By The Right Scoop


A great speech from Rick Perry on what America is about that’s sure to spawn some of you to think “what might have been”. He even has a great line on the Chrysler ad “it’s halftime in America”:

“If it’s halftime in America, I’m fearful of what the final score’s gonna be if we let this president start the second half as the quarterback!”

Here’s the full speech:

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  • Anonymous

    Such a wonderful man!

  • Anonymous

    I’m more of a “What Might Have Been…” with Cain

  • Anonymous

    Great speech! Did you hear that Mittens…no one has to settle for you!

  • poljunkie

    This man gets it. Wish I could have voted for you Gov.

  • http://twitter.com/conjn19 Bethany

    You are still the best candidate..and I am sorry that the rest of Americans couldn’t seem to see that. Instead they went for a good debater and look what we are ending up with??We will most likely have Obama for another 4 years. Gov.Perry 2016

    • Anonymous

      I think Santorum can win, but I agree with you I’d much rather have Perry.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t think he can

      • bobemakk

        A lot of US liked Perry, even me when he entered the race. But the bad thing about him is that he wanted to educate the children of the illegals, which are already a drain on the economy without educating them.

        I still hope Gingrich can win…he is the best qualified and a true conservative. No one can match his “Contract with America,” an accomplishment no other politician can match.

        I do like Santorum too, but don’t think he can make it with the funding since he is not as well known. Santorum made a statement that the candidates must stop trashing each other and he is right. Gingrich asked Romney to stop, but Romney/RINO continued. This is ruining the i mage of the republican party and our chances of gaining back the White House.

        I will vote for anyone who runs against Obama, he is the ruination of the We must pray that Obama is not re-elected. God Help US and hear our prayers.

        • Anonymous

          A lot of US liked Perry, even me when he entered the race. But the bad thing about him is that he wanted to educate the children of the illegals, which are already a drain on the economy without educating them.

          Missed detail — Children enrolled in a naturalization process.

        • http://profiles.google.com/bettydowling4 Betty Dowling

          “I liked Perry as well when he entered the race. But the bad thing about him is that he wanted to educate the children of the illegals, which are already a drain on the economy without educating them.”____bobemakk

          This really ticks me off______ All 50 states of these united States have been educating the children of illegals since 1982____ Because Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a state statute denying funding for education to illegal immigrant children and simultaneously struck down a municipal school district’s attempt to charge illegal immigrants an annual $1,000 tuition fee for each illegal immigrant student to compensate for the lost state funding[1]. The Court found that where states limit the rights afforded to people (specifically children) based on their status as immigrants, this limitation must be examined under an intermediate scrutiny standard to determine whether it furthers a substantial goal of the State.
          The application of Plyler v. Doe has been limited to K-12 schooling.

          While other court cases and legislation such as Toll v. Moreno 441 U.S. 458 (1979) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996[2] have allowed some states to pass statues that “deny” undocumented students eligibility for in-state tuition, scholarships, or even bar them from enrollment at public colleges and universities. [3][4][5]. The Texas state legislature passed the in-state tuition bill with only 4 elected officials voting against it. Under the process of creating state law, this bill was veto proof. Apparently the people of Texas wanted higher education opportunities and a path to naturalization for children who had been brought into their state through no fault of their own.

  • http://twitter.com/WilliamKronert William Kronert

    We must not resign ourselves as Perry so greatly announced. We must not give up and resign ourselves with the current crop of candidates. What you saw in this video is a person who knows what is wrong with our country and what needs to be done and can inspire all of us to promote this change.

    We must not resign ourselves to accepting anybody less than Rick Perry.

    The power must be given back to the people and to the states a our founding fathers intended it to be.

    • Anonymous

      ABsolutely!!! We MUST NOT SETTLE. We the People must win this one (for the Gipper) and to save our Country. We need the likes of Rick Perry because he truly cares about the Country more than being a politician in name only. And he is also right, this is halftime and if we keep the same ole quarterback or a ‘lite’ immitation we are doomed!!
      Love your blog: http://www.teafedup.wordpress.com

    • Anonymous

      All that you say is true. I think many of the people at CPAC may have recognized that Governor Perry is the authentic conservative and our strongest candidate.

