Rick Perry: the announcement “We are not subjects of the government”

The video about 5 min. long but it’s well worth a watch. He says all the things conservatives long to hear with some notable quotes. But the message is simple. Change begins with us and the message we need to send to Washington said government emanates from us, we are not subjects of the government.

I’ve included the video and also a transcript.




It is time to get America working again. And that’s why, with the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today as a candidate for President of the United States.

It’s time for America to believe again. It’s time to believe that the promise of our future is far greater than even our best days behind us. It’s time to believe again in the potential of private enterprise, set free from the shackles of overbearing federal government. And it’s time to truly restore our standing in the world, and renew our faith in freedom as the best hope for peace in this world that’s beset with strife.

The change we seek will never emanate out of Washington, D.C. It will come from the windswept prairies of Middle America, the farms and factories across this great land, from the hearts and minds of the goodhearted Americans who will accept not a future that is less than our past, patriots – patriots who will not be consigned to a fate of less freedom in exchange for more government.

We do not have to accept our current circumstances. We will change them. We are Americans.

That’s what we do.  We roll up our sleeves. We go to work. We fix things.

We stand up and proudly proclaim that Washington is not our caretaker and we reject the state that, in Margaret Thatcher’s words, she said a state that takes too much from us in order to do too much for us.  We will not stand for that any longer.We’re dismayed at the injustice that nearly half of all Americans don’t even pay any income tax.

And you know the liberals out there are saying that we need to pay more. We are indignant about leaders who do not listen and spend money faster than they can print it.

In America, the people are not subjects of government. The government is subject to the people. And it is up to us, to this present generation of Americans, to take a stand for freedom, to send a message to Washington that we’re taking our future back from the grips of central planners who would control our healthcare, who would spend our treasure, who downgrade our future and micro-manage our lives.

It is time to limit and simplify the taxes in this country. We have to quit spending money we don’t have. We need to get our fiscal house in order and restore our good credit. And we will repeal this President’s misguided, one-size-fits-all government healthcare plan immediately

41 replies
  1. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    Finally…someone said “repeal” in relation to Obamacare.? Perry is also smart to lay it at Obama’s feet where it belongs.? I like his message…and his Texas accent is music to my ears.? Wouldn’t it irritate the left to no end if we elected another Texas gov?? hahahahaaaaaa

    • Clarity
      Clarity says:

      Jim, As someone like you, who refers to?themselves as a Libertarian,I was quite surprised when I heard you?praising Rick Perry on your show.You were right about?ONE thing in your article.”Rick Perry has?SAID all the things Conservatives want to hear.” The problem with that statement is, we’ve heard it ALL before.We’ve all wised up to the lies told by both political machines and controlled media.Being a Liberty loving person yourself, I would think you would have recognized Ron Paul has not only SAID all the right things,but he’s DONE all the right things for many years! His record speaks for itself.That’s why the media and Big Gov’t. fear him.He stands on his principles and can’t be bought.Oh, and as far as our little debate concerning Israel today. In 1981, being threatened by Iraq,?Israel blew up a nuclear reactor of theirs .Ron Paul?DEFENDED their right to protect their country,while most of our politicians condemned them.He believes in abolishing foreign aid because in his words,”money for foreign aid is taken from the poor in a rich nation,and given to the rich in a poor nation.”Again, he hits it right on the head! As far as the media labeling him a radical.Well then,the media would have to proclaim that…

      • Clarity
        Clarity says:

        well than the media would have to proclaim that Washington,Jefferson and Madison were also radicals.Since Our Constitution was authored by them, then wouldn’t the VERY LIBERTY you proclaim to love, be considered a radical view???A true Libertarian supporting Rick Perry, is like an Abolishonist supporting the Jim Crowe Laws.

  2. TomL
    TomL says:

    I’m trying to figure out what the civil war has to do about it.? I forgot its crystal and lefty talking points. Never mind no thought process there.

