Should Rick Perry resign?

Screenshot from The Young Turks' YouTube video: Rick Perry: Stop Sexual Assaults With Fossil Fuels

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry made headlines Thursday for comments he made at an energy policy event, hosted by Axios and NBC News, in Washington. Secretary Perry has never been known for his skills as an orator, as anyone who remembers the 2012 Republican primary debates knows. His comments Thursday made his reputation much worse in that area when he said, “But also from the standpoint of sexual assault, when the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts,” Perry said. “So from the standpoint of how you really affect people’s lives, fossil fuels is going to play a role in that. I happen to think it’s going to play a positive role.” He was trying to articulate how bringing power to Africa would save lives. His comments, though, have enraged many and have caused calls for his resignation. This makes one ask the question: Should Secretary Perry resign?

Those who feel Secretary Perry should resign argue that he is unfit for his office. They see his comments as a blatant attempt to exploit sexual assault to promote the fossil fuel industry. Plus, many feel he is simply unqualified for his job. They feel a man who called for the abolishment of the Energy department in 2012 should not be leading it in 2017. Finally, they feel that his words were an insult to women everywhere who have been assaulted, and to say, if they had electricity they would not have been assaulted, is disgusting.

People who feel he does not need to resign argue that, while his words were not chosen well, he was right in the point he was trying to make. Most crimes do take place in the dark for a reason. A criminal doesn’t want to be seen while they are breaking the law. Also, they see people’s outrage as misplaced because many are twisting his words to fit their own political agenda. Finally, he was not trying to disrespect or minimize victims of sexual assault, and he should not lose his job for being inarticulate.

Africa is a place with crushing poverty and illness and rampant crime. We, as human beings, should be willing to do all we can to help them. One of the things that would help is bringing them electricity for their homes and businesses. If we were willing to help them more, undoubtedly, Africa and the world would be a better place.

The Young Turks, a very liberal YouTube channel, covering Perry’s comments:

The Issue

Should Secretary Perry resign for his comments on sexual assault? Is he an unfit, unqualified disgrace who should quit? Or, are his words being twisted for political gains by his opponents?

Rick Perry should resign

Those who feel Rick Perry should resign say that he has disrespected every woman who has ever suffered from sexual assault, with his comments. They feel that he is unfit and should resign.

Rick Perry should not resign

People who feel Rick Perry should not resign say that, while what he said was poorly put, he was right. Bringing electricity to Africa would lessen crime and, by extension, sexual assault.

Do you think Secretary Perry should resign?

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