Absurd Rick Perry Post Exposes Blatant Racism Among Conservatives

rick-perry-poll-taxI’ve said before that I’m not the biggest fan of discussing racism. Not because it’s not a topic that needs to be discussed, but because often these debates get overly emotional and turn into two sides trying to “win” an argument rather than finding rational and reasonable solutions to combat racism.

Another reason why I try to avoid talking about racism is that it’s almost impossible to prove. Hell, well-known white supremacist and former Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke, recently tried to claim that he wasn’t a racist. As I’ve often said, it’s amazing how much racism I see, yet how few racists I actually meet.

But thanks to modern technology, it’s been slightly easier to expose racism. Take for instance this example found on Rick Perry’s Facebook Page:

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I’ll address the ridiculousness of Perry’s post in just a second. For now let’s focus on the top “Liked” comment on the post. You know, where this particular individual used a blatantly racist term to describe President Obama. Oh, but the Republican party doesn’t have a problem with racism, right?

Wait, let me guess, he didn’t mean that President Obama is a “monkey” in a derogatory kind of way, right? Yeah, you keep telling yourself that.

But of course it wasn’t just this one comment. Here are a couple of the replies to that post directed toward a man named Christopher who called the original poster a racist, and a reply to a man named Eddie who called Obama twice the leader Rick Perry is:

Ooh ooh aah ahh Christopher. Come down to Texas, he’s known better as monkey than Mr. President.


Wow. The troll actually said curious George squatter occupier of the White House is twice the leader Rick Perry is. Wow.. Please keep posting so I can share it on my page and let people see how truly dumb, il informed and very much a definition of a political sheep.. Geeez. It cannot be any more ignorant that what Eddie just said.

By the way, all three of those comments were the most “Liked” replies to the original comment. And while I would like to say that these comments are “shocking,” they’re not. I see this sort of thing all the time here in Texas. And I know it’s not just here either.

But moving on to Perry’s actual post itself, I’ll just go point by point to make it easier.

Texas Has An Unemployment Rate Of 4.6 percent, The Lowest It Has Been Since May 2008: Okay, true statement. Texas’ economy didn’t struggle quite as badly as many other states in the U.S. during the recession so it’s unemployment rate didn’t get as high. But what Perry leaves out is that much of the economic boom Texas has experienced is due in large part to the oil businesses – which is about to cause quite a lot of havoc with Texas’ economy very soon. Oh, and he used money from the 2009 stimulus bill to help balance the state’s budget.

This Is The 53rd Straight Month Texas Has Added Jobs: Great news! Too bad President Obama has currently presided over a streak of 58 straight months nationally, so it seems Texas is a few months behind. Oh, and I’m sure it’s “just a coincidence” that the streak about which Perry is bragging just happens to coincide with the economy picking up after Obama’s policies started kicking in.

Texas Has Added 457,900 Jobs Over The Past 12 Months, A Gain Of Four Percent: We just had the best year for jobs in the entire country since 1999 – so 2014 wasn’t just Texas. But it’s nice for Perry to admit that last year was a great year for jobs; the Obama administration would agree.

Texas Has Added 1,576,200 Jobs Over The Past 5 Years: Hmm, what else has gone on over the last 5 years? Oh, that’s right! The longest streak of private sector job growth in United States history while President Obama has sat in the White House.

Texas Has Added 2,248,300 Jobs Under Gov. Perry’s Leadership: Let’s do a little math here, shall we? In one line Perry says Texas has created 1,576,200 jobs in the last 5 years. Well, Perry served as governor for just over 14 years. Meaning that for the first 9 of Perry’s 14 years Texas would have only seen a net job creation of 672,100 jobs. So, in other words, in just the last 5 years Texas has created more than double the number of jobs it did in Perry’s previous 9 years.

Remind me again, who was president for 8 of Perry’s first 9 years? That’s right, his predecessor – George W. Bush.

But I’m sure it’s just a huge coincidence that all these numbers Perry bragged about in this post coincided with our nation’s economic uptick and the years Barack Obama has been president. It always amazes me how that works. President Obama gets elected, a year later the economy takes off. Meanwhile, Republicans (like Perry) continue to bash Obama’s economic polices – while trying to take credit for the economic growth in each of their individual states.

