I’m Backing Governor Rick Perry For President

Many (myself included) have thought that Rick Perry would run for president.

Today he made it official.  The governor from Texas is running for president.  And I believe he will be the next president of the United States.

Here’s Rick Perry’s website.  It’s pretty nice.

Here’s an article on Rick Perry that I hope will make you support him, also.  Among a lot of other facts, it contains this chart:

And here’s an article on his announcement:

Texas Governor Rick Perry launches presidential bid
By Harriet McLeod | Reuters – August 13, 2011

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – Republican Rick Perry, the conservative governor of Texas, on Saturday declared himself a candidate for president with a blistering attack on Democratic President Barack Obama.
 
“I realize that the United States of America really is the last great hope of mankind,” Perry said, as he accused Obama of imperiling America’s standing in the world with “disastrous economic policies” and the “incoherent muddle that they call foreign policy.”
 
Delivering a speech to about 700 conservative activists in South Carolina, Perry, 61, touted his job creation record in Texas and promised to reduce taxes, business regulations and the overall role of government in people’s lives. He said leaders in Washington have lacked courage and Obama’s policies have “prolonged our national misery, not alleviated it.”
 
“Mr. President, let us tell you something. You cannot win the future by selling America off to foreign creditors. We cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership,” Perry said.
 
Perry’s entry shakes up the race for the Republican nomination to face Obama in the November 2012 general election. Opinion polls indicate Perry already is close on the heels of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the early Republican front-runner.
 
Perry, who caused a stir in 2009 when he openly pondered his state’s secession from the United States, was sharply critical of what he called an overbearing federal government.
 
“As Americans we realize that there is no taxpayer money that wasn’t first earned by the sweat and toil of one of our citizens,” said Perry, drawing a loud round of cheers and applause from the hundreds of people who packed into a Charleston hotel to hear him speak.
 
“That’s why we reject this president’s unbridled fixation on taking more money out of wallets and pocketbooks of American families and employers and giving it to a central government,” he said.
 
“Spreading the wealth punishes success while setting America on course for greater dependency on government.”
 
Perry’s candidacy could steal support from fellow conservative Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann, replacing her as Romney’s top rival and potentially bridging the gap between the party’s establishment center and right-wing activists.
 
The three-term Texas governor is an opponent of abortion rights and gay marriage. He is considered a strong fund-raiser.
 
‘DOWNGRADING OUR STANDING’
 
Perry seized on the fact that the U.S. credit rating was downgraded this month by a leading rating agency following the contentious deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling this month.
 
“The fact is for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs, he’s been downgrading our standing in the world, he’s been downgrading our financial stability, he’s been downgrading our confidence and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children,” Perry said.
 
He also blasted Obama’s foreign policy.
 
“Our president has insulted our friends and he’s encouraged our enemies, thumbing his nose at traditional allies like Israel,” Perry said.
 
“It’s pretty simple. We’re going to stand with those who stand with us. And we will vigorously defend our interest. And those who threaten our interest, harm of citizens, we will simply not be scolding you. We will defeat you,” he said.
 
The announcement by Perry, who has made his deep Christian faith a big part of his public image, came one week after he led a seven-hour religious rally in Houston to pray for America, a nation he described as “in crisis.”
 
He put his religious faith on display on Saturday. He asked his audience to remember the U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan last week when their helicopter was shot down by militants. “Just take a moment to say, ‘Thank you Lord that we have those kind of selfless, sacrificial men and women,'” Perry said.
 
Perry said his state has “the strongest economy in the nation” and that since June 2009 Texas, home to less than 10 percent of the U.S. population, has been responsible for more than 40 percent of all of the new jobs created in America.
 
“He’s telling us what we see as the lost promise of America,” said Richard Atwater, 67 and retired, who lives in Tupelo, Mississippi, following Perry’s speech.
 
“He’s a true conservative,” added Paul Holmes of Grand Prairie, Texas.
 
Perry could draw comparisons to George W. Bush, the last Texas governor in the White House, raising the possibility of “Texas fatigue” among voters.
 
Raised on a west Texas farm, Perry has never lost an election. After a stint in the Air Force, he rose through the ranks of Texas politics from the House of Representatives to agriculture commissioner, lieutenant governor and then governor in 2000 when Bush left for the White House.
 
(Editing by Will Dunham and Tom Brown)

Here are the articles I’ve written which ought to help explain why he’s my guy in chronological order:

Proof That Republican Economic Policies Work Just FINE: Conservative-Friendly Texas Created 38% Of ALL U.S. Jobs In 2010

Hey, ‘Republicans Drove Us Into A Ditch’ Liberals, Put THIS Into Your Pipe and Smoke It: Conservative Economic Principles RULE In Texas

Want To Know How To Balance The Budget And Have Full Employment? Ask Republicans Who Are DOING It

Basically, Rick Perry knows how to run a successful economy.  And you can know that because as the longest-serving governor of one of the largest states in the nation – the state that has created FAR more jobs than any other state – Rick Perry has PROVEN that he knows how to run a successful economy in a way that no one else in America (and certainly not Barack Obama!) can claim.

