Rick Perry Takes Disgusting Jab at Wendy Davis

perryrickIt’s no secret that I loathe Rick Perry.  He’s a coward, he’s corrupt and he defines the true nature of what it means to be an unethical politician.

So you just had to know this drudge of the Republican Party couldn’t help but find some way to attack Senator Wendy Davis’ courageous battle to protect women’s rights.

Speaking at the National Right to Life conference, Rick Perry had some choice words that took aim at Wendy Davis and her past:

“Even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances.  She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself.  She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate.  It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”

First, his reference to her as “even the woman” is completely disrespectful.  She’s one of his state senators and deserves more respect than that.

But his pathetic attempt to insinuate that all situations in life are equal just shows what level of ignorance this man lives with every day.

While Senator Davis has overcome exceptional circumstances to be where she is today, she is unfortunately the exception not the rule.  For every Wendy Davis there are thousands of others who live difficult lives, unable to emerge from the poverty they were born into, because of life events similar to hers.

And I know this firsthand because I’m an exception to the rule.  I came from a broken home, poverty stricken, raised by a single mother and my sister.  I grew up on the poor side of San Antonio, moved a few times and often struggled to find my way through life.  I made mistakes, got into trouble (though nothing criminal, just typical “needs to grow up” trouble) yet eventually went to community college, then to a university where I finished my degree in 2 1/2 years.  I worked a full-time job, drove an hour (one way) to class and never took less than 18 hours in a semester.  In fact I took 36 hours in my last 5 months as a student (spring semester/one summer term) so that I would graduate before my lease was up so that I could move to Dallas.

But I would never tell someone, “See, I did all of that—you should too.”

Each person is different and everyone responds to challenges differently.  Each person is presented with different hurdles throughout their life, and just because one person can overcome certain events, doesn’t mean everyone else can.

So Rick Perry’s assertion that Wendy Davis is a hypocrite because she managed to overcome incredible obstacles to go on to graduate from Harvard Law and eventually become a Texas Senator —just shows how clueless he really is.

And for the record, Rick Perry couldn’t care less about life.  Nearly 1 in 4 (18.5%) children in Texas lives in poverty  and over 1 in 4 (26.6%) have lived in poverty at some point in their lives.  He often pushes for cuts to education.  He refuses to embrace the Affordable Care Act, which would provide health care to millions of Texans living in poverty (and Texas ranks near the top in this country for households living in poverty).

So calling Rick Perry “pro-life” is a joke.  The only thing he pretends to care about are fetuses and that’s only because abortion is an easy tool Republicans often use to manipulate their voters and blind them from all the atrocities the GOP routinely causes and supports.

But the truth is, Rick Perry has to try and belittle Wendy Davis.  In one day she vaulted herself to the top of the Democratic Party in Texas, capturing not just the support of Texas Democrats, but Democrats from all over the country—and that scares the hell out of him.

As it should.

I would encourage everyone reading this to please head over to Wendy Davis for Governor of Texas, a page we created to build support, and hopefully encourage the Senator to lead this state.  We want to show Ms. Davis how many support her and want to her to be the next Governor of Texas.

#StandWithWendy

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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  • Denise Brodey Sunderland

    She is a Graduate of Harvard Law. He gradated from Texas A&M with a degree in Animal Science. He should have used his degree more appropriately., hands on work with domestic animals. He is over his head as Governor.

    • Alexis Betancourt

      For a Governor he seems retarded to me. In the Primary the couldn’t even remember what 3 agencies he wanted to dissolve if he were President.

      • hiatt111

        You a brilliant one, huh?

  • Judith

    If he’s pro-life, why isn’t he fighting to end executions in Texas? He is a complete hypocrite.

    • Ryan A. Wright

      They’re only pro life until you’re born… Then you’re on your own.

      • hiatt111

        You people don’t know difference between the slaughtering murder of a baby verses the execution of a murdering serial killer?

        Pretty sure if you were able to use your pretty little liberal brains you could see the difference like the rest of us grown ups. Pro life is term used to name a group of like minded people who believe in life at conception. This term does not refer to the execution of a criminal.

      • Ryan A. Wright

        Once the child in born the pro life type couldn’t care less. Poor and hungry? Oh well! We want to cut head start. We will cut food stamp and free school lunches… Need healthcare? Tough!

      • Baaly

        The woman executed was not a serial killer. In order to be labeled a “serial killer”, you have to kill more than 5 people. In fact, the vast majority of people on death row have committed less than 5 killings, thus your “serial killer” claim is mute.

        Again, murdering a baby is a criminal act called infanticide. Abortion is not infanticide. Abortion is removing a fetus from a female host.

        Move on.

