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Some in GOP impatient with Thompson

August 27, 2007

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— "I'm with Fred" enticed the placards set up here at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference at a table touting the noncampaign of actor, ex-senator and possible presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

In exchange for a $250 check, the faithful and the curious could enter a private room to meet Thompson, a political insider playing the outsider who might be the nation's next Ronald Reagan - or might not even run.

Some walked away from the closed-door fundraiser on Saturday afternoon convinced.

"He looks presidential," said Jeff Cardwell, 47, a conservative Christian lumber and hardware retailer. "He talks about going back to the basics. Putting God first in our country. I think he's the person everybody looks to as being the true conservative of our party."

But many of the party activists attending the conference from a dozen heartland states said they were seriously turned off by what they saw as Thompson's ambivalence about whether to run months after other presidential hopefuls have been hard at it.

Thompson's testing-the-waters bit is about to come to an end - supporters expect an announcement early next month - but here in the Midwest some said he's waited too long.

"You can't wait to get a mandate from the people," said Elizabeth Morris, a community publisher and councilwoman in Dearborn County, Ind. "Either a person has a fire in the belly or they don't."

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GeorgThomas 7 years, 4 months ago

Comparing Ron Paul and...

I have not come across a single person who gets to know Ron Paul a little more closely and then does not support him. Of the countless qualities in Ron Paul, I personally try to emulate this one, too: he never denigrates his opponents. There is no need to say anything of a critical nature about Fred Thompson for him, like the other Republican presidential candidates, to look a lot less worth of support than Ron Paul, the most complete Champion of the Constitution.

America, do get to know Ron Paul, you will (re)discover yourself.

GeorgThomas 7 years, 4 months ago

Ron Paul (Part I)

In response to a Houston Chronicle article on Ron Paul,

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/politics/5083907.html

I contributed the following comment to the paper's online section:

"Bravo, Houston Chronicle, and thank you for providing a glimpse of reality by portraying Ron Paul, whose movement tells more of the good prospects of America than any other contemporary phenomenon coming out of the USA. As a German, I am shocked at the unashamed efforts of the mainstream media (msm) to persuade the American public that Ron Paul cannot win the nomination, let alone the Presidency, that is, if they mention him at all. But this is little more than a symptom of the demise of the msm, while the future belongs to American constitutionalism, the future belongs to the American past, if you like. Ron Paul is an outstanding individual highly qualified to live up to the requirements of the Presidency. However, his movement is not about a person - it is about what I consider the quintessentially American way. The Founding Fathers created the framework for a political order requisite for a civilization; and at this stage in the development of the human race, there is no other order but the one proposed in the American constitution that deserves to be called a civilization. The millions of Americans who do not vote or vote unhappily to choose between a lesser evil are still imbued with what is right in the final analysis: American constitutionslism, the American Republic, this uniquely American composite fabric of the rule of law, free markets, individual liberty and peace. Ron Paul and his movement have sown the seed - it will grow and grow and grow, no matter how strongly the msm try to oppose this unstoppable trend - no matter how the nomination issue is resolved next year. I live amongst 40k Americans in my German home town - I do not mention Ron Paul to them (until I have fully presented the core of his message), but I tell them why I adore America; I tell them that the huge problems of America have an American solution: the original political philosophy of the Founders. I have not come across one American, who did not agree, wholeheartedly; and now that America has a champion of the Constitution, the great American tradition that lives on in the hearts of all Americans is coming back to life. In turning to Ron Paul, Americans are taking back their country, they are choosing to be Americans, they transcend party borders, lending their support not to a label, a dubious compromise - but to a choice that makes sense - the quintessentially American way."

GeorgThomas 7 years, 4 months ago

Ron Paul (Part II)

"I have never experienced such a high degree of political cohesion amongst my American friends as when I tell them about the Ron Paul revolution; the moment they understand that the constitution is going to matter again, they form a unity that overarches their differing values and goals. This is America: a people of the most diverse beliefs and concerns united under the concept of liberty.

As a German, I watch this process of reinstating the constitution with incredible excitement, for when America becomes America again, Germany and the entire world will benefit immensely.

Do not underestimate Ron Paul, that would amount to underestimating America - the only remaining hope for civilization in the world."

GeorgThomas 7 years, 4 months ago

Comparing Ron Paul and...

was the title of my first post here - for more see:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/014913.html

GeorgThomas 7 years, 4 months ago

Getting it form the horse's mouth - Ron Paul on Racism:

"Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

More importantly, in a free society every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Rather than looking to government to correct our sins, we should understand that racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty. "

Source:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul381.html

GeorgThomas 7 years, 4 months ago

Dear tony88,

You are putting your finger on a very important question, for it is a huge and ongoing task to revise 'the "collectivist" paradigm'. This will not happen overnight and requires enduring vigilance. But if America puts its weight behind a modern-day Jefferson, this will be a sign of unprecedented progress in the matter. Those supporting Ron Paul are self-motivated seekers of individual liberty, people who of their own accord wish to free themselves from being pigeon-holed and treated as group members rather than self-responsible human beings. Yes, the larger the support of the genuine American way, the weaker will the collectivist paradigm become.

