Skip to comments.Is it time for conservatives to support McCain?
Posted on 02/25/2008 9:55:55 PM PST by FocusNexus
Unless one of Huckabee's miracles happens, McCain will be the Republican nominee for president. As other presidential candidates have dropped out, some conservatives, such as Senator and former presidential candidate Sam Brownback from Kansas and Jonah Goldberg from National Review have decided to support him. But many conservative Republicans including Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and James Dobson have continued to hold out on supporting him, and may continue to do so right up until the general election.
For those conservatives who have refrained from supporting McCain because he has too many negatives, they must decide whether those negatives outweigh the negatives of having a Democrat in office.
Even so, the most important issue facing the U.S. today is terrorism. McCain has promised to be tough on terrorism and keep our troops in Iraq until we're assured of stability. The thought of Barack Obama handling our approach to terrorism should send chills down anyone's spine. Hillary Clinton wouldn't be much better, because her motive on the war on terror is to score a legacy for herself.
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The least you can do now, is to support McCain against Obama.
No. McCian is a traitorous bastard. He is without honor. He is unworthy.
Find me where Hilda-bama says anything like this...
I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure that Americans are not deceived by the eloquent but empty calls for change that promises no more than a holiday from history and a return to the false promises and failed policies of a tired philosophy that trusts in government more than people.
Or comes even close to McCain in supporting our troops and the war against islamo facism.
McCain has his problems to sey the least, but compared to what the democrats will do?
I’ll take McCain over them anyday.
Anyone who doesn’t, hasn’t looked the liberal beast in the eye yet in my opinion.
Congressman Mike Pence has proposed a Contract with Conservatives which John McCain must sign off on to get our support. The elections of 2006 showed what can happen when Republican officeholders do not follow through on core Republican principles. Turnout goes down, and Republicans lose. The trend is looking even worse for 2008. As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich noted in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC):
“[On Super Tuesday], there were 14.6 million Democrats who thought the presidential nomination was worth voting for, and there were 8.3 million Republicans on Super Tuesday,” Gingrich said. “That is a warning of a catastrophic election.”
Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) noted in his CPAC speech that candidates must return to conservative principles if they hope to win. He pointed out several areas where Republican officials must return to their roots... to the principles that led to the Republican Revolution. In particular, Pence points to areas such as life, free speech, smaller government, and spending.
America can thrive under conservative leadership and government. The Republican Party is best equipped to deliver this kind of leadership, but too often, it has not. The time has come when conservative voters can no longer be taken for granted. For our time, effort, money, and votes, we need a pledge. We need a pledge from our presidential nominee to uphold the core Republican values that built this party, and which have taken a backseat to politics in recent years.
The Contract with Conservatives is that pledge. It is a pledge to uphold the major conservative ideals that have been pushed aside over the past decade.
Contract with Conservatives:
Secure America’s borders.
Enforce employment laws.
The American people have spoken, and the clear message is that immigration reform starts with secure borders. In a post-9/11 world, we should expect nothing less. In addition, the American people do not support amnesty. Candidates must repudiate amnesty and show respect for the American people by showing respect for the law. Illegal aliens should not be given special consideration for citizenship and should not be put ahead of those seeking to come to America legally. Conservatives will work for candidates who pledge to put border security first and who pledge to not put illegal aliens ahead of those seeking citizenship through legal means.
Make President Bush’s tax cuts permanent.
Reduce taxes, both on business and individuals.
Simplify the tax code by moving to a flat tax or the Fair Tax.
No favorites — All tax cuts should be across the board The tax code must be simplified, and all taxes should be reduced. The tax code should focus on its core function — a means of raising revenue. The tax code should not be a vehicle for social engineering, and the reduction of taxes should not pit one socio-economic group against another. Conservatives will support candidates who pledge to cut taxes and simplify the tax code, while not engaging in class warfare.
Size and Scope of Federal Government:
Reduce the size of the federal government.
Reform entitlement programs.
Respect states’ rights and limit the reach of the federal government as stated in the Constitution.
Support a balanced budget amendment.
Eliminate earmarks and support stand-alone spending bills.
It is not enough for the federal government to only grow by a few percentage points. In the end, it still leads to bigger government. The federal government must SHRINK. The Republican Revolution was built on this core Republican principle, and conservatives will support candidates committed to shrinking the size and scope of the federal government. The pork must go! Earmarks and pork-barrel spending must be eliminated. These practices lead to corruption and are not conservative. The federal government should do only those core jobs enumerated in the Constitution. Other governmental responsibilities should fall to the states. Conservatives will support candidates who pledge to cut spending, shrink government, and eliminate earmarks.
Vigorously nominate and support the confirmation of judges who follow the law, not those who legislate from the bench.
Wage a real fight against left-wing attempts to block judicial nominees.
Nominating a conservative judge simply to let him or her languish without an up-or-down vote is not acceptable. Judicial nominees, who follow the law rather than make new laws from the bench, deserve full and enthusiastic support. Conservatives will support candidates who pledge to nominate strict constructionists and who will not wilt in that support even under left-wing attacks.
Respect the rights of the unborn and promote laws which will protect innocent human life.
Support the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Block any efforts to fund or promote embryonic stem cell research.
Conservatives believe in a culture of life. This culture must be embraced and advocated by our Republican leaders. Conservatives will support candidates who pledge to promote a culture of life and who work for the overturning of Roe v. Wade. No candidate can say they are “100% pro-life” and also support embryonic stem cell research. This research results in the destruction of innocent human life. Research proves that adult stem cells are as good or better for curing diseases, and thus the use of embryonic stem cells is moot. Conservatives will support candidates who pledge to support life at every stage.
Repeal the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act.
Embrace First Amendment rights.
