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Rick Perry Too Timid
with the National Guard?

American Thinker, by Jonathon Moseley

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Posted By:ScarletPimpernel, 7/26/2014 7:42:12 AM

The American people cheered – starved for any crumb of leadership and faithfulness to constitutional duties – at the news of Governor Rick Perry calling out the Texas National Guard to patrol the Texas-Mexican border. Then, within the hour, Texas officials conceded that the inadequate contingent of 1,000 guardsmen will not actually do anything but stand around. Texas officials now admit that the 1,000 guardsmen will simply be a “visual deterrent” – for appearances only. The Texas government argues that the Texas National Guard will not have authority to arrest anyone under the Posse Comitatus law. But that is absurd.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: doublesharp, 7/26/2014 7:59:26 AM     (No. 9940720)

I am so tired of sound bite and window dressing politics.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: littleorby, 7/26/2014 8:30:36 AM     (No. 9940747)

I don´t know why I should be surprised, but I really did believe medication for his back pain was the reason for Perry´s poor performance during the last presidential primary season, not cowardice and bluster.

Just as well, I suppose. From the comment I read on these threads, a majority of republican supporters would constantly hyperventilate if a real ´natural born´ leader spring up.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chumley, 7/26/2014 8:39:39 AM     (No. 9940753)

To use Rush´s phrase, "symbolism over substance". Seems to be common among politicians of all types.
Not learning from the past also seems to be common. This was done as a public relations stunt during the Bush years also, with the same result. Soldiers not allowed to do anything but pose for reporters and no reduction of invaders coming over.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/26/2014 8:42:10 AM     (No. 9940758)

Didn´t anyone watch Perry on Fox News Sunday? He kept telling Chris Wallace that Guard troops could do nothing more than offer assistance to the Border Patrol and to be readily visible, in the hope that their presence would be a deterrent. The State of Texas and our National Guard cannot go down to the border and begin a war with Mexico and Central America (and the White House), as much as many would love to see it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/26/2014 9:09:57 AM     (No. 9940799)

Because maybe, as hoped, their presence keeps a few from coming across the river, but more importantly, perhaps illustrates to the president of the United States that Texas isn´t going to help him destroy the nation.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: texaspast, 7/26/2014 9:12:52 AM     (No. 9940807)

Danged if you do, danged if you don´t.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/26/2014 9:39:30 AM     (No. 9940869)

Well, I guess if there is increasingly the opinion that Mexico can just plain continue to defecate on my state
without tough action being taken, then why even have Border Patrol? The phrase "Don´t Mess With Texas" is going to become a joke soon. The heroes of the Alamo must look down here and be appalled at the politicians.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: starboard, 7/26/2014 10:09:23 AM     (No. 9940916)

This is tripe and not worth commenting.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bpl40, 7/26/2014 10:11:04 AM     (No. 9940918)

Not doping anything creates an image of apathy or worse. It is better to do something, as long is does not cause active harm. I think Gov. Perry seems to have thought this through.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: clw54, 7/26/2014 10:15:51 AM     (No. 9940925)

If he wants to be president, Perry should push for secession. What´s BHO going to do about it, draw a red line around Texas?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Tallgrass Palms, 7/26/2014 10:15:54 AM     (No. 9940926)

I got the feeling that nothing would come of this when I read for weeks that Perry was working on a "plan" to send national guard to the border. And this turned out to be the "plan"......what a ridiculous publicity stunt!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 7/26/2014 10:35:52 AM     (No. 9940955)

If Perry can stop the inflow using troops, he´s the next President. If he has the power to arrest and send them back, he should do so and challenge the Hawaiian directly. See how the citizens of this Country (Hispanic and other)react to that. What a trump card to play! I hope he can see that and uses it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: olderyzer, 7/26/2014 10:42:25 AM     (No. 9940967)

That´s the Perry we Texans know....I never get excited by anything he says or does. If he had the strong follow through transforming his bluster with actions, he would be great. However, he has always been just another actor. BTW, most people don´t know he has attended the Bilderberg confab several times.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: MissMolly, 7/26/2014 10:46:58 AM     (No. 9940977)

#14, According to the record, Rick Perry attended, by invitation, the Bilderberg conference once, in 1985, and has never returned.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 7/26/2014 11:04:08 AM     (No. 9941001)

I thought Posse Comitatus was about using the military against American citizens, not invading enemy aliens.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: losgatos, 7/26/2014 11:09:19 AM     (No. 9941008)

We´ve used Guard troops at the border before and it frees up the Border Patrol to do their job more efficiently. Even if they just stood around it would help but I´m sure the Perry haters don´t agree.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/26/2014 4:21:25 PM     (No. 9941325)

As Moseley correctly states, cross-border violence IS an invasion. Texan pols have known violent cartels have been coming over that border and have done virtually NOTHING about it. The only parts of the article I disagree with is again, trying to let Mexico off the hook of blame.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/26/2014 5:04:02 PM     (No. 9941361)

#18, if you´ve determined that Texas has "done VIRTUALLY nothing", we´re spending a heck of a lot of our money and manpower (DPS/National Guard/Texas State Guard) for what you consider "nothing". Are you under the impression those Texas taxpayer dollars are simply being poured into the river?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/26/2014 6:25:28 PM     (No. 9941438)

Uh, maybe, one has to wonder...

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