It's time to take a second, closer look at Rick Perry, especially after the speech he delivered July 2, last Thursday, at the National Press Club.
If you want the really (really) short version, here are a few sentences from Yuval Levin at National Review Online:
Perry on Economic Opportunity
Kemberlee Kaye on Legal Insurrection gives a deeper look at that speech, including the opening. I promise you this link is worth your time:
Rick Perry’s unorthodox economic opportunity speech went there
In case you need a prod, here's the opening paragraph of Governor Perry's speech, quoted in full:
“It was 99 years ago on the 15th of May of 1916 at a courthouse in Waco, Texas. There was a mentally disabled 17-year-old boy. His name was Jesse Washington. He was convicted of raping and murdering the wife of his employer. He plead guilty and he was sentenced to death. But Jesse died no ordinary death because he was black.”
So what does Governor Perry have to offer? Doubtless everyone's heard of the Texas Miracle by now, so we won't go there. If you haven't, or if you're uncertain of the specifics, here's Chuck DeVore at The Federalist:
America’s Future: California Or Texas?
Some people like to poke fun at Texas' high school graduation rates. They shouldn't. Here's the excellent blog WILLisms:
America Envies Texas' High School Graduation Rates
Regulation? Great Idea. For Someone Else.
No, I haven't yet decided who I'll vote for in the primaries. But I'm watching.
And a bleg re an old Jack Higgins book
Andrew Roberts of The Daily Beast brings us this treasure from World War II history:
World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together
It's the true story of how American troops and some anti-Nazi German soldiers teamed up to protect French political and military prisoners of war at Schloss Itter in Austria during the tail end of the war in Europe. And I know, I remember, that some decades ago, Jack Higgins wrote a book about a similar battle that fictionally took place at the factual Colditz Strafelager, the "punishment camp" for the "naughty boys," as Paul Brickhill phrased it in The Great Escape.
Does anyone remember the title of that Jack Higgins book? I've gone in circles on Amazon, but can't find it. Help!
Okay. Deep breath. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by. Cheers,