In response to this post, Rana writes:
Perry’s too anti-sodomy, the country is not headed in that direction.
That is so close to being a perfect straight line. (and “a perfect straight line” also screams for wordplay in this context)
Rana makes an important point. Perry is extremely socially conservative. Almost amazingly so. I can only see one reason why the NYT and Co. aren’t screaming from the rooftops about Perry’s support for a constitutional ban on both gay marriage and abortion. They, like Rana, think these positions are sure-fire losers in a general election. So they’re mostly keeping them in reserve during the primaries.
I’m not so sure. I don’t think he’s trying to federally ban homosexual activity, Rana. Just gay marriage. And as long as he respects the 10th Amendment if the attempt fails, then he’s being a very good American about it.
I’m now favoring a Perry/Obama matchup, for the very reason DrewM over at ace’s place dreads it.
Hey kids! Who’s up for a first principles election?
Me, me! Always. If there are competing axioms it’s completely irrational to jump ahead and debate consequences!
(LOOKING AT TITLE OF BLOG)
Oh, right. I forgot.
“Extreme” as Perry’s social stances are by 21st Century standards, he’s focusing on economics. And assuming you want economic prosperity, his principles are right and Obama’s are wrong. And should the left try to hammer Perry on opposing gay marriage…didn’t Obama claim to oppose it when running?
As far as opposing all abortion, I don’t know what his campaign strategy is for defending his position. It should be, “I believe human life begins at conception. So, how can I not oppose abortion? If you want that to change, just prove to me when human life begins. Otherwise I won’t take the chance of killing a person.”
The Obama/Perry economic philosophies appear diametrically opposed. Unfortunately, Perry may be better at spouting theory than practicing what he preaches.
I’m with Dan on this. It’s troubling, if true. It’s next to nothing, compared to governments passing specific laws to award business to their cronies.
The best thing for Perry to do is what Romney should have done over “RomneyCare”: apologize for those appearances of impropriety and show that you’re wiser now, and truer to the principles you claim to believe.
Don’t hold your breath. But if he did that…wow. It would show he’s a person first, a politician second.
Talk about a first principles debate!