Rick Perry to New Hampshire audience: Keep on farmin’ in the free world

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Freedom fighter and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Do you remember the good old days? When government didn’t get in the way of good ol’ Texas wheat farmers selling their product to Soviet Russia? Before the era of big government was over — unless you were in the banking industry? Before that closeted Communist President Jimmy Carter lead a boycott against the 1980 Moscow Olympics over its invasion of Afghanistan?


The half-dozen young people listening to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talk yesterday (Thursday, April 16) in rural New Hampshire probably don’t either.

Thankfully for Perry, who is mulling his second presidential bid, most of the attendees at his “youth summit” were geriatric.

At Milford High School, Perry said that former President Jimmy Carter’s boycott of the 1980 Olympics was devastating for business if you were a wheat farmer, like Perry was – and for the kids.

“Remember 1979?” Mr. Perry asked the audience. “Remember where we were in 1979? No. 1, we were at 20 percent interest rates. Our kids were boycotted from going to the Olympics. President Carter made that decision. He didn’t let our wheat to be sold to Russia. I know. I was a wheat farmer.”

But Carter just didn’t kill business. As an advocate for youth around the world, Perry said he’s mad because the 1980 boycott killed so many young athletes’ dreams.

“These are kids who in some cases had spent their entire lives working to go represent America,” he said. “To use them as a tool, I think was in particular bad judgment, and I don’t think it had a bit of influence.”

After addressing the Most Pressing Issue of the Day, Perry bounced back from his 2012 campaign blunder. This time he remembered all three of the government projects he’d abolish: Common Core, No Child Left Behind and, of course, Obama’s ruthless reign of healthcare terror.

Since Texas can’t secede from America, he told the crowd, let’s make America become Texas. Perry touted his economic record in the state, dubbed the “Texas [$7.25 an hour] Miracle.” Watch me make the Texas Miracle into the American Miracle, he declared. Under President Perry, you too will be able to sell your wheat and take your ice skates to Russia.

Evoking a song by that other famous Canadian (the one not running for president), President Perry basically told the crowd: under me, you’ll be farmin’ in the free world.

—  James Russell

Starvoice • 02.18.11

By Jack Fertig


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Socially we are facing a huge uprising over the next few years in the clash between structures of authority (Pluto in Capricorn) and individual freedom and integrity (Jupiter and Uranus in Aries). The sun in Pisces is bringing intuitive awareness to how we find healing through the crises ahead.


AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Review your accounts carefully. Mistakes are very expensive, but locating them now solves problems or turn up hidden assets. Professional help can be worth the investment.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Your birthday gifts are very enriching and generous, though not necessarily in the monetary sense. You have to let your friends challenge you if you’ll ever find out how valuable they really are.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Your eye for opportunities is sharp, although your ego pushes you too far too quickly. Meditate on your success can serve the good of others. Then opportunities will be even greater.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Don’t be afraid to speak up. You will find you are wrong and need to reevaluate things. Clearing things up now is advantageous than if you dummy up to look smart only to stumble later.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Friends building  your reputation will make you out to be nastier than you are, but that edgy cachet serves you well. Stretch to fit it andide this wave of confidence socially and professionally.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Career opportunities put strain on your relationship. Listen to your partner, assume responsibility for adapting and be open to new ideas. Imagination and compassion can save the day.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Be empathetic and persuasive about sexual equality, even in the workplace. Sympathizing is more effective than argument. Being effective makes you feel sexy, and when you feel it you get it.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Your eagerness to try new fun and games with your partner could get real kinky, but are you two on the same track? Listen carefully and be accommodating. You’ll be happily surprised.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Resolve household problems. Remember you and your partner (or roommate) are not opponents but need to solve the situation cooperatively. Giving in a little can get you a lot.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Your eagerness for results causes friction and accidents. Relax. Look at the situation as a creative challenge. Be open to new ideas as you think other people should be to yours.

Reevaluate any investments you have. Property is best in the long run, but moving too quickly on that isrisky. Exploring your family background and cultural roots turn up hidden strengths.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Talking with relatives makes lots of people crazy. Somewhere in there, you see both the secret and the source of your deepest integrity, whether those come from your family or despite it.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 18, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas