Friday, January 11, 2008

Congressional primary candidates and their campaigns
Fred Thompson for President
Endorsement posted on January 2, 2008

I will not be continuing my Creationism posts today. I do plan to return to them soon.

Then, I plan to answer the response about Iraq. I am sorry for the change in plans. Plans, in reality, often are altered for one reason or another. “The best laid plans … often go astray.” Thank you for your understanding and patience.

How many unborn toddlers were murdered today because of the humanistic, paganish, barbaric decisions of the United States Supreme Court?

Stop the
Murder of

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4: 17 (NIV)

On my November 16, 2007 post, I wrote the following: I expect that incumbents will be less likely to answer the questionnaire sent. I also expect that if Green Party candidates want to be recognized as viable candidates, they will be most likely to answer the questions since they should be seeking every opportunity to make their views known. We will soon know who is willing to take this opportunity to present their views to the public on some issues of interest. Consider this, if a candidate is not willing to answer the questionnaire, is he or she worthy of your vote?

Of the questionnaires sent out to all the candidates of both parties for six Congressional Districts and the United States Senate race, only two questionnaires were returned. One candidate sent campaign literature but did not answer the questionnaire. Why? Don’t they want their views on important issues known and published for the public to read?

Unfortunately, I’m afraid that the answer is probably no. They don’t like this process because they don’t have CONTROL of the questions asked and they also don’t like to have to identify the intensity of their support for an issue. They also don’t like it in writing and signed by them stating these are my views on these issues. Basically, we tend NOT to get candidates running who are willing to demonstrate leadership qualities.

They know that there are three types of voters—those who support them, those who oppose them, and those who are undecided. They don’t want to do anything that will alienate those who already support them. They know that there is little they can do to attract those who oppose them. Therefore, they concentrate on the undecided.

When I ran for the Arizona State House of Representatives, I attended training sessions held by the Democratic Party that were designed to teach us how to get elected. We were taught that most American voters can only handle two or three issues. Therefore, we were to select two or three issues and adopt our positions on those issues to coincide with the perceived positions of the majority of the undecided voters. Of course, those issues would not be issues that were opposed by our supporters. It didn’t matter if we actually held those positions ourselves. We were to support them because they were supported by the majority of the undecided voters. We were then to concentrate on those key issues and basically ignore any other issues that might be of less concern to the voters.

Furthermore, we were taught that most undecided voters don’t vote for a candidate because of his stand on the issues. Therefore, we were to project an image of likeability. We were to emphasis family and community, service and dedication. We should emphasis our skills and achievements while demonstrating that we were just like them. We had their concerns, their worries, their hopes, their doubts. They would vote for us because we were like them—part of the family.

The last emphasis was that you only needed to win by receiving one vote more than your opponent. Therefore, don’t be controversial. Don’t say too much. Don’t be too specific. Don’t rock the boat. All of which can generally be summed up by following this advice—don’t get ahead of the voting public. Don’t show leadership.

Did it work? Sometimes probably or it would not have been taught. Of course, if the opposition was too great, swaying most of the undecided was not going to be successful anyway.

Consequently, I realized that most if not all of the candidates would be reluctant to answer the questionnaire and sign their names to it. And of course, almost all did not answer the questionnaire. Therefore, I will not be endorsing any of the candidates for the various Congressional primaries.

After the primary, I plan to send another questionnaire to the nominated candidates—probably in May or June. Will they be willing to answer for the general election sequence when their opponent should hold more divergent views than did their opponents in the primary? We will see?


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