This is starting out to be a most interesting election year.
While Republican candidates are telling us that government is broken and the
people need to fix it, Democrat candidates are telling us that the people are
broken and need the government to fix it.
What is interesting about this campaign year is that on the
Republican side we have a variety of candidates who are all bobbing up and down
like the oil in a lava lamp. One floats to the top using conservative rhetoric
then sinks to the bottom while another floats to the top with the same
conservative appeal. Each one who reaches the top then sinks when their true
record is exposed. It’s driving the media and the pollsters crazy which only
adds to their lack of credibility.
On the Democrat side there are three candidates who can only be
described as rank amateurs with no qualifications at all for the job of
president and a lot of Democrats recognize this. We have a do-nothing Senator
and wife of a former president, a black inspirational speaker in his first
Senate term, and a trial lawyer adept at extorting money from big business and
the healthcare system. Not one of them has any management or executive
experience but think they can somehow run America.
Mrs. Clinton thinks it “takes a village to raise a child”
because parents alone are incapable of doing the job that parents have done for
thousands of years. Those same parents are also incapable of providing
healthcare and schooling for those children. Men are sexists and need to be more
like women and taxes need to be raised to provide a free ride for the poor and
services for the middle class because they just can’t do it on their own.
Government should play nanny to the American people because they‘re all just
children unable to take care of themselves.
She claims her experience on being married and possibly, on
occasions, being one of the women who slept with the former president. In spite
of the fact that she never was issued a security clearance or attended any
classified meetings during those years, she refuses to release her records to
show just what she did do. All we really know, from her own admission is that
she didn’t stay home and bake cookies.
Barack Obama says he stands for change. He is a terrific
inspirational speaker. He would make an excellent minister but not a president.
He fires his crowds up and excites them with platitudes and generalities and
"hope" while saying absolutely nothing. Jim Jones of the People's Temple had the
same quality and look what he did with it in Guyana.
Obama says he is the one candidate who can unite the country.
I’m sure Jessie Jackson cringes every time he hears that. Who wants to unite
with those of an opposite political philosophy? Liberals don’t. Conservatives
don’t. And any compromise between the two only moves the country further to the
left. If elected, Obama will use the power of government and government programs
to try change the way people think. The real change that is needed is to get the
government to start thinking like the people think.
Today, Obama is delivering a speech in a black Nevada church. I
thought Democrats believed in a “separation of church and state.” So why is
Obama going to a church to deliver a speech? Shouldn’t a church lose it’s
nonpartisan, tax exempt status when it becomes partisan and endorses a political
candidate? It seems that it is only black churches that get away with this. What
would the backlash be if a Republican candidate delivered a speech in a white
Catholic church? I’ve never heard of this being done.
John Edwards says that the problem is corporate America and if
elected, he will use his experience in suing businesses to bring America’s big
corporations under more government control. Specifically on his agenda is
America’s oil and energy companies. No doubt he would also like to launch his
attacks against the America auto industry too but government regulations have
already pretty much destroyed them and the jobs they provided.
Attacking America’s healthcare providers wasn’t enough for
Edwards. Now, as presidential hopeful, he wants to go after oil and energy
companies to promote his “green” global warming agenda before the public
discovers that warming has peaked and has been falling for the past 6 years.
What Americans want isn’t important to Democrats like Edwards, you are going to
get environmentally friendly “green” cars that will attempt to run on food
instead of oil, and windmills to power your homes whether you like it or not. As
I recall, Hugo Chavez is doing the same thing with his government takeover of
oil and energy companies in Venezuela; we call it communism.
The point is that these three leading Democrat candidates all
intend to use the power of government to change the people rather than to
represent the people. In their view, it’s the people who are broken and need to
be fixed by government. By some magical transformation when elected, suddenly
politicians know more about everything than the industry experts who have
devoted their lives to making a better living standard for Americans.
On the other hand, the Republican candidates give more credit
to the American people for being able to run their own lives while government
should be smaller and more representative of the people. All except for one,
During the debate last Thursday night, Huckabee astounded the
conservative audience with the following statement:
The Reagan coalition has certainly not seen those same
middle-class, working-class Republicans feeling a part of the Republican Party
as they should. Over the years, sometimes Republicans have thought that one part
of that coalition was more important than the other. I think they're all
important, and we need to recapture them. But we need to make sure that we can
communicate that our party is just as interested in helping the people who are
single moms, who are working two jobs, and still just barely paying the rent; as
we are the people at the top of the economy.
Did we hear that right? Straight from Mike Huckabee's own
mouth, we heard him sounding more like a liberal Democrat than a Republican,
suggesting that government programs are needed to assist the poor unmarried,
working moms who require a village to raise their children. Huckabee appears to
be taking his cues straight from the Democrats instead of pointing out that by
observing conservative, moral values and personal responsibility, we would not
be having an outbreak of 18 year old single moms working two jobs to pay the
rent. He wants to put the government stamp of approval on immoral promiscuity
and use the taxpayers’ money to subsidize it.
