John McCain is an American patriot, who served his country bravely during the Vietnam War. He is a true hero and for his service to his country, he will always have my respect and admiration. That being said however, respect and admiration alone are not enough to earn my vote.

When I set foot into a voting booth, I want to vote for a candidate whose values most closely resemble the values that I hold dear. I am a Conservative and I wear that mantle proudly as a badge of honor. As a Conservative, I want the withering of the Federal Government’s powers. I want to see federal powers over duties that were never intended at that level — returned to the states, cities, communities and individual citizens.

The overriding and fundamental principle of Conservatism, is, was and always will be the preservation of and the extending of freedom. In that endeavor, John McCain does not just fall short of the target — he completely misses it.

Throughout his Senatorial career, not only has John McCain position on many issues been opposite of those of Conservatives, but often times he has been one of the leading voices in opposition to Conservative viewpoints.

a_mccain_lieberman_ticketThe Senator from Arizona’s name will forever be on the McCain-Feingold bill., a legislative effort that completely destroyed the constitutional rights of freedom of speech, thus impairing the rights of citizens to support the candidates of their choice.

In 2002, yet again while working with Democrats, the Senator from Arizona via the McCain-Lieberman bill attempted to attach his name to legislation that would have in essence, created an energy tax — raising the price of gasoline, electricity and home heating.

With the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill, the Senator from Arizona once again attempted to forever attach his name to legislation that this time would have forever destroyed the sovereignty of America’s borders, while allowing criminal lawbreakers who are stealing the rights and privileges of American citizens to earn those rights and privileges of American citizens — thus granting amnesty to criminals.

John McCain was given the nickname of “maverick,” because he is viewed as somebody who doesn’t play by the established rules of his party. A more apt nickname however for John McCain would be the “chameleon” because he does in fact play by rules, he plays by the rules of the Democratic party and does so while masquerading as a Republican.

Consider this report last March from the Hill:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was close to leaving the Republican Party in 2001, weeks before then-Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.) famously announced his decision to become an Independent, according to former Democratic lawmakers who say they were involved in the discussions.

In interviews with The Hill this month, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and ex-Rep. Tom Downey (D-N.Y.) said there were nearly two months of talks with the maverick lawmaker following an approach by John Weaver, McCain’s chief political strategist.

Democrats had contacted Jeffords and then-Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) in the early months of 2001 about switching parties, but in McCain’s case, they said, it was McCain’s top strategist who came to them.

Other senators who played major roles in the intense recruiting effort, according to Democrats, were then-Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) as well as Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

“John [Edwards] at that time was working with McCain on a couple things and there was a sense that because of his relationship that he might be a good person to talk to him,” Daschle said. “He was clearly one of those that we thought could be helpful.”

A source close to Edwards said Daschle’s comments are accurate.

John McCain is the most unprincipled and opportunistic members of the Republican party — to nominate the Senator from Arizona as the GOP’s candidate for the 2008 election would in essence destroy the Goldwater/Reagan Conservative movement and cause both major political parties in America to be liberal parties.