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The Clear Conservative Choice

superyooser (100462) writes | more than 6 years ago

Republicans 8

I am elated to have finally found a Republican candidate that I like. One that I can even rally around! One who has a chance.

First, let's cover the rejects.

Guiliani - never considered him; too liberal

McCain - never considered him; had often mistaken him for a Democrat

Tancredo - sounded good; didn't know much about him, but has exited the campaign anywayI am elated to have finally found a Republican candidate that I like. One that I can even rally around! One who has a chance.

First, let's cover the rejects.

Guiliani - never considered him; too liberal

McCain - never considered him; had often mistaken him for a Democrat

Tancredo - sounded good; didn't know much about him, but has exited the campaign anyway

Romney - He's the first one I started to like at all. His Mormonism bothered me, but I thought that if he had integrity, the right values, and decently conservative policies, he was the best choice we were going to get. Turns out he's not very conservative, though. Moreover, then came along...

Huckabee - A "true" Christian. I was a Huckabee fan for a couple of weeks or so. But I started thinking: Bill Clinton was "Christian" too -- i.e. professing Protestant, non-Mormon -- and what did that get us? I then realized that we are making too much of religious labels. To drive home the point, Jimmy Carter was a ""'"'"born again'""'"" Christian. And what a nightmare!
Religion aside, Huckabee has been shown to be pretty liberal on a lot of issues, such as taxation, immigration, and environmentalism. I don't have links, but you can look it up. He's simply not a conservative. The things he says sounds like they come out of the mouths of Bush-hating liberals. You'd think Huckabee would get the endorsement of Really, if it weren't for Huckabee's Christian statements, he would get more support from the Left than Ron Paul. Speaking of whom...

Ron "UFO" Paul - He should run on the Libertarian ticket. On the moon. :)
EDIT: Sorry, I was confused here. The "UFO" reference has to do with a news story about candidate Dennis Kucinich. It's pretty bad that I mistook a GOP candidate for a Communist. Bad for him.

But let me return to Huckabee. The man has played fast and loose with the truth. The first incident was his claim that he had a theology degree, which isn't quite true. Of all things to be weaselly about! But I was going to give him a pass on that. Chalk it up to off-the-cuff misstatement/exaggeration, heat of the moment, etc. But there have been other incidents where he's just not been shooting straight. The latest is this incident. Follow this:

  1. Goes positive: Huckabee pledges to have positive campaign
  2. Goes negative: Under pressure, H. spends $30,000 on negative ad against Romney to counter Romney's ads
  3. Goes positive: H. pulls ad from stations at the last moment saying he will stick to a positive campaign; H. holds press conference announcing this action
  4. Goes negative: H. shows his negative ad at said press conference, allegedly to prove to the "cynical" media that the ad actually existed

The cynic will not fail to notice that through this maneuvering Huckabee was able to get his attack ad aired throughout the media for free instead of having to pay the networks. All the while, maintaining his stance (and a straight face) of having a consistent policy against negative ads. Folks, this is more Clintonian than Clinton. I don't want to see what this would be like when a President Huckabee is faced with serious issues! I personally don't even mind negative ads, per se. That's not the point. The issue is integrity and trustworthiness. I do not trust Mike Huckabee. Period.

Someone I do trust is Fred Thompson.
First, the downsides: not charming, doesn't have a "face for television", mannerisms are mildly annoying, not an eloquent orator (although a better speaker than Bush). But so what? Thompson is conservative on every issue.

Fred Thompson is conservative:

  • fiscally
  • socially
  • consistently!

None of the other major Republican candidates can say that. No one else.

I made up my mind yesterday. This video I saw today sealed it for me. (I have not seen any of the debates except a little on YouTube, because I generally don't watch TV.)

But then I remembered an important topic that I hadn't seen Thompson address. Fortunately, a little Googling put a big smile on my face. I will be very happy to support Fred Thompson with my vote in the Republican primary.

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And the best part is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21873740)

...he'll have died of old age before the election, making him the perfect Republican presidential candidate for all us liberals too.

Re:And the best part is... (1)

superyooser (100462) | more than 6 years ago | (#21878250)

He's only 65. []

Re:And the best part is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21881628)

He looks 165.

Moo (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21876812)

Thanx for the write-up. :)

no more "compassionate Conservatives" (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 6 years ago | (#21887854)

Huckabee appears to be in the Bush Jr. mold -- socially Conservative, fiscally a troubling mixed bag. I don't think the Republican Party can survive another one of these. Non-religious fiscal Conservatives will have zero reason to stick around, and religious Conservatives like myself, who also need to see the right values in spending, as fully the other half of the equation for an acceptable candidate, will also leave.

Another important (to me, at least) topic, that I've only seen Fred address, is Social Security reform. Heh, I shouldn't say that, McCain had mentioned it as well, as in giving it to people here illegally!

hi (1)

uepuejq (1095319) | more than 6 years ago | (#21930126)

i noticed you marked me as a friend a while back, but never really checked out anything you've written. just a quick response to something you said about rudy giuliani. i don't know if i'd consider him 'liberal' in the definitions of that word that i'm familiar with. that guy is totally regressive in terms of civil liberties and stuff. i don't really know if it's debatable or anything, but i guess it's just something to think about if you haven't. you might say he's more of a fascist than a conservative. in my mind a conservative can be very liberal. you can entertain the idea of small government (a very liberal idea in the grand written hsitory of man) and still maintain conservative ideals such as no mandatory taxation of incomes or savings. i'm really not too politically savvy, though. i only recently started getting into politics when i was sparked out of my patriotic slumber by the philosophies trumpeted by ron paul, dennis kucinich, mike gravel and their campaigns and 'followers.' liberty, the constitution and the united states are so much more interesting when you've got a bit of context in which to care about them. it's hard to enjoy a subject when you're being taught about them in a very innacurate history class by a dickhead gym coach with some sort of father syndrome who wants you to simply accept everything you're told without regard for the essences of the things that (clichedly [is that a word? i don't feel like expending the effort to open a new tab to find out]) 'make this country great.' i definitely feel more inspired to learn about the (truly awesome) arguments for the united states foundation after a life of very unknown oppression. i was just as ignorant to all of the shit that i've been subjected to by police, public schools, and institutions and elected 'authorities' as all of these kids who've grown up knowing only george bush as a president. it's really hard to understand oppression without having been oppressed, but thankfully we have an entire generation of people growing up now who will listen to a pop song in 10 or 15 years and say 'oh, that's what is wrong. i really want to figure out how to fix it now.' so i'm going to go ahead and read your diary now!

Re:hi (1)

uepuejq (1095319) | more than 6 years ago | (#21930158)

sorry about the lack of line breaks. i really do hate the way this stupid site handles text, and the unintuitive arrangement of options and stuff.

Re:hi (1)

uepuejq (1095319) | more than 6 years ago | (#21930872)

i'm not trying to spam up your diary entry with ron paul stuff, honestly, but i just thought you might be interested in an interview with him that actually highlights issues and demonstrates his capacity for reason. it's a comfortable environment and he's actually being interviewed, not attacked or cornered. []
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