Rick Perry And Sean Hannity Are Currently Patrolling The Border On A Boat With A Machine Gun

Author: July 10, 2014 1:44 pm

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Conservatives have spent the last few days criticizing President Barack Obama for the fact that he declined to visit the U.S.-Mexico border during his trip to Texas. Not missing a chance to attempt to embarrass the president, Texas Governor Rick Perry grabbed his friend Fox News host Sean Hannity, jumped on the nearest military-grade boat, and had his picture taken.

Perry has recently taken the lead on the topic of conservative complaints about immigration. The dysfunction of America’s immigration policies have been thrust onto the country recently when thousands of kids from Central and South America have wound up at America’s border and into the hands of overwhelmed immigration officials with no clear solutions about what to do with them.

Yesterday, Obama and Perry met to discuss the humanitarian crisis on the border, Obama described the meeting as “productive,” Perry sang a different tune. In an interview just hours after leaving Obama’s company, Perry told Fox News that he felt like Obama was ignoring the problem. He went so far as to suggest that not visiting the border was Obama’s “Hurricane Katrina” moment.

“I think about the criticism that George W. Bush received when he didn’t go to New Orleans [during] Katrina, this is no different,” he said on Fox News’ Hannity.

Apparently, the two of them – one a right-wing pundit and the other a sitting state governor – were eager to show how proactive they were being and traveled to the border to pose for some photos and try to look as cool as possible.

Hannity has been posting a torrent of the photos on twitter throughout the day.

Oh boy.

Hannity and Perry seem to have mistaken an influx of unaccompanied children as a military invasion force. Hannity in particular doesn’t seem able to contain his excite over being near a machine gun, tweeting several pictures that are just ammunition or the guns themselves.

What do they plan on doing with those guns? The kids are not dangerous, nor are they seeking to evade the American Border Patrol.

By all accounts, most of the children simply get across the Rio Grande and then find the nearest American to turn themselves in. They don’t know what else to do and they assume the Americans will help them.

Perry doesn’t seem to care. His plan is to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops onto the border despite having absolutely no idea how that will help.

The fact that he thinks a boat armed with a machine gun looks like he’s helping further displays how ignorant Perry is about the crisis in Texas. Again, unless he plans on shooting these kids as they attempt to cross, the machine guns are nothing but props to make conservatives salivate.

One way Perry could have helped the kids and strengthened the borders was to support the immigration overhaul Republicans in Congress recently killed. Of course, Perry didn’t. That would have gone a long way to actually addressing the problem. But on the other hand, Perry wouldn’t be able to ride alongside a .50 caliber machine gun then, would he?

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