There’s a cliché about Texas: This is a different country, which little Ricky Perry might prefer(there’s a case for treason, Mr. Perry, wanting to dissolve the union). You can almost hear Michelle Malkin and the FOX-heads dismissing criticism of Perry as “Perry derangement syndrome.” And they will, as part of their ongoing narrative that attempts to portray any dissenting opinion as a mental illness. recall, some other empire use to do that with dissidents. And they call us the Communists?
Still, despite the fact that its really good to vent sometimes, Progressives and Moderates alike maintain a visceral disdain for this man that is wholly rational. Not sucked into the Republican candidate personality cult, Progressives and Moderates and Karl Rove(all three in the same sentence? Really?) can cite chapter and verse for valid reasons why Rick Perry is wrong for the White House. the only person this race is meant to benefit is Rick Perry.
We’ve detailed here the education issues, the Toll Road corruption, his penchant for un-Presidential verbal diarrhea and the reality of his jobs record mythology. His attitudes against science and evolution, and his inability to meet a historic drought with anything but a pseudo-political prayer rally are well documented. Indeed, the concrete reasons why he is wrong for this country could fill an encyclopedia, and more becomes painfully apparent daily. But there are other reasons, somewhat less tangible, but in deeply personal ways more revealing about the man and what sort of President he would make.
For one, enough of the fake straight-talkin’ cowpokes with a straw in their teeth and a boot on the stump posing some dry-gulch back forty. Aside from the fact that there are probably some Gay Porn movies that begin that way, it is just old and tired and uncreative. And the last thing America needs is some pretend cowboy tricking us into buying into a national hick culture while his cronies dismantle the country behind our backs-ala George W. Bush.
And no offense to Texas, but there are a lot of tough guy pretenders filling shopping mall cigar shops or flashing gold cards at the Crate and Barrel gift shop. I’ve seen ’em their pristine pick up trucks, without a spec of dust on their boots, with fat belt buckles, fatter bellies, dark sunglasses, a scowl and doughy-never-worked-a-hard-day-in-their-life loud manicured hands. Perry’s persona is crafted and polished, but cowboy and war hero he ain’t. Firing a pistol into the air-aside from revealing a fundamental lack of common sense(what goes up…)-only appeals to the paranoid tea-bag screwballs who believe the Right-wing media dreck that someone brown in color is coming to rob their house, sleep with their daughter and kick their dog.
Don’t know exactly what they call folks like Perry in Texas, but up North we’ve got a couple. One starts with a “d” and the other is jerk. He’s a bully, like way too many on that side of the aisle, taking cheap shots at opponents until that opponent gets fed up and through a punch back, at which time they claim victimhood. Perry is an arrogant man that when he makes clearly egregious statements he absolutely refuses to apologize, or even amend them. Instead he doubles down and smirks about it. Again, something that starts with a “d,” and the other is jerk. But derangement it ain’t.
The difference between us and Perry cultists is that their arguments about Obama fall apart pretty quickly in the face of real facts, while the more we learn about Perry the more he really looks like something beginning with a “d”, or a jerk. Whichever it is, neither is good for this country. Not now and not ever.
Wow, it is good to vent sometimes…