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The Ross Perot I Knew

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Posted By: SurferLad, 7/12/2019 2:08:02 AM

I first “met” Ross Perot on the telephone at work one morning in early 1990. “Mr. Malcolm?” said the voice in a clipped Texas twang that would become familiar to the nation in two later presidential campaigns. “This Ross Perot.” I looked around the newsroom to see which colleague was pranking me. “Mr. Malcolm, listen,” he ordered. “I read your article about the service members who died in Panama. God bless them.” [Snip] I knew none of this when we had the first of what would become several long phone conversations. He asked they be off the record and since I had no

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Reply 1 - Posted by: tisHimself 7/12/2019 8:20:52 AM (No. 121341)
Perot didn’t make Clinton happen. The mediocrity of a presidency committed to ripping the stitching out of the tapestry Reagan and conservatives wove, a presidency that openly sneered at conservatives, ignored immigration reform and enshrined country club big government one world globalism Wall Street cronyism.....Bush was a poor President who mismanaged a war.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: qr4j 7/12/2019 9:32:28 AM (No. 121406)
I personally liked President George H. W. Bush. But Repy No. 1 makes a good point. Perot didn't make Clinton happen. If Mr. Bush had not caved on his pledge, "Read my lips: No new taxes," that would have gone a fair distance at keeping him and Mrs. Bush in the White House for a second term. The perception of Mr. Bush as country-club, establishment, etc. did not help either. And the Baby Boomers were eager to get one of their own in the Oval Office.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rumblehog 7/12/2019 9:40:36 AM (No. 121413)
What put Clinton is office were the following three words, "No new taxes!" Had George H.W. Bush not been such a blue-blood, establishment, "get along" Republican, unlike his predecessor, the media would have been ridiculing Dan Quayle for four more years. Instead the media got 8 years of Cirque du Clinton to fawn over.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: NotaBene 7/12/2019 9:58:07 AM (No. 121430)
Perot begat Clinton and Motorvoter and expansion of FoodStamps, mortgages for the undeserving, and the generational domination by the left. Perot elected Clinton twice while saying he would not let Clinton babysit his daughter. Thanks to Perot we came to learn about Pone Sex and other customs. I call him crazy.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: texaspast 7/12/2019 10:01:33 AM (No. 121434)
Back in the summer of 1970, I was about to start my freshman year in high school. One of my parents (don't remember which) heard that Ross Perot was going to fly some kids from Dallas and East Texas to Washington D.C. for the July 4 Honor America Day program - for free! I got on the list. We were not well-connected string-pullers, and I really don't know how I got on the list, but there I was. Early in the morning I showed up at Tyler Pounds Field. Perot's 727 landed and a few of us 'country kids' got on. The plane had a come out of Dallas and had a full load of kids from the Dallas area. We flew directly to D.C., got off and were escorted to the mall - there were thousands and thousands of people there. We had to pass through the hundreds of doper/protesters to get to our place for the show. Somehow Perot had arranged for us to all be seated right up front - there was a reserved group of seats for us kids right next to the stage. I got to see all the great stars up close - Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Jimmy Stewart, Glenn Campbell, Dinah Shore, Kate Smith, Red Skelton, Jeannie C. Riley, and a bunch of others I can't remember. After it was over, we were escorted back to the plane and flown back to Texas. I had never heard of Ross Perot before then. He must have donated money for the production, but I never heard about it. I know he spent a lot of money to get us there, feed us, seat us and get us home. I've never forgotten it.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Strike3 7/12/2019 10:03:36 AM (No. 121438)
Perot was highly principled to the point of fanaticism and knew how to control people. GM bought him out to get rid of him because the tentacles of EDS were so tight that they practically ran GM. I worked with a consulting firm that was called into a major corporation to rescue them from EDS. Their on-site employees were all retired ex-military who sat in meetings all day and compared their Naval Academy rings but could not get the job done. The infighting almost ruined the company until my firm created the necessary IT infrastructure. EDS employees there and at other sites were all required to wear white shirts and ties, even on the midnight shift. since old Ross required them to be IBM clones. He was sharp and business-minded but had little in the way of human qualities or understanding. He may have straightened out America financially but he would have been more of a dictator than a president.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter 7/12/2019 10:53:31 AM (No. 121504)
Ross Perot was his own biggest fan. He relished the media embrace he received (free) and his ego was greatly stroked by those honest folks out in the country who began to believe in him. His major mission, however, was to keep Bush 41 from reelection. There was a history between these two men and Perot held a grudge matching his self-regard. He had no intention of really getting elected and was frightened when it appeared a possibility. A Perot presidency would have been a bigger disaster than the Bill Clinton he smoothed to victory.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Timber Queen 7/12/2019 11:11:13 AM (No. 121538)
From what we have recently learned about 41 and the whole globalist Bush clan, Bill Clinton was six of one and half a dozen of another. Bush, Clinton, Bush...what difference, at that point, did it make? None. Prior to Trump, who was the last president actually chosen by the American people? I really don't know, do you? Ross Perot knew the stinking swamp wanted to kill America. He tried his best to warn the American people and lots of folks paid attention to the alarm. I bet the Deep State thought they had inoculated the electorate against "businessmen" trying to enter politics. But over time there is always a strain more powerful than the inoculation. Enter Donald J. Trump. We never know who is part of God's Plan on any given day. I thank Mr. Perot for his love of country and his love of his fellow man. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of his Savior.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: ilovedogs 7/12/2019 12:18:00 PM (No. 121627)
I voted for Ross Perot and I don’t regret it
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Trapper 7/12/2019 1:29:17 PM (No. 121716)
What many of us have come to realize since Perot put Clinton in the white house is that it really didn't make any difference. NAFTA was already in the works, crafting the New World Order which would have American wealth, power, and influence just handed over to other countries was already well under way, and Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama/Clinton was all just a series of globalist false choices which would not be broken until Trump.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Chuzzles 7/12/2019 1:58:08 PM (No. 121731)
Yeah, Perot did make Clinton happen. And all for a personal grudge against Bush. Perot didn't care about what he did to the country. He was all about payback. His percentage of votes, added to Bush's would have beaten Clinton. Bush might have been mediocre, but he wasn't the toxic and poisonous influence that Clinton was. All those who supported and voted for Perot have only themselves to blame for Clinton. Very ironic that they want to complain about the Clintons since it was their support of Perot that made it happen. They also ignore that democrats were in the middle of a stranglehold on the House that did not break untl Bush jr's presidency. I think Bush had every intention of no new taxes, but the DEMOCRATS had other ideas. I will vote for mediocre over a toxic, poisonous democrat rapist anytime.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: tisHimself 7/12/2019 3:55:09 PM (No. 121809)
Being your own biggest fan is now a crime? Some of us will be facing life sentences with no hope for parole.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: YorkieMom 7/12/2019 5:55:55 PM (No. 121860)
Well said, #11. Some now supporting Clinton and Perot over Bush, sound like the people who want to tear down statues and other things because the past was so terrible. What happened to people who don’t want government meddling in every aspect of life.
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