Thursday, April 12, 2007

Endorsement: Fred Thompson for President

Since I'm sure the world has been waiting to see who I will endorse for President of the United States in 2008 (said with tongue very firmly in cheek), I hereby endorse and encourage Fred Dalton Thompson to stand for nomination by the Republican Party and to seek election to the office of President of the United States in 2008.

First, I endorse Fred because of his record of service to my home State. Fred grew up in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. After he graduated from Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) and Vanderbilt University Law School, Fred became an assistant United States attorney in Nashville.

At the age of 30, Fred was appointed Minority Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, where he served in 1973 and 1974. In 1977 Thompson took on the case of a Tennessee Parole Board chairman fired under suspicious circumstances. Thompson's work helped to expose a cash-for-clemency scheme that ultimately toppled corrupt Governor Ray Blanton.

Then, in 1996, he ran for and was elected to the United States Senate by the people of Tennessee. It was then that I first met the Senator, when he was touring Tennessee's ninety-five counties, and he stopped at the Courthouse in my hometown (the picture from that occasion is going to be dusted off and published to Facebook soon).

That is the second reason that I endorse Fred: his rock-solid, Tennessee-style conservative record. One of the things that marks a Tennessee lawmaker on the state-wide level is their tendency to practical conservatism. According to On the Issues.org, Fred is a moderate, populist conservative. Check out his voting record (especially toward the bottom of the page, where the website summarizes his career in the United States Senate).

Finally, I endorse Mr. Thompson because I echo many of the arguments made by Tennessee's newspaper of political record, the Chattanooga Times-Free Press in their editorial endorsing Fred's run for the presidency:
The barbarians are at our gates. Our nation -- our civilization -- is under attack by countless jihadists who are so dedicated to our destruction that they are willing, even eager, to destroy themselves suicidally to strike us.

At the same time, although our country enjoys great prosperity and promise, we are being afflicted domestically by a vile and intense degree of petty partisan political hatred and divisiveness that inhibits application of sound principles and positive possibilities, generating ill will and negativism.

In this frustrating atmosphere, are you satisfied that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or John Edwards has the vision to unify our country in progressive good will with presidential leadership for a brighter future?

Do you believe Rudy Giuliani or John McCain or Mitt Romney can light a torch of leadership that will generate national unity of purpose and good will on a sound path to confront our challenges and overcome them?

Each of them has "something" that kindles his or her ambition. But each obviously is lacking "something" that is needed to stimulate the national will required for our troubled times.

It is significant that while there are many actively "seeking" the presidency of the United States, there is one outstanding individual who is not -- but is being "sought" because he has demonstrated many unique qualities of sound principle, possesses wisdom gained from proved experience, has admirable qualities of character and has displayed a cooperative spirit of good will that could inspire a great majority of Americans to unify enthusiastically to elect him.
I agree that in these troubled times, we need a Statesman. We need a leader. Someone who, like Ronald Reagan, can remind Americans of why our nation should be seen as a "city on a hill."

I enthusiastically endorse Fred Thompson. And I pray that God will lead him to seek the nomination to the office of President of the United States.

FEELING: Excited
LISTENING TO: One of Fred's speeches when he filled in for Paul Harvey on ABC Radio

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