Friday, September 17, 2021

Only One

There are currently five major candidates running for President:  Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  Who is in the lead or mostly likely to win has changed from time to time, and it may or may not change again.  However, of those five –

Only one candidate voluntarily joined the military and proudly wore the uniform.

Rick Perry flew C130’s around the world.  Ron Paul was drafted.  The other three never served at all, they were neither drafted for Vietnam nor volunteered to serve.  Newt was ineligible for draft.  Mitt Romney was busy as a missionary in Paris when he could otherwise have been drafted.  Rick Santorum is too young to have been drafted.

Service in uniform is essential in a Commander in Chief.  Only someone who has served can truly understand the mind of the Soldier.  Although being a pilot, a grunt, or a deckhand doesn’t give one meaningful strategic vision, it does give one a unique appreciation for what it means to be at the bottom of the military food chain, where the action happens.

 Only one candidate has experience as commander of a large number of troops. 

While it is possible Ron Paul had subordinates while a Captain in the Air Force and ARNG, as a medical officer, it is unlikely, albeit possible, that he was in “command”.  Rick Perry has been the Commander in Chief of the Texas National Guard, an experience invaluable for someone aspiring to be Commander in Chief of the nation’s armed forces.  This gives Governor Perry an organizational understanding of the military to complement his service perspective.

Only one candidate has a real plan to overhaul Washington – to tear down the status quo rather than tease around the edges.

Governor Perry intends to completely overhaul Washington D.C.  He has well defined plans to simplify the tax code, rein in Congress, reduce spending, fix entitlements, eliminate departments, and reduce the national debt.  Other candidates have plans to do some of these things, but only Governor Perry’s plan paints with bold colors.  The others want to “fix” Washington, improve it.  Rick Perry wants to fundamentally change the way business is done there.  I say it’s about time.

Only one candidate has over a decade of executive governing experience.

The only other Governor in the race is Mitt Romney, who served one term and did not seek reelection in the face of certain defeat.  We have seen what executive inexperience at the POTUS level means. It is time for a Governor who has successfully governed a state has proven that they can handle the executive requirements of the office.

Only one candidate repeatedly and sincerely declaring intent to fully secure border with Mexico.

Governor Perry has been labeled as soft on immigration, and the evidence shows that this is an unfair perception.  As Governor of Texas, he has made great strides in securing Texas’ border with Mexico and has fought against sanctuary cities within his state.  He is the only candidate continuously stating his intention to secure the border, promising that “the border will be secure within 1 year of his hand leaving that Bible.”  In a field generally weak on illegal immigration, Rick Perry will seal the border, the others will likely continue to talk about the “illegal immigration” problem.

 Only one candidate is strong on all three legs of Reagan’s conservative stool, with the governing record to back the rhetoric.

Governor Perry is pro-life, pro-family, pro-2nd Amendment rights, pro-right to work, anti-tax, anti-spending, pro-military.  He will nominate only conservative judges to the courts.  He has signed 6 balanced budgets in his state without raising taxes. He signed tort reform in his state.

 Only one candidate has a record of presiding over a government that created jobs, and continues to do so at a rate far outstripping the national average.

Texas created over 1 million jobs during Governor Perry’s time in office.  The rest of the country has a net loss of jobs over the same period.

Only one choice for me.

Many will tell you for one reason or another that you should not support Governor Perry.  I’ll lay it out simply.  If those that say Mitt Romney is inevitable are right, then you MUST vote for Rick Perry, because it will be a message to Romney and others what conservatives want.  If they are wrong, if Romney will eventually fall as the GOP electorate pays more attention( I believe this is possible if not likely, as long as there is an alternative in the race), then voting for Rick Perry keeps Governor Perry in long enough to get his message out.  Do not listen to those saying a vote for Rick Perry is a vote for Romney[or whoever], because this early in the game, strategic voting only makes sense if you want the talking heads to determine the outcome.  A vote for Rick Perry is a vote for Rick Perry, and all the things he stands for.  In the general, we vote for someone we may not like to beat the one we must.  In the primaries, we must vote for the one we most would like to see holding the office, otherwise, we abdicate our right to participate.

