Gov. Perry and ‘Government Intrusions’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s re-election campaign just sent out an e-mail touting his speech at the religious right’s “Values Voter Summit” in Washington, D.C., this past weekend. This speech excerpt noted in the e-mail caught our eye:

“It is well past time for us to halt the endless intrusions into our lives, put a stop to the out-of-control spending, and restore our commitment to a shared set of values… I’m talking about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…”

“Halt the endless instrusions into our lives”? Does Gov. Perry mean halting government intrusions into the private lives of gay and lesbian families? Or government intrusions into the private decisions women make about their reproductive health in consultation with their doctors? Or government intrusions into matters of faith?

Somehow we don’t think that’s what the governor meant. It would be nice if he did. Then we would know he truly supports “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all Texans.

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