Last September, Glenn Beck had the audacity to say that McCain would have been worse than Obama. Mark Levin threw a fit!

The more I think about it though, the more I agree with Beck. As we've witnessed, at least Obama's inexperience is causing him trouble in trying to ram his progressive agenda down our throats. John McCain on the other hand, has plenty of experience in passing bad legislation.

And unfortunately, he would have had the conservative movement behind his progressive agenda too (as did George W. Bush).

John McCain is no conservative. He's a bona-fide progressive! But before we dig into that, here's a quick run down on Dirty John McCain:

John McCain Progressive, Not Conservative

The popular view of John McCain is that he's a conservative with a few "Mavericky" positions. But this is far from the truth. Let's look at his voting record during George W. Bush's administration for example.

McCain co-sponsored a "patients' bill of rights" with John Edwards and Ted Kennedy. He sponsored a bill with John Kerry to raise automobile fuel-efficiency standards, and sponsored a cap-and-trade bill with Joe Lieberman too. John McCain was also one of only 6 Republicans to vote against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

McCain voted against the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, he teamed with Carl Levin on bills to close tax shelters and require businesses that gave out stock options as compensation to disclose the cost to their shareholders.

McCain also co-sponsored bills to close the gun-show "loophole," expand AmeriCorps, and federalize airport security (yeah, that works really well).

In 2001, McCain met with Democrats to discuss switching parties. In 2004, he met with John Kerry about being his V.P. candidate. McCain is no conservative.

Back in 1998, John McCain even wanted to ban Mixed Martial Arts! Anything he doesn't understand or doesn't like, McCain believes the government should ban or control.

John McCain is no hero, he is a tyrant!

John McCain's Teddy Roosevelt Fetish

John McCain believes he's the second coming of Theodore Roosevelt.

The presumptive Republican nominee channels the 26th president -- his "ultimate hero" -- on the campaign trail, in his platform, even in an online ad in which images of the two are juxtaposed. "I am," he has said, "a Teddy Roosevelt Republican." - McCain's self-comparison to T.R. makes for good PR

So ... Who exactly is Teddy Roosevelt?

Teddy Roosevelt was no conservative. He was a progressive! Beware of any "conservative" who invokes his name.

In the late 19th century, many "intellectuals" and pundits were convinced America was over, unless of course, the people would rally around a "strong leader," and Teddy Roosevelt fit this role perfectly. He was determined that the government, under his control, could bring efficiency to the populace, save the environment, and bring order to the world.

Roosevelt had no patience for federalism (or any other constitutional barricade that stood in his way). As a nationalist, he loathed Thomas Jefferson and considered Jefferson Davis a traitor!

Of course, the Confederate cause denied an all-powerful federal government, something Roosevelt simply could not tolerate.

Mark Twain, who met with the president twice, said he was “clearly insane.”

As no president in memory and probably none up to that time, Theodore Roosevelt became a “personality” – a politician whose every action seemed newsworthy and exciting. His family, his friends, his guests, his large teeth, his thick glasses, his big game hunting, and his horseback riding – all were sources of media attention and delight. In a way that Washington and Lincoln had not done, and even Jackson avoided, Theodore Roosevelt became a very visible tribune of the people, a popular advocate whose personality seemed immediate, direct, and committed to their personal service. - Michael P. Riccards, The Ferocious Engine of Democracy: A History of the American Presidency, vol. 2, Theodore Roosevelt through George Bush (Lanham, Md.: Madison Books, 1995), pp. 5–6.

The tendency of our government to micromanage everything began with Teddy Roosevelt's administration. Of the once obscure office of presidency, Roosevelt declared:

There inheres in the presidency more power than in any other office in any great republic or constitutional monarchy of modern times. I believe in a strong executive; I believe in power. I don’t think that any harm comes from the concentration of power in one man’s hands. - Forrest McDonald, A Constitutional History of the United States (Malabar, Fla.: Robert E. Krieger, 1982), p. 166.

Teddy Roosevelt argued as Andrew Jackson had before, that

[The president] was a steward of the people bound actively and affirmatively to do all he could for the people, [and could] do anything that the needs of the nation demanded ... Under this interpretation of executive power, I did and caused to be done many things not previously done. . . . I did not usurp power, but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power. - John Morton Blum, The Republican Roosevelt (New York: Athaneum, [1954] 1962), pp. 107–08.

Roosevelt was the first president to enter office with an extensive legislative agenda. Prior presidents properly referred legislation to the Congress. In his 1905 State of the Union address, Roosevelt laid out what the New York World called “the most amazing program of centralization that any president of the United States has ever recommended.” [1]

Roosevelt’s legislative achievements, like the Meat Inspection Act, the Pure Food and Drug Act, and the Hepburn Act, marked the birth of today's regulatory State. He gave birth to our modern war State too.

Roosevelt argued that the people's representatives in Congress could not be trusted with foreign affairs, stating that Congress is "wholly indifferent to national honor or national welfare” and “primarily concerned in getting a little cheap reputation among ignorant people.” [2]

He declared in 1902:

More and more, the increasing interdependence and complexity of international political and economic relations render it incumbent on all civilized and orderly powers to insist on the proper policing of the world. - Blum, The Republican Roosevelt, p. 127.

Gee, where have I heard that before?

Insisting on the supremacy of the Executive Branch, Teddy Roosevelt argued that public opinion was "the voice of the devil, or what is still worse, the voice of a fool,” and that “[o]ur prime necessity is that public opinion should be properly educated.” [3]

This is John McCain's role model. Conservative? Not even close!

The Real John McCain

Roosevelt abandoned the Republican Party (like McCain considered in 2001). But desperately lusting for power, McCain tried to "reinvent" himself as a conservative ... but it was all just smoke and mirrors.

John McCain, railing against the repeal of the estate tax, declared "I follow the course of a great Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, who talked about the malefactors of great wealth and gave us the estate tax." Then suddenly in 2005, he stopped blocking the passage of a permanent repeal of the estate tax. Then again out of nowhere, he decided to support making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. Tax cuts he was once ferociously against.

McCain had distanced himself from George W. Bush in his first term, but in 2004, he suddenly lavished praise on him, looking for every photo-op he could find. Consistent with Teddy Roosevelt's progressive war policy, he latched on to Bush (a progressive in disguise too), hoping to take advantage of a popular war.

John McCain is no conservative. He is a progressive, a power-hungry tyrant, and a liar! Send him home for good this November!


[1] Quoted in Lewis L. Gould, The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1991), p. 158.

[2] W. Stull Holt, Treaties Defeated by the Senate: A Study of the Struggle Between President and Senate over the Conduct of Foreign Relations (Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins Press, 1933; Gloucester, Mass.: Peter Smith, 1964), p. 221.

[3] LaFeber, “The Making of a Bully Boy,” pp. 15–16; Theodore Roosevelt to William Bayard Hale, December 3, 1908, in Morison, ed., Letters of Theodore Roosevelt, vol. 6, The Big Stick, 1907–1909, (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1952), p. 1408

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  • theLibertyPen

    I have never trusted McCain, nor do I plan to reconsider my position. He has even expressed interest in the Republicans running to unseat Reid, as if his sentiment is of any value. Very good piece.