There is no debate that Senator John McCain is a war hero. Born in Panama Canal Zone on August 29, 1936, McCain graduated from the United States Naval Academy and the National War College. During the Vietnam War he served as a U.S. Navy pilot and was a prisoner of war in Vietnam from 1967-1973. During that time he was tortured, and after being released he received numerous awards, including the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
John McCain was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1982, served for two terms, and in 1986 he was elected to Barry Goldwater’s seat in the Senate. Senator McCain is currently serving his fifth term.
For the past 15 years, McCain has notably moved away from the Republican Party platform and seems to take pride in the nickname of “maverick.” As a member of the far-left Republican Main Street Partnership, he embodies the group’s unstated mission statement of destroying conservatives within the Republican Party.
His influence is significant as he is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Indian Affairs committees.
So what has he done to earn the ire of conservative Republicans?
According to the Conservative Review:
• McCain is the lead author of the bill to regulate modern campaign finances (McCain-Feingold), a move that was universally condemned by conservatives as unconstitutional and tendentious to incumbent politicians.
• He has also been the leading voice within the Republican Party for open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens.
• He opposed the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, and is widely blamed for watering down the cuts and forcing sunset provisions that have caused some of the tax rates to expire.
• As a member of the Commerce Committee, McCain pushed for global warming and cap-and-trade style regulations on energy output, in addition to opposing some proposals to drill for oil.
• He has also been more open to federal mandates and regulations on private industry and weak on certain liberty issues.
• His advocacy of limiting campaign contributions and regulating tobacco shows a penchant for using robust federal powers and big government to limit freedom.
McCain has always taken the lead on foreign policy and as a member of the Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, he has pushed for very interventionist foreign policies, including supporting all insurgency movements attempting to displace dictators in foreign countries.
Not only has McCain been weak on tax and regulatory issues, he has been a vote for Democrats on many other key issues, while helping to strategize and secure votes for them against conservatives. Ultimately, it is clear that McCain is no conservative and even jokes that his “real” constituency is the press core.