Rick Perry Is Unfit To Be President

It’s no secret that Rick Perry, one of those running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 Presidential election, is a creationist. We’ve discussed that many times, for example in Rick Perry — Cunning Creationist Candidate, where we pointed out that he had named three successive creationists to be chairmen of the Texas State Board of Education.

If creationism were his only defect, then although in his case it seems so severe that it could indicate serious cognitive malfunction, we might be able to overlook it if he became the nominee — provided we found his other positions to be acceptable in contrast to those of his Democratic opponent. But it’s not his only defect.

The website of the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website,” has this story about him: 6 Interesting Facts About the Christian Faith of Rick Perry. Most of their “interesting facts” are relatively trivial, such as what church Perry belongs to, or the fact that he once issued a proclamation asking citizens to pray for rain.

You can click over there to read them all if you like, but we think only three of their facts are interesting enough to repeat here. The bold font was added by us for emphasis.

1. Perry has said if elected president, “I’ll end Obama’s war on religion and I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.”

Perry said those words in a 30 second ad he ran in 2011 during his first presidential campaign. Some critics attacked the ad for being anti-homosexual. Perry declared in the ad, “I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there is something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

We think the issue of gays in the military is a question of morale and discipline to be decided by military commanders, more than it is an issue of civil rights. Nevertheless, from that remark about prayer in school, we get the impression that Perry has no concept of separation of church and state. Or if he knows about it, he’s willing to ignore it. He clearly has theocratic tendencies. Here’s the next one:

4. Perry has advocated for teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in schools.

He told The San Angelo Times in 2010, “I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.”

That’s old news to us, but it’s worth mentioning again. Let’s read on:

6. Perry has said he knew he was “going into ministry,” he just wasn’t sure “how large the pulpit was going to be 30 years later as the governor of the great state of Texas.”

Perry’s oft repeated comments speak to his belief that his vocation or calling extends to political office. He credits his faith for protecting life in Texas.

That’s all we found of interest, but it’s enough. Regardless of his positions on taxes, control of the borders, the size of government, national defense, etc., with which we might agree, it’s clear to us that Perry is far too theocratic to be trusted. Fortunately, he’s not likely to be nominated, so a Perry candidacy is one less thing we have to worry about. At least we hope so.

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31 responses to “Rick Perry Is Unfit To Be President

  1. It must be tough for our curmudgeon, who seems to have Republican leanings. So many of the Republican candidates are unfit to be President. And those that are fit, are unlikely to make it through the primaries.

    My own view is that the entire Republican party is unfit to govern, and has been since around 1990. It would be nice if the party would return to sanity, but I won’t be holding my breath waiting for that to happen.

  2. SC: “Perry” is misspelled:
    “Nevertheless, from that remark about prayer in school, we get the impression that Parry has no concept of separation of church and state.”

  3. I dunno, maybe old Rick didn’t have his smart glasses on at the time he spouted all of this creationist nonsense.

  4. Neil Rickert observes,
    “It must be tough for our curmudgeon…”

    It’s bad news for all of us, really, regardless of one’s political leanings. It in effect reduces the election of the President of the United States to a one-candidate race.

    Any Republican candidate winning in the primaries will be unelectable in the general election. This lack of competition leads to no good over the long term.

  5. It’s true. Underneath that apparently calm external demeanor, Perry is a screaming theocratic power hungry dictator.
    Unfortunately for Texas, when Rick urged everyone to “pray for rain”, the drought continued for another eight months.
    Rick did not make the favorites list for the debates. Nor did Santorum apparently.
    SO the next big question is “IS Donald Trump” a creationist. He was educated in the northeast where strict biblical literalism isn’t as strong as in
    tricky Ricky’s Painted Rock West Texas home town.
    BUT, Trump also isn’t dumb. If he thinks he can get votes by being a
    creationist because he’s uttered a couple of nebulous soundbites supporting religion in America, he will.
    Personally, I’m hoping for Joe Biden to step up to the plate. After eight years as a Vice President, thats his best deal.

  6. retiredsciguy says:

    “Perry” is misspelled:

    It was Darwin’s fault.