Someone put it this way, and I completely agree with it:

Mitt Romney is an establishment candidate that many believe can win, but who carries a lot of baggage for flip-flopping; Michelle Bachmann is the true conservative, but one whom many don’t believe can win because she is such a lightening rod.  Rick Perry is an establishment candidate who can get huge fundraising because he is the governor of the most successful economy in the nation.  And he is a true conservative.

Rick Perry is the one man who can truly unite both disparate wings of the GOP.

He’s not “perfect.”  for example, some of his positions on illegal immigration leave me a little uncomfortable.  I keep in mind, however, that he’s been the governor of a border state with a LOT of Hispanics in the voting population; I keep in mind that as a governor – unlike Michelle Bachmann, or Rick Santorum – he’s actually had to govern which made it a lot harder for him to live by talking points; and I keep in mind that he’s a Republican who can actually WIN.

George Bush made substantial gains in the Hispanic vote.  And when you combine that with the fact that Obama has had substantial losses among Hispanics, and bottom line Rick Perry has a real shot at the Hispanic vote.

I say that as someone who believes that if Barack Obama is re-elected, the United States of America is doomed, finished, dead.  It’s not just looking back at the way he’s broken the nation thus far; it’s knowing that he would be vastly worse in a second term he will know that he will never have to face the American people ever again.

While my endorsement doesn’t exactly mean a whole heckuva lot, I am endorsing Gov. Rick Perry for president.  And I hope to do my part to help him win in 2012.

I hope you join me in beginning to pray for this man every single day between now and November 2012.

Here is a transcript of Rick Perry’s words at the August 6 prayer rally in Houston Texas.  They prayed for rain, and praise God they got rain on just a week later on August 13!

Here is a transcript of his announcement speech in South Carolina.  This was the first time any politician reminded me of Reagan since Reagan.  And here is the Youtube video:

Here are some of his words when he went to New Hampshire later on August 13.

 By the way, here’s another article that belongs in here, as we are going to now begin to see the heavily-liberal mainstream media try to morph Rick Perry into a George Bush clone:

Remember This When Democrats Try To Morph Gov. Rick Perry Into A Clone Of George W. Bush

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17 Responses to “I’m Backing Governor Rick Perry For President”

  1. recovery Says:

    Wish he success then people happy

  2. Penumbra Says:

    What du you think about Michele Bachmann? She did well in Iowa, and seems okey, from what I can see in the Swedish press.

  3. The Dauntless Conservative Says:

    MichaelE: I like Gov Perry, too…don’t know much about him…and yes, you are correct, Texas is doing quite well compared to the rest of the nation.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    I’m amazed that they’re treating her fairly/favorably in Sweden.

    Here in the US, not so much.

    Here’s an example of how the US media treats Michelle Bachmann:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/08/newsweeks-michele-bachman_n_920860.html

    The cover photo was a lighting test shot that Bachmann was assurred would NOT be used. And then they used it (to make her look crazy) along with the caption, “Queen of Rage.” You want to see the REAL “Queen of rage” that the media here will never examine? Listen to him go.

    Couple more examples of media hit jobs I’ve discussed:

    https://startthinkingright.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/michelle-bachmann-a-gaffe-machine-if-liberals-want-to-see-a-gaffe-machine-have-them-look-at-their-fool-in-chief/

    https://startthinkingright.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/turning-the-tables-on-vicious-rolling-stone-leftist-attack-piece-on-michelle-palin-among-other-things-they-plagiarized/

    I like Michelle Bachmann a great deal. I wonder if she would be willing to make ANY compromise whatsoever. Sometimes you need to take the best deal you can get and keep working on what you didn’t get – and I’m not sure if she’s demonstrated she’s willing to do that. And more than that, I would ALWAYS much prefer a governor who has actually LED, actually MADE DECISIONS, and has a record he/she can be held accountable to. Versus, oh, someone like Obama, who had none of the above. There is a huge difference between a Rick Perry who has governed a big state for 12 years and a Michelle Bachmann who has served as a member of a 435 member body.

    I think she’s a TREMENDOUS US representative. And she’s definitely a true conservative. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to a great presidency.

    In addition, I look at what the American media already did to Sarah Palin (just tore her down day after day with propaganda and hate), and how easy it is to just make Michelle Bachmann Sarah Palin. The Obama campaign was even able to take down Hillary Clinton by making her look like a sometimes weepy sometimes Lady Macbeth-style bitch (pardon my language, but it’s what they did). And you KNOW what the left will do to Michelle Bachmann given what it did to Hillary Clinton.

