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Yeehaw: Get Ready for Rick Perry

August 14th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Texas Governor Rick Perry reminds me of a better looking, more confident George W. Bush (not that I would necessarily describe GWB as handsome). Both men were popular governors of Texas, both men were yell leaders in college, both were mediocre students, both can channel the Lord in their vernacular in a way that resonates with evangelical Christians, and both governors oversaw plenty of executions while in office. Yet Perry had once taken a more balanced approach to immigration following GWB’s lead, even signing into law the Texas DREAM Act back in 2001.

Recently, Governor Perry stated this when asked about the Texas DREAM Act, “To punish these young Texans for their parents’ actions is not what America has always been about.” This statement leads one to believe that he may support some version of the federal DREAM Act. Yet as the political discourse on immigration has continued to become more extreme, Perry has toughened his stance on the issue.

The Huffington Post‘s Yolanda Gonzalez Gomez writes:

“As governor of a state in which nearly 38 percent of the population is Latino and where 1.6 million — mostly Latino — undocumented workers reside, Perry has been clear in his opposition to the inclusion of amnesty in the immigration reform proposals voiced by President Obama, and has favored only a limited version of the DREAM Act.

Under Perry’s mandate, Texas has reinforced security along the border with Mexico, adding more agents, and he has argued for the use of the National Guard, military-style special ops and unmanned aircraft outfitted with high-tech cameras to further monitor and control the border region.

This intensified vigilance has not come cheaply. In a report released by his own administration, the government reported having spent over $400 million since 2005 on border security programs.

Perry has also been a vocal supporter of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s program to request valid residency documents from driver’s license applicants who are not U.S. citizens.

At the beginning this year, Perry presented an emergency package of initiatives to the Texas state legislature that included the elimination of so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ in the state, a requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls, and a mandate that local police comply with federal immigration laws.”

Governor Perry’s “get tough” stance on immigration will give some in the Latino community a reason to pause, but this is where President Obama will have a tough time distinguishing himself from whoever becomes the GOP presidential nominee because of his own aggressive deportation record.

Perry will also have to answer questions about his own job creating record, which recent reports have shown to be at the lower end of the wage spectrum. Recent state budget cuts in Texas will also likely impact jobs, as people are laid off.

But Rick Perry is certainly interesting…ok, I’ll admit, he can be funny, and he is going to likely get more traction than Mitt Romney will get with the average conservative and possibly even with Latino conservatives who don’t mind a Jose Cuervo joke every now and again.

 

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Tags: Evangelicals · GOP · Immigration · Mitt Romney · Rick Perry

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Javier // Aug 23, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I get it! But Careful, let’s not be hypocritical, if a white person wrote an article on a an all white blog site, and used “El Grito”, how fast would we be calling them racist?

  • 2 webmaster // Aug 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    FireDogLake which is run by a white blogger/editor, used “Yeehaw” in a piece about Perry:

    http://firedoglake.com/2011/08/16/yee-haw/.

    And I have heard people of all ethnic groups use the exclamation, so I don’t think we are being hypocritical. Additionally, “el grito” can have multiple meanings as well.

  • 3 Anthony T // Aug 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I live in Texas and was worried that Texas would become the next Arizona when Perry made a lot of anti-immigrant noise. But even with a Republican super majority in the Texas legislature, nothing was passed. I think this is political rhetoric on the part of Perry. I’ve yet to see a massive deportation program undertaken by a Republican in spite of the nativist rhetoric. I still have a video saved of Obama at the marcha in 2006 in Chicago talking about immigration reform. Yet, we see how he threw Latinos under the bus. I was a county delegate for Obama in 2008, but this time I can’t vote for him. Seeking an alternative.

  • 4 Debutopia // Aug 24, 2011 at 3:51 am

    I enjoyed your perspective on Perry. I’ve done a number of pieces on my blog about Bachmann & Palin but I haven’t touched on Perry yet. He scares me a bit more than all the rest because he’s Bushier than Bush. Also, let’s be honest with ourselves: white evangelical male is still going to play out in the polls better than white evangelical female. I don’t want this guy in office. I’m white and I live in Illinois so many of the issues that you blogged about are outside of my “jurisdiction.” Yet, when I see greed and racism growing right under my very nose, how could I not help but try to fight against it? I loved reading your perspective. Thanks!

  • 5 Centerist Cynic // Aug 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing your view. I’m wondering if Obama’s recent moves that seem to implement large portions of the Dream Act will matter to you in 2012.
    I’d also like to understand how Obama is to blame for the failure of the Dream Act to pass through Congress. I have followed this issue but obviously not closely.

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