Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Thompson endorsed!

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 first endorsement post, I rejected all Democratic candidates for the Presidency and Republican Rudy Giuliani because they all support the murder of unborn babies. I have since rejected John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee as possible Republican candidates for endorsement in the primary. Tonight I discuss Fred Thompson.

First though, being President of the United States is unlike any other elected governmental position in the nation. Counting George W. Bush, only 42 people have held the office in our history. Obviously, none of the present candidates have ever held the position. Being governor of any State is not even close to being the President of the United States. Consequently, no one knows with certainty how any of the candidates will actually perform in the office or whether or not they will have a successful (How does one define successful?) administration. Some Presidents grow substantially while in office; some falter. We will NOT know the result until after the fact and even then there will be disagreement (sometimes—often—violate disagreement) over whether the administration was a success or not. That’s politics in the United States.

For President of the United States, I want a candidate who believes and supports the policy and the principles he advocates. I do not want a President who bases his latest decisions on the most current public opinion polls or changes his positions based upon the office he is running for or qualifies his answers if he believes it is politically expedient. That is not leadership!!! That demonstrates an abysmal lack of leadership. I want a leader who will lead the nation; not a follower who follows the latest whims as determined by some public opinion poll which are often wrong (or at least misleading depending upon how the questions are worded and a whole host of other variables) and which almost never measure the intensity of the opinions. I want a leader who has established his deep convictions and principles and sticks with those established convictions and principles. I don’t want a leader who qualifies his principles and convictions for political gain. I don’t want a leader who declares “I believe in ‘A’ but I can support part of ‘B’ which contradicts ‘A’ if it helps me get elected.”

Fred Thompson was not yet running for President when Mike Huckabee waffled on evolution and Creation. Consequently, he did not answer the question and I don’t know where he specifically stands on the issue. I do know that it can not be any worse than what the other remaining candidates said or did not say.

On his website——he does advocate the following:

Fred Thompson’s core beliefs

“Anyone who has heard me speak knows my firm commitment to what I call ‘First Principles.’ These grow out of the documents of our Nation’s founding and the wisdom of the ages. They are core beliefs that guide my approach to the issues that are crucial to our Nation’s future. I believe in—

Individual Liberty: As Jefferson spelled out in the Declaration of Independence, our basic rights come from God, not from government, and that among these inalienable rights is the right to liberty. We must allow individuals to lead their lives with minimal government interference.

Personal Responsibility: The corollary to liberty is responsibility. No society can succeed and thrive any duration unless free people act in a responsible way. All of us must take responsibility for our actions and strive to improve our own lives and to contribute to building a better society. (As I have repeatedly written, we, as a nation, have all but ignored our responsibilities while over emphasizing our rights—my addition.)

Free Markets: Free people are best equipped to order their own affairs, and the common interest benefits from and is improved by the aggregate success of all. We must reform our tax system, encourage investment, support entrepreneurial spirit, open markets abroad to American goods, and minimize burdensome government regulations to continue to expand the economy and bring increased wealth to all Americans.

Limited Government: Government must be strong enough to protect us, competent enough to provide basic government services, but limited by the delineated powers in the Constitution.

Traditional American Values: A healthy society is predicated on belief in God; respect for all life; strong families centered on the institution of marriage—the union of a man and a woman; and self-respect and tolerance of others. While we are all free to live our lives in the pursuit of our own happiness, the government has a responsibility to respect the rights of parents to raise their children and to promote the values that produce the strongest society. (Of major importance in this section is “A healthy society is predicated on BELIEF in GOD; respect for ALL life; strong families centered on the institution of marriage—the union of a man and a woman….”—my addition, my capitalization.)

The Rule of Law: We protect our liberty, secure our rights, and promote a just and stable society through the rule of law. We owe to ourselves and our fellow citizens our own adherence to the rules, but tough law enforcement and punishment for those who do not. A free and independent judiciary that interprets the law by adhering strictly to legal text and respects its limited role in our system of government is essential to our security and freedom and we need judges who understand that role if we are to preserve our republic and freedom. (In other words, we need judges and Justices who are strict constructionists and who do not make law but rather interpret the law. We DO NOT need judges and Justices who think they should be responsible for social engineering and who believe they can rewrite the Constitution to their desires rather than follow what the Constitution actually says—my addition.)

Conserving Our Nation’s Resources: Each of us is put on Earth for a limited period of time. We must always strive to ensure that the resources we use to lead our lives are here for future generations to enjoy and use as well.

We live in the greatest country on earth. We have been truly blessed. This blessing carries with it an obligation: to keep it that way and to leave this country at least as strong, prosperous, and united as when we entered it.”

Although I don’t agree with all of the above, I do with most of it particularly on the important core issues that are lacking in all of the Democratic Presidential candidates. I also believe that Fred Thompson understands the basic role of government—to protect its people. He also understands that government is not our “savior,” is not our “Santa Claus,” is not our “Sugar Daddy,” and/or is not our “Doting Parents.”

