June 23, 2001
by EFF BrandyWine
First let me make it perfectly clear that I am, and always
have been, a Democrat and I make no apology for my liberalism.
I support liberal causes and although I must admit while in
my early years I paid less attention to politics in general,
I now pride myself on being extremely well-informed.
On occasion I have voted for Republicans in local elections
when their views tallied with my own but I have always voted
my party line in national elctions, primarily because I feel
strongly about our party's platforms.
I was born and raised in Minnesota, the land of Hubert Humphrey,
and now live in Arizona, the land of John McCain... and he
is what I would like to discuss.
Senator McCain and I do not agree on a wide variety of issues
but I have always admired him for his service to our country
and his great sacrifice as a prisoner of war. I am appalled
by the rhetoric being used against him by some members of
his 'constituency' who are attempting to circulate a petition
demanding his recall.
So what did he do that generates such venom? The 'maverick'
senator had the gall to vote against the Bush tax cut, citing
it favored those who need it the least and left out the ones
who need it the most.( An absolute truth.) Never mind the
fact that the bill would pass without his aye vote.
He also tarnished himself by putting his name on the Patient's
Rights bill with the dreaded Kennedy and another upcoming
Democrat, John Edwards! And on top of that he just refuses
to stop talking about campaign finance reform. How incredibly
insensitive of him to march to his own drumbeat and out of
lockstep with members of his OWN PARTY!
There are those who say he is only doing it to embarrass
George W. (But considering that Bush does pretty well on his
own I would discount that.), but McCain has consistently voted
with the leadership... check his voting record. And while
we're about it perhaps the 'recallers' should check the state
constitution to determine legality and talk to Governor Hull
who has stated she would never sign a recall if it got that
The way to express disillusion and displeasure with a candidate
is to vote for someone else when he comes up for re-election.
I admire independence and as a fair minded person I applaud
Senator McCain's stance on these issues. Someone has to stand
up to the hard and rancorous right and sometimes it might
even be a Republican!