Why Aren’t We Arguing For Liberty?

Fred Thompson continues his virtual campaign today by asking an important question about our efforts to spread democracy and liberty. Why have we neglected the most powerful weapon in our arsenal — the truth? Thompson argues that our Radio Free broadcasts helped bring down the Soviet empire, and their neglect has allowed socialism to surge again in Latin America:

Well, he’s done it. Hugo Chavez was already systematically silencing criticism of his autocratic rule through threats and intimidation. Journalists have been threatened, beaten and even killed. Now he’s shut down the last opposition television networks in Venezuela and arrested nearly 200 protesters – mostly students. It’s a monumental tragedy and the Venezuelan people will pay the price for decades to come. Americans are also at risk as he funds anti-American candidates and radicals all over Latin America.
It’s equally tragic that the U.S. is in no position to provide the victims of this emerging dictator with the truth. There was a time, though, when Americans were on the front lines of pro-freedom movements all over the world. I’m talking about the “surrogate” broadcast network that included Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, often called “the Radios.” …
The Radios were not some bland public relations effort, attracting audiences only with American pop music. They engaged the intellectual and influential populations behind the Iron Curtain with accurate news and smart programming about freedom and democracy. They had sources and networks within those countries that sometimes outperformed the CIA. When Soviet hardliners and reformers were facing off, and crowds and tanks were on the streets of Moscow and Bucharest, the radios were sending real-time information to the people, including the military, and reminding them of what was at stake.
Then we won the Cold War. The USSR collapsed in 1991, and America relaxed. Military downsizing began and the Radios began to reduce broadcast air time to target countries.

How badly do Venezuelans need an independent source of news? They’re marching in the streets in defiance of newly-minted dictator Hugo Chavez after he shut down the last major independent broadcaster for its criticisms of his leadership. Not that Venezuelans can know this through Chavez’ state-controlled media:

While almost 40 percent of voters in last year’s election opted for Mr. Chávez’s opponent, the president’s support topped 60 percent and he still enjoys wide popular backing. This level of support is expected to be on display Saturday, when Mr. Chávez has called for large demonstrations in support of the RCTV decision.
Until then, however, the message from students is still being heard, if not widely broadcast, in Venezuela. “They are taking our free speech away,” said Sandra Bellizzia, a marketing student at Alejandro Humboldt University who had “RCTV” painted in black on her face at a protest here on Thursday. “If they closed any channel, it would mean the same thing.”

Had we presented a continual and sustained effort to supply the people of Venezuela and the rest of Latin America with unbiased, truthful reporting, they could be relying on that information now. As Thompson notes, democracy activists knew they could rely on our communications channels during the Cold War. We helped people free themselves, not with weapons or surgical bombing strikes, but with reliable information that allowed them to see around the propaganda of their governments.
What happened? Too many people bought into the “peace dividend” mentality. Mitt Romney acknowledged this in my interview with him on Wednesday specifically regarding Chavez and Latin America. After the Soviet collapse, we stopped worrying about Latin America, not understanding that tinpolt dictators will still arise, even without Russian financing. We let our guard down, and more importantly, we let the agents of freedom down in the region.
Dictatorships and oppression will afflict mankind for ages to come, and we have to be prepared to fight against it, using the most effective weapons in our arsenal. Fred reminds us that simple communication of truth, and the establishment of our credibility from that effort, is perhaps the most powerful and effective weapon against tyranny that we possess. It’s high time that we start using it again.

40 thoughts on “Why Aren’t We Arguing For Liberty?”

  1. I think the reason there is no more Radio Free anything from the US is that most networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC, CNN all have an extreme leftist and pro-socialist bent. They constantly denigrate the US system and admire Castro and Hugo. Our leftist broadcasters all are sending the same messages Hugo wants broadcast.
    It is like the way that Al Qaida and the democrat party have moved and spoken in lockstep for the last several years. Democrats totally support our new Arab masters and look forward to Sharia. Everything the Democrats do supports the mission of Al Qaida to attack US.
    So we have the constant chattering of the Democrats and their lackies in the broadcast business and there is nothing to use for Radio Free anything. All our broadcasters work for Hugo, Al Qaida, and Democrats who all hate the US and love dictators like Hugo..

