Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Which mandate is worse?
Most of those who are against Mr. Perry have three main themes. Some say he is a religious extremist. While, I for one have no clue what Mr. Perry’s personal religiosity is, the bottom line is that Texas is not becoming a religious State like Iran. Religious freedom is still at least as much in tact than any other state. Another agreement some use is that Texas is a backwards states full of sick people, lazy illegal immigrants and what not all. Yes, like a few other states, Texas does have some issues, but these issues did not come up over night and they are certainly not the fault Mr. Perry. If some drunk driver comes out of the blue and crashes into me tonight, I am not going to blame Mr. Kasich. So to blame Mr. Perry for irrelevant non sense is a waste of time. It did not work for Mr. Gore against Mr. Bush. In fact, while immigrants in Texas might be illegal, their work ethic is at least as good as immigrants living in the other 49 states. Most of them are there to work, not collect welfare. And why are they there to work in Texas and not one of the other 49 states? Because unlike most of the rest of the country, Texas is booming. If Texas is so backwards, why is it that it is such a nice place to do business?
Finally, the argument that Mr. Perry is a Secessionist is born of nothing less than paranoia. Yes, some people are a little sensitive because Secession helped cause a bloody civil war in this country, not to mention the break up of Yugoslavia (which was actually a good thing in the end.) But, seriously, talk of secession does not make it so. Kurdistan is still part of Iraq. Wales and Scotland are still part of the of the UK. Limburg is still part of The Netherlands, Western Australia is still part of Australia and our neighbor to the North is still one country. Take a chill pill everybody; as long as the Federal government does not do something too stupid (I know that is a lot to ask for these days) there is no need for rational people to fear that Mr. Perry will take Texas away from the country.
While Mr. Perry has done many great things for the great state of Texas, the fact that he favored such a mandate is no feather in his cap.