Columns / Discourse / October 26, 2011

Observing America: Rick Perry and the return of the birthers

Breaking news: President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. This may be old news for many, but for some it is not. One of those people is Texan Governor Rick Perry.

Perry is running for President in the Republican field. He is known for his thick southern accent and Bush-like gestures and apparently he loves cowboy hobbies like shooting coyotes in the face; but now he is known for supporting the Birther movement.

In a recent interview with John Harwood from CNBC, Perry was asked about his opinion on Obama’s birth certificate. Perry said, “I haven’t seen his grades. My grades ended up on the front page of the newspaper. So if we’re gonna show stuff, let’s show stuff.”

When pressed again, Perry responded, “I’m really not worried about the president’s birth certificate. It’s fun to poke at him a little bit, say-hey, let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.”

“It’s fun to poke at him”? Rick Perry may have just pulled a Donald Trump. Trump’s short-lived candidacy for President was doomed because of his birther comments and Perry is next.

Rick Perry entered the race on August 13. He began polling in the high twenties, beating Romney’s steady first place. However, that didn’t last long. Once Perry started appearing in the debates along with six other presidential candidates, people saw big flaws. The media only reported how awful Perry’s debating skills were.

Now there is this issue: Rick Perry’s birther comments may only get the fringe of the Republican Party excited like Donald Trump did, but most conservatives and Republicans will get turned off. This may be Perry’s long Hail Mary to get back up in the polls, but people do not take birthers seriously and there is a reason: birthers are wrong.

President Obama presented his birth certificate and put this issue to rest. Why are people like Donald Trump and Rick Perry still going at it? Why do they believe President Obama is an illegitimate President?

If the Republican Party elects people like Perry for President in the primaries then the Republican Party will be ruined. Republicans have no need to attack the President on a personal basis. Obama has done several wrong things as President; Republicans have plenty of opportunities to criticize President Obama. They should take advantage of them.

So Rick Perry, please do not get elected. Yes, you’ve had major success in Texas by having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S., but please stay in Texas. Republicans are just going to think you are crazier than people thought by making comments like these. So say goodbye to your candidacy. It’s time to head back to Texas and shoot more coyotes in the face, and let intelligent people lead the most powerful country in the world.

Alex Uzarowicz
Alex Uzarowicz has been a weekly conservative political columnist for The Knox Student for three years. He also writes for The College Conservative. Alex will graduate in June 2013 with a degree in political science, after which he will head abroad to begin his Peace Corps service.

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