      The GOP leadership should recognize our country is in trouble and we need the best candidate to stand against Obama. Governor Perry is standing tough against Obama in Texas and we need his leadership for all of America.

  • Persephone

    Thanks for posting this, tRS.

    ::sigh::

    Yeah…..”what might have been”.

    We are never going to get a solid conservative Washington Outsider like Perry, as long as we have our primary schedule structured the way it is.
    The deck is stacked against it.

    We missed the chance this time, to get a President who wants to “make Washington as inconsequential in our lives as possible”.

    • Anonymous

      “I want to make Washington as inconsequential in your life as possible.” That was an awsome line

  • Anonymous

    Too bad. Can he come back in? Wishful thinking but this was excellent.

  • Anonymous

    The best record, the best policy and the most conservative of all. Too bad the ignorant public followed the lead of the ethanol and all the country churches is sends copious tithes to in Iowa.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely love Rick Perry.

    I think I’d campaign for him until I dropped over dead from exhaustion.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KGB2IQ4GK2RSPUC6K62KOFSMAI Sopes93

    Thanks a lot, Iowa and New Hampshire. NOT!! Y’all who rejected Perry should be ashamed of yourselves. Oh, well, it’s a republic; you get what you ask for…

  • http://twitter.com/texasps Paula

    I luv my Gov.!! Too bad he had to start out his Campaign with back pain oops moment and that’s all MSM ever talked about. America didn’t get an opportunity to know his policies. Rick Perry is an awesome Conservative. The good news, he’s still my Governor.

    • TxGold

      Yep!!

    • Anonymous

      If he runs for governor again (doubtful), I am ready to pull the lever for him… again. :-)

  • Anonymous

    If you really like Rick Perry, as I do, then support the man he supports…Newt Gingrich. And rest assured that if Perry wants a strong place in a Gingrich administration, he will have one!

  • Anonymous

    Oh….we can’t have doofus as the President. Oh…he’s too stupid…..he’s this…he’s that.
    Know what…that’s all BS. If we should ever have a brokered Convention and this nation wakes up…THIS MAN…Governor Perry, NEEDS to be the President of the United States. It’s time to start thinking for our selves and stop listening to the academia, talking heads and people that believe we are not smart enough to think for ourselves.

    Yes…he did not do well in the beginning because his SPINE WAS FUSED. He was in pain. He’s recovering…but the Media…including the “fair and balanced” FOX had other plans for this man and now we have two big spenders, one candidate with a bunch of baggage and another that has some of the right ideas…but his foreign affairs are off the charts.

    People….we did have the right candidate…but we had to listen to the people that “knew”…it was all about surface crap and nothing to do with substance. After all, we had to stick with the previous state’s choice…we didn’t want to look like we were DIFFERENT. Well, folks…WE BETTER BE DIFFERENT or there won’t be a USA anymore.

    Think he does not know what he is doing…Go visit Texas…that might be the last place to find a job..if this country does not completely go off the rails with the re-election of Obama.

  • Anonymous

    Wow.. great speech. Republicans talking about smaller government. I’ve waited a long time for this to come back. Let’s hope we can put these words to action.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFJ7TFEB76QRDY3OZM6BGGLDI Chuck you Shoomer

    I can’t wait for this year to blow by so I can Vote For Newt ! Nuff Said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-Toft/100000995197420 Angela Toft

    Gov. Perry is a true leader!! He is exactly what we need to turn this country around. Thinking about “what might have been” is heartbreaking. However, thinking about “what will be” gives me hope for our nation! Perry 2016!!

  • Anonymous

    Perry is the best!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how a vote for anyone other than Perry isn’t “resigning” myself. I’ve resigned myself to voting against Obama. I do think that almost any of our candidates is better than Obama.

    But with Perry out, I’m settling. My heart just isn’t in it. The rest can fight their own battles.

