Saturday, February 10, 2007

John McCain - You sir, are no President Reagan

I was at our state's GOP convention in Grand Rapids and several campaigns were there. One of the tactics by a campaign is enough to merit a special post. John McCain's campaign had T-shirts with Reagan on them, and he is reinventing himself to be of all things, a less government and pro-2a conservative and the "heir" to President Reagan.

One of President Reagan's most famous quotes is this:
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?

Unfortunately, Mr. McCain views government as the solution to the problem.

The McCain/Feingold law censors political speech with the ban on issue ads
He opposes the 2nd amendment with his attempt to ban gun shows.
He talked about tax cuts - he voted against them.
He pushed to ban the UFC and pushed for hearings on steroids in baseball
He wants government to more heavily regulate cars.

That doesn't sound very Reaganesque to me. John McCain may be a big fan of President Reagan, but despite his reinventions - he ain't it. McCain - "You sir, are no Ronald Reagan"

More on the convention later.


Conservative First said...

There should have been a disclaimer saying "Ronald Reagan does not approve of this candidate."

Curley Sue said...

Amen. Great piece Michigander!!! I just have to type the words to feel cleansed.

John McCain, you are NO Ronald Reagan!!

Jeremy Nielson said...

I'm glad I wasn't the only one.

It was a great video montage... but he started off by saying "we Republicans have lost our way..." I said to my wife, "Who's we, kemosabe?"

I haven't lost the way of the Republican party. I haven't lost the way of Republican values. So who's "we"? John McCain, you lost your Republican values.

And then we're told how we need a candidate that's electable by independents... the democrats. Not only is John McCain no Ronald Reagan. I don't think he'll attract the Reagan Democrats.

I'm sorry, John McCain. Good night, and good luck.

Jeremy Nielson said...

Regardless of how you feel about Johnny, this link was pretty funny.

Hat tip to Pajamas Media