  2. …but wait, Hugo is a “freedom fighter”…just ask the commie shyster wannabe…lol

  3. Wow Fred Thompson is a Nation Builder too!!
    great.
    There goes another “Conservative” choice.
    Here is some reality folks:
    Venezeula does not proses the national security threat that the USSR did.
    thus – I oppose any nation building in Latin America. If they don’t like Hugo – THEY can fix it, their problem not mine.
    ………………..wow all we got are more Liberal Nation building meddlers to choose from in the Republican side.
    another reason to vote for a dem in 2008.

  4. Before 9/11/2001, I considered myself a JFK kinda of ‘we shall bare any burden to fight against tyranny around the world’ Liberal which explains for me why I understood what GWB was saying with regard to fighting GWOT. Actually, prior to 9/11/2001 I was so Liberal that the only reference to Conservatism was that Rush Limbaugh was a right-wing extremist out to destroy America and I believed that characterization without ever taking the time to listen to his show.
    Want to know how I became a Republican without ever having been a Republican?
    I was in my acting class here in NYC one day in 2002 and mentioned that I support GWB’s argument that Saddam was a threat to the West and that in the best interest of America and the LIberty for which she stands Saddam needed to be removed. From that moment onward, the 12 people plus the teacher in my acting class whom I had know for years labeled me the ‘lone Republican’ simply because I believed in the cause of Liberty.
    This is when I began to question what had happened to Liberalism and when did it become the leader of illiberal causes.

  5. Yup. Fred’s ignoring the “old” media. And, the campaiigning styles that go back to 1860, when Douglas, thinking he could defeat Lincoln, was the first man to campaign in every nook and craney. (Yeah. Douglas got boo’ed down south. But that’s the price you pay when you want to meet and greet everybody. And, hope everybody then donates money to your campaign chest.)
    Yesterday, Little Green Footballs posted Fred Thompson’s “reports” … which comes through ABC. He talked about Israel, among other topics.
    ANd, here, you can see, he’s again using the Internet to enliven the debates with the TRUTH. So, this campaign promises to get very, very interesting.
    It also promises to bring people on board. Who wilol want to hear what he says.
    As to Chavez; in Venesuela, HE OWNS ALL THE GUNS. When that happens? The despots thrive. But they do run the infrastructure into the ground.
    Probably? Better than Radio Free “anything” … we need to see that some of these leaders just don’t reach the top. And, don’t have a healthy existence, afterwards, when they do.
    Heck, even Hitler found insiders willing to kill him off. Alas, they weren’t successful. Still? He bet the german’s, and he lost. You can paper over the recovery; but they did lose!
    What you’ll notice is that all the oil producing countries, including MExico, are run by despots. We haven’t yet found a way to clear this mess up at all.
    And, the UN? A bigger disappointment cannot be imagined.
    While hidden from view? Bush’s mischief. It seems James Baker is making the bet that the lobbyists in America also “control.” And, there’s about 600 days left to this mischief.
    Can’t wait to hear from the first American candidate who asks: “Tell me, what does Bush stand for?”
    With the Internet, folks, ALL educated people have access to “news” … The leftoid freaks games with Radio “fwee” Europe are over. Hoisted up by the left’s soviet petards.
    Of course, after the truth that will come, you’re still gonna need to hear IDEAS. Those have been in very short supply, as we seem to be flying by the seats of our pants.

  6. You mention that Chavez has shut down the last major “opposition” TV channel.
    There is another and working down here in South America, I have access to the remaining uncontrolled station, Globovision (www.globovision.com), and these guys deserve a lot of credit. They are really just a small station but they are doing their best to defend freedom of the press.
    They have been very vocal. For example, before coming to work this morning, I was able to watch a programme in which they had a large number of RCTV journalists and editors as well as comics, actors and actresses from various RCTV productions. As well, there were Venezuelan sports stars, including the captain of their Davis Cup team (two nights ago they had the captain of the national football (i.e. soccer) team on). All these people were standing up for freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
    Globovision has been doing this despite a lot of pressure from the government and at some risk. They have been discouraged from covering the demonstrations (next week the station head, as well as the main anchorman, have been summoned to an appointment with some of Chavez’ ministers…who knows, maybe the big man himself) but have continued putting out the news. (If you understand Spanish you can check out some of their news coverage on their website).
    My point is this: I am not sure if everyone in the US, Canada etc realize it, but there is a real, live fight going on now for freedom of speech. People are standing up, at risk to themselves, in its defence. Today, students from Universidad Central de Venezuela and Universidad Vatolica Andres bello ( a great university that will be very familiar to anyone who knows about the Jessup competition) are planning to march towards the National Assembly. The government has arranged counter-protesters to meet them.
    In the US, there are those who want a so-called “Fairness Doctrine”, in which some amorphous entity will somehow decide what is balanced and what is not and which opinions need to be balanced off. Chavez’ Venezuela is living the nightmarish extension of that line of reasoning.
    On Globovision this morning they said (in Spanish) that “No one knows what they have until they lose it.”. Americans need to be on guard. I worry that the Venezuelans may have left it too long.

