“Rick Perry’s been a terrific governor,” he said, adding: “I can tell you this: as a voter, the person for whom I intend to vote in the 2016 Republican primary is whoever is standing up and leading, effectively fighting for free-market principles and the Constitution.”
Perry, who has not announced whether he will seek the presidency again, has insulted Cruz in recent months. During a trip to Israel and England in October, he called the government shutdown in October that was championed by his fellow Republican “political theater” and told the Washington Times that the senator’s name had not been mentioned overseas.
While he is by far the top choice of Texas Republicans to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2016, 50 percent of all Texans say Cruz has been bad for the state’s reputation, compared to 37 percent who think he’s been good for it.
“Over the course of the next year, we’ll, make a decision about what our future plans will be post-governorship of Texas,” Perry told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
He called fellow Texan and Republican Cruz “very capable, one of the great debaters of our time, a very committed conservative — and does a good job of representing the Texas way of doing business.
“That way is to free people from overregulation and over taxation, and he’s fighting the good fight,” Perry said.
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And as far as squaring off against Cruz in a Republican presidential debate, Perry welcomed it.
“I’ve got to think that Ted is very well-trained,” he told Malzberg. “The guy has won national debate competitions. I’d be more than happy to have some great debates with him about the future of America and economic policies and foreign policy and all of the different things that are important to this country. And we may do that someday.
“But the fact is we’re partners right now — working on trying to not only get America back on track, but promote, in his case, his home state, which is what I do on a regular basis as well.”
Perry Stone says the dedication in Cleveland, Tenn., last week of the new Omega Center International is not only a miracle, but also the fulfillment of a decades-old prophecy. The prophecy is that an end-time revival would come from this area where historians record an outpouring of the Holy Spirit 10 years prior to Azusa Street.
My wife and I had the privilege of attending the Friday dedication where 1,400 enthusiastic partners of the ministry and many dignitaries witnessed the burning of the debt papers. The state-of-the-art Omega Center opened debt free after church officials “miraculously” paid off the $22 million cost several months ago.
The dedication capped a full week of powerful Pentecostal preaching, amazing teaching, and anointed praise and worship. People flooded the altars for ministry after each service.
The dedication service also included a half-hour video of memories from Perry and his wife Pam recalling pivotal moments in his 37-year ministry. That video will be shown on his Manna-fest television program that airs in 249 nations.
I had hoped to provide links to that video, but it won’t be online until after the program airs. Instead, I interviewed Perry with my iPhone camera, which you can see here. Here is a link to another video where he tells about the prophecy about Cleveland. Perry says that prophecy is already partly fulfilled by the fact Cleveland is the headquarters of several Pentecostal denominations including the Church of God; to Lee University and a host of ministries including his own and that of Judy Jacobs.
However, he says he also believes that the Omega Center is a place where many will gather as a new outpouring of God’s spirit takes place. The Center is only the beginning of a larger complex that will include a training center and a reproduction of an Israeli village. When Perry shared the vision at the conference, there was a spontaneous offering, and businessmen jumped to their feet pledging thousands of dollars. Perry said it was probably the largest single offering in his ministry’s history. It excited even the Cleveland mayor, who promised to see that two new hotels are built in the area!
Perry also told the unusual story that an autistic man from Huntington, W.Va.—with a proven propheticgift—gave him the name Omega Center International. The reason: Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Jesus came the first time as a lamb. He’s coming again as a lion!
Here Perry tells how he was motivated several years ago to reach and mentor a younger generation being decimated by drugs and alcohol. It resulted in the beginning of a young group that has grown to more than 400, a majority of whom volunteered for the conference. These youth also hold powerful prayer services every Tuesday that are sent out via live streaming on the Internet to thousands of locations around the world.
Perry said it was the youth who prayed in the $22 million needed to build the facility after no bank would lend the money. Several of the gifts (including some that were anonymous) were more than $1 million!
When I interviewed Perry Stone for our cover story in Charisma two years ago, he showed me where the Omega Center would be build. It was just an empty red clay lot back then. And he shared the vision. You can read that article on his ministry here.
Last spring when I drove to Cleveland to have lunch with him, he walked me through the partly finished building. Even then I was amazed by its size and scope. My brief description is not doing it justice. When you’re near Cleveland, plan to visit this amazing ministry. Or learn more online at perrystone.org.
In my work, I’m bombarded by the reality that many things are wrong with our nation—in the culture and in the church. My spirit was refreshed at Perry’s conference and I was stirred to remember that God still does miracles and that there is a revival brewing among many of the youth of this nation. To think that He would give the vision to a man known for Bible teaching and End Time prophecy is even more amazing.
The 63-year-old Perry ran for president in 2011. He’s best known in that campaign for uttering “Oops” during a debate after forgetting the third of three federal agencies he wanted to eliminate if elected.
Before that, Perry stirred controversy by suggesting Texas could secede from the U.S., and for shooting a coyote with a concealed handgun while jogging.
Still, he’s considered the most powerful Texas governor since the Civil War because he served long enough to fill every state agency with his loyalists.