    There’s an old quote that voters should elect the most conservative candidate who can win. And I believe that candidate is clearly Rick Perry. I’m not digging Bachmann when I say that at all.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    Rick Perry has an INCREDIBLE record of job creation versus Obama. He is a true conservative who was a friend of the Tea Party long before it was ‘cool.” He is a devout evangelical Christian.

    Perry can win the trust (and the big money that goes with it) of the GOP establishment, and he can win the Tea Party/conservative movement. He’s the best we’ve got at the time we need the best we have.

  6. RS Says:

    I am so, so excited about Rick Perry now. Dare I say in a way comparable to liberals for Obama in 2008? He is most certainly the best answer for these troubling times, and the situation now combined with his governing style makes him a perfect comp for the next Reagan Revolution.

    My only question is this: who will be his running mate? I think Herman Cain would make sense, both ideologically and politically. Jon Huntsman could be a moderate answer, and his foreign relations experience with China could be an asset politically (ESPECIALLY nowadays). Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin are fantastic, but the media has turned them into “damaged goods”; they may become viable candidates 8 years from now, but the media NOW will persuade independents and moderate democrats from supporting them. Allen West or Chris Christie would definitely be my picks, if it weren’t for their freshness in their tenures at their positions coupled with the fact that they are, at this time, integral for helping their respective states become the best they can possibly be.

    Your thoughts, Michael?

  7. Michael Eden Says:

    RS

    You know, the great thing about it is that all the people you suggest would be fantastic for different reasons. I’m still attached to the idea of VP Palin. I also think that Paul Ryan would be a great pick for V.P.

    I did not like the idea of a President Mitt Romney, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him as a V.P.

  8. BAMBA Says:

    I DO NOT WANT A DEVOUT EVANGELIST RUNNING THE TOP JOB OF THE NATION. HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS GET IN THE WAY OF FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT OF ALL UNITED STATES CITIZIENS, BE THEY WHITE, BLACK, ASIAN, HISPANIC, PREGNANT (NOT BY CHOICE). THOSE ITEMS SHOULD NEVER BE PART OF A CAMPAIGN TO GOVERN A NATION, LET ALONE A STATE. TEXAS ((OH DEAR)) REPEAT OF BUSH!! NOT AGAIN!!

  9. Penumbra Says:

    Michael,

    Swedish press was not at all kind to Bachmann; it is just so that what the press says about her appeals to me. Swedish media has only one favorite candidate and it is Barack Obama. In my opinion whoever replaces Obama must be better than him, so I sincerely hope that one of the republican candidates will win the presidency next year.

    I am not well informed about any of them. In the mean time I rely on your judgment.

  10. The Dauntless Conservative Says:

    MichaelE: the more I look at Perry, the more I like him. Good article from Investors’ about Perry.

    I saw this today, sickening, utterly sickening:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2011/08/17/jack-cafferty-gives-credence-liberal-conspiracy-tying-bachmann-perry-rad

  11. Michael Eden Says:

    Three things, Bamba,

    Thing one: HOW ABOUT YOUR OWN DAMN BIGOTRY?!?!? You are a despicable hypocrite who mouths the words “fair and equal treatment” while at the same time demanding that such treatment be denied to those whom you hate due to your bigotry.

    Thing two: YOU SIDE WITH THE VICIOUS. You side with Obama, whose people are saying that Obama’s record stinks, so they are going to have to “kill Romney” by attacking him as a religious minority.

    Thing two: You are a traitor to the United States acorrding to George Washington. In fact, I’m just going to go ahead and repost most of my article on the founding fathers’ views toward Christianity:

    Michael Eden: Let me start with the words and meaning of George Washington in his Farewell Address given on September 17, 1796:

    What are the foundations of America? After 45 years of public service, George Washington, our greatest patriot and the father of our country, gives his farewell address. He says, ‘We need to remember what brought us here. We need to remember what made us different from all the other nations across Europe and the rest of the world. We have to remember what our foundations are.’ It was the road map, showing us how we’d become what we were, and how to preserve it. It has long been considered the most important address ever given by any US president. President Lincoln set aside an entire day for the entire Union Army and had them read and understand it. Woodrow Wilson did the same during WWI. But we haven’t studied it in schools for over 45 years, so your lack of understanding is understandable. Washington said:

    “Of all the habits and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” — George Washington, Farewell Address

    If you want your politics to prosper, the two things you will not separate will be religion and morality. If you want your government to work well, if you want American exceptionalism, if you want the government to do right, if you want all this, then you won’t separate religion and morality from political life. And America’s greatest patriot gave a litmus test for patriotism. He says in the very next sentence (immediately continuing from the quote above):

    “In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars.” — George Washington

    Washington says, Anyone who would try to remove religion and morality from public life, I won’t allow them to call themselves a patriot. Because they are trying to destroy the country.

