“I am sick and tired of career politicians not doing what we elected them to do!”
Sadly, it’s a phrase we’ve been accustomed to hear; many of our friends, coworkers, and family echo the exact same sentiment. More than ever before, the people are denouncing the current state of American politics, being especially critical of the Republican Party. In a report published by the Pew Research Center on July 23rd, 2015, the GOP’s favorability has dipped to just 32%, a nine-point decrease since January of this year, at a time when approval ratings of the Democratic Party have held constant (48% approval). A lot of this anger can be attributed to career politicians from both parties, most notably in Congress; the phrases “RINO” and “establishment” are deployed frequently on social media in regards to Republican politicians, and Congressional approval overall is at an alarming, yet unsurprising low (17%).
This non-productivity shown by our current elected officials have become a main focus in the 2016 election cycle. Many Americans have touted “Washington outsiders” such as Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina as an elixir to the toxic state of D.C. They believe that these candidates will make Washington accountable, fight the culture of political correctness in politics, and implement real reforms.
Even though their arguments do have merit, I don’t think the actual problem is the act of electing a “career politician”. The real idea here is that Americans don’t want to elect another President without leadership experience, whether it comes from the political or the business world. For example, while I have all the respect in the world for senators such as [mc_name name=”Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C001098″ ], [mc_name name=”Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”R000595″ ], and [mc_name name=”Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”P000603″ ], I believe that the American people are hesitant to elect another first-term senator to become our next commander-in-chief. All three of these candidates use a great deal of rhetoric; while this is fine for their subcommittee hearings, our congressional representatives aren’t held nearly as accountable for their actions as governors are, who have to lead and implement policies for their respective states. Let us not forget that one of the greatest presidents in American history, Ronald Reagan, had over 30 years of experience in public service before being elected, including 8 years as the governor of California. America has shown preference for governors over the past 50 years; before then-Sen. Barack Obama’s election in 2008, the American people had not truly elected a senator since the Nixon Administration (which was riddled with scandal, much like the Obama Administration).
The American people are tired of rhetoric; they want results. This is why Gov. Rick Perry really deserves a clean, second look for the Republican nomination.
As I was listening to Gov. Perry speak at Barley’s Bar and Grill in Council Bluffs, IA yesterday morning, I’ve noticed one clear thing that separates him from his senatorial colleagues: He lets his impressive track record speak for itself. As Texas’s longest-serving governor from 2000-2015, he’s presided over what’s become the world’s 12th largest economy, rivaling first-world countries such as Canada and Australia. He’s created almost 2.2 million jobs during his tenure as governor, almost 4 times the national rate, while decreasing regulations that constrict business growth, never finishing below second place on CNBC’s “Top States For Business” rankings. He’s been called on to respond to state crises, such as Ebola and Hurricane Katrina. He’s shown commitment to securing the border by sending Texas National Guard troops to enforce it, a job that he was stuck with due to the federal government’s unwillingness to enforce current immigration law. He’s not a slacker on education either: Under his watch, Texas has enjoyed above average graduation rates, reaching 88% in 2013, tied for second highest in the nation.
In a time so crucial that we right the ship that is America, we need a proven leader who’s shown that he’s consistent and can send us on our way to a brighter future. In this department, Gov. Perry has already shown that he is capable of leading. His track record coalesces into a complete package that has a strong story to tell. My only hope now is that voters will be able to see his story become a bigger reality for America.