Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rick Perry As A Caricature

At Madville Times, Troy Jones posted the following comment at 8:57 am on August 15.
I sense fear in the liberal extremist wing and they are lashing out.

Look, there are conservatives who are as you describe hyperbolicly above but Rick Perry isn’t one of them. And, there might be legitimate “attacks” against Perry you can make from your liberal perspective.
But, what you are doing is attacking a caricature you have created to embody those you most disagree with little accurate description of Perry.
Less than 12 hours later, Rick Perry said the following about the Federal Reserve Chairperson Ben Bernanke:
“Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous — or treasonous in my opinion,”
 Article III Section 3 says,
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
Perry also said,
“If this guy prints more money between now and the election,” Perry said Monday at a campaign function in Iowa, “I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas."
"Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous — or treasonous, in my opinion," he added.
Is it a caricature to say that Perry considers monetary policy he opposes equates to waging war against the United States and that he apparently wants to do physical harm to a man doing a job that George W. Bush appointed him to do?

Ron Paul doesn't like the Fed either, but he suggests that the United States
dismiss the $1.6 trillion payment owed by the Treasury to the Federal Reserve. The American government (and citizens) incurred this “debt” through a crafty bit of sleight of hand on the part of the Federal Reserve, a cabal of men determined to make our freedom disappear. Paul justifies this seemingly radical response by reminding Americans that the debt owed to the Federal Reserve isn’t real and that it was created by that organization “out of thin air.”
Two weeks ago, Paul's statement seemed a bit extreme.  Now it seems tame compared to Perry's statement.

The most frightening part about Perry's statement is the fact that he stands by the statement.
“Look, I’m just passionate about the issue,” Mr. Perry said, as aides hustled him away from a lunch with business leaders in Dubuque. “We stand by what we said.
I don't think it's caricature to call Perry stubborn and to wonder if the country should give the powers of the Patriot Act to a person who makes statements like these and refuses to back down .

Further, I worry about the attributing criminal behavior to political acts.  Last week Politico reported that a Texas Congressman wants to impeach President Obama.
Impeaching President Barack Obama “needs to happen,” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) told a local tea party group, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday.

Burgess spoke, the paper said, in response to an attendee’s suggestion that the GOP-controlled House use impeachment to stop Obama from “pushing his agenda.”

“It needs to happen, and I agree with you it would tie things up,” Burgess reportedly responded. “No question about that.”

When the Star-Telegram’s reporter asked Burgess about the comment, he said the House needs to do what it can to stop the president.

“We need to tie things up,” Burgess said. “The longer we allow the damage to continue unchecked, the worse things are going to be for us.”
Again, it doesn't seem to be a caricature to point out that Perry is using the same tactics as some of the more vocal and extreme members of the Tea Party.

I will admit that caricatures of Perry exist.  Jon Stewart does a good one.

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