Thursday, September 06, 2007

    Impressed With Fred Thompson

    So why would I be impressed with a Presidential candidate that didn't take part in the GOP debates in New Hampshire? Because he didn't take part in the GOP debates in New Hampshire.

    There just seems to be a big hole of credibility from both Republicans and Democrats when all but Fred are going around to, what amounts to, beauty pageants. They're all decked out in their outfits, they've had their makeup and hair primed, they've practiced their stance and gestures, and they've practice how to look at the audience and cameras. Thank goodness the bathing suit part was left out.

    I believe a President has to stand alone with his/her own convictions, be a driver to get things done, and believe in him/her self - not any polls and certainly not be wishy-washy like a reed in the wind to every media story that pops up.

    One of the questions in NH to the pageant participants was about the absence of Fred Thompson. Their answers simply revealed their immaturity to even be considered for a Presidential nomination.
    "Maybe Senator Thompson will be known as the no-show for the presidential debates," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said.
    "Maybe we're up past his bedtime," joked Arizona Sen. John McCain. (At 65, Thompson is actually six years younger).
    "He's done a pretty good job of playing my part on Law & Order," said the former prosecutor. "I personally prefer the real thing" said Rudy Giuliani.
    Democrats have used this pageant approach to cater to their special interest groups like homosexuals and unions - being put on the line to commit whatever to these groups.

    I don't know enough about Mr. Thompson but so far I like his approach, and God knows the status quo approach just isn't do'n it.

    I liked the principles section of his website, and how he's very outspoken against all the excessive federal laws:
    Since the 1980's, however, Congress has aggressively federalized all sorts of crimes that the states have traditionally prosecuted and punished. While these federal laws allow Members of Congress to tell the voters how tough they are on crime, there are few good reasons why most of them are necessary.

    For example, it is a specific federal crime to use the symbol of 4-H Clubs with the intent to defraud. And don't even think about using the Swiss Confederation's coat of arms for commercial purposes. That's a federal offense, too.

    Groups as diverse as the American Bar Association and the Heritage Foundation have reported that there are more than three thousand, five hundred distinct federal crimes and more than 10,000 administrative regulations scattered over 50 section of the U.S. code that runs at more than 27,000 pages. More than 40 percent of these regulatory criminal laws have been enacted since 1973.

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