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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, April 06, 2006

John McCain...Who Do You Trust? Analysis

Has the John McCain (R-AZ) "straight talk express" driven off the road? Is McCain suddenly smelling the Rose Garden? Has Mr. McCain become an expert on triangulation?
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In a vote today with John McCain vs. any Liberal, I would certainly rush to the polls and pull the elephants tail. However, is this currently a vote for the worse of two evils?
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In 2001 many Republicans felt McCain might defect and run as a Democrat. Rumors flew again in 2004 when Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry had discussed the vice presidency with McCain on several occasions. Of course McCain declined but he didn’t necessarily do so with complete openness and energy. Much of the publicity was a Democratic pipe dream but a more forceful objection on McCain’s part would have been helpful. John McCain does have a fairly solid pro-life voting record but has specifically said, on more than one occasion, that he opposes overturning Roe v. Wade. In an August 19, 1999 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, McCain said: "I'd love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even-the long-term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations." McCain later flip-flopped on his statement, issuing a written statement later in the day on August 22, pointing to his strong and consistent pro-life voting record. "I have always believed in the importance of the repeal of Roe v. Wade, and as President, I would work toward its repeal," he said. Is this an appeal to the right or smoke and mirrors in an effort to keep the right interested? McCain also said, "If Roe v. Wade were repealed tomorrow, it would force thousands of young women to undergo dangerous and illegal operations. I will continue to work with both pro-life and pro-choice Americans so that we can eliminate the need for abortions to be performed in this country." McCain flip-flopped several times as pointed out in the San Francisco Chronicle article. Marlo Lewis wrote in National Review (2004): McCain's Climate Stewardship Act, co-sponsored with Sen. Joe Lieberman (D., Conn.), is a political roadmap back to the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations global-warming treaty that the Senate preemptively rejected by a vote of 95-0 in July 1997. As originally introduced in January 2003, McCain's bill would require the United States to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, chiefly carbon dioxide from fossil-energy use, to 2000 levels by 2010 (Phase I) and 1990 levels by 2016 (Phase II). Probably the biggest domestic success of George Bush’s first term was his tax cuts and the current economy supports that conclusion. John McCain voted against them, more than once, before finally flip-flopping and voting for them this year. McCain teamed up with Ted Kennedy to propose a bill that rewards illegal aliens by allowing them to stay in the U.S. permanently after they pay a modest fine, brings in hundreds of thousands of new guest workers as well, and does almost nothing to enforce immigration law or prevent new illegal aliens from entering the country. He's not about enforcement but Hispanic votes. The reality is the McCain-Kennedy “reform” would reward lawbreakers for their illegal activity, while holding out a blatantly false promise of stemming future illegal immigration. In fact, it would likely spur further illegal immigration. Meanwhile, those who stand to profit are the lawbreakers and the businesses that hire them for paltry wages. Representative Tom Tancredo, (R-CO), states, “There might be a little more lipstick on this pig than there was before, but it is most certainly the same old pig.” The current bill in the Senate is receiving complete Democratic support, especially that of left-winger Harry Reid (D-NV). The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill, one of the worst pieces of legislation to make it through Congress in the years, was a failure on every level. The bill promised to, "take the money out of politics." McCain-Feingold failed miserably as more money was spent than ever before during the 2004 elections.
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The bill unconstitutionally curbed free speech, protected incumbents, gave a fund raising edge to the Democrats, and opened up the door to regulating bloggers. It gave impetus to re-route money to MoveOn.org, George Soros and opened the gates to other forms of campaign funding by third parties.
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McCain has made it a habit of looking "bi-partisan" by sponsoring bills with the far left. McCain sided with John Kerry's "war hero" record during the 2004 election and denounced the Swift Boat group. Kerry promised to release his records and sign Form 180, has not done so, but McCain never question this.
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When campaign finance was in the new, John McCain jumped on board with Russ Feingold. When Swift Boat Veterans were in the news, John McCain jumped over to defend Kerry. Still angry with George W. Bush, McCain sponsored a ban on "torture," but the definition of torture is highly questionable. Stress positions and water boarding, included in McCain's bill, are used in certain areas of military training.
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The straight talk of John McCain is actually not on a straight away. The candidate, favored by the left-wing media is having trouble relating to McCain as he glides toward the center and right of center on many issues in preparation for a White House run in 2008.
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McCain has now voted for the tax cuts he previously objected to. McCain once called Jerry Falwell, "an agent of intolerance," is now cozying up with the religious zealot.
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"Everybody understands, he hates the Christian right. That's a real problem," says Paul Weyrich, head of the Free Congress Foundation. Mr. Weyrich dismisses the Falwell speech invitation as just a "personal patch up." "He wants to remake the Republican Party into pre-Reagan times," Weyrich continues. "Republicans traditionally stood for limited government, free enterprise, and a strong national defense. We added a fourth leg to that stool, which were traditional American values. And he wants to get rid of that." But Weyrich agrees that as long as the social conservatives don't have a strong presidential hopeful of their own, it will be hard to "beat somebody with nobody."
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Reported in The Christian Science Monitor, Lou Sheldon, founder of the Traditional Values Coalition, also sees trouble in a McCain candidacy. When asked about McCain's effort to build bridges to social conservatives, Mr. Sheldon replied: "I don't see bridges, I see road blocks."
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Sheldon is disappointed by McCain's position on gay marriage, in not fully embracing efforts to get a ban in Arizona, as well as the campaign-finance reform law that McCain sponsored and which religious conservatives oppose, saying it hinders their advocacy efforts.
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"At the moment, McCain fits the bill of the type of candidate Republicans are looking for, in light of what's happening to the Bush presidency," says Dick Bennett, head of American Research Group polling firm. "He can be a conservative Republican to conservative Republicans, he can be more moderate to independent voters, because of the straight-talk aspect. He fits the profile of what different voters want."
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The jury is still out on McCain, but we can't ignore his tendency to move left when it's convenient for candidate McCain.

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