    And he wasn’t alone. I can well understand why you would throw out the wisest and most brilliant political geniuses who ever lived. I can understand because George Washington wouldn’t have even have allowed you to call yourself “a patriot” in his presence. What they wrote, what they thought, what they believed, utterly refute you. But it was THESE men, and not Marx, or Mao, or any other socialist, who devised the greatest political system the world has ever seen.

    Statements by our founding fathers (who presumably understood what the Constitution that they themselves wrote and ratified meant better than Justice Brennan) announcing their religious beliefs, and stating the profound impact those beliefs had in their founding of the United States of America:

    “We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams

    “…And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” –- George Washington, Farewell Address, Sept 17, 1796

    “Religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness.” –- Samuel Adams, Letter to John Trumbull, October 16, 1778

    “The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor…and this alone, that renders us invincible.” –- Patrick Henry, Letter to Archibald Blair, January 8, 1789

    “Without morals, a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” —- Charles Carroll (signer of the Constitution), Letter to James McHenry,November 4, 1800

    “Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.” –- Life of Gouverneur Morris, Vol III

    “Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity…in short of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.“ –- Samuel Adams, Letter to John Adams, October 4, 1790

    “In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government. That is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible.” —- Benjamin Rush, “A Defense of the Use of the Bible as a School Book”, 1798

    “In my view, the Christian Religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed…no truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian Religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” — Noah Webster, Reply to David McClure, Oct. 25, 1836

    “Information to those who would remove (or move) to America”: “To this may be truly added, that serious Religion under its various Denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practiced. Atheism is unknown there, Infidelity rare & secret, so that Persons may live to a great Age in that Country without having their Piety shock’d by meeting with either an Atheist or an Infidel. And the Divine Being seems to have manifested his Approbation of the mutual Forbearance and Kindness with which the different Sects treat each other, by the remarkable Prosperity with which he has been pleased to favour the whole Country.” —- Ben Franklin, 1787 pamphlet to Europeans

    “Independent of its connection with human destiny hereafter, the fate of republican government is indissolubly bound up with the fate of the Christian religion, and a people who reject its holy faith will find themselves the slaves of their own evil passions and of arbitrary power.” —- Lewis Cass, A Brigadier-General in the War of 1812, Governor of the Michigan Territory, a Secretary of War, a Senator, a Secretary of State. The State of Michigan placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

    “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –- “Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.” —- Thomas Jefferson

    “So irresistible are these evidences of an intelligent and powerful Agent that, of the infinite numbers of men who have exited thro’ all the time, they have believed, in the proportion of a million at least to Unit, in the hypothesis of an eternal pre-existence of a creator, rather than in that of a self-existent Universe.” —- Thomas Jefferson

    “I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.” — Thomas Jefferson

    “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens…” — George Washington, Farewell Address, Sept 17, 1796

    “Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.” — John Adams, Letter of June 21, 1776

    “It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe without the agency of a Supreme Being.” —- George Washington

    “So irresistible are these evidences of an intelligent and powerful Agent that, of the infinite numbers of men who have exited thro’ all the time, they have believed, in the proportion of a million at least to Unit, in the hypothesis of an eternal pre-existence of a creator, rather than in that of a self-existent Universe.” —- Thomas Jefferson

    “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” —- Abraham Lincoln

    “History will also afford the frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion, from its usefulness to the public; the advantage of a religious character among private persons; the mischiefs of superstition, and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.” —- Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1749), p. 2

    “I know, sir, how well it becomes a liberal man and a Christian to forget and forgive. As individuals professing a holy religion, it is our bounden duty to forgive injuries done us as individuals. But when the character of Christian you add the character of patriot, you are in a different situation. Our mild and holy system of religion inculcates an admirable maxim of forbearance. If your enemy smite one cheek, turn the other to him. But you must stop there. You cannot apply this to your country. As members of a social community, this maxim does not apply to you. When you consider injuries done to your country your political duty tells you of vengeance. Forgive as a private man, but never forgive public injuries. Observations of this nature are exceedingly unpleasant, but it is my duty to use them.” —- Patrick Henry, from a courtroom speech, Wirt Henry’s, Life, vol. III, pp. 606-607.

