John McCain is many things, but “conservative” is not one of them. See Wick Allison’s succinct essay on why he’s voting for Obama after donating the maximum to McCain during the primaries, A Conservative for Obama:
Liberalism always seemed to me to be a system of â€œoughts.â€ We ought to do this or that because itâ€™s the right thing to do, regardless of whether it works or not. It is a doctrine based on intentions, not results, on feeling good rather than doing good.
But today it is so-called conservatives who are cemented to political programs when they clearly donâ€™t work. The Bush tax cutsâ€”a solution for which there was no real problem and which he refused to end even when the nation went to warâ€”led to huge deficit spending and a $3 trillion growth in the federal debt. Facing this, John McCain pumps his â€œconservativeâ€ credentials by proposing even bigger tax cuts. Meanwhile, a movement that once fought for limited government has presided over the greatest growth of government in our history. That is not conservatism; it is profligacy using conservatism as a mask.
Today it is conservatives, not liberals, who talk with alarming bellicosity about making the world â€œsafe for democracy.â€ It is John McCain who says Americaâ€™s job is to â€œdefeat evil,â€ a theological expansion of the nationâ€™s mission that would make George Washington cough out his wooden teeth.
This kind of conservatism, which is not conservative at all, has produced financial mismanagement, the waste of human lives, the loss of moral authority, and the wreckage of our economy that McCain now threatens to make worse.
This man used to be publisher of National Review.
H/T Doc Searls