Whenever I talk about politicians who are absolutely delusional, Rick Perry is usually one of the first examples I use to make my point. This is a man who’s gearing up to run for president for the second time even though he stands absolutely zero chance at winning. I live in Texas and I’ve never heard a single person ever say to me, “Yeah, I sure hope Rick Perry becomes president.” Even when he was governor he really wasn’t all that popular. The only reason why he won re-election so many times is because he never really faced any challenges from his own party, and Texas is a long way away from ever electing a Democrat into a state-wide office again.
And let’s not forget that he’s currently under indictment as well.
But the truth is, almost nobody wants him to be president – especially after his disastrous 2012 campaign. It doesn’t matter that almost every poll I’ve seen of potential 2016 GOP candidates has Perry at or near the bottom, he’s still clearly getting ready for another run at the presidency.
I can’t really blame the GOP for not getting behind him. Why would they? He was an absolute embarrassment in 2012 and I can almost guarantee 2016 isn’t going to be any better.
For example, recently Perry made a completely asinine claim that the reason why Texas leads the nation in the number of its citizens without health insurance is because that’s what Texans want.
“Texas has been criticized for having a large number of uninsured,” Perry said. “But that’s what Texans wanted. They did not want a large government program forcing everyone to purchase insurance.”
No, actually what most Americans want is true universal health care – but Republicans damn sure won’t allow that to happen.
Currently, Texas leads the nation with 22 percent of its citizens living without health insurance. In a state of around 27 million people, that means about 6 million aren’t insured. And this isn’t a number that magically grew after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. This has been a problem in Texas for years, so Perry trying to link this problem to the Affordable Care Act is just idiotic. Not to mention, Texans (like the rest of the country) fall under the law of the land known to Republicans as “Obamacare,” so they’re required to purchase insurance anyway. So not only is his statement idiotic, it doesn’t even make sense.
Texas didn’t expand Medicaid, so that left millions of Texans living in poverty too poor to afford health insurance. And like with most Americans who don’t have health insurance, it’s not because they don’t want it – it’s because they can’t afford it. I’ve never met a person who wouldn’t want quality health insurance if it was easily affordable.
And none of this even touches the fact that most Texans (and Republicans from all over this country) I’ve talked to who oppose the Affordable Care Act often can’t even cite anything factual about it because of the smear campaign that’s been orchestrated against it for years by the GOP. It’s pointless to say that a group of people oppose something when much of their opposition is rooted in misinformation and blatant lies.
But even though Rick Perry stands absolutely no chance at becoming president, at least his candidacy will make for some great comedy once the primaries get going. If there’s one thing we can all count on from the former Texas governor, it’s that if you let him talk long enough, he’s going to end up making himself look like a complete fool.