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Goodbye Rick PerryBy Elizabeth Danu | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 23 hrs ago
COMMENTARY | For those of us who already had a poor opinion of Rick Perry, he has now surpassed our expectations. The video advertisement he or some equally inept scriptwriter crafted is puzzling at best. The ad, currently running in Iowa, states he is a Christian, gays should not be openly in the military and children should be allowed to celebrate Christmas in schools.
What does having gay people in the military have to do with Christmas? What does attacking gay people accomplish? What does any of this have to do with being a Christian? I wonder how many kind, compassionate, humanitarian Christians do not choose to keep company with Rick Perry?How did he even get this far?
I think it's safe to say that this desperate attempt to do whatever it is that he's trying to do has placed him squarely out of the running.
All over the Internet criticism and ridicule are appearing, including a hilarious spoof by Stephen Colbert on his show Thursday night. He highlights the fact Perry's statements have nothing logical to do with each other.
That Perry would air such an ad over the objections of at least one of the wiser members of his campaign staff just shows that he doesn't think about things before he does them, any more than he thinks about his platform before he tries to talk about it. "Oops" again. Perry's top pollster called it "nuts," according to the Huffington Post.
I agree with the San Francisco Chronicle politics blog that he has failed the fundamental test of character, and the comments on that blog show a lot of upset people. I was amused at first because it is just too funny, or would be if it were not so hateful. The hateful part is upsetting.
What was he thinking?
Actually, I have to hand it to him for publicly taking a stand on something. The problem is that it was out of context. The military is an institution of adults serving to protect our nation, it is not an educational institution. Schools and the military have nothing to do with each other. Saying that children don't celebrate Christmas at school is also simply untrue. My kids go to school and Christmas is very obvious, as is Hanukah, and anything else people want to celebrate at this time of year.
Well Rick, it was a good run. I'd say see you next time, but I doubt it.