And may I add: All my hope rests on you Americans and your yearning to restore the homeland of liberty. While most Americans can relate to the concept of liberty and many understand it very well even in its complicated ramifications, Germans do not, because we never had a tradition of freedom in our country. America has arrived at a juncture, where it is ready to build solutions from the tremendous resources of the first genuinely free country that your forefathers created. America - do it again.

Best regards,

GeorgThomas

GeorgThomas 7 years, 4 months ago

Dear Colonel_Angus,

When America severed itself from Great Britain (amongst other things and very importantly) because the British Parliament, once an institution to protect liberty, assumed the same unrestrained power it had taken away from the Monarchy, the Colonists were deemed extremists and, indeed, in modern parlance: terrorists. Yet, the Americans insisted that any power must be restrained by the rule of law. They won the battle for liberty and went on to ascend to becoming the greatest nation ever. The original and basic philosophy of the American nation continues to be the only guarantee for freedom, prosperity and peace, yet it has become burdened by layers and layers of alien convictions and institutions. That is why it appears once again a matter of extremism to insist on the fundamental truth of the American Constitution. Ron Paul has dedicated his life to showing that the Founding Fathers are still right today. His thoughts on these matters are the greatest asset in the archives of LewRockwell.com. You will appreciate that for the purpose of the present exchange, I cannot go into vital details concerning the views expressed in LewRockwell.com, some of which, of course, I do not endorse. What matters to me, at this point is, that I wholly support the pronouncements of Ron Paul. While a careful thinker offering plenty of contributions from his own original mind, the greatest strength of Ron Paul is his passionate, yet thoughtful adherence to America's tradition. And this tradition, however much buried, still leads a strong life in the hearts and minds of contemporary Americans, which is why those encountering Ron Paul, his thoughts and his movement with an open mind catch fire quickly. His astounding grass roots movement is a case of America discovering America again.

Best regards,

GeorgThomas

The_rick 7 years, 4 months ago

Lew Rockwell is an extremist. An extremist for the cause of freedom, for rule by the Bill of Rights, for prosperity. In the pursuit of freedom, extremism is no vice. More freedom means freedom for me, for you and everyone else. In the pursuit of justice, moderation means to compromise right for the sake of evil. Do you think that's sensible? For a long time, no presidential candidate has made the rule by the Bill of Right, the highest law in America, his cause. Instead, they tried to rule against the constitution, against the Bill of rights in order to extend the rule of faceless, mindless and unlawful bureaucrazy. The Bill of Rights was established by the Founding Fathers in order to keep government controllable. We all know what damage an unchecked government can do, not only to its own people but to the entire world. It's time to put that genie back into the bottle which should never have been opened. I think Ron Paul is the man to do that job - and throw the corkscrew away.

GeorgThomas 7 years, 4 months ago

Dear Colonel_Angus,

Dr. Ron Paul is an obstetrician, who has delivered more than 4 000 babies. He is pro-life. One of the issues on which some libertarians tend to disagree with him pertains to the supposed right to treat the life and death of the unborn as a "private" matter, a matter of personal inclination. I agree with Ron Paul that you cannot be allowed to kill, say, your brother (or your unborn child) in your own home (or anywhere else, of course), insisting that in your private domain you can do as you please. Protection of liberty and protection of life go hand in hand - that is Ron Paul's position.

I strongly recommend that you consult the Ron Paul archives provided by LewRockwell.com. The LewRockwell.com Blog is also very good - incredibly incisive, putting you in the picture very fast.

Ron Paul's articles tend to be brief and to the point. They cover a broad spectrum and reflect the fact that Ron Paul has thought about the issues over a period spanning decades - the man's age is definitely an asset, a deep and conscientious thinker, and at the same time a very practical man of unyielding integrity, who has been in politics for thirty years only to earn from run-of-the-mill politicians the title of "Dr. No" because he never votes in favour of unconstitutional resolutions.

Also see: http://ronpaul2008.typepad.com/ron_paul_2008/ and his book "Freedom Under Siege" which, to my knowledge is available as a free download from http://dailypaul.com/node/23

It is late over here in Germany, I must take my leave, not without thanking you for your interest and the opportunity to get clear about my thoughts by putting them down in writing.

I love America - and now you know why.

Best regards,

GeorgThomas

DoctorNo 7 years, 4 months ago

There is no way to stop the advancement of Liberty. With or without the Net or the U.S.A., mankind will advance. The IDEA of Liberty is out there, The IDEA of the NET will outlive the internet, even without an internet. People have learned to share once again.

Ideas cannot be killed. Even by Murderers.

The next big thing to move mankind forward will be the ability for a child to erase induced terror in minutes using Emotional Freedom Tech. (EFT), which basic teaching is freely given in the open source model to anyone with access to a computer. emofree dot com

The slow death grip over one's emotions by others and events will fail miserably. PTSD will be a non issue. People will act like men once again.

Terror as a tool will fail to be useful to Governments and small Ad hoc mechanics working for large industrial and financial corporations. The bullies at the top everywhere will loose what little control they have over the destiny of mankind, as man will be free of terror and fear.

Oligarchs and Dictators everywhere will have to grow up and get a life.

It's Over!

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