By York Van Nixon III
If one is lucky enough to say something worth repeating, perhaps the quote will make into print and survive the author. In late 17th century France essayist François De La Rochefoucauld probably said during a salon hosted by Madeleine de Souvré, “The only good copies are those which make us see the absurdity of bad originals.” Those words of wisdom live on in Monsieur De La Rochefoucauld’s Maximes.
Being presidential hopeful Rick Perry majored in Animal Science (he got a D in veterinary anatomy) at Texas A & M, chances of him being familiar with that quote are far-fetched, considering he also earned a D in Shakespeare. Trying to imagine Perry pronouncing “De La Rochefoucauld” with his west Texas accent defies gravity. Imitating Donald Trump affronts common sense. But one could envision Rick Perry playing Hamlet when he says, “O God, I could be bounded in a nut shell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.”
In the remote chance one of Perry’s campaign workers reads this article, maybe he or she will suggest Gov. Perry rethink his recent imitation of Donald Trump. The ‘billionaire” real estate mogul is one of a kind. His “birther” comments elevated him to a level of buffoonery not witnessed since Vice President Dan Quayle unwittingly spelled p-o-t-a-t-o-e (sic) for a class of six graders. Considering Mr. Trump’s trade mark pompadour (bad comb over), one might wonder if The Wharton School of business offered French Literature as an elective. Probably not. Then again, one can speculate most MBAs in “The Donald’s” graduating class are familiar with the French term “laissez faire.” According to Donald Trump yesterday, government regulation is the bane of business.
When Rick Perry went to the mountain last week to kiss some undisclosed part of Donald Trump, he apparently left with his playbook for garnering media attention. Since then Mr. Perry has morphed from one with less elocution than George W. Bush into a smooth-talking carnival barker of utter nonsense.
When Perry was asked last week about President Obama’s citizenship, the Texas governor gave a shake of his head as if he had doubts.
Yesterday when asked the same question by Adam Smith of the St. Petersburg Times, Mr. Perry said, “I have no doubt about it. But here’s the more interesting thing. Let’s lay out our income taxes. Let’s lay our college transcripts. Mine’s been on the front page of the paper. So if we’re going to lay out all these things, let’s lay them all out.”
Considering Donald Trump became the idiot of the week after Mr. Obama published another copy of his birth certificate, one has to wonder whether Trump is setting him up, or is Perry just too busy shooting varmints at his hunting lodge to keep up with current events. The White House posted a copy of Obama’s birth certificate with his financial disclosures earlier this year.
Mr. Perry admitted he was a marginal student. A transcript published months ago proved his scholarship then or lack thereof. Comparing his GPA to the former editor of the Harvard Law Review will endear him only to watchers of Fox News.
Here is another word for Rick Perry to stumble over in the next GOP presidential debate – Kakistocracy. It is a hypothetical government run by the least qualified.
During the last Bush Administration, American Exceptionalism became a race to the bottom. Let us hope GOP voters have grown weary looking down for their leaders.
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