Fred Thompson came on strong Thursday night with the real debut
of his campaign. Fred, the only true conservative other than Duncan Hunter, said
this about Huckabee:
He believes we have an arrogant foreign policy in the tradition
of blame-America first. He believes that Guantanamo should be closed down and
those enemy combatants brought here to the United States to find their way into
the court system eventually. He believes in taxpayer funded programs for
illegals, as he did in Arkansas. He has the endorsement of the National
Education Association, and the NEA said it was because of his opposition to
vouchers. He said he would sign a bill that banned smoking nationwide. So much
for federalism, so much for state's rights, so much for individual rights.
That's not the model of the Reagan coalition. That's the model of the Democratic
Fred came out of the gate firing on all eight cylinders and
with both barrels aimed straight at Mike Huckabee. Sooner or later, he is going
to have to take on John McCain which he has so far avoided doing because of
their friendship. Fred is no doubt hoping that the other candidates will attack
McCain and bring him down without his help.
McCain too has been trying to sound like a conservative but his
record in the Senate proves otherwise. He has lead just about every effort to
oppose conservatives and side with the Democrats on everything from campaign
reform, to illegal immigration and amnesty for illegals, to his gang of 14 used
to block President Bush’s nominations to the courts. Just like Obama, McCain
thought he could unite liberals and conservatives by reaching across the aisle
but only succeeded in alienating the conservative base.
McCain claims to be the only candidate who supported “The
Surge” in Iraq when it was first introduced. This is highly debatable but in
fact McCain was not the first to call for this strategy. Many, many
conservatives were demanding this change long before McCain ever brought it up.
I even wrote about it myself in an article called A Politically Correct War Cannot Be Won back in November of 2004
where I said in part:
"I don't care about the image we send to the world. We can't
fight a war with our image as the objective. In this war we have to be as brutal
and deadly as the enemy we are fighting and let the image be what it may. What
kind of a message does it send to the enemy when we are more concerned with our
image than with killing them? They already know this about us and have been
using it against us since this war started. To the enemy, this is a weakness to
be exploited both on the battlefield and in the press."
John McCain’s only real appeal to conservatives is his support
for the war on terror but he was not the engineer of it as he would like us all
Fred Thompson has been employing a strategy of laying low and
not wasting his campaign money on small states like Iowa and New Hampshire where
liberals had a better chance of winning. Now he has come out fighting and I
predict it’s going to produce results beginning with the primaries in South
Carolina. The media polls say McCain will likely win in S.C. but I don’t believe
it. We would be foolish to believe in any media polls at this point. Fred
captured second place in the Wyoming primary but I’ll bet you didn’t even hear
about it in the media. And by the way, Duncan Hunter took third.
Fred Thompson seems to be the only top candidate who not only
talks like a conservative, but actually is one. He believes that big government
is the problem with the country today, not the people. Thompson says it’s the
government that needs to be fixed and the people drafted him through a
grassroots campaign to do just that. He wouldn’t have taken the challenge if he
didn’t have a plan and believe that he can do it.
Fred has faith in the American people and believes that they
are fully capable of taking care of themselves like adults without relying on
big government to provide for them and treat them like children.
That is the big difference between Democrats and Republicans.
With self reliance and taking personal responsibility comes freedom and liberty.
Conservatives understand this. Liberals want to be taken care of by big
government but don’t seem to understand that by doing so, they sacrifice their
freedom and liberty and become the wholly owned property of the federal
government and the Democrat Party. By their own choice, they become political
slaves to their masters in Washington.
For the past 40 years, the Democrat Party has been doing
everything it can to dumb down Americans, convince them that they are incapable
of taking care of themselves, and make them dependent on big federal government.
Unfortunately, they have succeeded enough to the extent that they are still a
viable political party.
By controlling the schools, the courts, and the media, they
have misled Americans away from the founding principles of democracy and
directly into socialism and communism. Most young Americans today don’t even
know what liberty means because they have been taught that government is there
to take care of them. They don’t realize the freedom that America was founded
for because they have been told that Europe is the model that America should
This trend will continue unless we elect a real conservative to
serve as president for the next 8 years. A president who understands the
difference between America and Europe; a president who understands the freedom
and liberty that has been lost in America; a president who won’t give into
wasteful, liberal government spending and nanny state socialist programs; a
president who will hold congress responsible for doing the job outlined in the
Constitution instead of pandering with taxpayers’ money for reelection; and a
president who will enforce a foreign policy that puts American interests and
defense first rather than worry so much about what Europe and Islamic countries
think of us.
There is only one candidate other than Duncan Hunter that I see
with those qualities, who can put America back on the right track, and that
candidate is Fred Thompson. Our future and the future of our country depends now
on electing the right man for the job in this most critical period in our
history. These primary elections and the vote in November will determine whether
America again becomes the shining beacon on the hill, or sinks into European
It’s up to those of us who understand what kind of country we
want to do the right thing and elect the right candidate for president.