  7. Dave Luckett

    Is it true that no serving Vice-President has ever been ELECTED to the Presidency in the succeeding term?

  8. No. George H. W. Bush managed it.

  9. Neil Rickert observes,
    “It must be tough for our curmudgeon…”

    It’s bad news for all of us, really, regardless of one’s political leanings. It in effect reduces the election of the President of the United States to a one-candidate race.

    Any Republican candidate winning in the primaries will be unelectable in the general election. . . .

    If only it were true. But George W. Bush got (sort of) elected in 2000 after winning the GOP nomination by questioning John McCain’s Confederate patriotism in the party’s Southern primaries.

  10. Adams was our first V.P. and second President.

  11. Even if Trump isn’t a creationist, he’s on record saying that vaccines cause autism. At least Ben Carson advocates mandatory vaccination.

  12. I know our Curmodgeon was long ago a Reserve Officer, but, oh, the times have changed. I’ve commanded soldiers and have many friends who still do. Allowing gays to serve is way, way, way down the list of crap that keeps you up at night. I take that back: what made me lose sleep was separating a fine soldier because some chickenhawk thought he knew what it meant to be an American.

    And before you say it, I know Perry served. But it was in the USAF, so it doesn’t really count.

  13. @Dave Luckett: Besides George H. W. Bush, as pointed out by Eric Lipps; John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, Calvin Coolidge, and Harry S. Truman were elected (sort of) to the office of president in the succeeding elected term. Adams and Jefferson were the first two VPs, Van Buren was Andrew Jackson’s VP and then was elected president, Coolidge became president upon Harding’s death and then was elected in the next election, and Truman similarly succeeded FDR and then was also elected in the succeeding election.

    So in modern times, G.H.W. Bush is the only one to be elected directly from VP to president.

  14. Mark Germano says: “I know our Curmodgeon was long ago a Reserve Officer, but, oh, the times have changed.”

    Before I was an officer I was a private. In basic training we had a guy of that persuasion in my barracks. I was his squad leader. He never did anything overt, but he was like something central casting would send if you were looking for someone who fit that description, and his orientation was unmistakable. He was very un-military, to use the then-current adjective. The sergeants hated him. So did some of the guys. I had to sometimes protect him, with the help of some of my buddies. It wasn’t good. Eventually he was discharged and sent home. That’s my only experience, but as a result, I’ve always felt that people like that don’t belong in the Army.

  15. That’s my only experience, but as a result, I’ve always felt that people like that don’t belong in the Army.

    In my day it was the infamous “blue ticket”. (That was the color of the paper issued them as they left the military.) It was appropriate for some but it was also often issued capriciously. Yet, there were plenty of soldiers who appeared to perform no differently than the one’s so dismissed. And some were decorated heroes. I think the blue ticket often got used to get even with somebody or just to express animosity. As SC said, some just didn’t belong in the army. And some were outstanding. So obviously, that’s like people in general.

    There’s was a famous photo taken of a Jewish soldier of the 7th Army 45th Infantry embracing an emaciated Jewish concentration camp prisoner during the liberation of Dachau (a subcamp, actually.) But a similar scene occurred when a soldier at least some knew to be a homosexual embraced a barely-able-to-walk pink-triangle prisoner. The pink-triangle symbol now is associated with homosexual identity celebration but the Nazis applied it as one of their prisoner badge coding classifications. However, it also identified pedophiles and zoophiles. So I can’t say for certain it was a scene of an American homosexual soldier showing compassion to a homosexual camp inmate, but it easily could have been. Obviously, that situation was not going to get frontpage in the newspapers either way.

