By now you know what we think of Texas Governor Rick Perry. If you need a reminder, see Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Insane?, and also Rick Perry = Bachmann with Male Genitalia, and most recently Rick Perry — Cunning Creationist Candidate.
Fine, but you were already aware that Perry is whacked. Even so, why should we care if a President is a true believer in the literal truth of Genesis, Noah’s Ark, and all the rest of it? Presidents aren’t involved in those issues, so what difference would it make?
We’ve previously tried to explain why such madness is important. Just prior to the 2010 elections we wrote Creationism and Politics: Aaaargh!!, followed by our most contentious post, Creationism or Socialism: Which is Dumber? Early this year we wrote Open Letter to Republican Presidential Hopefuls. Those posts pretty much summarized our thinking about the situation — up to then.
But now we have something more concrete for you. In the Austin American-Statesman we found an article titled Perry’s social agenda is sometimes at odds with Texas business. A few excerpts (with bold font added by us) will be sufficient to make our point. Here we go:
Clayton Williams Jr., the 1990 GOP gubernatorial nominee who hosted a presidential campaign fundraiser for Perry on Thursday, wrote the governor in 2008 with concerns about the State Board of Education’s coming debate over science curriculum standards.
The Midland oilman warned Perry that a big public fight over the teaching of creationism or intelligent design in Texas classrooms would be detrimental to the state’s business reputation, according to a letter obtained by the American-Statesman under the state’s open records law.
That’s very interesting, because it shows us how Perry makes decisions. A Texas oilman who was also a big Perry fundraiser advised Perry to back off the creationism issue because it was bad for business. A sane candidate would heed such advice — especially if he were concerned about the state’s economy. The article quotes from a letter Williams wrote to Perry, part of which says:
Governor, this is a very important issue for Texas. I urge you to quell this issue quietly, firmly and permanently.
We know that Perry ignored Williams’ advice. Yet his big issue in the presidential race is how great he’s been for the Texas economy. Despite being specifically advised about the deleterious effect of his actions (appointing a succession of rabid creationists to be chairmen of the Texas State Board of Education) the advice was ignored. Perry’s creationist ideology prevailed and the result was an unsound economic decision. That, dear reader, tells us that Perry is a maniac.
What about the other political party? We already know about Obama’s ideology. In case you don’t, take a look at this. It’s only a minute long:
So now we know that Perry is every bit as crazy as Obama. Their ideologies are different, but they’re both insane, and they’re both dangerous. A presidential election between the two of them would present us with a choice between two nightmares.
There is only one truly American ideology — that of the Founders, based on the Enlightenment. The only purpose of government is to secure the individual rights of the people — their inalienable life, liberty, and property rights. All else is tyranny, and the specific flavor of that tyranny — whether it’s socialism or theocracy — doesn’t really matter.
So who’s the Curmudgeon’s candidate? We don’t know yet, but we already wrote about how we’ll make the decision. See 2012 Election: Who Would Ben Franklin Support? We’re still undecided.
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