Lamestream Media Beclowns Itself in Attacking Rick Perry

In not-so-shocking news, the professional and credentialed Left is once again attacking a conservative as a fool and beclowning themselves in the process. Their target this time? Former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd and Axios’ Jim VandeHei, Perry made a comment that expanding the use of fossil fuels could help prevent sexual assault. The media, predictably, pounced on his comments as an opportunity to mock, belittle, and attack him.

Here are just a few of the tweets from liberal reporters yesterday:


But if you’re looking for another “Oops!” moment, this isn’t it. Perry’s comments, in context, are entirely spot on and accurate.

Here’s Perry’s full statement:

“I just got back from Africa, I’m going to finish up with this, because I think I heard say there are people dying. Let me tell you where people are dying, it’s in Africa, because of the lack of energy they have there,” said Perry. “And it’s going to take fossil fuels to push power out into those villages in Africa, where a young girl told me to my face, ‘one of the reasons that electricity is so important to me is not only because I’m going to have to try to read by the light of a fire and have those fumes literally killing people.’”

“But also from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are on, when you have a light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those type of acts. So, from the standpoint of how you really affect people’s lives, fossil fuels are going to play a role in that. I happen to think it’s going to play a positive role,” he continued. “It’s going to take fossil fuels to push power out into those villages in Africa.”

And it’s not just Perry saying this. As the Washington Examiner points out, even the United Nations agrees with Perry, publishing a paper in 2013 that makes almost the exact same points as Perry albeit regarding developing India rather than Africa.

Meanwhile Oxfam, a global anti-poverty organization, makes Perry’s points explicitly.

“Given the challenges of energy poverty, providing energy to households in safe and sufficient quantities is hypothesized to result in myriad positive outcomes, including the following:

• Improved health outcomes: Reduced burning of biomass and kerosene in homes will reduce people’s exposure to harmful pollutants. Access to modern fuels is expected to help prevent the cuts, falls, bites, and episodes of sexual harassment and assault that women and girls might otherwise sustain while collecting fuelwood.”

Anyone remember the Left mocking and deriding the UN or Oxfam for their reports? Must have missed it.

Perry’s comments in essence, say that often light, actual physical light, can drive out darkness and prevent bad behavior is entirely true—it’s why some folks leave a light or two on when they leave the house. It’s why high school band directors sometimes leave the bus lights on when coming back from a football game to encourage romantic and intrepid youngsters keep their hands to themselves. Hell, it’s why neighborhoods have streetlights.

But most African villages and towns don’t have streetlights like those of the gated communities American and European leftists. The girl Perry spoke of doesn’t even have a light to read with at night.

So why is Perry’s completely logical position under attack by the Left? Because logic doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that what Perry actually said is true because he’s a conservative (strike one), he serves in the Trump administration (strike two), and he thinks fossil fuels are fine (strike three).

The sad truth is that the mainstream media doesn’t really exist to report the facts anymore, but rather to stoke the egos of their liberal activist reader base. It’s a chest-thumping opportunity for the privileged elite to pat themselves on the back for being smart while laughing off the rest of America as deplorable ingrates and idiots.

These are the same media elitists, by the way, who sally forth from their air-conditioned houses on private jets to universities funded by capitalists and taxpayers to read speeches written on iPads powered by coal power plants.

It’s these same folks who “believe in science” who also hold the belief that a man can become a woman just by changing how he “identifies.”

These are the folks mocking and belittling Perry for daring to tell the truth—that fossil fuels and cheap energy are the tools the developing world needs in order to alleviate human suffering and that it’s selfish and wrong to prevent, chide, and chastise individuals, especially those in places such as Africa, for wanting to use them the same way we did.

Rather than laughing at Perry we should be laughing at the media instead.

In the Midst of Turmoil, Weekly Bible Study Has Become a Thing in the White House (GOOD)

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Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT – “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

A recent report from CBN News reveals that some members of the Trump White House have undertaken the noble effort of weekly Bible study meetings.

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Ralph Drollinger, a former NBA player and founder of Capitol Ministries has worked to bring together lawmakers in Washington in this study of God’s Word, believing that building up warriors for Christ in the White House will be carried out in the principles and policies these men and women promote for the nation.

And while this will surely set off the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments by the left, who will shriek about the separation of church and state, we should all be used to that, by now. What these leaders do in their free time should be of no concern to the humanist elements of the left, and to everyone else, it should be a comfort.

Drollinger says that there are currently about a dozen members of the Trump Cabinet participating in weekly Bible study, and he is encouraged.

“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life. They are so teachable; they’re so noble; they’re so learned,” Drollinger said.

It’s groundbreaking since he doesn’t think a formal Bible study among executive Cabinet members has been done in at least 100 years.

