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Monday, October 08, 2012
Published January 3, 2012-Updated January 10, 2012
“Rick Perry is for state rights, but not
when the state is intruding on his rights to not follow the rules”
Rick Perry has said on numerous occasions that he
is a big supporter of state rights. When
he was ask about New York legalizing same sex marriages, Rick Perry said that
that was the state of New York’s business.
But when the state of Virginia decided Rick Perry would not be
placed on the state’s ballot because he didn’t have the necessary 10,000
signatures, Rick Perry decided he would rebel by filing a complaint with the US
District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Richmond Division.
He alleges that the state of Virginia violated his rights as a candidate
because the state does not allow write ins and signatures below 10,000.
to the Richmond Times-Dispatch writer Andrew Cain’s article “How did
Virginia’s ballot access get so strict?,” Virginia’s rules have been in
place since 1998. During the 2000
election, Alan Keys, Gary Baurer, Steve Forbes, Senator John McCain, and Governor
George W. Bush qualified under the rules. In
2008, Senator John McCain, Governor Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Governor Mike
Huckabee, and Rudy Giuliani qualified. While
during 2012, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were the only two to qualify.
Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman didn’t submit any
signatures to qualify. As for Newt Gingrich, he's in the same
position as Rick Perry. The biggest
problem for Perry, as for Gingrich, is that he knew about the rules but he
decided not to follow them.
Unfortunately for Perry, his not getting on the
ballot and the filing of the lawsuits paints him as disorganized and selfish.
A major complaint Texans have made about Rick Perry is that Rick Perry is
only thinking about Rick Perry. Due to his recent actions, the statement is beginning to ring
true and it is an eye opener to the type of presidency Rick Perry will
have. It is for this reason that
Perry’s poll numbers have taken another deep-water dive.
Rick Santorum has knocked Perry from his number four spot in Iowa to
number five. And based
on a USA Today/Gallup Poll, Perry is polling in nationally at 7% among registered
is an old saying, “When someone
shows you who he is, believe him.” Unfortunately
for Perry, the voters are believing what they are seeing. The
fact that other candidates have managed to successfully file and get on
Virginia’s ballot makes Perry look like a hypocrite.
In general, people do not like hypocrites.
Perry’s recent actions and his drop in the polls are signs that voters
are paying attention to the real Rick Perry who is standing up, and the real Rick Perry is
someone who is looking more un-presidential by the
second. A major concern about Mitt
Romney is that he is a flip flopper, but Rick Perry is putting him to shame on
that front. Rick Perry has flipped
flopped on everything from his statement concerning illegal immigrant children
receiving free education to supporting state rights and then suing the state of
exercising its right. Perry’s argument is counter to his hard line support for the
10th Amendment and state rights.
And if the court follows Perry’s logic, they will be placing Perry’s
rights over Virginia's right to determine its voting rules.