  7. Ah, the good old truth, something that has been in notably short supply in the Age of Bush.

  8. I was in my acting class here in NYC one day in 2002 and mentioned that I support GWB’s argument that Saddam was a threat to the West and that in the best interest of America and the LIberty for which she stands Saddam needed to be removed.
    Posted by: syn
    So you became a Republican because you believed a lie? Yep that qualifies you.

  9. Steve sez:
    “I think the reason there is no more Radio Free anything from the US is that most networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC, CNN all have an extreme leftist and pro-socialist bent.”
    Actually, it’s curious that no one here has mentioned the one “Radio” we DO have that is trying to do something similar to RFE/RL. That would be Radio Marti. which has been beamed at Cuba since the 1980s. Sadly, it hasn’t seemed to work.
    and muirego sez:
    “So you became a Republican because you believed a lie? Yep that qualifies you. ”
    LOL. Clinton said the exact same things Bush said, about Saddam being a threat to the west, in 1998. He and his Justice Department also said that Iraq and al Qaeda were working together at the time.
    Was Clinton “lying” too?

  10. The scary thing here is the number of members of the American left that *love* Hugo Chavez.
    So the open question is, do they love him just because he trashes Bush on a regular basis or do they love him because of the way Chavez uses the full force of the state against his domestic opposition?

  11. Thanks, muirgeo, for demonstrating the “anyone who disagrees is evil/stupid” reflex all too many “progressives” have.

  12. Del nails it: Radio Marti aimed at Cuba has been a two decade waste of millions of dollars of taxpayer money with zero effect.

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  14. “The scary thing here is the number of members of the American left that *love* Hugo Chavez. ”
    You must be joking – the really scary part is the number of “Amnestied Americans” that will demonstrate on the streets of America in support of Hugo – as part of the new majority.
    Then, maybe we can outsource the presidency, and the shame hills, to Venezuela – we would save so much money really just think of it.

  15. Thanks, muirgeo, for demonstrating the “anyone who disagrees is evil/stupid” reflex all too many “progressives” have.
    Posted by: LarryD
    Anyone who has heard Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey’s testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into the U.S. Attorney Firings, May 15 2007 and still suppports this administration much less isn’t calling for Bush’s impeachment is Un-American in my opinion. What is it gonna take?
    http://www.salon.com/news/primary_sources/2007/05/15/comey_testimony/index_np.html

  16. muirgeo sez:
    “Anyone who has heard Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey’s testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into the U.S. Attorney Firings, May 15 2007 and still suppports this administration much less isn’t calling for Bush’s impeachment is Un-American in my opinion. What is it gonna take?
    http://www.salon.com/news/primary_sources/2007/05/15/comey_testimony/index_np.html
    3 questions:
    1.What do the US Attorney firings and John Ashcroft in a hospital bed have to do with the topic of this thread?
    2. Your link to Salon, a well known far-left site that has a current stock price of less than a dollar a share last time I checked, requires clicking on a sponsor link to get to the story you want to show us.
    3. You seem to be afraid to respond to my earlier question to you in this thread.
    “and muirego sez:
    “So you became a Republican because you believed a lie? Yep that qualifies you. ”
    LOL. Clinton said the exact same things Bush said, about Saddam being a threat to the west, in 1998. He and his Justice Department also said that Iraq and al Qaeda were working together at the time.
    Was Clinton “lying” too?”
    So… was Clinton “lying” too?

