Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Mind Made Up -- Fred for President -- But is it Too Late?
I started out with great enthusiasm for Fred Thompson. But then the news said that he was lazy, unmotivated, dead in the water. Then the focus was on Huckabee and how he was the underdog, great at winning debates, inspiring the masses, etc. Then Bhutto was assassinated and every hour, several times an hour, every "expert" said that McCain was now going to get a boost. And he did. I didn't realize right away how much I was being manipulated. Until now.
The more I look into McCain and Huckabee's actual records, which everyone seems to push to the way-side, the more disenchanted I become. Why are FOX news and their contributors devoting so much energy touting McCain as the front-runner and the candidate most likely to beat Hillary? Have Republicans become so hell-bent on defeating Hillary that they are willing to endorse someone so much like her just to beat her? Where is the sense in that?
Then there is Huckabee. Another man who says one thing and does another. He raised taxes in Arkansas but we're supposed to believe he will lower them for the whole country. When he talks, he sounds more like a liberal sympathizer than a candidate truly ready to take on the problem of illegal immigration. And that is only the beginning.
The turning point in the race for me was the last Republican debate I watched in which Fred Thompson finally found his voice and told America exactly what Mike Huckabee was all about. My jaw dropped to the floor. I give FOX credit in at least allowing Luntz to interview his focus group which decided hands down that Fred won the night. But it was not before long that the lineup of McCain supporters started getting more air time and one program after another discounted Thompson's chances. It led me to wonder who is really pulling the strings and whether the American people are really willing to let themselves be duped into nominating an aisle-crosser who is more concerned with "making everyone happy" than standing up for the conservative movement. Yes, John McCain is a war hero but he is not running for General. He is running for President. No one seems to realize that those are very different jobs. Yes, the war in Iraq is important but it's not the only issue our country is facing.
So here I am. I've finally made up my mind. But will it matter? That is to be seen.
But with every political analysis segment I watch, the more I'm led to believe it's a lost cause.
Hopefully Thompson will continue to run on his merits as the only true conservative in the race and ignore all the pundits. I'm about to.
You ought to be discouraged... the GOP is a real sideshow circus. I greeted the Republican Revolution of 1994 with enthusiasm when I was just coming of age as a teenager. I thought naively, here is our chance to abolish all those unconstitutional federal agencies, and reaffirm the Tenth Amendment... and as if crickets were chirping nothing of the sort happened in spite of rhetoric about it. In college, I campaigned for the RNC, and Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader et al., and went in wide-eyed and looking to do battle with authoritarian Clintonites, until I gradually figured out the GOP racket... they're the party that says government doesn't work, and then they go get elected and prove it. Their rhetoric never matched reality: they preach fiscal conservatism, and states' rights federalism, and yet they don't practice what they preach.
Look how much federal spending went up under eight years of a GOP White House, and until last election a Republican-majority Congress. They play the same legal plunder games Democrats play.
When Alexis de Tocqueville wrote his brilliant Democracy in America, he presciently foresaw a phenomenon of 'democratic despotism, and he described its results thus: "After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
That's America today sadly.