Rick Perry Essay

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Rick Perry

In Section 1 of Article II of the United States Constitution, it is stated that the president is allowed to serve four years before the election process is once again re-initiated. Accordingly, every four years, new presidential candidates pop up in hopes of becoming the next President of the United States. 2012 is such a year, and one of the candidates was Rick Perry.

It is interesting to note that when Rick Perry first entered the political scene, becoming elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1984, his party affiliation was as a Democrat. It was only in 1989 that Rick Perry announced he was switching parties and became a Republican. In 1990, after serving six years (three terms) on the Texas Legislature, he decided to challenge Jim Hightower for the position of Agriculture Commissioner. Just barely defeating Hightower, he went on to serve two terms in this position before he decided to run for Lieutenant Governor, the second most powerful post in Texas government, in 1998. Beating his opponents with 50.04% of the vote, Rick Perry took office in 1999. In December 2000, he assumed the governorship of Texas as the governor at the time, George W. Bush became president that year. In 2002, he managed to be elected to the post on his own accord and followed up that feat in 2006 and 2010.

As the 47th governor of Texas, he has and continues to put into motion many new acts and laws that have created a more prosperous Texas. A more prosperous Texas includes the creation of more jobs, a fair legal system, and more adept schools as well as low taxes for citizens and accordingly, low state government spending. These tough economic practices have also been proven through national statistics. According to many sources, among them Forbes magazine and CNBC, since 2000, Texas has been at the forefront for the creation of jobs and consequently, consistently been ranked as the best state to do business in the nation.
The core issue of Rick Perry’s campaign seemed to be the 10th amendment of the Constitution which has also been particularly emphasized in his actions as governor. The 10th amendment states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” In other words, powers that have not been given to the federal system by the Constitution are powers of the people and the states.

Rick Perry believes that states’ rights should have more precedence in our government and that the time has come for the states to reassert and reclaim those rights from the federal government. His view is that if the 10th amendment is not brought to the forefront of policies in Washington, the federal government will continue to deepen the deficit, policies will be more and more intrusive of state governments, and personal liberties will be lost. Additionally, in a speech he made on April 12th, 2011 in Dallas, Rick Perry stressed,...

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