John McCain’s re-election campaign is broadcasting fuzzy-feel-good radio and TV ads blasting his opponents, promoting himself as the savior of Arizona; and, sadly, even recruiting Sarah Palin’s endorsement statements.
However — lest we forget — this is the John McCain who demonstrated his disdain for the U.S. Constitution with his Campaign Finance Reform bill, combining both an assault on the First Amendment right to free speech (making it a violation of federal law to publicly discuss a candidate’s voting record within 60 days of a general election and 30 days of a primary election) with limitations on individual campaign contributions that leave candidates more easily funded by special interest groups than their constituents, thus earning this legislation’s title “the incumbent protection act.”
He demonstrated his disregard for his constituents (and the well-being of his country) with his blanket amnesty bills for illegal immigrants, including Social Security funds for them; supporting bans on whatever a fed bureaucrat decides is an “assault weapon” or “Saturday night special”; and is nebulous on abortion while supporting federal funding of counterproductive embryonic stem cell research.
He displayed his contempt for American industry and standards of living by his bold proclamation that “the debate is over” on the human-caused global warming fraud, and subsequent initiation of cap and trade legislation.
His past and present affiliation with Democrat Senators such as Russ Feingold, Fritz Hollings, Ted Kennedy and Joe Lieberman (whose constitutional voting records range from Lieberman’s 5 percent to Hollings’ 40 percent) demonstrates that he does not reach across the aisle for bipartisanship — he resides across the aisle.
As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he supports NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT and other U.S.-sovereignty-destroying “agreements,” and ardently supports the UN.
In the 2008 presidential election, America’s Republicans recognized that they had a choice between a Democrat on the Republican ticket, or a Socialist on the Democrat ticket, and stayed home in droves, resulting in complete dominance by the Socialist factions in both houses of Congress and the White House.
Arizona voters should avoid sitting like bobble-head dolls beside the radio or TV, absorbing nonsense about McCain’s value to the state and country. His record shows that, when he is good, he is almost tolerable; when he is bad, he is disastrous.
His removal from the U.S. Senate and the resulting end to the abominable legislation he authors and supports is far overdue.
Terry L. Putnam