The former presidential contender told “Fox News Sunday” that it wasn’t a Democratic filibuster that killed the ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but the “mob” reaction from the visitor’s gallery above the Senate floor that disrupted the proceedings and ran out the clock of a special legislative session last month.
“Filibusters happen all the time and I suspect that if somebody wants to filibuster again they are certainly welcome to do that,” Perry said. “The rules were followed on the Senate floor. It was the decorum of the Senate chamber that was put in bad light and frankly I would suggest that Senate officials will not let that happen again.”
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst who was presiding over the debate “was as shocked as anyone” when 400 abortion protestors drowned out the June 25 proceedings as the clock ticked towards midnight, Perry said.
“I’m also very confident that he’s making arrangements if people want to come and disrupt the democratic process, they will be escorted out of the chamber appropriately,” Perry said.
The third-term governor declined to give any hints as to the political announcement he is expected to make Monday in San Antonio. While some Texas politicos speculate the popular governor will seek a rare fourth term, Perry said a second run for the presidency is also “an option.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched a personal attack on the woman who led a successful 13-hour filibuster in the state Legislature Tuesday to halt legislation that would have effectively shut down most abortion clinics and ban the procedure after 20 weeks.
“She was the daughter of a single woman. She was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate [from] Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate,” the governor said. “It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its own potential; that every life matters.”
“This is simply too important a cause to allow the unruly actions of a few to stand in its way,” Perry said, accusing those who protested against the measure at the state capitol Tuesday night of “hijacking the democratic process.”
Perry has called for another special session for July 1 and pledged the Texas Legislature would ban abortion after 20 weeks.
“We witnessed the very extremes the pro-abortion forces resort to in order to further their cause. They demonstrate that even if they lose at the ballot box, even if they come up short in attempts to stall on the Senate floor, they’ll resort to mob tactics to force their minority agenda on the people of Texas.”
He added, “Going forward, we have to match their intensity, but we have to do it with the grace and civility and dignity that our cause deserves.”
Lately, I have been stressing the importance of preserving the sanctity of the traditional family—mother, father and children. There is not one example throughout the history of the world of a society prospering without an intact family unit. Susie can’t have two moms, nor can Jimmy have two dads.
Liberals would argue that is not the case and that society must “evolve” with the times we now live in. Nothing can be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, one need look no further than the words of MSNBC talk show host Melissa Perry, a radical feminist of irrational proportions.
MSNBC has been running a series of promotional ads featuring their various TV hosts. Here is what Perry said in her most recent ad (I am not making this up): “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had a kind of private notion of children: Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of ‘These are our children.’ So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s everybody’s responsibility and not just the households, then we start making better investments.”
I want you to re-read carefully what she said. I have quoted her verbatim. I am still in shock that anyone with half a brain would make such a radical statement.
When asked to defend her comments, Perry said, “This isn’t about me wanting to take your kids, and this isn’t even about whether children are property. This is about whether we as a society, expressing our collective will through our public institutions, including our government, have a right to impinge on individual freedoms in order to advance a common good. And that is exactly the fight that we have been having for a couple hundred years.”
Please allow me to correct the record on one of Perry’s main premises—that “we have never invested as much in public education as we should have.” According to the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development “Education at a Glance” report, the U.S. spends more on education per student than every other country in the world. So Perry’s very premise is based on a lie. But then again, isn’t the essence of liberalism based on a lie that others know what’s best for you and your life?
So, let me give you a real-world example of liberalism gone amuck. What I saw on MSNBC recently sent chills down my spine—a parent abusing their own child on national TV to promote an insidious political agenda, which is totally disgusting. You must see this video.
Krystal Ball, another MSNBC talk show host and feminist, aired a video of her and her 5-year-old daughter, Ella. Ball asks Ella if she knows what marriage is, and she says she does not. Then the daughter says marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s when her mother begins to indoctrinate her daughter about homosexual marriage. I was mortified that a parent would do this to her own daughter—on national TV. Social services should remove Ella from this house because her mother is without question an unfit parent.
So, this is the type of world that Melissa Perry wants to create, one where someone like Ball could take another person’s child and brainwash them into believing that homosexual marriage is OK. What parent has this type of conversation with a 5-year-old? Is this what Perry means when she says, “Kids belong to whole communities”? They know they cannot win the argument with logic, so they must brainwash innocent children to perpetuate their radical liberalism. This is why we need to keep the government out of our lives to the greatest extent possible.
What Ball did to her daughter may not be child abuse legally, but morally it is definitely abuse, and I am amazed that even liberals of goodwill have not criticized her for such abuse.
I challenge Perry to describe to the American people what her world looks like if our kids belong to whole communities. Is she OK with me teaching her 14-year-old daughter, Parker, that homosexuality is wrong? Whose values should be taught to these kids? Is it OK for Ball’s 5-year-old to begin experimenting with kissing boys and girls or touching her classmates in intimate places? I see what the problem is. You are having an adult conversation with a 5-year-old, so she may as well enjoy the fruits of being an adult. Why else would you be having this conversation with her?.
Raynard Jackson is president and CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his website, or you can also follow him on Twitter at @raynard1223.