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August 8, 2011

Report: Rick Perry to Enter the GOP Presidential Race

Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce this Saturday his official bid for the Republican nomination for president. Politico reports that  Perry “will remove any doubt about his White House intentions” during an upcoming speech at a South Carolina conservative conference.   

Perry’s decision does not come as a surprise. The past few months were marked with the obvious signs of a presidential run: reports that he was meeting with donors, discussing plans with key Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire, and planning an August speech in South Carolina, an early primary state.

But there were also oblique indications. Perry makes his official bid just days after participating in “The Response,” a prayer event in Houston he helped organize. While Perry’s involvement with the 30,000- strong-event was described by some commentators as a “coming out party” for the Texas governor, he remained tight-lipped on his political intentions during the conference, which he described as “apolitical” and “nondenominational.” His remarks and prayer were more veiled than those of others on stage. In fact, nowhere in his prayer did Perry address “Jesus” or “Christ,” preferring instead the more ecumenical “Lord” and “Father.” [full text of his prayer below]

Either way, Perry enters the race with evangelical-Republican bona fides.

It is not clear, however, whether Perry will draw support away from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), who has received much of her support from grassroots social conservatives. Polls suggest that, despite his stance as a social conservative, evangelical, and southerner, the Texas governor is more likely to pull most of his votes from former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

In a June Rasmussen survey, Romney polled at 33 percent of GOP likely voters. Bachmann was second at 19 percent. A new Rasmussen poll, however, included Perry. Perry received 18 percent support while Romney's support dropped to 22 percent, and Bachmann's numbers remained relatively static at 16 percent. Other polls indicate a similar pattern. On average, Romney is polling at around 19 percent compared to Perry and Bachmann, who are each receiving around 13 percent support among Republican voters.

Perry's announcement is likely to overshadow Saturday's Iowa straw poll, an annual event in Ames that Perry will not participate in. The straw poll is one of the first harbingers of the Iowa Caucus. Campaigns with well-organized, highly-motivated campaigns can do well in the straw poll. 

In 2008, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee did surprisingly well. He later won the Iowa Caucuses. This year, the straw poll is expected to go to Bachmann, but a strong showing by former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty or Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) would signal that they have strong campaign organizations. With Perry entering the race on the same day, however, the straw poll's importance drops significantly. Perry is not a straw poll candidate, yet his entry into the race is certain to shake up the field.

 

Perry's prayer at The Response:

 

Lord, You are the source of every good thing, You are our only hope. And we stand before You today in awe of your power, and in gratitude for Your blessings; in humility for our sins.

Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government. And as a nation we have forgotten Who made us, Who protects us, Who blesses us, and for that we cry out for Your forgiveness.

We pray for our nation’s leaders, Lord -- for parents, for pastors, for the generals, for governors -- that You would inspire them in these difficult times. Father, we pray for our president, that You would impart Your wisdom upon him, that You would guard his family. We pray for our military and the families who love them. Father, especially for those special operators who lost their life yesterday in defending our freedoms.

You call us to repent, Lord, and this day is our response. We give it all to You. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen and amen.

Comments

"We pray for our military and the families who love them. Father, especially for those special operators who lost their life yesterday in defending our freedoms."

Really? Why? WHY "especially" for "those special operators who lost their life yesterday in defending our freedoms?" Why, of all peoples on God's green earth, do Christians so glorify our military which is perpetuating unGodly/unConstitutional wars? And those perpetuating these unGodly/unConstitutional wars are NOT "defending" our freedoms but rather have diminished our freedoms by giving us a bigger Police State here at home and by creating thousands of new "terrorists" abroad!

MY prayer is that Rick Perry at some point realizes that true peace and protection comes from a relation with the Christ and not from a massive military.

John Lofton
Editor, Archive.TheAmericanView.com
Recovering Republican
JLof@aol.com

John,

I don't really think that you are as callous as your comment indicates. The families of these fallen SEALS are hurting right now; it is altogether fitting and biblical to pray for them.

