Then there's the broader issue of the 2012 election: What will the future of America look like? Obama has articulated a future of more entitlement spending, higher taxes and slower growth. He assures us that we will all be provided the security we so desperately seek. On foreign policy, Obama has explained that limiting American growth can create greater world equality and less Western imperial overreach, which in turn will allow for mutual respect.
The problem with this vision is that real world experience stands in direct contrast with it. Even as Obama preaches the virtues of the welfare state, Europe is aflame with leeches who riot when they don't get their checks. Even as he exhorts Americans to accept a lesser role on the world stage, the threats of Iran, China and Russia grow ever larger.
Perry's vision is different. He wants an America free from the heavy hand of government -- as he put it in his announcement speech, he will "work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can." He wants to restore pride to the American military, rather than discomfort at fighting wars that their Commander in Chief denies even exists. His philosophy is clear and compelling.
For conservatives to win in 2012, we must give Americans a clear choice. We must present someone with governing experience; we have tried an untested candidate, and he has failed. We must offer-up someone who understands that individuals, not governments, create jobs; we have tried the corporatist approach, and it has failed. We must present someone who believes in a bright future for America, not a quiet descent into mediocrity.
Rick Perry certainly seems to fill those qualifications.