It leaves me somewhat dumbfounded in a way, and yet it’s thoroughly normal and predictable. What leaves me dumbfounded is that fact that it is so normal and predictable.
“Where’s Waldo” was one title that occurred to me, but there is no Waldo.
I have a challenge for you. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find one thing that Rick Perry actually said in this ad;
Just one meaningful statement– one example of what he’s done to further some goal or other in the past, one guiding principle, one thing that would suggest what he actually wants to do as president. Anything. I only watched it twice, but I don’t think you can do it. Right now as far as I can tell, this ad is recycled from an old Obama ad. As I said in comments over on Uncle’s blog, it was probably produced by the same people, who did Bush’s and Clinton’s ads.
And yet there are people who really love this ad, and that is the rub. Are we as a society capable of thinking critically anymore, or is it simply over and done for us?
We need to able to watch something like this, looking, probing, asking ourselves; “Where’s the meaning. Where’s the substance? What’s actually being said here? Anything?” It should be automatic – you’re waiting for something to be said.
Now I don’t want to hear about Perry. For all I know he’s the greatest defender of liberty the world has ever seen, but if so he would tell us in his very own words. However, there is nothing here that would tell us one way or the other, and the fact that he can’t actually say something in his own ad already tells me he’s not my man. Don’t defend him. If he were the leader we need, he would never allow an ad like this to be produced in his name. If he comes out tomorrow and tells us it was done against his wishes, and that those responsible for it have been fired, I might change my mind, but not before. When ads like this one are soundly ridiculed in the public arena, by all sides, that’s when I’ll know we’ve made progress, yet we are nowhere near that now.
He did say that the greatest deeds are reserved for future generations, but like all the other statements, that one has no substance. No indication of what he thinks is a great deed, but the strangest part about that statement is that it makes no reference to current generations. What about us? Why can’t we be doing any of the greatest deeds? Why are they reserved for someone else, and who is in charge of reserving deeds these days, and why? Who appointed this new “Deed Tsar”? See; you can go crazy trying to infer meaning where there is none.