Monday, November 05, 2007

Additions to the Sidebar

Soldiers' Angels

Soldiers' Angels is one of the best military charities out there. Hubby and I joined up a couple of years ago through their "Adopt a Soldier" program, and not only is it one of the best things you can do for military personnel overseas, it's very rewarding. You can adopt a soldier/sailor/airman/marine and send him/her letters and packages, or if you're not much of a letter-writer, you can donate towards SA's efforts. Very worthwhile.

Fred Thompson

Carnaby and I have finally found a candidate we can really get behind. We've held back a bit to see how things would shake out, but one candidate for the Republican ticket stands out: Fred Thompson.

How does Fred measure up on our key issues?

National security: Aggressive stance against terrorism, and expansion of the military. Check!

Second amendment: Big supporter of gun rights, and for the right reasons. Also tough on crime. Check!

Taxes: "Dissolution of the IRS as we know it." (Heart-stoppage!!) Check!

We more or less agree with Fred on other major issues, as well: government effectiveness, healthcare, immigration, etc. which is icing on the cake. Welcome Fred to the Fudge side bar, please visit his website, and if you like what you see, sign up and throw in a donation.

Go, Fred, Go!


Blogger mikej said...

Here's some interesting reading about Fred's RKBA record in the Senate.

Frankly, I'm not impressed by the phrase "dissolution of the IRS as we know it." That doesn't seem to mean abolition of the income tax. Any government that levies an income tax (a concept dear to the heart of Karl Marx) is totalitarian. Perhaps he'll dissolve the IRS only to replace it with something even worse.

Fred's position on budgetary reform sounds like the usual glittering generalities. If we hope to balance the budget, then we need to stop playing world policeman and to abolish the welfare state. I expect that a President Thompson would expand the welfare state, as all presidents since FDR have done.

It seems that Fred wants to continue the pointless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, foolishly believing that wasting our efforts overseas somehow prevents domestic attacks. It also sounds as if Fred would continue the domestic police state policies of the Bush administration. Whether he would continue to admit increasing numbers of Muslims (like the 9/11 highjackers) on temporary visas, as Bush has done, is not stated.

Admittedly, Fred's immigration policy sounds good. Overall, though, if Ron Paul doesn't get the Republican nomination, I expect I'll vote for Dave Barry.

11/06/2007 9:30 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...


I agree in principle with much of what you've said. However, I don't think Ron Paul has much of a chance at the Republican ticket or the presidency. Thompson is, realistically, the best I can hope for. Which is not to say that I am voting for the lesser of evils: if Giuliani gets the Republican ticket, you can pretty much count on me staying home on election day. Unless Michael Savage runs, maybe.

I don't believe for a minute that "dissolution of the IRS as we know it" means anything remotely close to abolishment of income taxes, but just the fact that Thompson admits that the tax code is Byzantine and in desperate need of reform, coupled with his statement on government bloat, is light-years ahead of Mrs. "we're going to take what you have for the greater good" Clinton.

As for the wars? I don't know. Pull out now and look weak. Isolationism is unlikely to work. It looks like another Big One is inevitable. I want someone who will be tough and pragmatic: I'm not convinced Ron Paul is the right commander in chief if we end up in another world war.

11/06/2007 1:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please help support Fred's Giving Day. It's the Fred Heads turn at creating a money bomb for Fred

We have a widget you can add to your site as well as a button.

The site is

You can make your pledge there, then on November 21, 2007, make good on your pledge and donate at

Please help spread the word!

11/16/2007 8:17 AM  

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