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God Not Government? Fred Thompson's Iowa TV Ad

God, not Government, is from where our rights spring. That's what Fat-Head Fred said in this Iowa campaign spot.

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"Common Sense Conservative Principles," says Fred, forgetting to mention that he was a stoolie for the Nixon administration during the Watergate hearings, betraying his oath to the Constitution in the process.

Notice how in this ad he doesn't stutter and stammer the way he does "in real life"? He's such an actor, a poseur.... a phony. I half expected a loaf of white bread to appear at the end of the commercial -- but it was Fred, telling us that our rights aren't granted by government, but by God.

I guess that means he intends to trash the Constitution also, just like Bush, and try to replace it with the Ten Commandments instead?

Article II, Section I of the Constitution contains the presidential oath of office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

If Fred Thompson believes our rights come from God and not the Constitution he's incapable of taking that oath, but Fred Thompson is an actor -- a professional liar -- and he'll tell America whatever it wants to hear so he can get it office and then do whatever he damn pleases. Just like Bush.


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Comments (2)

Steve Crickmore[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I think what Thompson is trying to say 'mutatis mutandis' to his audience in Middle America, is that in the introduction the 'Declaration of Independence' Thomas Jefferson, echoing Locke, and borrowing from Paine, wrote "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
(then)
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.

Thompson neglects to say that Jefferson and other founding fathers were heavily influenced by liberal thinkers of the enlightment and their promotion of 'natural rights' against 'the divine rights' justification of the monarchy in Briatin and France.


Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

The Declaration of Independence documents the spirit under which this country was formed, and the Constitution sets forth the laws under which this country operates. His apparent willingness "to put the laws of God above the laws of this country" is exactly the message I believe Fat-Head Fred is trying to convey. That would, it seems to me, run counter to the presidential oath since the presidential oath is to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

The Christian right seeks to abridge the rights of individuals whose morals they oppose, and Fred Thompson is most definitely courting the religious right. So his statement is a tacit admission that he will do their bidding. American needs to know this, and Fred needs to address where he is willing to draw the line in the separation of church and state.

My guess is that, if he's honest -- and I don't think for a second he will be honest about this -- but if he's honest he'd have to disclose that he would draw that line much further to the right than Americans in general will favor. THAT would insure that he would never be elected however... so don't expect an honest and complete answer from Fred on this.

But he needs to be asked, and asked often.


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