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McCain and/or Bust July 25, 2008

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Uncategorized.
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Lest you believe I am silent about John McCain due to unabashed support of the “maverick” US Senator from Arizona, that is not the case. A bell-weather issue that is hard to move around, like the proverbial 900-lb. gorilla in the room, is McCain’s unapologetic abridging of free speech rights in the so-called “McCain-Feingold Act”. I offer the brief description from Wikipedia for background:

“The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), McCain–Feingold Act, Pub.L. 107-155, 116 Stat. 81, enacted 200203-27) is United States federal law that amended the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which regulates the financing of political campaigns. Its chief sponsors were Senators John McCain (RAZ) and Russell Feingold (DWI). The law became effective on 6 November 2002, and the new legal limits became effective on 1 January 2003.

As noted in McConnell v. FEC, a United States Supreme Court ruling on the BCRA, the Act was designed to address two issues:

  • The increased role of soft money in campaign financing, by prohibiting national political party committees from raising or spending any funds not subject to federal limits, even for state and local races or issue discussion;
  • The proliferation of issue ads, by defining as “electioneering communications” broadcast ads that name a federal candidate within 30 days of a primary or caucus or 60 days of a general election, and prohibiting any such ad paid for by a corporation (including non-profit issue organizations such as Right to Life or the Environmental Defense Fund) or paid for by an unincorporated entity using any corporate or union funds.”

McCain, who more than anyone in this election cycle would seem to appreciate the value of free speech, gave it a body blow, fundamentally protecting the Senator and colleagues engaged in election battles against segments that would talk against them too close to election day. It’s understandable why Feingold would support this travesty, but McCain loses a considerable amount of conservative street “cred” by having to drag this legacy around like Marley’s Ghost dragged the chain of his life’s sins.

Sadly, this abridgment of free speech isn’t a deal breaker for McCain in this election. The stakes are too high and conservatives will hold their collective noses as they go to the polls in November wishing there was a viable alternative, but having none, McCain will get the vote. Why? It’s about the vision for America.

Barack Obama set it out yesterday in Berlin, maybe subtly, maybe nuanced to garner acceptance from the audience, but here it is nonetheless:

“I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.”

Did he become a member of the Dixie Chicks? What followed was the worst of the “We Are The World” and “citizen of the world” tripe. My stomach gets upset just thinking there’s even a remote possibility this man could be elected outside of Illinois.

Here’s what I say to the rest of the world about America’s past “mistakes”: Tough! Get over it. We’re number one and if we weren’t so busy trying to help your countries then maybe we would look after ourselves a little better. Although, I must say, and even you must admit, the track record over our lifespan thus far has been impressive. I have an idea: Let’s start with taking the TRILLIONS we give to you away and put it back in the pockets of the American taxpayers who have been goaded into funding your needs and frauds like the UN.

You want America to be more like you? Be careful what you wish for.

Anyway, back to McCain. He’s no conservative darling but he believes in the kind of America who must strengthen its resolve as the world LEADER…not just one of the hacks in the back of the bus.

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1. US Economics - July 26, 2008

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.GeorgeBernardShawGeorge Bernard Shaw

2. 2008 Election - July 26, 2008

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.GeorgeOrsonWellesGeorge Orson Welles

3. vsap - July 27, 2008

The capacity for experience is not developed by voting “Present” for more than 100 votes as Mr. Obama has in his brief stint as a US Senator.

Anarchy is the last refuge of a failed socialist cum communist.

Listen, old hippies: the middle class is enemy of no one, it’s only sin is blindly supporting the failed liberal policies it is too ashamed to dismiss as the fantasies they are.

And, middle age is enemy to youth since logic trumps emotion just like good triumphs over evil. Regardless of how long it takes or how winding the road, the outcome is known to all right now.

4. Iran War - July 27, 2008

We have to be able to criticise what we love, to say what we have to say ’cause if your not trying to make something better, than as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.AniDifrancoAni Difranco

5. World News - July 27, 2008

you dirty looks if you make any noise.TheoPanayidesTheo Panayides

6. NAU - July 28, 2008

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.HarryS.TrumanHarry S. Truman


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