Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Democrats: We must work together as one party to stop McCain

The danger of John McCain is that when compared with the others in the Republican Clown Car, he almost seems almost, meh, o.k. He's not! It is imperative that if you are a Democrat, you support whomever the party nominates, for the good of the country. The worst possible scenario for this country is that Democrats disappointed in their candidate's loss of the nomination simply sit out the election in November.

Think I exaggerate about disastrous effects of a McCain presidency? Here's a glance at some of his voting history:
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
In addition, McCain has received the following ratings:
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 33% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 45% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Please take the time to read John McCain's entry at Wikipedia. Oh, he's a class act, all right.
  • In the 1980s, rebuked by the Senate Ethics panel for his involvement in the Keating Savings & Loan scandal.
  • 1998 he made the following joke at a Republican fundraiser: "Why is Chelsea Clinton ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno!"
  • Until his presidential run in 2000 he regularly used the word "gook" and refused to stop despite repeated requests from the Asian American community.
And if he would please stay out of my bedroom, I would gladly stay out of his. But his anti-gay votes, promoting the conservative spin to "protect the American family" scream with hypocrisy.

No one questions his bravery as a POW during the Vietnam War, and returning to civilian life must have been an incredible challenge. But soon after arriving home, McCain admits to "numerous" extramarital affairs, culminating (I assume) with his affair with a young woman named Cindy. McCain proposed to Cindy, although of course he was already married to Carol. Carol had waited for John while he was a POW, but unfortunately
Carol McCain, once a model, had been badly injured in a car wreck in 1969. The accident "left her 4 inches shorter and on crutches, and she gained a good deal of weight."
So just to get this straight, McCain returns home to find his former beautiful wife now disabled and overweight. So he begins his string of affairs, ending with the lovely Cindy Hensley. Did you know that Hensley just happens to be an heiress to a liquor fortune. How convenient for a young man pondering a run for Congress!

So Democrats, whoever wins the nomination, stay energized!


Anonymous said...

McCain must be stopped!

Anonymous said...

Your agenda seems to be driven by the religion of homosexuality, a religion that promotes the self-serving interest of personal sexual gratification, while rejecting religions that acknowledge our mortality and mankind's goal of achieving universal agape, a form of selfless love practiced in the belief that God has a purpose for everyone, not just the sexually incontinent. Life has meaning beyond the bedroom, or wherever it is you find your bliss. You must have wet your bed too much as a child.

Anonymous said...

McCain is a liberal. You don't like him because he is a white man. What a bigot.

Cootamundra W said...

to the second and third "anonymous said":
Only responsible people should be allowed access to computers and blogs.
Having said that maybe you could learn some tolerance by truly learning about and listening to other people... The world has many people in it and none of us has the only answer and the only correct way...

Sue J said...

Cootamundra, Thank you, and very well said.

To Anonymous #2 and #3, thank you for not disappointing my expectations of immature, ill-informed commenters coming here from the link to CNN.

Anonymous #2 seems to be pre-occupied with my sex life, ignoring my listing of McCain's views on wire-tapping, education, death penalty, and abortion.

Why are you people so fascinated with what goes on in my bedroom? Get out of there!

Anonymous #2 calls me a bigot based on what? I honestly don't know. If you are a white man and I have offended you, I would appreciate your telling me why.

McCain is a liberal
Ha ha ha ha ha!

krazy kat said...

My God, I must say that anonymous remarks # 1 & #2 are extreme cowards for not leaving their names. Also, ill mannered!

Sue J said...

Also, ill mannered!

Kat, somehow I think they missed out on etiquette school....

Calling Miss Manners!

Anonymous said...

Associating Religion with Morality is an oxymoron (a view supported by thousands of years of atrocities in "God's" name - what ever god your into).

Politicati said...

Thank you for helping to get this truth out there. McCain is NOT a moderate.

Jess said...

Thank you for clarifying this stuff for those of us who don't have (or make) time to do the research ourselves. I am a flaming liberal who'd been thinking that maybe McCain wasn't *that* bad. Maybe not as bad as the others, but still.

I am admittedly still waffling on which Dem, but I think I like Obama. I live in Oregon, so I have time to ponder it...

Sue J said...

been thinking that maybe McCain wasn't *that* bad.

Jess, I know -- I had heard that from a lot of friends and acquaintances, and that's exactly why I thought I should put some of these facts out there.

"Cause really, saying he's "not as bad as the others" is not saying much about the current crop of Republican candidates!

Mauigirl said...

Sue, thanks for pointing out McCain's voting history and setting the record straight. I was one of those who thought he wouldn't be "that" bad until I heard more about him, and I still didn't know all of what you have told us here.

Of the GOP candidates running, his one claim to fame is that he is against torture. Pretty sad that as American citizens we have to say "Well, at least he's against torturing prisoners" and look at it as a plus. Why do we even have to wonder about this issue?

You are very right that the Democrats have to put aside their differences once our candidate is decided, and push as hard as we can for whoever is the nominee. We must not succumb to four more years of Republican rule. The amount of harm that could be done is immeasurable.

Sue J said...

as American citizens we have to say "Well, at least he's against torturing prisoners"

Mauigirl, I know. And we wonder why the rest of the civilized world had no respect for us any more....

JJ said...

Very enlightening! Thanks for getting this information out there.

Sue J said...

I should have said this earlier -- everyone should feel free to re-post this information on your own blogs.

rikki said...

Geez.....I wonder if his second wife were to get in a car wreck and become disabled if that would give him the right to cheat on her TOO? Remember....if they'll do it with you they'll do it to you!

Sue J said...

Rikki, well they've been married a long time now, plus he's got all her money, so his wanderin' days are probably over.

But to me, it definitely speaks of a certain lack of character that he did that to his first wife.