In the early morning hours of the South Carolina primary in particular, the one that I was lucky enough to be able to work while writing for a paper in 2000, Arizona Sen. John McCain is once again riding momentum from New Hampshire (though interrupted by Romney’s win in Michigan) and is leading in the latest polls from the Palmetto State. Mike Huckabee, fresh off of the Sunday Sermon Circuit and revival of the Confederate Flag controversy, is not far behind.
A win for either, which could only help propel the victor into Florida, into February 5, and into a nomination, would be an unfortunate loss for the GOP. While I plan to approach, at a later date, the mandate set forth by the 2004 and especially the 2006 elections and how those results reflect the notion that the success of the GOP hinges upon the party moving toward classic conservative principles, not away from them, for now we need to look specifically at some of the candidates involved.
There is a reason, folks, that John McCain is the darling of the liberal-tilted mainstream media, just as there is a reason that Mike Huckabee can seemingly do no wrong — even when making frequent mention of perhaps the most obscene word in the media landscape . . . God. After all, conventional wisdom would say that McCain’s vocal support of the successful troop surge in Iraq would be enough to make him loathed by the media personalities and pundits who have staked their ratings, careers and future on an American loss in Iraq. Furthermore, on Tuesday, Huckabee actually advocated amending the Constitution of the United States so it would better mirror the Bible. You’d think that the Godless liberals in our nation’s media outlets would be on that like Michael Dukakis on a tank.
For Christ’s sake, people, don’t you find it suspicious that the media haven’t teed off on these two?
And why haven’t they? Because the short- and long-term prosperity of the Republican Party hinges upon an unequivocal embrace of conservative values, NOT a shift toward the moderate center that a liberal-in-disguise McCain, that a pro-choice and anti-gun Giuliani, that even a Baptist preacher like Huckabee would provide.
Neither John McCain, Mike Huckabee, nor Rudy Giuliani are the answer, and here’s why…
“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 need tax relief.”
– Sen. John McCain, May 2001
Now, however, with the Bush tax cuts–as well as the concurrent stimulus package–widely acknowledged as the catalyst of the prosperity we’ve seen in the face of the housing collapse and even the Global War on Terror, McCain says that he suddenly thinks they should be made permanent. I’m all for politicians waking up and realizing that the record tax revenue seen this past spring resulted from a lower tax burden and more money in Americans’ pockets, but I’d really prefer that the epiphany be genuine, and that it didn’t conveniently happen between campaign stops.
While serving as governor in Arkansas, Huckabee fought tooth-and-nail against the elimination of sales tax on groceries and raised taxes in the state by a whopping $647 million dollars, yet he dares to call himself a fiscal conservative. Huckabee’s common defense to this, of course, is that he was handcuffed by a Democratic legislature–much like Bill Clinton who, as governor, was reportedly often [fuzzy] handcuffed by Democratic legislaturettes–and was forced to increase taxes and spending; the problem, however, is that Congress in 2008 will likely also be controlled by Democrats. Could we expect much of the same?
Oh, where to get started on McCain-Feingold?
Not only did the campaign finance reform law tilt the wheel in favor of incumbents and perpetuate one of the biggest problems in American politics–politicians acting more to preserve their own power than represent the people who elected them–but it also trampled on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by regulating, rationing, and restricting the quantity and content of political speech.
It was all done under this idealist facade of protecting the political process from corruption, yet by its very nature it punished candidates who used their own money–how, pray tell, can a self-financing candidate corrupt him or herself?–to exercise their First Amendment right to political speech. McCain and Russ Feingold–even Fred Thompson, who was instrumental in the legislation–should have known better.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s unforgivable.
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only
those who are neither inclined nor determined to
commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the
assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve
rather to encourage them to prevent homicides, for
an unarmed man may be attacked with greater
confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson, “Commonplace Book”
“…if you do not have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”
– Jesus, Luke 22:36
Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani has never seen a gun control bill that he didn’t like. I’m all for responsible, legal gun ownership, but remember — us law-abiding citizens with guns are not the ones that inflate violent crime numbers. Pass any gun-related law you’d like, and the only people affected are those who abide by the law in the first place.
In 1984, 21 people were shot dead in a Southern California McDonald’s; in 1991, 23 were killed in a Killeen, Texas cafeteria shooting; in 1999, of course, 13 were shot and killed at Columbine High School; this past year alone, five were killed in Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square Mall in February by a shooter, 32 were shot to death at Virginia Tech in April and, less than six weeks ago, another eight were murdered by a gunman at an Omaha mall. All of those attacks happened in so-called “Gun-Free” zones, and most people are unaware that Dylan Klebold, the architect of the Columbine killings who intently followed Colorado concealed-carry legislation, carried out the attack on the very day Colorado state legislature was to vote on the bill.
If strict gun control works, somebody better tell the criminals.
Two years into his tenure as Arkansas governor, state expenditures had seen an increase of $234 million above the budget of the year before. I may be one of the few people who truly are not threatened by Huckabee’s proud display of his religion–I know that the Establishment Clause is there for a reason–but I am concerned that, if elected, his compassion could lead us down the road toward a nanny state. Huckabee, of course, is famous for his weight loss and his advocacy of preventative healthcare. However, when it comes to preventative healthcare initiatives, including but not limited to his proposed nationwide smoking ban, shouldn’t these issues best be left for the states–and therefore the people–to decide?
