Texas Gov Gets National Roll-out

George W. Bush's successor in Texas is getting a national rollout, as Governor Rick Perry will take over the Republican Governors Association. Perry, who is plugging a new book, espouses a small government, states rights philosophy that is heartwarming to hear.

We are fed up with being overtaxed and overregulated,” Perry writes. “We are tired of being told how much salt we can put on our food, what windows we can buy for our house, what kinds of cars we can drive, what kinds of guns we can own, what kinds of prayers we are allowed to say and where we can say them, what political speech we are allowed to use to elect candidates, what kind of energy we can use, what kind of food we can grow, what doctor we can see, and countless other restrictions on our right to live as we see fit.”

He calls Congress “arguably one of the most incompetent regimes with one of the worst track records of mismanagement in the history of mankind” and says the Supreme Court “long ago wrested away from the people the power to decide what is right and what is wrong and at the most fundamental level how we should live our lives.”

He blames Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society for growing the federal government and laments that the election in 2000 of a Republican President and congressional majority did nothing to stem the tide of big government.

He offers a word of warning to the Republican Party: “If Republicans don’t get it right this time, I am afraid we will go the way of the Whigs, because the American people are looking for leaders who will stand athwart history and fight.”

Give us more pols who think like that.