Heading into the Final
By JR Dieckmann
So far, just about everything has gone wrong for conservatives
in this election. So what more can happen to further damage the conservative
cause? It's already happening. Mike Huckabee, with no chance of winning, refuses
to use good judgment and drop out of the race before Super Tuesday so that the
votes can be decided between Romney and McCain. Huckabee will be siphoning off
votes mainly from Romney, which will give the liberal McCain a decisive lead
heading into the final stretch.
We need to take a closer look at what these two candidates
really stand for on the major issues. Neither one is what I consider a true
conservative but there are some major differences which should be important to
all conservative voters.
1. Both support the war on terror. McCain’s primary campaign
issue has been the contention that he supported the “surge” in Iraq. Didn’t we
all support the “surge” in Iraq? Mitt Romney supported the “surge” in Iraq as
well. McCain has no exclusive on that issue. McCain is touted as a “war hero.”
So was John Kerry, but what did either of them do to qualify as a “hero”? I
still have not found an answer to that question. Was everyone who served in
Vietnam a “war hero”?
2. Experience with foreign affairs would have to go to McCain.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he has access to more
military intelligence information than does Romney. But McCain also joined with
John Kerry on the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs to stop
investigations into the
remaining POWs and MIAs in Vietnam. McCain refuses to allow full disclosure of
his records from Vietnam just as John Kerry has. Mitt Romney served in France
during the Vietnam war. I don’t hold that against him, I served in Oklahoma
during that period. McCain’s experience with the Senate Armed Services Committee
could be a small advantage here but not all that significant. Ronald Reagan had
no foreign policy experience either but it didn’t stop him from defeating the
3. Some say McCain is strong on national defense but I have one
problem with that. McCain favors closing down Camp Gitmo and moving the
terrorist prisoners being held there into the domestic civilian court system,
providing them with lawyers at our expense, and putting them on trial in
civilian courts. These people are not domestic criminals, they are foreign
terrorists and must continue to be treated as prisoners of war under supervision
of the military. Romney has no such aspirations and supports the confinement of
terrorists outside the United States.
4. McCain opposes any harsh interrogation methods of terrorist
prisoners, even when the nation’s security against attack is threatened. McCain
adamantly opposes waterboarding of prisoners with critical intelligence
information such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in an effort to deter future
terrorist attacks. McCain’s experience with torture and suffering in Vietnam,
which was considerable and nearly fatal, has given him a sympathy for prisoners
that affects his judgment in dealing with terrorism. He would allow no effective
interrogation techniques to be used, even if it could prevent another attack on
our nation. This could be disastrous for the country. On the other hand, Mitt
Romney has no such problem and would do what is necessary to protect the country
from terrorist attacks. He considers the lives of American citizens to be more
important than the comfort of terrorists.
There is no contest here. While Romney has spent his entire
adult career in dealing with economic matters, turning red ink into black,
managing corporations, and running a state government, McCain has no experience
in managing anything at all and by his own admission, knows and understands
little about the economy.
McCain opposed the Bush tax cuts on the grounds that they
favored big business rather than the little guy. He didn’t even understand that
the “little guys” don’t provide jobs, grow commerce, or stimulate the economy.
McCain is using Democrat logic when it comes to tax cuts. He doesn’t understand
that business needs more money in their pockets to grow and provide jobs for
McCain has a record of being a fiscal conservative in Congress,
opposing excessive spending and special interest earmarks, but he was also
deeply involved with the Keating Five Savings and Loan Scandal which cost
investors and private citizens billions of dollars. As Senator, he took hundreds
of thousands in campaign contributions in exchange for his influence in the
investigation. Just another example of the mishandling of finances by John
Mitt Romney has been accused of raising taxes as governor of
Massachusetts but he also cut government spending to balance the budget and end
up with a budget surplus. McCain has never had to deal with budget issues as an
executive, but as an establishment politician, has spent more time working with
the Democrats than with the Republicans.
But what I find even more frightening is McCain’s current
efforts to work with Joe Lieberman on global warming legislation. McCain has
already been engaged with California’s RINO governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to
impose global warming restrictions on California citizens and industry, now he
wants to do it nationwide.
I won’t go into the fallacy of believing in “man made” global
warming here, but the nation cannot afford a president who has fallen for this
hoax and could put the whole country in danger of economic collapse by imposing
the restrictions of the Kyoto Treaty on the country. McCain thinks we can
control the weather by lowering our standard of living and turning off the power
to industry. This is an anti-capitalist view that would destroy our economy.
This is not the kind of leadership conservatives have in mind. I cannot stress
enough the dangers of electing a president who has fallen for the man-made
global warming fantasy, would further restrict domestic oil production, and
thwart any hope for energy independence.
On Social and Domestic Issues
Neither candidate here has been a true conservative on social
issues. Romney’s state run healthcare plan is frightening and he also supported
legislation to legalize abortions and same sex unions, issues he now says he is
opposed to. Keep in mind that Romney was the governor of a very liberal state
and sometimes had to do things their way to remain in office. On the national
scene, these are issues that the president of the United States would have
little contact with or influence on. These issues are decided in the courts or
in Congress in spite of the fact that Congress has no constitutional authority
to be involved in them. Romney’s position is that couples should be married
before having babies and their children should be raised in a healthy family
environment with both a mother and a father. McCain couldn’t care less.
