Secession Makes The Heart Grow Fonder? Perry Insists Voters Choose A Candidate “In Love” With The United States

Texas Governor Rick Perry has revealed one of the main distinctions that he sees between himself and Barack Obama. He insists that American needs a president who is “in love” with America. As someone who previously indicated that he was contemplating secession of his state from the United States, this appears to be a case of “separation secession making the heart grow fonder.”

In Waterloo, Perry put forward his test of love. He told the audience “I think you want a president who is passionate about America — that’s in love with America.” Clearly that is meant to exclude Obama.

Perry clearly has become more enraptured by the union since his contemplation of armed divorce in 2009: “There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that.”

Source: ABC

41 thoughts on “Secession Makes The Heart Grow Fonder? Perry Insists Voters Choose A Candidate “In Love” With The United States”

  1. AT&T Messes with Texas: Is Campaign Cash More Important than Latino Jobs?
    By Dave Saldana
    Posted: 8/15/11
    Huffington Post
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-saldana/att-messes-with-texas-is-_b_925541.html

    Excerpt:

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry suddenly finds himself among the frontrunners for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, buoyed by his supposedly strong record on creating jobs in the country’s second most populous state. But beneath the veneer of Perry’s purported success–it’s been called “a Texas miracle”–are some facts that should trouble all of us. While the Lone Star State does in fact have a lower official unemployment rate than the rest of the country, a disproportionate number of those lucky employed are toiling in minimum-wage gigs that pay them just enough to be officially poor. You’d figure facts like that would encourage Gov. Perry to take steps to protect good-paying jobs in Texas. But you’d be wrong.

    Perry is one of the biggest cheerleaders for Dallas-based AT&T’s proposed $39 billion merger with wireless rival T-Mobile, a deal which stands to put as many as 20,000 T-Mobile employees out of work if it’s approved. Particularly vulnerable are those workers who have jobs that duplicate those already done by AT&T employees–think customer service and retail workers. AT&T is promising investors $10 billion in “synergies” (read: cuts) to services like call centers that it’s suspiciously silent about in its public statements. Three major call centers that could be mothballed are in Texas, two of them in overwhelmingly Latino communities where workers were recruited and hired for their bilingual skills.

    One of these is in Brownsville, where more than 92% of its 170,000 residents are Latino. The unemployment rate there is not quite as good there as the rest of Texas, hovering around 13% . The same percentage are unemployed in Mission, Texas, the overwhelmingly Latino community of 64,000 where another T-Mobile call center is housed. In addition to bucking the statewide unemployment trend, in a bad way, Mission leads the nation in one galling statistic: nearly half (46%) of the community lacks health insurance. Things are a little better in Frisco, a Dallas suburb and home to the third T-Mobile call center in Texas. In this mostly-white city, the unemployment rate is a less painful 8.7%.

    These unemployment numbers are likely to climb if AT&T’s merger goes through and those call center workers are “synergized” right into the unemployment line. Why is Gov. Perry waving the banner for AT&T and its power grab that could pink slip hundreds of his loyal citizens? I’ll give you 692,000 guesses. That’s the number of dollars AT&T has given Perry in campaign contributions since 2002. Or maybe Perry just believes AT&T’s promise that this merger would create jobs. The fantastic number of 100,000 new jobs has been tossed around–and quickly debunked. If those promises are motivating the governor to back the corporation that pays for his campaigns rather than the citizens who voted him into office, he might want to take a closer look at AT&T’s numbers and its history. Perry could use a bit more of the healthy skepticism Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) showed when he asked AT&T and T-Mobile what this merger would mean for his Seattle-area constituents. Inslee reminded them of 2004 Cingular-AT&T Wireless merger that closed the latter’s headquarters in his district. He further reminded them of the less-than-ironclad quality of telecom companies’ promises where mergers are concerned:

  2. AT&T’s Book Club: Buys Over 700 Copies of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Book to Hand Out At Luncheon
    Phillip Dampier
    December 29, 2010
    http://stopthecap.com/2010/12/29/atts-book-club-buys-over-700-copies-of-texas-gov-rick-perrys-book-to-hand-out-at-luncheon/

    Excerpt:
    AT&T customers looking for better service need to put down those cellphones and turn off the computer and pick up a good book. AT&T recommends Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, written by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

    Perry’s book, which compares Social Security and FDR’s “New Deal” social programs with a Communist takeover is so popular with the Big Telecom, it purchased over 700 copies to hand out for free to state legislators, lobbyists and activists attending a conservative policy summit luncheon. Oh, and the company paid for the lunch, too. Total cost? More than $13,000 — all ultimately paid for by AT&T’s customers.

