McCain, Who is he Really?

 I found this to be very interesting…what say you?

By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
A few weeks before Super Tuesday, my friend Howard Phillips asked me who I thought the Republican Presidential nominee would be. I predicted John McCain. With the results of Super Tuesday now history, most political pundits are also predicting that the Arizona senator will gain the Republican nomination for President. And with Mitt Romney now out of the race, McCain is all but assured the nomination. One did not need to be a seer to figure this one out.

For one thing, President George W. Bush all but destroyed whatever conservative influence was left in the GOP. Peggy Noonan is right about that.

Furthermore, the capitulation and compromise of principle by the Religious Right has also significantly sealed the death warrant of conservatism within the GOP. For the sake of not offending George Bush or losing whatever seat at the table the various leaders of the Religious Right felt they had, their spirit of resistance waned to the point that the very name “Christian Conservative” has lost all meaning, not to mention power.

As a result, Republicans have come to accept Big Government, runaway federal spending, the Welfare State, the Warfare State, the Nanny State, empire-building, gargantuan trade and budget deficits, warrantless eavesdropping, the loss of 4th Amendment rights, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

Therefore, how could anyone expect the vast majority of Republican voters to suddenly rediscover a huge commitment of conviction to conservative principles? Add to that question the fact that there is only one true conservative/constitutionalist who made it to the Republican primaries: Congressman Ron Paul. And virtually the entire media and political establishment pummeled Congressman Paul to the point that his limited success in the race can be categorized as nothing short of miraculous.

Make no mistake about it: the establishment wants one of its own to succeed George Bush. In order for that to happen, they must manipulate the primaries to ensure that, no matter who wins in November, one of their fellow elitists will still wield power in Washington, D.C. On the Democratic side, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fit the bill. And on the Republican side, John McCain is the ultimate insider.

A long-standing member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), John McCain will pursue the goals and ambitions of the globalists with a vengeance. As Pat Buchanan said recently, “John McCain will make Dick Cheney look like Gandhi.” Buchanan is right on with that prediction.

Despite a liberal, Big Government track record, many Republican “conservatives” who have always been critical of John McCain are already beginning to warm up to him, feeling that his nomination is inevitable. Include in this list such notables as Grover Norquist, Tony Perkins, and fellow CFR member Richard Land.

Fortunately, not all of the conservative “talking heads” have jumped on the McCain bandwagon. Include in this list: Ann Coulter, who said she would campaign for Hillary Clinton if McCain is the Republican nominee; James Dobson, who said he would never vote for John McCain–no matter what; and Mr. Republican Cheerleader himself, Rush Limbaugh.

Then there is Mike Huckabee: the candidate to whom the evangelical George Bush robots have gravitated. Huckabee is every bit the Big Government liberal that is John McCain. In fact, Huckabee and McCain have developed a very close friendship, according to numerous sources. Many are even predicting that Huckabee will be McCain’s running mate, in order to dupe evangelicals into accepting the McCain candidacy. (I have been saying this myself for months.) Even Rob Schenck said this about Huckabee: “After careful and prayerful consideration, I have concluded that an evangelical vote for Mike Huckabee is a vote for John McCain, and a vote for John McCain will be a disaster for this country.”

But just who is this man, John McCain?

John McCain’s father and grandfather were both admirals in the U.S. Navy. John was schooled in one of the most elite boarding schools in America. He graduated from the Naval Academy where he ranked 894th out of 899 students.

According to Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief, February 1, 2008, “[John McCain] used nepotism to get ahead: When he was rejected by the National War College, he used his father’s contacts with the Secretary of the Navy to make them reconsider.” Skousen also notes that “McCain cheated on his first wife after she had a severe accident. He then divorced her and married his multi-millionaire mistress, whose daddy bought McCain a spot in the Congress.”

It has also never been explained why the son and grandson of Navy admirals would not rise to the rank of Admiral himself. (He exited the Navy as a Captain.) Was it his numerous adulterous affairs or his violent temper? Or both?

John McCain’s biographer Robert Timberg chronicles McCain’s numerous sexual affairs with subordinates both when he was an Executive Officer and later Squadron Commander. Obviously, such fraternization is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Skousen and many others have chronicled McCain’s violent temper. Even as a young man, McCain was “a strikingly violent man.” Timberg quotes McCain describing his propensity for violence, even as a youngster, saying, “At the smallest provocation I would go off into a mad frenzy, and then suddenly crash to the floor unconscious.”

