First off, let me tell you that I’ve been a resident of Texas since 1995. That may not seem like a lot of time, but as the saying goes: “I may not have been born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could”. My son was raised here, having been only 2 years-old when we moved. He doesn’t remember Indiana but claims to remember certain events from that period. They have always been events from here in Texas.
The gubernatorial landscape has not changed much since I moved here. George Bush was the new Governor upon my arrival and when he ran for President in 2000, after just having been re-elected to a 2nd term, Rick Perry took over. I’ve watched the ensuing style of governance ever since and it has been disquieting, to say the very least.
Mark does a great job of highlighting some of the troublesome tendencies of Rick Perry and cautions all to take pause and re-consider your enthusiasm for Perry’s presidential bid. To add to Mark America’s cautioning, we CAN do better.
Rick Perry may be a great alternative to the present occupant of the White House, but I question his ability to effect major change. Our government is on the road to ruin and I just don’t think that Rick Perry has exhibited the kind of tendency that will reverse our present course. I’m not alone with my assessment. My siblings in Indiana and other parts of the Midwest are equally skeptical. My mother, a staunch Republican and octogenarian conservative is equally concerned. They all tell me that something just doesn’t feel right about a Rick Perry presidency.
Perhaps their reticence is born out of my tendency to promote Sarah Palin at every turn when speaking with them. Perhaps they see things that I cannot as a resident of Texas who is steeped in the daily news that champions Rick Perry’s accomplishments. I think there’s something more going on.
People across our great nation are looking for a renaissance in the principles of our founding. The vast majority of our aging population is not seeing anyone speak and act in a way that reminds us of those principles. At least, not yet.
Sarah Palin embodies all that we can believe in. Her record in Alaska is one of a true reformer that is willing to take on the establishment in defense of our liberties. She does not carry the odor of one who supports crony-capitalism but instead provides a breath of fresh air that can galvanize the voters’ resolve. She not only talks the walk, but has walked the cause throughout her tenure in government. If there is anyone out there that speaks the same language as the Tea Party patriots, I have not yet heard from them.
I can’t travel to Iowa for Sarah Palin’s speech to the Iowa Tea Party next weekend, but I will be there in spirit. I will be looking for her to voice my own opinions and those of every patriotic conservative when she takes to the dais. I suspect that this speech will be the harbinger of a presidential run, much the same as Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech in 1964. No one expected that speech to become the hallmark of Ronald Reagan’s career, but it did and we are all better for it.
In times of trouble, you don’t look for a slick politician that tells you what you want to hear. You look for a politician that has a demonstrated conviction in your beliefs and you then elevate him (or her) to the vanguard of your political party. It’s happened before with Reagan and it can happen again.