    “Amongst other strange things said of me, I hear it is said by the deists that I am one of their number; and, indeed, that some good people think I am no Christian. This thought gives me much more pain than the appellation of Tory; because I think religion of infinitely higher importance than politics; and I find much cause to reproach myself that I have lived so long and have given no decided and public proofs of my being a Christian. But, indeed, my dear child, this is a character which I prize far above all this world has, or can boast.” —- Patrick Henry, 1796 letter to daughter, S. G. Arnold, The Life of Patrick Henry (Auburn: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1854), p. 250.

    “This is all the inheritance I can give my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed.” — Patrick Henry, From a copy of Henry’s Last Will and Testament obtained from Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Red Hill, Brookneal, VA.

    “It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe without the agency of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to govern the universe without the aid of a Supreme Being.” —- George Washington, James K. Paulding, A Life of Washington (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1835), Vol. II, p. 209.

    “While we assert for ourselves a freedom to embrace, to profess, and to observe, the Religion which we believe to be of divine origin, we cannot deny an equal freedom to them whose minds have not yielded to the evidence which has convinced us.” —- James Madison, James Madison, A Memorial and Remonstrance (Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1786). This can be found in numerous documentary histories and other resources.

    “Waiving the rights of conscience, not included in the surrender implied by the social state, & more or less invaded by all Religious establishments, the simple question to be decided, is whether a support of the best & purest religion, the Christian religion itself ought not, so far at least as pecuniary means are involved, to be provided for by the Government, rather than be left to the voluntary provisions of those who profess it.” —- James Madison, Religion and Politics in the Early Republic: Jasper Adams and the Church-State Debate, Daniel L. Dreisbach, ed. (Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1996), p. 117.

    “The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.” —- George Washington, 1778, upon seeing the divine hand in the Revolution against the greatest military in the world.

    “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise. In this sense and to this extent, our civilizations and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” — U.S. Supreme Court in Holy Trinity v. U. S. — Richmond v. Moore, Illinois Supreme Court, 1883)

    “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” —- Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren dated February 12, 1779

    “Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulties.” —- Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address

    “I entreat you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for ‘there is no salvation in any other’ (Acts 4:12). If you are not reconciled to God through Jesus Christ – if you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness – you must perish forever.” —- John Witherspoon, founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    “I am a Christian. I believe only in the Scriptures, and in Jesus Christ my Savior.” — Charles Thomson, founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence

    “My only hope of salvation is in the infinite transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come Lord Jesus! Come quickly!” — Dr. Benjamin Rush, founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Benjamin Rush, John Adams said, was one of the three most notable founding fathers along with George Washington and Ben Franklin. Benjamin Rush was the founder of five universities (three of which are still active today); he was the father of public schools under the American Constitution; he was also the leader of the civil rights movement, the founder of the first abolitionist society in America, the founder of the first black denomination in America, served in 3 presidential administrations, is called the father of American medicine, and 3,000 American physicians bore his signature on their diplomas, started the American College of Physicians, founded the first prison ministry, and started the Sunday School movement in America, started the very first Bible Society in America, etc.

    “I rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.” —- Samuel Adams

    “An eloquent preacher of your religious society, Richard Motte, in a discourse of much emotion and pathos, is said to have exclaimed aloud to his congregation, that he did not believe there was a Quaker, Presbyterian, Methodist or Baptist in heaven, having paused to give his hearers time to stare and to wonder. He added, that in heaven, God knew no distinctions, but considered all good men as his children, and as brethren of the same family. I believe, with the Quaker preacher, that he who steadily observes those moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven, as to the dogmas in which they all differ. That on entering there, all these are left behind us, and the Aristides and Catos, the Penns and Tillotsons, Presbyterians and Baptists, will find themselves united in all principles which are in concert with the reason of the supreme mind. Of all the systems of morality, ancient and modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.” — Thomas Jefferson, “The Writings of Thomas Jefferson,” Albert Ellery Bergh, ed. (Washington, D. C.: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), Vol. XIII, pp.377-78, letter to William Canby on September 18, 1813.

    “To the corruptions of Christianity I am, indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others.” — Thomas Jefferson, Albert Bergh, “Writings of Jefferson,” Vol. X, p.380, letter to Benjamin Rush on April 21, 1803.

    “But the greatest of all the reformers of the depraved religion of His own country, was Jesus of Nazareth.” — Thomas Jefferson, Albert Bergh, “Writings of Jefferson,” Vol. XIV, p.220, letter to William Short on October 31, 1819.

    “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” —- John Quincy Adams, 1837 speech

    “Why is it that, next to the birth day of the Saviour of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [July 4th]? . . . Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birth-day of the Saviour? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity. . ?” — John Quincy Adams, John Quincy Adams, “An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport, at Their Request,” on the Sixty-first Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1837 (Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1837), p. 5.

