In the GOP Presidential Debate last week, Texas Governor Rick Perry was asked once again about his decision to give in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants in the State of Texas. Perry points out that only four legislators voted against it in the legislature and the plan had bi-partisan support, including from very conservative Republicans. That was all true. He then took the “convince me” train and threw it off the tracks. ”I don’t think you have a heart,” he said, if you oppose in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. Facepalm.
His position on the issue itself isn’t without merit. Obviously, those kids were brought in against their own will – often at ages as young as a few months old. They didn’t break any laws; their parents did. Furthermore, Texas decided sovereignly, without any federal interference, that it was willing to invest money in those children so they are less likely to use up state resources when they are older.
Plenty of people would disagree with that position, namely because it doesn’t exactly discourage people from bringing their kids to Texas illegally. On the other hand, a good financial argument could possibly be made. It’s a reasonable explanation, even if you don’t agree with it. It’s an intelligent explanation. Rick Perry can disagree with the conservative base of the party from time to time; he just can’t be an anti-intellectual buffoon. Conservatives will forgive him on this one issue if he is conservative enough on others–and he doubtlessly is.
But the “heartless” argument is the same argument that Democrats and liberals have used mindlessly for years. ”If you don’t support our handouts, you don’t have a heart. If you don’t want to give half of your paycheck away, you must hate poor people.” We conservatives are sick of it! We know that true compassion is much different than this fake, gimme something free compassion that enslaves entire generations to their government.
If Mr. Perry wants to win, he’ll start appealing more to the intellectual part of the Republican Party – the conservative base. That might mean some debate prep time (oh, horror) or time spent reading some books. Or, he can hand the nomination to Cain, Bachmann or Gingrich. It’s Perry’s choice. What I do know is this: I’ll gladly vote for a nominee who disagrees with me 25% of the time but has an intellectually consistent argument each time. I won’t vote for a primary selection who disagrees with me just 5% of the time but is completely brain dead in his explanation. That’s much more frightening to me.
Your call, Governor Perry.
Nicholas Stehle is a contributor to The Arkansas Patriot and serves on the Board of Directors of Arkansas Carry. He is a concealed carry instructor in the state of Arkansas and an advocate for multiple conservative causes. Check out his tweets and his blog, A New Approach.
Erick Erickson had an insightful post over on RedState on Friday in regards to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s “baggage” that always seems to be mentioned along with his name…but no one can ever seem to specify what this so called “baggage” is.
Here’s how Erickson summed it up:
Rick Perry was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1984.
In 1990, Perry challenged the incumbent Agriculture Commissioner of Texas and won. He was re-elected in 1994.
In 1998, Perry ran for and was elected Lt. Governor of Texas, then replaced George W. Bush when Bush became President.
Perry was elected Governor in his own right in 2002, again in 2006, and again last year.
Last year’s race saw Perry face Kay Bailey Hutchison, a ruthless politician who was backed by the Bushies with a unified front and Karl Rove, who trained under Lee Atwater.
None of the evil, awful Rick Perry skeletons ever made it out of the closet even against all that.
So we can keep playing the “Rick Perry has skeletons” game, but the odds are pretty darn good if there are any skeletons, they’ll stay in the closet.
It may be a bit premature to declare Perry completely clean. Running for president is a bit different than running for governor and Obama will stop at nothing to retain power. However, Erickson makes a strong point. Regardless of how bad the rumors swirl about Perry, it seems unlikely that he has any significant personal baggage that would weigh him down going into 2012.
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