RADDATZ: Governor, do you really believe there’s some sort of conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal government, by the Obama administration?
PERRY: When I have — when I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my position.
We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac. He sends — I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from….
Transcription courtesy the Stranger‘s Paul Constant, who has the video, in a post titled “Rick Perry Accuses President Obama of Conspiring with Hurricanes and Undocumented Immigrants, or Something”. Your 2016 repeat presidential candidate, America!
And yet, Guv Goodhair isn’t even the least coherent idiot in the Texas Republican Party, per Hendrick Hertzberg’s New Yorker report, “In Fever Dreams Begin Irresponsibilities“:
…[T]he Republican Party of Texas has a dream. Lots of dreams: its platform, unveiled last week, has sixteen thousand words’ worth. The road it maps is anything but royal; these good people, after all, are republicans, albeit with a capital “R.” But the document does lead to the G.O.P.’s unconscious, or part of it: its fearsome, rampaging id…
…[T]he platform demands, among other things,
• That the Texas Legislature should nullify—indeed, “ignore, oppose, refuse, and nullify”—federal laws it doesn’t like. (Unmentioned is the fact that, beginning in 1809, the Supreme Court has steadfastedly rejected state nullification of federal laws.)
• That when it comes to “unelected bureaucrats”—i.e., pretty much the entire federal work force above the janitorial level—Congress should “defund and abolish these positions.”
• That the Seventeenth Amendment, which was adopted in 1913, be repealed, so that “the appointment of United States Senators” can again be made by state legislators, not by voters. (Admittedly, the Texas Legislature could hardly do worse.)
• That all federal “enforcement activities” within the borders of Texas—including, presumably, the activities of F.B.I. agents, Justice Department prosecutors, air marshals, immigration officers, agricultural inspectors, and tax auditors—“must be conducted under the auspices of the county sheriff with jurisdiction in that county.”
This section of the platform, “Preserving American Freedom,” also features a syllogism:Socialism breeds mediocrity. America is exceptional. Therefore, the Republican Party of Texas opposes socialism in all of its forms.https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg 0 0 Anne Laurie https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg Anne Laurie2014-07-07 21:41:052014-07-07 21:45:40Everything's Bigger in Texas, Even the Idiots…
As Mr. Pierce points out, “… The Republican party of the state of Texas, a state which has 38 electoral votes and which will send 153 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention, has endorsed the exact theory of government that was promulgated by the gun-toting yahoos at the Bundy Ranch.”
More base-exciting craziness, per Mr. Hertzberg:
• Withdrawal from the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the World Bank
• “Traditional methods of discipline, including corporal punishment”
• “Reducing taxpayer funding to all levels of education institutions.”
• Returning to “the time-tested precious metal standard for the United States dollar.”…
This does not seem a slate calculated to favorably impress anyone outside the Crazification Factor. Perhaps we should be sharing this trove more widely… once we’ve thoroughly parsed the knotty theological question of whether the WSJ would have any reason to attempt preemptive ratfvcking of a possible Clinton campaign, of course.