Rick Perry: Man of Faith

New Perry spot a Literal "Hail Mary pass" for political redemption

News Flash! Rick Perry’s a Christian, and he’s not ashamed to say so!

Thank God we all know that now, and good thing there’s no lions on the loose! Did anyone somehow think the guy was a Muslim? In his latest TV spot, Perry stands on a grassy hillside before a winding creek (or as they say in Texas “Creck”). The spot is beautifully shot and Perry proves that despite what some people may think of him based on his recent gaffes in debates and in his public misunderstandings regarding the voting age in New Hampshire, he can in fact walk and read a teleprompter at the same time.

Wearing his Marlboro Man hunt’n jacket and a pair of freshly starched jeans, Perry treats us to 30 seconds of social and religious red meat designed to bring the moral majority back his way. This spot would work better in Iowa with social conservatives than in New Hampshire where voters are far more libertarian in their view of religion, but Perry’s proven that while the economic premise of his candidacy (touting his alleged creation more jobs in Texas than Obama has in created in America, granting free tuition to illegals, and failing to remember the third point of his three point plan to eliminate federal agencies in Washington) may have missed the mark with voters, religion might be just the thing that will stick! Well maybe, but probably not.

Perry misses the fundamental issue of this race: jobs and the economy.  His claim in the spot that “there’s somethin’ wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” Gays in the military? School prayer? And who’s trying to steal my kid’s celebration of Christmas? These are interesting talking points for his next speech at Liberty University, but not to the vast number of Republicans, Independents and even some disenfranchised Democrats who are fed up with Barack Obama’s fundamental failure as President. Does Perry actually think he can run to the right of Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich? Doesn’t he know that with Callista’s help, Newt has found God and that his new found “redemption” is part of the Newt narrative? Does he assume Ron Paul worships false idols? Maybe he thinks Mitt’s Mormonism is in fact “cultish.”

Perry continues over a bucolic background right out of “A River Runs Through It” proclaiming: “As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion.” How about fighting Obama on his role in destroying our economy, America’s place in the world and ultimately the kind of freedoms that allow folks to practice whatever religion they choose? Perry looks presidential in this spot in a “Robert Redford playing a guy in a barncoat running for president” sort of way. But his message panders to social and religious conservatives in a manner that is more insulting than engaging. People of faith don’t need to be lectured on religion and the important freedom it represents in America. Republican primary voters already know and appreciate our religious freedoms and have fundamentally rejected the politically correct Loons who spend all of their time trying to prevent the erection of nativity scenes on public property, eliminate Santa Claus and arrest the Easter Bunny. This spot is literally a final “Hail Mary Pass” which attempts to tear religious conservatives away from Gingrich, Romney, and Paul. The last time I looked all of those guys were religious in their own way and like most of us each one human and imperfect. Pastor Perry need not lecture us that he and he alone will “end the war on religion” as the country’s “Minister in Chief.” Seems that whatever Perry tries sellin’, America ain’t buyin’, at least not from him!