Of those regulars at the Bible study, there are Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Health Secretary Tom Price, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

America’s top cop, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also attends the study.

“He’ll (Jeff Sessions) go out the same day I teach him something and I’ll see him do it on camera and I just think, ‘Wow, these guys are faithful, available and teachable and they’re at Bible study every week they’re in town,'” Drollinger said.

Knowing Attorney General Sessions is taking part in these study groups is especially comforting, if not for those who understand how important it is for our leaders to have a grasp on some moral grounding, but for his own mental/emotional well-being.

Sessions has been targeted by President Trump for a consistent campaign of demeaning and demoralizing social media taunts, surprisingly, because of a very principled stand Sessions took early on (in recusing himself from the Russia probe).

I’d say he can only benefit from the fellowship of likeminded believers and the consistent pursuit of godly study.

That is the value of fellowship, when the world comes against you.

Romans 1:11-12 NASB “For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be [a]established; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.”

And Trump, himself?

So far, he has not made time to attend any of the Bible studies, although he is invited each week and receives copies of Drollinger’s teachings from each meeting.

Many have already determined that Trump’s alleged faith was “campaign trail faith,” which is to say, lip service to draw in the evangelical vote. This is not a new thing among politicians, but rarely have those who identify as “Christian” been so eager to support a man so openly profane as Trump, with the hope that he can be changed, afterwards.

Indeed, Drollinger has likened Trump to Samson – a man consecrated before his birth to God, destined to save the Israelites from the Philistines, in the Book of Judges.

I have some issues with that characterization, not the least of which is this urge to compare a man who has openly rejected God in one breath, while claiming to be a Christian in the next to a Biblical figure, in an attempt to justify support.

If our purpose is a higher calling of pursuing and promoting a godly agenda, we don’t wishcast about who we hope our leaders might be, but we lean on what Scripture teaches about leadership.

And we pray for them.

Vice President Pence, on the other hand, has planned to join the meetings, when it becomes feasible for him to do so.

In Pence, Drollinger sees many similarities to biblical figures like Joseph, Mordecai and Daniel – all men who rose to the number two position in governments at different times in history.

“Mike Pence has respect for the office. He dresses right – like it says Joseph cleaned himself up before he went to stand before the Pharaoh,” Drollinger told CBN News.

“Mike Pence has uncompromising biblical tenacity and he has a loving tone about him that’s not just a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal,” he continued. “And then fourthly, he brings real value to the head of the nation.”

Many are leaning on Pence to be the faith-filled leader in the dark corridors of Washington’s political elite. Time will tell.

For now, it should be a comfort to know that some of our leadership are taking the time to meet, study the Word, and presumably, to pray.

Proverbs 11:14 AMP “Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm], But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.”

Rick Perry Is Amongst the Most Qualified People in the Nation to Serve as Energy Secretary

The Left is in a tizzy over a classic New York Times hit piece that claims former Texas Governor Rick Perry did not know what he was in for when he accepted Donald Trump’s offer to lead the U.S. Department of Energy.  I’ll spare you from feeling guilty about having to give the Times a click by sharing the article lede right here:

When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.

In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.

Leftists on Twitter have been resorting to their customary coastal smugness by mocking that alleged rube, Perry.  But it is the current Energy Secretary, Democrat Ernest Moniz, who both looks like a comic book villain and (just slightly more importantly) decided to flex his lofty theoretical physics Ph.D. credentials by deeming it in the nation’s best interest to conscientiously aid and abet the hegemonic nuclearization of the chief sharia-infused zealous Islamist theocracy that makes a habit of routinely chanting “death to America” and “death to Israel” in public marches: Iran.

Bravo, Dr. Moniz.

Back to the Times, though.  Perhaps the paper is right about Perry.  Perhaps it isn’t.

But here is the catch—I do not care.  At all.  I care less about this than Michael Moore cares about his cholesterol intake on an all-you-can-eat Caribbean cruise.  I care less about this than Meryl Streep cares about Aaron Rodgers’ sublimeness on the football field.  I care less about this than former Mexican President Vicente Fox cares about being told Mexico will pay for Trump’s “beautiful” border wall.  I care less about this than Cecile Richards cares for basic embryology.

The reason I do not care is straightforward: the Department of Energy should not exist.  Full stop.  It was not founded until 1977 and it oversees approximately nothing that could not be better served by some combination of direct congressional oversight, intense federal deregulation, and devolution of regulatory police power to the states.  To the extent the Department does have jurisdiction over legitimately important things that are appropriate for the arcane Executive Branch aegis, such as our nuclear arsenal, those areas can easily be siphoned off to other bureaucracies (e.g., Defense) that serve many other indispensable functions.

