Wednesday, January 23, 2008

We Second K-Lo's Emotion

From Kathryn Lopez' column in NRO:

"...he just gets it. He cares about his country and he cares about common sense. The good conservative sense Thompson articulated certainly resonated — the blogosphere got enthused for a possible presidential run."

You believed him when he said Saturday night, “It’s never been about me. It’s never even been about you. It’s been about our country and about the future of our country ….

Whoever winds up the Republican nominee for president this year, he’d be doing his country a service if he read Fred’s pre-caucus message to Iowa voters that Thompson posted on his website. In it he listed “the fundamental, conservative principles that have unified us for over two centuries.”

-First, the role of the federal government is limited to the powers given to it in the Constitution

-Second, a dollar belongs in the pocket of the person who earns it, unless the government has a compelling reason why it can use it better

-Third, we don't spend money we don't have, or borrow money that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back

-And the best way to avoid war is to be stronger than our enemies. But if we’re caught in a fight, we need to win it because not doing so makes us much more likely to be attacked in the future

-Also the federal judiciary is supposed to decide cases, not set social policy — and bad social policy at that

-And the bigger the government gets, the less competent it is to run our lives.

K-Lo ends this way:

Thank God for Fred Thompson. May he inspire more to serve. And may he encourage us to rethink our may-the-man-with-the-best-soundbites-win electoral process.

She's right, you know.


Jeff Miller said...

I so wish Fred had caught on. Though as soon as he started with the "New kind of campaign", I figured it was doomed to fail. The age of the sound bite is not going to die easily. We do though most dearly need more like him who will not regurgitate back what you want him to say and answers questions thoughtfully. Maybe the reason he seems so laid back is that he is actually thinking while answering a question instead of picking a memorized statement that polled well.

Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

Heart breaking, really.