I’ve been doing the happy happy dance ever since these words (from USAToday):
“I can’t remember exactly the point that I said, ‘I’m going to do this,’ ” Thompson says, his 6-foot, 6-inch frame sprawled comfortably across a couch in a hotel suite. “But when I did, the thing that occurred to me: ‘I’m going to tell people that I am thinking about it and see what kind of reaction I get to it.’ “
I’d advice reading the whole article but the other big thing in the article for me was this:
Some skeptics question whether Thompson has the drive for a national campaign. “He didn’t have a particularly distinguished Senate career, though that has never been a bar to anybody else being president,” says David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union, who isn’t supporting any candidate. “The book on him is he’s lazy. I don’t know whether that’s true or not.”
Thompson bristles at the suggestion that he’s lazy or running on a lark â€” dismissing those as “shots by concerned future competitors.” He acknowledges a campaign involves “working your fanny off” and predicts his late start means he’ll need less money than the others.
Sometime ago, although this blog is still relatively new, I mentioned something about that hereÂ where I said:
The only real complaint about Thompson that Iâ€™ve heard is that he doesnâ€™t like to work hard. Well, I gotta say, Bush looks like heâ€™s working hard and still hasnâ€™t gotten anywhere. Congress runs around like a bunch of chickens squawking about stupid crap instead of concentrating on whatâ€™s important. When youâ€™re a farmer, you learn how to work smart early in life. Otherwise, you work yourself to death before youâ€™re thirty.
Thereâ€™s a difference in working hard and working smart. You canÂ push hardÂ and still be stuck in the mud. But, if you look for other more effective ways of pushing, youâ€™ll get out of that mud a lot quicker. I believe Thompson is one of those who works smart and get things done instead of working hard and getting nowhere.
Let’s look at that a bit. Thompson has done no hard campaigning,Â Â yet he’s captured at least 10% in the polls. All the front runners in both parties have been campaigning their butts off for months (it seems like years to me) and not a single one of them can capture more than 34%. That says a lot about both fields, doesn’t it? Yet, the liberal media tries to put a spin on it:
CBS News: There’s a whole bass pond of ironies in all this. Al Gore by any semi-detached measure is the more accomplished public figure, but Fred Thompson is the one whose party is pining.
Seems to me a lot of people are pining on both sides of the fence. Now, I’m not a Gore fan, by any stretch of the imagination but it seems to me like somebody who couldn’t even take his home state in a general election ain’t all they are trying to make of him. So, he won an Oscar. So have a lot of other people for works of fiction and it didn’t make them presidential material, either. As Vice President he did less than Thompson and certainly less than just about any other Vice President I can remember… well… he might tie with Quayle for that position. I can’t seem to remember much of anything about Quayle except the time the media ridiculed him for his spelling.
My opinion is that it speaks a lot for the character of a person that the only thing they can find to complain about is superficialities. I’m sure as the respective campaigns progress, they’llÂ start undermining his political stances and so on but that’s part of the run for the White House.Â
Polls have him losing to the likes of Clinton and Obama but I don’t know…. there are a lot of people out there dissatisfied. When I think of the two frontrunners on the Democrat side, I think to myself: I haven’t needed a nanny since before I started school and I’m not so old that I need one again although depending on I progress in old age I might need one sometime.
Clinton wants to tax the rich to give to big government to manage because we’re obviously incapable of managing our own money (not that I’m anywhere near rich). Yet, she is among the first to invest “offshore” where her money is safe from governmental hands. When she puts hers and Bill’s money where her mouth is then I’ll consider her proposals… otherwise… stay out of my finances and I’ll stay out of yours.
I hear similar sentiments from Obama’s camp plus the one where he’ll put us in jail for not having health insurance… hisÂ way, not my own. In other words, he’s gonna make me pay about 6 times more than I pay now for healthcare… or go to jail. Well,that’s okay. He can put me in jail and give me free lodging, free food, and free… healthcare. Nothing like free to beat paying for everybody else, huh?
If you really want a peep into the future under a Clinton or Obama presidency, look no further than West Virginia under Byrd’s and Rockefeller’s rule as the premierÂ state. You know, that place that gets put down all the time if not forgotten about completely? Imagine it multiplied by 50 and there you have what this country will become.Â No wonder Clinton has earned the nickname ‘Czarina’. I wonder what nickname will be conferred upon Obama that will stick that hard.