    • Anonymous

      This about sums it up for me. It is half-time in America…and we can’t let Obama have the ball again…but the choices…not so good. In the primary…Gingrich…if Romney is the candidate…I will vote for him. Romney is a Progressive and Obama is a Marxist. That’s our choice…Thank you NH…Thank you Iowa, who only cared for those who believed in your Ethanol subsidies. Thank You Fox News for your bias, so that Karl Rove could have another shot at the WH through Jeb Bush.

      However, I will say one thing…the only way Obama will win is with LOW VOTER TURNOUT…so…our hearts might not be in it…but we can’t let Obama have the ball.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll vote. The voter turnout has been low for the primary, but that may be a by-product of the caucus system. I hope it picks up for the general. Meanwhile, I’ll be happy to concentrate on the damage BO and his fellow travellers are inflicting. Too much attention is concentrated now on the GOP race.

    • Anonymous

      Remember this race must be about getting rid of Obama. I love Perry and it broke my heart when he left but ultimately we must fire Obama. He will finish destroying what he has left. Please vote on election day. In the primary if you want to vote for Perry do so, then hold your nose and vote for our nominee later. Perry will do the same thing. He has to.

    • Anonymous

      I admit. I am in the same boat as you. Lately, there is a fire in my belly to get the enemy of the people occupying the White House out. What sparked that fire? I am (pardon my French) p*ssed at the emperor’s assault on religion! It is so flagrant, blatant, egregious… I can spit nails over it. This little man child in the oval office MUST go! Imagine what he’ll do in a 2nd term with no re-election at his back.

  • Anonymous

    This is the man who should have been the nominee. Too many Republicans like Federal power; they just want to run it more efficiently. We need more men like Rick Perry.

  • Anonymous

    How I miss this man. No one left anything like him. Too bad the Tea Party didn’t get behind a Constitutional Fiscal Social Conservative. Makes me wonder if people really want that much change in Washington. He had some oops moments, but all along he talked about the need for a smaller government, regulation changes, Federal Reserve changes, and a part time congress.
    My all time favorite statement he made was: “I will work every day to make Washington, DC as inconsequential in your life as I can.” Governor Rick Perry, Texas

    • Anonymous

      I always saw Perry’s appeal as deeper than just fiscal conservatism. He has an understanding of where the dividing line between federal and state power belongs. He knows this by either intuition or by having been on the receiving end of federal intrusion as state governor for 11 years. In any case, it is a grossly under appreciated gift no current candidate can exhibit. (Sorry Mr. Levin, not even Santorum.)

      Perry and Bachmann were THE Tea Party candidates.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, yes, yes, and yes! It’s not too late, citizens! We can have a man in the White House who is not interested pay-back but instead in personal, not governmental, pay-forward, and a return to a Constitutional Republic. May that man be Governor Perry.

    We don’t have to settle for ABO, Anybody But Obama. Defeating Obama is the cause of our time. Carpe diem!

  • Anonymous

    You are correct…look what might have been and cry.

  • http://twitter.com/nancysabet1 nancy sabet

    He is the best, great speech. too bad establishment stabbed him in the back.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t it be great if he chose him for VP. If Rubio really won’t accept the job, Perry would be the next in line.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you RS for posting this!

    I am happy to see he is still not afraid to approach the issue of responsible capitalism. Just as there is good and bad government, there is good and bad capitalism. And there is NOTHING wrong with discussing it and measuring the opposition’s experience against the yardstick of good business.

    He is not and never was anti-capitalistic. It’s the exact opposite. It’s because he loves capitalism so much that he does not want to see it tainted with irresponsible behavior. It’s the “anything legal is everything good” crowd who do not respect capitalism. Perry loves capitalism enough to want to protect its good name.

    Sigh. What could have been. Thanks guv! See you in the voting booth in 2016 if not sooner!

  • Anonymous

    This was the best speech I have heard from anyone for years. He energized people today like no one in the primary campaign has been able to do. Rick Perry you need to come back.

