A Second Look At Rick Perry And Why I Will Vote For Him

It’s not often that I find myself admitting I’m wrong. Not because I don’t want to – I believe one must be as honest in critiquing themselves as they are others – but because I actually am rarely wrong. The reader is encouraged to read the end of the previous statement with a little tongue-in-cheek – sort of. None of this retraction is due to any critique I have received from anyone on any site. Those who know me are quite aware I don’t change my mind on a whim just because people don’t like what I am saying. I’ll take on a horde of detractors tirelessly and still sleep soundly with a clear conscience. I change my mind only when the evidence clearly indicates the need to do so. I expect the same of others. This is not an attempt to get into the good graces of anyone, as my inclination is always to be true to myself and others opinion of me matters little. I am not writing the below on behalf of anyone. It is something I felt that I needed to write and it is for that reason and that reason alone that I do so.

Let me begin by stating the following: If you vote for Bill White you may as well hand the keys of Texas over to Obama. Regardless of your opinion of Governor Perry, remember there are those who voted for Obama or who did not vote for McCain just to make a point. Most of those people live with that regret every single day as they watch America morph into something hardly recognizable to them. If you want to do the same to Texas then I can only defer to the words of the great American John Wayne:

Life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid.

To understand my supreme distrust of politicians requires an understanding of my experience last year with the sheer duplicity of the GOP during the ObamaCare saga. Anyone’s jaded attitude towards politics would grow exponentially after such an episode. In the aggregate it is clear to me from this experience and from all historical points of reference that any strategy which relies on a federal legislature to limit the power of the federal government is flawed from the start. To complicate this situation, this redistribution of power – not wealth, Mr. Obama – would require the cooperation of the Supreme Court. This is not encouraging.

While the 5-4 decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago was a victory for gun owners, it is not the fact that four justices ruled against our right to bear arms that is the most troublesome part of the ruling, but that five justices ruled in favor of gun rights for all the wrong reasons:

As much as the McDonald decision is a victory for residents who want to defend themselves in Chicago and other municipalities with draconian gun laws, this decision also makes it clear that our rights are not natural and absolute. They are subject to the whims of the current members of the Supreme Court.

In view of the McDonald and Heller decisions and the myriad of federal, state, and local gun restrictions and regulations, we might rephrase the Second Amendment this way:

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed by the federal government, except by federal laws that infringe upon that right which are approved by the Supreme Court. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed by the state governments, except by state laws that infringe upon that right which are approved by the Supreme Court.

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Any strategy which rests upon replacement of federal legislators sans a nullification strategy is clearly doomed if the goal is to shrink the size of government – something which has never happened. To work, such a strategy requires all three branches of the federal government to agree to limit their own power. Good luck with that.

However, any strategy which includes taking back the party from the local level up when done in tandem with a nullification strategy increases the utility of both approaches.

All of the above being said, my distrust of politicians in the aggregate does not preclude me from looking at a singular case. My previous critique of Rick Perry in retrospect is too harsh. Perhaps naivety will bite me once again, but here in Texas there are still some of us who will take a person at their word unless wisdom dictates otherwise. I am also not immune to understanding the need for the practice of Realpolitik. Although this practice is often coupled and associated with the empty promises of leaders responsible for delivering us to our current predicament, there are exceptions. While I still have issues with Governor Perry, I am quite aware that no politician exists on this planet that would find agreement with me 100% of the time. On Facebook and other sites where people are less inhibited in their comments, it is clear many think Governor Perry is a RINO. It is also clear his opponent has a nickname – Bill “Sanctuary City” White. As a one time Houston resident I can only say this of Mr. White – run away people, don’t walk. One person commented that the best thing Bill White did for Houston was to “synchronize the traffic lights”. So all differences aside, Governor Perry is Texas’ best hope while Barack Obama and Bill White are physical manifestations of the phrase caveat emptor.

There are a number of things the Governor has done or attempted to do which, quite frankly, have ticked off a number of Texans. This is beyond debate. His support of the North America Superhighway still rubs a number of folks the wrong way. It would be wise to drop it as their appears to be some indication it is about to rise from the dead. However, if the alternative is Bill White, there is no question that my full support must and will be thrown behind Governor Perry, especially after the Governor’s interview with Neil Cavuto.

Near the end is an implied if not explicit reference to multi-state coordination of nullification of federal unconstitutional laws. His demeanor is real and consistent throughout the interview, and his anger at Washington is palpable.

All great leaders have their quirks. If Perry wins the election and follows through on his promise to take on the federal government in an effective manner through the invocation of the 10th amendment at the state level (i.e. nullification) and not some inane argument in a federal court, then the quirks I referenced in my past post will become eccentric qualities of a great man. Churchill smoked his cigars, was witty and combative, painted seascapes, and suffered bouts of depression.

I have to ask myself which demographic in Texas would not want to see a state push back against federal intrusion? What demographic would not wish to enjoy more freedom and liberty?

If Governor Perry is victorious in November and follows through on his pledge to protect Texas not by appealing to the federal government, but by pushing back twice as hard as DC pushes Texas, I told my wife I’ll go buy an expensive suit, get a good haircut and a fine pair of cowboy boots and – gulp – get a manicure (but only this one time). If the Governor walks the walk, look for boot sales across the country to skyrocket and liberty loving Americans to strut about and dream of the day they will know what it feels like to tell DC to take a hike.

If the Governor wins and does not follow through, then any remaining naivety present within me will whither on the vine. That will not be a good day.

In closing, I would also ask the Governor to pledge something dear to all Texans. In Article 1, Section 2 of the Texas Constitution it states: All political power is inherent in the people. Texas is only 1 of 3 states where voters do not have the right to initiative and referendum. Texas also does not allow the recall of any state official. This flies in the face of the above referenced article and serves to neuter the Texas voter. The right to check that elected leaders follow the will of the people should not just rest with the voter during elections, but at any time. Any Texas politician who values liberty and the political power of the people, and who truly intends to follow through on promises made to constituents should embrace such a platform. To the Governor and state legislators of Texas: Will you commit to empowering the people of Texas?