It’s shocking how quickly Governor Rick Perry has risen in the polls and in the eyes of the public. It’s also shocking that his candidacy follows closely on the heels of a prayer rally said to be free of any political motivation a couple of weeks ago one would never believe that a prayer rally could be defined as a political tactic.
At the Aug. 6 rally called “The Response” bout 30,000 people stood or kneeled in aisles or on the concrete floor as Perry read several passages from the Bible in a 13-minute address. The prayers were offered in Jesus Christ’s name, and the many musical performers sang Christian themes of repentance and salvation. Perry said that people of any faith could attend.
It’s interesting that Perry tried to avoid partisan remarks during the rally. In fact, he made no political remarks during his speech. Despite his caution, there is one variable that he has missed.
One would expect Perry to use such an event to talk about his own strategies for solving America’s problems. Yes, Perry claims the rally wasn’t meant to be political, but then praying for improvement in the economy seems very politically inspired.
Less than a week after the rally, Perry announced his campaign for presidency. If that wasn’t convenient enough, Perry has also over-taken Mitt Romney’s position in the Republican primary polls. Is there possibly a link between Perry’s apolitical rally and America’s current attitude toward religion and politics?
Still, Perry has yet to talk about his plans for presidency. He has only mentioned that President Obama’s path is one he does not want to travel which doesn’t differentiate him much from other contenders like Newt Gingrich or Michele Bachman who continue to run on similar tickets.
Should Perry claim divine inspiration for cutting billions of dollars in education? Texas Tech has already voted to increase their tuition by 5.9 percent. These are events that Americans must observe closely challenge politicians as the primaries approach and not fall for religious theatrics.
Perry may tout a strong record of leadership in Texas (which is quite arguable) but in these difficult times, the American public is looking for more than just faith in leadership. They are also looking for results.