  • Anonymous

    This was the best speech I have heard in years from anyone. He energized people today like none of the primary candidates have been able to. Rick Perry come back in!

    http://www.teafedup.wordpress.com

  • Anonymous

    Love Rick Perry! He gets it. If only…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002975763215 Linda M. Martin

    Governor Perry-you are the best. That was a super speech you gave today. Please reconsider and come back. America needs you and I bet after hearing this speech a lot of people are really upset they didn’t support you. God bless you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you mistermeister for mentioning http://www.teaandfedup.wordpress.com It is a good site for those who want to build strong support for Governor Perry and hope to see his return to the national stage either now or in the future.

    Governor Perry’s speech was wonderful and some may see the resemblance to Pesident Reagan.

  • Anonymous

    FANTASTIC SPEECH GOV PERRY. If so many people weren’t so hung up on your debating skills you would still be in the race and you would be ahead in my opinion. The 2016 race is going to be very interesting. Best of Luck Rick!!

  • Anonymous

    OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Eppes-Heyn/100000227885647 Linda Eppes Heyn

    What a man….what a patriot…thank the GOOD Lord I live in Rick Perry’s Texas

  • Anonymous

    OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

  • Anonymous

    OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

  • Anonymous

    OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

  • Anonymous

    srhw

  • Anonymous

    OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lsoverstreet Lucy S. Overstreet

    Excellent speech by Gov. Perry!!!

  • Anonymous

    Did you ever notice that we love them more when they AREN’T running? Strange!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HU45BLBCROTOIVK4Q56XO2N5VU MSGT

    Where was this Rick during the campaign?

    • 5ftflirt

      He was giving interviews and talking with individuals. He was making speeches just like this. He’s just not good at 30-sec. soundbite debates. He’s good at everything else.

    • Anonymous

      You did not pay attention. The shiny beads of others must have distracted you.

  • Anonymous

    I would still vote for Perry in a heartbeat.

  • Anonymous

    I would still vote for Perry in a heartbeat.

  • Anonymous

    Blame the Coulters and other hacks. I tried my best to defend Perry at the time from the idiotic crap that was being said.

    Addressing the hyperbole that Perry is not a conservative.

    Rick Perry, same as Reagan, Herman Cain same as Reagan. Disillusioned former believers. Formidable foes to Democrats. Al Gore was considered a conservative when Perry supported him AGAINST an east coast progressive liberal Michael Dukakis. Hello!

    Now about the other popular distortions about Perry’s record:

    You can’t have state mandated vaccinations in Texas!

    A 2003 law state that anyone can opt-out of any mandated vaccination requirements for conscientious, philosophical, religious READ any reason by filling out an extra form when you enroll your kid in school. Stop lying about that.

    It was mandated by Governor Perry because he wanted to save lives. In Texas insurance companies aren’t obligated to pay for vaccinations unless they are mandated. Its a gimmick in a sense so people who want their children protected don’t have to pay $360.00 per child out of pocket and anyone who doesn’t fills out an extra piece of paperwork. BIG DEAL!

    In state tuition for illegals.

    Lie smear distort about instate tuition.

    The illegals pay property taxes too, even if they don’t own any property its figured into their rent. Unless of course Ann Coulter or or any other ‘conservative’ is going to tell us landlords don’t consider things like the taxes they pay on the property they own into their rent.

    I don’t think a ‘conservative’ like Ann Coulter would want to do that because it undermines a very important talking point conservatives like about raising taxes on business and passing cost to the consumer.

    What Perry did is perfectly fair to innocent children of illegals and out of state tuition American citizens. Illegals pay taxes in state and they have to pay their own way. Stop lying about that.

    The In-State Tuition LAW was passed by the Texas Legislature 188-4! Imagine that! In a very conservative liberty oriented federalist minded state that actually has to live with and deal with the problems. Imagine that! Perry not conservative. Laughable! Defies not only common sense but decency. Perry supported a young CONSERVATIVE Al Gore against an east coast liberal Dukakis. IMAGINE THAT!

