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Fred Thompson talks about Presidential politics and the Internet at Pajamas Media.
posted by Ticker at 5/18/2007 06:01:00 AM
Noonan (HT Reynolds): “He is running a great campaign. It's just not a declared campaign. It's a guerrilla campaign whose informality is meant to obscure his intent. It has been going on for months and is aimed at the major pleasure zones of the Republican brain. In a series of pointed columns, commentaries and podcasts, Mr. Thompson has been talking about things conservatives actually talk about.”
"Take your spot." Acting requires a strong attention to a multitude of energies. Those who come to understand this and work on their craft may do well, for luck does play a part here. Senator Thompson knows this, and he knows his craft.The successful farmer is truly a gambler. He does learn when his crop is ready for harvest and studies it's qualities closely. He knows that for corn, you must remove the husk and look inside.We will need to do this with the actor known as Fred Thompson, who also is a former Senator. So far, he has the lines, picks his spots well, and is very good at judging the lighting.
More from Noonan: "People speak of Mr. Thompson's movie-star looks. But he's not beautiful, he's heavy and gray. What he has is bearing. He has the manner of someone who thinks a great deal of himself, and thinks it after long personal pondering of his good points, bad points, high points and low. He may or may not be correct in his conclusions, but I suspect they are part of his draw. I suspect people pick them up."
May 18, 2007 US opens door to millions of MuslimsThe new immigration bill will allow hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions of Muslims to come into the United States over the next decade. Many of them have been indoctrinated all their lives to hate the United States, but that's not on the immigration qualifications. Nobody asks newcomers "have you been taught to hate the United States?" But that is exactly how France and Britain created their domestic terrorist threat: By importing hundreds of thousands of unassimilated people under the guise of multicultural love and peace. Almost all vote for the Left.Just Wonderful
As we move toward a country where 100 million citizens are minority in status, and many have no interest in assimilation into the history,values and traditional mores of the United States we begin to severely test James Madisons seminal Federalist Paper #10 concerning factions and their effect on our government."If a faction consists of less than a majority, relief is supplied by the republican principle, which enables the majority to defeat its sinister views by regular vote. It may clog the administration, it may convulse the society; but it will be unable to execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution. When a majority is included in a faction, the form of popular government, on the other hand, enables it to sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest both the public good and the rights of other citizens. To secure the public good and private rights against the danger of such a faction, and at the same time to preserve the spirit and the form of popular government, is then the great object to which our inquiries are directed. Let me add that it is the great desideratum by which this form of government can be rescued from the opprobrium under which it has so long labored, and be recommended to the esteem and adoption of mankind."This is but a small part of the #10 paper. It is a bedrock to understanding how our government is intended to work. I encourage the reading and understanding of it before the angle of the slippery slope increases.Federalist Paper #10
Wikipedia is often easier to follow than James Madison.Wiki explaination of Federalist #10FED#10
 Modern analysis and reactionIn the first century of the American republic, No. 10 was not regarded as among the more important numbers of The Federalist. For instance, in Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville refers specifically to more than fifty of the essays, but No. 10 is not among them. Today, however, No. 10 is regarded as a seminal work of American democracy. In "The People's Vote," a popular survey conducted by the National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day, and U.S. News and World Report, No. 10 (along with Federalist No. 51, also by Madison) was chosen as the 20th most influential document in United States history.
Just the relief that he's not as plastic as Hillary and/or Obama should be enough to win him the election (should he run, that is).
How long will Israel wait?Iran Crosses the Red Line By Kenneth R. TimmermanFrontPageMagazine.com | May 17, 2007Iran has officially crossed the “red line” in its nuclear weapons development. That is the conclusion a team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors reached after a surprise inspection of Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz this past Sunday. The Israelis have warned for years that once Iran “crossed the red line” of mastering enrichment technology, they would take military action. They have never said when, or how. But they have assumed, rightly, that any Iranian nuclear weapon would have ISRAEL written all over it, and are determined to prevent it from being built.Line Crossed
Nothing like having a cavalry charge of nominee prospects from both sides of the aisle to quickly size up just how big the egos are in DC.However, only two Senators have ever made it directly from the Senate to the WH...JFK and Warren G. Harding.We know about how good robust former actors do in the WH...RWR was one of the greats .. Thompson should run.
habuFor 200+ years the worst Americans had to fear from their politicians were burdensome taxes and inconveniences. Now it appears that they are hell bent to change the nation beyond recognition - and not in a good way. The European immigrants were poor but they were not primitives.
"There are many good and responsible people in government who are willing to work together – but the level of bipartisanship needed for real progress can only be achieved when politicians perceive that the American people demand it."The rub is they will only demand it from the idealogues that they'd vote for.
peterboston,Ab-si-tiv-ly right.That is the reason I posted all the stuff on FED #10 .. we're developing beyond the ability to have either of Madisons remedies as truly workable.Recently I have seen an uptick in the coverage of the need for farm labor and other traditional "gateway" jobs for new immigrants. This I don't doubt but the rub is a many headed hydra of non assimilation into our culture, the act that 14 million people should start life in the USA on a felony, and open borders do not a country make.The other conundrum driving this "urgency" to have illegals legitimized is that the Baby Boomers are going to be hitting the Ponzi scheme within two years and the revenue is needed.The drum end of the conundrum is the fact that right now it costs something like $10 from our Treasury (taxpayers) to cover the shortfall in the taxes the illegals pay now in the form of sales taxes etc. They get all the schooling, social welfare, healthcare, and their productivity doesn't come close to paying for what they're getting.Since the advent of LBJ's follow on of FDR with the "Great Society" we've lived the Marxist dictum,"From each according to his abilities to each according to their needs" I don't think we'll be escaping it in my lifetime. Government is just one giant redistribution machine.Things in the entire world are gett'n real sporty. I don't think I'm capable of holding my breath for the next five years but they should really be something.
Annoy Mouse,I'm not convinced that the average citizen, working 55-60 hour weeks,is knowledgeable enough to name all fifty states, much less have a huge groundswell of angst focused on government.We have it better than the rest of the world, but those of us who keep up with things see how easily it can and is beginning to slip away.The old story of Ben Franklin answering the lady who asked him what they had given us( after the Constitutional Convention) and he remarked. "A republic ,if you can keep it"Can we? or are we now at ennui?
AUTHOR: Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) QUOTATION: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.” ATTRIBUTION: The response is attributed to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN—at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation—in the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention. McHenry’s notes were first published in The American Historical Review, vol. 11, 1906, and the anecdote on p. 618 reads: “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.” When McHenry’s notes were included in The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, ed. Max Farrand, vol. 3, appendix A, p. 85 (1911, reprinted 1934), a footnote stated that the date this anecdote was written is uncertain.
The Constitution is being turned into a suicide pact.Enter Thos. Jefferson on his admonition that the revolution is never ending. The only question is which weapon will be used, the rifle or the vote? A civil war in today's environment would not allow us to cast aspersions on the French revolution ever again.
Look before you leap with Fred Thompson. Google well. He will get my vote when hell freezes over.
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