Because enough money can sell anything….

Shamelessly borrowed from the MoveOn folks, but I'm sure they won't mind…

Because I'd really just purely hate any of my neighbors to buy into the well-crafted carp the McCain people are trying to sell us about the man.

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don't):

1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has "evolved,"
yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1

2.
According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq,
Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says
McCain "will make Cheney look like Gandhi."2

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain
voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President
Bush
for vetoing that ban.3

4. McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."4

5. The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in
Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care bill last
year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.5

6. He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires.
The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes!
Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a "second job" and skip
their vacations.6



7. Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless to
be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine.
He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."7

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his
campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The
government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists
raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential
candidates.8

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent
years. The pastor McCain calls his "spiritual guide," Rod Parsley,
believes America's founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls
a "false religion." McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher
John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gay
rights and called the Catholic Church "the Antichrist" and a "false
cult."9


10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters
last year.10

John McCain is not who the Washington press corps make him out to be. Please help get the word out—forward this
email to your personal network. And if you want us to keep you posted on MoveOn's work to get the truth out about John McCain,
sign up here:

http://pol.moveon.org/mccaintruth/?id=12407-8050135-Brc8TD&t=232

Thank you for all you do.

–Eli, Justin, Noah, Laura, and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
  Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Sources:

1. "The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day," ABC News, April 3, 2008

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/04/the-complicated.html

"McCain Facts," ColorOfChange.org, April 4, 2008

http://colorofchange.org/mccain_facts/

2. "McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq," Bloomberg News, March
12, 2008


http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aF28rSCtk0ZM&refer=us

"Buchanan: John McCain 'Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'" ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/06/buchanan-gandhi-mccain/

3.
"McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill," ThinkProgress, February 20,
2008

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/20/mccain-torture-veto/


4. "McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned," MSNBC, February 18, 2007

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17222147/

5. "2007 Children's Defense Fund Action Council Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard,"
February 2008

http://www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer?pagename=act_learn_scorecard2007

"McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion," CNN, October 3, 2007

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/mccain.interview/

6. "Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady," Associated Press, April 3, 2008

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h-S1sWHm0tchtdMP5LcLywg5ZtMgD8VQ86M80

"McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'" Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aHMiDVYaXZFM&refer=home

7. "Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?," Associated Press, February 16, 2008

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=4301022

"Famed McCain temper is tamed," Boston Globe, January 27, 2008

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/01/27/famed_mccain_temper_is_tamed/

8. "Black Claims McCain's Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: 'I Don't Know What The Criticism Is,'" ThinkProgress,
April 2, 2008

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/04/02/mccain-black-lobbyist/

"McCain's Lobbyist Friends Rally 'Round Their Man," ABC News, January 29, 2008

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4210251

9. "McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam," Mother Jones Magazine,
March 12, 2008

http://www.motherjones.com/washington_dispatch/2008/03/john-mccain-rod-parsley-spiritual-guide.html

"Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's Anti-Gay Comments?," ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/03/12/mccain-hagee-anti-gay/

"McCain 'Very Honored' By Support Of Pastor Preaching 'End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'" ThinkProgress, February
28, 2008

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/28/hagee-mccain-endorsement/

10. "John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record," Sierra Club, February 28, 2008

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/environment/77913/

Oh, and if you don't care about all the political stuff, there's this too; son and grandson of U.S. Navy admirals, McCain graduated 894th out of 899 from his class in Annapolis.
Seriously, folks, don't we deserve better than this?
Haven't we had enough butt-stupid leadership in this country?
Sure, I favor Hillary, but if Obama wins the nomination I will soooo be there for him too.
After all, both the Democratic runners are people who got to where they are on brains, not legacy.

I really don't think we, as a nation, can afford the luxury of idiots on top any longer.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. [das ist gut]

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  2. I usually read the MoveOn e-mails and then delete them, but I saved this bad boy. It's a wonderfully referenced piece. Sadly, there are people who would vote for him for precisely these reasons. How scary is that?

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  3. God I hate it when I find myself agreeing with Pat Buchanan.

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  4. Amen (in a non-religious way). Although, it is not completely fair to say that Hillary got where she is "on brains" and not on legacy, ahem. Should we also mention that McCain is against scientific progress and opposes stem cell research? The research that could lead to understanding (and cures to!) a host of human and animal diseases, including cancer and HIV?

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  5. As far as college goes no one has said Hillary got any kind of special deal.Nor Obama.They are both basically smart people who went to good schools and excelled.Whichever of them gets the nomination, I will soooooo be out there supporting them.McCain though.McCain only made it into Annapolis on family pull — third generation navy, with daddy and granddaddy both admirals.And given that kind of tail wind, he never really got anywhere.He only missed getting kicked out of the academy because of family pull.(There were issues with flunking things, and apparently strings pulled.)That class rank of #894 out of #899 isn't someone who isn't well-rounded, it's someone who can't do anything. I suspect it's not only that he doesn't support scientific progress, I don't think he understands diddly.

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  6. Omg. Great comments.That "hand over the heart" Obama picture STILL pisses me off.I have conservative friends and family members STILL forwarding me that one, and I STILL respond by letting them know how stupid it is to take that one little moment in time and dwell on it.(When it was obviously just twisted). GROW UP PEOPLE.

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