Governor Perry is the closest thing we may ever come to a conservative wish list candidate.  Although not perfect, he embodies the full spectrum of conservative ideals more than any of the others this cycle, and more than most in the past.

 

 

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

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  1. Status Quo or the Wrecking Ball. I choose the wrecking ball.

    Here is what I tweeted earlier today:

    ” [Perry] flat tax falls on deaf ears? Newton’s 1st law of motion isn’t inertia, it’s the Status Quo… ”

    Hooah, it’s as plain as the nose on all of our faces for those who have eyes to see…

    • Just wish more could see. Rick Perry is obviously the best choice. I still have hope. It is all up to him really, if he wavers again or drops out, he can’t do it. If he stands firm and stays in, he still has a fighting chance, especially now that the “poor debater” meme has been marginalized with a string of good debates.

      • Governor Perry’s son tweeted from an event today that Newt was putting the crowd to sleep.

        Also there was another report today that Mitt’s crowds are dwindling.

        Maybe people have campaign fatigue. We shall see.

  2. I know, as a nurse, that the back surgery and post-op period (and meds needed) would have impacted Perry greatly. Even if he hadn’t had the surgery last July, he would have obviously been in pain or wouldn’t have gone through with it. The timing was the problem. Not enough time to get healed. Period.

    Still, there seems to have been a reason to not give him media support once he showed good debate performance. A combination of wanting to make sure we don’t get a true conservative and the need to push for Romney as the candidate. The GOP establishment has their fingerprints on this.

    • The GOP Establishment yes indeedie. Does anyone think all the RINOS want to be sent home without pay till they pass a BBA?
      But Lady P I think it goes further than that.
      Way back when Perry first tossed his hat into the ring a Dem strategist in Texas was quoted as saying “don’t bother to try digging up dirt on him… we’ve been trying to find some for years and there isn’t any”. So there goes the opportunity for attack ads.
      Then we had their lovely little experiment with the rock at the LEASED hunting camp. When that came out a group of Black Dem legislators in Texas were quoted as saying that “there isn’t a racist bone in Perry’s body”. So there goes the race card.
      So what does that leave the Dems and the RINOS (and I see Rove absolutely ALL OVER this lest Perry should render his chubby little self irrelevant) who, I believe fear Rick Perry right down to the hairs on their big toes? Total media blackout. If Joe Sixpack and his wife never hear anything about Rick Perry they will think of him as not being worthy of media attention and won’t vote for him.
      What really disgusts me more than anything is FOX News… Fair and balanced my a$$. If they (Hannity et al) were even remotely close to the way they portray themselves Rick Perry would be right in their collective wheelhouses.
      Soooo, donning my tinfoil hat all the better to ponder all the suck weasels on FOX further I hearkened back to the health care mess and the then blatant war on FOX by little barry soweto and his henchmen.
      Could it be that little barry and his racist lapdog over at the DOJ threatened Rupert’s FCC license if he gave any credence to Perry’s candidacy? We all KNOW Perry would knock little barry right out of the box and the above referenced racist lapdog right into the slam, and I believe little barry knows that as well. I wouldn’t put anything past the little cretin.

  3. We have allowed the pundits to overstate the Romney lead as well. We can’t forget that these early primary states are not getting a full slate of delegates. It’s not until the later states begin to vote that the delegate numbers begin to pile up.

    This is the reason that we heard constant refrains of the delegate count back when McCain/Romney/Huckabee were racing against each other but we are hearing absolutely nothing about it now.

    These early open primaries simply don’t count for jack. I hope those of us in later states get a chance to support our candidates in a real race.

    Stay in Gov. Perry. We need a proven conservative leader in this election.

