Fox News has an intelligent half-hour program Saturday at noon (Mountain Time) called “The Wall Street Journal Report.” A sizable portion of this week’s show was devoted to an examination of Rand Paul and Rick Perry as potential Republican presidential nominees.
For a reason I’ll explain below, the program airing today was an amazing coincidence.
I found the program of special interest for two reasons. One was because moderator Paul Gigot and his two WSJ guests, Daniel Henninger and Matthew Kaminski, discussed Governor Perry with the utmost seriousness both as a thirteen-year Texas governor and a credible presidential nominee and potential president.
The other was because almost exactly twenty-four hours earlier (from now, as I write) I was sitting across a luncheon table from Rick Perry and Bob Beauprez here in Colorado discussing, among other subjects, the Tenth Amendment.
Governor Perry was in Colorado campaigning for Beauprez because he is the Republican candidate for governor. The invitational luncheon with a group of Republican and Conservatives was not a fundraiser, but rather a “meet-and-greet” in support of Beauprez’s candidacy.
I’m relating this, first, briefly to emphasize my impression of Bob Beauprez, whom Governor Perry introduced.
As expected, he outlined the current failures of Obama and his captive Democrat senate. He spoke with conviction and understanding about the Founders’ core principles, to which he hoped to be ever faithful, emphasizing the Tenth Amendment and expounding on the many ways it has been violated by the current administration. Last, he explained some of the programs he’d implement if elected governor.
All were important, but for me one stood out: Bob promised to have his administration review every, yes every, Colorado rule and regulation and measure it against the litmus test of whether it advanced or retarded individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise.
After he and Governor Perry finished speaking and lunch was served, Bob and I discussed Colorado’s anti-gun legislation—signed into law by the current Democrat governor, who admitted he’d not read it before putting pen to paper—which Bob hopes to get the legislature to repeal.
Bob Beauprez’s comments were preceded by Rick Perry’s remarks which were thoughtful, knowledgeable, articulate, and convincing. As expected, he spoke with earned pride of the “Texas Miracle” in which he has played such a prominent role, a phrase which has entered the contemporary lexicon to mean a state’s burgeoning economy.
Perry had at his fingertips facts and figures about several of the critical problems facing America today. Domestically: economic issues, particularly jobs, unemployment--and of course Obamacare and immigration. As to the latter, he proposed specific, and doable, fixes--and his proposals left no doubt the combination of them could greatly reduce the amount and character of those coming across the border today.
Perry spoke of the Founders whose fundamental ideas he clearly understands. He, too, focused strongly on the Tenth Amendment, and when we talked about it in more detail at lunch it was clear to me that he understood that federal overriding of the "states/people" reservation of power provided in that Amendment has been the source of much violation of the Constitution's attempt at a working federalism. I gave Rick and Bob a copy of my recent blog on the Tenth Amendment. (We also discussed American innovation, flying, and other less cerebral subjects.)
As a candidate for the presidency of the United States, the man I had lunch with yesterday is politically, intellectually, and knowledgeably not the same person who participated in the 2012 Republican debates.
Rick Perry is dedicated, smart, personable, experienced. And real!
The pretenders to the nomination--Jindal, Christie, Bush III, Paul, Walker, Rubio, Romney, et al.--better be at the top of their game because here comes Rick Perry out of Texas, with the presidency in his sights.