It’s so absurd that all I can do is laugh. It reminds me of the late-90’s when many Republicans were trying to claim that the historic economic growth we saw under Bill Clinton was due to Reagan’s policies.

All Perry’s post really did (besides expose blatant racism among conservatives who follow him) was essentially admit that Barack Obama has been an absolute success as president. Because it’s not just a coincidence that the numbers Perry’s bragging about here line up almost perfectly with the historic streak we’re seeing nationally when it comes to job creation and our unemployment rate.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Jim Bean

    Texas has become a very problematic boil on the rumps of liberals because it has become a glaring example where all the things the Left says won’t work are working far, far better than anything else, anywhere else.

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    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Jim, you obviously didn’t read the article because Mr Clifton just proved how ridiculous your claim is.

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        FYI, that’s so Jim Bean.

    • Babycoop

      ah, yes Texas jobs.. Texas is TIED with Mississippi for the most minimum wage OR BELOW minimum wage jobs in the country.Facts do matter

    • FD Brian

      actually it should be more problematic for the republicans as Texas is one of the worst education systems in the nation, is horrible at health care and it really doesn’t create as many jobs as they steal from other states with the promises of tax breaks that are paid for on the backs of your poor and middle class. So Texas kinda sucks when you really think about it. And once they shut down all the oil wells, the unemployment rate will sky rocket.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Oh, I’m there will be plenty of call-center gigs for 9 bucks an hour… that’s been the sort of job increase here in El Paso. Texas has added a lot of jobs, due to the fact of the tax policies – so plenty of companies are really happy to come here, pay people crap they can’t support a family, and call it a win.

      • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

        True! Most of these many jobs available are low pay minimum wage jobs that most people don’t want because they aren’t going to help their situations any.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Indeed. Contrary to our resident contrarian’s opinions, the so-called “Texas Miracle” is all about quantity vs. quality. Over the past few years, plenty of companies have taken advantage of the really low taxation, and set up shop here paying wages that require additional reliance on public assistance, as well as multiple Walton properties everywhere: Sam’s, Walmart & Walmart Neighborhood that ensure a workforce paid just enough to survive so long as there’s SNAP, Medicaid, etc.

        Lots of call-center, fast-food, Dollar General/Family Dollar and many other low-wage jobs. I’m a vet, with app. 30 years in IT, and my competition for gigs is against fellow vets who’ve since gotten degrees and certs that didn’t exist when I went to school, and the few defense contractors here in town hire those folks. Very few jobs in that category in this state, so folks leave… but the call-centers are happy to hire vets with experience to sit on the phone and do billing and returns… Pretty much every phone company’s got a presence, and those like Boost decided to do their call center across the border in Juarez — Some miracle, Perry – And Greg Abbott, being light-years more intelligent than Perry but just as lock-step rightwinger will continue the trend As energy companies go broke, the “no-tax” attitude will ensure the so-called “Texas Miracle” will be inverted to a curse. The vested interests won’t notice, or will ignore the continuing deterioration of infrastructure, and the Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert contingents of the voting public will still somehow find a way to blame it on either Pres. Obama or “teh gheys.”

        Just times like this that I’m glad I’m getting old and due to previous health concerns probably won’t do another decade or so… I’m internally an optimist, but dammit, my optimism’s taken one helluva beating. I said a few years ago that maybe the punks should have control of the playground for a while – they’re bound to break the gym equipment enough that the most Facebook-bound yahoo can’t ignore it.

      • Eg Kbbs

        As Molly Ivins quoted an old saying, Texas is Mississippi but with good roads.

      • Cin5456

        I wouldn’t bet on those roads for long. Infrastructure is the first thing to be ignored, and the last thing to be refunded.

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    • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

      Unless you live here Mr. Bean and can prove what you are saying, I would say to you—buzz off!

    • Kuzimo Gardner

      Did you read the article above? “Nuff said”.

    • AlengGiam

      Let’s see how it does with the new low oil prices. Give it a year.

      • Jim Bean

        Even if it does, Texas will have still have enjoyed a period of prosperity that Bluesville waived.

    • Cin5456

      Texas is indeed a very problematic boil, but the rump is Perry’s.