Romney would appoint strict constitutionalist judges while
McCain formed the “gang of 14” with the Democrats to block Bush’s conservative
judge appointments. McCain thinks Sandra Day O’Conner is the ideal judge, Chief
Justice John Roberts is okay, but Justice Samuel Alito should not have been
confirmed. McCain would prefer centrist judges.
Romney is strong on the issues of illegal immigration and
border security. He supports securing the borders and sending illegals back
home. That doesn’t mean that he proposes going door to door looking for
illegals, but will deport them when the opportunities arise and will remove the
incentives for them to be here as well. He believes that America should belong
to Americans, not every ethnic foreign minority group that chooses to roost
On the other hand, John McCain supports the invasion of illegal
aliens from Mexico and wants to offer them amnesty and a path to citizenship. Oh
sure, he denies it now that he discovered that it’s not a vote getter but who
can ever forget the McCain-Kennedy Amnesty bill he worked so hard on last year
with Ted Kennedy, that the entire country nearly went to war against Congress
over? Now McCain is lying about his position on illegals and still insists that
the amnesty bill was not “amnesty” for illegals. I recall President Bush making
the same argument and it didn’t pass the smell test then either.
In 2002, McCain worked equally hard with Russ Feingold (D) to
produce the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act which amounted to the stifling
of free speech in elections, corrupting the system with unqualified and
uninformed voters, placing limits on campaign contributions to candidates, while
opening the door to unlimited contributions to 527 political action groups with
their negative smear ads on radio and TV, and giving a huge election advantage
to the Democrats as a result.
The bottom line is that John McCain has done more for the
Democrats than he has for the Republicans and that is not likely to change were
he to become president. He shares the opinion with the Republican National
Committee that to beat the Democrats, we must be more like them and be willing
to compromise on our values to reach across the aisle and work with them.
McCain has spent his career in the Senate doing exactly that.
He cares more about getting his name on legislation than he does about the
content of the legislation and is willing to throw conservative principles under
the bus to do it. He is a career politician with his own political ambitions
driving him to do and say whatever is necessary to win regardless of the truth.
When challenged on an issue, McCain becomes an angry “hot head” and looses his
temper. Is that the kind of man we want with his finger on the nuclear trigger?
Would you want Yosemite Sam or Elmer Fudd in the White House? On the other hand,
Romney has always been cool under pressure and resolves the issue with reason
McCain claims to be a “conservative leader” but the truth is,
he is neither a conservative nor a leader. He has little experience with either.
Leading 22 bombing missions over Vietnam before being shot down four decades ago
makes McCain neither a political leader nor a war hero. Spending all of his time
in the Senate working with Democrats on liberal legislation does not make him a
conservative. It makes him a traitor to conservative values and he shames the
name of conservatives by using it.
McCain in the White House would be a compromise between George
W. Bush and Hillary Clinton. Is that really the direction we want the country to
go in? On the other hand, Mitt Romney would be a compromise between George W.
Bush and Ronald Reagan. A much better choice in my opinion.
We must get past this idea of who is best to beat Hillary
Clinton in the general election. This idea is based on the belief that to win,
we must attract Democrat voters. The trouble is that by doing that, we lose
conservative voters along with our identity as a conservative party. If you want
a president who appeals to Democrats, then you are more likely to vote for the
real thing - a Democrat. Just look who is endorsing John McCain. They are all
either RINOS or liberal newspapers like the New York Times and the Boston Globe.
The liberal media loves John McCain and it’s easy to see why. They all think
We must get back to the idea of telling the nation who we are
and what we stand for, while the Democrats are doing the same. Then let the
voters decide which philosophy they want to run the country. I don’t see the
Democrats trying to appeal to Republicans. I guess they’re not that stupid after
all. What I do see is liberal Republicans pretending they are conservatives to
attract the conservative base voters who may not know what they’re getting.
Conservative Republicans should be proud to stand up and tell
the country what they stand for, that they believe in the Constitution, a strong
national defense, free enterprise, and represent the values and principles that
the country was founded on and has made it strong ever since. It is the
Democrats who should be ashamed to stand up and display their socialist beliefs
and anti-capitalist, big government control policies, that go against everything
that America has always stood for. We fought global communism for forty years
and though we had won. Now we find ourselves fighting it right here at home and
loosing the battle.
If you want the country to continue to move toward socialism
and communism, then John McCain will help you get there by moving the Republican
party further to the left. But if you want the country to move back toward
freedom and liberty, then the only choice left is Mitt Romney or Ron Paul.
Unfortunately, Ron Paul’s foreign policy is nearly identical to
that of the Democrats and would be a total disaster for the country. At least
the Democrats would leave some troops overseas to protect American interests,
while Paul would remove all of them and allow Islamic radicals to overrun our
interests and allies everywhere. He even advocates shutting down all military
bases here at home, essentially leaving the country defenseless. Paul’s “blame
America first” attitude completely ignores the Islamic jihad now taking place
and considers it all caused by American foreign policy. He gives the Islamics no
credit at all for having their own ideological agenda.
The upcoming “Super Tuesday” vote may very well be the most
important vote you will ever cast and will set the direction of the country for
years to come. Please use it wisely.