Anyway, I’ll leave you with one last article from Thompson’s ‘hometown’ (it’s not really since he grew up in Lawrenceburg but close enough): The Tennessean has this to say.
Update: Even the left blogosphere is buzzing about Fred Thompson. After reading just one entry and the comments posted… well…I gotta say… Anybody they endorse as a candidate would have me running in the opposite direction so fast they would feel the wind from my passing… whether it’s Fred Thompson or somebody else.Â But then, what do I know, I’m just a dumb ole hillbilly, right? I’m probably so dumb compared to them I shouldn’t be allowed to have an opinion on anything… oh, wait… isn’t that what Hillary wants to do; prevent people who don’t agree with her from being able to voice dissent?
More from the left:
http://www.blogowogo.com/blog_article.php?aid=768207&t=11&highlight= (Oh, if you manage to read the whole entry, that truck is parked at his mother’s house according to the Tennessean. So much for the “facts.”)
Is there a better way to say running scared than, “bwok, bwok”? Read between the lines, folks. Look at what they say but more importantly, look at what they don’t say.
First there’s this: http://www.michellemalkin.com/mt/oct05-tb.cgi/6955
Michelle Malkin has a new video up reminding people what some of these “immigrants” really want and it’s not legalization.
Second there’s this: I went out on a limb and emailed the Vice President, outlining my arguments about this bill. Continue reading
I thought for my weekend post, considering it’s Memorial Day Weekend, and we should honor our fallen military, I’d honor them by exposing an enemy of the state who has managed to steer clear of ever being caught at it. He’s so good at it, he’s fooled every president we’ve had since this man took a Senate seat and he always ends up on committees that will aid his socialist agenda, like the present Immigration Bill. I don’t believe it’s coincidence that he ends up authoring every Immigration Bill that’s been handed down to us at least since the 1986 Amnesty Bill.
Source: Discover the Networks
Five Reasons to Fear the Democratic PartyÂ By Michelle Malkin
Townhall.com | July 28, 2004Â (link in Malkin’s name)
And yet, this joker is still in office after 42 years, manages to attach himself to every major piece of legislation to come down the pipe since he first took office… in spite of the fact that he’s been wrong over and over and over again. The only thing heÂ has doneÂ right in all these years was turn Reagan into a Republican.
Happy Reading, folks!
I have a theory why Kennedy keeps providing amnesty to masses upon masses of illegal aliens including a sizable number who are not friendly to the United States and it is: These kinds of people are easier to control. They come from countries who are totalitarian and socialist in nature. It’s what they’re used to; even the smallest improvement upon their former lives is a Godsend, and they’ll worship the person who gives it to them.
U.S. citizens on the other hand cut their teeth on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We look at democracy in the form of the majority rules. The majority rule, as of now, doesn’t allow far enough for a total socialist society here in the states… so… how do you get a majority in order to be able to instill a socialist agenda? Why, you have to import masses upon masses upon masses of immigrants from socialist nations. Those politicians seeking to recreate this nation into a socialist one will keep importing masses until they’ve reached critical mass–the number needed to become the majority rules to overide the wishes of the freedom loving folk like you and me. At this point those of us who publicly reject socialistic totalitarian rule and seek to fight against it will become declared enemies of the state with prices on our heads.
The problem comes in with them making it all sound so good to our politically untrained ears. Yeah, it sounds good until time after time you hear the same thing, then you start wondering, then looking, then researching, digging ever deeper into the past to see how we got to this point. Then you beging to see how we’ve been manipulated for decades and you hang your head in defeat thinking it’s too late.
I have days of hope and days of despair because each new move in our federal government takes us closer to that cliff edge of a New America built in the images of the old regimes that oppressed people so mightily that millions died of neglect, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Se Tung, and others.
This is not a new movement but a continual movement ever towards that cliff edge. It began many years ago, almost a century now, and continues. It’s a slow movement that has patience as a virtue as it slowly erodes the rights and the will of the people it seeks to suppress. It more recent years it has picked up a little steam, in succeeding years it will pick up more because people have been kept unaware of the snakes in their midst, protected from knowing too much about what’s happening to their country, lulled into thinking that they are being kind and generous to support all those poor people who deserve a better life. It’s all an illusion created by the enemies of freedom and democracy; a dream from which Â the enemies’ leaders hope we’ll never wake up.
Have you ever heard the cliche, “Sometimes it’s necessary to be cruel to be kind”?
