Friday, June 01, 2007

i had a dream last night....

I had a dream last night. In my dream, a new candidate added his name to the slate of GOP candidates for president. His name was Ronald Wilson Coolidge, and he was the perfect candidate. He was better looking than Mitt Romney, and even more articulate. He had the intelligence of Newt Gingrich, but in a humble, non-threatening way. He had the down to earth charm of Fred Thompson, the integrity and moral clarity of Ronald Reagan and Calvin Coolidge, and he had Reagan's ability to communicate his conservative message and sunny optimism to the people. The candidate in my dream was a Christian and a principled Reagan conservative, and, in my dream, he was accepting the GOP nomination for president in 2008. This is what he said:

My fellow Americans, I gratefully and humbly accept the nomination to represent the Grand Old Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan, in the 2008 Presidential election. I pledge to you here and now, and I pledge to all of America, that, if elected, I will serve my country with the Constitution in one hand and the Bible in the other hand. I will serve with the guidance if God's Holy Spirit living in my heart, and with the wisdom of principled Reagan conservatism upper most in my mind. I promise you that, in every decision I make, I will look to the parameters established by the Constitution, the original intent of our Founding Fathers, and to God's law as taught in the Bible. This is my pledge and my sacred oath, and I take it seriously.

The American people deserve to know just what kind of man is asking for their vote in November. Tonight, I will outline my basic beliefs, my core values if you will, and I will tell you specifically how those core values will effect my decision making as your President. I will also make you a series of promises tonight, so that you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt just what kind of President I will be. You have the right to know, and I will not insult you by giving you a lot of politician double talk and "speechifin'." I will make you promises that you can take to the bank.

I believe in the sanctity of life. The Declaration of Independence says that the right to life is a blessing from God, and that government may not infringe upon that right. I believe that life starts at conception, and that the unborn baby has just as much right to life as any other person. Accordingly, I promise you tonight that, on my first day in office, I will issue an executive order banning the practice of any form of abortion anywhere in these United States of America. I base this promise on the 14th Amendment, and the fact that abortion kills an unborn baby without due process of law. I promise you that, in that same executive order, I will ban embryonic stem cell research for the same reason. I further promise that I will ask Congress to ban all research into human cloning here on American soil. Scientists are not God, and they shouldn't pretend to be. Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution gives the executive power to the President, and the oath of office requires the President to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution." My promises are consistent with those directives.

I believe in religious freedom. Our Founding Fathers were, for the most part, Christians who built this great nation on Judeo-Christian principles--the principles of the Bible--yet they also recognized the importance of each and every American being able to worship according to the dictates of his or her own conscience with no interference from the government. Accordingly, I promise to issue, on my first day in office, an executive order prohibiting any agent of the federal government from interfering in any way with anyone's peaceful expression of their religious faith, no matter when, where or how they express that faith. This executive order would serve to enforce the original intent of the 1st Amendment, and is consistent with Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution and the oath of office.

I believe in a strong national defense, and that it is the President's responsibility to safeguard America's national security. I believe that the two biggest national security threats faced by the United States today are global (and domestic) Islamofascism, and our non-existent border security. Accordingly, I promise that I will ask Congress for an official declaration of war against Islamofascism. I promise that, as Commander-In-Chief of the greatest military force in the history of the world, and as the Chief Diplomat of the United States, I will use our strength and our resolve to utterly destroy Islamofascism everywhere in the world by any means necessary. I promise that I will use the entire strength of the United States military and the U.S. Border Patrol to secure our borders. I promise that I will ask Congress for whatever funding it takes to immediately secure our borders in order to stop this national cancer that is illegal immigration. I will ask Congress to pass legislation that will make English the official language of America, and which would require English literacy as a requirement for citizenship. I will ask Congress for legislation calling for a $1 million fine on any business that employs, knowingly or unknowingly, an illegal immigrant. I will issue an executive order calling for the immediate deportation of all illegal immigrants currently being held in any of our nation's penal institutions, and for the deportation of any illegal who commits any type of crime while on American soil. I will authorize the U.S. Marshall Service, the FBI, and the Border Patrol to assist state and local governments in the implementation of this policy.

I believe in the original Constitutional principle of federalism. I believe that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. That's in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and it has largely been ignored by previous administrations and previous Congresses. I believe that our federal government is too big, and that its size poses a clear and present danger to the God-given rights of all Americans. Accordingly, I promise to reissue Executive Order 12612, an executive order issued in 1987 by Pres. Reagan, that would mandate compliance with the 10th Amendment by all parts of the executive branch and federal bureaucracy. I further promise to veto any and all pieces of legislation coming from Congress that doesn't fall within the parameters of the Constitution as originally intended by the Framers of that great document. I further promise to ask Congress to abolish the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service as a first step towards shrinking this beast we call our federal government.

I believe that Americans suffer from taxes that are way too high, and that high taxes are an abomination that hurts the economy and stifles productivity and incentive. Accordingly, I promise to ask Congress, in addition to abolishing the IRS, to abolish all current federal taxes, and to replace them with the Fair Tax. It's fair, it's flat, and it's easy to understand.

My fellow Americans, if you elect me to the office of the President, these are the things I believe in, and these are the things I will accomplish. I believe that the principles of Reagan conservatism, which I wholeheartedly believe in, show us the path to preserving life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to run for the highest office in the land, and I humbly ask for your support. God bless each and every one of you, and God bless America.

Then I woke up, and realized that we don't have the perfect candidate in the GOP field. Yes, that's disappointing, but we must not forget that at least a couple of the "imperfect" candidates are worthy of our consideration. I hope that each and every one of you will study the records of the candidates, and vote accordingly. Have a great day, everybody!


Blogger Ashok said...

Just wandered on in. I notice your ideal candidate is more wordy than Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address.

I'm not sure what to say. I'm very happy with the President - I don't know that anyone could take the thrashing he has taken in the media, and I'm forever grateful for the Mexico City policy. And all I really wish is that Newt would run, because he's the one person in the country with any sort of actual qualification for the job (he actually understands how the Constitution is supposed to work, my goodness), regardless of his indiscretions.

Oh well.

1:01 AM  
Blogger hondo said...

I'm happier with Pres. Bush than I would have been with either Kerry or Gore. Both would have been disasters.

I think you will get your wish, because all indications are that Newt will declare in October or November. No matter who the GOP nominates, that person will be head and shoulders above any of the socialist candidates, whether it's socialist Hillary, socialist Obama, socialist Gore or socialist Breck Girl.

7:11 AM  

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