  17. By the way, I want to apologize for forgetting about another US “Radio”-the Voice of America.
    However, VOA has also lost a lot of credibility, as they have not only due to budget cuts had to totally eliminate broadcasts in native languages to certain target areas, but I’ve also heard they they have also been populated by the same kind of left-of-center people you’ll find in the US media.
    Which isn’t totally surprising, given the current crop of journalism “students” (remember, a bunch of journalism students at Columbia were recently busted for cheating on an ethics exam)
    And another correction: as I recall we also have an Iraq version of Radio Free Europe, and also maybe an Afghan version.

  18. Venezeula does not proses the national security threat that the USSR did.
    … because a terrorist attack isn’t a national security threat? Chavez isn’t funding Al Q, but he’s still got some pet projects that could do a hell of a lot of damage.
    Yes, yes, the USSR could have turned us all into ash, and even the worst state-sponsored terrorist attack would only kill a maybe a few thousand people and screw over the economy for years.
    Still doesn’t leave me wanting him left alone for too long.

  19. Let’s slow down.
    Let’s remember that the Left’s intital, reflexive love of Chavez stems from Bush being a little too cozy with a coup attempt that occured right after Chavez was elected. We created this monster, giving him the perfect excuse for America-bashing and scapegoating.
    But Thompson has a point — the truth is power, and the United States should be offering, if required, a media outlet should Chavez finally brings down every opposition television station.
    But beware. The United States is not thought of as some grandfathery benefactor of peace and justice, but as an amoral superpower who both bullies and cajoles governments to do its bidding. The above poster is right when he says that Globovision is still on the air and thumbing its nose this this wannabe Casto.
    Chavez is becoming unpopular and hated wihout our assistance. We should be careful of any self-satisfied, ‘faster please” sort of neo-conservative help that will only bolster his flagging support.
    DU

  20. Excellent points, Mechanical Eye.
    Hugo’s in way over his head. His economic policies are totally unsustainable and there will come a time (sooner than he expects) when he will find himself ejected from power.
    That all having been said, he is not a dictator. He was democratically elected, and the station he declined to renew a license for was actively calling for his assassination/overthrow. I understand you cannot do that in the U.S. either. There is no shortage of public criticism of the Chavez government in Venezuela. We may not like him, but sponsoring the coup was a stupid idea for practical as well as moral reasons, as it only makes him more popular. Some may be shocked to learn that standing up to the U.S. is very popular in Latin America.
    I agree that VOA is a good idea,though. Its knockoff replacements have been doing a less than stellar job.

  21. 3 questions:
    1.What do the US Attorney firings and John Ashcroft in a hospital bed have to do with the topic of this thread?
    2. Your link to Salon, a well known far-left site that has a current stock price of less than a dollar a share last time I checked, requires clicking on a sponsor link to get to the story you want to show us.
    3. You seem to be afraid to respond to my earlier question to you in this thread.
    “and muirego sez:
    “So you became a Republican because you believed a lie? Yep that qualifies you. ”
    LOL. Clinton said the exact same things Bush said, about Saddam being a threat to the west, in 1998. He and his Justice Department also said that Iraq and al Qaeda were working together at the time.
    Was Clinton “lying” too?”
    So… was Clinton “lying” too?
    Posted by: Del Dolemonte at June 1, 2007 8:47 PM
    Answers;
    1. This thread is about liberty and democracy. What Bush and Gonzalez did was an outright offense on liberty and democracy.
    2. Apparently you didn’t watch the testimony. When the message is not good attack the messenger….pitiful. Don’t like Salone watch the testimony on C-SPAN. Apparently you don’t even know of the issue. Apparently you don’t scour news sources and keep an open mind.
    3. Your earlier question is silly. Also a standard neocon strategy…when some one shows how bad this president is try to blame Clinton. Clinton didn’t use his lies to lead us to war. He understood that we had Iraq contained. Bush lied to get us to send troops there to fight a war for his oil buddies and bomb makers. The troops are dying and now even the troops are asking the questions people like you accused people like me of being traitors for asking. The troops are asking the same questions of when they can come home.
    The same things the troops are now saying you used to call us traitors and being against the troops. So now do you want to call our troops cowards? traitors? losers? not supporting THEMSELVES?
    The troops will be coming home soon and many will realize who the despicable slimes were that sent them over their and keep them over their for lies. And then YOU can answer to them cause their blood is on your cowardly pathetic hands.

