Republican Rick Perry has requested assistance from the Federal government. An unbelievable statement given the fact that Perry has gone to great lengths to secede from the Union he now wishes to have come to his aid.
The deteriorating situation along the Texas-Mexico border has caused Rick Perry to emerge from his primary cocoon of extreme, Tea Party anti-government rhetoric to beg for help. The problem is that Perry doesn't understand the consequences of his political rhetoric.
It may have been politically popular to spend a year tearing down the Federal government and framing his primary opponent as representative of everything that is wrong with Washington D.C., but now the very people he needs to help him lobby in Washington for border assistance, both Republican and Democrat, are likely to be the very one's who gently remind him that his political rhetoric didn't help his cause. For an entire year Rick Perry ignored the cartel action along the border and instead concentrated on moving so far to the Right in his primary campaign that he makes Rush Limbaugh blush.
Career politicians like Rick Perry have never learned that political rhetoric has far-reaching consequences. He just simply fires off at the mouth when he believes it makes him look like the swaggering cowboy that a cheerleader could never be:
- Rick Perry hates the Federal government until he needs $14 billion in Federal stimulus dollars to balance the Texas budget.
- Rick Perry hates the Federal government until he needs their transportation dollars to meld pieces of his defunct Trans-Texas Corridor project together.
- Rick Perry hates the Federal government until his primary campaign is over and he just now discovers that he has a cartel problem along the border between Mexico and Texas.
The essence of leadership is putting aside self-interests to simply step forward, exercise political will, and do what is right for Texas and not for the campaign at hand. Perry's anti-government, extremist political rhetoric has burned more bridges to Washington D.C. than Texas can afford. As Rick Perry calls Washington for help, here is hoping his two Republican senators and majority Republican congressional delegation, which didn't support his primary campaign, are there to answer what he now begs for.