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Old 01 September 2011, 10:19 PM
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A Warning To Conservatives About Rick Perry's Record
by Steve Baldwin
Worldview Weekend


Conservatives have become so demoralized by the economic and moral
chaos America finds herself in that it's easy for them to be swept away by
a new candidate who enters the race with lots of media hoopla and an
alleged reputation for being a solid conservative.
They all want to believe that the new guy on the white horse
galloping into the primaries is the superstar we've all been waiting for
Ronald Reagan reincarnated. Of course, I'm referring to Gov. Rick Perry,
the Texas governor who has done so much to create an economic boom in
Texas.
But there are some disturbing positions he has taken over time that
every conservative should know about before committing to vote for him. In
fact, I have found 10 areas in which Perry has taken positions anathema to
conservative principles. Before conservatives get too excited about
Perry's candidacy, it would be wise to ask Gov. Perry questions about
these areas of concern, which I have outlined below:


1) Gov. Perry supported the construction of infrastructure for the North
American Union. Gov. Perry was the prime mover in favor of the
construction of the NAFTA superhighway, also called the Trans-Texas
Corridor. As author Jerry Corsi has documented in his book, "The late
Great USA: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada," this superhighway
was part of a larger plan to create a North American Union modeled after
the European Union, or EU, with the goal of ultimately eliminating the
borders that exist between America, Mexico and Canada. Of course, the
long-range goal of such continental unions is the elimination of
sovereignty altogether, with all North American occupants become NAU
citizens, the Constitution be damned.
A million-and-a-half acres of land would be needed to accommodate the
4,000-mile road, rail and pipeline system. The highway would have been
four football fields wide. Perry threatened to use his eminent domain
powers to confiscate this land from private ranches and farms to construct
the Trans-Texas Corridor. It would have been the largest private land grab
in American history. There rose such an outcry from the people of Texas
that Gov. Perry put the project on hold.
2) Gov. Perry favors trading with communist China and allowing Chinese
front companies to set up shop in Texas. Most free traders during the Cold
War era approved of the notion that we should cease trading with the
Soviet block and should embargo its products. For the most part, much of
the West, at Reagan's request, did this as well and this tactic
contributed to the collapse of the Soviet empire. Documents from communist
China obtained by our intelligence agencies have revealed its plans to
dominant the U.S., both militarily and economically. Why then are we
trading with them?
The Chinese government-controlled oil company, CNOOC, has partnered
with an American firm to purchase mineral rights on 600,000 acres in Texas
for the purpose of extracting shale oil. Moreover, the Chinese have built
the Tianjin oil pipeline factory in Corpus Christi. Indeed, Texas has
become the favorite destination for Chinese government front companies
that have invested billions of dollars into Texas projects, all with the
consent and support of Gov. Rick Perry.

For example, two high-tech Chinese firms, Huawei and ZTE, are
building their U.S. headquarters in Plano, Texas. Both groups are
suspected of espionage regarding technology theft; just ask British
intelligence. These two companies have also sold fiber optic technology to
Saddam Hussein, who promptly used it to build anti-aircraft guns used to
shoot at American planes. These firms likewise sold communication
technology to the Iranians and the Taliban.


3)Gov. Perry did not become a Republican until 1989 and served as Texas
chairman of Al Gore's presidential campaign in 1988. During this time
period, Texas was become more Republican and many Texan politicians
switched parties to keep getting re-elected.


4) Gov. Perry is weak on immigration issues. Perry has been accused of
being indistinguishable from George Bush when it comes to a variety of
immigration reform issues. When Arizona passed S.B. 1070 to give their law
enforcement officers the power to enforce existing federal immigration
law, Perry, citing Texas' "rich history with Mexico," said S.B. 1070
"would not be the right direction for Texas." He claimed that having
police checking the status of suspected illegal aliens involves "taking
them away from their existing law enforcement duties, which are critical
to keeping citizens safe." Is it safe to have illegal aliens roam the
state without fear of deportation?
Perry has also said that he supports "free flow of individuals
between these two countries who want to work and want to be an asset to
our country and to Mexico." And regarding E-Verify, Perry stated that
"E-Verify would not make a hill of beans' difference when it comes to
what's happening in America today. You secure the border first, then you
can talk about how to identify individuals in an immigration situation."
And he has opposed real border security as well. About a year after
George Bush signed the Secure Fence Act in 2006, Perry stated in Mexico
City: "We know how to deal with border security, and you don't do it by
building a fence. You do it by putting boots on the ground; you do it by
using the technology that's available ... and coordinating very highly
with local, state and federal officials. But the idea that you're going
to build a 1,200-mile wall ... is idiocy. It absolutely would not work."
In 2006, Perry, echoing George Bush's rhetoric, said, "neither
amnesty nor mass deportation is the answer" but then essentially called
for amnesty, urging passage of "a guest worker program that takes
undocumented workers off the black market and legitimizes their economic
contributions without providing them citizenship status."
In 2001, Perry signed the first-ever state DREAM Act, which gave
in-state tuition to illegal aliens. When questioned about it, he said, "To
punish these young Texans [illegal aliens] for their parents' actions is
not what America has always been about."
It is this record that prompted NumbersUSA, one of the nation's leading
immigration reform groups, to give Rick Perry a "D-" on the ratings
assigned to all presidential candidates.


