There are two rules I wish presidential candidates would agree to never violate. One: Never question whether the man or woman running for the privilege of sitting in the Oval Office would shirk from the duty to protect the United States. Two: Never question that person’s love of country. That someone is running to serve and protect the Constitution of this nation should be a given. Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) has only been on the campaign trail a couple of days and has already violated the second rule.

A Wall Street Journal reporter asked Perry if he were suggesting President Obama didn’t love this country. “I dunno,” Perry said, “you need to ask him.” Er, what?!  

Perry has a lot of nerve questioning the patriotism of the president of the United States. This is the same fella who hinted at the possibility of Texas seceding from the Union at a Tea Party rally in 2009. “We’ve got a great union,” he said. “There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

With a boneheaded (some would say treasonous) statement like that, I’d be within my right to question his love of country. But then that would be a violation of Rule No. 2.