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No to Condoleezza Rice.

No to Newt Gingrich.

No to Haley Barbour.

That’s what I’ve been saying in recent commentaries about presidential candidates for 2008.

Naturally, some readers are asking me for an alternative.

I’ve thought about this a great deal.

Hillary Clinton is likely to be the choice of the Democratic Party. She is a dangerous demagogue who could, as president for four years, complete the destruction of this country begun during the eight years her husband held office.

She must be stopped.

While I have no faith in the Republican Party, given its pitiful track record since grabbing the presidency and control of Congress, it probably represents the only chance to limit the damage the federal government is wreaking on our country ever day.

My preference would be a new party. My preference would be to build an alternative to the Republican-Democratic political trap. But time is short. I don’t see this happening in 2008.

Unless a person with charisma, money and convictions – someone like Mel Gibson – arose to the challenge of an independent bid for the presidency in 2008, like it or not, we will be faced with a choice between a Democrat and a Republican.

Therefore, freedom-loving, security-conscious Americans need to rally behind a Republican candidate of principle and courage – someone who will speak to the core issues facing us all today.

In my humble opinion, there is one man who fills that bill – Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado.

He’s a maverick. He marches to the beat of his own drummer. He’s not afraid to criticize members of his own party – including his president. And that’s what I love about him.

There is no one else in Congress or in national public life who has provided better leadership on the No. 1 national-security issue confronting the United States – the border and immigration policy.

Tancredo’s prescription isn’t radical – though it might seem that way based on the reaction of the Big Media and establishment politicians in both parties. What Tancredo is advocating are common-sense principles being implemented in nations all over the world – including in supposedly “progressive” Europe.

It’s real simple. A nation without borders ceases to be a nation. That is the threat we face with 20 million illegal aliens already here and more pouring over the border every day.

I believe this is such a hot-button issue with the American people that Tancredo, a distinguished but otherwise obscure member of the House of Representatives could actually win.

But even if he doesn’t win, it is imperative that the issues he raises get a national debate before 2008. The Minuteman Project has thrust the issue before the American people. All over the country, local and state officials are taking action against illegal aliens because they recognize the threat they pose to our freedom and our security. Tancredo has done an admirable job winning over many colleagues in the House.

However, it may take a national political campaign to save this country from the looming disaster illegal immigration and open borders represent.

That’s why I am urging Tom Tancredo to make the run. I simply don’t know of any other candidate in a position to make the case effectively.

Will he do it?

On my nationally syndicated radio show, he went so far as to say he would if no other candidate emerged to champion this issue.

We need to encourage Tom Tancredo to gear up, raise the money he needs to get his campaign going, start organizing. We need to let him know we will back him. And we need to mean it.

You may say, “Farah’s it’s only 2005. Why are you obsessing over the 2008 presidential race?” Because it takes planning to win. And I want America to win in 2008.

Tom Tancredo for president.

How do you like the sound of that?

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