Three Reasons Rick Perry Should Never Be President
The latest GOP candidate has some interesting views
This weekend the Republican presidential field was completely shaken up. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) won the over-hyped, but mostly meaningless, Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race after a weak third place showing in the straw poll, and Texas Governor Rick Perry formally announced his entry the race.
Governor Perry may not be a household name yet but his entry into the crowded field is sure to stir things up. Perry is seen by many as the anti-Romney candidate. Perry is expected to give front-runner Mitt Romney (who didn’t formally compete in Ames) a significant challenge because many Republican donors and primary voters are not happy with the field as it stands.
Governor Perry can change that. Perry is expected to be a huge fundraiser and it will be interesting to see if Bachmann can keep her level of support strong with Perry in the race.
That being said now that Perry is in the race his record and radical views will come into focus. To get you started, here are three things that should completely disqualify Governor Rick Perry from becoming President of the United States.
He’s a card-carrying member of the radical religious right.
Governor Rick Perry isn’t just your run of the mill evangelical Christian who attends weekly church service and pays his tithes. Last week Governor Perry held a public Christian only prayer summit at Reliant stadium called The Response to pray for God to takeover fixing the economy and other social ills. Among the pastors Perry organized for the event were members of The New Apostolic Reformation. Rachel Maddow did a detailed segment which is worth watching on the group because of their far outside the mainstream religious views. In short, The New Apostolic Reformation seeks world domination and sees a President Perry administration as a vehicle. As reported by the Texas Observer before the event:
The new prophets and apostles believe Christians—certain Christians—are destined to not just take “dominion” over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the “Seven Mountains” of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world. They believe they're intended to lord over it all. As a first step, they’re leading an 'army of God' to commandeer civilian government.
A President Perry can facilitate their radical agenda. His association with the group is not just disturbing, many politicians have views outside the mainstream when it comes to religion, but in this case these views should completely disqualify him. After all, the separation of church and state is in the Constitution that Republicans love to cite but fail to follow.
He thinks Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional.
Perry said in a recent interview with The Daily Beast,
“I don’t think our founding fathers when they were putting the term “general welfare” in there were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of health care. What they clearly said was that those were issues that the states need to address. Not the federal government. I stand very clear on that.”
Perry’s constitutional interpretation of social security and medicare is not only ill informed but is even more radical than fellow Republicans, who at least acknowledge that these programs fall under the federal government’s tax and spending power and the general welfare clause. This is not a subject that is much debated, Perry is just wrong.
Perry has said Texas should secede from the United States.
In 2009, Governor Perry suggested that Texas may have to secede from the union. Perry claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were “thumbing their nose at the American people” and that his state should consider secession 150 years after our country’s bloody Civil War. Perry’s comments about secession got so much media attention and criticism he was forced to take back his statement going on to claim he wasn’t saying he would secede just that Americans might consider it because of all the horrible things Obama was doing like giving states much needed economic stimulus and health care.
It’s hard to see how Perry can separate himself from such a statement and run to be the leader of a country he didn’t want to continue being a part of only two years ago.
In sum, these are just three reasons Governor Perry should never set foot inside The White House and yet ironically, they are also three reasons why with this staunchly conservative Republican primary electorate might just give him the Republican nomination.