    AT&T made sure every guest had their own personal hardcover copy of the governor’s book, something that didn’t go unnoticed by former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who thanked AT&T from the microphone for paying for the books.

    “Governor Perry has written a book – a book that all of us very kindly have been given by AT&T,” Cruz said. “Thank you, AT&T.”

    AT&T’s gladhanding of conservative state politicians doesn’t come accidentally, reports the Dallas Morning News. With hundreds of millions in revenue at stake, AT&T’s investment in the state’s Republican dominated legislature guarantees the company’s voice will be heard on important legislative matters.

    AT&T has spent as much as $9.3 million to lobby Austin lawmakers and regulators, according to Texas Ethics Commission data. AT&T’s political action committee has donated $494,740 to Perry during his nine years in office, according to Texans for Public Justice.

  3. I’m fed up with hearing that only Republicans love America, only Republicans are Christians, only Republicans are patriotic, and that Republicans have to “take back our country.”

    I couldn’t believe it when I heard Bachmann saying we should ask Congress members whether they love America or hate America.

  4. Gyges: I think you might mean: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a misspelled sign.”

  5. from Sanger ISD, Texas—

    “Where o where are you tonight?
    Why did you leave me here all alone?

  6. By the way, I was driving this morning and I thought of a quote that fits the situation, I can’t remember most of it… but it’s something involving a cross and a flag. One’s getting waved, but I don’t think it’s the obvious one.

  7. Good point, Bonnie.

    Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
    ~Abraham Lincoln

  8. Right now, it doesn’t appear to me that Republicans love America because they are so very willing to destroy our country in order to win an election

  9. I bet the repubs would run ol’ Jeff Davis were he around to espouse their reactionary views under the sheep’s clothing of “states’ rights.” He liked secession too, you might recall.

  10. Perry got his info on Social Security from constitutional scholar, Ron Paul.

  11. Iowa Senior Citizens Fight Back At Perry Campaign Stop: ‘You Gonna Kill Social Security?’
    By Scott Keyes
    Aug 16, 2011
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/16/296497/senior-citizen-protest-rick-perry-social-security/

    As Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) barnstormed through Iowa in his first trip as a presidential candidate yesterday, he ran into pushback from senior citizens who feared what a Perry presidency could mean for Social Security.

    In his book Fed Up, Perry minces no words about his view that Social Security is an unconstitutional “Ponzi scheme.” Now, as Perry runs for president on a 10th Amendment platform that would include ending Social Security and declaring almost everything unconstitutional, many voters are understandably worried that the program they’ve been paying into their entire lives could be on the chopping block.

    A number of voters gathered yesterday in Iowa City, Iowa to voice their concerns. As Perry’s bus rolled into town, senior citizens and others confronted the Texas governor about his views on Social Security and his support for corporate tax giveaways. With chants of “Hey hey, whadya say, stop the corporate giveaway” in the background, one elderly gentleman admonished Perry for his views on Social Security and the Constitution. “You gonna kill Social Security?” protested Dick Greenwood. “Where’d you read your constitution?”

  12. maybe we should let texas secede, then cite the bush doctrine and bomb them back into the stone age.

  13. Gyges,

    Palin campaigned for the number 2 spot and the Republicans big wigs didn’t do their homework and gave it to her. I don’t believe they’ll let that happen again.

    Because Perry wants a future in the Party they will be able to control him. He will be a legitimate threat in 2016. If he does well they might give him the #2 spot but I doubt it.

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