So an associate of presidential candidate Fred Thompson is marred by 1979 drug conviction. Okay, it’s not good, but there are better reasons to oppose Sen. Thompson’s presidential bid than a fundraiser’s 28-year-old non-violent offense.
These reasons include:
The sanctity of life. As a lobbyist, Fred Thompson served clients ranging from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, which sought federal funds for abortion, to Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the Haitian dictator who glowingly endorsed the torturous practice of murder by “necklacing”, in which a tire is placed around a victim’s neck, doused with gasoline, and set aflame.
Fiscal irresponsibility. While in office, Fred Thompson voted to spend tax money like a drunken Senator. During his time in Congress, he voted to squander billions of Americans’ hard-earned dollars on such unConstitutional special-interest goodies as farm subsidies and community housing projects. He voted against accelerating marriage-tax relief and for increasing the minimum wage.
The First Amendment. Sen. Thompson was a key Republican water boy for the unConstitutional McCain-Feingold gag law.
The Fourth Amendment. While in the Senate, he voted against the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches”. For example, he voted to allow federal wiretapping of the homes of private citizens who weren’t even suspects in any crime.
In sum, Fred Thompson is no conservative. He is a big-government Republican, and America can’t afford another one of those.