Rick Perry Makes Idiotic Statement On Fox News About Horrific Oklahoma Beheading (Video)

rick-perry-fox-newsIt 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.'”

You think? 

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.

Watch the segment below via Fox News:


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

    I think its the author who is confused. When someone does the same thing the Islamic terrorists do for precisely the same reason the Islamic terrorists do it, it deserves precise the same term applied to it. And any one who attempts to ‘nuance’ that away via verbal acrobatics is engaged in a malicious project to the detriment of all.

    • MOM

      I must have missed something somewhere…
      Why did this guy behead his coworker and try to kill another?
      I must have missed the news reports or police reports on precisely why he did this horrible thing. Could you please direct me to those sources?

      • Bah

        Could you please direct me to how its a complete coincidence this women had her head cut off right after the ISIS headings? This man had been trying to convert them into Islam. Have you taken a look at this mans Facebook page? I can find it for you if you like. There was also another man in Oklahoma who threatened to cut another woman’s head off and post it on Facebook, while also making references to ISIS. It’s all just a big coincidence I guess.

      • MOM

        I still don’t see the reason. You said, “When someone does the same thing the Islamic terrorists do for precisely the same reason the Islamic terrorists do it, it deserves precise the same term applied to it.”

        Sorry to test your patience, but what is the precise reason this guy beheaded this poor woman? I really want to know. You say the reasons are precisely the same. What are they?

      • Bah

        I didn’t say that but you replied to me. I will let Jim speak for himself since he made the point, I could do it for him, but I will let him respond. Care to address what I said?

      • MOM

        Sorry. You’re right, Jim said that.

        However, your point seems to be in defense of what Jim said about the “precise reasons” making this incident terrorism as opposed to workplace violence, so I’m asking what is that precise reason?

      • Bah

        Terrorism is using violence for a politics. Now, this man did not come out and say I’m doing this for ISIS!!! But his actions mirror the recent beheadings. The Quran has verses that fanatical Muslims, I prefer to call them psychopaths, interpret to mean they should behead all infidels and cut off the tips of their fingers. You can research and find this. Are Jim and I saying that all Muslims interpret the verses this way, and are on the lookout to slay infidels? No.

        By looking at his Facebook page you can learn about the man, and come to reasonable conclusions about who he was and his beliefs. Remember we have people leaving western nations to go and fight with ISIS. There are plenty living in our nation. We can’t downplay the role of Islam in this instance because by being too politically correct we take away our vigilance which can lead to the death of innocent people. You nor I want innocent blood shed because a few assholes might be offended, and can’t be honest about what is happening in their religion.

        Remember Nadal Hasan? I guess that was just “workplace violence.” Wait, didn’t he just write a letter saying he wanted to join ISIS?? We are trying to show you that the connection between Islam and some of these actions are being downplayed.

        I know you know better than to be political correct for correctness sake. That’s the problem, the media is acting as if their isn’t a connection between the two when there is.

      • Steve Brains

        Terrorism is causing fear for any reason, most recently and for predominantly political or RELIGIOUS motives.

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    • Steve Brains

      But this was NOT the same reason. This guy lost his job.

      • Jim Bean

        Its a hypothetical discussion because we do not yet no for sure what his primary motive was. We know he pissed people off trying to convert them to Islam, and we know he was a racist who hated white people.

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  • Tiffani Shea Gish

    The only idiot is the one who wrote this.

    • DrVonEvilPants

      You’re supposed to insult liberals, not out yourself.

  • Jon Graves

    The author has a point in that acts of violence committed in the name of religion happen all the time across multiple religions. But we don’t call Christians who murder non-Christians “Crusaders,” just like we shouldn’t immediately call Muslims murdering non-Muslims “terrorists.” ISIL is murdering as a tactic to engage with the US and its allies for political favors (such as allowing ISIL to conquer as they see fit). The beheading in OK was done for religion but cannot be construed as a benefit to the cause of ISIL (or any other extremist organization). Without that connection, this is just another religiously-motivated murder, like the hundreds or thousands of others that occur everyday all over the world.

    I don’t think anyone here is trying to downplay the significance of ANY murder. It’s horrible no matter what the reasons are. The semantics merely focus our attention in a way that allows us to formulate a plan for future events. We cannot plan any way to stave off ex-employees murdering their former colleagues (except maybe improve mental healthcare in this country). We can, however, strategically attack a group that’s conquering large swaths of territory.

  • TheEquilizer2U

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    And you can thank a liberal for this
    But I don’t expect them to take any responsibility for it.

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      • TheEquilizer2U

        And once again we see liberals defending a beheading by an islamic monster.

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      This is what a CHRISTIAN STTE would look like. Death to women who seek and abortion or Doctors who perform them safely. What do you REALLY think there NEXT move will be after reducing Roe v Wade?

      • TheEquilizer2U

        Leave it to a brain dead liberal to compare this women beheaded by a monster, to abortion access.
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      • TheEquilizer2U

        Every time you dismiss this as work place violence, you prove that you support beheadings.
        Every time you deflect to a non issue, like abortion access, you prove that you support beheadings.

      • Bah

        Jah’Keem Yisrael, or Alton Nolen supports beheadings, and there are others just like him.

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  • FD Brian

    The whole point of terrorism is to create terror and a feeling of not being safe. I feel just as safe now as I did before this victim had her head cut off. So I don’t think of it as terrorism and I think of terrorism as being perpetrated by a group as opposed to one person, unless that person is a serial killer, and in that casemaybe you could classify that act as such.

    • Bah

      Just because you still feel safe doesn’t mean its not an act of terrorism, and hasn’t effected other people. I bet a lot of those women who were there that day don’t feel as safe anymore. It seems that to you the Oklahoma City bombing wouldn’t be terrorism either?

      • Steve Brains

        It’s about the intent of the Terrorist, never the reaction of the victims or audience.

      • FD Brian

        You also have to take into the account the size of the destruction as well and OKC bombing would probably qualify as terrorism, this is really no more than murder in the first degree and shouldn’t be classified as terrorism anymore than a christian nut ball killing hookers.

      • Bah

        A christian nut ball killing hookers should be qualified, at least I think, as terrorism.

        Brian, you don’t think the method of murder, beheading, had any political sentiment to it? It’s just speculation for both of us, but after seeing this lunatic’s facebook page, I do think it did.

      • FD Brian

        you might think that, but it’s not labeled that, I suppose some might see it that way, especially if you’re a hooker. He probably was trying to make a statement, no more than the guy who killed the kids at Sandy Hook, the kids who shot up Columbine or the sniper in PA who killed a trooper.

  • crabjack

    It amazes me how the teaparty right insists on conveniently confusing this behavior with American liberals. This is conservative, right wing behavior and tactics. Religious extremism is far right behavior, whether it is christian extremism, Muslim extremism, or whatever.

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  • dssfdsfsd

    I gotta say, although I disagree with him to an extent. This is probably the least idiotic thing I’ve ever heard him say.

  • Joanne3905

    What’s being missed here is that it’s okay to disagree. Some consider it terrorism, some consider it workplace violence. One way or another, an innocent woman is dead. Who cares what it’s called…

  • Cognisant

    This author is really sounding anawful lot like an uneducated tooter…

  • Bristalbay

    I know one thing for certain … Jon below and the author are bot mental ameba’s slithering under a rock of stupidity!