Let me close with a rhetorical questions:
If we didn’t allow the porous border for Mexican citizens to cross over here to escape the brutality of their existence in their own country, how long would it be before the country exploded into a civil war to overthrow their oppressed government? This question includes all those from the Middle East, Asian, and European countries who use those same borders because it’s cheaper than doing it legallyÂ and easier than stayingÂ to confront the madness in charge of their governments.
God Bless America! We’re going to need every blessing that He sees fit to bestow upon us to see us through this nightmare.
Those pushing amnesty down our throats are even thinking about this or they are thinking about it and don’t care, like the socialist Democrats who want to install a socialist nation preferably by spilling only the blood of their new slave class and skating out from under a cloud of failure if it does, indeed, fail:
I’ve listened to everything across the board about this bill and just finished listening to the president on the subject. It was clear to me that the president has either not read this bill or he’s lying.Â This is based upon the fact that if he has read it,Â he’d know a lot of what he said was not true.
There are no real “triggers”, there are no requirements for learning English, but simply to show an attempt to learn… and they have 8 years to do that. It’s clear to me, that our politicians have no idea of what we, the people who won’t do those jobs, have to deal with when it comes to illegal immigrants. Our politicians are isolated and cushioned against the consequences of 12-20 million nonEnglish speaking people “doing the jobs Americans won’t do” (regardless of the fact that there are about 76% of the agricultual industry being represented by citizens of this nation). Nor do they address the fact that there are people willing to go through the proper channels to get those jobs that these politicians are giving away to people who broke our laws. There are people who have been waiting years and have spent probably quite a bit more than the penalty fees stated in this new amnesty bill. I wonder how they feel knowing they threw so much money away when it would have been cheaper to break the law and be forgiven their crime.
Over at Hang RightÂ last week, there was an open thread on the Amnesty bill of 2007, calling for ideas. My comment there went something like this:
On the subject of the immigration, visas, etc. If they want to give these people legal status there need to be some requirements such as:
1. My husband hasnâ€™t had a raise in 2 years because heâ€™s afraid to ask for one for fear of losing his job to someone who will work for less money, so, first: Canâ€™t pay them less than a citizen makes for the same work(the competitive wage conundrum) with timely raises to offset inflation.
2. No TANF assistance at any time until citizenship has been accomplished. If they donâ€™t have a job, it forces them to find employment or they go back whence they came.
3. Employers must pay workersâ€™ compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, health insurance (companies pay a percentage of that typically) and taxes the same as they would do for a citizen.
4. Take down the Mexican Flags, recognize this countryâ€™s sovereignty, and assimilate into our culture rather than impose their culture (Iâ€™m not talking ethnicity here, but the socialist components of their culture that allows them to think theyâ€™re entitled to something theyâ€™re not). No special considerations of religion (such as the Muslim School in NYC paid for with tax dollars). We are a â€œwesternâ€ culture, not a Middle Eastern one. Assimilate or leave. The multiculturalism crap never meant that one culture should be allowed to impose upon another by sublimation using special considerationsâ€¦ it means understanding that other countries have different cultures and to respect those differences while IN THEIR COUNTRIES, not ours. In order to get respect you have to be able to give respectâ€¦ itâ€™s not a one way concept. If they donâ€™t like our country and our way of life, they are more than welcome to leave it.
5. Stop printing everything in 100 different languages and save trees and money. People must learn English or suffer the consequences and I donâ€™t mean that silly clause that says they â€œmust attempt to learnâ€. No attempt to it, just do it or suffer. As long as we keep printing stuff to make it easier on them, they have no incentive to learn.
6. Any citizen who loses a job to an immigrant on a work visa/guest worker program should receive free tuition to retrainÂ in order to once againÂ become competitive in the job market.Â I think I’d like to become a lawyer but I can’t afford to go back to college on my own. I have a feeling I could probably make a very good living in that field for years to come.
7. Criminal activity should be punished at the same levels that citizens are punished, regardless of legal status. At this time, illegal aliens are not punished at the same level or in the same manner as they are usually designated for deporture rather than incarceration.
8. No federal or state tax dollars to be given to sanctuary cities for any reason.
Any other ideas, folks?
Here’s an interesting article:
Borrowing the famous words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away,” we can now see that old treaties never die, they can be resurrected years or even decades after taking what we thought was a knockout punch.