The Campaign Finance Reform Act is an assault on free speech and must be repealed. The law resulted in a rise in soft money advocacy through the actions of 527 organizations while other groups were not allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights to support a candidate of their choice. This is wrong. Conservatives will support candidates who pledge to repeal this law and support the free speech rights of all Americans. I want Republicans to win. Why? The reason is simple. I want conservative ideals to be promoted and implemented into government. Winning for the sake of winning is not even a hollow victory. It is nothing. Conservatives are told to be loyal to the Republican Party, yet the Republican Party has shown no loyalty to the conservative base. Conservatives are told to fall in line and work for Republican candidates, yet Republican candidates are not working for conservatives.
This year, my support comes with a very large string attached. I want my presidential nominee to pledge to support the Contract with Conservatives. If he does, then I will work for the nominee and encourage others to do so. But we must know that our hard work will be something. Lower taxes, smaller government, a commitment to life, support for free speech.... these are timeless issues, and Republicans should be leading the charge.
That is the recipe, not only for victory in November, but for a new Republican Revolution.
I don't know, is he conservative yet?
When nukes are outlawed, only outlaws will have nukes.
Obama knows exactly what he is doing. His aim is to weaken America to the breaking point, all the while couching his plan in the rhetoric of touchy-feely sentiments of hope, peace, love, soul-fixing, change. The leftists are his useful idjits.
I don't know that that's true. If the problem is that he's viewed as insufficiently conservative, that would probably be more of a problem with Freepers than among Republicans at large. There are a lot of RINO voters just like there are a lot of RINO politicians.
I was in the “ABM or ABH” group, when there were other viable options.
But now the choice is McCain or Obama, NOT McCain vs. a “mythical perfect conservative who can also win in November”.
There were some 10 Republican candidates in the primary, it’s the fault of the conservatives that they couldn’t coalesce behind a viable candidate and gave the nomination to McCain, by splitting their votes — the least you can do now is to at least not go and give the presidency to Obama because you want to sulk.
But I’m sure there’s a chance of freezing rain and black ice any time now...
When considering support for McCain, it becomes necessary to consider his retraction of a statement today, and wonder what other statements he might retract once in the White House. See post: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1976307/posts?page=1#1
The question this thread poses is if it is time conservatives perform for McCain. What it deftly overlooks is that McCain is a top ranking US Senator and could be introducing and pushing legislation right now that would win him conservative support. The burden of proof should be on McCain, not conservatives.
I will NEVER vote for John McCain.
“I will NEVER vote for John McCain.”
Obama is pleased.
No argument from me that McQueeg is unworthy. I agree completely. ''Traitorous'', though, is a term defined specifically by the Constitution, and McQueeg does not rise (or sink, if you prefer) to the Constitutional standard.
One always should vote for a pompous fool (that would be McQueeg, in this instance) rather than vote for a self-styled ''idealist'' or an apodeictic crook. This principle was demonstrated very clearly in 1972, the fool McGovern vs. the outright crook Nixon. Back then, the electorate were wise enough to recognise this principle. These days, this is a rather less certain proposition.
As regards Osamabama's ''altruism'', well, that's just a plain old crock. He is and has been a state socialist yuppie for all his adult life, an apparent but not actual contradiction in terms, in which subspecies of humanity altruism, in any reasonable sense of the term, simply does not exist. The Australians phrase Osamabama's attitude very elegantly, btw, to wit: ''I'm all right, Jack.''
As regards his advocacy, shoddy that it is, of altruism on everyone else's part (certainly not his), as well as his general intellectual fatuousness, may I refer you to Bertram Scudder, one of Ayn Rand's more memorable characters.
As an exercise, would you just humour me to the extent of putting up, say, part four of the Communist Manifesto side-by-side with Osamabama's most recent policy speech>?
If you can't see, aside from linguistic and stylistic differences over time, that they are effectively identical, then may a gracious G-d bless you, and may that G-d preserve, you and your ilk notwithstanding, what's left of our republic despite you.
Not a chance.
I’m hoping that Obama will end the Clintons once and for all.
It’s a damn shame it couldn’t be done by a Republican.
Treasonous is the word you are looking for. One can be traitorous on many levels (and he is).
One who betrays is without honor, and I will have none of him, regardless of any other thing. Good character comes foremost, and he has none.
If that's your choice, so be it. I voted for McGovern in 1972, on the simple grounds that he would do far less damage to the Republic than the criminal Nixon. I shall vote for McQueeg this time (and I have disparaged this sorry clown on this board many times) on the very same grounds.
McQueeg is dangerous, disingenous, likely corrupt, and a pompous fool. Osamabama is a thoroughgoing Marxist.
There is no choice here, I'm very sorry to say, but to vote McQueeg.
Nope...I will never vote for John McCain.
He doesn’t support the 1st Amendment. He believes that government has the right, and the duty, to censor groups like the NRA and Right to Life from running ads that criticize politicians 60 days before an election.
That is downright evil. 50 years ago a man suggesting the government should censor groups that try and criticize politicians would have been run out of town on a rail.
If he’s elected he will push for greater and greater censorship of viewpoints he doesn’t like, just as Putin is doing now in Russia, and I will not EVER vote for such an evil man, even if it brings us Hitlery or Obama.
At least the GOP (what is left of it...which won’t be much after 20 million immigrated Mexicans are added to the Democratic party rolls) will fight further censorship attempts tooth and nail if Hitlery gets in, whereas with John McCain suggesting increased censorship of political viewpoints the GOP will either weakly applaud or remain silent.
It’ll be Scwarzenneger’s California barren GOP wasteland writ large, on a national scale.
I will never, ever, ever, vote for anyone who supports demolishing the 1st Amendment!
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