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John McCain and Abortion: A Maverick in Every Direction

7 September, 2008

One of the important  skills of a Presidential candidate is the ability to appeal to many different  groups of people.  John McAain’t has honed this skill through almost thirty years as a Washington insider (isn’t it ironic that he now claims that Washington is broken (he (and the rest of his part helped break it) and only he can fix it).  His stance on abortion is a perfect example.

John McAin’t gives you both sides.  On August 19th, during an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, he said:

 “I’d love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even-the long-term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.”  

(Note to Sarah Palin and John McAin’t:  comprehensive sex education — including information about pregnancy, sexually-transmitted diseases, and contraception methods — will help prevent far more abortions than banning abortion will.)

Enter Sarah Palin as a sop to the radical right wing religious agents of intollerance.  Apparently, John McAin’t had little to do with the planks in his own platform (the “respect for life” (but not respect for the decision-making abilities of women) section of his website appears to have been written by James Dobson (or someone of his ilk)).  On JohnMcCain.com, he (or his writers) state that

John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench. ” 

So why the flip-flop?  One reason.  John McAin’t believes that his ascencion to the Presidency is ordained.  He believes he has earned it.  He believes America owes him.  He will do anything, do anyone, and say anything to get what is his.

His stance doesn’t matter, though.  With enough imprecatory prayer, McAin’t’s stance doesn’t matter.  With his death, Sarah Palin, who would not allow any abortion unless giving birth would cause the death of the mother, would take the highest post in the land.  A vote for McCain is a vote for womb-slavery.

John Mc’Ain’t:  Putting America Behind His Own Blind Ambition.

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7 comments

  1. Even though I disagree with them, I recognize that there are plenty of Americans who want our government to abolish female reproductive freedom. Fortunately, Palin’s views fall far outside the mainstream, even for many evangelical Christians. It seems like the biggest service we can do right now is to educate as many people as possible about how McSame means more war and Palin means all sorts of theocratic bullshit.


  2. ljd3@ptd.net

    How shocking….the Republicans are lying their way into the White House…isn’t that their usual strategy…where is the news in that. I feel like I did playing with bullies on the playground…feeling like I had to take the high road and not fight back because I did not want to lower myself to their dirty tricks, etc., but for the sake of this country, Obama and Biden need to take off the gloves and ATTACK! Stop calling McCain your friend and stop being afraid of being called a sexist and take it to Ms. Palin….she does not speak for any woman I know and in fact terrifies them, both Dems and Republicans alike.


  3. Dave G: Welcome to my blog. The Democrats HAVE been attacking — they have been attacking the economic policies, social policies, health care policies, you name it, they attack it. The Republicans are attacking patriotism, respect for the flag, incipient creeping communism and the like. The press is so cowed by forty years of being called liberal, plus the deregulation which has allowed for major international corporations to consolidate the media, barely mentions the Democratic attacks while giving full coverage to the personal attacks of the Republicans. America is allowing the media to ignore the issues (remember, McCain’s campaign has said that the campaign is not about issues) and focus on the personalities.


  4. This is so typical of religious zealots. Religion is used for one purpose – business connections and the accumulation of power. If Palin/McCain really worshipped God, they themselves would at least attempt to be Christ-like, wouldn’t they? Yet, and this is most interesting, they are more likely to go to war (unlike Christ), ignore the poor (those without bootstraps) (unlike Christ), lie and cheat to get a vote (unlike Christ), accumulate great wealth and create legislation to keep every penny of it (unlike Christ), to be anti-feminist (unlike Christ), the list goes on. I just don’t know how they can put their disgusting lies out there and square all this up with God. Maybe McCain thinks there’s 70 virgins waiting for him in heaven. In the meantime, at least he has someone cute to run a campaign with.


  5. Stevea66: Welcome to my blog. I do find it interesting that the most zealous Christians (and Moslems) tend to stray furthest from the purported teachings of their prophet/saviour. That said, thanks for the image of McCain with 70 virgins. Now I have to go and bleach my brain.


  6. What horrified me in the 3rd debate was McCain’s comments on Roe v. Wade.

    He snickered at the idea of allowing abortions due to the mother’s health-saying it was just a ploy of the radical liberals (which in this instance would be a majority of the country).

    Then he was the gall to say he would not use Roe v. Wade as a ‘litmus test’ on Supreme Court nominees. Which was immediately followed by “I do not believe that someone who has supported Roe v. Wade that would be part of those qualifications.”

    It makes me too angry to speak coherently.


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