Yes, I know what some of you die-hard Republican "conservatives" are saying: sure, I agree with McCain on some issues. My problem is that his heart is in the wrong place. What I mean by this is that McCain not only has little to no respect for constitutional standards (my first test for any candidate), but he also seems to be coming down with "flip flop" syndrome. Must have caught it in Washington.
McCain isn't really sure weather he's a Conservative or Democrat. This video shows McCain (rightly) stating he's a liberal:
Then he corrects himself. He isn't the best speaker around. Unfortunately, his principle slip just as often as his words do.
At the last debate, McCain showed us more symptoms of flip-flop syndrome.
"HOOK: At this point, if your original proposal came to a vote on the Senate floor, would you vote for it?"
[McCain tries to shrug it off by saying it wouldn't come up. Finally, he admits:]
"But, look, we're all in agreement as to what we need to do. Everybody knows it. We can fight some more about it, about who wanted this or who wanted that. But the fact is, we all know the American people want the border secured first."
First, note that McCain now is AGAINST his own bill. He won't admit it, but he he's changed his opinion. Second, (and this is most important) did you notice his reason? It wasn't that he's changed his political philosophy about amnesty or that he's discovered new evidence. He just changed his opinion because the "people" did. John McCain has proven this over and over: he's a compromiser. So much for Straight Talk Express! More like the wet-noodle express.
McCain won't just change his opinion because the public does. He'll also comprimise for his buddies in D.C. McCain insists over and over that he is proud of his record of "reaching across the isle." That is exactly his problem! He is willing to compromise principle for politics. This is the last person we need to give the veto power.
I have to (and I can't believe the words are comin' out of me bloomin' mouth) agree with Anne Coulter. I'd be more inclined to vote for Hillary than McCain. As she says it: Straight Talk Express Takes Scenic Route to the Truth.
The guy that the media has crowned "Mr. Able" may end up being no more than a modern image of Biblical Cain; inconsistent and stabbing America in the back. McCain's voting record isn't really all that good.
McCain has what the Club for Growth calls "a heavy anti-growth undercurrent." I just love the way they put it:
"Unfortunately, this undercurrent can sweep away the good with the bad."
Consider some of these facts:
- McCain voted AGAINST Bush's tax cuts. Now he insists that he did it because they didn't have reductions in spending accompanying them. Then? Well, just read:
"I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us at the expense of middle-class Americans who need tax relief." (qtd: Club for Growth)
- McCain, the same guy convicted in the Keating 5 scandal, (you probably won't hear about John McCain's role in the whole thing until the Dems decide it's time to slosh mud) sponsored McCain/Feingold, which took a whack at the first amendment in attempts to bring more ethics to campaign finance. He really didn't have much moral high ground there.
- McCain voted for No Child Left Behind, which is responsible for increasing your taxes, reducing local control of school, and driving teachers crazy.
- This had better drive you crazy. Mr. McCain, who insists he is pro-life, not only supports embryonic stem cell research, (a gray area that has almost no promise of results) he wants to use your tax dollars to pay for it!
- And McCain would rather let bureaucrats run businesses in many areas.
"Much like his record on taxes, these terrible votes cast a dark shadow on Senator McCain's positive votes. ... His occasional eagerness to support and encourage increased government regulation suggests a troublesome mistrust of the free market." ~The Club for GrowthSo what's the alternative? Quite honestly, I don't know. I haven't done the research into third-party options. It certainly isn't supporting Mr O-bomba and Mrs H-Bomb. When I have an idea, I'll let you know.
For now, I can only complain because everyone voted for a guy because he was "able" to win... "able" to lead... "able" to be consistent... turns out he's more Cain than Able. He's likely to flip flop and stab America in the back.
Edit: The video isn't working exactly. Sorry about that.