    • winnie888
      winnie888 says:

      Here ya go, TomL…seeing as Crystal4 never provides links for her daily democrat memo talking points, I jfgi’d it:
      “”Over the years, Perry has made several statements that seem to advocate that Texas should secede from the union again,” said McIntosh, director of a Democrat-aligned group called SC Forward Progress, which is aimed at countering “right wing extremism.” McIntosh said Perry’s advocacy of states’ rights was used as a “battle cry for original secession advocates in the 1860s and then again by those opposing the civil rights movement in the 1960’s.”” (from the Texas Tribune)
      Democrats think that advocacy of states’ rights is bad & evil because it takes power away from the federal government.? Boo frickety hoo.

      • winnie888
        winnie888 says:

        If you weren’t referring to the accusations that Perry wants to secede from the union, then what in God’s name were you talking about crystal?? As for news source, I believe I always give one & the above snippet is from Texas Tribune.

    • Lynn
      Lynn says:

      Crystal, Conservatives are bombarded with Liberal “news” everywhere, gym, homepage, most all newspapers, airports. You have to hunt out Conservative news. I would take you more seriously if I ever heard you talk off point

  3. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    At least I agree w/ one thing Rick Perry said: “It is time to limit and simplify the taxes in this country”. Unfortunately he will have to duke it out? w/ Eric Cantor on this issue.

  4. hank_reardon
    hank_reardon says:

    JUDGE A POLITICIAN ON HIS RECORD AND HOW HE/SHE HAS GOVERNED NOT ON THEIR EMPTY WORDS!? A man who would take your land and liberty is NOT a conservative!? Rick Perry has tried to do both in Texas.? He proposed and backed the Texas Trans Corridor project, which was defeated after tons of protest from Texans.??And get this, Mr. Perry did not attend a single hearing from all the outraged citizens who would have been displaced.?? The?Spanish company Cintra was supposed to?do the work and would have owned the lease on the road.? US taxpayers are on the hook for a 430 million dollar loan given to Cintra who is about to default.

    Gardasil.? In 2007 Perry bypassed Texas legislature and signed an executive order mandating that 11- and 12-year-old girls in Texas be given the vaccine Gardasil.?? Thankfully?TX legislature overruled him down the road.? But Gardasil is?a vaccine?to prevent cervical cancer.? ?There are many risks associated and?in 2007 this drug was hardly even tested.? He has several campaign ties to Merck.? As well, his former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck…

    • hank_reardon
      hank_reardon says:

      Heck this guy racks up debt faster than the Feds do.? From the Star Telegram 7/11/11…”Since 2001, the debt load in conservative Texas has grown faster than the federal debt. Texas has been borrowing more than most other states, too. And local entities, from cities to school districts to transit authorities, have been piling up even more debt. From 2001 to 2010, state debt alone grew from $13.4 billion to $37.8 billion, according to the Texas Bond Review Board. That’s an increase of 281 percent. Over the same time, the national debt rose almost 234 percent, with two wars, two tax cuts and stimulus spending.

      • hank_reardon
        hank_reardon says:

        @ Tom L – the TX budget infor came from the WSJ.? Much of what I found on the Texas Trans Corridor project (NAFTA Superhighway)?and the Gardasil scare came from archived local TX newspapers such as the Fort Worth Star Telegram.? I didn’t even have to go to the Austin newspapers which lean a bit left apparently.? His stance on immigration is all over the internet.? There was a blog posted recently posted by Former Congressman Ken Tancredo that cited all of Perry’s policies and hypocrisies on the matter.??Perry did an about face on the issue less than a year ago when he knew he would run for higher office.

  5. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    Great stuff – if this is what he truly believes!

    Do you think Pawlenty dropped out so that he can be Perry’s running mate?

