Whatever Rick Perry suggests, do the opposite.

It’s hard to imagine a guy who can work is way up to office, to leader of the land, by essentially being as irresponsible about problems as possible.  Yet, Rick Perry has managed it, and he’s at it again.

In his own statement, Perry acknowledged the problem of violence in the U.S. but said enacting tougher gun laws was not the right way to solve it, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Yes, changing our ineffective policies isn’t the way to affect change.  Tell us the right way to do it, Rick.

Perry said that there was “evil prowling” in the world that has appeared in television and movies, and then found its way into vulnerable minds.

As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.

Instead of actually doing something ourselves, let’s pass the buck (to the same guy who didn’t listen when you guys were in the middle of a drought).  Prayer: the ultimate way to abandon responsibility while insisting that you’re helping.

And if the new gun laws reduce massacre deaths, you know who’s going to be puffing out their chests and claiming responsibility: the people who were on their knees mumbling while the rest of us were working toward a solution.

This is the type of thing that leaps into my head every time someone tells me prayer is beautiful.

  • Glodson

    I fucking hate this state sometimes. We routinely find the dumbest people to heap power onto.

    But I guess he thinks that instead of reaching for a gun, easy to do in this state, we should just pray for help as well. /snark

  • sqlrob

    But JT, prayer is beautiful.

    It’s a beautiful way to demonstrate how (*#@&$(*& dumb people are.

  • pjmaertz

    Prayer: talk to the voices in your head, claim responsibility for good things that happen, and state that bad things only happened because we didn’t pray enough. Rinse and repeat, ad infinitum.

  • smrnda

    If violence in movies and video games and television made people violent, then why aren’t the Japanese killing each other off the same way we are? Their media is pretty violent at times, but maybe it has something to do with the difficulty you’d have obtaining a GUN in Japan?

    • John Horstman

      Dunno, maybe the Japanese as a group are better at distinguishing reality from fantasy. It has suddenly occurred to me that the argument for violent media directly causing violent behavior actually make a lot more sense if one accepts the idea that, say, genocide and slavery and rape are totally cool (really good, in fact) just because someone stuck them in a book and called it Holy. For people with no ability to distinguish between the imaginary and reality, like Rick Perry, violent media are a much more serious concern. What are the rates of reality-denying religious belief in Japan?

      • sqlrob
      • smrnda

        Good point. I know that Japan is pretty secular; my brother lived there for a while and said that despite making some inroads in S Korea and even China, that Christianity just never hit it off big in Japan, and religion isn’t really a particularly big deal and is often derided and mocked. (There were some interesting comical mock-ups of Mormons, who at some time swarmed the nation hoping to gain converts.)

        All said, I get your point – the Bible is a very violent book, and along with Jesus saying “turn the other cheek” and ‘those who live by the sword die by the sword’ there’s also massive amounts of accounts of ‘righteous violence’ which may play into some kind of fantasy for people who imagine themselves latter day King Davids.

        thanks Sqlrob, someone I know had mentioned that study and I’d lost it, but it makes a great point.

  • Mike de Fleuriot

    Is there no one in that state with the guts to confront him in public about this nonsense that he promotes. Hell, you do not even have to think up what to say to him, just read from any atheist blog that talks about him. The longer you Americans let him get away with this, the deeper the poison sinks in.

    • Glodson

      There are plenty of people in this state that would love to shout him down. The problem is that he’s got a ton of capital. He’s got megadonors because… well, he’s good for their businesses. And the state is very much on the right side of the political spectrum. He is hated by many in this state. It is just too bad that more love him, and buy into this theocratic nonsense.

      If you think it is maddening reading about this crap, try living here. I’ve screamed about the gutting of education, the stupid tropes, the blatant disregard for the Establishment Clause, the…. well, goddamn, imagine something stupid and they’ve tried to make it a law. This state is fucked politically.

    • Artor

      I wish Molly Ivins was still around. She’d have spectacular things to say about Perry. Has Jim Hightower written anything about him?

  • Art Vandelay

    Isn’t this the same guy that held a prayer rally to ask for rain and then got wildfire?

    • pjmaertz

      It’s precisely the same guy. He also knew he wanted to cut entire departments from the federal government(he just couldn’t say which ones), vetoed a ban on the execution of mentally retarded inmates, defended anti-sodomy laws, believes in the inerrancy of the bible, and compared homosexuality to alcoholism. All around, he’s just a peach.

  • baal

    Rick Perry was very cute and endearing if looking a bit off his rocker when he hugged and cuddled a bottle of syrup on a campaign stop last year. Maddow played the clip a lot.
    Perry rode the same donor bases / puppet masters Bush the Lesser did in Texas to political power. That group only cares about how well you can have your strings pulled and if they can steer the public to vote for the puppet. Having met those qualifications, a total incompetent gets to be a Governor of a major State and run for the presidency.

    • M

      OK, I despise Perry. He’s the governor of the state I live in and so I get to see his idiocy and its consequences first-hand. That said, I do believe his reasons why he acted like he was drunk even though he wasn’t. He’s never really been seen to be drunk and there’s no rumors of it. He is known to have had back surgery recently before the campaign, so his excuse of fatigue (insomnia magnified by pain) does ring true to me.

      This isn’t defending him at all as a possible president or politician. He sucks. But I’d prefer to focus on true reasons (he’s a religious nutjob, he’s been horrible for the state’s finances, he’s managed to make Texas education even worse, etc) rather than this one clip.

  • AJ

    It was either your blog or PZ’s where I read a comment that said “Prayer: Literally the least you can do.” I wish I could remember who it was, but it was maybe two years ago now. I am reminded of it every time I read a story like this one.


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