Saturday, April 12, 2008

How Does McCain Compare to the Opposition?

For many voters, there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two major political parties and even less between the presidential candidates. There was a time I might have agreed with that assessment.

Given the fact that all the candidates are Americans - to one degree or another - it should not be surprising there is a fair amount of agreement in their positions. JB Williams, New Media Journal, has researched 20 issues and compared the Senatorial records of the three candidates. The campaign rhetoric is often at odds with their Senate voting records so he relied upon the record over the speechifying.

In "My Fellow Conservatives...", Williams shows that Senator Obama has only one conservative position out of twenty, which Clinton and McCain also hold. Senator Clinton has two conservative positions, half of which she shares with McCain and Obama. Senator McCain has a commonality on five of the twenty issues, one of which is a conservative issue. He shares ground with Clinton and Obama on four issues: gay rights, restrictive energy policy, illegal immigration, and restricted campaign funding. On the other sixteen issues, McCain is as conservative as any Republican in Congress.

In the position compilation Williams put together Liberal Positions are in RED / Conservative Positions are in BLUE --
1. Abortion on Demand
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors

McCain - Opposes

2. Affirmative Action
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Favors

McCain - Opposes

3. Homosexual Rights
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors
McCain - Favors
Aligned - X


4. School Prayer
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Favors

5. Death Penalty
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Favors
McCain - Strongly Favors


6. Three Strike Sentencing Laws
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

7. Private Gun Ownership
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

8. Socialized Medicine
Obama - Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors

McCain - Opposes

9. Privatize Social Security
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

10. School Choice
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

11. Restrictive Energy Policy
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors
McCain - Favors
Aligned - X


12. Enforce Drug Laws
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

13. Church Based Welfare
Obama - Favors
Clinton - Favors
McCain - Strongly Favors
Aligned - X


14. Increased Punitive Taxation
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors

McCain - Opposes

15. Illegal Immigration
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors
McCain - Favors
Aligned - X


16. Free Trade
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

17. Expand Armed Forces
Obama - Opposes
Clinton - Opposes

McCain - Favors

18. Restrict Campaign Funding
Obama - Strongly Favors
Clinton - Strongly Favors
McCain - Strongly Favors
Aligned - X


19. Patriot Act
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors

20. War on Terror
Obama - Strongly Opposes
Clinton - Strongly Opposes

McCain - Strongly Favors
Those issues that McCain shares with Obama and Clinton bother me greatly, as they should any conservative voter. I thought about voting Democrat or sitting out this election, but given the complete socialist/communist agenda of the opposition, a vote for McCain may have to serve as a stop gap measure, if not a reversal of the damage done already, until the Republican Party and conservatives can get their act together and take it on the road.



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2 comments:

Mike's America said...

McCain will get my vote. But he won't get my support when he starts in on his global warming idiocy. And he'll get me screaming and yelling if he tries to pull another immigration amnesty stunt again.

Indigo Red said...

I just hope he doesn't try a Global Warming Immigration Amnesty stunt.

GW is a fairly well established global economic empire now. Too many people and too much money is already invested to make the industry go away anytime soon.

All we will possibly be able to do is mitigate the damage caused by redirecting money from food to biofuels to power underdeveloped nation's transportation of their starving citizens to US provided food aid centers.