Nothing but the truth!
By Will Power
December 13, 2011 (San Diego)--Texas Governor Rick Perry made another major Senior Moment in a recent speech. Governor Perry said their were only eight judges on the US Supreme Court (The real total is nine!)
Perry has made many statements which quite frankly make one wonder if he is qualified to be a candidate for President. Perhaps he has early-onset Alzheimer's. but reporters and the public are amazed at some of the gaffes he has made in speeches.
According to the Washington Post, Perry made this statement:
“For Washington to tell a local school district that you cannot have a prayer and a time of prayer in that school is, I think, offensive to most Americans,” Perry told the editorial board. “I trust the people of the states to make those decisions. I trust those independent school districts to make those decisions better than eight unelected and, frankly, unaccountable judges.”
He went on to denounce “eight unelected and, frankly, unaccountable judges” in a discussion of prayer in schools. But nine justices sit on the Supreme Court; they are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Perry then went on to forget the name of Justice Sotomayer.
Perhaps this is just a reflection of the Texas schools, but practically every eighth grader in any U.S. history class ought to know there are nine Justices on the US Supreme Court. There is no excuse for this kind of ignorant statement in U.S. politics.
Will Power is a retired history teacher and creative writing instructor.