I was really surprised by McCain's choice of Gov. Palin as his vice presidential running mate because I like her. The only problem is, I still don't like him. I have heard nothing to lead me to believe that McCain will now adopt the truly conservative ideals that Palin holds and seems to live by. Furthermore, I'm disgusted by the Republican convention featuring endorsements by pro-aborts Lieberman and Giuliani while refusing to allow pro-life Ron Paul a chance to address the convention. I don't understand how "conservatives" are so excited about Palin but turned up their noses at Ron Paul. The Republican party is a mystery to me.
Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin says it all in his current column, "Can Two Walk Together Without Agreement?". He also nails McCain's true "pro-life" record in his column of Aug. 22, "John McCain Pro-life?" that I quote here:
John McCain openly embraces embryonic stem cell research. In 2000, he boldly said he did not favor the overturn of Roe v. Wade. John McCain was a member of the infamous "Gang of 14" senators from both parties whose purpose was to oppose pro-life, strict constructionist judges.
Speaking of judges, John McCain voted for the pro-abortion justice, Stephen Breyer, and the radical, pro-abortion, ACLU attorney, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So much for the argument that we need John McCain for the sake of appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court. For that matter, Republican appointments dominated the Court that gave us Roe v. Wade and the one that later gave us Doe v. Bolton. Proving, once again, that the Republican Party, as a whole, has no real commitment to the life issue.
John McCain also gave us McCain-Feingold. This is the law that keeps pro-life or pro-Second Amendment organizations from broadcasting ads that mention a candidate by name 30 days before a primary election or 60 days before a general election. This proves that John McCain believes neither in the right to life nor the right to keep and bear arms. (This is one reason why the Gun Owners of America gives McCain a grade of F.)
In a debate with George W. Bush in May of 2000, John McCain attacked Bush's support for the pro-life plank in the Republican Party. Still today, John McCain believes that babies who are conceived via rape or incest should be murdered. I remind readers, however, that there are no "exceptions" in the womb, only babies.
If all of the above is not enough, as a senator, John McCain has repeatedly voted to fund pro-abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood with federal tax dollars. In fact, McCain has voted to use federal tax dollars to support abortion providers at home and overseas. Yes, this "pro-life" senator (along with "pro-life" President, George W. Bush) has significantly increased federal spending for abortion providers to levels eclipsing even the appropriations authorized by President Bill Clinton and his fellow Democrats.