Wednesday, August 17, 2011

When In Doubt Call Someone a Traitor

“Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion,” Mr. Perry said.

From the Washington Post:
Meanwhile, spokesman Ray Sullivan declined to walk back the governor’s harsh remarks about Bernanke, though he did not repeat the charge of treason Perry leveled on Monday night. “The governor was passionate and energized by a full day” of campaigning, he said. “It was his way to talk about his views” on the budget and the country’s fiscal problems.

Asked if he thought the language had been too harsh, he said, “You’ll just have to listen to what the governor says every day. The message is going to evolve to be responsive to the news of the day.”

And Mr. Perry should know all about treason. This is the same guy who talked about Texas seceding from the United States.

I might also add you can be passionate and energized on an issue. While at the same time not call into question the patriotism of the people you disagree with.

Perry then went on to question the President’s patriotism as well:
The Republican candidate — who served in the Air Force from 1972-1977 — said he believed that the men and women in the armed forces would have more respect for a president who had served in the military than one who had not.

“That’s just a fact of life,” he said.

He then pointedly noted Obama’s lack of military service. “The president had the opportunity to serve his country I’m sure, at some time, and he made the decision that that wasn’t what he wanted to do,” he said.

I didn’t realize there was a requirement in the constitution that you had to have served in the military in order to run for the office.

I have to wonder Perry's take on ordinary Americans the vast majority who have not served in the military. Are we to question their patriotism as well?

I agree with the what the Post said in the editorial on start of Perry’s campaign:

But there has never been a whisper, let alone any evidence, that Mr. Bernanke’s actions have been motivated by anything but patriotism and determination to see the U.S. economy regain its footing. There was never a whisper, let alone any evidence, that the Republican-appointed Fed chairman sought to help Republican candidate John McCain in 2008, and there is no reason to believe he is playing politics now.

If Mr. Perry has evidence to the contrary, he should present it. If not, he should apologize.

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