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Rick Perry for Commander in Chief

As I have stated before, I am a full-spectrum conservative. I believe in common-sense, Constitutional conservatism based on the “three-legged stool” – fiscal, social, and national defense conservatism. All three of those legs are important, but my heart is especially with the national defense concerns.

Many long time bloggers know me from the posts I started writing at Redstate.com on my first deployment. Some may think of me as the guy at Redstate who keeps writing posts nagging us to remember that we are still at war.

As a veteran who served two tours in Iraq and saw good men and women lost, this issue resonates with me more than any other. Although our government has been bent and twisted from the founders’ intent, it still holds true that the central role of the President of the United States is that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

Many have watched with dismay over the last few years as the military has been shackled with insane rules of engagement, resources that matched political expediency rather than mission requirements, more concern over the cultural sensibilities of our enemies than the lives of our Soldiers, and frankly – a CinC who appears to lose more sleep over a bad day at golf than over the deaths of America’s finest.

All of the GOP candidates (with the possible exception of Ron Paul), would clearly be much better than President Obama. Other bloggers have made the general case for Rick Perry for President, including on Redstate and Unified Patriots. He is a good choice for many reasons. But the most important reason to me – of all of the people seeking the nomination, it is my heartfelt opinion that he is the best choice for Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Governor Perry is a veteran himself, who flew missions around the globe. He understands what it means to wear the uniform. However, we only have to look at the likes of John Murtha, John Kerry, and Ron Paul to know that by itself, prior service isn’t enough.

Governor Perry already has experience as the Commander in Chief of the Texas National Guard, and he has a reputation in Texas for reaching out to both veterans and gold star families. Marcus Lutrell, the man who lived through what was, at that time, the deadliest single day for American Special Forces, is a personal friend of the Perry family, and endorsed Governor Perry with a touching video:

 

The following video shows Governor Perry’s heart and passion for American troops, especially those in harm’s way – and he clearly understands on a gut level what the troops went through in the deserts of Iraq:


Governor Perry’s love for the troops and understanding of who and what they are also shines in a video intended for Veteran’s Day, featured in another post on Redstate. Of all the men and women who have been on that stage this election cycle, none have my confidence and trust like Governor Perry. Although the last troops (almost) just left Iraq, and the future in Afghanistan is uncertain, the War on Terror won’t go away because we wish it so. The troops I trained and led and the ones they train and lead will serve in some god-forsaken ugly place with certifiably evil people trying to kill them, it is a given. I pray that we can be wise enough give them a Commander in Chief who will respect their sacrifice and their devotion to this country, one that will allow them to complete their missions with the resources, RoEs and common sense they require. Rick Perry is that person.

Rick Perry for Commander in Chief 2012

 

 

Cross Posted slightly different version at Redstate.com

Scott MacHardy
Retired Army. Disabled Veteran. Constitutional Conservative. Ordained Minister.

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  1. Wonderfully said, Hooah. Too many people minimize the importance of America’s defense, and that commanding our forces requires, no, better than that, America DESERVES to have someone in charge who actually understands, appreciates and yes, loves America. And will defend her.

  2. This article will touch many, not because of its heartfelt opinion on the election, but because of the man who wrote it. Thank you, Hooah, from the bottom of my heart for everything you wish for and stand for, have sacrificed and accomplished for this great country

  3. Any one of the candidates, or probably any one of us ranters here at UP, could probably go in there and straighten out the US economy, and probably in the process the world’s, as they are always along for the ride. But this thing called the US military, and including the civilian component of it, is a whole ‘nother ballgame. There is so much PC that needs to be cut out of it, root and branch, it’s not funny. That’s going to take someone not only with an “I don’t care what you write or say about me” attitude and shiny brass gonadical attributes, but also a keen understanding of traditional American relationships and institutions of all kinds, including the military. There is no doubt that Governor Perry fits that bill.
    Thanks, Mac, for your presentation. And keep on keepin’ on.

  4. My national defense concerns cringe when I see a candidate’s record that includes pushing for wholesale amnesty for illegal aliens, a US-Mexican Highway built on Eminent Domain stolen land, calling Tancredo a racist for standing up for our own immigration laws, ridiculing Gov. Brewer for SB1070 in trying to protect her state from being overrun or calling loyal citizens who fully understand American Sovereignty that we’re “heartless”!

    Rick Perry not a true conservative by Tancredo https://politi.co/pv9OnW

    The Phony Right-Wing, Part 5: James Richard ‘Rick’ Perry https://bit.ly/qRJo3B

    Rick Perry’s dangerous Muslim compromise: https://bit.ly/qGCjjR

    Rick Perry AGREES with Obama: Open Borders for America https://bit.ly/qfmWli

    Rick Perry thanked by Vicente Fox for Illegals In-State Tuition (TX Dream Act) https://bit.ly/qWLDMY

    Does GOP want Perrys DREAM act too? https://bit.ly/lmyB3R

    • You would do yourself a favor to just name YOUR candidate and not spread a bunch of bunk put out by the media wing of the Democrat Party. Rick Perry is the ONE candidate who encompasses all three legs of the Republican stool, does your candidate? or are we selling short those who do to get the so called most electable? because the Republican Party has sold that bill of pathetic goods to us election after election!

