Not a very original title but then I usually don’t.
Fred’s last message to Iowa is all of 17 minutes long and well worth the time to listen. For once I’m going to link to the YouTube video instead of embed it, not because of the length but because there are at last count 703 comments there, many from Ron Paulites off their meds but many from sincere well wishers and supporters, which I think are worth a read, even if time consuming. Yes, I know there are Ron Paul supporters who probably aren’t on meds but they’re not apparent in those comments and my statement is aimed at those making the comments.
The National Review Online has some good things to say about the message Fred is giving us:
Wondering about the early response to Fred Thompson’s closing argument to the people of Iowa, I just spent a moment skimming the comments on YouTube. About a fifth of the several hundred posts seem unimpressed, but the rest are positive-many simply glowing. A sampling:
If you call yourself a conservative, you need to vote for this man!
Wow. Watch the whole thing; it’s a little long. I had to wipe a tear from my eye at the end. THIS should be our next President. I know who I am voting for now.
Ladies and Gentlemen: The President of the United States of America!
Anybody with any patriotism that lives in this country, should see that Fred is right person for the Presidency. He is true to form! This just ignited a big fire in my gut!
WOW, When I watched this, it was like having one of the greatest Presidents of our time talking Directly to me.??That was AweInspiring, ??Thank You Fred!
This is what the American people have been waiting to here. Clear,powerful,humble,honest and Our next president,Fred Thompson
Damn!!!! just Damn!!!!!
While the other contenders are frantically saturating the Iowa airwaves with 30- and 60-second attack ads-Romney is guiltiest, if only because he’s richest-Thompson has sat himself down, looked into a camera, and spoken for a quarter of an hour, calmly and straightforwardly making his case. I myself find this impressive-in a way, moving. Thompson seems to have stepped out of the eighteenth century. He trusts voters to think. And if the comments on YouTube are at all representative, plenty of people agree.
Which brings me to a couple of questions for Our Man in Iowa, Byron York. How many Iowa Republicans will have the chance to see the Thompson video? Has Thompson’s campaign bought television time? Do they have the money? For that matter, is there a single television outlet in the Hawkeye State with any airtime left?
While we await Mr. York’s next dispatch, take a look at the Thompson video. Politics as, from time to time at least, they really ought to be.
Of course, given that the NRO has officially endorsed Romney, it’s not all sunny for the Thompson campaign on that front as Katheryn Jean Lopez shows us.
Angel Fred [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Heh. Move over, floating cross.
A reader spots the subtle messaging in Thompson’s Iowa video: “Fed’s got a halo. There’s no way that’s an accident. He’s obviously trying to tell us that he’s an angel sent to save us! Very clever, Senator!”
Don’t count Fred out, yet. I know lots of influential people have been saying that all along but it hasn’t seemed to affect the mainstream media. One wonders why they fear a Fred Thompson presidency beyond the surface liberal agenda. Is it because they might have to actually work for a living, that instead of making news via politicians who pander to them, they might actually have to research and report the news? I don’t know the answer to that although I have plenty of ideas.
Fred answered the “fire in the belly” accusation admirably. He gave a straightforward answer to a straightforward question. He kind of reminded me of another president, perhaps several if I take the time to think about it, but this one, in particular:
The English and American traditions and instincts are quite different. George Washington might wear a uniform when the Republic was in danger, to indicate his willingness and ability to defend it. As a rule, however, he deliberately stressed his civilian status by his dress. He was anxious to show that, unlike Cromwell 150 years before, he would not use his military victories to become a Caesar. His self-restraint fascinated contemporaries. After American independence was secured, King George III asked an American, “What will George Washington do now?” He was told: “I expect he will go back to his farm.” The King commented, in frank admiration: “If he does that, he will be the greatest man on earth.” And that is what he did. When he finally-and reluctantly-accepted political office, he waited to be summoned by election. The importance of Washington’s behavior should never be underrated, contrasting, as it did, so markedly with the behavior of Napoleon Bonaparte a few years later. It illustrated all the difference between a civil and a military culture. In statesmanship, personal self-restraint in the search for and exercise of power is a key lesson to teach. (Source: Heroes: What Great Statesmen Have to Teach Us, second paragraph.)
Yet the media saw fit to distort and outright lie to keep that message from reverberating through the voting ranks. Thompson answered a grassroots call to serve. He didn’t seek it and never looked for it. It came to him for reasons that are finally becoming apparent in spite of the mainstream media.
