Wednesday, September 10, 2008

John McCain's Move to The Religious Right or How The Agents Of Intolerance Became His Friends

Anyway John McCain has been moving further to the Right throughout his campaign. When it appeared he might not get the support he needed from the Ultra-Conservatives and the Religious Right he took Sarah Palin on as his running-mate which has turned the tide in his favor. But how far to the right will he have to go to win or will he lose more moderate conservatives if he moves too far to the right. If he becomes president will he have no choice but to implement some of the Religious Right's more extreme policies as pieces of legislation and then into law. What then will be the attitude of the rest of the world if this were to happen.

Religious Inolerance & Hate
The Religious Right and the 1992 GOP Convention
Religious Right Then & Now
The answers to the world's problems is to found in the word of God. President Reagan
"The Religious Right Then and Now" shows the Religious Right near the peak of their power at the 1992 Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome. The short film highlights the extreme views of the Religious Right and includes footage of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and numerous right-wing activists: Pat Buchanan, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Ralph Reed, Gary Bauer, Phyllis Schlafly, James Robison, etc. It was produced in the early 90s by People For the American Way.

Note how over and over the Religious Right leaders speak about how America was a Godly nation before the 1960s but has since become a depraved nation which does not punish sinners. One can draw various conclusions from this that part of what they mean is that before the mid 1960s the South was blessed in their view with Segragation and that Gays and Lesbians could be arrested on charges of Sodomy and that mixed race marriages were frowned upon while women were second class citizens and that abortions when performed were done in back alley ways by non-professionals .

How far to the right is McCain? It appears that McCain is as liberal or as conservative depending on where and from whom he can get donations , support and votes. For a period of time he seem to move away from the ultr-consrvatives & hawks and from the Religious Right but now he is joining forces with the ultra-consrvatives and the Religious Right. He did this largely in part because the Obama campaign was going so well that it almost seemed inevitable that Obama would win the presidency.

Rod Parsley McCain Spiritual Advisor
America's Purpose From Its Beginnings has been to Destroy Islam
9/1 a generational call to arms ( by God to Fight Islam)

Hagee hates Islam & he wants the US to Nuke Iran.


John Hagee Says God Sent Katrina
& Islam is evil and is a cult of Death

March 08, 2008 (Less info)
John Hagee says that God sent Katrina to punish us( America ) for allowing Jewish settlers to be displaced from land that they stole after 1967 .

Pastor Hagee Blames Homosexuals For Katrina! AGAIN!
From Keith Olbermann

And once more from The Young Turks
John Hagee says Hitler & the Holocaust were necessary and willed by God inorder that Jews would create Israel.

Hagee - 'Hitler Was Fulfilling God's Will For Israel'

May 21, 2008 (Less info)
Watch more at

McCain since the beginning of this campaign has not merely flip-flopped but has moved step by step towards the Religious Right and ultra-Conservative values culminating in choosing a Religious Right Extremists Sarah Palin as vice-president. At times though McCain almost seemed willing to take a stance against the Religious Right possibly because polling at the time seemed to suggest the Religious Right was faltering or the public was somewhat skeptical about the Religious Right. But now all of that is behind him and the Religious Right is gearing up to put all its money, power, its media and boots on the ground as it were behind the Palin /McCain ticket.

Here is a bit from The Young Turks in February 2007 exposing the sort of smear team he has hired as his campaign team.
Even then it is of note that McCain was willing to flip flop on just about any issue if he felt it would help him to win the Republican Nomination in 2008.

February 06, 2007 The Young Turks: Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz, and Jill Pike talk about the racist ads John McCain authorized.
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checkout this bit from the Young Turks comparing Reverend Wright to Rod Parsley & John Hagee in which each of them claims that the United States has acted in certain ways which led to the 9/11 attack
Falwell and Pat Robertson & Hagee blame the ACLU & Gay Rights and making abortion legal & feminism fro Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 while Reverend Wright claims that America's interference with Foreign countries and its racism brought down God's wrath on 9/11. Both are extremist & outrageous views. Each of these preachers attempts to interpret current events in religious & biblical terms.

McCain's Spiritual Guide Racist Comments

John McCain Flip-Flops on the Religious Right
from Bravenew filmsJanuary 30, 2007 Get off the double talk express!