  22. Posted by: The Mechanical Eye at June 1, 2007 10:43 PM
    **********************
    Fine, as long as YOU ALSO remember that Chavez’ so-called “elections” haven’t been kosher at all, in spite of Carter’s attempted validation of him.

  23. Thompson and the Bully Pulpit

    Ed Morrissey writes:Fred Thompson continues his virtual campaign today by asking an important question about our efforts to spread democracy and liberty. Why have we neglected the most powerful weapon in our arsenal — the truth? Thompson argues that our

  24. The lefty stooges are out defending Chavez and ignoring the threat Chavez has been for sometime to us and our neighbors in Latin America.
    Vz. now has starvation, massive unemployment, a failing oil industry, a stagnant economy, all thanks to Chavez.
    And of course, Jimmy Carter, always there to kowtow and provide cover to dictators and terrorists, was there every step of the way to help.
    http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=265504301185584

  25. Shochu John,
    The fact that Hugo’s subsequent re-election was blatantly fraudulant has no bearing on if he’s a dictator? Nor do his attempts as shutting down opposition media? Mass arrests of opposition figures?

  26. Muirg, you still didn’t answer the questions.
    We’re waiting.
    Not that we expect an intellectually challenged lefty wingnut to answer a direct question but….we….can….hope.

  27. Name one OPEC country that’s not Muslim? Venezuela, what a surprise. kinda sums it up for me as far as a strategy goes. dismantling opec would be the first mission for me if I was running for pres. look at all of the members and how much they hate us and why give them that much power based on our consumption of oil. That’s where a peace dividend could come from. Question, why is it when Conservatives fail at executing conservative goals we blame the failure on the individual but when Liberalism fails its’ demise is blamed on Liberalism itself?

  28. On Globovision this morning they said (in Spanish) that “No one knows what they have until they lose it.”. Americans need to be on guard. I worry that the Venezuelans may have left it too long.
    Posted by: Blaise MacLean at June 1, 2007 12:51 PM
    ******************
    We well may be, also!
    A lady from Venezuela was on Hannity and Colmes last night, talking about their loss of Freedom of Speech under the dictatorship of Hugo Chavez, and first Alan Colmes challenged the assertion that the elections there of Chavez were not free, saying, [all these hundreds of] foreign observers had already validated it [PU-LEEZE!], so please let’s not confuse the issues, he pleaded.
    Then later when the issue of Danny Glover’s $18 mill film contract with Hugo Chavez came up, and she and Sean were complaining about Hollywood types sucking up to Castro and Chavez, and she said, if they were going to do that, they really should go and live there for a while to see what it was really like, before they do so much to promote these dictators – Alan halts the full expression of the whole thought – as usual – in order to remind everyone, “HEY, WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH HERE! THEY CAN SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT TO!”
    Well, DUH, Alan Stupid Jerk Colmes – the POINT IS that the HOLLYWOOD TYPES are talking up Dictators WHOSE SUPPOSED VOTERS DO NOT HAVE THE SAME FREEDOM OF SPEECH, yet YOU and HOLLYWOOD are claiming those are great leaders!
    JUSTICE demands they get to live under the same conditions they find so fabulous for Cuban and Venezuelan DISSIDENTS – since they are American dissidents NOT BEING SUBJECTED to the conditions of dissidents living and dying, without Liberal compassion, under their heroes!
    The lady was just saying, “Hey Guys, walk a mile in our shoes before YOU tell US we have it so great in this dictatorship which is unlike anything YOU ever personally experienced!”
    Except, as usual, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, FOX INCLUDED, thinks it is UNFAIR for someone “ON THE RIGHT” to have a full expression of a complete thought, before the American public!
    And THEIR idea of BALANCED AND FAIR is that some Liberal should always be on hand to get to interrupt a thought HALF-EXPRESSED to try to distort and pervert the meaning of what they are saying.
    NO WONDER THEY LOVE CHAVEZ SO MUCH – BIRDS OF A FEATHER!
    P.S. Maybe Fred Thompson should be contenting himself with a new Radio Talk Show to host!
    That way, we don’t have to DEPEND upon him to ~actually~ in real life TAKE ACTION for the security and safety of Americans, which he shows no inclination to do when he voted for McCain Feinstein, and that Clinton is not guilty of Perjury in a personal injury lawsuit – one of only 4 GOP Senators to so vote — CONTRARY to his marvelous scriptedimage from “Law and Order”.

