Fred gets it. He understands that government isn’t the be-all-end-all solution to all of our problems.

A woman asked him if he would “as a Christian, as a conservative” continue President Bush’s programs to combat global AIDS.

“Christ didn’t tell us to go to the government and pass a bill to get some of these social problems dealt with. He told us to do it,” Thompson said.

“The government has its role, but we need to keep firmly in mind the role of the government, and the role of us as individuals and as Christians on the other.”

He received a round of applause for his answer, and went on to expand on the role of government in fighting AIDS and other diseases.

“I’m not going to go around the state and the country with regards to a serious problem and say that I’m going to prioritize that,” he said.

In other words, he’s not going to pander and he’s not going to pull a John Edwards move and promise that the dead will rise and the lame will walk if he’s elected, and he’s not going to ask his campaign workers to “make any promise you have to” to get himself elected. Fred Thompson isn’t going to try to be anyone’s Messiah.

Good.