President George W. Bush is scheduled to announce any day that he will breathe new life into the old United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which President Ronald Reagan rejected in 1982. Bush’s National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley has asked Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Biden, D-Del., to secure Senate ratification “as early as possible.”
To defuse expected opposition, the Bush administration has been pursuing a most unusual lobbying campaign: inviting two or three prominent conservatives at a time to the White House without telling them in advance the purpose of the invitation or who will be present. After admission past executive office barricades, the conservatives are subjected to aggressive lobbying by administration heavy hitters: usually the chief counsel for the State Department and the judge advocate general of the U.S. Navy.
The 202-page Law of the Sea Treaty entered into force in 1994 and has been ratified by 153 countries. The treaty created the International Seabed Authority, giving it total jurisdiction over all the oceans and everything in them, including the ocean floor with “all” its riches (“solid, liquid or gaseous mineral resources”), along with the power to regulate 70 percent of the world’s surface.
If this is true, freedom loving folk are in deep doo doo.Â Not only is our government taking away our rights as citizens here inside this country, they’re going to make sure we remain prisoners within it as well?
We regret that the vote for Cloture has passed with 69 Yea votes from the Senators. They voted this way even though the 20 offices we polled reported angry Americans calling against S. 1348 by 3 to 1 against! A source in Senator Richard Burr’s office in North Carolina told us their office was keeping a tally an on one sheet alone there were 200 calls against, 7 calls in favor of S. 1348.
Sellout Senators like Richard Burr and others are in for some hard lessons in the near future.
The good news is that Senator Reid has retreated on the Fast Track and has now asked for two weeks to discuss and change this bill including the week after Memorial Day weekend.
Since this bill contains so many unpopular provisions, this will hurt the effort supporting this Amnesty Bill as more information reaches the public.
Also, this bill faces another Cloture vote before it can be voted on and passed so that gives us another chance to pick up 9 votes!
Thank you to everyone that has worked so hard.
For a list of Senators that voted for or against S. 1348, we will post that information as we get it at this link. The list is under construction and names and votes will be added as the data comes in.
We have yet begun to fight!
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC)
There’s a link up there for the list of traitors to us citizens but it’s also below:
Sellout Pro Amnesty Senators that Voted against a majority of Americans by voting Yea on Cloture Round 1 for S. 1348 in Alphabetical Order.
Stevens (R-AK) **
The Senators that voted against Cloture and Against Amnesty in S. 1348
Senators that did not cast a vote
Not Voting – 8
** 2008 Senate Candidates
And I just commented on another post here that I had a feeling they were going to shove this thing down our throats, didn’t I?
This morning, I read an article that puts it succinctly for me:
Today’s immigrants are not assimilating into our culture.Â Ted Kennedy’s Immigration Reform Act of 1965 has created a situation in which 85 percent of our immigrants hail from the Third World and Asia. This portends the destruction of the western civilization that has given us everything we hold dear, from ourÂ freedom to our prosperity, not for reasons of race, but because of circumstances at least partly created by Americans ourselves.
Assimilation is not a process magically initiated upon setting foot on American terra firma.Â Rather, it only occurs when one or both of two conditions are met: The foreign elements must have a desire to assimilate or the host nation must place pressure on them to do so.Â Unfortunately, neither is the case today because both immigrants and native-born Americans are far different than they once were.Â
I’ve pointed out that a nation allows its stabilizing majority to disappear at its own peril (unprecedented Third World immigration has reduced America’s European-heritage population from almost 90 percent to about 66 percent in just a little more than four decades).Â But a critic could rightly mention that white Americans weren’t always viewed so monolithically.Â When our nation saw a huge influx of Irish, Italian and German immigrants, there was often great group conflict; ethnic slurs passed lips and fights were not uncommon (amazing how they negotiated this period without “hate crime” laws, huh?).Â Yet, there was a difference.
Immigrants: Today vs. YesteryearÂ
Today’s M&M influx (Moslems and Mexicans) is distinguished from previous immigrant waves by aÂ sense of entitlement.Â A Zogby poll found that 58 percent of Mexicans believe California and the Southwest rightly belong to them.Â Although this belief is bred by a tendentious view of history, it doesn’t change the end result.Â It has spawned groups such as Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), which advocates conquering the Southwest in the name of Mexico.Â More significantly, it causes many average Mexicans to have no compunction about imposing their culture and language on the country that has so generously given them succor.