    • I gotta ask, so then, you’d vote for Obama again?

      Or do you have another dog you favor? Out with it. It’s always been curious to me that we think by diminishing one man we build up another.

      That’s just not so.

    • Just curious, who do YOU support and why? Is that candidate perfection walking? I wasn’t aware that the second coming had already occurred.

      Rick Perry isn’t perfect, but he had a state to govern and he managed to govern the state with the highest job growth and with the least government intervention in our lives of all the 50 states.

      Please note that I have not picked my candidate in the primary yet. The first guy I picked was chased out of the race. But I would vote for ANY of the current GOP candidates over Barrack Obama.

    • I am still waiting for @winghunter to reply to my tweet from Dec. 15th.

      “I take it you have a better candidate in mind. Who? If Rove and Axelrod couldn’t unelect Perry, I doubt you will.”

      Well???????

      I take it that since Insider Advantage Iowa poll has Perry now at 16% and in 3rd place above Gingrich at 13% in 4th, @winghunger is back to his tricks.

  5. Rick Perry would be the most difficult candidate for the Obama machine to attack. Just look at the treasure trove of baggage of Gingrich or Romney. Rick´s military service plus his performance as governor of Texas when compared to the failures of Obama, foreign and domestic open up a clear path to the whitehouse. Sure, Bachmann and Santorum are good conservatives, but they should get out of the way so all of us can unite behind Rick Perry. He can and will win. They cannot!

  1. Wonderfully said, Hooah. Too many people minimize the importance of America’s defense, and that commanding our forces requires, no, better than that, America DESERVES to have someone in charge who actually understands, appreciates and yes, loves America. And will defend her.

  2. This article will touch many, not because of its heartfelt opinion on the election, but because of the man who wrote it. Thank you, Hooah, from the bottom of my heart for everything you wish for and stand for, have sacrificed and accomplished for this great country

  3. Any one of the candidates, or probably any one of us ranters here at UP, could probably go in there and straighten out the US economy, and probably in the process the world’s, as they are always along for the ride. But this thing called the US military, and including the civilian component of it, is a whole ‘nother ballgame. There is so much PC that needs to be cut out of it, root and branch, it’s not funny. That’s going to take someone not only with an “I don’t care what you write or say about me” attitude and shiny brass gonadical attributes, but also a keen understanding of traditional American relationships and institutions of all kinds, including the military. There is no doubt that Governor Perry fits that bill.
    Thanks, Mac, for your presentation. And keep on keepin’ on.

  4. My national defense concerns cringe when I see a candidate’s record that includes pushing for wholesale amnesty for illegal aliens, a US-Mexican Highway built on Eminent Domain stolen land, calling Tancredo a racist for standing up for our own immigration laws, ridiculing Gov. Brewer for SB1070 in trying to protect her state from being overrun or calling loyal citizens who fully understand American Sovereignty that we’re “heartless”!

    Rick Perry not a true conservative by Tancredo https://politi.co/pv9OnW

    The Phony Right-Wing, Part 5: James Richard ‘Rick’ Perry https://bit.ly/qRJo3B

    Rick Perry’s dangerous Muslim compromise: https://bit.ly/qGCjjR

    Rick Perry AGREES with Obama: Open Borders for America https://bit.ly/qfmWli

    Rick Perry thanked by Vicente Fox for Illegals In-State Tuition (TX Dream Act) https://bit.ly/qWLDMY

    Does GOP want Perrys DREAM act too? https://bit.ly/lmyB3R

    • You would do yourself a favor to just name YOUR candidate and not spread a bunch of bunk put out by the media wing of the Democrat Party. Rick Perry is the ONE candidate who encompasses all three legs of the Republican stool, does your candidate? or are we selling short those who do to get the so called most electable? because the Republican Party has sold that bill of pathetic goods to us election after election!

    • I gotta ask, so then, you’d vote for Obama again?

      Or do you have another dog you favor? Out with it. It’s always been curious to me that we think by diminishing one man we build up another.

      That’s just not so.

    • Just curious, who do YOU support and why? Is that candidate perfection walking? I wasn’t aware that the second coming had already occurred.

      Rick Perry isn’t perfect, but he had a state to govern and he managed to govern the state with the highest job growth and with the least government intervention in our lives of all the 50 states.

      Please note that I have not picked my candidate in the primary yet. The first guy I picked was chased out of the race. But I would vote for ANY of the current GOP candidates over Barrack Obama.

    • I am still waiting for @winghunter to reply to my tweet from Dec. 15th.

      “I take it you have a better candidate in mind. Who? If Rove and Axelrod couldn’t unelect Perry, I doubt you will.”

      Well???????

      I take it that since Insider Advantage Iowa poll has Perry now at 16% and in 3rd place above Gingrich at 13% in 4th, @winghunger is back to his tricks.

  5. Rick Perry would be the most difficult candidate for the Obama machine to attack. Just look at the treasure trove of baggage of Gingrich or Romney. Rick´s military service plus his performance as governor of Texas when compared to the failures of Obama, foreign and domestic open up a clear path to the whitehouse. Sure, Bachmann and Santorum are good conservatives, but they should get out of the way so all of us can unite behind Rick Perry. He can and will win. They cannot!

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