      • EdEKit

        I had to go to the mirror to confirm this, but I don’t have a pretty little liberal mind. I may have been pretty 60 years ago, at least my mother thought I was. Today I am old, getting feeble, and quite angry with you, hiatt111. Your effort to demean Liberals, particularly women Liberals is a perfect example of the supremacist bent of today’s Conservatives. You are not a “grown up.” Like a three year old who wants a lollipop, you are having a tantrum because I will not bow to your sense of entitlement and superiority. Stuff it. you have no right to legislate morality, and in my opinion, no genuine sense of morality either.

        One other thing, I am the father of two daughters, and the grandfather of three wonderful, pretty Liberal girls.

      • hiatt111

        Good to hear you passed on such great morals to your children. You must be a proud papa. No reason to be angry with me, however, when I speak the harsh cold truth about libs, the guiltiest usually get “out of sorts”.

      • Guest

        I’m glad you’re a “grown up” and have considered every possible medical complication that might cause a woman to NEED an abortion, let alone personal reason why.

        To the majority of us with “pretty little liberal brains” the question isn’t “Am I pro-choice or pro-life?” it’s “Is it any of my business?”

        If you truly feel that EVERY unborn child needs to be protected:
        -Then start an orphanage
        -Convince pro-life women to have unwanted fetuses transplanted to THEIR wombs
        -Make sex education compulsory
        -Convince medical corporations to reduce the cost of medicinal birth control.
        -Et cetera.

        Being a grown up doesn’t mean “I have all the answers,” Mr. Wright, it means “I have to make a hard decision and I need all the information I can find, even if I don’t agree with it.”

      • Archie R Spires

        I’m glad you’re a “grown up” and have considered every possible medical complication that might cause a woman to NEED an abortion, let alone personal reason why.

        To the majority of us with “pretty little liberal brains” the question isn’t “Am I pro-choice or pro-life?” it’s “Is it any of my business?”

        If you truly feel that EVERY unborn child needs to be protected:
        -Then start an orphanage
        -Convince pro-life women to have unwanted fetuses transplanted to THEIR wombs
        -Make sex education compulsory
        -Convince medical corporations to reduce the cost of medicinal birth control.
        -Et cetera.

        Being a grown up doesn’t mean “I have all the answers,” it means “I have to make a hard decision and I need all the information I can find, even if I don’t agree with it.”

    • Road

      But those people have been convicted of a crime. Criminals are a subgroup of people. As are women, gays, people against gun control, etc. Some lives are just more valuable than others. If you are in the straight, white, male, gun toting, Republican group you are apparently good to go!

      • holly

        That better be sarcasm

      • Road

        Absolutely!

      • holly

        Yea, I didn’t wanna jump to conclusions.

      • David D

        LOL I love it, made me smile, and it so true.

  • BlueDem1

    Rick Perry is an embarrassment not only to his party, but to the State of Texas.

    • Brett Tulloss

      Slick Rick is an embarrassment to the male sex and the Human Race.

  • Road

    But she wasn’t raised by a man and a woman, just a single mother. How did she manage to get into Harvard? Her life was quite clearly destroyed by her “non-traditional” upbringing! And now she has the audacity to try and protect other women’s rights?!?!?! And make intelligent, informed decisions?!?!?! She (ya know… what’s-her-name) is clearly a terrible example for us to follow.

    • Alexis Betancourt

      Shut up you shit, who knows what kind of upbringing you got and if you are a religious fanatic God help us.

      • Renea Tranick

        Honey? Its called sarcasm. Just sayin.

      • Alexis Betancourt

        Oh, I get it now, for a moment there I thought…

      • Road

        For the record, I grew up with divorced parents, my father is gay and I spent the first few years of school in a baptist private school that was full of crazy crazy nut jobs. Needless to say, I have a slightly different outlook on things that Mr. Perry…

      • Alexis Betancourt

        Sorry Road, not used to sarcasm

      • Road

        No worries!

    • holly

      Hopefully, that was sarcasm.

      • Road

        I thought my sarcasm was obvious… Haha yes totally 100% sarcastic!

      • Al Cleverdon

        Your sarcasm was totally obvious and is a useful tool to making a point.

      • holly

        I at first I thought it wasn’t, but I didn’t wanna jump your bones in case it wasn’t.

      • Kimia

        Unfortunately many crazies like to think you’re argument is valid and will use it. I too have been around people like that(reformed ex-fundamentalist:see last section of that name and it makes all the sense in the world). It’s why my dry sarcasm is really hard for some people.

