John McCain, the Anti-Conservative

John McCain, the Anti-Conservative
by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus

He’s always available for the news programs. Arizona Senator John McCain receives friendly airtime and is relied upon for his perspective because of his willingness to stand apart from true conservatism – which is based on the U.S. Constitution’s limitation of the federal government. The media love him, not because he’s a traditional conservative, but because he’s a neoconservative.

The media love him, not because he’s a traditional conservative but because he’s a neoconservative (Image from Wikimedia Commons).

The media love John McCain, not because he’s a traditional conservative but because he’s a neoconservative (photo by United States Department of State [Public domain or No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons).

A neoconservative is a partisan for socialism, big government, and war to force the movement’s view on others. Neoconservatism had its birth in the 1970s when a group of Democrats abandoned that political party and declared themselves newly minted Republicans. Led by Irving Kristol, the self-proclaimed “godfather” of the movement, neocons have followed his lead in calling for “a conservative welfare state.“ They also roundly condemn “isolationism,” preferring military action almost anywhere. Kristol frequently and proudly expressed his affection for Leon Trotsky, who partnered with Josef Stalin in the takeover of Russia in 1917.

On February 19, 2017, Jon Karl interviewed Senator Rand Paul on ABC’s “This Week” program. Asked to explain John McCain’s frequent criticisms of President Donald Trump, Paul stated:

I think Senator McCain’s perspective is colored by his disagreements with President Trump on foreign policy. If I were to look at foreign policy, I would say that John McCain has been wrong on just about everything over the last four decades.

He advocated for the Iraq War, which I think destabilized the Middle East. If you look at a map, there are probably at least six different countries where John McCain has advocated having U.S. boots on the ground.

John McCain’s complaint is we’re either not at war somewhere, or if we’re at war, we leave too soon. So we’re not there soon enough, and he wants us to stay forever wherever we send troops.

McCain’s affection for war as can be found in some of his recent Senate votes. Last September, the Arizona senator supported a measure calling for sending tanks to Saudi Arabia that could be put to use in the Yemen struggle. Had his intention not been blocked, the U.S. would have been more heavily involved in yet another Middle East conflict.

Then in December 2016, McCain supported the huge $611.2 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which supplies funding for military action in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. This enormously expensive measure also called for the creation of a “Global Engagement Center” that will finance U.S. activity in countering foreign state propaganda efforts. In other words, the U.S. will be meddling in other nations and calling it part of needed defense of our own. Critics say this new center will drag our nation into more conflicts.

John McCain spent several years as a prisoner of the Communist North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. He rode that credential into gaining a place in Congress as a conservative Republican, a reputation he never deserved. His performance has never seen him siding with traditional conservatism and determined non-interventionism. That’s why the liberal media goes to him for his comments about President Trump and anything that even hints at rolling back big government and having America’s military less involved in skirmishes all over the globe.

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McManus_2Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and President. Mr. McManus has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is also author of a number of educational DVDs and books. Now President Emeritus, he continues his involvement with the Society through public speaking and writing for this blog, the JBS Bulletin, and The New American.

6 Comments on “John McCain, the Anti-Conservative”

  1. Ron Tihista says:

    Very good!!!

    Sent from my iPad


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  2. Douglas Logan says:

    John McCain, is a traitor. He was a “turncoat” when was a prisoner of war. He was and still is a “traitor”. Besides being a traitor, he is senile.

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  3. Frank M Pelteson says:

    It would not surprise me that McCain’s “reeducation” in the Hanoi Hilton, using torture as a means of implanting communistic ideology, influenced his mind. After his release, he dutifully joined the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller-influenced One-Wold cabal located in New York. He has continued its power-mad concepts toward merging the United States into a eventual region of the United Nations. One could almost call McCain a fox in the chicken-coop.

    Arizonans keep reelecting him into office, probably because they still don’t have enough John Birch Society members in Arizona to educate Arizonans to vote him out of office with the knowledge about McCain’s communist brainwashing.

    An example of McCain’s brainwashing is when he invited the Vietcong colonel who tortured him to Washington, showing a picture where McCain hugged this colonel. See image at .

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  4. Robert Hale says:

    interesting… why do people say they “served in the military?” I BELONGED (contracted) to the us army for 3 years. Can’t say I “served” anyone or anything. (Unless I “served time” like a prisoner.) I was simply obedient. “Served” sounds like something done voluntarily. I was going to be drafted for 2, so I enlisted for 3 and school of my choice. Went to Vietnam anyway.

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    • Frank M Pelteson says:

      How is this germane to the subject of this Blog on the treasonous activities of Senator John McCain? Aren’t McCain’s treasonous actions more important to know about, so we Americanists can do something about it? Our nation is endangered by the likes of McCain, and we must alert other Americanists about such dangers.

      Today’s Communist Vietnam is being built up by funding from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with skyscrapers built in Hanoi and industries being built up to compete with US industries. Our Vietnam Veterans were betrayed in their military action in Vietnam by these U.S. tax-supported funds, adding insult to injury. And most Vietnam Veterans have been diverted from knowing about this by being fed their victim-hood propaganda.

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    • Douglas Logan says:

      What is your point??


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