I was driving with a friend yesterday in Indiana.
We came across the field you see in the first picture below.
This field contained both a farm silo and a football goalpost and upright.
My friend and I figured that this just had to be the most wholesome middle-America location in all the nation.
Farm and football in one spot in Indiana.
I just happened to have in my rental car a copy of Rick Perry’s book Fed Up!
I wondered if reading Fed Up! as an everyday middle American in such a wholesome spot in Indiana would cause the book to make some sense.
So far I’ve just read the book as a liberal snob in the big city of Houston.
In the bottom picture you see me reading Fed Up! in front of the silo.
I’ve got to tell you that this book reads just as stupid and mean-spirited in rural America as it does in the big city.
Though, of course, Indiana voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
People all over the nation have the decency and common sense to know that we should care for one another, and to know that government has a role to play in our lives.
If Rick Perry is nominated by the Republican Party in 2012, his extreme views will be rejected in all parts of our great republic
Rick Perry On Gay Marriage—Perry Not Man Enough To Stick To His Guns On His Core Issue Of States’ Rights
Here is what Texas Governor and Presidential candidate Rick Perry said a few weeks back about New York State deciding to permit gay marriage—
“That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me,”
However, after being pressed on the issue by his far-right evangelical allies, here is what Governor Perry said on the same topic a few days later—
“I probably needed to add a few words after that ‘it’s fine with me,’ and that it’s fine with me that a state is using their sovereign rights to decide an issue. Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn’t changed…”
Here is how Governor Perry addressed gay marriage on p. 13 of his book Fed Up!-—
” If you don’t support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol, don’t come to Texas. If you don’t like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don’t move to California.”
Yet at the same time, Governor Perry is on the record supporting a Constitutional amendment “.. that defines marriage between one man and one woman…”
What happened to Governor Perry’s view that the states should decide about gay marriage?
Rick Perry can’t stick to his guns on his alleged core issue of states’ rights even in the very first days of his presidential campaign. He buckles under pressure from the extremist far-right.
Given the number of views and flip-flops we’ve seen on just this one question, how many other times in the months ahead will we witness Governor Perry changing his mind and ditching his beliefs when it serves his political ambitions?
With a plane to catch soon and time in Rhode Island ahead, it is time to select what book I’ll be reading while on the road.
I’d headed to Rhode Island for a final observance of my father’s life. He spent much of his life in Rhode Island.
I often get a great deal of reading done on airplanes and on vacation.
I’m considering this trip a vaction because I’m certain that this is how dad would have wanted me to imagine the trip.
For this vacation, I’ve picked books relevant to Rhode Island, Cincinnati and Texas—The three places I have lived in life.
I don’t much about this book, but it is just the type of stuff that I often read.
Another book I have is The President Makers 1896-1919—The Culture of Politics & Leadership In An Age of Enlightenment by Matthew Josephson. This book is from 1940.
This is the 2nd book I’ve read by Mr. Josephson. He wrote about the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. In the President Makers I’m currently on the chapters involved the Presidency of Cincinnati’s William Howard Taft.
Fed Up! may provide me with a few quick blog posts while I’m traveling. Also, since I’ll be wearing a Houston Astros’ baseball hat for much of the trip, maybe I’ll read the book while wearing the cap and make loud comments about seccession and bitching about how George W. Bush was not conservative enough.
It’s going to be a great trip and I’ll be posting from Rhode Island. Thanks to everybody for reading Texas Liberal.
Above is a cup of coffee, a piece of carrot cake and a copy of Fed Up!–Our Fight To Save America From Washington. I took this picture a few hours ago.
As my friend and fellow Texas blogger Steve Wichard wrote when I posted this picture on Facebook—“So you are having something warm, something sweet and something nauseating.”
Steve could not be more wrong.
This is a great book.
You can tell it is a great work from the divine glare you see on this book written by self-anointed prophet Rick Perry. This book is bathed in light for pointing the way out of our national troubles.
Here is what Newt Gingrich wrote in the introduction to Fed Up!—
” I wish this book never had to be written. It almost came too late. America is recklessly accelerating toward economic disaster. Fed Up! may be the last warning sign to the danger that lies ahead.”
It sure was nice of Mr. Gingrich to write such nice things about somebody to be running for President against in 2012—Assuming the Gingrich campaign makes it as far as 2012.
Just imagine that this solution to our national woes is available for just $21.99 and is explained in only 220 pages. Everything is so simple!
Though would true prophet charge anything at all?
I guess Governor Perry supports even a privatization of salvation.
Here is what it says in Matthew 7:15— “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
While the coffee and the carrot cake are now gone, I’ve only completed the introduction, Governor Perry’s brief preface, and the first 3 pages of Fed Up!
I want to read the book over a few weeks so I can savor every word.
The Governor starts off by the preface saying–” I grew up in Paint Creek, Texas. If you can’t find it on a map I won’t be surprised.”
It seems Mr. Perry was already assessing the geography skills of Texas students after the deep education budget cuts of the recent legislative session.
I’m certain this book will provide me with a number of blog posts over the next few weeks.
If the book does provide me with some blog posts, I might well be the only person who gains anything of use by reading Fed Up!
What should to get this Christmas for the people in your life that you don’t like?
The Texas Liberal Panel of Experts has some suggestions of books that you can give such persons.
Extinct recommends Fed Up! by Texas Governor Rick Perry as a literary lump of coal for that unspecial someone.
Fed Up! talks about how to get the federal government out of your life while you collect social security and as your Congressperson asks for earmarks to build yet more roads in Texas.
Hamburger Wearing An Astros’ Hat says Decision Points by George W. Bush would be a real Christmas downer.
Decision Points is about offering excuses and rationalizations for things gone wrong, while at the same time putting forth a worldview of being responsible for your actions in life.
Cactus says a gift Going Rogue by Sarah Palin will ruin not only Christmas for the recipient, but it ruin New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day as well.
Going Rogue is a book by a person who does not read very much. The book tells about how rugged individualism shapes Alaskans even though Ted Stevens spent years in the Senate making sure Alaska got every federal dollar possible.
Now if on the odd chance you want to do something productive for the holiday, don’t forget you can give the gift to yourself and others, of your greater involvement in civic affairs. In this way you’ll be able to fight the likes of Rick Perry, George W. Bush, and Sarah Palin.