"It is inherent in human nature, once given power, to never give it back. And let me tell you something, this human tendency is a bipartisan offense," Perry said. "It is time for Washington to focus on the few things the Constitution establishes as the federal government's (duties)."
Among the things Perry said the government should do: "Deliver the mail, do it on time and, heck, do it on Saturdays."
Perry ran what was, by all accounts, a disastrous 2012 presidential campaign, but he's retiring as governor this year and has made clear he's looking at running for president again.
The crowd rose to its feet as Perry's speech came to a close and applauded as he yelled his final lines.
"You represent the renewed hope that America can be renewed again," Perry said.