A Response to Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ Campaign Ad December 8, 2011

A Response to Rick Perry’s ‘Strong’ Campaign Ad

By now, you’ve probably seen Rick Perry‘s new campaign video:

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

As President, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.

Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.

I’m Rick Perry and I approve this message.

I’d like to propose an alternative ad:

***Update***: There’s one more hilarious Perry parody (Perry-dy?) here:

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  • Anonymous

    I see this as a desperate attempt to court religious right voters. Sure, some people will think Perry is speaking the truth but a sizable majority of Americans wanted Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal.
    As far as kids not being able to celebrate christmas openly or not being allowed to pray, that’s a flat out lie.
    Back when I somewhat believe in a god and prayed, I would bring my bible to school and pray before tests. The only time I was told to put my bible up is before we had a test or when we were supposed to be focusing on our assigned task.
    If anything, non-Christian students are the ones who cannot openly talk about their faith or lack of faith.

  • John Small Berries

    And, via Reddit, a more humorous take.

  • SpursFan
  • Did he film that at N*-Head Ranch?

  • KMR

    I’ve been reading you for awhile but have never commented (I still identify as Christian).  However, this cartoon just made my day and I wanted to say thanks 😀

  • Leilan

    No wonder the rest of the world thinks the US is full of religious zealots. Great comic!

  • Rich Wilson

    There’s a picture making the rounds showing that Perry is wearing the exact same jacket as one of the guys in Brokeback Mountain. http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/12/rick-perry-brokeback-mountain.html

    Something that struck me was his use of ‘admit’ to being a Christian.  Shouldn’t one ‘profess’ to be being Christian?  I don’t ‘admit’ to being an atheist.  I just say it when I think it’s appropriate.

  • Anonymous

    I was just going to comment on this irony.  Love it.

  • Bob

    Goshdarnit, we want the right to pray AND discriminate! /snark

  • T-Rex

    Keep talkin’ Rick! Every time you open your mouth you confirm your ignorance and stupidity.

  • BornA

    I think I just threw up in my mouth and then swallowed it again.

  • Bruce_wright

     That’s a Carhartt jacket.  It’s practically the cliche of “everyday working man”.  Even John Kerry wore one when he was out stumping to be the president, as does Sarah Palin.  It’s like a flag-lapel pin… part of the standard “I’m a politician” uniform.


  • Elan Gabrielle

    Oh my gosh! So great. Sharing this. Thanks.

  • Achess

    Hilarious !

  • MDSD

    The Perry video has 3,954 likes, and 183,194 dislikes on youtube …

  • Elan Gabrielle

    You are so right! In my high school they had all sorts of christian clubs, who prayed in front of the school in the morning. They had christmas trees out in December,yet refused to put up menorahs. The school play was godspell and they took us out of class to watch it. I joined chorus only to find out the songs we were to sing were all about praising god and jesus. (This was a public school mind you.) When I refused to stand for the pledge they threatened me. When i didn’t want to sing religious songs they told me I wouldn’t graduate unless I sang them and when my parents fought that and they let me sit out one song the chorus teacher harassed me and encouraged students to harass me about it for the rest of the year. When I tried to fight back with an Atheist group the school told me no group could form without a teacher heading it and no teacher was willing. It was awful being descriminated against for my religion my whole life, but if I say school shouldn’t be able to force prayer on students than I’M the bad guy who is waging “war on religion”. Are you kidding me?

  • The Carhartt jackets are to the rural culture what pea coats are to…um…the rest of everyone.

    That said, I am SO GLAD there is someone out there who automatically associates the jackets with “one of the guys in Brokeback Mountain”, rather than the immediate and sort of disappointing cultural context that I have. 🙂

  • I used to read Cectic.  Yay webcomic artists!

  • My name is Rudis Muiznieks and I endorse this comment.

  • Trace

    Ah…the sweet smell of desperation.

  • Garren openID

    Parody is a very appropriate response to the ad, but I went ahead and put together a serious response explaining what’s wrong with Perry’s statements. 


    (Hopefully, it’s not inappropriate to link my own article.)

  • No

    Flag the video as inappropriate under “hateful or abusive content”.

  • Anonymous

    “Strong” as in “Odious”?

  • Ben Tegland said it briefly and to the point in his post “Rick Perry is a Dumbass”


  • Anonymous

    “but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”How many tines do we have to explain it to these morons? No one says a kid can’t pray in school, provided it is in their own spare time and disrupts no one they can sit around and pray all the time. Schools can’t force kids to pray. These dipshits need to get with reality.

  • Erm, I have that same jacket, as do all of the guys in our utility department. Best jacket on the market for those of us who tend to work outdoors in crappy weather. 

    I know idiots like him make it hard to believe, but we’re not all redneck thumper morons in Texas. 

  • Anonymous
  • What brand is it? It looks pretty cool

  • Dan W

    I love how Rick Perry’s ad has a massive number of dislikes compared to likes.

  • Dan W

    I love how Rick Perry’s ad has a massive number of dislikes compared to likes.

  • Mairianna

    It’s like a flag-lapel pin… part of the standard “I’m a politician” uniform.   And it says “I’m a working stiff, just like you….not a millionaire with extra dough to piss away in a campaign.”   :^))

  • Sware

    I’m sure the term LOL is thoroughly abused but that parody still has me giggling to myself.  To hear people referred to as a bunch of “god fearing vagina penetrators” has got to be the most hysterical thing I’ve heard lately.  Love love love that parody!!!

  • Kathy Strawn

    Has over 300,000 dislikes one day later!

  • Rich Wilson

    And is in contention for the most disliked video ever.  At least he seems to have the greatest dislikes per view, by far, of any youtube video.

  • Lord Byron

    I think Mrs. Betty Bowers America’s Best Christian™ did it the best


  • Anonymous

    What is “Obama’s war against religion”?  I wish he gave some examples of this alleged war.

  • Is this the best Perry can do in his futile attempt to be POTUS?
    Of all the issues out there this moron picks Gays in the military to get the Christian Right onside.
    Check out Bill Hicks on this topic. 

  • Perry’s “brave admission” is part and parcel of playing the persecution card. We know that wealthy white male Christians are a much maligned segment of the American population – it’s good to finally see someone sticking up the little guy!

    Perry’s ilk has more in common with the Sadducees and Pharisees than they do Christians from the time of Jesus. Perry is a liar and a bigot. 

  • Lfv_alta3

    im tired of gay people. its a damn shame how much power gay people have. i was for the strong campaign. now a days anything good is bad and everything bad is good. most people cant tell them apart. look it how many people are for gay people. it your against it, your a bad guy. look at rick perry droping out for this very reason. its ok, this country is falling apart, God left this country, he no longer has our backs, a country once trusted in God, it was part of our heritage and now people are cursed if they even mention GOD. the end days are near, and all the gays and people for it will burn in hell.

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