  29. It’s very difficult for a “free radio” program to change things in a nation of unarmed citizens where the dictator is well armed and well-oiled due to his contributions from foreign Liberals.
    That is why our Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment, and the Danny Glovers and Harry Belafonte’s and Carters and Clintons, and Rudi Giulianis, have been trying to take that Amendment from us, ever since!

  30. So the open question is, do they love him just because he trashes Bush on a regular basis or do they love him because of the way Chavez uses the full force of the state against his domestic opposition?
    Posted by: Essucht at June 1, 2007 2:54 PM
    *********************
    There is no doubt of what it is they love – we see it hundreds of times daily in America in the way they handle their own domestic opposition – NOT Bush.
    Every single day, they go much further than the Constitution allows, and declare it is their right. They even have the gall to declare they have the majority of Americans with them for it.

  31. Cybrludite says “The fact that Hugo’s subsequent re-election was blatantly fraudulant has no bearing on if he’s a dictator? Nor do his attempts as shutting down opposition media? Mass arrests of opposition figures? ”
    “[B]latantly fraudulent” is a harsh and unfounded assertion. The election was independently observed and found to be free and generally fair. There were certainly irregularities (as there are in every election, especially in South America), but there is no evidence to suggest they were particularly egregious or determiative of outcome of the race given Chavez’s margin of victory, which is consistent with independent polling done prior to the race. Your “[m]ass arrests of opposition figures” are what, exactly? Are you talking about after the coup? I am sure you must know this but coups are illegal. If you try to overthrow the government, you are likley to get yourself arrested. Same with the “shutting down of opposition media” As I explained above, the station that was shut down was calling for the assassination/overthrow of Chavez. This is illegal in both Venezuela and the United States. There is plenty of opposition media still operating. I have already said that I don’t think Chavez is a good president. However, he is undoubtedly the will of the majority. Democratic nations are free to elect whatever boob they want no matter how much of a mess he makes of things. The last six years in the U.S. are ample evidence of that.
    Also, Cuba and Venzuela are completely different. Cuba is a genuine oppresive dictatorship. Venezuela is a democratic country with a lively political exchange. Once again, though, advocating or participating in the violent overthrow of the government is not allowed.

  32. Don’t “the radios” fall under the jurisdiction of the State Dept.?
    If so, as it stands right now, good luck getting any honest truth about dictatorships on the air.

  33. Muirgeo, was it a lie that Saddam Hussein was repressing the Iraqi people?
    He had put 300,000 or 400,000 innocent people in mass graves. He had started wars that killed hundreds of thousands more. By not cooperating with the U.N. on cease-fire terms, he brought on sanctions and let them get so bad that 5,000 to 10,000 Iraqis were dying each month to sickness and starvation. He diverted billions of dollars of Oil for Food money to build palaces and pay off appeasers while “his people” were dying.
    Muiergeo, do you say that didn’t happen? Are you among the liars who believe Saddam didn’t repress his people?
    By continuing his repression of the Iraqi people, Saddam was in violation of U.N. Resolution 688, the first resolution mentioned by President Bush in September 2002 when he made his case before the U.N. for action against Saddam.
    Resolution 688 required that Saddam end his repession. By violating it, Saddam broke the cease-fire, effecting declaring the battle resumed. By his tyranny, the tyrant invited the 2003 invasion. Now Iraq has its first chance ever for democracy, and for the lasting peace that only freedom can provide.
    You might argue that life under Saddam was “stable.” If being dead is “stable,” then you might have a point. If “stable” means the regime was protecting lives and liberties, you’re a liar.

