Sunday, August 14, 2011

Not My Cup of Tea or Coffee

*  Don't let the Rick Perry for President campaign make you start believing all that hogwash coming from their candidate and spokespeople.  Rick Perry is governor of Texas, but he won the election with only 39% of the vote.  He wasn't popular at election time and his disapproval rate in Texas is over 50%.

Perry said that Texas could secede from the United States (he is wrong).  Here is some background from the Huffington Post (4/15/09):

....Perry called his supporters patriots. Later, answering news reporters' questions, Perry suggested Texans might at some point get so fed up they would want to secede from the union, though he said he sees no reason why Texas should do that.

"There's a lot of different scenarios," Perry said. "We've got a great union. 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. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."

He said when Texas entered the union in 1845 it was with the understanding it could pull out. However, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas negotiated the power to divide into four additional states at some point if it wanted to but not the right to secede....

As it says at Snopes on the right of Texas to secede  " such provision."

Perry has some ties with some extreme right wing religious fanatics.  Amy Goodman's article at Alternet has the background:

 .....The Texas Observer has just published an explosive new article titled "Rick Perry’s Army of God." It exposes how a group of radical Christians and self-proclaimed prophets from a little-known movement known as New Apostolic Reformation have been quietly pushing for Perry to run for president. The author of the article, Forrest Wilder, is a staff reporter at the Texas Observer.....

Here is an excerpt from the article from the Texas Observer that was written by Forrest Wilder:

...Moreover, various media outlets have documented a possible coalescing of religious-right leaders around Perry’s candidacy. Time magazine reported on a June conference call among major evangelical leaders, including religious historian David Barton and San Antonio pastor John Hagee, in which they “agreed that Rick Perry would be their preferred candidate if he entered the race,” according to the magazine....

....In 2008 GOP nominee John McCain was forced to reject Hagee’s endorsement after media scrutiny of the pastor’s anti-Catholic comments....

Rick Perry will definitely anger the largest religious group in the U.S.A., the Catholics, by associating with anti-Catholic groups/preachers.