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So departs a good man

Submitted by Simon on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 10:52am

As noted yesterday, Thompson is out. There are perhaps many things to say about this, but in view of other events at home and abroad in the last day, I find myself mainly just feeling sad that we're losing out on a good President because he wasn't a good campaigner. Kathryn Jean Lopez reminds us what Fred got into this race to promote:

[T]he fundamental, conservative principles that have unified us for over two centuries [are:]
-First, the role of the federal government is limited to the powers given to it in the Constitution
-Second, a dollar belongs in the pocket of the person who earns it, unless the government has a compelling reason why it can use it better
-Third, we don't spend money we don't have, or borrow money that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back
-And the best way to avoid war is to be stronger than our enemies. But if we’re caught in a fight, we need to win it because not doing so makes us much more likely to be attacked in the future
-Also the federal judiciary is supposed to decide cases, not set social policy — and bad social policy at that
-And the bigger the government gets, the less competent it is to run our lives.

And people wonder why Huckabee's critics don't think he's a conservative! I'd like to hear the other candidates reaffirm those principles, support for which are necessary (if not necessarily sufficient) beliefs for a President.

Related:
"You're not electing a set of position papers, you're electing a leader" | Fred on Federalism | Thompson, abortion, federalism

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