On Rick Perry: A Response to His Latest Commercial

by dovetailedlife

Mindblowing.  Truly, mindblowing.
 
I find myself resonating with many conservative ideals from time to time.  Many of my close friends and loved ones are Republicans, and adamant Republicans at that. If you hang out here much, you’ll find that I waiver on ‘sides’ and try my hardest to be charitable to each side.  I’m not always very successful at it (and my critics might say I’m never so) but that is often my intention.  We are all flawed humans.
 
But this latest bit of nonsense is out of this world. Out. Of. This. World.
 
I didn’t like this guy before, but I’m now convinced: he’s scum.
 
Let’s tear apart this commercial, shall we?
 

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian,” 

Great, Rick. A few things:

  1. This statement only works in places where Christianity is under attack and the majority of the population does not claim to be Christian (more on this later).
  2. This “I’m not ashamed” nonsense was cool back when the lead singer of the Newsboys was bald with an accent, not black. Give it up.
  3. We’re electing a leader.  Lots of leaders are Christian.  How does this separate you from the other dogs in the pack.  Are you a super-Christian? If so, you should have mentioned it here.
  4. Bleh.

but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country 

Rick, IF your argument, as it seems to be, revolves around Chrisitianity not being prevalent enough in American society, THEN you can’t start off with the phrase “you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday.”  Rick, American Chrisitianity is built around communal worship. If you’re going to throw that out, you’re left with a bunch of people who believe in “Christian ideals” who don’t know what “Christian ideals” are…BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT IN CHURCH. Please. At least say something like, “Those of us in the pew every Sunday understand what this country needs.”  At least that’d be consistent.
 

when gays can serve openly in the military 

Oh, come on. Let’s say you think being gay is a moral sin.  And you believe that America is a country based upon this moral teaching. And…IF you believe that, you’re STILL not going let them serve their country, like any other American?  You need people to fight for you, and you’re being picky? What does their ‘immoral way of living’ have anything to do with their patriotism and willingness to give their lives for others? What, Rick? Why? Because other soldiers were homophobic?  DIDN’T WE GO THROUGH THIS FOURTY YEARS AGO?! And…the way you say “gays” is shameful.  These are people who feel different, outcasted from society.  Many find a voice within that, but they’re still often shunned.  You don’t pronounce “Republicans,” “soldiers,” “Christians,” “Texans,” or anything else with the same tense voice. If you win, you’re not setting yourself up for a unified country, you’re setting yourself up to be hated by most.  Phenomenal leadership skills, just phenomenal.
 

but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. 

He gets something for prayer, because I’m lazy. I don’t even know what the legal situation is for prayer in school because it seems so different depending on who you talk to.  I thought about looking it up, but it wasn’t worth my time.  Kids openly celebrate Christmas all the time.  The whole country celebrates Christmas, whether they attach the name to it or not. Stop with the hounding, no one is taking your Christmas away except for Target, Macy’s, Walmart, and Toys R Us…who are stealing Thanksgiving while they’re at it, too. OH, AND WHAT DOES YOUR CHILD’S PRAYER LIFE HAVE TO DO WITH SOMEONE SERVING IN THE MILITARY?!?!?!?!
 

As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. 

Bahahahahahahahahaha.  Obama has a war on religion? What?  That doesn’t even make any sense. Obama is a Christian.  And even if he WERE a Muslim, he’d still be religious. Capitalism has a war on Christmas, and possibly religion because of the mindset it encourages.  Obama, does not.
 

And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.

I just finished a course in American Christianity.  Yes, we, like ALMOST EVERY NATION AND COUNTRY TO EVER EXIST have some sort of a religious heritage.  But, I doubt that that heritage is the same that you think it is, Rick.  Read a book.  In America we don’t believe that our religious beliefs should be imposed on someone else if they don’t believe the same thing. We believe that everyone should worship in the way they so choose. We believe that sometimes you may feel as if you can’t be as outwardly ‘religious’ as you might so choose, but we agree upon that so that the religions you don’t impose their beliefs on you.  We keep peace that way, like humans should.
  

Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again. 

Wrong. Self-centered greed, a fight for the American Dream, capitalism, striking first with annihilation bombs, being separated from the rest of the world, strong leadership (unlike you), continuing attention to education, innovations, and fortunate historical circumstances made America strong. As a Christian, I believe that faith is enough.  But, I’m convinced that the ways that you and I define faith are different, Governor.
 

I’m Rick Perry and I approve this message.

Well, there’s that.
 
-B

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