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Friday, February 01, 2008

A Closer Look at the Record of John McCain

You've probably heard a number of conservatives including Rush Limbaugh say that Senator John McCain isn't a good conservative. But is that really true? Are such statements based upon solid evidence, or just some personal animosity toward the man?

Today Human Events has posted a piece by Chris Field examining John McCain's record on some key conservative issues.

The news is not good for John McCain if he'd rather appeal to conservatives than the "mainstream" media types he's been pandering to for the past 10 years or so.

Taxes: Fields points out that not only has McCain established a record of opposing tax cuts, but using class envy language like a good Marxist Democrat. He also won't sign a pledge not to support increases to tax rates.

Judges: He and his "Gang of 14" or "Sellout Seven" undermined his party's leadership in the Senate in ending filibusters of the best judicial nominees. He has also been quoted recently as opposing solid originalist judges like Samuel Alito.

Marriage and Homosexuality: Though he supported the 1996 DOMA, he has repeatedly opposed efforts to get a Federal Marriage Amendment into the Constitution to protect the definition and institution of marriage from activist judges who could "redefine" the fundamental institution of any ordered society.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Though he has a pretty good pro-life record, he supports expanding this research which has produced zero results and destroys human life in the research process.

War on Terrorism: Undermines the effort by joining liberals and other anti-Americans in calling for the closure of terrorist POW camp Club Gitmo. He has also undermined efforts in the war on terrorism by comparing mild U.S. tactics that are rarely used like waterboarding to the cutting, stabbing, slashing, bashing and beheading done by real torturers.

Energy and Environment: Opposes domestic oil exploration in places such as ANWR. Believes in the fantasy of man-made global warming and supports carbon credit trading schemes.

Gun Control: Has supported anti-gun bills that undermine gun ownership and the Second Amendment.

There is more, much more, in Chris Fields' article.

I used to like Senator McCain, but he shifted Left around 1999 or 2000. Maybe he got addicted to love, the love he received from the "mainstream" media when he shifted Left just a little. Maybe it felt so good he just kept doing it.

I suggest you read the whole thing if you're considering supporting John McCain.


Anonymous said...

Sen. John Thune of SD is backing Mc Cain full force. It shows he's just another hand picked liberal Republican picked by GWB. Alexander, Linsay Gram, Liddy Dole, Norman Coleman to mention a few ohters.

GWB hes killed conservatiism for a generation.

Bob Ellis said...

I have to admit, this is somewhat confusing. I've spoken with Senator Thune at some length before and based on that and his voting record have found him to be pretty conservative.

Anonymous said...

GWB has made goverment grow, in all areas, like no one since Lyndon Johnson. Mc Cain plays to the press, so how can we see anything but even more of the same.

Maybe I am wrong and we are seeing the beganing of the Republican Party being the big government party. John Thune may see tihs comming and wants to be on the winning side.

Wendy Weinbaum said...

As a Jewess in the US, I would like to remind all that America wasn't won with a registered gun! And criminals are not stopped by TALK, but by FIREARMS. That is why all REAL Americans put our 2nd Amendment FIRST!!

Bob Ellis said...

You got that right, Wendy!


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