Brent "Chip" Edwards (chipuni) wrote,

Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America (1/10): America Is Great, Washington Is Broken, part 1

I'm currently reading Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington by Gov. Rick Perry. He's currently front-running among the Republican candidates for President; I wanted to know, in his own words, what he believes. He published this book in 2010.

I'll be reviewing, summarizing, and quoting one chapter at a time.

The thesis of his first chapter is:

We sense that our way of life and, perhaps more importantly, our ability to decide how we shall live, is no longer in our control but in the control of an increasingly powerful and oppressive national government -- a government run by people who simply do not share our values or our beliefs and blatantly ignore its limits.

Every word of this statement could have been written by a liberal person in 2006.

He blames the size and the of the Federal government for this problem. But the topics of his rant start turning strange:


We are fed up with being overtaxed and overregulated. We are tired of being told how much salt we can put on our food, what windows we can buy for our house, what kind of cars we can drive, what kinds of guns we can own, what kind of prayers we are allowed to say and where we can say them, what political speech we are allowed to use to elect candidates, what kind of energy we can use, what kind of food we can grow, what doctor we can see, and countless restrictions on our right to live as we see fit.

We are fed up with a federal government that has the arrogance to preach to us about how to live our lives, and the chutzpah to haul every baseball player and other "evildoer" in the world before a congressional committee -- or some comic such as Stephen Colbert.

I never realized that Stephen Colbert was an official committee of the federal government!

Elsewhere, he makes it clear that he opposes the Federal government making these rules.


We are a diverse people -- incapable of being governed from a faraway capital by people who do not share our values.


So the fact that Texas regulates how much salt we can put on our food, what windows we can buy for our car, what kind of car we can drive, what kind of guns we can own, what political speech we are allowed to use to elect candidates, what kind of energy we can use, what kind of food we can grow (there's a whole agricultural code), or what doctor we can see doesn't bother him. If it's 'local', then it's good; if it's from Washington, then it's bad.

To be continued...
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