    I didn’t call the camp inmate a “survivor” of the camp because most who looked as bad as he did (which was most) already had internal organ shutdown. That is, they were just waiting to die and no amount of food and medical care was going to change that fact. When gunfire was heard, you figured another guard in hiding or wearing prisoners clothes was found. Everybody was in a state of horror and shock and anger. It seemed sure that nobody was going to get a trial. I hate to say it, but after the fact some, perhaps many, who heard that gunfire said the sound made them feel euphoric. It was as if each bullet represented an imbalance—a grave injustice—was suddenly corrected. As if wrong was made right. But later the records showed that some of those guard were assigned there very recently and one could argue that they were victims too. Unlike in earlier years, these were not necessarily Hitler zealots. Some got conscripted and then war injuries or sickness had eventually made them incapable of combat but they could “guard” prisoners so starved and sick that they could barely shuffle. Yes, some guards were sickos. But some were just people born in the wrong place and time and were just existing in the position they found themselves.

    Enough.

  16. Isn’t Perry also rather fond of executing people?

  17. “If creationism were his only defect”
    My dear SC, I challenge you to find even one creationist whose only defect is creationism. Not any of the regulars you mock on your nice site qualifies. Then why would any creationist politician?

    “I’ve always felt that people like that don’t belong in the Army.”
    Agreed, but that applies to me as well. You don’t want to know how un-military I was more than 30 years ago. The Dutch Army totally recognized it in the early 80’s, so conscription cost me only one morning – at the height of the Cold War, with the Red Army within a stone’s throw. To make things better/worse, depending on your perspective: I’m still proud of it.
    The hate of sergeants is not restricted to gays.

  18. Anyhow, dear SC, straight MNb was far more unfit for any army than

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Matlovich

  19. Professor Braterman asks

    Isn’t Perry also rather fond of executing people?

    Yes–but not, as far as we know, personally.

  20. Mark. I’ve read a few accounts of Perry’s service in the USAF . He flew cargo aircraft, mostly as the junior pilot . Acquaintances say he never went off base when overseas. His service would have been the early to mid 1970s based on his age. He’s a die hard “Aggie”(Texas A&M). His family had/has a small
    hunting cabin on a feature informally known as nigger mountain in W Texas. Rick apparently doesn’t have much of a problem with this.

  21. mnb0 says: “Anyhow, dear SC, straight MNb was far more unfit for any army than …”

    Agreed. It’s not just just a gay thing. Morale and discipline are essential for a functioning army. For a variety of reasons, some people who can pass the physical exams just can’t be trained, or won’t accept discipline, or are otherwise disruptive. They shouldn’t be in the military.

  22. Rick Perry Is Unfit To Be President

    We all knew that . . .

  23. It’s not just that Republicans are unfit because of creationism or many other things. The single most important reason to keep them out is they nominate the next supreme court justice(s). We are still suffering the effects of Alito, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts et al and will do so for years and years, long after when the current/next president are dead and buried. That’s the biggest issue.

  24. It doesn’t get much press, but Rick Perry is a member of the Dominionist movement that seeks to make the U.S. a theocracy.
    While some governors can pardon a condemned criminal, the Texas governor doesn’t have that power. Instead Texas has a clemency board.
    I’ve always thought he was an ideal candidate. For one thing, look at that great hair. It is well known that a bald man will never be elected president, well Rick Perry is the opposite of that. If I was going to give him advice, don’t rehearse the debates, only rehearse ideas.

  25. Are you sure, Troy, that a bald man will never be elected president?

    We can hope so, since Donald Trump is (for now) leading in the polls. But then maybe his biological identity doesn’t count, since he identifies as a man with a full head of hair.

    Don’t forget Rick Scott. Not a presidential candidate, true; but he is the bald governor of the state that tumbled George W. Bush over the precipice into the highest office in the land.

    (Can you tell I like mixed metaphors? Or maybe it’s unmixed, hinting as it does that to become president is a fateful descent.)

  26. Retired Prof asks: “Are you sure, Troy, that a bald man will never be elected president??

    Has everyone forgotten Eisenhower?

  27. The only thing we know for sure is that Perry would do his level best to violate the Constitution in support of his personal religious beliefs. No surprises there.T He’s always been like that. http://sciencestandards.blogspot.com/2011/08/texas-governor-truly-is-politician.html and Are Perry’s opinions really so newsworthy? from 2011

  28. Troy, I don’t know why your comment was held up by the spam filter.

  29. That link is for a commercial web site for hair loss treatments, so the filter was just doing its job.