This is something of a bombshell. Rick Perry is running an ad in Iowa, ironically entitled “Strong”, that very clearly implies that he would reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell as a matter of policy, but according to his campaign, that is not the case at all.
From Huffington Post:
Reached by phone, Ray Sullivan, a spokesman for the Perry campaign, called the internal disagreements and the external criticism over the ad “irrelevant.”
“This ad is about the governor’s faith, the governor’s belief and his campaign, not about any one else,” Sullivan said. “And the ad talks about what Perry views as this administration pushing a liberal agenda in places like the military, while at the same time praying at football games, moments of silence at school and celebrating Christmas in the public arena is frequently verboten and certainly not defended by this administration. The bottom line is that the ad is about Governor Perry’s faith and his belief.”
Sullivan noted that Perry has not formally come out for reinstating Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, should he become president. His decision to criticize the open service of gays in the military, in short, was made from a personal, not a policy, perspective.
This is what happens when politicians treat all of the issues like political silos, any of which can be sacrificed, instead of boldly defending our foundational principles that must never be abandoned, like the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” named in the Declaration of Indepedence as the reasoning the Founders gave for breaking away from tyranny.
We are at a critical time in our country’s history. We can restore America, or we can flip-flop with Rick Perry and others into oblivion. It’s your choice.
Rick Santorum can be counted on to reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but even more than that, Rick Santorum is an honest person who says what he means and means what he says. You can take his word to the bank.