Todd Blair

Some, if not most, of the Navy Seals were strong Christians, and perhaps John can listen to the interview of the Aaron Vaughn family. He left behind a wife, a 2 year old son and an 8 week old daughter. They talked of their strong Christian faith, and their patriotism, of the country he grew up in, and more.

John your comment was highly inappropriate and callous. It reveals an unchristian attitude that does not reflect your desire to see true relationships with Christ. It is very fitting to pray for those who are hurting and in the midst of grief.

Not to diminish the pain that the families are feeling now for their losses but John does make a good point. Why is it that followers of the Prince of Peace who taught us first choose love and peace believe so strongly in our military? What image does this present to non-Christians around the world when the American church is so closely tied to the American military?

Why would someone vote for a politician who has shamelessly flirted with the outright sedition of state secession?

Why would someone vote for a politician who claims to be strongly for states rights? States' rights is essentially the political theory, since the days of John C. Calhoun anyway, of conservative, white, privileged, patriarchal and/or Protestant hegemony instead of individual rights for all (there is some flexibility for defenders of whiteness and/or patriarchal Christianity, such as wealthy Catholics like Patrick Buchanan and the late William F. Buckley Jr.. Yes, Congressman Buchmann, despite being a woman, is a defender of Christian patriarchy, as she herself has made clear.)

Why would someone vote for a governor who publicly holds hands with many of the infamous SPLC listed hate mongering propaganda groups, such as the American Family Association (for starters)? The AFA apparently were the main providers of the seed money and such for Gov. Perry's Response prayer rally.

By the way, the severe drought in Texas and New Mexico is now predicted to last at least through the winter because of La Nina weather pattern effects in the Pacific. My city, for instance, has officially had less than an inch of rain this year (parts of the city have had more rain than other parts.) What is Gov. Perry doing to help prepare Texas for such an unusually extended and dangerous weather disaster, aside from apparently running for President, and publicly praying with highly controversial, Dominionist minded religious organizations and figures?

CT Reader,

Without the American military, the people of Iraq would still live under the tyranny and oppression of Saddam Hussein, as would the people of Kuwait.

The American military, in alliance with our NATO allies, put an end to ethnic cleansing and led to the withdrawal of Yugoslav forces from Kosovo.

The American military is largely responsible for ending the Nazi regime.

I could go on and on, but I think I'm made my point: Standing against oppression is a great image.

Todd Blair


Gregory, I hope you know that the Texas governor asked for federal aid during the terrible fires, but was turned down by Obama, and you can fill in the reasons. Because if ever a state needed some federal aid, Texas sure did during the fires, and now with the drought. But the president is playing with his power and only helps his friends. Maybe that's a good enough reason to want to seceed, when the president plays games with federal aid to badly stricken areas.

Of all the countries on earth, the U.S. is the one that provides the most relief to areas stricken by natural disasters, and the aid it does provide would be impossible without the capabilities of the U.S. military. See here: http://blog.acton.org/archives/21929-does-shane-claiborne-care-about-military-humanitarian-aid.html

Barbara, I'm glad you appreciated the article, and I agree with you entirely.

To you who clearly do not understand what John has said, you demonstrate your faith in the sword and your divided allegiance between Christ and these world Kingdoms. As a Christian from older days has said,

"Christ Jesus and his powerful word and Holy Spirit is the protector and defender of his church; and not the emperor, king, or any worldly potentate.The kingdom of the Spirit must be protected and defended by the sword of the Spirit, and not by the sword of the world. This is too clear to be controverted, according to the doctrine and example of Christ and his apostles." Meno Simmons

Real Christians do not choose war. They do not choose to become weapons for a wicked empire inflicting death and savagery while praising Jesus. To the brother above, the people of Iraq, or should I say the Christians of Iraq would still have a home of not for the American invasion. Our militaristic worship destroyed the church in Iraq. Beware of Perry. He will be another wolf, like George Bush who deceives Christians that have not yet decided to follow and Obey Jesus Christ but worship him in word alone. Choose this day which kingdom you will serve. America..or the kingdom of God.

Raymond,

By calling America a "wicked empire" and saying that our miliary men and woman are not "real Christians" but rather are savages, your comments are reminiscient of Jeremiah Wright.