5) Perry joined the Bilderbergs. In 2007, Rick Perry joined the
Bilderbergs and has attended at least one of its annual meetings. The
Bilderberg group is a secret society composed of hundreds of the world's
most powerful elites, most of whom are hostile to the notion of
sovereignty and support world government to varying degrees. They are
strong supporters of the U.N., EU, and other one-world entities.
Invitations are only extended to people who share their views. Perry is a
member of this group. It is presumed Gov. Perry was invited to join due to
his effort to construct infrastructure for the North American Union in
preparation for the merging of the American, Canadian and Mexican
economies.


6) Under Gov. Perry, spending and debt skyrocketed. In 2000, when Perry
took office as governor, total spending by the state of Texas was $49
billion. By the end of 2010, spending had almost doubled to $90 billion.
Thus, Perry increased the state budget by $50 billion during his 10-year
tenure. Indeed, the total debt for Texas has doubled under Perry, and as a
result the state is now dealing with severe debt problems.
His response has been to raise every possible fee he could. He also raised
franchise taxes on Texas' small businesses. Indeed Perry has had to
borrowed money for many projects in Texas. The current debt of Texas is
more than $216 billion, and the debt-to-GDP ratio is higher than 18.5
percent. The Texas debt clock can be seen here. Despite Perry's reputation
as a job creator, the latest unemployment statistics from the Federal
Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal the Texas unemployment rate to be 8.2,
one of the worst in the country.


7) Gov. Perry undermined parental rights by requiring all sixth-grade
girls to receive a vaccine against a sexually transmitted disease without
parental consent. In 2007, Gov. Perry issued an executive order making
Texas the first state to require sixth-grade girls to receive the HPV
(Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine. The vaccine was produced by Merck, which
stood to receive a hefty profit from the mandatory program.
There were all kinds of conflicts of interest. Two of Perry's former
chiefs of staff worked for Merck, and Perry's current chief of staff had a
mother-in-law working with Merck. Perry also received $6,000 from Merck's
political action committee during his re-election campaign.
Moreover, there are dangerous side effects that could include death.
The program created such an outcry from parents that some even sued the
state for undermining parental rights. Under siege, Perry eventually
allowed a bill to go into law that reversed the executive order that
created the program.


8) Gov. Perry vetoed an eminent-domain bill that would have helped protect
property rights for Texas landowners. The purpose of the bill was to make
it more difficult for politicians to grab private property for various pet
projects. "With this veto, Gov. Perry has left every home, farm, ranch and
small-business owner vulnerable to the abuse of eminent domain," said
Steven Anderson, director of the Institute for Justice.


9) Gov. Perry signed a hate-crimes bill. Shortly after Perry became
governor, he signed a hate-crimes bill. Such a law gives harsher sentences
to certain crimes based upon a person's perceived bias to some class or
group. But juries really can't determine what's in a person's heart and,
besides, all crime should be punished equally, regarding of the race,
gender, sexual orientation, etc. of the victim. In other words, under
hate-crimes law, if someone beats up a white person and then beats up a
gay person, they receive a heavier sentence for the latter crime. This
makes a travesty of the concept of equal application of the law and is
likely unconstitutional.


