It’s official! Tom Tancredo has formed his exploratory committee. The announcement today was greatly anticipated. Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado, known mostly for his outspoken opposition to illegal immigration and "guest-worker"/ amnesty for illegal aliens, has had numerous conservative columnists and bloggers calling for a "draft Tancredo" campaign.
Those supporting other Republican nominees, have often called him a "one issue candidate", but Tancredo has the potential to not only unite Republicans by his unwavering stance on issues important to conservatives, but could also offer a vision of America likely to excite the average American, the way Ronald Reagan did. His no-nonsense approach, outspoken disdain for the politics of compromise that whittles away at American principles of freedom and justice, being equally critical of Democrats and Republicans, is just the kind of straight talk that makes the average American say, "Yes! Now that’s a man who stands up for what’s right!"
What pro-lifers may not know: So far, Tancredo is the only presidential hopeful who has clearly expressed his support for an amendment to the constitution protecting life. From his exploratory website:
As a devout Christian, father, and grandfather, I am a strong believer in the rights to life for the unborn child. I also believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. For years, activist judges have undermined both life and marriage. As president I would stop this by appointing strict constructionists as judges, reining in the power of the judiciary, and supporting constitutional amendments that respect marriage and life.
But Tancredo faces an uphill battle, to be sure. The establishment Republicans will certainly be lined up against him. In fact, he has entered this race because of the "void that exists" for a conservative candidate, namely on the issue of illegal immigration, but one who is both a true social and pro-life conservative and is serious about securing our borders and policies that discourage illegal immigration. Of course, he knows this is an uphill battle:
"It’s delusional to suggest that this would not be anything but a David and Goliath situation, but after all, David won," Tancredo told the Des Moines Register in an interview published yesterday. "Things like this happen in politics, but no matter what happens, it will force America to focus on these issues."
UPDATE: La Shawn Barber, "Sweetheart of the Blogosphere", supports a Tancredo presidency! She also offers her Christian perspective on illegal immigration. In related news: Coming soon, my Catholic (Christian) perspective on illegal immigration and how it relates to a pro-life perspective. So keep visiting!