John McCain for POTUS?

Until today, I was about sixty, maybe even seventy per cent sure I would vote for John McCain if I decided to vote. Then I saw the following three stories.


John McCain was interviewed Friday by the New York Times, which published a summary in this morning’s edition. The Times recounted a question-and-answer with McCain on the subject of gay adoption as follows:

Mr. McCain, who with his wife, Cindy, has an adopted daughter, said flatly that he opposed allowing gay couples to adopt. “I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, I don’t believe in gay adoption,” he said.

That’s just ignorant. Obviously, “both parents are important in the success of a family” but the question was about adoption. You know, where one or both of the parents are no longer around. In no adoption will “both parents” be present; that’s why there’s an adoption.

Of course, by “both parents” he could have meant one male and one female parent. But that’s ignorant, too. There is no evidence that gay couples are any better or worse parents than hetero couples. Here’s the conclusion of an American Psychological Association report that summarized a number of studies about gay parents:

In summary, there is no evidence to suggest that lesbian women or gay men are unfit to be parents or that psychosocial development among children of lesbian women or gay men is compromised relative to that among offspring of heterosexual parents. Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents. Indeed, the evidence to date suggests that home environments provided by lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those provided by heterosexual parents to support and enable children’s psychosocial growth.

John McCain, though thinks “we’ve proven” that hetero couples are inherently better parents. I suppose if he had been confronted with the actual proof, he would have just dismissed it as pointy headed intellectualism. I expect that kind of wilfull ignorance from the pulpit; a President ought to be a bit better educated and more fair minded.

The second reason I can’t vote for him? He’s got as much respect for individual liberty and freedom of speech as George Bush.

And finally – and this has been a big issue all along – the courts. Ed Brayton does a great job outlining why a McCain packed court would be scary indeed. What’s left of the fourth amendment would be gone. There would be no separation of church and state. Free speech rights would disappear. Due process? Equal protection? Hahahahahahaha. But we’d all be able to pack heat wherever we want.

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4 Comments on “John McCain for POTUS?”

  1. KC Says:

    I don’t think a conservative SCOTUS is a bad thing..(I doubt you’d ever see a Scalia opInion limiting speech)..and I suspect , if Roe were overturned tomorrow, abortion would be left to the States to decide, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  2. wheeler Says:

    i’d be fine with the end of roe, but i just don’t trust them on anything else. if scalia had stuck to his guns in raich, for instance, i’d feel better. but he’s too willing to give in to his law and order side when it conflicts with his originalism.

    and then there’s church/state issues, an area in which i find scalia scary.

  3. Noelle Says:

    1. Protects traditional families, and understands that children are more important than coming across P.C.

    2. Protects the country from threats, dispite its unpopularity. Willing to do what is right, over what is popular!

    3. Wants a court more in line with the constitution, than with the direction current political winds are blowing.

    The fourth amendment is standing strong. It never gave us the right to complete privacy from any inquiry. It gave us protection against unfair search and seisure, or arrest can’t really seize a phone conversation, its intangible. I’m assuming you’re also talking about the indefinitely detained terrorist suspects. SUSPECTS: they are Prisoners of War, something that occurs when one country is attacked (09/11/01) and then enters into a military altercation, and begins taking prisoners. POW’s are usually held, a long time, ask John McCain!

  4. wheeler Says:


    ever had an independent thought in your life?

    first, #1 undermines your case for #2, as the ONLY reason to oppose gay adoptions is to appease ignorant religious people. there is absolutely no evidence that sexual orientation has any positive or negative impact on parenting.

    second, i do not know anyone who opposes keeping our country secure, so i’m not sure what you mean about that being unpopular. the issue is how to do it in a way that does not undermine what it means to be an american.

    third, about the fourth amendment. it has more holes than swiss cheese. mostly because conservative judges refuse to enforce it. that’s common knowledge among people who follow the law.

    fourth, you messed up your talking point about the terrorist suspects. the official line is that they are not citizens – hence no trial to determine if they actually are terrorists – NOR are they prisoners of war, because if they were they would be entitled to the protections of the geneva conventions.

    finally, the one thing i do respect about mccain is that he is one of the few republicans who has had the guts to challenge the criminal way in which our administration has treated these suspects. protecting america does not mean we have to abandon our ideals of justice and humanity. i.e., it does not mean we lock people up and torture them on nothing other than the word of the president.

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