By Ralph Forbes -
Picture the Marlboro Man riding out of the west, healthy, rugged and free . . . until you recall two of the iconic Marlboro men, Wayne McLaren and David McLean, died of lung cancer. Ironically, McLaren testified in favor of anti-smoking legislation, but the phony Madison Avenue icon lives on. But the deadliest Marlboro Man phony ad is the one that portrays politician Rick Perry as a cowboy. The ads are clearly rustling the Reagan brand and marketing it as his own.
Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said the 2007 trip spurred the formation of the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce and “served as a catalyst to the governor’s support of Texas’s divestment from companies that do business with Iran.”
When Perry announced his run for the presidency in South Carolina, he began his speech: “I’m the product of a place called Paint Creek—doesn’t have a zip code.” (Its zip code is 79521.) He invoked images of his rural school, growing cotton and wheat, his mother sewing his clothes when he went off to college, his Boy Scout troop (No. 48) . . . “It’s a great place to grow up. . . .Wonderful people out there.”
Meanwhile, back on the farm, “I never saw him on a tractor in his life,” said one of Perry’s old neighbors, who requested anonymity. “And I never did see him on a horse.”
It’s no crime not to be a farmer—but it does show lack of character to pretend you are one. Wallar Overton, 72, Perry’s old Boy Scout troop leader, the one who awarded him his Eagle Scout badge, said he likely won’t be voting for him.
When Perry’s birthplace was devastated by a flood in 2004, Perry turned his back on Haskell, according to Haskell’s county judge, David C. Davis.
Don Ballard, the superintendent of the county’s school system, concurred with Davis. “It was pretty bad,” he said. “We lost a bunch of homes around the lake. . . .We had a lot of homes damaged,” but Perry didn’t send “any kind of aid.”
via American Free Press