  6. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Hank, my “professor” who lives in Texas doesn’t speak well of Perry. Maybe this is the reason, Thanks

  7. hank_reardon
    hank_reardon says:

    I am a conservative.? Governor Perry is not, he just likes to talk like one.? Trying to use eminent domain to seize land for super highways with the lease sold to foreign entities, piling on debt, talking about?how the federal gov needs to back off yet balancing?his budget with stimulus money, he tends to favor the flow of illegals into Tx (even passed legislation in 2010 that gives illegals discounted rates at TX state universities), the whole Gardasil fiasco.? This guy is trouble…BIG TIME!? You have been warned.? He will be very hard to beat.? There is a reason he is the only Republican who can raise funds like Obama.? And let me tell you there is nothing grassroots about it.? Tea Party don’t be hoodwinked!!!!!!

    • Texas-ex1977
      Texas-ex1977 says:

      You are absolutely correct about the negatives that you report about Gov. Perry. As one who frequently visits family and friends in the Lone Star State, I will tell you that it was refreshing to wander around in public and hear people actually praise their governor.

      They cannot believe all of the things that I tell ’em about Danny Boy Malloy’s policies!

      At any rate, many Perry enthusiasts have told me that they do expect him to have trouble on the national scene for the very reasons that you cite. The Texas treasury is having its problems, which are not being touted too loudly on a national basis as yet.
      Not to worry, with Dan Rather and his son residing in Austin, the Liberal view of Gov. Perry will be splashed all over the media. He is a career politician who has held elected office for over a quarter of a century, so there should be some cow chips flying at any moment.

      Personally, I do not think Perry will be elected because it is waaaaaaaay too soon after his predecessor in the Governor’s mansion has left the White House.? The rest of the country is NOT ready for another President straight out of Austin.
      He definitely would be an improvement over the current occupant of the White House!
      Just to make you grin…

      • Texas-ex1977
        Texas-ex1977 says:

        Went to Jerry Jeff Walker concert on Saturday. Jerry Jeff blurted out, “Rick Perry is gay!” The? audience comprised of mostly Texas transplants, had a good laugh. Jerry Jeff then said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if it were true?”
        Have to wonder…how long until some brainiac comes out with THAT one?

  8. johnboy111
    johnboy111 says:

    Texas-ex1977??? was a huge fan of Jerry Jeff for many years until in his news letter he stated he was one of the last liberals in Texas..Just shut up and play your music??Sherill Crow and one piece of toilet paper per wipe to save the world…..

  9. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    Thanks for shedding light on Mr. Perry.
    Just more proof? that neither party is truly working for us Americans.
    The T.E.A. party must convince the Electoral college to recognize it officially.
    Otherwise they will win the popular vote and have it usurped by one party or the other? in the end.

  10. William
    William says:

    I’m off topic, but only slightly.
    As full of? libertarians as this blog usually is I am surprised no one picked up on careful word choice. He said we are not subject to the government but it would appear that the 14th amendment would disagree:
    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws
    And that’s how corporation persons got as many rights as real people.
    I’d like to know if he was alluding to sovereign citizenship? I know it’s a lot more common out west, but no matter how pro small government any (R) says they are they definitely don’t want that? kind of complete rejection of government largess.

    • Plainvillian
      Plainvillian says:

      Subject to jurisdiction is not the same as subject of a sovereign, as is a serf.? The sovereign citizenship concept is rarely entertained here in Corrupticut.

    • just sayin
      just sayin says:

      I got your point, so I read what he said, again. ?Actually, these are the words he used, “In America, the people are not subjects of the government…” – not -?”…subject?to the government” ?as you note. ?The difference between the words “subjects of” and “subject to” create different meanings. ?I think it would be right to question what he was meaning if he actually did say (the people) “…are not subject to the government.”

  11. rickyrock
    rickyrock says:

    Thanks Crystal for your insight.Perry talks a good game but doesn’t play that way. After taking 7 billion in stimulus from the federal government …this guy is another hypocrite joker.

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