Whether John McCain likes it or not, conservative Christians were the
heart and soul of Ronald Reagan’s elections in 1980 and 1984.
Christians had been a slumbering giant in the 1970s, but we rallied
together to elect one of the finest men who ever served in our White
In 1979, millions of Christian conservatives registered to vote in
churches across the nation because they saw Ronald Reagan as the man who
could turn back the failed policies of Jimmy Carter.
Furthermore, Mr. Reagan embraced our support and encouraged our
continued diligence in ensuring that the party remained pro-life,
pro-family and firmly committed to a strong national defense.
Mr. Reagan would not have reacted kindly to the remarks of Warren
Rudman, co-chairman of John McCain’s campaign, who has labeled Christian
activists as “imbeciles.” I believe Mr. Reagan would have quickly
denounced and disciplined a member of his team for ridiculing those
voters who secured his two victories.
Mr. McCain, conversely, has remained silent — even when Mr. Rudman,
earlier this month, reinforced his earlier disparaging remarks against
Christians. It is, therefore, hard to imagine how John McCain imagines
himself to be the second coming of Ronald Reagan.
Mr. McCain calls himself a conservative. He calls himself pro-life.
It is high time someone in the press asks him to define these two
terms because he is obviously attempting to redefine what it means to be
a pro-life conservative. He has stated that he would not support
repealing Roe v. Wade. He has been strangely combative with the
National Right to Life Committee. And he has “more than once,”
according to the San Francisco Chronicle, voted to use tax money “for
experiments that use body parts of aborted babies.”
And Mr. McCain’s flimsy answer regarding a hypothetical pregnancy of
his 15-year-old daughter was particularly troubling. “The final
decision,” said Mr. McCain, “would be made by Meghan with our advice and
counsel, and I think that’s such a private matter.”
Mr. McCain’s answer was one of hopeless compromise.
I fully agree with Ann Coulter, who said, “Either it’s a life or it
isn’t. And if it isn’t a life when it comes to his daughter — if
abortion is just like a nose job — then denying that medical procedure
to other women really is pure woman-hating sadism.” I have been pleased
that many pro-life leaders have come to the forefront in identifying the
true nature of the pro-life movement in our nation. This movement is
one of passion, not compromise.
Dr. James Dobson, president of Focus on the Family, stated, “(Sen.
McCain) has offered no assurances that he intends to appoint a pro-life
running mate or pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. Indeed, he
voted for pro-abortion Stephen Breyer and pro-abortion ACLU activist
Ruth Bader Ginsburg for that Court and for David Satcher for Surgeon
General, who supports partial-birth-abortion.”
Additionally, John McCain refuses to support education vouchers as a
viable option to allow students to rise above our failing public
schools. Vouchers are a chief focal point of conservatives nationwide
because it is a system that allows parents — many of them
underprivileged — to individually determine the best education options
for their children. Tossing more federal funds at failing schools is
hardly the conservative solution. Conservatives want competition in
education. The education unions, and apparently Mr. McCain, want more
federal control of a rapidly sinking ship.
Furthermore, James Dobson stated, “McCain has accepted huge
contributions from the gambling industry and apparently is comfortable
with the proliferation of gambling in American society. He has also
accepted large contributions from producers of alcohol. McCain is in
favor of combat assignments for women in the military, and has sought
and received enormous financial and political support from the Log Cabin
Republicans and other homosexual activists.”
Yet John McCain continues to boldly proclaim himself as a
conservative. When Gary Bauer mysteriously cast his support to McCain,
maybe the Arizona senator thought that other pro-life Christians would
blindly fall into lockstep behind Mr. Bauer’s action.
That’s hardly the case.
I think that most conservative Christians realize that Bauer’s
endorsement was purely a sour-grapes move against George W. Bush. While
I have long considered Bauer to be one of the most courageous spokesmen
for the conservative cause, he severely harmed his reputation with the
conservative movement by endorsing McCain.
The endorsement makes absolutely no sense.
For years, Bauer has been at the forefront of forcefully challenging
Most Favored Nation status for the evil regime in China. Yet Mr.
McCain supports Most Favored Nation status for the evil communist
government in China and has voted against our nation’s monitoring of
Communist Chinese commercial fronts operating in the United States.
What I find particularly disconcerting is Washington Post columnist
Richard Cohen’s December report that stated, “McCain’s people whisper,
‘Don’t worry. He’s not really so anti-abortion. He’ll come around on
gay rights, gun control, and almost anything else you can name.’”
John McCain. Conservative? Hardly.
I fear that after our nation has blindly accepted the justifications,
rationalizations, fabrications, deceptions, and excuses of the Clinton
administration for so long that our fellow Americans are willing to
believe virtually anything — even when all the evidence points to a
dramatically dissimilar truth.
If that is the case, maybe that explains John McCain, conservative.