Like the Lone Ranger of early TV fame, Rick Perry rode into town to save the Tea Party from itself. Armed with two silver-bullet firing guns, the hero of Texas left his home state to do battle for truth, justice and the American way! Or am I mixing up my heroes? Tonto did not accompany Perry because, after all, his skin color is, well, you know.
A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and… The cloud of dust is apropos, for sure. Dust as in foggy, fuzzy, blurred and indistinct. Perry ‘believes’ in lots of stuff and isn’t a bit afraid to share them with the rest of us. Trouble is, my 7-year-old grandson ‘believes’ in lots of things too. You get the point. Apparently the Bible is Perry’s science book. By the way, wasn’t there a big dust-up in Texas over the science curriculum and creationism? Odd state, Texas. Didn’t Perry once suggest that Texas secede from the Union? Now he wants to be the president of the Union? Are you confused?
Perry also wants to effectively get rid of the Federal Government. So then, why is he running to be the CEO of an institution that he wishes to dissolve. Are you even more confused?
Perry boasts that Texas is one of the best ‘jobs’ states in, well, the Union. He’s a job creator, he barks. The fact is that Betty White could have been governor and the same number of jobs would have been created. After all, most are in the burgeoning oil industry. Also in the trade-with-Mexico category. Wow. Not only that, but they are bottom of the barrel jobs- at minimum wage [that’s Federal minimum wage FYO]. Texas ranks #26 in unemployment; some miracle.
Perry also thinks that the U.S. Military would salute him more enthusiastically than they salute President Obama. They’d have more ‘respect’ for a President Perry than President Obama. Why that would be so, of course, is an assumption, but it fits into his ‘belief’ system. Is it because he is white? Or is it because he, like GW Bush served in the Air Force? Was GW Bush respected for his preemptive invasion of Iraq? Beats me. Do former military make better Commanders -in-Chief?
I’m guessing that Perry is the hero of the Tea Party because of all of the nonsense above- especially the hate for Obama. Perry is emerging as the quintessential crusader-on-the-white-horse armed and ready to do battle with the ‘dark invader,’ to mix hero metaphors. That’s what the Tea Party wants- someone to put that black man in his place.
That ‘place’ was already dog-whistled, and not so subtly the other day by Perry as he said of the Fed Chair, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Ugly in Texas. Lynching? Dragging him chained to the back of a pickup?
That’s what the Tea Party wants Perry to do to President Obama. Treat him ‘ugly.’ Rick Perry- The hero of the Tea Party.