It seems like the Republican Party has fallen in love again, enough so with Rick Perry that Glenn Beck would be willing to take time away from scribbling on his chalk board to kiss the man.
Oh to be in love again! Perry is handsome, arrogant, and absolutely certain that what comes out of his mouth is a directive from on high. No pussy-footing around with this guy; as he put forth the idea that if the federal government doesn’t get its act together, Texas should secede from the union. We like our leaders strong, so this love bond is rock solid with the base.
Love is really what the Republican Party is all about these days: the introduction in 2007 of runner-up beauty pageant contestant and former half term Governor Palin created a love affair with that ten percent of the party that likes to wear funny hats and disrupt town halls meetings, and on a smaller scale, the party that has adopted as its resident poster girl, Michele Bachmann.
But these are times where matters of the heart are fickle and fleeting: Palin is a fading memory, a messenger without a message on a bus tour with no direction, and Bachmann will be lucky to retain her congressional seat when it comes up for re-election, much less win the party nomination. It’s Perry who has won the hearts and minds of the Party and no matter how loud the doubters will sound a cautious warning on the pitfalls of leading with your heart, love is blind and must be free to run its course.
Scott Keyes, who wrote an article for ThinkProgress.org this summer, is one of those Perry detractors who listed ten things you don’t know about Perry. Keyes listed that Perry, during a speech funded by BP (British Petroleum), said that the BP oil spill was an act of God, and not a criminal over-site by those in charge of the protection of the environment and the livelihoods of those dependent on fishing those waters. Keyes also documented that Governor Perry boldly bragged that Texas “had the best health care in the country”, which, according to actual data, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country, as one in four lack coverage, with the national average at 15.4%
So before you seal that agape bond that seems to be sweeping the base off its feet, you might want to read the entirety of Mr. Keyes article for yourself, as you might want to know where Perry stands on the issues that we all are facing, and in desperate need of fixing. But what do I know; I’m still mending a broken heart since Ross Perot walked out on me.