300 reasons I would vote for used gym socks if it would keep John McCain out of office

June 20, 2008

Reason #83

Filed under: Liar,Racist,War and Peace — 300reasons @ 2:02 am

This video is a bit slow-moving (classical music and text just seem to make a video drag, y’know?) but it makes its point well.

The end of the video, in which McCain admits that he changed his stance on the confederate flag “for ambition” is the most honest I’ve ever seen him. After following all things McCain for a couple of months and researching his past, he seems to me to be someone so driven by ambition and a need for recognition that he has completely lost his ethical bearings. I don’t know that he even has an actual agenda for the presidency, or any firmly held beliefs. He simply wants to be seen by others as powerful.

June 6, 2008

Reason #61

Filed under: Anti-Semitic,Racist — 300reasons @ 3:36 am

Think Progress gives us this blast from the past: McCain voted against divestment from South Africa to bring down apartheid six times (if you’ve studied your history you know that divestment was a major contributing factor in the eventual downfall of apartheid).

So let’s see… McCain voted against sanctions for apartheid. He voted against a Martin Luther King holiday and called the Confederate Flag a “symbol of heritage.” He once said, “I hated the gooks. I’ll hate them as long as I live.” And during his 2000 campaign, one of McCain’s close advisers was Richard Quinn—an ardent supporter of David Duke, a guy who called Nelson Mandela “a terrorist,” and the editor-in-chief of the Magazine Southern Partisan, a magazine that published such gems as an article apologizing for the KKK and rants vilifying Jews, Puerto Ricans, Italians and Eastern Europeans.

But that’s all in the past! McCain has learned his lesson. He’s not racist anymore, nothing to see here… Except, oh yeah: McCain paid Richard Quinn 180,000 dollars to advise on his 2008 campaign.

I guess he hasn’t changed much after all.

May 14, 2008

Reason #37

I missed this in the rush of finals, and I think it’s important enough to backtrack.

On April 23rd, McCain skipped the vote on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would ensure that people like Lily Ledbetter, who experience pay discrimination but are not able to file a charge within 180 days (Ledbetter could not do so because she didn’t find out about the pay discrimination until she had been working with Goodyear for 20 years) would still have legal recourse. McCain’s rationale? Women need more “education and training.”

Education and training would not have helped Lily Ledbetter, who was doing exactly the same job as her male counterparts, and who won awards for her job performance. She was payed less only because she was a woman.

In part because of McCain’s opposition, the Fair Pay Act did not move forward.

To give an idea of the real-world impact this will have, here’s Lily Ledbetter’s story:

Expect more conservative Supreme Court justices like the ones who ruled against Ledbetter (and more opposition to fair pay) if McCain gets into the White House.

May 8, 2008

Reason #32

Filed under: Crazypants,Racist,Warmonger — 300reasons @ 6:09 pm

Via Think Progress:

May 7, 2008

Reason #28

Filed under: Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!,Racist — 300reasons @ 7:28 pm

From the “are you fucking serious?” file…

As recently as the year 2000, McCain felt just fine about using racial slurs. In front of the media. As in the case of him calling his wife a c***, you’ve gotta wonder—what does he do when journalists are not around?

Ahem—from a March 2000 Seattle Post Intelligencer article:

On his campaign bus recently, Sen. John McCain told reporters, “I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live.”

Charming.

April 15, 2008

Reason #23

Unsuprisingly, it looks like McCain’s votes against a Martin Luther King holiday were part of a larger pattern:

In 1990, McCain was one of the deciding votes in helping then-President George H.W. Bush sustain a veto against the relatively benign Civil Rights Act of 1990.

In doing so, the senator found himself at odds with majorities in both chambers of Congress, most senior African Americans within the Bush administration, and the Republican-led U.S. Civil Rights Commission. He also helped Bush became the first president ever to successfully veto a civil rights measure — Andrew Johnson in 1866 and Ronald Reagan in 1988 both had vetoes overridden.

In the end, the override lost by one vote. McCain still defends his decision today. Looks like all that “growth” McCain has been doing since his MLK vote hasn’t had much impact on his ideas about whether women and people of color should have an equal shot at employment.

April 11, 2008

Reason #22

Filed under: Crazypants,LGBTQ Issues,Liar,Racist,Sellout,War and Peace — 300reasons @ 4:41 am

Straight talk my butt.

April 5, 2008

Reasons 8-18

From Moveon (now go give ’em a few bucks):

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.

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/

April 4, 2008

Reason #6

Filed under: Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!,Racist — 300reasons @ 8:08 pm

He was wrong indeed.

John McCain voted against a national Martin Luther King holiday in 1983. Wait. 1983? 1983?!?

Good gravy, that was not long ago. Particularly for a guy who personally remembers Pearl Harbor.

McCain sounds like the racist grandpa that makes you cringe at family gatherings. You put up with him on Christmas because he’s too old to change, but you wouldn’t want him to be in charge of the local McDonald’s—never mind the most powerful position of authority in the world.

March 31, 2008

Reason #4

This is really 10 reasons for the price of one.

I think the most notable in this particular bunch is the incident where McCain was too senile to remember the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and had to have it whispered in his ear by Joe Lieberman. I can’t imagine any problems that kind of confusion might cause!

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