Monday, December 31, 2007

Fred Thompson

isn't perfect (no politician is) but he's the one candidate I can actually support without abandoning my principles.

Read what he says here

I've long believed that politics attracts the scum of mankind. Holding political office is a position of power and influence and it tends to attract those with evil intentions, who are morally corrupt, elitist, and who wish to rule over those they see as "subjects." Government has almost unlimited authority to such people, in part because they exude an aura of moral superiority which is reflected in the policies they seek to enact. They further their authority by perverting the Constitution to grant themselves regulatory power rather than restrict their power over individual citizens. They believe the word "regulate" in the 2nd Amendment GRANTS them the power to restrict the individual rights deemed inalienable by that very same Amendment.

The beliefs of such politicians run counter to the very principles underlying the foundation of this nation. These "elites" believe they have the authority to take property from the people and use it for their own interests, including giving to those they deem "needy." They see us not as citizens, but as unruly, ignorant subjects who must be told how to live by a benevolent and omnipotent government. They must "protect us from ourselves."

It is they, the political elite who know what is best for us. Everyday we are told of a new problem or injustice that must be solved for the common good. They must exaggerate and even invent said problems because if the nanny state is to persist they must have something to "fix." More importantly they must convince the ignorant masses that things need fixing and that they are the only ones capable of doing so. Like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, they must keep problems at the forefront so that they may remain relevant. God forbid we be simply left alone to live our lives as we see fit. That would be simply unconscionable.

Their "government fixes" pervade into all areas of the private sphere. Why? because the concept of an individual having the liberty to do as he pleases is dangerous. They despise the very idea that the individual is sacrosanct and freedom, liberty, and self-determination are inviolate and inherent in his very being. and thus to achieve their utopia they must destroy that idea in the hearts and minds of the citizenry.

The religious right is guilty of this as well, since their special brand of Christian morality must be thrust upon us "for our own good." The plea invoked on both sides is one of "necessity." This is demonstrably true of all governments that wish to rule rather than serve. (and ALL governments do. ) Government is a minimally necessary evil with a seemingly insatiable appetite for power. It never limits itself to only that for which it was intended.

William Pitt once said, " Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves."

Pitt is correct, which is why it's so important for the electorate to educate themselves, do the research, and reason for themselves whether these "necessary infringements" are in fact necessary. Too bad I have little faith that many voters are willing, or even able to do this. So many have had the tenets of liberty and freedom indoctrinated away and replaced with a trusting, loving, "Uncle Sam's gonna give me something" mentality.

All of that being said, I find someone who doesn't have a great desire to become President extremely refreshing. Thompson is a man who left politics for one of the most noble reasons I can think of. He wanted to spend more time with his family. Thompson isn't afraid to say what he means, bluntly at times. He has no qualms about pointing out the leftist liberal bias of the media and they hate him for it. His attitude is far from the elitist attitudes I see in most of the candidates. That's why I like him so much.

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