    • Wes

      Yes most of the jobs just happen to be low income, part time, or year contract jobs not long term steady jobs like what would actually lead to long term stability. Texas is going to implode on itself unless we create a system that is focused on long term not short term profits

  • Pipercat

    Well, it’s going to be interesting to watch the unemployment figures down here over the next few months. Texas, as usual, has tied most of its recent upturn to one industry. Maybe this new Saudi King will have a change of heart…

  • FD Brian

    Nebraska’s unemployment is the 2nd lowest in the nation and we have higher than average taxes. Texas logic is blown out the window.

  • Eg Kbbs

    And what about the fact that now that Texas has rolled out the red carpet for businesses with all sorts of tax breaks, they (as well as two neighboring states that have done the same) are now looking at economic problems – as the rest of the nation is still enjoying the rising economy ?

    • julylaura

      Same goes for Scott Walker’s Wisconsin. I detect a trend here.

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    Funny that Perry didn’t mention our dismal graduation from high school rate, our uninsured people rate, our not allowing medicaid to expand etc etc.

    • cowboybob

      Regardless, the Queen of Hate was defeated by Trump. The Queen of Hate and her deplorables were not enough. She had JayZ on stage and he sing about smoking gays. Black Lives Matter(anti Semitic ) made frequent visits to the Hater in Chief’s house and then he would give a speech and a wink and a nod and more police would be shot. Yes, the Queen of Hate had her Christophobs as well, you know who you are. The American people rose up and said we have had enough of the hate and bigotry that comes out of the White House and it is time for a change. The revolution is world wide, the globalists and their hate filled agenda is being destroyed. Tomorrow, Italy and Thursday Austria, and next year France and Germany. The revolution can not be stopped.

  • Avatar

    Perry have zero charisma personality. I can’t see how Texans and far right are being too frown upon on him as if he is their next anointed King from Texas to occupy the White House and wage more wars and expand Reaganomic into epic proportions that will destroy America as we know it.

    And in the end, these same idiots will blame Obama for this.

  • vancall

    I would ask Perry about what kind of jobs he created and what has happened in his state since his “smart regulations”.

  • strayaway

    It’s quite a stretch to tie Perry to “blatant racism” based on one comment by somebody with a Facebook account. I agree that “monkey” is a racist term when used in reference to a mulatto. Since this is more about the poster’s comment than Perry, I opened up Ronnie Whaley’s Facebook page out of curiosity. He owns a tire shop, is a U. of Alabama sports fan, and a mainstream Republican. He also “likes” four black US politicians including Ben Carson and Allen West.

    • DMJ

      It doesn’t tie Perry to blatant Racism, but it does expose that it runs rather blatantly in the party.

      • strayaway

        That’s pretty weak. It sort of like saying that President Obama is a racist because some of his supporters drew cartoons of Bush looking like a monkey. Besides, the individual who used the word”monkey” also “likes” four black politicians on his Facebook page. You would have to run that into your equation too. How can a “blatant” racist be “liking’ so many blacks and still refer to a mulatto as a “monkey”? The differences might have to do with policies or even that Obama is half white. Remember that Bush was also cartooned as a monkey and that genealogists show that Obama and Bush are related. I’m just having fun with this now but don’t support either Perry or Obama and think it’s in bad taste to call or picture anyone as a monkey. It’s a ridiculous stretch though to call someone a blatant racist because of a comment made by a third party.

      • DMJ

        The line was racist and the people who liked it clearly like it for its derogatory point. Again it is not stating that the person is racist but that there is racist ideology being supported if perry were to call it out and say that they should be condemned it wouldn’t be bad but they said it and it was blatant

      • MrLightRail

        Nah, we like to draw Bush as Alfred E. Neuman.

    • Cat L

      His page also has a bunch of racist crap, he loves his little bible, and he can’t string a sentence together to save his life. Definitely a “conservative.”

  • llcisyouandme

    Does anyone know the unemployment rate by ethnicity for Texas? I’m thinking, since so many poor hold multiple jobs, and every one counts as a “job created,” that if, instead of counting those without jobs, you count the number of jobs held and divide by actual workers, you might very well have negative unemployment in certain quarters.

  • rejectrepublicanlies

    Texas has a high teen pregnancy rate, dismal schools, and the most uninsured people in the country.

  • cowboybob

    Obama is a racist. Racially aware blacks are “Afrocentric” while racially aware whites are “white supremacists”.