It absolutely baffles me that Rick Perry is Governor of Texas. There’s really no “nice” way to say this – he’s an idiot. There’s a difference between someone who isn’t good at public speaking, and someone who’s just not very bright.
Perry falls into the “not very bright” part of that equation. He reminds me of a male Sarah Palin. And, of course, I mean that in the worst possible way.
Well, during an interview on Fox & Friends, Perry decided to weigh in on the horrific beheading that happened in Oklahoma a few days ago. Stating that this was a clear “act of violence that is associated with terrorism,” he also went on to insist that Americans “are confused about what this is.”
No, I think it’s Perry who’s “confused” about what terrorism is. Just because someone does something that terrorists have done, does not make it terrorism. This is the kind of ignorance I often see from conservatives. If it’s an act of violence done by a Muslim, it’s clearly “an act of terror.”
Now, was Alton Alexander Nolen influenced by radical Islamic behavior? That seems pretty clear. And there were reports that he had been trying to convert people to Islam. But being a psychopath who acts out something he’s seen terrorists do doesn’t suddenly make what he did an “act of terror.”
He actions had no ambitions or motives. “Acts of terror” are typically politically motivated. The beheading in Oklahoma was a heinous act committed by a monster against a random victim. By all accounts, Nolen is just someone who was influenced by what he saw on television and the internet, then he used that as motivation to allegedly brutally murder someone.
If that’s the “logic” we’re going to use to define “an act of terror,” than any act of violence committed by someone who follows a religion is an act of terrorism. And I’m certain if you dug into the violence that goes in this nation, there are far more acts of violence committed by so-called Christians than there are by Muslims.
Though I don’t see Perry trying to call violent crimes committed by Christians “an act of terror.”
But then his real idiocy was put on full display.
“This is a clear case of an individual going in and doing something that does not meet their definition of ‘workplace violence,'” Perry continued. “So I think any rational thinking American is going to look at this and go, ‘This is more than just normal workplace violence.'”
Of course the savage beheading of a co-worker isn’t “normal workplace violence.” Who in their right mind is trying to define this crime as “typical workplace violence”? What kind of idiotic statement is that? Was he trying to solidify his stance that this was an “act of terror” by pointing out that typical workplace violence doesn’t involve decapitations?
Just because it’s not “typical workplace violence” doesn’t make it terrorism.
Nearly every time Perry speaks, I feel like the moderator during the debate in the movie Billy Madison where he tells Adam Sandler’s character that everyone is now dumber for having listened to his nonsense. Because that’s the way I feel every time I hear Perry speak. Like I just lost a few brain cells I’ll never get back.
Perry is the poster child for everything that’s wrong with the Republican party. Someone who simply regurgitates a handful of talking points, who clearly never thinks about the “logic” behind anything they say. If it sounds good, that’s all that matters. And we all know linking any act of violence committed by a Muslim to terrorism, especially when Republicans are desperately trying to stir up fear about any and all Muslims, is exactly what most conservatives want to hear.
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