    Ann Coulter and the rest you sound foolish when one follows your logic to its conclusion and compare it with reality. Stop turning reality upside and coming to bass-ackwards conclusions in relation to reality, common sense and decency.

    People who claim to love Reagan breaking his 11th commandment in ways that defy reality, common sense and decency.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly right on all points. In regards to the vaccine, your explanation had more thought and research into the issue than any member of conservative media establishment put into it. And, it took only a few sentences.

      This is what so ticks me off about the Rush’es and Levin’es and all of them. They bought into every attack Perry and exhorted no brain power in really looking into what was being said.

      It was Rush or Levin or both that bought into the lie about Perry wanting a U.S./Mexico health care zone. Their behavior was disgraceful. They never considered the fact it would have been a negotiated plan for people who live on one side of the border and work on the other. They could carry one policy rather than two, one for each side of the border. It’s a special plan for people in a special situation. It’s not an attempt to merge Mexico and the U.S.’s health care system. Yet, these “intelligent” radio hosts put bias before truth, and let Perry take the shots.

  • Anonymous

    Great speech! Not surprised, since I have heard many good speeches from Rick Perry before. His knowledge, experience, wisdom and intelligence were on display and delivered with his usual passion. I have to believe that most of the people in that room had to be asking themselves why this man was not given more support by the so-called conservative media and pundits. The establishment went for Romney and the media fell in line. How sad. He will not beat BO. Neither would any of the other candidates win. They are all seriously flawed. Surely the Republican party is beginning to have legitimate doubts. by contrast, they passed on the only candidate that would beat BO, and lead our country with true conservative values. I have been yelling from the top of my voice for months. People, Why can’t you see we have another Ronald Reagan right in front of us,in Rick Perry? What a shame ! I’ve decided that the risks to our country are too great to give up I will continue to work and hold hope that we will all come to our senses and get Perry back in the race. If you are interested, there is a new website dedicated to this goal http://www.teaandfedup.wordpress.com . It’s a start. God bless.

    • Anonymous

      I am with you!

      Governor Perry said we shouldn’t settle for less but that is what we have right now. We need Governor Perry back in the race.

  • http://twitter.com/SouthCoastBlog Lee

    Wow, what a speech! Governor Perry is amazing. Too bad he dropped out of the race, would have cast my vote for him! I hope Perry runs next time around!!

  • http://twitter.com/politiJim PolitiJim

    Hmmm. Who did Rick Perry endorse again?

    • Anonymous

      This guy – http://tinyurl.com/87ulo99

      Rick Santorum can’t complain about Newt losing seats as Speaker. In fact not many of them can see 2006 which gave us Nancy and Harry in the first place. The criticisms are laughable and Santorum was part of that very establishment.

  • Anonymous

    For the record: Perry was the first to bring up Obama’s war on religion. He even made an ad about it. The rest of the candidates, once again, are late to the party.

  • http://twitter.com/digitalPimple digitalPimple

    What a cool guy… just a cool guy. Love him.

    I fully support Newt!!! 2012.

  • Anonymous

    how I wish you were still in the race!! GReat speech

  • http://twitter.com/TXRight TXRight

    I love you Rick Perry. The American people lost out on a great POTUS.

  • Anonymous

    What a shame that the voters in Iowa cared more about ethanol subsidies than our country. We would have a frontrunner that can speak like a true conservative and not have to pretend to be one. Governor Perry is a great man. I know woman, a lib, who is moving back to TX and I told her that I wished Rick Perry was our nominee, not Mitt.
    She told me that Rick is a great man and he’s done some wonderful things in TX, but then she told me she adores Obama. At least she can see reality.

    • Anonymous

      And the preachers at country churches rely on those tithes from ethanol as well.

      The entire state is nothing but a sham forcing ethanol down our gas tanks.

      Perry was the ONLY candidate that ethanol was 100% against.

