Poor Rick Perry
EDITOR: In his outrage over the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Jay Ambrose is quick to overlook the fact that political retribution has proven to be just as useful a tool for those he would defend (“Assault on Rick Perry is an assault on America,” Saturday).
House Speaker John Boehner’s stated goal of suing President Barack Obama is no less an “attack on our whole system of rights and liberties” than this effort by Texas Democrats to “get” Perry. Indeed, the indictment is probably specious on a legal level and, as such, will be thrown out of court. Still these invocations of politically motivated “fanatical assaults on fundamental principles” are over-dramatizations that serve no purpose but to inflame passions and further polarize the electorate.
Whether it is the absurd attack on Christianity or a nefarious plot to restrict Second Amendment rights, the political landscape is in danger of running out of victims on both sides.
Perry’s “extraordinary accomplishments as governor” could easily be questioned on many levels, but this is the bed that each party has decided to make. And politics being, well, politics, I don’t think this bit of bad press is likely to cause Perry any more embarrassment that his cringe-worthy debate ‘oops’ moment.
Emergency care nearby
EDITOR: The Napa earthquake brought all of us a very important point of order. Our public safety is fragile. The perception that we have free access to the hospital of our choice is incorrect.
During a disaster, the nearest hospital facility may just be too far away, or too impacted, to serve your immediate need.