Rick Perry Boldly Lays it Out for Obama in CPAC Speech: Border Security IS National Security

Rick Perry Boldly Lays it Out for Obama in CPAC Speech: Border Security IS National Security

When it comes to bold political talk, former Texas Governor Rick Perry is among the best. BizPac Review recounts Perry’s speech at CPAC this week and notes that America might very well be ready for an executive in the White House again, not a lawmaker.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday to tackle a subject that has been the source of increasing alarm in the United States — national security.

He warned of the rising danger that Islamic State terrorists are posing worldwide — a peril President Obama seems almost oblivious to. Perry started out by refuting the claim the president makes repeatedly: That the militants bear no allegiance to Islam.

“They are a religious movement that seeks to take the world back to the 7th century,” Perry said. “Their aims are apocalyptic.”

The former governor then referred to other Obama claims bearing little relation to reality.

“The president declared in the State of the Union that the advance of ISIS has been stopped, and that is simply not true,” Perry said. “We didn’t start this war, nor did we choose it, but we will have the will to finish it.”

Perry addressed the country’s crumbling reputation among nations — both friend and foe — a result of six years of Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy.

“Our allies doubt us, and our adversaries are all too willing to test us,” he said. “No one should be surprised that dictators like [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad [would] cross the president’s red line because he knows the president won’t even defend the line that separates our nation from Mexico.”

When Obama declined Perry’s invitation to see first-hand the escalating influx of illegal aliens through the U.S,-Mexican border, Perry sent Texas National Guard troops to patrol the border’s hot spots.

“And that’s exactly why last summer I told the president, looked him right in the eye and I said, ‘If you will not secure the border between Texas and Mexico, Texas will,’” he said.

Perry also addressed the nation’s unemployment rate, which he called “a sham,” but still saw hope for the future.

“We’ve survived worse,” he said. “We had a Civil War in this country. We had two world wars. We had a Great Depression. We even survived Jimmy Carter. We will survive the Obama years, too.”

Perhaps what Americans need, more than anything, is a leader who is willing to roll up his sleeves and get to work. Eight years of bad decisions have only been compounded by Republican meekness.

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