Posts Tagged ‘Thompson’

Two is not too much for today

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

I’m out of town and out of my normal routine for a few days, but I have had a chance to read a couple of good articles that I’ll pass along.

First from the Herald, there is this nice “Whatcom View” article. If this is part of the new crop of local focus articles then I’m very happy that the spectrum of authors is not confined to somewhere between left and far left.

Lots of things to think about.It has taken something over two centuries for the U.S. post office to finally get somewhat reliable delivery of a letter across town. How much management by the federal government do you wish to have in the health-care industry? Once the decision is made there likely will be no going back.

Robert Knudson

The Bellingham Herald / Dentist questions realities of government health care

If you believe socialized medicine will bring us cutting edge medicine, then you only have to think of this authors analogy to our postal system to squelch that thought. Even with a head start and government subsidizing, the US Postal system missed the mark on cutting edge fast delivery. Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of Red, Blue, and FedEx?

Second article is one which I read about in a comment yesterday. It’s by talk show host and writer Melanie Morgan. Her article in WorldNetDaily is an endorsement for Fred Thompson who she refers to as “the complete conservative for president.”

As a conservative Republican, I’ve endured more than my fair share of elections where I was told to hold my nose and vote for the lesser of evils.

That rankles me.

But in this presidential election we have the chance to vote for a man who represents an ideal package: a fiscal conservative, a social conservative and a conservative on national security issues. None of the other presidential candidates are as consistently conservative on the array of issues facing this nation as Fred Thompson is. It is fun, though, watching as they all try to reinvent themselves in some kind of election year extreme makeover.

What I admire most about Fred Thompson is that he doesn’t apologize for his conservatism.

WorldNetDaily: The complete conservative for president

Go Fred!

Fred Thompson: Education

Friday, January 18th, 2008

I think this is the third post regarding Fred Thompson’s position and direction on several issues key for American, both in everyday life and in next years presidential election. As a parent, what Fred has to say in this white paper on education hits right at home. A child’s education truly does start at home and it is important to have an education system that supports parents rather than attempting to negate them.

Fred Thompson believes that every child in America deserves a quality education, and that every parent should determine how that is best accomplished. Despite the tens of billions of dollars spent on education by Washington each year, and the hundreds of federal education programs now in place, our children are still falling behind, particularly in subjects crucial to success in the global economy in which we live. Given the importance of education to our nation’s security, prosperity, and unity, we should all be alarmed and committed to solving this problem.

At a time when America is behind other developed countries in education excellence, the federal role in education is too intrusive and too bureaucratic, and has become part of the problem. No Child Left Behind was a good start — the testing component, in particular, was a necessary measure. The associated federal mandates, however, have put significant administrative burdens on teachers and caused many States to lower testing standards.

State and local governments are closest to the parents, the kids, and the schools. They are best situated to implement changes and innovations that result in better educated children. A new, simplified, federal education block grant program with objective testing standards would bring us closer to reaching the shared goal of improving our schools, while preserving local control. We must begin by returning to our core principles of more parental control and choice, higher standards, and greater accountability as described below:

Empowering Parents, Teachers, and Local School Boards

  • Give parents the ability to choose the best setting situation to meet the needs of their children–whether in a public, private, religious, home or charter school setting.
  • Empower parents and provide choices through vouchers and tax credits.
  • Help educators and school boards by removing federal bureaucratic red-tape and paperwork.

Promoting Higher Standards for Academic Excellence

  • Give states greater flexibility to better measure individual student progress by encouraging the development of individualized state education plans.
  • Remove federal mandates that penalize states for adhering to higher academic standards.
  • Condition education funding on states setting objective, measurable test standards.
  • Encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Ensuring Accountability within America’s Education System

  • Measure individual student progress and provide assistance to those who need it.
  • Challenge America’s children to succeed in the competitive global economy by offering advanced course-work and more focused educational opportunities.
  • Incentivize teachers who help close the achievement gap by rewarding them for serving in the most challenging schools.
  • Promote transparency to assess academic performance and share innovations in education.

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Fred Thompson: Traditional American Values

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

In Fred Thompson’s white paper on Traditional American Values he addresses a few key values that set America apart from the rest of the world. In part, these traditional values are what makes us who we are as Americans.

I strongly believe that a lot of hardship and despair in our nation today is a direct result of our society straying too far from these traditional family values.