    “We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better that the builders of Babel.” —- Benjamin Franklin, appeal for prayer at Constitutional Convention, as cited by James Madison, The Papers of James Madison, Henry D. Gilpin, ed. (Washington: Langtree & O’Sullivan, 1840), Vol. II, p. 985.

    “God commands all men everywhere to repent. He also commands them to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and has assured us that all who do repent and believe shall be saved.” —- Roger Sherman.

    “God has promised to bestow eternal blessings on all those who are willing to accept Him on the terms of the Gospel – that is, in a way of free grace through the atonement. — Roger Sherman. Sherman was the ONLY founding father who signed all four founding documents (the Declaration, the Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, and the Articles of Association). He is called “the master builder of the Constitution.” He came up with the bi-cabinal system with the House and Senate. He was a framer of the Bill of Rights. And he was also a theologian who got George Washington to announce the first federal Day of Thanksgiving proclamation, going through the Scriptures to show why we should do so. He was also a long-term member of Congress. A newspaper article on him (the Globe) dated 1837 quotes, “The volume which he consulted more than any other was the Bible. It was his custom, at the commencement of every session of Congress, to purchase a copy of the Scriptures to puruse it daily, and to present it to one of his children on his return.” He had 15 children.

    “The Holy Ghost carries on the whole Christian system in His truth. Not a baptism, not a marriage, not a sacrament can be administered but by the Ghost.” —- John Adams

    “There is no authority, civil or religious – there can be no legitimate government – but what is administered by the Holy Ghost.” —- John Adams

    “There can be no salvation without it. All without it is rebellion and perdition, or, in more orthodox words, damnation.” — John Adams (And Abigail Adams was the REAL Bible thumper in the family, telling son John Quincy Adams, ‘You know how I’ve raised you. You know how you’ve been raised in church, how you’ve been taught the Scriptures, how you’ve been taught morality.’ She tells him that if he’s going to go to France and give up his faith, that the Lord seek him out and drown him to prevent that from happening).

    “I am grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, through Jesus Christ our Lord, He has conferred on my beloved country.” —- Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration and framer of the Bill of Rights. He was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, dying at the age of 95 years.

    At the age of 89 (in 1825), he wrote, “On the mercy of my Redeemer, I rely for salvation, and on His merits; not on the works I have done in obedience to His precepts.” —- Charles Carroll

    “Almost all the civil liberty now enjoyed in the world owes its origin to the principles of the Christian religion…. [T]he religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and his apostles…. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.” — Noah Webster, History of the United States (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832), p. 300, Sec. 578.

    And, of course, there is the assessment of the great political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville:

    “Moreover, almost all the sects of the United States are comprised within the great unity of Christianity, and Christian morality is everywhere the same.

    In the United States the sovereign authority is religious, and consequently hypocrisy must be common; but there is no country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility, and of its conformity to human nature, than that its influence is most powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.

    The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other; and with them this conviction does not spring from that barren traditionary faith which seems to vegetate in the soul rather than to live.

    There are certain populations in Europe whose unbelief is only equaled by their ignorance and their debasement, while in America one of the freest and most enlightened nations in the world fulfills all the outward duties of religion with fervor.

    Upon my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more did I perceive the great political consequences resulting from this state of things, to which I was unaccustomed. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other; but in America I found that they were intimately united, and that they reigned in common over the same country.”
    – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, (New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1851), pp. 331, 332, 335, 336-7, 337, respectively.

    As to your socialism, de Tocquevelle wrote:

    “Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood; it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances; what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?”

    Poster: Whatever outstanding Americans said or believed in the 1700’s or 1800’s is no refutation of whatever I said. Big deal, so George Washington said that morality is not possible without religion. Just because I appreciate that he spearheaded the military efforts against the redcoats doesn’t mean I care for his views on religion.

    Many of the Founding Fathers you constantly bring up were not even Christians. Men like Jefferson, Franklin and Tom Paine were Deists. Forget the Founding Fathers when dealing with today’s issues. The Constitution that they gave us has evolved into something quite different since then.

    I care what Americans today think. I am not interested in what men who died when even my grandfather was not yet born believed.

    Michael Eden: Actually, one of the quotes that you probably didn’t bother to read has Thomas Jefferson specifically declaring his Christianity. And I have numerous quotes from Thomas Jefferson on display. Quotes by Benjamin Franklin abound – clearly attesting to his FERVENT commitment to the need for not only religious but specifically Christian religion as a necessary and fundamental support for the country being founded. I would further point out to you that Thomas Paine was NOT a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and he was also not a delegate to the Constitutional convention. So that kind of blows a gigantic hole in your thesis.

