Friday, 9 December 2011

Rick Perry Should Show What it Really Means to be a Christian

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is currently battling for the Republican Party presidential nomination, launched a television advertisement attacking President Obama's (here we go) war on Christmas and traditional Christian values. I have made several remarks on Facebook about Rick Perry's fragile grasp of reality, which include referring to climate change as "junk science and even going so far as accusing scientists of manipulating data on climate studies for in order to maintain their funding.  During my attempt to be witty which in fact might probably be considered childish, I overlooked an important factor which suddenly hit me when I read the article in the Huffington Post about his latest ad campaign.



Perry talks about how he is not ashamed to call himself a Christian, the only reasonable statement he makes. After that he goes into a gentle tirade of how Obama has waged war on Christianity by repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell which allows gay people to open serve in the military but children cannot pray in school or celebrate Christmas. Now I could write a few thousand words taking his ad apart and shattering it into millions of pieces. I could reference the fact that Obama is in fact a Christian, that there are Christmas decorations in the white house, although CNN reporter Anderson Cooper refutes Perry so much more effectively. I could even highlight in great detail how school prayers were deemed unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, and that despite having at least five Republican presidents in office over the last 40 years sympathetic to this plight, they have either been unable to or never attempted to affect any constitutional changes reinstating school prayer. It was Perry bleating about his Christian values that stuck in my mind and it was then I saw the ultimate flaw in his claim.




In case you're wondering the total cost for his 30 second ad was around $1,000,000. In any successful political campaign money is key and Rick Perry looks set to be financially well armed to the tune of $55,000,000 representing funds raised by various Political Action Committees (PAC). My question to Rick Perry is this; if you are such a good Christian, instead of wasting over a million dollars on a TV commercial, why not put that money to better use by feeding and clothing some of the poor and destitute in your own state of Texas? I know $1,000,000 might not seem a lot of  in the grand scheme but it could change a few lives. My advice to Rick Perry is to forget about a lavishly expensive campaign, take the $55,000,000, and help out those most in need in Texas. It would be the Christian thing to do and with Christmas on the way such a generous action would in fact be very much in keeping with the Christmas spirit.

Perry can still fight for that much coveted Republican nomination by simply typing out his manifesto and emailing it to voters. Of course it is important to include a return email address, Skype or messenger ID if anybody has questions. In fact I would support a politician who presented me with the facts and left me to make up my own mind rather than try to appeal to my baser instincts and fears to win my vote.  Rick Perry cannot hide behind Christian values as he wastes millions of dollars all the while around 79,000 Texans are thought to be homeless this Christmas.

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