City of Roses
|While I commend his service to our country, sympathize with him immensely for all the horrors and torture he endured at a prison camp during Vietnam, and commend him for constantly speaking out against torture as a matter of policy or obtaining information, I just don't think he deserves my vote because I think he has many of the same problems Hillary Clinton has in terms of being inconsistent on too many issues, not to mention being calculative.
Passions In Poetry: Time Capsule: "Let The Flip Flops Begin!"
Earlier this year in Balladeer's thread "Let The Flip-Flops Begin" (where some of Clinton's flip-flops are also documented) I documented some of McCain's various flip-flops on the issues on Response #15 in that thread, including Roe v. Wade, Jerry Falwell, tax cuts, the Wyly Family, and the war in Iraq. There's certainly many more flip-flops I didn't document in that thread, but that sampling alone, I believe, shows that McCain is not all that different from Clinton or Romney in that he'll change his position and/or compromise his principles just for the sake of political advancement, and that sort of demeanor strikes me as someone who doesn't really know or believe what he/she stands for in heart. Surely some of our views change over the years, and there's a natural way of addressing how you have changed your mind while also being sincere, but with McCain much of it sounds insincere in my judgment.
Also, I think he comes across as too neoconservative-leaning on foreign policy, but that's a whole other story.
Among the GOP field, I'd say Ron Paul is the most believable and honest of the candidates, while Mike Huckabee also sounds pretty genuine and speaks in a very mindful, down-to-earth manner (although his record as governor is considerably checkered, especially on fiscal matters, which makes me question his leadership credentials somewhat, even if I like him on a personal level). I don't know if I can vote for either one of them, but to both of them, particularly the former, boldness is their calling card and I can at least trust them to be frank with the public.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"