  4. Forty years ago, Ronald Wilson Reagan was governor of a very large, very prosperous state. Besides his executive esperience, the things he had going for him were his patriotism, his vehement opposition to tyranny and his adamant position that Washington, DC was far too consequential in the lives of the American people. Two of his most often cited positions were that government was not a “solution” but was in fact a “problem” and also that those forces whose goal was the death of America sprung from not just a different ideology, but were in fact “evil”. In the socialist circles in America, and of course the socialist world of Western Europe, he was referred to as a “cowboy”. You know the rest of the story. Oh, did we mention he wore the uniform?

  5. Thanks HM. What I wonder is, (in the famous words of David Lifton the author of the JFK book”Best Evidence”) – who put the ‘silent veto’ on Rick Perry as he got out of the gate? He got his hand return-stamped “Southern Idiot” by (someone?)faster than at the front gate of Disney World on this vacation. Sure the MSM = a Lib Dem control group at the head of the whole process given their access and proximity to all the Repub candidates, but good candidates and good issues can always blast through them, at times (witness Newt’s owning of Juan Williams’ janitor question yesterday). Alas I do not have time nor resources to do true investigative reporting. But my suspicion would be – aswith so much else that looks funny these days – passive conspiracy on the part Fox News in New York City. Fox has seemed to be pulling punches or not picking up a lot of stories favorable to authrntic conservatism, or most noticeably Israel , dating exactly to the time last year that the Saudis bought 20% of Fox News Corp.

    • Somewhere along the way I had missed the fact that the Saudis bought 20% of FOX News.
      As I was pondering FOX’s blatant lack of support for Perry I had actually wondered, in addition to little barry and the FCC license, if Bain had bought part of FOX.
      Thanks for bringing that to light.

  6. Furthering along my theory that Perry would be in much better shape with the old healthy Fox around – what major personality who had comandeered excellent ratings and residuals for Fox, left about that time? I have never b ought that it was an amicaable parting of the ways, nor that Beck was outright fired. That doesnt happen at that level of salary and royalties – to easy for the employeeo Could it be he saw a bunch of stuff going down around there that he wssnt happy with – and was getting the h*$$ out of Dodge for his own sake?

  1. Status Quo or the Wrecking Ball. I choose the wrecking ball.

    Here is what I tweeted earlier today:

    ” [Perry] flat tax falls on deaf ears? Newton’s 1st law of motion isn’t inertia, it’s the Status Quo… ”

    Hooah, it’s as plain as the nose on all of our faces for those who have eyes to see…

    • Just wish more could see. Rick Perry is obviously the best choice. I still have hope. It is all up to him really, if he wavers again or drops out, he can’t do it. If he stands firm and stays in, he still has a fighting chance, especially now that the “poor debater” meme has been marginalized with a string of good debates.

      • Governor Perry’s son tweeted from an event today that Newt was putting the crowd to sleep.

        Also there was another report today that Mitt’s crowds are dwindling.

        Maybe people have campaign fatigue. We shall see.

  2. I know, as a nurse, that the back surgery and post-op period (and meds needed) would have impacted Perry greatly. Even if he hadn’t had the surgery last July, he would have obviously been in pain or wouldn’t have gone through with it. The timing was the problem. Not enough time to get healed. Period.

    Still, there seems to have been a reason to not give him media support once he showed good debate performance. A combination of wanting to make sure we don’t get a true conservative and the need to push for Romney as the candidate. The GOP establishment has their fingerprints on this.

