Alyce Townsend

Dear Rick Perry

Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 9:29 PM
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  • Well said Alyce!

    On a daily basis I'm appalled at the bile that spews from the conservative right, those self-righteous keepers of everyone else's thoughts and actions, all the while, in many cases, sneaking off to commit their own dirty little deeds in private - until getting caught, that is, then they weep and publicly repent.

    A study by the University of Maryland reveals that the ignorance of Fox news viewers actually increases the longer they watch the network. These are the people Perry (and his like) pander to.

    I might go to see Perry on Saturday. To boo!

    -- Posted by ggilmore on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 7:36 AM
  • I saw the same ad but my interpretation was different. I feel like what he was trying to say was why does it have to be one way or the other? Why can't we peacefully coexist without omitting the other. I often feel as if our government has gone too far the other way and that now it is ok to openly persecute Christians. At the very least, mainstream media mocks Christians every chance they get. Rick Perry is using his belief system in the same way that President Obama used his "neutral" faith beliefs to his advantage and therefore appealed to the fence sitters and got elected.

    I wish they would all stick to the issues at hand. All candidates need to stand on their records and things they have accomplished in order to obtain the vote. I want to know what they have done to make their state better. I want to know if they represented their constituents in the manner that the people wanted. Personal faith beliefs are a factor but should not be the forefront except in the mind of the voter.

    -- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 8:58 AM
  • It's also worth pointing out the jacket he's wearing in that ad is the same as the one Heath Ledger wore in Brokeback Mountain.

    -- Posted by jlees on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 9:42 PM
  • Alyce, you stated "what I can't understand is how is it you [Perry] feel justified to use your religion to advance your political stance". I guess I look at this the other way around and can't understand how it is that Perry feels justified to use his politics to advance his religion. I am not sure if Rick is too dense to understand it (people in Texas refer to GW Bush as the "smart" one) or if he doesn't care and feels he should lie to make his point, but it is currently perfectly legal for kids to pray in school; the only requirement is that it does not disrupt the educational process. I also find it remarkable that Perry laments that 9 unelected judges (at least he finally got the number right) "outlawed" prayer in school (which is completely untrue, but for the sake of argument) and have decided when and how children should pray, yet he seems perfectly OK with 1 unelected teacher deciding when and how children should pray. It just seems like such a simple concept to leave decisions about faith to the parents.

    by the way - the idea that the vast majority of Americans are being persecuted by a tiny minority is just plain silly.

    -- Posted by DaveMunson on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 10:02 PM
  • The GOP wants to bring back Reagan era politics. I'd love that. Reagan was respectful to his opponents on the election trail and in Washington. Reagan talked about policy issue and not people's personal relationships and bedroom activities. True, Reagan did not say the word AIDS in public until years after Rock Hudson died and it became a public issue, but maybe that's because he was busy asking Gorbachev to tear down that wall.

    I'm not saying all of Reagan's policies were great, or that he was even close to perfect, but it seems he was the last president who was really presidential. He didn't get sucked into the fray of back and forth nonsense with his opponents, he gracefully handled media criticism and personal digs ("I commit to not making the youthfulness and inexperience of my opponent an issue in this election.") he admitted the other side did some things right (stating some social programs like Head Start and WIC needed to be kept intact because they worked to alleviate the effects of poverty on young children) and he didn't accuse anyone of not being a "real" Christian because they weren't as strong on anti abortion or something as he was.

    I don't like seeing Perry's Brokeback Mountain ad, which is full of misinformation; I don't like seeing Mitt Romney make a $10,000 bet on the stage of a debate; I don't like seeing Newt Gingrich act like a monkey on stage; I don't like Michelle Bachmann holding up two fingers to try to tell us she's bringing back $2 a gallon gas.

    There is a certain gravitas, intelligence, ability to rise above the lowest common denominator, and conduct oneself as the leader of the free world that's sadly lacking in ANY candidate I've thus far seen.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Fri, Dec 23, 2011, at 10:34 AM
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