Rick Perry was appointed by Donald Trump to head the Department of Energy, the department that Perry said he wanted to eliminate when he ran for the Republican nomination in 2012 but famously flamed out when he forgot it when trying to list the three government agencies that he thought should be gotten rid of. It makes sense that he would be assigned to head that particular agency as part of the Trump administration’s seeming goal of destroying the government.
So people were surprised that he took time out from running the DoE into the ground to write an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle decrying the results of a recent election for the student council of Texas A&M university that resulted in a gay student becoming president. His complaint was that the university, in an effort to show diversity, seemed to connive to disqualify the person who had won the vote, thus enabling the second-place gay student to take the leadership post.
It is true that Perry was a four-term governor of Texas and also an alumnus of the university where he was apparently twice elected to the position that is the equivalent of head male cheerleader, but surely that would not be sufficient to intervene in something that is run entirely by the student body?
Amy Smith, the school’s senior vice president of marketing and communications, firmly denied that allegation. She said student government elections are run by students, not administrators.
“I would say that we respectfully disagree with his assessment,” she said of Perry, “and his understanding of the election rules of student body president elections doesn’t reflect the facts.”
The student judicial court’s final decision on the election was unanimous and the A&M administration sees no need to intervene, Smith said.
“Honestly, we were just surprised to see that the secretary of energy would take the time to weigh in in detail and we respectfully disagree with his assessment of what happened,” she said.
Ah, but Smith does not realize that the advancement of gays anywhere, in however small a capacity, is seen by true Christians like Perry as one more nail in the coffin of western civilization and thus must be fought at all costs. Running a huge government agency like the DoE has to take a lower priority to fighting this much greater menace.