James Richard “Rick” Perry is a loon, plain and simple. He amply proved that the last time he ran, 2012, when he created the impression he couldn’t possibly walk and chew gum at the same time. Everything he did in that campaign was a disaster, and he quickly sank from contention.
Now, he wants a do-over. I guess he thinks the USA didn’t get enough of his brand of crazy last time.
And Perry IS crazy—batshit crazy (no offense intended—to chiropteran excrement, that is). He believes that practically everything the Federal Government does is “unconstitutional”: Social Security, Medicare and all other health programmes, the federal Clean Air Act, laws protecting workers, and more. He also thinks voters shouldn’t be able to vote for their own US Senators, and that taxing investment income should be unconstitutional because, yay to our billionaire overlords!
Perry clearly has never read, or cannot understand, the US Constitution. To be fair, most Republican
Perry said that—dog forbid—if he became president, on day one he’d wave his magic wand and make the Keystone XL pipeline construction begin. By his command. No need for pesky democracy—the billionaires want more money!
Perry is a disaster on pretty much every issue imaginable, not the least his extreme zeal for executing prisoners, even ones that could have been innocent and even if they were mentally disabled. What a nice guy that Rick is! And such a credit to Christianity, eh?
Of course, like every other Republican (except, partially, Pataki), he’s rabidly anti-gay. Obviously he’s against marriage equality—duh!—but he also defended the Texas law that made homosexuality a crime. He’s compared homosexuality to alcoholism, and he thinks gay people should simply choose abstinence. See also: “Let's Look At Rick Perry's Worst Comments About Gay People”.
Rick is also vindictive, having often used his power as governor to punish opponents and critics. Add that to the fact he’s bigoted, a christofascist, and stupid, and he’d be an utter disaster as president.
Perry is 65, which means on Inauguration Day he’ll be 66 years, 323 days old. This makes his age more or less average among Republican
Believe it or not, this post is dramatically toned down. I have nothing but contempt for Rick Perry—you should have seen the original version! Put more simply and with less rancour, Rick must never be allowed anywhere near Washington, DC—except maybe as a tourist.
But hey, he was such a great candidate last time, maybe we should all start placing bets on how long he lasts this time.
There’s still 1 year, 5 months, and 4 days until the US presidential election.
Photo of Rick Perry in 2012 by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons