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You gotta be for life, I mean how do you get up every morning and look yourself in the mirror if you can’t be for life? I mean to me that’s the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. That’s what this country was based on. And when that conception occurs, that’s life. And defending it, and protecting it, and standing up for it, is what we all ought to be about. And I’m glad I live in a state where we do that. Parental consent, parental notification, we’ve probably made Texas the most pro-life state in the nation. A lot of people are moving to Texas today, I think somebody says somebody said well over a thousand, our rolls if you will grow by more than a thousand a day in the state, and I gotta think there’s some people coming here because they’re looking around and they’re seeing some neighborhoods and communities where they don’t recognize and respect life. And they go, you know what? That’s about freedom. When you think about it, life is really about freedom. And I want to come to a place where I can be as free as I can be, and in America today, that’s Texas.

Rick Perry, Right Wing Watch 82 Comments [9/19/2011 3:09:07 AM]
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"... we’ve probably made Texas the most pro-life state in the nation" - says the Governor of the state that executes more people than all the others put together.

9/19/2011 3:20:58 AM

Mudak

Why start at conception? A sperm and egg are both life too. Make it a crime for women to have their periods and for men to jerk off.

And I suspect most people come to Texas in search of either oil, or a chance to escape the economic realities south of the Rio Grande. Or both.

9/19/2011 3:28:19 AM

Percy Q. Shunn

More hypocrisy from the Lone Star State.

9/19/2011 3:40:06 AM

cdcdrr

Why did Texans vote for a man that can't even speak coherent sentences? The Grammar Gestapo should have executed this fellow a long time ago.

9/19/2011 3:56:02 AM

aaa

Standard issue republican bullshit. Rick, you would not be out of place in a military junta. In fact, i think you would find military juntas quite appealing.

@cdcdrr: It's an act to appeal to the people who don't like literature and art.

9/19/2011 4:00:27 AM

Jamaican Castle

Well, obviously, I can't look at myself in the mirror, since I'm a vampire. But if I weren't, I would say, "today, I'm not going to infringe on anyone else's rights. Today, I'm going to let someone else make their own moral judgments. I'm going to let them pursue happiness in their own way, because otherwise, how could I look at myself, and call myself a defender of freedom?" Hypothetically speaking, of course.

9/19/2011 4:07:44 AM

Brain_In_A_Jar

And they go, you know what? That’s about freedom. When you think about it, life is really about freedom. And I want to come to a place where I can be as free as I can be, and in America today, that’s Texas.

It is, overall, a kind of freedom if you're able to freely move between states that have different combinations of restrictive laws until you find the one that suits you (assuming, of course, that none of them has a law that says "you can't leave.") - that does not, however, mean you get to call the more despotic, restrictive ones "free," which is what you just fucking did.

Besides, three currently insurmountable problems exist, any one of which is enough to make a total mockery of this notion:

1) Moving town, let alone state or nation, is fucking difficult to do even once, and usually carries the extremely high risk of the total ruination of the entire rest of one's life, when it isn't outright impossible (see also "immigrants, outsiders and cultural non-conformists, bigotry against"), which for a very large proportion of people it is.

2) Despotic fuckwits like you aren't content with the arrangement you just cynically fawned over; we know damn well that you want every other locality to adopt the same restrictions.

3) There are not enough states in existence to cater for every possible permutation of laws people might desire, and there is no mechanism by which an adequate range could be guaranteed to exist across them even if there were.

9/19/2011 4:09:05 AM

Ken's body, not Texas's

Yee-haw! Let's make women slaves to their biology (therefore, men, therefore, God), fire up the elektricutin' stuffs, and grill us up some Texas steaks before we send the kids off to Jesusology class!

9/19/2011 4:09:55 AM

snowjohnson

Now if you could only do something about those beaners, texas would be perfect.

9/19/2011 4:23:03 AM

Mister Spak

"You gotta be for life, I mean how do you get up every morning and look yourself in the mirror if you can’t be for life?"

So you're opposed to the death penalty?

" And when that conception occurs, that’s life. "

And when execution occurs, that's death.


"we’ve probably made Texas the most pro-life state in the nation."

Todd Willingham disagrees.

"When you think about it, life is really about freedom."

Unless you want to don't want to be a member of your little death cult. Then life is about being forced to follow our rules regardless of what you want.

" And I want to come to a place where I can be as free as I can be, and in America today, that’s Texas. "

No, Texas is where you get killed.

9/19/2011 4:40:30 AM

Night Jaguar


9/19/2011 4:43:43 AM

Grimsoncrow

Hey, is this guy that presidential candidate?
-because he writes like he's stoned out of his head...

9/19/2011 4:43:59 AM

Nevermore

"A lot of people are moving to Texas today, I think somebody says somebody said well over 9000..."

Fixed. :-D

9/19/2011 4:54:14 AM

The_L

I am for life. I'm for not executing criminals, not forcing a woman to die carrying her child, and making sure Americans don't starve to death.

Opposing abortion doesn't necessarily make you "for life." So, Mr. Perry, how DO you get up every morning and look at yourself in the mirror?

9/19/2011 4:55:32 AM



And yet they care so little for those already born, and protecting their freedoms to pursue happiness. Weird.

9/19/2011 5:03:13 AM

Matante

I don't take opinions on life from crappy chatbots very seriously.
Rick IS a chatbot right?

9/19/2011 5:36:06 AM

TGRwulf

THis is pretty pricless considering you guys have the loosest gun laws and are still pro-death penalty.

9/19/2011 5:45:49 AM

Hertzyscowicz

Pursuit n. The act of following urgently, originally with intent to capture or harm; to chase. [from 14th c.]

9/19/2011 5:48:27 AM

John

And defending it, and protecting it, and standing up for it, is what we all ought to be about.

Except you're not. You worry about fetuses, but as soon as the child is born, you don't give a rat's butt about it or about any other living person but yourself. And you're not really against abortion, either. If you were, you'd be for contraceptives and sex education, too. They'd prevent more abortion than any "parental consent" laws ever did or ever will.

You're against recreational sex. For you, abortion, lack of parental notification, contraceptives and sex education are all ways to avoid "punishment" for having sex for fun.

9/19/2011 5:58:41 AM

JK

So wait...

those wildfires I'm hearing about on the news AREN'T the wrath of God punishing you for defying his wishes?

9/19/2011 6:04:27 AM

dionysus

I mean how do you get up every morning and look yourself in the mirror

Me? I'm wondering how ultra-conservatives can look at themselves in a mirror and not get a third degree burn. That much focused hypocrisy going into such a shiny mirror can't possibly end well.

9/19/2011 6:06:17 AM

Dan Onymous

Executing innocent men is 'pro-life' now?!

When did that happen?

9/19/2011 6:09:39 AM

Doubting Thomas

And when that conception occurs, that’s life.

But it's not a person until it's born. Otherwise, why do we not give birth certificates to fetuses as soon as their mothers get pregnant, and why do people celebrate the day they were born instead of the day they were conceived?

we’ve probably made Texas the most pro-life state in the nation.

Just ignore all those frequent executions they perform.

And I want to come to a place where I can be as free as I can be, and in America today, that’s Texas.

You're free as long as you're a straight white male conservative Christian. I really find it baffling that these people can talk about how pro-freedom they are and then say they want to ban certain behaviors.

9/19/2011 6:12:02 AM

ThinksHeKnowsThings

Well, if you wanna get TECHNICAL, human life doesn't begin at conception, it would begin when the foetus has a functioning brain or active metabolism. The first of either of these occurs 8 weeks after conception. So ahhh...*ahem*

9/19/2011 6:21:51 AM

breakereslion

Some day, people will understand that this is merely a hot-button that shameless politicians and clergymen get to press over and over again and stir up those with extreme sentimentality, overactive imaginations, and skewed beliefs in immortality through progeny. There is no real intent to do anything about the abortion issue, it's far too valuable as a tool. Whether or not abortion is legal has no real impact on the duties and agendas of the various factions that rule by consent and abdication of the governed. It's only impact is a slight reduction in fresh meat for potential military meat-grinders. Some day, people will recognize this, and other attempts to legislate morality as the cheap tricks of the ruling class.

Yeah. That'll be the day!

9/19/2011 6:48:57 AM
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