I'm a conservative by nature, not a crazy one (at least I don't think so) and any views that I have that might be seen as pretty far right winged, I mostly keep to my self. And even though I am a Republican and all that, there are some candidates running right now that make me roll my eyes and seriously worry about this election year. And today's eye roll goes to Rick Perry.
Yesterday he released this ad for his campaign.
Now, my dear husband ran across this article from TheBlaze.com this morning that showed the above ad and then a few spoofs. After laughing at the very well made spoofs, I re-watched the ad and really listened to what Perry was saying.
I am appalled. Did he really just bash the military? I mean, really? In essence I get the message, I get what Perry is trying to say here, but damn man, you a dumb-ass.
I'm proud to admit that I was glad when the Don't Ask Don't Tell thing was repealed (and if you know me, you know I'm not exactly pro-gay). The way I see it, if men and women are willing to put their lives on the line to protect this country, it's citizens and it's freedoms then they have the right to sleep with who ever the hell they want.
And they also have the right to be treated well by the military. The last thing someone needs is to be out in the field everyday, risking their lives, and then have to worry about being harassed at night in their barracks. And for Rick Perry to say, "there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military..." is just wrong, and ignorant.
Now, as I said before, I get what Perry is trying to say here. There is a "but" at the end of that phrase and Perry tries to compare the discrimination that gays go through to the political correctness that has been put into our schools. I see the basic point here, he's trying to say, "Why is one group being protected and helped and yet another group is being put down?" He just chose a really piss-poor way to say it.
Of course, I've never been a Perry fan, there's a couple other times he's been incredibly stupid, but there's really no need to go into that here. My point in this post today is to speak up for the part of the conservative/Republican party who do not agree with this kind of ignorant dribble. Who are aware of some of the social issues in our great country but who know that pointing the finger at unrelated parties and issues is not the solution. Comparing apples to oranges does absolutely nothing but make you look like a fool.
So tell me what you think. Do you agree with Rick Perry? Do you understand his overall message? Is he just an idiot who really thinks this way or was this just some seriously bad word choice? Give me your thoughts and opinions, I love to read them. :) Oh, and don't forget to take a look at some of those spoofs, they'll make you laugh, promise.
Thanks for reading! Happy Tuesday!