Deep in the Heart of Fantasyland

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a man who would be king, has written a book. It’s called “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington.”

“There has never been a challenge our nation has not risen to meet, driven by a people blessed by the Almighty and given by our forefathers a historically limited government that frees the individual to achieve greatness,” he begins. “That is the story of our America. … America is great, and it’s worth saving.”

I’m for that. But then Perry, now a Republican candidate for president, gives us 150 pages of what a terrible place this is, one only he can save. Some excerpts:

“Ever since the dawn of the so-called Progressive movement over a century ago, liberals have used every tool at their disposal — including notably the Supreme Court — to wage a gradual war on the Constitution and the American way of life. … Social Security is something we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years. And there stands a crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal … all at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government.”

“I would no more consider living in Massachusetts than I suspect a great number of folks from Massachusetts would like to live in Texas.”

“An arrogant President [Franklin] Roosevelt, [was] “a complete and total failure.”

“Whether it’s Social Security, whether it’s Medicaid, whether it’s Medicare … they’re bankrupt. They’re a Ponzi scheme. I challenge anybody to stand up and defend the Social Security program that we have today.”

“Republicans often aren’t on the right page — indeed, some aren’t even in the right chapter. But most are in the right book. Most Democrats today, on the other hand, can’t even find the library.”

“Our fight to save America from Washington might well be the last chance for the last best hope of man on earth. America, the people, and America the idea, endure. Whether they continue to endure is up to us.”

“I can tell you the people of Texas do not want to be told by Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Henry Waxman — or for that matter, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner or any other Republican from another state — what to do. And we certainly don’t want to place that kind of control in the hands of nameless, faceless and unelected federal bureaucrats.”

“This leads me to the great milestone on the road to serfdom: the passage of the 16th Amendment. It gave Congress the authority to level an income tax on American citizens. … “

Serfdom! That was it for me. No matter how short, I wouldn’t go on with this stuff. I had only two final thoughts. One, Perry once suggested that Texas consider seceding from the Union. Fine. Two, I may end up voting for Michele Bachmann.


Richard Reeves
Syndicated Columnist
Richard Reeves, senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, is an author and syndicated columnist whose column has appeared in more than 100 newspapers…
Richard Reeves

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