  34. This is why the Fred! campaign idea has moentum. Fred Thompson knows the value of mass media communications in getting the message out to people around the world. That has been Dubya’s most glaring weakness in his administration to date. He & his people have not been getting the message out. I happen to think that Venezuala was a convenient example. Still, we all got the point, right? The USA as defender of Liberty at home & abroad needs to continuously tell the world how awesome Liberty, and Life, and Pursuit of Happiness really is. Apparently there are still some people out there who still need to hear the message.

  35. Ah – so this is what muirgeo’s doing when he’s not rending his garment over global warming. You’re the complete package dude, down to the Che man-purse.

  36. RCTV or Fox News…..interesting that the US supporters of Hugo embrace the same thought process……..

  37. Good for Fred! The race is exciting again!
    And, the “boys on the bus” can’t ignore him, now. SInce he’s the reason the news churcns. Without Fred it would be like smelling dead meat.
    As to Bush, he’s in the same bed with Jimmy Carter. At the bottom. Well? It’s similar to a car falling off the bridge at Chapaquiddic. Those who survive grow fat. But they’re NOT presidential timber!
    And, yes. That’s the MAJOR COMPLAINT! How did we get these turkeys?
    Not the first time in American history that turkeys have shown up in the White House. But the blame used to scatter in a different pattern.
    LBJ? Boy,l that made Robert Kennedy mad, to see him selected as his brother’s veep. But there wasn’t much you could do about it. Even when your brother was the president.
    Nixon didn’t become president in 1968, until he walked up to Nelson Rockefeller’s bedroom; on Fifth Avenue. And, BEGGED.
    Well, that’s how it was. Those who had powers, excersized them. And, let me tell ya. Few people can actually thread the needle, from all the choices out there. And, make it a successful journey.
    Even when you pepper the landscape with red lights.
    And, if you cut back into history? Most of the presidents were duds. Before Lincoln? As the Whigs took 20 years to collapse? He figured something out in “that” swamp. (Of course, he was assassinated. That, too, is one of the “cards.” Maybe, it’s the Joker in the deck?)
    In today’s news, Russia says it’s gonna re-establish its missiles, facing them towards European capitols. And, Abner Dinnerjacket brags, yet, again, that Israel will be wiped off the map.
    What’s the UN good for, here? Toilet paper?
    Seems the man who will get attention is the one who comes forward and in the most obvious way, kicks over a few FAKE “but tthat’s the way we do it, here’s.” NOPE.
    I don’t think Guiliani is asleep. But I’m not sure he can “change much,” either. Because his focus is on his donors. From Schwartzenegger; to all those “big states.” California. Ohio. Pennsylvania. And, New York. And, they are the OLD GAMERS.
    So ya never know what the lead weights can do.
    While “inside the smoke filled rooms?” Those cigar-chomping guys LUVED Warren Harding! had a magical, deep baritoned voice. Was tall. But had the brains of a flea.
    Sometimes, very bright men think they can stand behind the stage, and manipulate things.
    Most of them get buried in the parking lot. (Of course, for Nelson Rockefeller, his current dwelling is on fancier ground. But he didn’t get to the top perch, as did two Bush’s.
    Whose gonna pay the price for picking the Bush crap? Huh? Ya know it was the Baptists who put Jimmy Carter over the top, don’t cha? While Gerry Ford couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Actually, gave Chevy Chase whole routines of walking into props. Today? Even the laughs have stopped.
    Fred’s on the right road. But to be very truthful? IF he gets elected? You tell me? How can he deal with the diplomats? How can he then open the White House to “business as usual?”
    Seems that’s the marker.

  38. The USA as defender of Liberty at home & abroad needs to continuously tell the world how awesome Liberty, and Life, and Pursuit of Happiness really is. Apparently there are still some people out there who still need to hear the message.
    Posted by: exdem13 at June 2, 2007 3:52 PM
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    And Fred Thompson’s vote that Clinton was NOT GUILTY of Perjury in a personal injury lawsuit, one of only 4 GOP Senators to vote that a DIM PRESIDENT has the right to rape, harrass, and molest whomever he chooses and kill their cats if they don’t like it, differentiating Clinton from other dictators – HOW??? – gives us assurance that Fred will vote and work for Liberty – HOW????
    As opposed to his “Law and Order” character???
    You’ll have to explain very well indeed, before I can vote for THAT!

  39. Don’t forget to include disbanding the US Information Agency in the list of myopic errors on the info front.

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