    • The GOP Establishment yes indeedie. Does anyone think all the RINOS want to be sent home without pay till they pass a BBA?
      But Lady P I think it goes further than that.
      Way back when Perry first tossed his hat into the ring a Dem strategist in Texas was quoted as saying “don’t bother to try digging up dirt on him… we’ve been trying to find some for years and there isn’t any”. So there goes the opportunity for attack ads.
      Then we had their lovely little experiment with the rock at the LEASED hunting camp. When that came out a group of Black Dem legislators in Texas were quoted as saying that “there isn’t a racist bone in Perry’s body”. So there goes the race card.
      So what does that leave the Dems and the RINOS (and I see Rove absolutely ALL OVER this lest Perry should render his chubby little self irrelevant) who, I believe fear Rick Perry right down to the hairs on their big toes? Total media blackout. If Joe Sixpack and his wife never hear anything about Rick Perry they will think of him as not being worthy of media attention and won’t vote for him.
      What really disgusts me more than anything is FOX News… Fair and balanced my a$$. If they (Hannity et al) were even remotely close to the way they portray themselves Rick Perry would be right in their collective wheelhouses.
      Soooo, donning my tinfoil hat all the better to ponder all the suck weasels on FOX further I hearkened back to the health care mess and the then blatant war on FOX by little barry soweto and his henchmen.
      Could it be that little barry and his racist lapdog over at the DOJ threatened Rupert’s FCC license if he gave any credence to Perry’s candidacy? We all KNOW Perry would knock little barry right out of the box and the above referenced racist lapdog right into the slam, and I believe little barry knows that as well. I wouldn’t put anything past the little cretin.

  3. We have allowed the pundits to overstate the Romney lead as well. We can’t forget that these early primary states are not getting a full slate of delegates. It’s not until the later states begin to vote that the delegate numbers begin to pile up.

    This is the reason that we heard constant refrains of the delegate count back when McCain/Romney/Huckabee were racing against each other but we are hearing absolutely nothing about it now.

    These early open primaries simply don’t count for jack. I hope those of us in later states get a chance to support our candidates in a real race.

    Stay in Gov. Perry. We need a proven conservative leader in this election.

  4. Forty years ago, Ronald Wilson Reagan was governor of a very large, very prosperous state. Besides his executive esperience, the things he had going for him were his patriotism, his vehement opposition to tyranny and his adamant position that Washington, DC was far too consequential in the lives of the American people. Two of his most often cited positions were that government was not a “solution” but was in fact a “problem” and also that those forces whose goal was the death of America sprung from not just a different ideology, but were in fact “evil”. In the socialist circles in America, and of course the socialist world of Western Europe, he was referred to as a “cowboy”. You know the rest of the story. Oh, did we mention he wore the uniform?

  5. Thanks HM. What I wonder is, (in the famous words of David Lifton the author of the JFK book”Best Evidence”) – who put the ‘silent veto’ on Rick Perry as he got out of the gate? He got his hand return-stamped “Southern Idiot” by (someone?)faster than at the front gate of Disney World on this vacation. Sure the MSM = a Lib Dem control group at the head of the whole process given their access and proximity to all the Repub candidates, but good candidates and good issues can always blast through them, at times (witness Newt’s owning of Juan Williams’ janitor question yesterday). Alas I do not have time nor resources to do true investigative reporting. But my suspicion would be – aswith so much else that looks funny these days – passive conspiracy on the part Fox News in New York City. Fox has seemed to be pulling punches or not picking up a lot of stories favorable to authrntic conservatism, or most noticeably Israel , dating exactly to the time last year that the Saudis bought 20% of Fox News Corp.

    • Somewhere along the way I had missed the fact that the Saudis bought 20% of FOX News.
      As I was pondering FOX’s blatant lack of support for Perry I had actually wondered, in addition to little barry and the FCC license, if Bain had bought part of FOX.
      Thanks for bringing that to light.

  6. Furthering along my theory that Perry would be in much better shape with the old healthy Fox around – what major personality who had comandeered excellent ratings and residuals for Fox, left about that time? I have never b ought that it was an amicaable parting of the ways, nor that Beck was outright fired. That doesnt happen at that level of salary and royalties – to easy for the employeeo Could it be he saw a bunch of stuff going down around there that he wssnt happy with – and was getting the h*$$ out of Dodge for his own sake?

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