Since Senator McCain is now the presumptive front runner for the Republican Presidential nomination, he deserves a second look.
made it clear that I’m not a McCain fan. Why? Is it because I had a
run-in with the Senator more than 20 years ago? No, not really. It was a
bad experience, but frankly I was treated much worse by then-Senator
John Ashcroft, who I still respect as a committed conservative.
honor John McCain for his valiant and courageous service to our country
as a Naval Aviator and POW. I’m told by my good friend, who was himself
a POW, that John McCain was one of the worst treated POWs because his
father was, at that time, CINCPAC commander. He was also one of the most
injured POWs. He is a hero in my book, but that alone doesn’t
automatically qualify him to be President of the United States.
appreciate the fact that he supported Ronald Reagan for President and
supported him as a member of Congress. I’m sure the fact that
then-Governor Reagan worked to free our POWs was part of the reason for
John McCain’s support. If I had been a POW, I would have appreciated
those efforts. Regardless of his reason, I appreciate his past support
of Ronald Reagan, but John McCain has proven he’s no Ronald Reagan.
is exhibit number one. It expanded the size of the federal bureaucracy
known as the Federal Election Commission. It limited free speech for
individuals like you and me. It strengthened the power of the mainstream
news media. It strengthened the power of the unions. It was a law that
no reasonable conservative would have supported and certainly would
never have co-sponsored.
So why did John McCain back such a bill? There
are two reasons. First, he was caught up in the Keating Five scandal
which revolved around five members of Congress who have received
financial favors from Charles Keating (Lincoln Savings and Loan) in
return for legislative votes that benefited Mr. Keating and Lincoln
S&L. The co-sponsorship saved John McCain’s political bacon.
it’s also a lesson in John McCain’s political philosophy. He may be a
conservative in his mind, but John McCain is always willing to sacrifice
any principle to save his hide or advance himself politically. What’s
good for John McCain is his primary political philosophy.
then there’s McCain-Kennedy, a bill that calls for amnesty for illegal
aliens. He now says he wouldn’t vote for his own bill and that the
borders must first be secured, but the truth is that a McCain presidency
means a "path to citizenship" for illegal aliens. You can bank on it.
is yet another bill where McCain teams up with a liberal Democrat to
impose a "Global Warming" tax on Americans. Any honest scientist will
tell you that it is yet unproven that global warming exists and if it
does, it is highly questionable that it is caused by humans. It is a
documented fact, CO2 levels started increasing before the
industrial revolution, therefore, statements that humans are causing
global warming is suspect at best. In reality, global warming is a
scientifically unsettled issue. Taxes and other economic changes such as
John McCain seeks would without a doubt damage our economy for the long
term and limit your freedom and mine.
also hard to forget (or swallow) John McCain’s vote against the Bush
tax cuts. I simply can’t imagine Ronald Reagan opposing tax cuts, can
you? What kind of a conservative opposes tax cuts? When you can decide
what to do with your hard earned dollars, that expands your individual
freedom. When the government decides what to do with your dollars
through taxation, your personal freedom is limited.
what about John McCain’s leadership of the so-called "Gang of 14" that
derailed efforts by the Bush White House and conservatives in Congress
to circumvent the unconstitutional road blocks being thrown up by Harry
Reid, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, et. al. to approving conservative
judges? Just what kind of a conservative would do that?
recently, there’s John McCain’s comment that while he would be willing
to nominate judges like Roberts and Scalia to the US Supreme Court, he
would not nominate someone like Alito because he wears his "conservatism
on his sleeve." Translation—I don’t like Alito because he was active in
the conservative Federalist Society. Just what makes you think that
Senator Compromise would appoint conservative judges and be willing to
fight the very same people he is so anxious to co-sponsor liberal bills
with? Don’t bet on it.
If John McCain
wants to prove he’s a conservative he can do so. Just say this: "I was
wrong on McCain-Feingold. I was wrong on McCain-Kennedy. I was wrong on
McCain-Lieberman. I was wrong on the Gang of 14. I was wrong on the Bush
tax cuts. I was wrong to oppose drilling for oil in Alaska."
When John McCain does that we will know that he is now indeed a conservative. But don’t hold your breath.
are other problems with John McCain. When he was first elected to the
US Senate I was told that he was nearly kicked out of the Republican
Senatorial Caucus. The reason was an out-of-control temper, his personal
attacks, and language that would make a sailor blush. In fairness, I’m
told that he now has his temper under control and his language has
But John McCain has also
shown himself to be capable of personal arrogance. When he was unable to
convince the airlines to give him a nonstop flight from convenient
Reagan National Airport (instead of Dulles National Airport a few miles
further out), he put a hold on construction of the underground
transportation system, thus inconveniencing tens of thousands of
travelers just to suit his own needs.
bottom line is that John McCain is not a conservative, he’s willing to
change positions to advance himself politically, and he has some very
bad personal failings. I have to admit that I have some bad personal
failings, but then again, I’m not running for President of the United
States. Because Senator McCain is not a conservative, because he has
flip-flopped on issues, because his arrogance scares me, I won’t be
voting for John McCain this year. I hope you’ll think long and hard
before you do either.