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.”
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