Where Mexicans exhibit ethnic patriotism, Moslems manifest religious chauvinism.Â Far too many pious Moslems believe they have been enjoined to impose their faith on others by any means necessary; this is why they will unabashedly demand concessions, such as their own dormitories at colleges and an Arabic public school in New York City.Â It’s also why they have fought for the right to use sharia law to settle civil disputes in Canada.Â Â
This lies in stark contrast to the behavior of most of yesteryear’s immigrants.Â Like anyone else, they certainly felt comfortable in the bosom of their own subculture; yet, they knew they were in another’s land and never viewed accommodation by their host nation as a birthright, and any ethnic patriotism harbored was often trumped by the dream of becoming American.Â Unfortunately, today’s immigrants’ dream is often our nightmare, one from which we could arise if only, if only, if only….
Looking at the American in the MirrorÂ Â Â
Walt Kelly wrote, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”Â The truth is that when assigning blame, our feet are where the majority of it must lie.Â There was a time when Americans, like most nationalities, took pride in their culture and defended it with manly fortitude.Â Today, though, after decades of imbuing the modern mind with the “Hey, hey, ho, ho, western culture’s gotta go!” mentality, this is no longer the case.Â Too many of us have imbibed the multiculturalist malt, with its evenhanded principle stating that others have a right to their cultures and we have a right to them, too.Â But this philosophical shift has been addressed before, so let’s discuss a nuts and bolts aspect of the problem.
Many of us understand how government actively thwarts assimilation by pandering to foreign elements.Â Our government will print official documents in other languages (the standard California driver’s license test is available in 32 of them) just so those without enough respect to learn our national common tongue can collect our national treasure and cast votes for those who lavish it upon them.Â But this isn’t where governmental complicity in this problem ends.Â
Traditionally, Americans never relied on government to achieve most goals, and ensuring assimilation was no exception.Â Many years ago, for instance, if a person insisted on dressing like an advertisement for the Middle Ages, didn’t learn the language or sought to impose strange beliefs in the workplace, he would have been fired or not hired in the first place.Â What this means is that the Moslem clerks and cab drivers who, respectively, won’t ring up pork and won’t pick up passengers with alcohol or seeing-eye dogs would have either changed their ways or returned to where ways don’t change.Â This enforcement of tradition through individual initiative is what almost every non-western country does and makes sense.Â If you’re so enamored of your native ways, stay in your native land.Â
If you tried this today, though, you’d receive a treatment from the proctologist of government bureaucracies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.Â Yes, because freedom of association has been trumped by lawless judges, citizens have lost control over their businesses, rental properties and, in many cases, organizations.Â Privately owned and financed entities can no longer determine who receives paychecks, who will be served and who will be rented to, thus removing the social pressure to conform that the common man would naturally apply via the exercise of his values in his castle.Â Likewise, local school boards have been robbed of the right to set dress codes and behavior standards reflecting the surrounding community.Â What this means is now you can’t refuse to hire a cross-dressing Columbian from Cartagena.Â Ah, it sounds almost Jeffersonian… Â almost.Â We’ve now traded liberty for perversity.
America is being erased.Â The stabilizing majority that forged her unique culture is being eroded through the importation of culturally imperialistic forces by treasonous politicians.Â And traitors they are, and be not faint-hearted in saying so.Â After all, if this happened anywhere but in western nations, the lamentation over this cultural imperialism would be staggering.Â Just imagine if the majority population of Nigeria or Cambodia were rapidly being replaced with a European one.Â The only question would be whether the nation they hailed from would be targeted by only stupid bureaucrats or also smart bombs.
A wise person once said a definition of insanity is “. . . doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”Â This aphorism has been attributed variously to Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein, and for all I know, Chief Seattle. Given that we have a greatly diminished sense of national identity, Moslem terrorists blending into a multicultural mish-mash, Spanish supplanting English, and Mexican flags going up while American ones come down, should we really stay the course?Â
The M&M invasion sympathizers may call me names, but I’ll simply render a diagnosis: They’re insane.Â They have turned immigration into an institution.Â It’s time for it to be institutionalized.
To me, this is the crux of the matter, the assimilation conundrum. The United States has always been welcoming of immigrants in pursuit of the “American Dream” but those immigrants in times past always assimilated into our western culture. Today, we make concession after concession and get nothing in return but demands for more concessions. If we want to retain our national sovereignty, it’s time to tell these would be immigrants to assimilate or leave. No more special considerations.Â