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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rick Perry Is Not the ’5th Column Candidate’

From PJM:

For the modern left, the concept of political warfare abroad engenders a kind of squeamishness, if not revulsion; using propaganda to shape the public’s perceptions recalls outrage at the CIA’s information operations during the early years of the Cold War. While feigning shame for the history of robust promotion of America by the clandestine services in prior decades, inside the United States their desire to engage in sophisticated political warfare against their enemies is performed eagerly without the slightest hesitation.
One method of political warfare involves stoking a controversy and building a wedge between a constituency and an otherwise-favored candidate. As transparent an example you will find this year is Salon’s recent article “Perry: The Pro-Sharia Candidate?” — complete with the suggestive question mark. It was an attempt to divide a sizable portion of the GOP base from Texas Governor Rick Perry. By seizing on a local story highlighting Perry’s relationship with the Ismaili community in Texas, Salon’s Justin Elliott set out to create a fake controversy meant to alarm the millions of Americans concerned with radical Islam and homegrown jihad in America.
Elliott picked up his story’s framing from the Houston Chronicle, Politico, and other media outlets.
As we’ll see, this manufactured dispute is intended to damage more than just Perry’s candidacy and the unity of conservatives ahead of the presidential election. It also benefits the Muslim Brotherhood groups many of Perry’s new critics rightly warn about.
Unfortunately, some conservative bloggers took the bait against Perry, bashing him for his links to the Ismailis and his support for the Muslim Histories and Culture Project, a curriculum co-sponsored by the Ismailis’ spiritual leader, the Aga Khan. In addition, some have seized on the endorsement of Perry in an earlier race for the governorship by Farouk Shami, a Palestinian-American businessman on the board of an anti-Israel group.
Another is Perry’s sharing the stage in a program on taxes with Grover Norquist, whose troubling connections with Muslim Brotherhood groups are becoming better known. At their most generous, critics point to the sum of these associations as a kind of “proof” establishing Perry’s unwitting compliance with the agenda of the Brotherhood. On the other side of the spectrum, overheated words have overtaken level heads. Using the Salon report as a springboard, some have accused Perry of “systematic sedition” and, in a follow up, doubling-down with, “Yes, Perry is the 5th Column Candidate.” Obviously, based on the evidence provided, Perry is neither.

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Blogger felix said...

Pastorius,
I read thru article on PJM about Perry and the Islamists and agree with you these connections are overblown.

Continuing discussion from previous diary below, Perry (and apparently many other GOP candidates) favor constitutional amendments to ban abortion and gay marriage. I'm opposed to these amendments and want to see a federalist approach to issues like this. Let the state legislatures and governors (not judges) decide these contentious issues on a state-by-state basis.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 1:56:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Hi Felix,
Yes, I am in agreement with you there. Rick Perry is way too "Conservative" for my taste. I'd rather see a Federalist approach as well. I don't like all of Rick Perry's ideas. I just think he is electable, and unlike you I do not think Mitt Romney is.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 2:31:00 pm  
Blogger felix said...

I don't know why you say Romney's unelectable. You saw the poll results I cited below. If he is paired with VP Rubio, it looks like a winning ticket.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 3:53:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I say he is unelectable because my experience in Marketing, Advertising and PR tells me he is unelectable.

I don't look at this as an issues thing. I do not depend on polls. I look at it this way:

What is the story Americans want to tell themselves.

In 2004, I wrote a piece predicting that Condoleeza Rice was the Republicans only chance to defeat Hilary Clinton (who I imagined would be the Dem Candidate). The reason I gave for picking Rice was, "She is the story America wants to tell itself at this time."

Now, America does not want to tell itself that we want to vote our first black President out and replace him with a Devo album cover, a parody of a 1950's looking white American, technocrat, self-absorbed, money-driven, emotionally distant, etc..

Rick Perry on the other hand looks like and acts like a quintessential American out of the Rugged Individualist American Mythos.

Americans want to tell themselves that story at this time.

Now, as I said, I look at this from a Marketing, Advertising and PR standpoint. That is shallow, in essence. I am not making a case based on ideas.

I do agree with you that Rubio would strengthen a Romney ticket.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 4:38:00 pm  
Blogger felix said...

Further, I'm starting to think Obama may decide not to run again--like LBJ--because his poll numbers are so bad. So we may be facing Hillary...

Sunday, August 21, 2011 4:56:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Obama would decide on his own not to run. He believes absolutely in the importance of his mission.

The Democratic Party itself would have to remove him, and I don't think they would do that.he

Sunday, August 21, 2011 5:16:00 pm  
Anonymous cjk said...

Whatever concerns there may be about Perry should be discussed, but I think labeling him on the level of a fifth column candidate is outrageous.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 10:41:00 pm  

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