Letter grade: D

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Jan Schmidt December 09, 2011 at 01:42 PM
The real percentage would be reduced to a more fair level - I think its 35% now - but there are so many companies --- well some actually GET money instead of GIVE. Huge corporations that use the existing laws to pay little or nothing - you can't blame them for taking advantage of them- I would... Loopholes and corporate welfare would be removed - and we'd actually see actual capitalism return - wouldn't that be wonderful? And of course, one more aspect of this is the "Military" budget. Cost overruns and pork barrel projects like Boehner's jet engine that no one wanted but made him and the company he did this for millions - gone. Keep Grandma from freezing this winter and let the corporations and the super-rich pay their share. All part of the Social Compact we have with our government.
Tony Schinella (Editor) December 09, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Your plan is similar to what Jon Huntsman is proposing. But even if you raise that rate, clear the loopholes, and chop the defense department in half, for example, you are still not at $800 billion (or more, if you want to spend more). You'll have to cut more spending or raise more taxes.
Jan Schmidt December 09, 2011 at 02:09 PM
I believe you would - I believe that fixing the corporate tax code, chopping out waste from military, and increasing employment would turn this ship around and send it back in the directions we all intend.
ForThePeople December 09, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Tony, now that you agree to the Republican's increasing the debt far more than the Democrats, does that change your opinion at all?
Tony Schinella (Editor) December 09, 2011 at 03:04 PM
@ForThePeople: I never stated an opinion; I merely re-posted budget data from federal sources. Those sources don't show Republicans increasing more debt than Democrats. In actual dollars (not percentages), Obama increased more federal debt in three years than Bush did in eight years ($4.6T vs. $4.4T). That's not an opinion; that's a fact. When including which party controlled Congress, Democratically-Congresses have added slightly more debt than Republican-Congresses if you start at the Reagan era. If you go back before Reagan, it's more than slightly. My personal opinion is that both political parties are to blame for this mess. This has been fun everyone, but I'm going back to work. In the future, I would love to see the discussion expanded to include specific tax rate plans and budget figures that would not only balance the budget but pay off the debt. If you haven't looked at the NYT interactive budget puzzle, it would be a good place to start. I think you'll be surprised by what you find. :-)
Jan Schmidt December 09, 2011 at 04:25 PM
and you think Perry will fix this... have you seen what he did to TX?
Paul Mercury December 09, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Regina, assuming your figure is correct, I'm curious if you know how that figure compares to other administrations. Is this something Rush is babbling about today?
ForThePeople December 10, 2011 at 03:03 PM
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/403958/december-08-2011/rick-perry-s-pro-christmas-ad The advertisement spoken about in this blog entry… Stephen Colbert pulls no punches.
ForThePeople December 10, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Did you forget to login again under a different name to support yourself, "Regina?" Might want to delete that comment before any admins see it.
Paul Mercury December 10, 2011 at 09:59 PM
I completely agree. Colbert is a national treasure. He's funny in everything project he's ever done - at least everything I've seen - and who can forget that White House correspondents dinner back during the Bush admin. That was hard core.
Paul Mercury December 10, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Regina, thanks for the figures. Where did they come from? I don't doubt that they're accurate, as they were confirmed by Regina, but I'd like some context.
Jan Schmidt December 10, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Everything after 2010 is "estimated"!!! And how can that possibly be a reason to get rid of a President that has saved us from disaster?
Jan Schmidt December 11, 2011 at 12:02 AM
@Fred - the policies that have doomed us? Please be specific... we're you refering to the unpaid for war and tax give-away?
Jan Schmidt December 11, 2011 at 12:55 AM
So him wanting you to have $1500 more each year is... what? Somehow divisive? This week.. "Weekly Address: Extending and Expanding the Payroll Tax Cut - President Obama calls on Congress to extend and expand the payroll tax cut -- to protect middle class families and ensure that the economy continues to grow." Ya need to stop listening to the liars, Fred - you're not lookin' to swift here...
Paul Mercury December 11, 2011 at 05:56 AM
Regina, Redeye has more of an audience than Colbert? Can you verify that?
Jan Schmidt December 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM
"The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have bested their late-night broadcast competition and rank Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, among viewers 18-24 and 18-34 in late-night. " http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/michele-ganeless-268576 this week's Monday Cable Feed - "Daily Show 1.480 million viewers Colbert Report 1.260 million viewers" ____________________ It appears that Regina could care less about the facts than he/she does about putting others down.
Paul Mercury December 11, 2011 at 09:42 PM