John McCain, on the other hand, has a wonderful record when it comes to keeping government spending in check. However, one little tidbit worries me — in 2003, he and Sen. Joe Lieberman (a possible running mate for John?) put forth a revised version of a global warming bill, the Climate Stewardship Act of 2003, which mandated a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 2016.
Now, anyone who knows me knows that the very mention of global warming (really just a front for global socialism) makes me want to jump out a window, unopened, just for the extra pain. While I’m all for being good stewards of this planet, enacting policies on a whim–such as those proposed by former VP Al Gore and his egregiously hyped-up numbers–which would cost trillions of dollars worldwide is not the way to go about solving ANY problems. During the 1970s, remember, some of the very same scientists now embracing Gore’s you-know-what were advocating the dissemination of soot over the polar ice caps to combat the imminent scourge that was global cooling. I’m not saying that humans aren’t causing the Earth to warm — I’m just saying that we need to take our time and understand that Mars is also getting warmer (we’re not there, despite what Dennis Kucinich might tell you) before taking any drastic steps.
Back to this McCain-Lieberman bill. According to one study, the failed bill would have cost the average American household at least $600 per year by 2010, and at least $1000 each year by 2020. It would have cost at least 39,000 jobs, forced a 13-19 percent increase in electricity costs, and a 9-14 percent increase in gasoline costs. Furthermore, the same study mentioned that it would likely cost the United States more than $7.5 billion in annual tax revenue by 2010. This, along with his refusal to back ANWR, leads me to believe that McCain buys into this mularkey. Even if he doesn’t buy into global warming as a whole, this particular bill certainly did not demonstrate the fiscal responsibility he supposedly champions.
GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR
While Rudy Giuliani is admittedly unassailable on terrorism and both McCain and Huckabee have sworn to follow Osama bin Laden to the goats of Hell, I am concerned with McCain and Huckabee’s proposal to close Guantanamo Bay, thus bringing these Islamic fundamentalists into our own prison systems to further indoctrinate others and, in turn, fostering a movement toward providing these animals with habeus corpus rights normally reserved for American citizens.
I am also concerned with–but CERTAINLY understand–John McCain’s sweeping generalization of waterboarding as torture. This is a difficult statement for me to make, since McCain is 100 percent an American HERO. However, there is some legitimacy for the need of a procedure which, torture or not, broke a previously stoic Abu Zubaydeh in 35 seconds and 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in less.
Seeing that the content of this Web site is borne from my everyday frustration with politics and our culture, I promise that there will be much more to come on illegal immigration. Maybe I’ll even try to arrange for an interview with Tom Tancredo, seeing that he isn’t doing much nowadays. Still, let me offer that, in order to stop the illegal immigration and the health, crime and economic problems it brings, we need to do a few things:
Step #1: BUILD THE DOUBLE FENCE
Step #2: SHUT DOWN THE MAGNETS
Step #3: ENFORCE THE CURRENT IMMIGRATION LAWS
All that being said, Rudy Giuliani played party host in perhaps the biggest sanctuary city in the country while he was mayor of New York City. He refused to deport illegal immigrants–even those involved in violent crimes–and even sued the federal government in an attempt to keep, in place, a New York executive order which protected the rights of those people here illegally.
Mike Huckabee threw his weight behind (no pun intended) a merit-based scholarship for children of illegal aliens. While he has recently made a mid-campaign-trail shift rightward on immigration–challenging the birthright and therefore the “anchor baby” phenomenon, and recently advocating strict attrition-based deportation–any sort of scholarship program, even merit-based ones, serve as a magnet to those that wish to come here without going through the proper process.
John McCain, a border state senator for Christ’s sake, worked alongside Ted Kennedy as a chief architect of the debacle that was the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, a bill which would have provided amnesty for more than 12 million people here illegally. The bill was almost pushed through the Senate behind closed doors over the Memorial Day holiday, but the cover was blown off and the American people spoke out, shutting down the Congressional telephone system in a true “representative republic” moment. McCain’s sponsorship of that bill, in my eyes, is absolutely unforgivable.
The border issue is much more than cheap lawn care. The economic aspects are well-documented (unlike the workers — HA!), yet what we don’t hear as much about are the health risks and criminal aspects. These people are coming across the open border with Dengue, drug-resistant Tuberculosis and more. Furthermore, the gang activity that used to be contained along the Mexican border (dozens of Americans are still missing in Laredo, Texas!) is now reaching both coasts, and it seems like every other day somebody is killed either at the hands of MS-13 gang members, or simply by an illegal immigrant behind the wheel while intoxicated. This says nothing of the national security issues, either, as you cannot warrant fighting a war to protect our front door while leaving the back door wide open.
The immigration issue NEEDS to be addressed and addressed NOW. All three of these men–John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Rudy Giuliani–are dead wrong on it, and more.
As I mentioned before, look sometime soon for an in-depth discussion on how the GOP’s short- and long-term prosperity depends upon a return to conservatism. I’ve said enough for today.