John McCain: Hero and Heretic
edited: Friday, February 01, 2008
By Timothy P. Buchanan
Rated "PG" by the Author.
Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008
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Why John McCain will lose the election, and probably the Republican nomination
Last night, Florida Republicans voted to give all of the state’s convention delegates to Senator John McCain. If this had happened in the Democrat party, it would not be a significant event because there are few, if any, policy or principle differences between Obama, Clinton, and Edwards. But in the Republican party, principles and policies matter.
Senator McCain has actually been running a simmering campaign for the Republican nomination since 2000. Whenever liberals in the media needed an anti-conservative or anti-President Bush voice, John McCain could be counted on to fill the position. Senator McCain served in the United States Navy with valor and devotion, and no conservative will dispute that fact. But despite his recent claims, John McCain is no conservative, and if he wins the Republican nomination, it could spell defeat for the party in the ‘08 election. Dispirited conservatives will not vote for a liberal--they simply won’t vote, and, as a result, the Democrat candidate will win.
To his credit, McCain supported President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he also sided with Democrats, advocating the shut down of Guantanamo so that the insurgents can be brought to the US mainland where they would receive all the legal rights of an American citizen. He sided with Democrat Senators again, when he characterized “waterboarding” as torture, and opposing its use as an interrogation technique. I do not know if waterboarding is a form of torture, but since it does not cause any permanent injury, in a time of war, I think that the President should be given the benefit of the doubt.
Working with Democrat Senator, Russ Feingold, McCain pushed “Campaign Finance Reform,” a bill that has denied free speech to those who seek to voice opposition to any candidate in the critical last few weeks prior to an election. The bill was advertised as a way to limit the influence of special interest groups, but it has not. McCain Feingold simply changed which special interest groups will have influence. The Senator joined with Ted Kennedy on last year’s amnesty bill--a terribly bad piece of legislation, crafted in secret, that he attempted to force to a Senate vote without debate. McCain’s effort was thwarted however, by millions of outraged Americans who learned of the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill from talk radio.
McCain’s latest debacle is his partnership with Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman to add a 50-cent per gallon federal tax on gasoline ostensibly to reduce man-made “greenhouse gases.” He did this despite the fact that there remains a great deal of opposition within the Republican party and the scientific community that global warming is caused by human activity. There is ample scientific evidence that any warming is due to solar flares, and not the burning of fossil fuels. Despite his hostility to the many fundamental conservative tenets, McCain continues to call himself a conservative. Ronald Reagan was a conservative; Fred Thompson is a conservative; John McCain is no conservative.
Senator McCain opposed President Bush’s tax cuts which lifted the country out of the Clinton recession of 2000. Only recently has he even admitted, though not convincingly, that he has changed his mind about the cuts.
The mainstream media fawns over Senator McCain, calling him a maverick or a moderate. When the media refers to a Republican as a moderate, they are describing someone who will negotiate away important conservative ideals--someone to who is willing to sell out the party and scrap principles in favor of popularity. And the reason that the media promotes McCain, and wants him to be the Republican nominee, is so that, if the Democrat candidate loses in November, leftists will still get 95% of what they want.
President Bush has been instrumental in reversing much of the damage done to America by President Clinton. The president has steadfastly defended the United States from terrorism, without infringing on anyone’s civil liberty. He has promoted a culture of life, by ending that most gruesome procedure known as partial-birth abortion, and by defunding fetal stem-cell research. President Bush has encouraged economic growth by giving citizens more of their own money, and he has improved failing public schools. And Mr. Bush has nominated two of the finest Supreme Court Justices that have occupied the court in the last 50 years.
It’s been said that a man who doesn’t stand for something will fall for anything, and John McCain has fallen for many of the same liberal policies that are proven failures. Some of these policies will cause great damage the country and our citizens, and that’s why John McCain cannot win the November election.