The Republicans are not satisfied at all with the crop of candidates for President. The candidates don't have all the proper credentials to hit all the points required to fulfill Republican ideology. They have Michele Bachmann, charismatic and emphatic lunatic, they have Rick Santorum, emphatic lunatic, and a string of dishonorable adulterers and wishy-washy nothings and nobodies. They've had to dig down toward the bottom of the barrel to find even these few unacceptable candidates.
But, if they'll just keep digging, all the way to the bottom of the barrel, they'll find exactly what they're looking for, the savior of the Republican Party -- Rick Perry.
Texas Governor Perry follows in the footsteps of that other Texas governor who became president, George Bush. Even though George Bush was undoubtedly the very best Republican president, ever, showing the treasured Republican characteristics of ignorance, arrogance, incompetence, religious delusion and utter disregard for the poor, the sick and the elderly, the Republicans never mention him, never bring him up at all to brag about his sterling Republican qualities.
Could it be that out of understandable hypocrisy, they never mention Bush, because his ten year tax cut binge for the wealthy caused the government to have to borrow $51 billion to pay for the first quarter checks being sent out, and caused an additional $1.35 trillion to be added to the deficit? All the while, keeping up the hypocrisy, the Republicans are condemning Obama to burn in the fires of hell for wanting, just one time, to raise the debt limit to get the country out of recession, never mentioning that Reagan raised the debt limit 18 times and was praised by the same Republicans for it.
And besides, Bush was too intellectual, too charismatic, too personable for the current Republicans. Perry is not burdened with any of that.
Perry can do better than that. He has already beaten Bush in religious delusion. He's got the American Family Association, designated a hate-group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, to sponsor a "Day of Prayer and Fasting" in Houston, Texas. Here are some of the people he's thrown in with.
AFA president Tim Wildmon said Jews, Muslims, atheists or any other non-Christian would go to hell unless they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.
AFA executive Bryan Fischer has blamed gays for the Holocaust and has called on Muslims to convert to Christianity or face the wrath of the U.S. military. He also said that social welfare programs make black women want to rut like rabbits.
Perry has associated himself with Rod Parsley, a Pentecostal faith healer who said that homosexuals are carrying 60 percent of known cases of syphilis. This false information was taken from the Family Research Institute, another designated hate-group, headed by Paul Cameron who was kicked out of the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association for lying.
Perry has recommended his followers read The Five Thousand Year Leap, a book by Cleon Skousen, recommended by Glen Beck. Skousen re-wrote and re-titled the book as The Miracle of America in which he said that the white slave owners of the south were the worst victims of slavery. He labeled African-American children as pickaninnies and had kind words for southerners who defended white civilization from the threat of slave revolts.
Those are some of Perry's credentials for Republican purity, confirmed by the people he prefers to associate with and whose approval he seeks. But in addition to that, his Republican credentials for social issues are unmatched by any other Republican candidate.
Perry says that Social Security is a disease. He says that it's the second big step in the march to socialism. He says the first step was the national income tax, alongside the amendment that provided for the direct election of U.S. senators.
In the last session of the Texas legislature, with a $27 billion state deficit looming, Perry first took care of the real emergency issues: photo ID in order to vote, sonogram before abortion, and local law enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Perry tried to pull Texas out of Medicaid but had to give up on it when the state comptroller pointed out that it would bankrupt the state. He also opined that Texas would be better off if it seceded from the union. He is a strong state's rights supporter, which was the original catch-phrase for the southern states to retain slavery and now is the ideological excuse to ignore what people like Perry don't like about federal regulation.
In keeping with Perry's hypocrisy about keeping government out of people's lives, he signed an executive order requiring all sixth grade girls to be vaccinated against HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. It just so happened that Mike Toomey is a long time friend of Perry and is also the lobbyist for Merck, the manufacturer of the vaccine. Toomey has made millions getting the Texas legislature, with Perry's help, to pass legislation favorable to him and his company. But, again, Perry hit a stump on this one. Even his most ardent supporters, the Christian conservatives, couldn't stomach the invasion of privacy. They raised hell and the legislature tossed it out.
Some grim statistics give us a look at the state Texas is in after 10 years of Perry's conservative rule.