Governor Rick Perry of Texas had some words about Obama and his crew Wednesday, saying "This is an administration hell-bent on taking America towards a socialist country." Perry, who ascended to the throne of Texas after Bush became president in 2000 won 2 consercutive terms as governor in 2002 and 2006, is an expert on socialism, among other things. Why is this newsworthy? It is not, but it is late and this article was the first that I came across on my nightly news reading...
Thinking about Perry's complaint that Obama is turning America into a Socialist state, I am brought to wonder what kind of America Perry envisions, and so I look into his record as governor of the great state of Texas, and used Wikipedia as a convenient outline for this blog.
Perry is for a one party system, and in 2003, he called three consecutive special legislative sessions for redistricting the state, to become more favorable to Republicans. Some also say the plan was designed to reduce influence by African Americans and Hispanics.
Perry is against homosexuality and condemned the United States Supreme Court case Lawrence vs. Texas, which struck down the sodomy law in Texas, calling the Texan law "appropriate".
Perry believes the government has rights over your body, and issued an executive order, which later became law, forcing Texas girls to be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Perry is for government taking away individual's land by use of eminent domain. He proposed doing so in the construction of the Trans-Texas Corridor.
Perry does not care about the environment or the public's opinion, and had fast tracked the permitting process for building of eleven coal-fired power plants, even reducing the amount of time for public comment on the proposal. He is also against the regulation of greenhouse gases.
So seriously, if Rick Perry believes Obama is headed towards a Socialist Regime, then maybe he should consider what kind of country he would build. Obviously it is one with no regards towards democracy, individual liberty, property rights, or the Earth...