McCain says his vicious temper was transformed after being held as a Prisoner of War by the North Vietnamese. There is no doubt that John McCain was tortured by his Vietnamese captors, but it also seems clear, by both the written and oral records of many, that McCain spent the bulk of his captivity collaborating with his captors.

It is more than interesting that former POW John McCain would use the power of his senate seat to stop the investigation and pursuit of American MIAs in Vietnam. What would possess a former naval officer to do such a thing? In fact, a group of Vietnam veterans has uploaded a web page dedicated to exposing the truth regarding John McCain’s record on this matter. See it at here.

That John McCain still has a vicious temper is well known. We can all remember him singing “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,” to the tune of the Beach Boys hit song “Barbara Ann.” He also said North Korea should be threatened with “extinction.” He often boasts of America’s 100-year war with Iraq and talks of pursuing enemies “to the gates of hell.” There is no doubt, John McCain is one mad man.

Furthermore, McCain’s position on a host of issues is extremely problematic for the future of America. On immigration, John McCain joined with Ted Kennedy to sponsor an amnesty bill for illegal aliens. He voted to give social security dollars to illegal aliens. His Hispanic Outreach Director, Juan Hernandez, is a dual American-Mexican citizen widely known for his “Mexico First” declarations.

He repeatedly voted against the Bush tax cuts. He co-authored the McCain/Feingold campaign finance bill that was ruled to be an unconstitutional infringement of the First Amendment. Regarding the Second Amendment, the president of the NRA called John McCain the “worst 2nd Amendment candidate,” and Gun Owners of America gives McCain a grade of F-.

John McCain co-sponsored the energy tax bill (along with his senate buddy Joe Lieberman), which would dramatically increase the cost of gasoline. He supports radical global warming legislation. He joined with Democrats (Gang of 14) to block the attempt to confirm conservative, strict constructionist judges. In 2000, he called Christian leaders “agents of intolerance.” He has received the endorsement of the pro-abortion Republicans for Choice Political Action Committee. And let’s not forget that John McCain was ringleader of the infamous Keating Five ethical scandal, which cost taxpayers more than $160 billion.

Consider, too, the top donors to John McCain’s campaign. One will find many of the same multinational corporations that support Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton also supporting John McCain. Include in this list Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan Chase & Co. (By comparison, the top contributors to Ron Paul’s campaign are [in order]: 1. Members of the U.S. Army, 2. Members of the U.S. Navy, 3. Members of the U.S. Air Force.) Source: click here

(And, in case one is interested, the same big Arkansas conglomerates that supported Bill Clinton also support Mike Huckabee.)

Even New York Post D.C. Bureau Chief Charles Hurt wrote, “[I]f history is any guide, the McCain we’ve seen of late on the campaign trail is the most conservative McCain we’ll ever see.”

To vote for John McCain is madness!

Therefore, both social and fiscal conservatives–along with evangelical Christians–will have no one from either the Republican or Democrat parties for whom to vote this November. What, then, will they do? To vote for the “lesser of two evils” is no longer a legitimate option. There is no lesser in a McCain versus Clinton/Obama race. In fact, Ann Coulter might be right that in such a race, Hillary is the lesser of two evils.

What, then, are we to do?

First, Ron Paul should abandon his bid for the Republican nomination and declare himself a candidate for the Constitution Party nomination. If he did, he would doubtless receive the nomination and his campaign would continue to build excitement, donations, and momentum right up to November. (Ron Paul’s supporters should do everything they can to influence Dr. Paul to shake off the dust of the GOP and lead his fellow constitutionalists on a mighty crusade for a Third Party victory!)

Should Ron Paul decide to remain in the McCain-led GOP, conservatives and constitutionalists should rally around the most viable option available to them. And that option is to support the Constitution Party nominee, whoever he is. (They will select their nominee in April in Kansas City, Missouri.) As the nation’s third largest political party, the CP has the potential to be on all 50 state ballots and it is absolutely certain that the CP will nominate a constitutionalist candidate in the similitude of Ron Paul.

UPDATE: Ron Paul has said he will not run as a third party candidate in a new message that seems to recognize his slim chances at getting the GOP Nomination. He has said on his Website that he must stay focused on not losing the primary for his house seat.

One thing is certain: with John McCain as the GOP standard-bearer, Christian conservatives and constitutionalists cannot vote for either the Republican or Democrat candidate this year. Staying home and not voting is an admission of defeat and should be dismissed out-of-hand.