Todd

There's another individual from Texas that's been in this race far longer and is far more qualified than Rick Perry. His name is Ron Paul.

He is a Christian. He's stated Jesus is his personal savior. He's been married to the same woman for his whole life, has children and grandchildren. He's a good, family man, a pro-life doctor who has delivered over 4000 babies.

But he doesn't pander to evangelicals like Rick Perry is clearly doing. He doesn't believe America founding fathers were all Christians (because they weren't). He believes attempts at theocracy are dangerous because power corrupts. He knows the history of the "Holy Roman Empire" and acknowledges this unholy alliance as something we don't want.

Ron Paul believes people will someday be held accountable to God. But here on earth, in America, our law is not to be Levitical any more than it's to be Shariah. Live and let live; crimes are only crimes if they infringe on the natural rights of others.

Americans, especially Christian Americans, please wake up! Don't fall for the pandering! Ron Paul is the real deal.

John L. and some other Christians will now begin the nit-picking, criticism, and thoroughly non-Christian judging of Perry now that he has entered the race. This is to be expected; too many Christians in America don't read their Bibles, don't understand what they do read, aren't properly taught in those social gospel, universalist, false prophet churches, and generally show by their lack of fruits how worldly and carnal they are. I say, give the guy a chance to at least state his position and demonstrate who he is and what he believes before all the hypocrit Christians tear him to shreads. Why is it so much Christian behavior is so incredibly opposed to anything Jesus or Paul ever taught? Pray that God will heal you of your own evils first.

Nobody is trying to nitpick. I am not a biblical liberal. I am a biblical Christian. As a true brother of the faith said many generations ago "If Christ fights his enemies with the sword of his mouth, if he smites the earth with the rod of his mouth, and slay the wicked with the breath of his lips; and if we are to be conformed unto his image, how can we, then, fight our enemies with any other sword? Does not the apostle Peter say, "For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did not sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously?" 1 Pet. 2:21-23; Matt. 16:24." Christians were deceived by Bush, and Perry was selected to run potentially by the Bilderberg group who are globalist. The true hero's are those who fight the true battle, the spiritual war and are willing to die for it.

Bilderberg? Perhaps you've been watching too much of TruTV's Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.

Brother Raymond, under your logic, we would all be goose stepping and talking German right now. With your logic in place we would never take arms to stop the many efforts at genocide worldwide. We would only pray those dictators and tyrants away. Notice in Mat 26:52(Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.), Jesus does not say get rid of that sword, simply put it back in its place, or better yet, what Paul says in Romans:(Rom 13:4) "For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil." Try reading ALL your Bible, and not just the peacenik liberal meeky stuff, because your view is stilted by your political leanings.

Mark,
From the confession of your own mouth you have just called God a liar. Yes, may we all take the whole scripture. And that scripture says that the weapons the Christian have been given are not carnal, neither are we to wage war against flesh and blood. You say those weapons are weak and cannot bring us to victory. The scripture says the weapons we have been given are mighty in God. Since you brought up Germany, lets look at that. The reason the German Church failed the people is their Patriotism was tied up into their Christianity. They thought they could still be good Christians while fighting for the Glory of German Political Ideals. American Evangelicals are no different. When you lay down the weapons of God to pick up carnal arms, you have denied the faith, you have told God His weapons are not sufficient. Yet the Romanian church defeated communism without firing a shot. The Ugandan church defeated Kony, when all other military actions failed..with prayer. Its a fact. he was driven out of Uganda by prayer. May the Lord give you faith to believe His whole word as you stated above. May he give us all such faith. We are called to be like Jesus, to suffer and die for the gospel, not for carnal, worldly, secular political ideology. Real Christians, don't choose war. They live in faith of God and his kingdom power. Lord bless you.