McCain Flip-Flops on Gay Marriage- first off he has little concern over Gay Marriage and then suddenly it is a great evil and must be stopped. He appears to at times to just sent up trial balloons and then see what happens. Whichever there is more support and money for his campaign then he goes to that side of the issue. So he is not really a true -believer in the way that Sarah Palin definetely is.

McCain first claimed the Confederate Flag was a symbol of racism and intolerance and later claims the Confederate Flag is a symbol of Heritage, What Heritage does he mean- that of White Supremacy of Racial Segregation, Slavery.

John McCain Flip-Flops on Confederate Flag

How things have changed as McCain with the help of Sarah Palin has once more embraced the Religious Right. This maybe the turning point which McCain needed to have a greater chance at becoming the President of the United States.

McCain On Falwell & Pat Robertson

James Dobson on John McCain

From: Veracifier
James Dobson: "I Cannot And I Will Not" Vote McCain
February 05, 2008
Statement from James Dobson read on the Laura Ingraham radio show, February 5, 2008

Sean Hannity Interviews James Dobson
October 09, 2007
Hannity and Colmes, October 8 2007, Hannity interviews James Dobson about his lack of support for Rudy Giuliani.

Gary Bauer on Sarah Palin & John McCain

September 01, 2008
Brian Lehrer speaks with Gary Bauer, the former president of the Family Research Council, about Gov. Sarah Palin's disclosure of her teenage daughter's pregnancy

From Right Wing Watch of People For The American Way Bauer Exposes McCain Campaign's Hands-On Role in Crafting GOP Platform
By Kyle September 5, 2008

On Tuesday, Focus on the Family released audio of a special James Dobson radio program, recorded last Friday after John McCain's announcement that Sarah Palin would be his running mate. Containing analysis of the decision from Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, Tom Minnery, and Kelly Shackelford, the group of right-wing heavyweights discussed everything from the elation at the announcement felt among those gathered for the Council for National Policy meeting to Gary Bauer’s role as the McCain campaign’s surrogate to the Republican Platform Committee in crafting the “the strongest pro-life platform in the history of the Republican Party.”
Among the most striking information was Gary Bauer’s revelation that, contrary to the McCain’s campaign’s claims that it was taking a hands-off approach to the platform, they were actively involved and supportive of the Right Wing’s efforts to craft the hardline document that emerged. In fact, Bauer reports that he was tapped by the McCain campaign to be their surrogate and that the campaign was "very open to the kind of changes" the Religious Right was pushing.

Among the other interesting facts contained in the program was Shackelford’s declaration that CNP members felt that God was answering their prayers with Palin and Tony Perkins' assessment that McCain has shifted dramatically in their direction from a year ago and that his decision to name Palin as his running mate shows that “he can listen.” But perhaps the most entertaining thing about the program was the shame in Dobson’s voice as he explained how he has gone from a vocal critic of McCain to someone who, “if I went into the polling booth today, I would pull the lever for John McCain.”


Bauer: I got appointed by the McCain campaign to be their advisor on the platform. It was an interesting assignment. I arrived there, usually I’m on the outside beating on whoever the nominee is to do better, but when I got there and met with the McCain staff people I was immediately amazed, surprised and happy to hear them say “look, we think it’s a great platform already, it’s pro-life but we know people might want to strengthen it and we’re open to that. We want to work with people, we don’t want to alienate anybody and we’d like you to go back and forth between the delegates and us and see if we can work these things out.” I think that Kelly will affirm that, other than a few places, there really weren’t many brutal fights. Most of it was done in a very collegial way with the McCain people being very open to the kind of changes that made the platform draft even better than it was when it started.
Dobson: Would you agree that this is the strongest pro-life platform in the history of the Republican Party?

Shackelford: There’s no doubt. I was on that sub-committee and every pro-life leader who was there watching from Phyllis Schlafly to you name the pro-life group, they were all watching and they all said this is the strongest pro-life platform ever in the history of the party. We not only kept the famous plank that was put in during the time of Ronald Reagan, but we added additional strong language that made it even stronger. It was really incredible to be a part of this and I will affirm what Gary said; this is my third platform committee in a row and it was different than the last ones. The McCain campaign not only did not fight us as severely as the last campaigns did but they actually were in favor of the platform becoming more conservative because they knew that’s where the people were.

and so it goes,

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