Rick Perry: “Why I am running”

Posted on August 13th, 2011

What I learned in my 20’s traveling the globe as an Air Force pilot, our current president has yet to acknowledge in his 50’s – that we are the most exceptional nation on the face of the earth.

As Americans, we believe freedom is a gift from God, and government’s prime function is to defend it.  We don’t see the role of government as a nanny state, and we recognize there is no government money that wasn’t once earned through the sweat and toil of private citizens.

That’s why we object to an Administration that sees its role as spending our children’s inheritance on failed economic theories that have given us record debt and left far too many unemployed, threatening not only our economy, but our security. Our reliance on foreign creditors and sources of energy  not only compromises our national sovereignty, but jeopardizes our national future.

America’s place in the world is in peril, not only because of disastrous economic policies, but from the incoherent muddle known as our foreign policy.  Our president has thumbed his nose at traditional allies such as Israel and Great Britain.

We will not sit back and accept our current misery…because a great country requires a better direction…because a renewed nation requires a new president.  That’s why, with faith in God, the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I am a candidate for President of the United States.

And I will work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your lives as I can.

As governor of Texas I have led based on a few guiding principles. One, don’t spend all the money. Two, keep taxes low and under control. Three, keep regulations fair and predictable. And four, reform the legal system so frivolous lawsuits don’t paralyze employers that are trying to create jobs.

Over ten years, we have followed this recipe of fiscal restraint to produce the strongest economy in the nation. While millions of jobs have been lost over the last decade nationwide, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been added in Texas. Texas is home to one in 12 Americans, and yet since June of 2009, we have created more than four in ten American jobs.

The change we seek will never emanate out of Washington…it must come from the windswept prairies of Middle America…the farms and factories across this great land…the hearts and minds of God-fearing Americans who will not accept a future that is less than our past…who will not be consigned a fate of less freedom in exchange for more government.

It is up to us…to this present generation of Americans…to take a stand for freedom…to send a signal to Washington that we are taking the country back from the grips of central planners who would control our healthcare, spend our treasure and micro-manage our businesses.

My mission as your president will be to get America working again!

With God’s help, and your courage, we will take our country back.  I hope you will take a moment to join the team and consider a donation to the campaign.

Thank you, and God bless America.

Cross-posted at SWAC Girl

  • Jay D

    Shall we all vomit now? Or wait till later?

  • Jamie Jacoby

    My son asked me how many Republicans were going to run for president. I told him “as many as it takes to keep Ron Paul from getting the nomination.” He laughed.

  • Temporary


    Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann take the Iowa straw poll leaving with Tim Pawlenty a distant third. That’s a result that this fiscal conservative can live with, I’d take either of those candidates.

    But now, of course, we get to listen to months of Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Hannity, and the entire Republican establishment explain to us why we can’t have Michelle Bachmann or Ron Paul, that Perry is really our guy. Because Bachmann and Paul can’t win, even though, uhh, they just did //perplexed//.

    At least they won’t be trying to jam Romney down our throats again, fiscal conservatives will choke that up like a hair ball.

  • QRow

    “…make Washington D.C as inconsequentioal in your lives
    as I can.”

    And he wants to come to Washington – in order to make it inconsequential in our lives? Is there any logic somewhere in there. Furthermore, why would anyone vote for a person whose aim is to make the government of the United States of America inconsequential?

    As for money from the government – wouldn’t Perry be paid by the government should he, heaven forbid, win the election?

  • Ron Paul grinning like the Cheshire cat with a 2nd place finish–a very close 2nd place. Had he won, the MSM already her their stories in the can that always wins straw polls (actually, he doesn’t), that his supporters are bunch of devoted fanatics, etc. Now he has to be taken a bit more seriously, but no so seriously that he beomes the target. So, for now, Paul stays in the race. Can he really win the nomination? I doubt it. Romeny sits back and works New Hampshire, Perry jumps in today in South Carolina. The rest of the pack will probably run out steam (i.e., cash). Palin I doubt will get in the race–not enough oxygen in the room with Bachmann and Perry currying the same voters. An interesting set up.

  • I thought the inconsequential line was great. Isn’t that all we really want? A government that works, that doesn’t require us constantly thinking about it – that isn’t always trying to interfere with the lives of the citizenry?

    I liked what Perry had to say today. I’m looking forward to seeing him add a little passion to this bland crew we have running so far.

  • valentinus


    Please take a vacation in the UK and enjoy yourself. If not there then try Greece or Cuba or ….

  • QRow


    My question is – All candidates more or less, mostly more, berate the government, yet they want to be part of it. Why?
    The government gives those who are. and have been, members of congress the most desirable secure future anyone could ask for. Inconsequential, my foot!

    I don’t want to live in UK or Cuba, but a GOOD government is consequential in important matters in our day to day lives.

  • JZ

    QROW, The inconsequential line supports the principle that the “most government” should be the closest to you. The city or county government should most impact your life, followed by the state and lastly the Federal government. The more governance is closer to you, the more easily you can influence it. Scott Rigell is relatively accessible, but Sal Iaquinto is more accessible. It is easier to fire Sal than it is to fire Scott (not that I want to).

  • Greg McKay

    Cain/Perry or Perry/Cain = Republican as POTUS.

  • Mike Barrett

    I have to agree with him when he said…”America’s place in the world is in peril, not only because of disastrous economic policies, but from the incoherent muddle known as our foreign policy.” Of course, I don’t think he meant the policies of President George Bush, but he was right on with the sentiment. Of course, correcting those disastrous deficiencies has not been easy, and to continue to do so we certainly don’t need a Governor who happened to be in the right place at the right time. That is basically Perry’s claim to fame; he has been governor of an energy heavy state economy buoyed by high oil prices, and ironically, the state was not hurt as bad as most because it had strict mortgage regulations that prevented the out of control foreclosures of many other states. Not surprisingly, only one in four Texans has health insurance, the lowest proportion in the nation, yet it has an unemployment rate higher than Mass., which has near universal health insurance coverage. So there you have it. A prescription for leadership? Not exactly.

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