    You show the portrait of the Declaration of Independence signing, and it’s funny that people have been trained to be able to pick out the two least religious founding fathers (Franklin and Jefferson – notwithstanding Jefferson’s profession of Christianity he was not as devoutly Christian as the rest). And then we’re assured that the rest of them are just as irreligious. But of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 54 were confessed Christians and members of Christian churches. 29 of them had seminary degrees and were ordained ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not bad for a bunch of atheists and deists.

    No one would ever have thought this was a secular nation in the past because Americans knew their history. An 1848 book used in public school for generations entitled, “Lives of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.” And in public schools for years children learned the faith and character of their founding fathers.

    And again, everything they believed was an anathema to what you believe.

    And that says something. Because what you say, what you think, what you believe, fundamentally doesn’t work – and never HAS worked. And what they said, what they thought, and what they believed, has stood in irrefutable proof of their wisdom.

    Your argument is this: the Constitution has “evolved” into whatever the hell anybody wants it to mean. It is intrinsically meaningless. If the Constitution truly is a living, organic document that evolves and pulsates, it “evolves” into whatever you want it to become and “pulsates” into whatever form you want it to take. We might as well have a telephone directory as our Constitution, so that scholars in voodoo-fashion could discern “penumbras and emanations” wherever they wished.

    Let’s take a look at the Declaration of Independence:

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    Your atheistic socialism has never worked and never will work because you fundamentally deny the SOURCE of the rights you claim: an objective, transcendent Creator God who created man with these fundamental rights. You have never had, and never will have, anything concrete or objective by which to secure the rights that our founding fathers’ secured. Furthermore, you would do to any such transcendent/objective rights exactly what you want to do to the Constitution itself: make them mean whatever the hell you – or the next dictator/tyrant on the block – WANT them to mean. And that is why your God-denying socialism has produced one despot and one nightmare after another, and why it always WILL.

    What socialists ultimately pursue is power over people’s lives. And so long as leftists hold such power, principles will not matter. And frankly, even if there WERE any “binding” principles they would invariably be blurred into meaninglessness by a succession of “penumbras and emanations” to suit the will of the next dictator. That ultimately becomes tyranny every single time.

    And that is why George Washington would be kicking your butt across the floor as he shouted, “YOU ARE NO PATRIOT!”

    You instead argue for a system of government that has NEVER worked and never will. I will tilt at the government handed down by my religious founding fathers and leave you to tilt at your godless socialist windmills.

    I’ve written about you before, Bamba: https://startthinkingright.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/secular-humanist-left-so-tolerant-they-want-to-purge-anyone-who-isnt-just-like-them/

  12. Michael Eden Says:

    Penumbra,

    Of course, you as a Swede don’t HAVE to be informed about American politicians. And you know a LOT more about American politics than Americans know about Swedish politics!

    Right now the media is coming unglued on Rick Perry here. I get the sense that they’re more scared of him than anyone.

    They have always hated and feared Sarah Palin (and now Michelle Bachmann) because they are conservative women who walk their talk. And given that most Democrat voters are women, if they lose women they lose EVERYTHING. But at the same time they’ve got a script that works on Palin and Bachmann.

    Rick Perry has a record as a governor in a major state that will make it a lot harder to demagogue him they way they could with Palin or Bachmann.

    As a Representative, Michelle Bachmann can’t argue that she “created jobs,” etc. Perry can. And Sarah Palin was governor of a state with a TINY population that necessarily relies primarily on federal grants – AND she quit as governor. While she basically HAD to leave office do to all the frivilous (and now dismissed) lawsuits against her to protect her family, leaving office before the end of her term will be thrown in her face: can you even imagine a president leaving office like that? Versus Perry, who has been governor of a HUGE U.S. state for longer than any other governor in America.

    I view Perry as the BEST guy who has a real chance of actually winning. And he’s good enough that I don’t have to hold my nose the way I had to with John McCain.

  13. Penumbra Says:

    BAMBA Says: “I DO NOT WANT A DEVOUT EVANGELIST RUNNING THE TOP JOB OF THE NATION. HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS GET IN THE WAY OF FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT OF ALL UNITED STATES CITIZIENS, BE THEY WHITE, BLACK, ASIAN, HISPANIC, PREGNANT (NOT BY CHOICE)…”

    There may be pregnant “not by choice” but this does not give them the right to kill their babies. And if they do not want their babies, there are a lot of childless couples that are more than happy to adopting a unwanted child.

    The free abortion right has become the most shameful issue in our modern civilization. Murdering innocent and defenseless unborn children is a disgrace to all of us, especially now when we have all possible means of preventing pregnancy and the resources to take care of all children that come to this world – wanted or unwanted. Future generations will judge us in the same way as we today judge slavery or the Nazi concentration camps. It is time to start thinking with our brains and stop thinking with our.. you know what.

