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Detailed research on Rick Perry

Posted: August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm   /   by

The following is not an endorsement of any candidate for president. 

Recently, there has been an all-out assault on Governor Rick Perry. I am not talking about the assault from the left and the media, who are rightfully aware that he is a legitimate candidate who presents a real threat to Obama. The assault is coming, in surprising measure, from some quarters on the right.

Emails and Facebook messages are flying back and forth leveling all sorts of charges about Perry being soft on Islamism, squishy on immigration, in favor of a North American Union, a Bilderberg conspirator, and a closet or even open progressive. One of the characteristics that I have noticed about many of these charges is how lacking they are in solid research. It is not possible to assess the relative merit of such claims when there is no research, or when citations are limited to sources that either have an agenda or lack a measure of credibility.

I have become aware of a site that did an extensive amount of research on these charges. As we are undergoing the process of vetting candidates for the nomination, it is vital that we have the best information possible. So far, this resource appears to provide the most extensive and credible survey of these claims.

The piece begins:

Seventeen (17) things that critics are saying about Rick Perry, Part 1

This is part 1 of a 2-part collection of critical statements made against Governor Rick Perry of Texas. The rather long article was broken into two parts to imporve download time, which has become excessive. 

Since he’s been Governor of Texas for over ten years, folks from the other “56 states” are asking Texans what kind of governor he’s been and what we think. I decided that what I “think” isn’t good enough – I could be wrong. So, I decided to do some research on Perry’s record and form a more accurate, fact-based opinion on his qualifications instead of relying on my general perceptions.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I voted for Perry in each of the three gubernatorial elections since 2002 and I am a conservative and a registered Republican. It was easy for me to vote for Perry since the alternative(s) were either uber-RINOs in the primaries or liberal Democrats in the general elections. Under the circumstances, my choice was always easy.

While researching Perry’s pros and cons, I’ve read every article and blog post that I could find – over several weeks. Many of those posts had 2-300 comments associated with them – I read them all.

After reading literally thousands of comments, it’s become apparent that there are quite a lot of anti-Perry activists out there throwing . . .

The piece is long and will take a while to read, but it is more solid than virtually anything else out there on these subjects right now.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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Detailed research on Rick Perry