Cortney O'Brien

“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.”

Governor Rick Perry took the words out of Thomas Jefferson’s mouth to rally the CPAC 2014 crowd to save America from the liberal policies that are leading our nation away from the freedom it’s supposed to represent. After he declared he was “proud to be standing in the presence of American patriots,” the governor of Texas wasted no time in describing just how that would look.

Perry laid out two futures for America: One in which the state plays a large role in the lives of its citizens, and another in which the freedom of the individual comes first.

He pointed to New York and Texas as his poor and prime examples. In the former, where “regulations are larger than a 30 oz. Big Gulp,” according to Perry, Big Government is stifling freedom with high taxes, unfair regulations and an ever increasing nanny state.

In Red states like Texas, however, Perry beamed that spending was under control, taxes are some of the lowest in the nation and the state is home to almost 30 percent of the nation’s jobs.

The Texas Way is what Perry suggests freedom-loving Americans need for “a little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas,” insisting the red state strategy needs to be employed on a national level. He then named a number of institutions in which the government needs to “get out!”

“Get out of the education system, get out of health care!”

The audience responded with a standing ovation and Perry ended with a final proposal.

“The future of America is based on state vision that wins out […] We don’t need to change history. We just need to change the presidency.”

Time will tell who Perry has in mind to fill that role.

In the meantime, it looks like his laissez-faire government strategy is doing its job in Texas.


Cortney O'Brien

Cortney O'Brien is a Townhall web editor. Follow her on Twitter @obrienc2.

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