Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fred's almost in


According to the Associated Press (who always gets the story right), Fred Thompson will be announcing his candidacy for president next week as I have long expected.

I think he's the only Republican who has a chance. For the record, I'm not a republican or a democrat, neither represents what I think so I remain independent. I have no problem saying, however, that Thompson is a guy I could probably vote for. I'll be researching more about Mr. Thompson over the next 12 months, that's for sure.
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19 comments:

hough said...

I only vote for Texans which hasn't been a problem in my life time. Where is this Fred guy from?

GUNNY said...

I anticipate this upcoming election will be fascinating and Fred's my boy as well!

JON MEYERS said...

You voting for a guy named Freddy T....that is almost a shock.

AJF said...

Jon! That's hilarious...I should have known why I was mysteriously drawn toward Freddy T!

Yeah, Hough, the Texas thing has worked real good so far...yeah.

Fred was born in Alabama and became a senator for Tennessee.

rgmann said...

I'm not a republican or a democrat, neither represents what I think so I remain independent

Since the Democrat Party officially supports abortion and the gay rights agenda, it's no surprise that you don't agree with it. However, I was just curious, what part of the Republican Party platform do you disagree with?

AJF said...

rgmann- what is the Republican platform? I can't tell any more. The front running Republican candidate for president (currently) looks just like a democrat. I'm clearer on the democratic platform than the Republican one. I'm for a reduced Federal government, reduced taxes, reduced spending, serious immigration laws, a strong military, time to get out of Iraq, pro-life, and probably a bunch of other stuff. I just don't see Republican's modeling these things right now. I know many GOP candidates tout these things, so the candidates I tend to support happen to be GOP often, but it's sure hard to do so now.

It's one thing to declare "this is our platform", it's another to actually carry it out. I don't see Repub's carrying it out right now.

rgmann said...

Well, here’s a summary of the last Republican Platform (2004):

Winning the War on Terror …
because our government’s most solemn duty is to keep its citizens safe.

Ushering in an Ownership Era …
because a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit will keep our economy strong and provide more opportunities for workers and families.

Building an Innovative Economy to Compete in the World …
because America can compete with anyone, anywhere, thanks to our entrepreneurs and risk-takers who keep us on the cutting edge of technology and commerce.

Strengthening Our Communities …
because our children deserve to grow up in an America in which all their hopes and dreams can come true.

Protecting Our Families …
because we respect the family’s role as a touchstone of stability and strength in an ever changing world.

Now, I agree that many Republican politicians don’t actually carry this agenda out. I was just wondering if you disagreed with a particular policy that the party in general supports.

jeremy Morgan said...

I'll confess - I don't get this Fred Thompson thing. His past is mediocre. He's been a lobbyist... both for corporate interests and for the Teamsters Union. Huh? He's even done work for a pro-abortion group lobbying congress all while claiming to be pro life. Huh? While at first he outright denied this, now he's softened it to an "I can't remember." When asked by Fox News what he would do about Iraq he responded with "I would do essentially what the president is doing." The guy is all over the map, and seems to have few principled stands on anything. His only strong point seems to be that he's not Giuliani. Fred looks like more of the same to me. Now Ron Paul on the other hand...

AJF said...

I like Ron "Dr. No"'s voting record and basic political philosophy, definitey. Bottom line- like it or not- he has no chance to win- NONE.

I'm not suggesting Fred Thompson has a spotless record, by any means, no one does. We've been i the "vote for the best of mediocre to bad candidates" mode for some time, in my opinion.

RG- The rhetoric of the GOP resonates with me, I'm just a bit burned by what actually happens...I'd have to know what the "War on Terror" actually is to say I agree with that part of the 2004 platform you site. I'm all for protecting U.S. citizens...how about we start with our borders?

jeremy morgan said...

The fact that the Republican Party thinks that all of those items in their platform are the job of government is enough to send me running from the building screaming.

rgmann said...