Tancredo did himself no favors by endorsing Romney. His campaign staff apparently aren’t buying it either. (#2)
KCRG-TV in Iowa has a poll out which goes in the opposite direction of most polls. The lower your number in that poll, the better! My last look at the actual poll had Fred at 2% rather than the 3% on the poll results shown on the Falcons for Fred blog.
If one cares to really research, you’re going to find that Romney, McCain, and the others in the race started switching their positions on a number of issues right about the time Fred set up his exploratory committee for the decision making process of to run or not to run(or as Shakespeare might have have put it: to be or not to be a presidential candidate).
Win or lose, Fred has done this country a great service just by highlighting that the American people want answers to our most important issues: honesty from their elected leaders and realistic solutions; not feel good soundbytes and flip-flops nor arrogance and “smarter than you” attitudes. Straight talk is what the American people respect and Fred is giving it to them, win or lose.
Once, while still researching whether to run or not, Thompson stated that a lot of doors have opened to him over his lifetime. The only choice he has is whether to walk through them or not. I, for one, am glad he chose to walk through the door which was opened by people calling his name to serve once again.
Although it has become cliche by now: Go, Fred!
I’m signing off for the extended weekend. See you after the holiday!!!!!!!!!
but didn’t realize even the Politico could sink so low as to outright lie but they did. To further compound the lies that have made the rounds over the blogosphere, Simon claimed an email to the Waverly Democrat resulted in Anelia Dimitrova stating that Thompson :
“was so vague that I would be hard-pressed to write a story. Simply put, there is no news peg other than he came to the newsroom with his model wife and a beehive of staffers. When I asked him specifically what he would do as prez for farmers in Bremer County, he resorted to glittering generalities.”
Yet today we have:
Thompson sat down with Waverly Newspapers Editor Anelia K. Dimitrova at the Waverly Newspapers office for an exclusive 10-minute interview. Two national journalists who had covered the Bill Clinton and Magic Johnson appearance in Waterloo earlier in the afternoon showed up for Thompson’s sit-down session, but were asked by the campaign to wait outside.
There’s no fury like big media scorned? You’d think they’d be used to it by now. FDT isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last to scorn them… especially if they can’t simply tell the truth and let us decide for ourselves.
Yesterday, I tried a slightly humorous and highly sarcastic approach on HRP dealing with the Huckabee furor over his Christmas ad. It didn’t go over as planned. I’ll stick to being ultraserious from now on. I guess people just don’t get my brand of dry humor. The ad did exactly what it was meant to do. Those of us who truly take our faith seriously can’t even understand how anyone could even see a cross in that segment but for those who are offended by any show of Christian faith, I suppose it was inevitable that they came to the conclusion they came to. Huckabee got lots and lots of facetime that wouldn’t have been possible if he had to buy it given that his campaign doesn’t have the funds at its command for such a media blitz. In the end, I have to agree with Ann Coulter on this one.
The Iowa Caucuses are just two weeks away to be followed shortly by N.H. and S.C. primaries shortly followed by Super Duper Tuesday… as it’s been dubbed because of the shift in primary dates for this election. One’s thoughts are decidedly dismal when reading articles such as: Three plead guilty in fake voter scheme and more recently Poll worker indicted in vote probe. Top that with: The Stunning Reality of Voter Fraud and one has to wonder does their vote even count. One also wonders if this trend more than any other factor affects voter turnout. Nothing like telling you your vote doesn’t count to convince people not to vote when there are long lines and rude people to deal with. Even if real voter fraud is rare, the media attention given to the cases there are is enough to convince voters to stay home. Just like the Huckabee ad had a goal to engender the furor that it engendered, so do the media with their voter fraud stories. So, perhaps we can make our votes count again by voting in spite of the frauds. We can still outnumber them.
If the northeast is so great how come people are migrating south for better livings? Some states are losing as many as 15oo people per day(Go South, Young Man). It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the biggest losers are the biggest spenders. These demographics shifts are a huge part of what is going to make the ’08 elections very interesting. However, if they don’t leave their political opinions from whence they came, they only bring with them what they sought to escape. Yes, this will be a most interesting election.
Time has shown its anti-American face prominently this year with their Person of the Year Award. Note also out of the 5 nominees, 3/5 are not Americans, 2/5 are communists (overlaps with the 3/5 nonAmericans) and 2/5 are fiction writers. Their explanation for the choice only serves to intensify the perception of their anti-American sentiments. Read also: Anti-Americanism: It’s About American Power, Not Policy.
