Rick Perry on TPP and My Not-So-Secret Thoughts About Breitbart Big Government

Rick Perry on TPP and My Not-So-Secret Thoughts About Breitbart Big Government

May 13, 2015

From what I can tell, the original story that planted the idea that Rick Perry stood in support of the TPP (more formally known as the Trans Pacific Partnership) was a May 7, 2015 article from Brietbart which claimed that (quote unquote)

“Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry came out in favor of President Barack Obama’s secret trade deal on Thursday”.

That same Breitbart article went on to give the source for their declaration of Rick Perry’s stand on the Trans Pacific Partnership.

This excerpt follows the above excerpt in that same Breitbart article:

“Through Gov. Perry’s leadership, Texas has been the largest exporting state in the country for the past 13 years in a row,” Perry spokesman Travis Considine said in emailed statement. “Gov. Perry has always supported free trade and its positive impact on economic growth and job creation. He believes America can achieve robust economic growth and job creation, similar to what has occurred in Texas, with trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership.”

You can see the entire article on Breitbart’s Big Government website here:


First off, it appears to me the Breitbart article is showing a parsing of words aimed to misrepresent its readers by using Governor Perry’s support of free trade and the development of trade agreements by countries and states as a (huge) stepping stone to create its own wished-for political weapon.  If one were to accept the absence of credibility in making a connection between a fiscally and economically conservative platform and a slobbering love affair with a progressive Democrat administration, a trusting reader might just believe this conservative governor from the State of Texas might fall all over and backwards too for Barack Obama’s plans and policies.

If a reader were to consider the non-nonsensical and suspicious fallacy of that connection, they might just scratch their head and begin to wonder if they can still trust the source that just made such a bad move.

By portending the phrase “like the Trans Pacific Partnership” to mean Governor Perry supports the exact deal coming out of the White House Administration and any secretive agreements by Barack Obama… or any agreements at all by unknown individuals still yet to come…  Breitbart’s Big Government website seems to have gone just a little too far out of the land of reasonable deductions and into the land of Disney’s Magical Kingdom of Fantasy.

Of course, Governor Perry supports the idea of free trade.  A socialist who wants America’s growth and economy to die may come out in opposition of a our nation or its states having the freedom to engage in trade considerations and agreements.

Governor Rick Perry, at least as far as any and all appearances, is not one who is on board with a lack of freedom and opportunities for economic growth nor has he ever indicated he likes the idea that this current president, a president who has tremendously slowed economic growth in this nation, could do whatever he wanted.

Instead, Governor Rick Perry has been a major part of the economic growth in his own state’s economy, working with other states and countries on trade arrangements.  Furthermore, he has spoken with other states and countries about the benefits they can reap too if they would open themselves to conservative economic practices that work.  It would make much more sense to assume Rick Perry stands for economic growth and development overall than it does to even remotely believe Rick Perry supports secretive deals and arrangements solely determined by Barack Obama.

OK Big B, you can make the assumption Rick Perry supports the development of economic trade around this country and around the world.

Does that mean Governor Rick Perry supports a bill that had, at the time of your publication, not even been produced for full viewing as yet? Of course not.

Does that mean Governor Perry was already taking a stand of support for an entire depository collection of policies in a bill that might obscure the nation’s or state’s rights in favor of potential federal executive overreach? Anyone who knows Rick Perry would tell you that was just a silly and gross misstatement.

Does that mean Rick Perry would accept the current compilation of deals and policies specific to the current idea known as Barack Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership, otherwise known as TPP. also otherwise known as Barack Obama’s secret trade deals?

Of course not, and to make such a blatantly ludicrous connection is totally misleading at best and deceptive and deceitful at worst.

Now the Breitbart article mentions “an email” by Perry spokesperson Travis Considine as its journalist source for their claim that Rick Perry supports the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Breitbart never offered a copy of that email along with its claim, and I can not find anything in public records, documents, or news clippings displaying evidence which would indicate Rick Perry supports the Trans Pacific Partnership in its current form.

Oh that’s right… Breitbart says Governor Perry’s spokesman sent an email that confirms Governor Perry supports TRADE.

In Breitbart’s defense, Governor Perry’s spokesman did indeed appear to list the Trans Pacific Partnership as a trade agreement idea among the many free trade ideas throughout America’s history though.

The problem here is that Breitbart did not conclude that Governor Perry is a proponent of trade and the magnificent, very-American ability of the United States or a U.S. state to participate in business that, if deemed worthy of America’s vote, could help build a nation’s or state’s economy.

No indeed. Breitbart goes further by jumping all the way to a false representation that Governor Rick Perry is all out for Barack Obama and/or any secretive plans Barack Obama has somehow made in … well.. secret.

Again, to quote the Breitbart publication:

Brietbart said on May 7, 2015:

” Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry came out in favor of President Barack Obama’s secret trade deal on Thursday”.

OK, Big B,  your report on May 7, the date the Breitbart  Big Government website claims Rick Perry came out in support of “Obama’s secret deal”, I found the op-ed Rick Perry himself had written explaining why he could no long support the Export Import Bank of The United States (sometimes seen written as the Ex-Im Bank), Perry’s recent change due to growing corruption in the bank and Governor Perry’s principled belief that funds should not go to entities displaying a corrupt or deceitful nature.

I did also discover that during a speech in Japan on September 8, 2014, Rick Perry encouraged trade and the benefits of the conservative values that drive free trade.

Here is some of what Governor Perry said that day in 2014:

“We’re open to the world. People like what they see in Texas and that includes quite a few men and women from Japan who are doing business in our state,” Gov. Perry said. “Our economy in Texas is thriving because of our open and optimistic attitude and because we’ve implemented conservative policies that have allowed the private sector to grow and create jobs.”

Governor Perry also goes on to say he supports continued efforts on a Trans Pacific Partnership agreement which would permit economies to interact with one another.

An excerpt from that same article says:

Gov. Perry also used the speech to call for continued work toward agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

End of excerpt.

See that conversation here:


Gasp that Rick Perry mentioned the trade policy of which the United States was trying to write and formulate at that time.

Oh double gasp that economies following the conservative principles of free trade and economic growth should be willing to try to find ways to cooperate so that each prosper.

Again, it would seem safe to assume Governor Perry supports conservative principles of free trade. I believe we could also probably safely assume Rick Perry would support the freedom of individual nations and individual states seeking their own ways to be involved in economic arrangements that would benefit their own economic situations.

However, I believe it might be a huge stretch to write an article which gives the appearance or suggestion even that Governor Rick Perry was pushing for the passage of secretive arrangements, a totalitarian dictatorship by Barack Obama, or even future legislation he was not a part of, did not have the specifics as yet, and was waiting to see as was the rest of America.

You know…. I’ve kind of had enough of media outlets, left and right alike, creating untrue statements out of what could be true statements were it not for passionate individuals trying so hard to make untrue into something that appears true (even if not)  just to make a group believe something untrue.

If you want to make an assumption people, at least make an assumption that holds water instead of creating flimsy reports based on dubious and far fetched brickbat for politically-motivated desires.

Perhaps it’s time for us to make our own assumptions now, and I base mine on what I consider Breitbart’s irresponsible article which seems to fly in the face all journalistic professionalism.

That assumption is:

Big Orange B, sometimes I think you need to clean up your act just a little more than this.  Shame on you.

An opinion respectfully submitted by CR.