I’d say that “War on Terror” is a politically correct way of saying “War on Radical Islam” or “Islamic Jihadists” or “Islamic Regimes” that threaten our national security by training, harboring, or financing terrorists. But a full description is given in the 2004 party platform document if you’re interested in reading it.

Unfortunately we’ll probably never win the “War on Terror” when an entire political party and the vast majority of the mainstream media are steadily undermining our efforts, and fighting a “war” against the current administration and GOP instead!

AJF said...

Good points, both of you.

Jim said...

I support Thompson over Guiliani and Romney. I just never understood the problem of many conservatives with McCain.

I'm unsure that Thompson didn't wait too long. Huckabee has some buzz right now. He sorta sounds like a GOP Clinton.

I vote GOP for the Court (mainly abortion), and for defense. They did a terrible job when they had a unified GOP government, though. Far worser than I thought possible, and I think a lot is possible.

Mark Davis said...

Freddie T's from Alabama? That's a lock for me. Seriously, neither political party is my friend. The only part of either platform that makes a whit of difference to me as a Christian is the moral part. Killing babies, killing inconveniently sick women, embracing perversion -- if you're fer em, I'm agin em.

I offended a friend of mine once by saying I'm a one-issue voter, and that issue is abortion. How can you be so narrow, he asked? My response was, how can you be so distracted?

Who's going to win? I have a strong suspicion it won't be a Republican.

Phantom495 said...

All this political talk is great, but all that really counts is GOD IS SOVEREIGN! Yeah, I know...that is my standard answer to every argument!

Kampfgruppe Hoppa said...

As for me, I am waiting for Nixon to make his comeback.

"War on Terror" is as Roger states a politically correct way as not to offend the followers of 'the religion of peace.' I like to refer to it as the 'religion of perpetual outrage.' Can you imagine a Christians today, burning down cities and murdering people over cartoons of Jesus? The war on terror as mentioned before is a bad adjective choice for describing what we're doing. Let's declare war on armor piercing bullets or IEDs. Terror is a tactic. BTW, are we really fighting against radical Islam? Because I keep seeing our gov't (Fed/state/local) support and praise radical organizations (CAIR, ISNA, etc). And what of our gov't protecting our borders. Yep, the barbarians are no longer just at the gates, they've breeched the wall. It's time to pull the legions back to the homeland or else when they do come back they'll find nothing but ruins.

Jim said...

Mark,

You don't need to say you're a one-issue voter. Rather, you're a voter with "lexicographic" preferences.

That is, you have one privileged dimension (abortion), and only after that dimension is satisfied do you move on to other issues (education, health care, immigration, whatever).

You have opinions over lots of issues, but you don't trade off across dimensions. Just like in a dictionary (a "lexicon"), you don't trade off across letters.

It stops people from giving me guff about being a single issue voter, but accurately represents the way I look at candidates (abortion first, then other issues only if I'm satisfied with the candidate's position on that issue).

Rick Calohan said...

Since I'm not running and Tom Tancredo or Duncan Hunter or Ron Paul has no chance of winning the nomination Fred Thompson, will have to be the standard barrier for the GOP. I use to be a pinko-commie-liberal-democrat in my yoot, but as the Gipper said, "I did not leave the democratic party it left me." Sadly after 8 years of Bush I now feel the same way about the GOP. Albeit I am still registered as a Republican, the only saving grace for them is that the majority of the party is pro-life. Those who tend to be pro-life tend to be more conservative than those who are not, so call me a single-issue voter but in the words of Martin Luther, "Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir. Amen." ("Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.").

Frontier Forest said...

Interesting comments and a bunch of them. I'm just one more throwing my 2 cents in the ring, but I have always said, "The stink will come out of Hilary’s closet when she gets the nod!"
And I still believe, even the far left/liberal media will have a hey-day with some of the dirt they are holding back to release on her.
Let's just hope so! Fred's my man for sure!