Sunday, March 18, 2007
Fred Dalton Thompson for President '08
Fred Thompson vs. the current crop of Republican candidates is like the children's story where the three little bears find one bed too soft, one too hard, unlike the current front runners Fred is "Just Right" to most conservatives on the issues. More so than any other candidate, and with the integrity of principled conviction on those issues. Don't get me wrong, every one of our Republican front runners on their worst day are better than Hillary, or Obama could ever be on their best day.
Republicans lost in '06 because we deserved to. We didn't lose because we were too Conservative, we lost because we lost our way; to the left. The Dem's didn't win running against the war, they won just because they weren't Republicans (remember Dem. Party Chairman Howard Dean arguing with Russert on Meet the Press when challenged as to what their plan would be for Iraq before the 04 election "We don't have to have a plan, we are the opposition party, it's up to us to oppose and stop them") and the years of the Lib's propaganda espousing the politics of divisiveness in an unprecedented attack upon our Commander-in-Chief during a time of war, with their incessant focus on personal destruction; finally bore fruit against the publics weariness from the War on Terror and Iraq. Add to this the frustration of many conservative supporters who were fed up with the Republicrats lack of fiscal discipline, lack of border control/illegal immigration policy, and with a rightly perceived lack of leadership in the legislative branch where we foolishly failed to exercise our role as the majority.
I believe that if there were ever a time for somebody Reaganesque to lead the Republicans, and the Nation back to it's core principles, and the roots that we have drifted away from; Fred Dalton Thompson is the right man at the right time. From his position on the issues where he displays unwavering principle, to his unimpeachable level of integrity; he's the man. For the intangibles that lead to electability, he's got the right stuff- Movie/TV Star identifiability, high positive ratings (I asked a very liberal acquaintance of mine recently that is an insider with Democrat Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington that I have friendly political discussions with for his response to 3 words: *Fred Dalton Thompson* ....a serious look formed instantly on his face and he said: "I like Fred, he would be a serious candidate for you guys, I might even have to vote for him because he is one of the most genuine and real politicians I have ever seen. I have a lot of respect for him and he would make a good President.") I was dumbfounded because we had talked about other candidates before and I am convinced of his sincerity.
The presidency is all about marketing first, the best ideas mean nothing if you are never elected to implement them. To get the job you must sell yourself, and your idea's. People have claimed after the '06 election that America is now a Liberal nation. They said the same thing before Clinton's mid-term election prior to the Republicans regaining the House of Representatives. Many experts and pundits also said the same thing in 1980 when less than 6 years after the Watergate debacle, and only 5 years from the end of the Vietnam War; one Ronald Reagan asked the nation to search their souls then communicated and sold the principles and ideas he believed in. Then he led the nation to it's basic historically conservative principles and made his convincing case so simply, yet eloquently to the people. What Reagan said is as contemporary today as it was then: "You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right. Well I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down--up to man's age-old dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would have us trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course."
Fred Dalton Thompson has these Reaganesque qualities and is the right man for this crucial task.
Michael R. Bednarz