we saw how well that worked during the debt debates. I’ll take a politician, on either side of the isle with god on his shoulder, but with a rational real-world plan before a crisis occurs, rather than a hypocrite preacher that gathers know-nothings and the clueless for a group clench and wish-fest.

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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