10) Rick Perry endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president in 2008. Giuliani is
liberal on a host of issues, from "gay rights" to gun control and amnesty
for illegal aliens.
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Old 01 September 2011, 10:29 PM
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Most of that sounds right to me from what I remember, but I know for certain number 3 and number 7 are accurate.
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Old 01 September 2011, 10:39 PM
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3)Gov. Perry did not become a Republican until 1989 and served as Texas
chairman of Al Gore's presidential campaign in 1988. During this time
period, Texas was become more Republican and many Texan politicians
switched parties to keep getting re-elected.
Moistened finger firmly in the political wind. Gee, who'd a thunk???
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Old 01 September 2011, 10:57 PM
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I wonder about #3 (not about the veracity, but the shift). I have good friends in Texas that come from a line of local politicians that are all Democrats but are waaaaay more conservative - at least socially - then most Republicans I know here in CA. From my perspective, Democrats in Texas are different from Democrats I know from elsewhere. Of course, the ones I know from Texas are deeply religious, so that may have something to do with it.
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Old 01 September 2011, 10:59 PM
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Of course, the long-range goal of such continental unions is the elimination of
sovereignty altogether, with all North American occupants become NAU
citizens, the Constitution be damned.
I stopped reading right there.
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Old 01 September 2011, 11:08 PM
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Moistened finger firmly in the political wind. Gee, who'd a thunk???
Or like Reagan and Bill Bennett and quite a few others, found that the national Democratic Party had shifted too far from what they could endorse.
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Old 01 September 2011, 11:22 PM
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Yep, all that equality crap.
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Old 02 September 2011, 12:27 AM
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Perry joined the Bilderbergs.
Just as I was getting to seriously dislike the guy, this has to come up to complicate things
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Steve, we would probably never agree on the color of the sky, but you totally make me lol.
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Old 02 September 2011, 07:37 AM
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As author Jerry Corsi has documented in his book
Well, there's your problem.
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Old 02 September 2011, 07:42 AM
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Sorry Steve, I meant "made me LoL" I didn't catch it until after edit time. But basically that comment was amusing.
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I'm not really up on US politics but this piece made me feel favourably towards somebody I have previously only felt negatively towards. This state of affairs confuses me! Maybe I need to read more angry forwarded messages before I can really get to grips with the reality and start disliking him again.

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hate-crimes law, if someone beats up a white person and then beats up a
gay person, they receive a heavier sentence for the latter crime.
GAYS: They're not white! Not even when they are!

Also, research what actually constitutes a hate crime, or else you will look ridiculous by criticising something you show a distinct lack of understanding towards... oh. Oh, I see you've already missed that bus.
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Old 02 September 2011, 11:41 PM
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But basically that comment was amusing.
By the way, that's as intended. You'd have to be a John Birch society-style extremist to make anything one way or the other out of Perry having gone to an invite-only annual Bilderburg bash one time. He has not "joined the Bilderbergs," whatever that might mean.
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Maybe he joined them for dinner or a game of canasta.
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Perhaps he joined them with superglue.
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Oh Penny, if there were only a "like" button...
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I wonder about #3 (not about the veracity, but the shift). I have good friends in Texas that come from a line of local politicians that are all Democrats but are waaaaay more conservative - at least socially - then most Republicans I know here in CA. From my perspective, Democrats in Texas are different from Democrats I know from elsewhere. Of course, the ones I know from Texas are deeply religious, so that may have something to do with it.
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Or like Reagan and Bill Bennett and quite a few others, found that the national Democratic Party had shifted too far from what they could endorse.
Yep, I can remember the later days of the "Boll Weevils" -- conservative Democrats, mostly southern, but definitely Democrats. Of course, by today's standards, most of the Republican office holders in the 1970's would be considered liberal-near-socialists by today's Republican Party. But some traces of the Democratic "solid South" lingered on well past the days of the Dixiecrats and LBJ signing the Civil Rights Act (though his estimate that the Democrats had "lost the South for a generation" has proven too optimistic). I suspect that this was even more true on the state than federal level.
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But some traces of the Democratic "solid South" lingered on well past the days of the Dixiecrats and LBJ signing the Civil Rights Act (though his estimate that the Democrats had "lost the South for a generation" has proven too optimistic).
I don't think LBJ could have foreseen that the next two generations of Democratic leaders would be such wimps.
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But juries really can't determine what's in a person's heart and,
besides, all crime should be punished equally, regarding of the race,
gender, sexual orientation, etc. of the victim.
Oh man, I know! It's so unfair!

I have an uncle who's spending life plus sixty years in federal prison just because of this unequal punishment of crime. There's another guy who got off easy. The other guy spent 30 years in prison for accidentally running a guy over while drunk, and they called it "involuntary manslaughter." My uncle repeatedly ran a guy over in a fit of road rage, and they decided to call it "murder"! Can you believe that!? Unfair! All crimes should be punished equally because juries can't determine what's in a person's heart!
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Well, there's your problem.
I take it Jerry Corsi is Jerome Corsi, the same idiot who is desperately trying to unload thousands of worthless copies of his WHERE'S THE LONG-FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE?!? book.
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