    Beside that, free abortion is very much a feministic issue, and feminists are traditionally socialist or communists. The neo liberals have actually adopted ideas that originate from the Marxism – women’s “right” to abortion is a good example.

  14. Flo Puryear Says:

    Texas is not doing well in anything!!!! The jobs as Perry wants to state he had something to do with, is lye. He has not caused or created any jobs in Texas. The oil and gas industry has a new drill and put some people to work. Then the minumin wage hired some, probably more high school and so forth this summer. The unemployment rate dropped because people used up their benefits and are now off unemployment — this is how unermployment is figured. Perry accepted money for education and then used it for other things and teachers were fired and schools were to close. Class rooms have more children per teacher than before Perry. There are hundreds of companies that have closed. Construction industry is practical non existance. Perry probably does not think much of education since he did not do all that well at A & M. He apparently wishes to dumb down the children.

    Perry has done nothing for Texas, but put people out of work and caused businesses to close

  15. Michael Eden Says:

    Flo,

    You are simply ideological and ignorant beyond any possible hope of reason.

    Governor Rick Perry has created 43% OF ALL THE JOBS IN AMERICA and you won’t give him any credit whatsoever. Because there is something morally and intellectually wrong with you.

    To put it slightly differently, RICK PERRY CREATED 43% OF ALL THE JOBS THAT BARACK OBAMA CLAIMS CREDIT FOR, and you give your messiah worship while demonically hating Perry.

    You attribute the oil and gas industry for those jobs? WHY DON’T YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT OBAMA HAS DONE EVERYTHING HE COULD TO DESTROY THOSE JOBS AND THAT INDUSTRY???

    Further, you despicable liberals better get your stories straight. Other liberals say Perry took all the jobs from California; you say they all come from the industry that Obama is out trying to destroy.

    What is interesting is that you rabidly refuse to give Perry any credit whatsoever for CREATING FORTY-THREE PERCENT OF EVERY SINGLE JOB CREATED IN AMERICA while blaming him completely for all the problems Texas has. On your view, the fact that the man is a conservative means that he should get zero point zero zero credit for anything good in his state but be completely blamed for anything bad.

    Here’s an interactive map of poverty in the United States. Texas ranks 9th in poverty. But look at the states around it: Louisiana ranks THIRD in poverty; New Mexico ranks fourth; Arkansas ranks fifth; Mississippie ranks first. Poverty and education are regional problems that have been plaguing the entire region for as long as America has been America. They were problems when LBJ was in Texas; they were problems when Bill Clinton was in Arkansas.

    This is from the LA Times:

    The Charge: The Bush campaign said on Friday that Gov. Bill Clinton “has made grand, false claims about the ineffective Arkansas welfare program he supervises. . . . After Clinton’s 12 years in office, Arkansas now suffers a state-welfare bureaucracy whose administrative costs have ballooned by 3,000% since 1983, and poverty that places the state at or near the bottom of the country in nearly every meaningful category. A full 19.8% of all Arkansas residents live below the poverty line–up from 19% in 1980.”

    The Response: The Clinton campaign contends that despite a slight increase in the poverty rate in Arkansas, the state compares favorably to surrounding states. “In the last decade, Texas had an increase (in poverty) of 12.2%, Oklahoma 13.3% and Louisiana 26.3%. The numbers are a testimony to our ability to hold the line on poverty,” the campaign said.

    And here’s a quote about Clinton’s educational “reforms”:

    “In hindsight, however, just about all of those high-profile moves were cosmetic, superficial endeavors that didn’t begin to tackle the underlying problems and were quickly weakened or undone. For example, the state’s first set of statewide curricular standards – called course content guides – were developed in the 1980s but rapidly proved to be inadequate.” (pg 35)

    You cheered wildly when Bill Clinton – who presided over an Arkansas that was the FOURTH poorest state in the nation and the FOURTH worst in the nation in terms of its hight school graduation rate – was elected president, you hypocrite shrew. You loved the very thing you claim to hate now. Because you are dishonest.

    Rick Perry is doing better in Texas than Bill Clinton did in Arkansas. And if there were even so much as a scintilla of integrity in your being, you’d acknowledge that.

    You go after Perry for his college records? At least Perry was honest enough to release them:

    Barack Obama has not released transcripts for his grades from Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law. He has also not released his SAT and LSAT scores. No explanation has been offered for not releasing them.

    You’re one of these vile pieces of slime, Flo. You hate the truth and you live in a world of lies.

  16. The Dauntless Conservative Says:

    MichaelE said: *** you hypocrite shrew.****

    How about a shrewd hypocrite? lol!

  17. Michael Eden Says:

    There are such things.

    Mind you, shrewd hypocrites and hypocrite shrews are both just types of liberal.

    The quintessential defining element of liberalism is massive personal hypocrisy.

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