Here are his brief positions on selected issues that are important to me and I believe are important for the nation:

1) “National Security:

The first responsibility of government is to protect the American people, the homeland, and our way of life. Today we face the urgent threat of radical Islamic terrorists. Al Qaeda is committed to attacking us here at home, and wants to use weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to kill millions. We must never give them that opportunity. We must defeat the terrorists abroad, and that begins in Iraq and Afghanistan—the central fronts in this global war. We must show the world we have the will to fight and win. A weakened America—or an America that appears weaker—will only encourage further attacks. We must persevere. As Commander-in-Chief, the president must ensure the United States has the means to achieve victory. Presidential leadership requires talking to the American people about these stakes, mapping out a clear vision for success, and devising a comprehensive strategy for achieving it.”

2) “Building Strong Families:

Strong families are the bedrock of our nation and our culture. They are built around the sanctity of life and the institution of marriage, which is the union of a man and a woman. To counter coarseness in today’s culture that oftentimes victimizes our children and undermines the traditional values parents want to instill, we must not only protect but strengthen the institutions of family and marriage.”

3) “Immigration:

I am committed to:

■ Securing our borders and enforcing immigration laws. Amnesty is not an option and the toleration of ‘sanctuary cities’ must end.

■ Reviewing our immigration laws and policies to ensure they advance our national interests.

■ Uniting Americans by welcoming legal immigrants willing to learn English, assimilate into our communities and become productive citizens.”

4) “Appointing Judges Faithful to Our Constitution:

Activist judges across the country seem intent on legislating from the bench to promote a culture of abortion, redefine marriage, and undermine families—in effect re-shaping the values of our entire society without the consent of the people. We need judges who recognize their role in our democracy is to interpret, not make, the law. I am committed to appointing strict constructionist judges who will interpret the law, not impose their views on us by legislating from the bench.”

I am in agreement with all four of these issues. I believe these four issues are among the major issues of the campaign. Any candidate, who I am willing to support in the primary, must hold these views on these four issues. Fred Thompson says that he does!

The following brief article was published in the Peoria Journal Star on December 30, 2007, page A8. I am quoting it in its entirety.

“Fred Thompson said Saturday he’s not consumed with winning the White House and that a president with too much fire in the belly is not necessarily a good thing in a dangerous world.

‘I like to say that I’m only consumed by very, very few things and politics is not one of them.’ Thompson said at a town hall meeting in nearby Burlington. ‘The welfare of my country and my kids and grandkids are one of them. But if people really want in their president a super type-A personality, someone who has gotten up every morning and gone to bed every night thinking about for years how they could achieve the presidency of the United States, someone who could look you straight in the eye and say they enjoy every minute of campaigning—I ain’t that guy.’

Thompson said some candidates have become too absorbed by the process and have lost sight of the ultimate need to serve the country.

‘Nowadays, it’s all about fire in the belly.’ He said. ‘I’m not sure in the world we live in today it’s a terribly good thing that a president has too much fire in his belly.’”

It is my guess that this article was written to ridicule Fred Thompson for not being committed to his run for the Presidency. I disagree with that position, if that is the case. This tells me that Fred Thompson will be LESS likely to sell-out his principles and policy for the sake of getting elected. He will be LESS likely to do that which is expedient and momentarily popular than a candidate who is consumed with winning the Presidency at all costs. This is another reason why I support Fred Thompson for the primary. I believe he will remain true to his positions and his principles. That quality seems to be lacking in other candidates.

Another very important reason why I support Fred Thompson over Mike Huckabee is this. Congress today seems to be a rather impotent branch of government. They have allowed the Supreme Court to become the major body for writing or rewriting law in this nation. And yet, one portion of the Congress still has an extremely potent power because they have allowed the Supreme Court to usurp the power of Congress. That is the Senate’s power to approve appointments to the federal court system.

At the present time, the Democrats control the Senate by a slight margin. The 2008 election will have 34 Senatorial elections. The Republicans currently hold 22 seats and the Democrats 12 seats that are up for election. According to a Republican article I have that is dated September, 2007, four Republican seats are toss-ups and seven Democratic seats are toss-ups. I don’t know if that conclusion is valid. However, it is my guess that after the election the Senate will still be controlled by one Party or the other by a slight margin.

Since Fred Thompson was a member of the Senate, which has been described as the most exclusive club in the world, he should be the best candidate of the two in getting his nominations to the courts approved. As I wrote about Rudy Giuliani, I am concerned that, when push comes to shove, Rudy Giuliani will not fight for strict constructionists appointments to the court. I am also concerned that that might be true for Mike Huckabee as well. I don’t think that will be true for Fred Thompson and I think he will be better able to accomplish the appointment of strict constructionists. This may well be the most important issue, other than protecting our nation, that any President will deal with in the next Presidential term. Thus, Fred Thompson solidifies my support for him because of his previous Senatorial experience.

For the primary: Fred Thompson is endorsed!!!


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