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Op-Ed: You'll Have to Earn the Votes, Senator McCain

By Lew Waters     Feb 8, 2008 in Politics
There is no simple easy answer of who conservatives should vote for. We surely do not want Hillary or Obama in, but are we so sure a McCain presidency would really be that much better? Are conservative votes once again being taken for granted?
He speaks of continuing the fight in Iraq, but what good is it if he grants amnesty to illegals and closes Gitmo, bringing terrorists upon our soil, thereby granting them full constitutional rights and I'm sure bringing out the ACLU who will no doubt line up to defend and free them all to roam around America?
McCain who opposed the Bush tax cuts because, "I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us at the expense of middle-class Americans who most need tax relief," and now claims, "I disagreed when we had tax cuts without spending restraint."
McCain, co-sponsor of McCain-Kennedy-Edwards, McCain-Lieberman, McCain-Kennedy, McCain-ACLU and McCain-Feingold.
McCain who helped John Kerry bury the MIA/POW issue with a full accounting, which resulted in a cousin of Kerry's gaining a multi-billion dollar contract for constructing a deep sea port in Vung Tau. (a coincidence, I'm sure).
Can we trust him to appoint strong conservative judges, after his undermining their appointments with his "gang of 14" and saying of Judge Alito, "he wouldn't appoint justices like Alito because he wears his conservatism on his sleeve?"
Would he drag us back to the proposed fiasco of the Kyoto Protocol?
Will he keeps us dependent on foreign oil by continuing his opposition to drilling our own oil in ANWR?
Conservatives have 5 decades of caving to Moderates and helping elect presidents simply because they wore the "R" behind their name. One president was truly conservative, Ronald Reagan, and the party today seems to be fleeing from his programs while embellishing his name.
McCain made a very eloquent speech today, February 7, but he didn't specifically address any actual area where he has abandoned conservatives in the past.
I do not desire to see a Democrat administration, but don't see a big difference with a McCain administration either. Will he stand up to Democrats or reach across the aisle and cave, as in the past?
Like many other conservatives, I haven't made up my mind what to do in November. But, I do know that demands and guilt trips laid out to scare me into voting for a RINO will not work. It will only entice me to not vote at all.
Talk radio pundits keep saying it is up to candidates to get their message out on their own and "break out." McCain came from far behind to the front with the help of Liberals, not conservatives. Now, it is up to McCain himself to "break out" to conservatives and earn our votes.
No more free rides to elect moderates or RINO's.
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