2008 just might be the year to break the two-party stranglehold on American politics and vote for an independent conservative constitutionalist. And the platform and vehicle for this revolution already exists in the Constitution Party.

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  1. great work hun but i honestly dont know what I will do ! sigh 😦

    Me either, I guess we are all in the same boat.seems to be sinking…but we got a lifeboat right? 😦

  2. What an enormously difficult choice you folks have, for the rest of the world, who we elect doesn’t really make a big difference. But for America, the entire world is watching, those who like you and more importantly those who hate you. Sometimes i think the answers are the simplest, i think it was one of the Conservative blogger who said, every American should ask themselves the question, who would you like in the White House if Pakistani nukes fall into the wrong hands or Iran gets nuclear weapons.

    Because at the end of the day without security, there is no social security, no health care plan, no retirement, no nothing.

    You are right..there is nothing without security. Thanks MK.. it is the toughest choice I will ever make as far as voting.

  3. That’s a really interesting article, Angie. It really made me think, especially about the sellout of Christian Conservatives in our sheer desperation to avoid Hillary and Obama. It’s almost like renouncing our faith. Dobson is right on the money.
    McCain is evil. No different to Hillary. On his friendship with Huckabee, I also saw McCain cozying up to Hillary Clinton in one pic. The political environment which was so safe and cozy for Christians and other moral conservatives seems to be evaporating. We will have to know what we believe and what we are going to do.

    Yes, it is a tough situation we are faced with. I still don’t know what to do.

  4. What about Huckabee?

    I have some info from ‘on the issues’ on his platform, I plan to do one on him. I need to do or find more research on him for a post. He seems to be very likable. He values life. His prior positions on borders etc: were similar to McCain. He has backed up on some of his former positions when he got into the campaign.

    We are all going to be so sick of the campaigning before we actually get to November, however, this is probably the most important election of our lifetime so far.

  5. Hey Ange,
    Unfortunately, we won’t have a choice come November about the conservative candidate is (and I use that term loosely) and unless we want the government to go completely socialist via Ms. Clinton or Obamalamadingdong then we’ll have to pull the lever for McCain.

    I agree that he is a sellout in many ways and the idea of voting for me makes me feel queasy but I will say this:
    1. McCain won’t screw over the troops. Regardless of how many times he has gladhanded with the Dems, he won’t screw over the military.
    2. We have a much better chance of having at least semi-conservative judges nominated to the Supreme Court with McCain than we have with the Dems. And considering there are 3 or 4 who are five years older than dirt, you should consider that.
    3. One way we can keep McCain’s feet to the fire is to elect the most conservative candidates out there into office (there will be midterm of many offices during this election cycle).
    4. The things that has stopped McCain with his screwy deals have been the public grassroots movements

    In terms of his being voted in and how he got where he is now, it’s pretty simple. You can thank Mike Huckabee for that. He refused to bow out and continued to split the conservative vote with Romney. He never had a chance to get the nomination and knew it – it was spite and likely some backroom deal with McCain. Additionally, in Florida (why is it always fricking Florida?) on the day of the primary over one million changed their party affiliation on the day of the primary. Kind of stinks of Dem interference to me – because of course they wanted us to have McCain as our candidate. Anyway, that’s my take.

    Annie, I know you are right. I feel sick about the lack of choice we have. You may be on to something about the backroom deal.. I do think we would be safer with McCain, I don’t trust him on his past record with Feingold or Kennedy
    and I especially do not like his attitude about Christians. Then on the other hand, the alternative seems worse. To get elected he is going to have to offer hope like Obie vs politics as usual and he has to rally the conservatives. Noticed Romney got on board today. Bet there was a lot of persuasion from the party.

  6. Have you seen this site?

    The Constitution Party is not a good fit for Ron Paul. Thanks for recognizing that. If we continue to follow the campaign headquarters’ advice we could still have many delegates representing Ron Paul in the convention. Who knows? He may even get the nomination. It’s not as simple as the media would lead you to believe. For example, Ron Paul only got 4% in the Virginia Primary, but the delegate selection and voting doesn’t really get rolling until May. The media would have you believe that it’s all over, but thankfully it’s not.

    There is controversy about Huckabee’s reputation for pardoning criminals when he was governor. I don’t know much about it, but I read some here:

    Thanks for the links, going there now to see them. I know what you mean about the Media. They sure have their own agenda versus the public’s. Whatever happened to unbiased honest reporting?

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