      • Road

        Yeah I read through it again and realized that was the case. I will have to add [SARCASM] to the end of posting from now on I guess. Haha

  • Chris Hartnek

    I CAN SYMPATHIZE WITH THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS. I AM FROM WISCONSIN AND OUR GOVERNOR HAS DRAGGED OUR BEAUTIFUL STATE INTO THE GUTTER JUST LIKE PERRY DID TO TEXAS. I AM SURE THE KOCH BROTHERS BACK PERRY JUST LIKE THEY BACKED WALKER BECAUSE THEY WANT TO MAKE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE UNUNITED STATES OF CONFUSION

    • Alexis Betancourt

      Now ur talking. I am sure tha Perry and Walker are all members of ALEC. Their only goal is to make this counry the Ununited States of Confusion.

    • Suzie

      I am from Wisconsin too, and I am concerned with how many people are still huge Scott Walker fans. Even after everything he has pulled, and continues to pull, they still think he is so wonderful. How do you convince these people that they are not seeing him for who he really is? It is scary to think these people could help him further his political career, and send the country down the toilet!!!!!

      • Road

        I am in MN where, thankfully, Michele Crazyface Bachmann is finally going to be out of the political process but I totally understand! SO many people in her district still love her and think she is well-informed and doing good things. At least she doesn’t have as much power as Walker and Perry!

      • Kimia

        MN as well. All I could think is how the hell did they let her past the gate! I can’t imagine someone, actually I don’t WANT to imagine someone, like her in any position of true authority!

      • Road

        Amen sister! 2014 can’t get here soon enough so she is officially out of any decision making position.

  • GeekinTX

    18.5% is vaguely “nearly 1 in 4”, but it’s much closer to “more than 1 in 6”.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Or 1 in 5 (20%)

  • Sirkt

    “Forrest Gump ” speak.

  • MidWestGal

    So Perry graduated from Texas A & M with a degree in Animal Science. He should be working with asses……. ..oh wait he’s an ass himself along with all the nasty pro-lifers. Wendy stood up and fought for ALL women and he has no clue what to do.

  • nemajordude

    Both Gov. Perry and the blogger are basing their arguments on the economic or social circumstances of the potentially aborted child. Does that mean that if a rich person terminates a pregnancy, it’s more tragic than if a poor person does, because the “potential” of the aborted child is greater? I don’t find that valid. While I find abortion to be ugly business, I will always default toward freedom. Yes, the freedom of choice.

    • Road

      Every aborted rich white baby is truly tragic. One less Republican for the future. *eyeroll* Perry is a dumbass.

  • Mark Allen

    Rick Perry is only concerned with the first two words of this sentence.

  • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

    Rick Perry is not pro-life; he’s pro-birth. He couldn’t care less about the child after it’s born.

    • Baaly

      To be “pro-birth” would mean he gives a damn when the kid draws its first breath. That’s actually when the GOP think they become a problem (they might need SS help y’all). He’s pro-fetus and that’s where it stops.

    • hiatt111

      What do you base this on?

      • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

        Cuts in education, SNAP programs, constant attempts to ignore Obamacare, which allows children to stay on their parents insurance till they’re 26….I could go on and on, all things that will not be broadcast to you on FOX “News.” Texas leads the country in adults without high school diplomas. Perry has attacked Social Security, which in addition to providing the elderly with a little help, also helps children/families who have lost a parent. The Republican party has proven again and again that they only people that matter to them are the ones with LOTS of zeros in their bank accounts. He is SO anxious for these children to be born, but shows little care or concern for them AFTER they have left the uterus. To sum up, in answer to your question, I base this on being mildly observant.

      • Baaly

        The repubican party stances, for one!

  • Jan

    If Rick Perry is so pro-life, why is he executing people as fast as he can?

  • Jack Figueras

    Allen…it would have been ok if you got into “criminal activity” while struggling to grow up. Grow up indeed you did, just as many do who engage in “criminal activity” as youngsters. This is why we strive for compassion, because people grow out of the actions many would like to brand one with, sometimes for life. Les Mis comes to mind… a dark time in french history eh? No need to defend yourself from dark opinions sir.

  • David D

    Hmm every life huh, wonder what his views are on the death penalty when someone kills anyone who is a government official? I bet he is ok with killing then huh???

  • Jim Craig

    Mr. Perry demonstrates once again how fortunate we are that he wasn’t elected president in 2012. He’s not pro-life; he’s pro-fetus. He sees the value of the unborn child yet turns a blind eye to the hungry, poorly clothed and under-educated children who are already here.

    Texas, you’ve got the power to do something about this. If you don’t have enough clout to recall him then at least work to keep him from ever being re-elected.

  • 123FC

    Perry isn’t pro-life, he’s pro-birth. He doesn’t care once the fetus is born…

  • Katie

    The only words I can find to accurately describe Rick Perry……….. Pompous Ass

  • ThenAtlasSpoke

    With all this “exception to the rule” talk, it’s almost as if you are advancing the notion that if a person were born into difficult circumstances, that person would be better off dead. Really???

    Were this true, people in difficult circumstances would be ending their OWN lives in droves, but that’s not what’s happening, is it?