As for the government bearing the sword. let us not forget there is NO power except what is from God. Yes, they are servants of God, but just as God has raised up America he also raised up China, Russia, Hitler, Iran, Nebuchadnezzar, Stalin, George Washington, and Mao. Just because they are in power, do not mean they are good, or honorable. Romans 13 applies to all governments. So if you believe in Romans 13 so strongly can you say the American Revolution was sinful because they rebelled against God's established authority? This is not hard Christians. We have one nation and one king. All others are weak attempts at men trying to establish their own glory apart form God. The Devil tried to give Jesus every kingdom and all their glory. Why, because they are his. Including America. Be Ye Separate. live as sojourners, strangers and pilgrims shining as lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse Generation. Take the WHOLE scripture as the brother above said. We are the Israel of God, God's only nation He has called by name.

Raymond,

By calling America a "wicked empire" and equating us with Nazi Germany, you've gone beyond the pale. I don't think standing by while Nazi's exterminate Jews is acceptable; nor do I think ethnic cleansing in Kosovo is acceptable. Perhaps Iraqi oppression of Kurds is ok with you, but it's not acceptable to me.

Todd

Brother,

When Iraq oppressed the Kurd s it was when Saddam was our ally. He killed them with Chemical weapons we gave them. You are missing the point. Nazi Germany did not spring up overnight. And the US have killed more civilians in our wars then Saddam ever did. That is a statistical fact. Not to mention since we invaded Iraq, because we refused to help the Christians we destroyed the Church in Iraq, they have fled. Your Patriotism blinds you to the pain it causes around the world, and the illusion of freedom you think you possess. The greatest thing we could give any people anywhere is not democracy..its the Gospel. And that my friend is NEVER spread by sword, bomb, guns, or torture such as our ideals of freedom are. Its chaff to the wheat.

Raymond, you need to get your facts right. Yes, Saddam Hussien was our ally at one time, which is nothing to be proud of. But the U.S. never sold him or any other leader chemical weapons. His actions against the Kurds prior to the 1st Gulf war I am not aware of, but much of his persecution occured after the war when Bush#1 refused to topple Hussien. Hussien took advantage of the peace terms to kill as many Kurds as he could. No one commenting here advocated using the military to spread the Gospel, as your last comment implies. Without claiming that the American military is "God's army," one can point out that God can and does deliver oppressed peoples through the means of foreign armies. It was armies from neighboring countries that removed Idi Amin from power in Uganda; it was Vietnam that overthrew Pol Pot in Cambodia. And God has made use of U.S. resources to allieviate suffering around the world. And as the article I cited above demonstrates, much of this would be impossible without the U.S. military.

Wow, admin took my response to you away. Let me change how I said it. You are mistaken. If you research the Senate reports of exports of chemical/biological weapons to Iraq you we see they got the tech from the USA> Not only did they get it from the USA they were using it on Iran, before the Kurds. You faith is in the US military more than the gospel of Jesus and the weapons which God has commanded you to fight with. Scary place to be.

Brother Raymond,
It amazes me to see these Christians profess to be in the Christ, yet they follow and hear Him not! I call persons like Todd "Government Patriots" or "Neo-conned" unfortunate Todd is the norm rather than the exception in the mainstream Christianity.
The good people of the 30's Germany never understood that their elite establishment was the enemy of their Republic just as today in America the elite establishment and the military industrial complex is the enemy of our Republic. Brother Raymond, I talked to a retired General that told me that most of the military establishment accepts the Devil's messiah! They actively promote globalism and consent to the selling out of the Republic's sovereignty!
The General's knows they are instruments to establish the NWO!


Yes, I sadly agree. Once a Godless and false form of Christianity takes root, like much of Evangelical Christianity, they hate truth, hate those who bring it to them. read the prophets. They think they do God favor by killing us and silencing us. That's why it is important for you Brother to fight the good fight, never lose heart, pray for this blind mans adulation of the military industrial complex and anti-American militarism. Burn good videos share the true gospel in your church, if they kick you out go to another. It is good to see awake and aware Christians. Anyways he could be DOD on COINTELPRO anyways. They sit around all day spreading lies and propaganda on sites like this. Sad to say most Christians who read this will not even understand what I just said. They are in shiny happy people land instead of being watchful, prayerful, girded, awaiting their master.

Amen.