How does one respect people like these when they give none? Bus driver solicits sex; students aboard, Chairs Thrown During Parents’ Fight at School Christmas Program, Thrown Object Knocks Out Santa. How about this one: UK Teachers Caught on Video Humiliating Bound Student? Or this: World Orgasm Day to Promote Peace in War-Torn Countries?
Merry Christmas World.
Congress would win the pig calling contest at any fair any day of the week.
Republicans Blast ‘Misguided’ Omnibus Spending Bill
(CNSNews.com) – What can you say about a 3,500-page appropriations bill that stands more than a foot tall? Nothing good, according to Republicans. But Democrats are spinning the spending bill as a step in their much-talked-about “New Direction.”
Unfortunately, blasting it after the fact doesn’t help when they voted for it in the first place. The Heritage Foundation has a blog dedicated to the “Omnibust” Bill with such plums as:
- The Charles Rangel “Monument to Me” ($1.95 million)
- Rodent control in Alaska ($113,000)
- Olive fruit fly research in France ($213,000)
- Hunting and Fishing Museum in Pennsylvania ($200,000)
- Louis Armstrong Museum in New York ($150,000)
- A bike trail in Minnesota ($700,000)
- A river walk in Massachusetts ($1,000,000)
- A post office museum in downtown Las Vegas ($200,000); and
• The Lincoln Park Zoo in Illinois ($37,000)
What it boils down to is massive tax hikes for fluff while making it increasingly difficult for the average salaried worker to make ends meet. Yes, I’ve watched flour jump from $.79/5 lb bag to $1.79/5 lb bag. I’ve watched the price of a gallon of milk go from $2.38 to $4.29. Yes, I know part of that cost is the rise in shipping costs. The health nuts talk about healthy diets, buying fresh produce over processed foods. You know you’re in a pickle when you go to the store and the processed foods are cheaper than good wholesome food that takes time to prepare from scratch. I suppose it’s one way to make people go on a diet. And yes, I know somebody will come along and argue about the cost of the GWOT and that if we weren’t paying for __________ (fill in the blank). However, the point is: Congress doesn’t care. The only reason they care about the war at all is because it’s less money they can blow.
For those to whom it is not quite apparent, it wouldn’t matter how much money was saved by ending the war in Iraq. They’re complaining about not having enough money to spend. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the government coffers are like a black hole. Once the money goes into them you’ll never see it again.
I’m sick of hearing about fiscal responsibility and the rising deficit from a Congress who really couldn’t care less. Responsible people cut back on unnecessary spending when the budget is tight.
And the MSM is silent, unless you count an MSNBC blogpost that initially got it wrong. Michelle Malkin reported it at 10:27AM EST. It’s now 7:31AM EST and the MSM is still silent.
If celebrity endorsements are essentially worthless for the long haul, does that mean newspaper endorsements put a candidate in the red?
Given the growing mistrust of the media, in my mind, these endorsements are like the “kiss of death”. Given that premise (which may be faulty since it’s personal perception) one wonders if it’s deliberate and the intent is to kill their chances of being nominated.
If people don’t trust the media why would they listen to their choices or even to the ones who get most of the media coverage?
Now, considering this is a personal perception and I hold a total lack of respect for 95% of the media regardless of its medium, I am rather happy that my chosen candidate isn’t doing well in their polls. The almost blackout of coverage of him in the media lends itself to this perception and is something that might should be celebrated instead of bemoaned. Perhaps they’re doing him a favor not covering him much and what little coverage they do give tends to be on the negative side.
Perhaps he has realized something the rest of us are just acting upon: The media is not our friends. They want conflict and sensationalism because it sells better. Why would they want somebody in office that might could end the turmoil which makes them so much money? What happens when a candidate shows an independent streak?
Consider also, for the Democratic side that the media has turned fairly negative towards Clinton lately while ignoring the truly glaring negatives of Norman Hsu and other bundlers supporting her campaign. Perhaps the media realizes also that they aren’t trusted and are using the negative to ‘herd us in the right direction’.
Quite a conundrum, isn’t it?
Link in case it goes wonky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtR3cgyibUQ
Link in case it goes wonky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idB1y6NZsNc
While the media is saying it’s too late for Fred, it’s not too late until the votes are all cast.