Rebecca Hagelin

"Cal Thomas for President" actually has a nice (let freedom) ring to it.

And you've got to hand it to Cal: He sticks to conservative principles, says what's on his mind, and has a heck of a lot of fun while doing it.

Consider, for instance, the recent campaign "speech" Thomas gave on Fox News Channel's "After Hours with Cal Thomas." In his typical Cal-esque style of combining wit and wisdom with just a touch of wacky, he delivered the campaign "promises" many of us long to hear:

"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for yourselves. You think you're entitled to something? You're entitled to freedom and opportunity. The rest is up to you.

"Don't come crying to me if you're not motivated enough, or won't make the necessary sacrifices and investment to be successful and engage in risky personal behavior. That's your problem, not the government's.

"We should make it as easy as possible for you to succeed. In addition to freedom and opportunity, you should be allowed to keep most of the money you make and determine how you want to save or spend it. You should be telling government how much of your money you intend government to have. Government should not be telling you how much of your money it will allow you to keep.

"Health care? Take care of yourself. Exercise. Eat right. Don't smoke. Look both ways before crossing the street. The truly poor we can help, but there should be less incentive for being poor and getting a government check than there is in becoming wealthy and earning your own check.

"All this bunk about helping 'working people.' Your grandparents looked after themselves and each other. Day care meant your mother was there when you arrived home from school. Stop divorcing. Stay married. Work it out. Don't abuse drugs and alcohol. Practice recreational basketball, not recreational sex. Obey the law.

"Don't watch garbage TV and garbage movies. Read to your kids. Talk to your spouse. Live within your means. Plan for your own future so others won't be burdened taking care of you. Get a life!"

The speech may have been a spoof, but it contained more truth than any campaign jargon I've heard in years. More of these creative Cal commentaries (wish I could say, "creative candidate Cal commentaries) can be found in the archives.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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