The Texas governor will make his presidential campaign announcement on Saturday, his spokesman Mark Miner confirmed to POLITICO, marking the first time a Perry aide has said for the record that Perry is officially going to be a candidate.
"He'll make his intentions very clear on Saturday," Miner said, adding, "it's true" that he will say he is running for president.” (From Politico. Read the entire article HERE.)
NOW the REAL contest begins!
About the only prediction I can make that I feel sure about, concerning the Perry candidacy, is: he will almost certainly be tarred with the racist brush, oh, within a few hours of his announcement tomorrow.
There is a rumor already floating about that Gov. Perry is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. So far as I am concerned, that makes him an even BETTER candidate for my consideration when I cast my ballot for a conservative candidate in the primary and in the general election.
See – I am a member, of long standing, in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
I mentioned the “rumor” of Perry’s membership in the SCV because I am certain that the SCV will be painted by the Mainstream Media as some sort of racist, separatist, NEO-Confederate organization. It is none of those. If it were any of those – I would not be affiliated with them -- in any way.
As far as “NEO” is concerned, the Sons of Confederate Veterans has been around since 1896 – well over a hundred years. That is hardly “neo” (new). Before 1896, they were the “United Confederate Veterans.” So, the organization really dates back to shortly after the War Between the States (The US government’s approved title for the so-called Civil War.)
From the Sons of Confederate Veterans Website:
The SCV is the direct heir of the United Confederate Veterans, and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized at Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization dedicated to ensuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.
Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces.” From the SCV website at: http://www.scv.org/ or click HERE.)
I would direct your attention to the phrase above: “the SCV continues to serve as a historical, patriotic, and non-political organization” One of the quickest ways I know for an SCV camp to have it’s charter lifted by it’s division headquarters, or international headquarters, is for that camp to become involved, in any way, in a political event or movement. We do not discuss politics at or camp meetings. It is verboten!
Now. Having said that, I expect there will be tremendous pressure brought to bear on the Texas Division of the SCV, and even International Headquarters in Tennessee, to declare whether or not Gov. Perry is a member of “the Sons.” It is extremely unlikely there will be a response from either. Why? Because it comes dangerously close to a political act, which is, as we noted above, forbidden. Remember that if, and when, the Mainstream Media begins to whine that the SCV will neither confirm or deny the governor’s membership.
Governor Perry will do well in the southern states. No doubt about that. In my opinion, he will quickly overtake Romney in the polls, especially in the south. Where he will have trouble will be in the northeastern states, the northern states, and the left-wing Pacific coast states.
No more than I know about the governor, at this point, I would say that if the good people of Texas found him suitable to be governor of their fair state -- that, alone, is a heck of a recommendation … in my humble opinion, of course.
Perry strikes me as being the polar opposite of Obama. Lord knows, a huge portion of the electorate is searching for just such a candidate. Couple that with the fact that Perry has governing experience… and we MAY have a winner.
Mr. Romney is not that appealing to southerners. The criticism I hear most often of Romney is his “moderate” form of conservatism. Please allow me to say, as a southerner, I have had about all I want of “compassionate conservatives” or any other type of watered-down conservatism.
In the weeks ahead we will learn more than we ever thought possible about Gov. Perry. Some of what we learn may be troubling. Rest assured the political left will make a massive and concerted effort to destroy Gov. Perry politically. It’s the way they do business.
If I had any advice for Perry’s campaign machine it would be that they should be as determined at gaining the Oval Office as the Obama machine will certainly be at denying him that goal.
Believe it, or not, way back in my youth I was a track announcer for a red clay, stock car racetrack in South Carolina. (I also was an arena announcer for a rodeo, too, but that is a story for another time.) The enthusiasm, the grit, the determination, the fearlessness, and the will to win, demonstrated by the drivers in those amazing machines could serve as a lesson to conservative candidates going up against Obama.
It is said that one of my favorite drivers had a metal plaque bolted to the dashboard of his race car. It is reported to have said: “Switch on ignition, put foot on floor, and turn left.” We suggest that Gov. Perry adopt these few motivational words as the motto for his campaign – with one slight change: “Switch on ignition, put foot on floor, and turn RIGHT!”
Good Luck, Governor.
J. D. Longstreet