Fred Thompson reappears launching new public role

“FredHeads” of this website can rejoice as former Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson has reemerged in a new public role advocating for Conservative principles. From this day forward, he’ll be blogging at giving his folksy opinions on a daily basis.

I know, Conservatives were hoping I’d say as a VP candidate or perhaps, the nuclear option, launching a third-party run. No dice since he’s taken a seat on the straight-talk express.

Here’s an excerpt from his first entry:

Spending some time on the campaign trail has confirmed a couple of thoughts I’ve had before I entered the Republican primary race.

First, conservatism is alive and well in America; don’t let anyone tell you differently. And by conservatism, I don’t mean the warmed-over “raise your hand if you believe …” kind of conservatism we see blooming every election cycle. No, I’m speaking of the conservatism grounded in principles based upon enduring truths: an understanding of the importance of human nature in the affairs of individuals and nations. Respect for the lessons of history, the importance of faith and tradition. The understanding that while man is prone to err, he is capable of great things when not subjugated by a too-powerful government. These are the principles that inspired our Founding Fathers, and resulted in a Constitution that delineated the powers of the central government, established checks and balances among the branches of government and further diffused governmental power by a system of Federalism.

Second, change – whether it “real change,” “bold change” or the “change we can believe in” variety others are selling – isn’t itself an innovative policy or a particularly strong leadership stance. In fact, from Burke to Buckley, there has been an acknowledgement that change in the political arena is inevitable and necessary, and we in the U.S. tend to experience it in regular, 2, 4 and 6 year intervals, so 2008 is hardly our first rodeo. The challenge for conservatives is calibrating whether the change being proposed is consistent with our principles and our philosophy, and whether that change is appropriate.

We’ll see if his column turns into a pro-McCain outlet or he becomes critical as a conservative opponent.

OK, not exactly newsworthy but it fills space. Plus, I’ve made it a habit of following up on the former candidates from both sides as they all have a public appeal in some form.