So, Regina, you were wrong about Redeye. Wrong. And there is no more pathetic figure than Dennis Miller. He's never been funny, even when he goofed on the right wing. His cynical, calculated switch from a liberal to a GOP shill ruined his career. Now he has nobody.
Tony Schinella (Editor) December 11, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Dennis Miller has always been hilarious.
Paul Mercury December 11, 2011 at 11:09 PM
@Tony I guess to each their own. The way he laughs at his own material always put me off - it's as though he's trying to convince us that he's funny.
Tony Schinella (Editor) December 12, 2011 at 12:01 AM
You know, that's a good point. He does laugh at his own material. But I think that is more of a nervous tick than a, "Hey, I'm so hilarious, I make myself laugh" thing.
ForThePeople December 12, 2011 at 06:10 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-executes-woman-convicted-sorcery-132159048.html A look at a theocracy in action. Just say no.
ForThePeople December 13, 2011 at 03:06 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/romney-gay-vet-meet-differ-hampshire-224237218.html Bigotry in action (Mitt Romney), hot off the presses. A veteran can die for our country but can't get married because of some religious belief systems. This is why we need to know about his Mormon beliefs; how far does this discrimination go? Reject theocracy. Reject bigotry.
Paul Mercury December 13, 2011 at 03:25 AM
I have to admit rg, I have no idea what you're talking about. You've posted a paragraph about yourselves somewhere? How narcissistic. I don't know what it says, or why you think I'd care. This is a board for discussing issues, not egos.
Paul Mercury December 13, 2011 at 03:29 AM
I thought this was funny, too. I guess the guy he spoke to didn't "fit the profile" of a gay man, so Mitt never saw it coming. Why does Mitt believe in special rights for one group of people? That's un-American.
Paul Mercury December 13, 2011 at 04:09 AM
How horrible. That poor woman. Seems that too many devoutly religious people think it would be a good idea to weaken the wall between church & state, without realizing that mixing them ruins both. "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."  --  Susan B. Anthony 1896
Paul Mercury December 13, 2011 at 06:31 AM
You would interpret NOT going on about ones personal details a sign of self-importance? In any case, this is Patch, not facebook.
Paul Mercury December 13, 2011 at 06:57 AM
Why don't you just make them up? Nothing has stopped you thus far...
ForThePeople December 13, 2011 at 03:58 PM
I live in and am from New Hampshire. That being said, I have no doubt I will continue to be trolled by you and a couple others who rabidly follow me on this patch. It's not necessarily a problem, as I was aware beforehand how obsessive people on the right can be. It's like with the gay issue; the very fact that someone exists who thinks and acts differently from them, it's just intolerable for those kinds of people to share the world with anyone else, and it's distinctly on the right that you find that. It should be a red flag for all of you, but it's not because you are in the thick of it. That being said, I support your right to say, think, and feel all of these things. A person who is progressive supports *everyone's* rights. It's a tenet. Since I'm here, I'm going to clarify a few things. Am I communist/socialist/democracy/republic/so on and so forth? I like parts of all of these and more that you haven't even considered. Actually, America has parts of all of these and has for years. This latest meme to categorize people as being one of the other (to belittle their viewpoint) is not getting us anywhere, it's a retread from the cold war, and it's a red herring to begin with because we already contain all of these things. Government is a complicated beast, far beyond name-calling and pigeonholing.
ForThePeople December 13, 2011 at 03:58 PM
I don't believe I am better than anyone else. That's also a progressive ideal, although perhaps more implicit than explicit. I support my own and others' individuality, but it's not from a position of trying to figure out who is superior. I really don't care, even if there were such a person. Some people would espouse a meritocracy. Some people would espouse a geniocracy. But the problem is, there is always somebody more deserving and smarter than you are, and it dwarfs the rights and feelings of the majority (by definition, the majority is sub-median intelligence). I don't support dwarfing anyone's voice, and I'm not preoccupied with determining my position relative somebody else.
ForThePeople December 13, 2011 at 03:59 PM
What I am concerned with, is that I feel as if we are wasting time. While we fight over silly things like what people do in their bedrooms, while we namecall over government systems, of which we have borrowed from all, while we pigeonhole and denigrate on the basis of religion, race, creed, gender, sex, ability level, sexuality, and so on, we are spending our finite natural resources and our time on such pettiness. In reality, it doesn't matter how many yachts someone has, what car they drive, how big their house is, because eventually everyone passes away. The best thing you can do is to enjoy the life you have, let *OTHERS* enjoy the life *they* have, and focus on the real issues of humanity that confront us: finite resources, climate change, finite planet, illness, and old age. When are we going to get serious as a species? I can tell you it's not going to be anytime soon while people are fighting over gods, sex, and figuring out whether someone is a communist. This primitive bickering and preoccupation with pettiness is why I cannot support the right.


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