      • Anonymous

        We have to stop with just a few states deciding
        Who our nominee is. Iowa voted for ethanol
        Subsidies! It’s wrong.
        I see some hoping Gov Perry would be VP
        But it would be a step down for him.
        He should run in 2016, when he is not
        Fighting wildfires as governor & suffering
        From recent spinal fusion surgery.

  • Anonymous

    I like and respect Rick Perry very much. I like almost all of his ideas. He touches on many of the key things here and I’m sorry to see him out of the race.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Brother and sister conservatives of the South. We will never have any influence on Presidential Nominations until we have a Binding primary at the beginning of the process. I strongly urge the powers that be, to get our primary moved up, so that we will have the power to select a strong conservative, to set the tone of the primary process. Until this happen we will be stuck with candidates of the YANKEE RINO type. Please Texas move our primary up. If it is not moved, we are doomed to a unaffective candidate.

  • Anonymous

    That was a great speech. I want to move to Texas.

    One thing I am seeing that really helps my confidence is that conservative leaders are speaking with one voice. They each bring their own perspective and state things in their own way, one highlighting this angle, another highlighting another angle, but they are all giving the same message.

    I notice Romney is the only one who has no idea how to speak this way. His dialect betrays him.

    We need a conservative in the White House, no question about it. But we need them as governors of the states too. And mayors of the towns, etc. The more conservatives we have in various positions, the better off we’ll be as a nation and as a people.

    I can see Perry being president one day. Right now I’m glad we have him as governor of Texas. That seems to be the best place for him at this time. With a conservative president like Newt or Santorum and governors like Perry, we can build a strong team.

    Let us pray that each one will find the best place for him or her at this time, where their personalities, skills, and experiences can be used most effectively and will do the most good for the conservative cause.

  • Anonymous

    WOW!! What a speech! That was the best speech I have ever heard given by anyone in politics. I have never been inspired by an candidate until he showed up, he has earned my respect and loyalty forever. It makes me very sad for our country that we lost the only chance to save it by rejecting this great leader.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/BJ-Messick/100002940140846 BJ Messick

    I’m disenfranchised in VA, but I gave my widow’s mite as long as Perry was in the race. He was forced out by establishment big money. Even Bill O’Reilly and cronies dismissed him and would not bring on Arpaio, Luttrell, or Meyer, while bemoaning establishment hacks and their endorsements. Texas has prospered while enduring multiple devastating natural disasters under his leadership while other states floundered. He was the only whole “package” candidate: executive, commander-in-chief/military (heroes Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell and Medal-of-Honor recipient Dakota Meyer endorsed); successful business (no endorsement, but Glenn Beck moved to TX for Perry’s tax and business innovations); endorsed by AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio (immediately attacked by the Obama in-Justice Department) for real immigration experience–I equate his support of migrant children to Angel Tree and Constitutional no attainder of blood; plus faith, family values, and principled toughness needed. He targeted Obama’s war on religion. Reagan said, “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Republicans spotlighted Navy policy prohibiting everyone even ministers visiting wounded warriors from bringing Bibles into Walter Reed Hospital; they rescinded. Texas tort reform is needed nation-wide to bring down medical and premium costs. Perry called out Radical Islam. No one else connects Islam and Jihad principles of al-Taqiyya and hudna to broken promises and treaties particularly with Israel. Al-Taqiyya allows Muslims to lie to infidels (anyone not a Muslim) to achieve permissible or obligatory goals. Hudna is a “tactical truce” that begins when forces are too weak to defeat the enemy, but it’s broken when there’s a shift in the balance of power to allow Muslim victory. Perry forgot a word; Romney forgot his religious principles as MA governor; Gingrich forgot his vows; Santorum forgot Right-to-Work creates more jobs to get union votes; Paul forgot that without Providence isolationism almost cost us WWII; Obama forgets to put America first. I regret I didn’t vote on principle for Perot, because “they” said he couldn’t win. All bets were on Goliath, but God had a better plan. Romney and Gingrich are self-imploding. We should get behind Perry and get him back in the race and give folks the right to vote on principle or at least to write in Perry. I wish I could.
    kymessick