And Rick Perry is the perfect man to lead this effort.  Besides having presided over the nation’s number one energy-producing state for fourteen years as governor—where his energy policy was greatly accommodative of the fracking- and horizontal drilling-led shale energy renaissance he oversaw—it was Rick Perry who kinda/sorta/maybe went on record back in 2011 as saying he would love to abolish the Department of Energy in its entirety:

Rest assured, though, Perry was indeed trying to remember the name of the very Department of Energy he is now set to lead.

To be fair, I do have some bones to pick with Rick Perry.  Substantively, he is more moderate on the immigration issue than suits my more hawkish posture.  And aesthetically, our state’s loquacious former Land Commissioner, Jerry Patterson, probably had it right when he said that the new-look, cowboy boot-less, bespectacled Perry could “pass for a West Coast metrosexual.”

But make no mistake about whether Rick Perry is qualified to lead the Department of Energy.  In fact, due solely to the fact that he frankly does not even believe it should exist in the first place, he is amongst the most absolutely qualified people in the nation to lead it.

Kudos to President-Elect Trump for the sound Cabinet pick.  Now if only Perry could make his cowboy boot collection great again.

BREAKING: Trump Set To Pick Rick Perry For Dept of Energy

According to multiple media reports, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy.

This keeps with the Trump administration theme of appointing critics of various departments to head them. Trump chose Betsy DeVos for the Department of Education–she’s a firm believer in local school choice and an opponent of Common Core. He picked Scott Pruitt, a lawyer with a history of suing the agency he will oversee, to run the EPA.

As a candidate, Perry advocated eliminating the DOE, which, among other things, manages America’s nuclear material stockpile and certifies our nuclear weapons. Memorably, in a 2011 candidate debate, Perry forgot the name of the agency Trump tapped him to run.

Ahh, 2011 seems an eternity ago, when Perry and Mitt Romney sparred in a friendly, even jovial manner. Sigh.

“I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: Commerce, Education, and — what’s the third one there? Let’s see,” Perry said during a Republican presidential primary debate in November 2011.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who became the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, suggested the Environmental Protection Agency as an option.

When pressed by moderator John Harwood to name the third agency, Perry said, “The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

Perry said later in the debate he meant to say Energy, but the gaffe became known as Perry’s “oops” moment.

One benefit of having so many enemies running federal agencies they plotted to defenestrate: Perry, DeVos and Pruitt will certainly get an understanding of how those places run, and separate the sheep from the goats, as it were. Instead of eliminating the agencies, kicking and screaming, they might actually be able to begin fixing the partisan, clubby, shut-up-or-get-out attitudes prevailing there on third-rail progressive topics like climate change data and religious freedom.

The bad side: Those very embedded interests running Energy, Education, and EPA will do all they can to throw pies, mud and bovine excrement in the faces of their new bosses. For sure, Perry and the others are in for a huge challenge.

Every Man For Himself In GOP Rout, Perry Endorses Trump

I can scarcely believe that Rick Perry, a man we had tossed around as a potential third party #NeverTrump torpedo, has fallen behind the presumptive nominee. CNN reported:

Perry, speaking by phone from his hometown of Roundtop, Texas, acknowledged Trump is not his ideal choice. When Perry was a candidate for president earlier in the 2016 cycle, he was the first to come out and criticize Trump and question his conservative credentials.

“He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them,” Perry said.

Perry, who has been urged to run as a third party candidate, dismissed that notion as “quixotic.”

“I believe in the process, and the process has said Donald Trump will be our nominee and I’m going to support him and help him and do what I can,” Perry said.

At this point, the GOP has become every man for himself. They are scattering like a routed army with no banner or commander.

Last Night The Good Associated … Trump Delenda Est!

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

– Edmund Burke

I have been using this Burke quote as a call to action against the campaign of Donald Trump since September 11, 2015. As some of you may remember, this was the day that the longest serving Governor for the State of Texas, arguably one of the loudest voices in the nation for the concept of federalism, and a long time champion of the conservative movement, suspended his campaign for the GOP nomination for President of the United States. That was an incredibly tough day for me as a conservative, and as someone who had been a supporter of Governor Perry in 2012 and had a small role on his ill fated 2016 campaign. I hadn’t been paid in over a month and I was already concerned that the conventional wisdom offered in regard to Donald Trump was either woefully naive on the part of Rubio, or too clever by half on the part of Cruz.

We stand now at a crossroads, not only as nation, as has seemed to be the case in every election since 2008, but in the GOP. At no time in my life have I believed in the viability of a third party more so than I do today.

There is a reason for never considering a third party as a legitimate option until this point. Until now, the faction that would traditionally be leading a third part effort are the same people that are supporting Donald Trump today. The Birchers of yesteryear mixed with the Know Nothings, a dab of Paultard, and a grating sense of humor developed over a series of incredibly lonely nights spent playing Halo and “tea bagging” the “noob” … that’s apparently the vein of the GOP that is on the ascendency this cycle.

