Last year, Rick Perry promoted himself as a courageous fighter against the Washington establishment. Well, that was last year:
Just last year, Texas Gov. Rick Perry wrote in his book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, that Social Security is unconstitutional and called it “a crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal.” He wrote that the program was put in place, “at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government” and compared it to a “bad disease” that has continued to spread.
But since jumping into the presidential race, the Wall Street Journal notes Perry “has tempered his Social Security views.”
In fact, a Perry spokesman recently said that he had “never heard” the governor suggest the program was unconstitutional and that more importantly Perry’s book “is not meant to reflect the governor’s current views on how to fix the program.”
Is Rick Perry just too cowardly to stand by his earlier (and, by earlier, I mean one whole year ago!) beliefs, opting to pull a Mitt Romney and simply go 180 on his policy positions when it suits him politically?
It’s not that shocking that he would do that, given how shocking some of his policy prescriptions are, including:
Eliminating the independent judiciary:
Abolish lifetime tenure for federal judges by amending Article III, Section I of the Constitution. […]
Congress should have the power to override Supreme Court decisions with a two-thirds vote.
Take away the power of citizens to elect some of their representatives:
End the direct election of senators by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment.
And hypocritically take away states’ rights when it suits him politically despite generally decrying federal mandates:
The federal Constitution should define marriage as between one man and one woman in all 50 states. […]
Abortion should be made illegal throughout the country.
By running away from his policy positions from just one year ago, Perry reveals that he is nothing more than a snake oil salesman, peddling lies and pandering to people’s basest instincts. Much like Mitt Romney’s legendary flip-flopping, Perry’s high-speed back-pedaling displays that the most consistent conservative in the first-tier of Romney-Perry-Bachmann is, by far, Congresswoman Bachmann. I wonder if the conservative grassroots will appropriately reward her with their support in exchange for her consistent conservatism compared to flip-floppers Romney and Perry.
RMGers, how does Perry’s unwillingness to stand by his earlier positions strike you?