John McCain is not the RIGHT choice…

Now that we are finally getting into the real primary season, I am thinking and reviewing the Republican candidates even further.  I still, however, can not decide who I would vote for or even make a projection as to whom I think the nominee will be. 

However, I know who I don’t want the nominee to be (even though he MIGHT be one that could beat a Hillary or Obama nominee)…..that is John McCain.

While I do respect his military service to our country and his having endured POW time and experiences that most of us can’t even image…..his support of the military and the war on terror are about the only two things for which I can agree with him.

As Mark Levin points out in his latest article, John McCain’s real record is not an overall conservative message and leans much further to the Left than the Right.

McCain-Feingold — the most brazen frontal assault on political speech since Buckley v. Valeo.

McCain-Kennedy — the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.

McCain-Lieberman — the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases — in American history.

McCain-Kennedy-Edwards — the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.

McCain-Reimportantion of Drugs — a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety (hey Rudy, pay attention, see link).

Consider also more of his “work” on tax cuts, judicial nominees, and his left-leaning view of big businesses…..

And McCain’s stated opposition to the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts was largely based on socialist, class-warfare rhetoric — tax cuts for the rich, not for the middle class. The public record is full of these statements. Today, he recalls only his insistence on accompanying spending cuts.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, McCain was consistently hostile to American enterprise, from media and pharmaceutical companies to technology and energy companies.

McCain also led the Gang of 14, which prevented the Republican leadership in the Senate from mounting a rule change that would have ended the systematic use (actual and threatened) of the filibuster to prevent majority approval of judicial nominees.

If those assaults on  rights are not bad enough, Levin points out that McCain’s record on defense and military issues also has some huge blemishes:

McCain-ACLU — the unprecedented granting of due-process rights to unlawful enemy combatants (terrorists).

McCain has repeatedly called for the immediate closing of Guantanamo Bay and the introduction of al-Qaeda terrorists into our own prisons — despite the legal rights they would immediately gain and the burdens of managing such a dangerous population.

While McCain proudly and repeatedly points to his battles with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who had to rebuild the U.S. military and fight a complex war, where was McCain in the lead-up to the war — when the military was being dangerously downsized by the Clinton administration and McCain’s friend, former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen? Where was McCain when the CIA was in desperate need of attention? Also, McCain was apparently in the dark about al-Qaeda like most of Washington, despite a decade of warnings.

Many people can make excuses for McCain all day long, but McCain lost me way back at one of the biggest assaults on free speech ever—McCain-Feingold!


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