McCain Throws Women Under the Bus plus Reinstating Draft

Thu, 08/21/2008 - 11:38am
By: Main Stream

McCain puts his ambition first, before his personal beliefs, and declines to push to change the Republican platform for 'abortion exceptions' in cases of rape, incest, and/or danger to the life of the mother. Another McCain flip-flop which should send a signal to women that he will put his own ambitions ahead of a woman's right to control her own body, even in cases of rape, incest, or health.

"McCain's plan to take a hands-off approach with the abortion platform stands in stark contrast with the position he took during his first presidential run.

Back in 2000....McCain implored Bush to join him in wanting to add exceptions for rape, incest, and danger to the life of the mother.

McCain's decision to leave the platform untouched follows a warning from a prominent social conservative. "If he were to change the party platform," to account for exceptions such as rape, incest or risk to the mother's life, "I think that would be political suicide," Tony Perkins, the president of the conservative Family Research Council...(source: ABC News)"

And in a town hall meeting yesterday, an attendee stated:

(Attendee) "If we don't reenact the draft, I don't think we'll have anyone to chase Bin Laden to the gates of hell."

(McCain's response) "Ma'am, let me say that I don't disagree with anything you said."

And asked about the draft last September, McCain said, “I might consider it, I don’t think it’s necessary, but I might consider it if you could design a draft where everybody equally could serve.”

A draft would be necessary most likely because he is rattling his swords at Russia and needs some additional warm bodies to wage another war. And he may get his chance. This is the man who may have his finger on the button at 3:00 a.m. and I don't believe the word "diplomacy" is in this mans vocabulary. This is the man who has voted with Bush 95% of the time and will continue with the same misguided foreign and domestic policies. Scary times, folks. His dream of actually bombing Iran, and now Russia, could come true.

Alright all you Repub's, neocons and Right-Wingers.... here's your candidate and he is one scary guy. He is sounding even scarier, and definitely more senile, than Bush.

And then there's this comment from McCain yesterday in front of the VFW, regarding Obama's ambition:

“Behind all of these claims and positions by Senator Obama lies the ambition to be president."

Hypocritical statement, really, when you read the passage from McCain's own book... (wow, talk about "blind ambition"):

"I didn’t decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. . . . In truth, I’d had the ambition for a long time.”

(McCain in his own words from his 2002 book)

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Submitted by travisstrickland1 on Sat, 08/23/2008 - 11:23pm.

For quite some time I was opposed to a draft because it smacks of totalitarianism. However, I've heard a lot of debate on reinstating the draft and in this debate I've heard some very sound arguments for the draft.
The best of these arguments, in my opinion, goes like this: If there were a draft, and anyone between a certain age group could be called up for duty in a time of war, the electorate would make the decision to go to war with a very heavy burden on there shoulders. This would make military leaders and politicians who feel like it's in the country's best interest to go to war make extremely convincing arguments in order to get the people to go along with it. War would no longer be a burden the country could pass off to those who serve and have family members who serve. Practically everyone would know someone who could potentially be affected.
Our country’s recent past is a good example of how a draft might make the country as a whole think a little more deeply before we go invading other countries. Possible civilian and military deaths seem too abstract to prevent such actions.

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Submitted by RetiredArmyMAJ on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 8:48am.

Conscripts vs. volunteers. Today's US military is probably the finest quality, best lead military in the world for one major reason. No one is forcing people to join.

Quality beats quantity. Motivated service members vs. people that don't want to be there and can't wait to get out or be kicked out.

I wonder if Hack would want his aircraft serviced and maintained by draftees.

Fighting for truth, justice and the American way, while ignoring the ignorant!

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Submitted by travisstrickland1 on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 1:16pm.

I respect what you're trying to say, but I can't agree with it completely. The quantity/quality issue is an obvious one. However, it seems like you're assuming that only people who want to be in the armed forces are in the armed forces. I personally know lots of young people who weren't cut-out for college or found themselves in a tough situation financially (had kids, need money for education, etc) who joined the armed forces for monetary reasons, not love of country. Just because you have a volunteer military doesn't mean your ranks are full of people who are willing to die in battle or really want to be there.
I think people who have a passion for serving their country in the armed forces are going to be there regardless. I doubt if a draft were reinstated the military would stop taking volunteers.
Also, there have been great militaries throughout history who conscripted their ranks. You should know as well as anyone that it isn't love of country that makes a soldier fight his/her best, it's the love of the people they're fighting with. The armed forces rely on this dynamic even with their volunteers.

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 8:58am.

I suppose the 190,000 contractors in Iraq are professionals, also?

Want to check with some of the Guard and Reserves who have served up to three tours away from their family without sufficient money on which to live, and see how professional they feel!

The senior officer corps tell me enough about how good professionals are!

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