I want no part of it.

Granted, not every supporter of Trump is a white nationalist seeking payback for a white genocide they believe has been in effect ever since the 1960’s. Indeed, many of Trump’s fans are simply disenfranchised members of the GOP, but the time for their willful ignorance of who Trump has supporting him and how exactly Trump has actively courted that support is over.

David Duke, former member of the KKK, failed presidential candidate, white nationalist, and a legitimate example of racism in a world where that charge is often tossed about with little thought of its weight or meaning, is a proud supporter of Donald Trump, and Trump apparently has no issue with this. Nor does the hugging giant, Chris Christie, I suppose.

Until last night I thought the good would fail to associate, and, as Burke notes above, that Cruz and Rubio would “fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

Fortunately that isn’t what happened. The good associated and the bad man was exposed. That said, Rubio and Cruz only began the work that must be done, and they are not the only ones with a duty at this point.

Now is the time, as Erick Erickson noted early today, for all good men to stand up together and associate. Let it be known where you stand. Tell everyone publicly, early, and often that you will not support Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

– Edmund Burke

I Hope There’s Something More for Rick Perry

I really like Rick and Anita Perry. They stay on my prayer list because I know how much time they spend praying for others. And I hate to see his campaign reach this point where even his South Carolina headquarters is closed, though the work continues there.

The longest serving governor of the largest of the lower 48 states who created 1.5 million jobs when all other governors combined lost 400,000 should be ending with a bang, not a whimper, if he is to end.

I know the partisan indictment in Texas has weighed the campaign down. After the Texas Court of Appeals dismissed one of the two counts, but ruled they did not have the power to dismiss the second as well, fundraising to the Perry campaign dried up.

I hope Perry can have a last stand.

If I were him, I’d do a public shake up of the campaign. That’s not to say he does not have a good team around him, but if he wants free media attention, he needs a big shake up and a new team.

Then I’d go to Old North Bridge where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired at the Battle of Concord. I’d point out that Washington now is more abusive to the American people than King George ever was. The problem is not Democrats in charge of government, but government itself.

Then I’d declare war on Republicans and Democrats in Washington alike. I’d pick up the old campaign theme of making Washington as inconsequential to our lives as possible. And I’d point out that Black Lives Matter is a response to police having, against their will, to become revenue agents for an ever growing state. Only small government can address the underlying concerns.

If I were Rick Perry, I’d at least want to try for one last stand. And, frankly, Rick Perry deserves one last stand to try to turn it all around.

The One Who Should Be There

I know and like many of the Presidential candidates for the GOP. Several of them got their start in national politics on the stage at the RedState Gathering. Others have become friends over time — actual friends, not just someone I know and call friend.

I have hopes that Marco Rubio becomes an alternative to Donald Trump. I think there is something to be said that after months of “Mexican rapist” conversations, suddenly the GOP puts up a Spanish speaking Cuban. That would be fun to watch.

I have hopes that Ted Cruz can consolidate conservatives and become the person those angry with Washington gravitate to. If you saw the exchange with the actress whats-her-name from Juno, despite media spin to the contrary, Cruz got the best of her and gave a ringing defense of religious freedom. Cruz in the White House would be tremendous.

I am friends with Bobby Jindal too. I hope he can find a path to victory that highlights his intellect. I think he is one of the smartest people to ever run for the White House. There are others too. I probably will not endorse any of the candidates other than endorsing a “Not Kasich” campaign.

But there is one candidate I believe really should be on the debate stage and I think has earned the right to be there, but who may not be there because of polling. That would be Governor Rick Perry of Texas.

We are spending a great deal of time discussing the border. Rick Perry has had to deal with it for 14 years.

We are spending a great deal of time discussing Planned Parenthood. Rick Perry stood up to them.

We are spending a great deal of time talking about the economy. Rick Perry created 1.5 million jobs while the rest of the nation combined lost 400,000 jobs.

We are spending a great deal of time talking about abuses of justice by the Democrats. Rick Perry is under a current indictment even Democrats like David Axelrod have acknowledges was brought on by partisan politics and not the rule of law.

I think Rick Perry deserves a second chance. I think he deserves another look after 2012. The Texas indictment is, at this point, weighing down donors despite even Democrats admitting it was partisan and not legitimate. Perry may still have to get through a trial to get it tossed.

His 2012 debate performance lingers on too.

Shakespeare wrote, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” Rick Perry’s good should not be interred with his 2012 performance. He deserves another shot.

I am so happy for a number of the Presidential prospects this time. But I am disappointed the public might not get to see Rick Perry on stage at the CNN debate to let him put his 2012 back surgery and performance behind him so that he can stand on the merits of his arguments and a performance not hindered by the pain of back surgery.