"There's an argument going on in the Republican Party right now," Thompson said to about 300 listeners crowded into a Golden Corral restaurant on Anderson Road. "We're down a little bit to the Democrats, so do we need to be more like the Democrats? I don't think so. Call it populist, whatever you want to call it. It always winds up more government."Ha ha ha! Fred Thompson, you're so funny!
Merchants presented him with gifts as he walked down Congress Street. Children asked for his autograph, and Mayor Eddie Lee proclaimed the day as "Senator Fred Thompson Day" in York.
After hearing Lee read the proclamation listing reasons why he deserved it, the senator offered a unique thanks.
"I'm Fred Thompson, and I endorse this message," he joked. "Last time I said that it cost me a lot more money."
One of the commenters on this story seemed to think that I'm only picking on Fred because of the way he looks, talks, acts, etc. I want to assure everyone: I snark on substance, people! Here are just a few reasons why Fred Thompson should not be allowed anywhere near the White House:
- Stated that Roe v. Wade was bad law and bad science. (Jun 2007)
- Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
- Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
- Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
- Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
- Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
- Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
- Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
- Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
- Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
- Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
- Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
- Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
- Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
- Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)