  • Protecting Life
    Fred Thompson is pro-life. He believes in the sanctity of human life and that every life is worthy of respect. He had a 100% pro-life voting record in the Senate and believes Roe v. Wade was a bad decision that ought to be overturned. He consistently opposed federal funding to promote or pay for abortion and supported the Partial Birth Abortion Act, the Child Custody Protection Act, and President Reagan’s “Mexico City” policy. While Fred Thompson supports adult stem cell research, he opposes embryonic stem cell research. He also opposes human cloning.
  • Supporting Marriage
    Fred Thompson believes marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that this institution is the foundation of society. As such, he supported the Defense of Marriage Act when he served in the Senate. He supports a constitutional amendment to prevent activist judges from misreading the Constitution to force same-sex marriage on any state and on our society.
  • Protecting our Kids
    While censorship is dangerous, obscenity is not legally protected, and laws against it should be vigorously enforced. Parents need to be empowered to protect their children from inappropriate matter, whether on TV, in video games, or on the computer. And we must do all we can to fight the explosion of child pornography over the Internet.
  • Limiting the Role of the Judiciary
    For many years, the judiciary has been too eager to engage in social engineering under the guise of interpreting the Constitution. Fred Thompson is a lawyer who understands the difference between interpreting the law and making it. He is committed to appointing judges who understand and respect that difference and who will only interpret and apply the law, not make it. When President Bush needed someone to shepherd the nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States, he turned to Fred Thompson, who steered the Roberts nomination to its successful confirmation. John Roberts represents the kind of judges Fred Thompson would seek to appoint as President.

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Fred Thompson: First Principles

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

This is the first of a series of posts meant to showcase Fred Thompson’s values, beliefs and position on major issues of importance to our nation. All the information is available at Fred08.com. I encourage everyone jump over there and spend a little time reading. If not just visit here over the next week or so. Here we go.

Anyone who has heard me speak knows my firm commitment to what I call “First Principles.” These grow out of the documents of our Nation’s founding and the wisdom of the ages. They are core beliefs that guide my approach to the issues that are crucial to our Nation’s future. I believe in–

  • Individual Liberty. As Jefferson spelled out in the Declaration of Independence, our basic rights come from God, not from government, and that among these inalienable rights is the right to liberty. We must allow individuals to lead their lives with minimal government interference.
  • Personal Responsibility. The corollary to liberty is responsibility. No society can succeed and thrive for any duration unless free people act in a responsible way. All of us must take responsibility for our actions and strive to improve our own lives and to contribute to building a better society.
  • Free Markets. Free people are best equipped to order their own affairs, and the common interest benefits from and is improved by the aggregate success of all. We must reform our tax system, encourage investment, support entrepreneurial spirit, open markets abroad to American goods, and minimize burdensome government regulations to continue to expand the economy and bring increased wealth to all Americans.
  • Limited Government. Government must be strong enough to protect us, competent enough to provide basic government services, but limited by the delineated powers in the Constitution.
  • Federalism . Our Constitution innovatively guarantees our liberties by spreading power among the three branches of the federal government, and between the federal government and the states. In considering any action by the government, we must always ask two questions: is the government better equipped than the private sector to perform the task and, if so, what level of government (federal or state) ought to do it. Washington is not the seat of all wisdom.
  • Protecting our Country. The first responsibility of the federal government is to protect the nation and the American people. There is no more important task. We must have a strong and effective military, capable intelligence services, and a vigorous law enforcement and homeland security capacity.
  • Traditional American Values. A healthy society is predicated on belief in God; respect for all life; strong families centered on the institution of marriage—the union of a man and a woman; and self-respect and tolerance of others. While we are all free to live our lives in the pursuit of our own happiness, the government has a responsibility to respect the right of parents to raise their children and to promote the values that produce the strongest society.
  • The Rule of Law. We protect our liberty, secure our rights, and promote a just and stable society through the rule of law. We owe to ourselves and our fellow citizens our own adherence to the rules, but tough law enforcement and punishment for those who do not. A free and independent judiciary that interprets the law by adhering strictly to legal text and respects its limited role in our system of government is essential to our security and freedom, and we need judges who understand that role if we are to preserve our republic and freedom.
  • Conserving Our Nation’s Resources. Each of us is put on Earth for a limited period of time. We must always strive to ensure that the resources we use to lead our lives are here for future generations to enjoy and use as well.

We live in the greatest country on earth. We have been truly blessed. This blessing carries with it an obligation: to keep it that way and to leave this country at least as strong, prosperous, and united as when we entered it.