God bless this man…
In his first speech since taking official steps toward running for President, Fred Thompson slammed the immigration bill, calling it “unworkable”
Thompson managed to hit most major conservative themes in his 35-minute address. He traced the formation of his political philosophy to Barry Goldwater. While he did not directly invoke Ronald Reagan, to whom his supporters compare him, he closed his speech by echoing the former president’s call for “optimism.” He dwelled on the need for a strong national defense — although he barely mentioned the Iraq war — and urged an increase in defense spending, noting yesterday’s reports of a foiled plot targeting New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport as proof of terrorism’s threat.
“This is a battle between the forces of civilization and of evil,” he said.
He warned against Democratic proposals to repeal tax cuts and against liberal judges, noting that he helped shepherd Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. through his Senate confirmation.
But he received his biggest applause for blasting the bipartisan plan for immigration reform, which he called unworkable. “We are a nation of compassion, a nation of immigrants,” he said. “But this is our home . . . and we get to decide who comes into our home.”
That’s right, Fred. We can’t decide because we elect officials who are supposed to represent the reasons we voted them into office. When officials get elected and don’t properly represent their constituents, the people get mad and vote in someone who will actually govern. We will vote you in, Fred. You’re the true conservative’s only hope.