John McCain is considered by many to be a maverick in Washington, DC. What you may not know about Senator McCain is that he is also a maverick on ethics. What most of us would consider largely unethical and suspicious is John McCain’s way of life. He’s fought political battles against campaign finance reform that has since been overturned by the Supreme Court, and it appears he’s taking advantage of that fact.
John McCain founded a group in 2008 called the McCain Institute for International Leadership. While John McCain isn’t directly tied to the organization, the Senator has done fundraisers for the institute in the past, and in March it was reported in Bloomberg News that the McCain Institute for International Leadership has received $1 million dollars in a donation from Saudi Arabia. Federal Election Commission rules prohibit McCain from accepting money from foreign donors, but apparently the law does not apply to foundations not directly connected to the politicians. Bloomberg also reported that the organization was started by an initial donation of $8.6 million dollars in left over campaign finances from John McCain’s disastrous failed 2008 campaign for president.
Another instance of John McCain’s corruption lies in his ties to Elon Musk, a billionaire who donated to the McCain Institute, according to Patriot Update. John McCain is currently being investigated by the Inspector General at the defense department, facing allegations he put his thumb on the scale in favor of Elon Musk and his company SpaceX over another competitor, United Launch Alliance (ULA) when the two companies were bidding head to head for government contracts. John McCain fought to outlaw the specific kind of rockets used by ULA that had been made in Russia. The Senator got this legislation passed in Musk’s favor simply by arguing we shouldn’t be supporting Russia, much to Elon Musk’s convenience, of course doing this after Musk’s donations were made to the McCain Institute.
These scandals are just the newer scandals, there’s plenty of old ones to review. One that comes to mind of course is the Keating Five scandal, where John McCain came under investigation in the 1980’s for allegedly conspiring with Charles Keating, the man who ran Lincoln Savings and Loan. Keating met with four Senators: Dennis DeConcini, Alan Cranstan, John Glenn, and John McCain. Keating’s business was under investigation with regard to his banking activities, and keating reportedly feared that the government would seize his Savings and Loan company, according to Slate. Senator McCain attended regulatory meetings, effectively representing Keating in front of a bank regulatory board in San Francisco. Ultimately, due to Keating’s illegal activities, the government bailed out Lincoln Savings and Loan to the tune of $2.6 billion dollars, and shareholders lost millions of dollars in the process as well. Keating was convicted of 77 counts of Wire and bankruptcy fraud, before the sentence was overturned.
Its time we retired John McCain. Whether it’s his corruption affiliated with his Leadership Institute, his political prostitution on behalf of Elon Musk, or the Keating Five scandal, he has shown to be nothing but a corrupt and out of touch elitist. Right now Arizonans have the opportunity to elect a constitution-loving American to the United States Senate in Kelli Ward. She won’t be anyone’s toy, nor will she create a foundation and use it for abusive and corrupt practices. She won’t stand up for a conman who made risky bets and lost investors millions of dollars and cost taxpayers $2.6 billion dollars in a bailout. John McCain is a war hero, but his conduct in the United States Senate warrants something that has been a long time coming. It warrants a reaction from the people who are sick and tired of being taken advantage of, and it warrants John McCain’s dishonorable discharge from the United States Senate. It’s time for change.
Time to Retire John McCain
Arizona’s Senior Senator for-far-too-long, John McCain, should have been retired by the voters there six years ago. But J.D. Hayworth proved to be a flawed candidates, who ran a weak campaign in that primary, and gave McCain too many openings to portray him as unfit to serve in the office. This year is different, and Republican In Name Only faces a strong conservative challenge from a highly qualified candidate, Arizona State Senator, and conservative champion, Dr. Kelli Ward.
McCain has gone against conservative principles so many times, he should lose the right to even call himself a Republican, not to mention he should have been retired from public office long ago. He has clearly over-stayed his welcome in politics, and should have no business occupying the Arizona Senate seat once held by the Great Conservative Champion, and 1964 GOP nominee for president, Barry Goldwater.
McCain has been ultra-liberal on immigration for years, and has worked tirelessly to give amnesty to tens of millions of illegal immigrants. Contrary to the pabulum regularly offered up by liberals, immigration is not a racial issue; it’s an economic issue. It doesn’t matter what the race of illegal immigrants is, if they are here illegally, they are breaking the law, and they should not be here. The more illegal immigrants we allow into the country, the more unemployed we import. This is the worst possible policy at a time when more than 100 million able-to-work adult American citizens are unemployed because we haven’t had any meaningful recovery from the Great Recession that began in 2008.
And remember the disastrous “too big to fail” bailouts and the TARP and Porkulus spending Bills the liberals and RINOs pushed forward in Washington D.C. at the end of the George W. Bush presidency and even more so during the first term of Barack Obama? John McCain was totally for all of that. Remember the disastrous charade he pulled in October of 2008, when he suspended his all-but-assured failed presidential campaign to go to Washington D.C. to help the liberals and RINOs pass the bailouts? McCain has been on the wrong side of all the major issues in the last decade, and he’s never met a spending or Porkulus bill containing trillions if overspending that he hasn’t voted for as Senator!
McCain was one of 18 RINO senators that voted in favor of the huge government bloated federal budget proposed and supported by the Obama Administration. The budget, which raised the debt ceiling again so Washington could keep spending our children’s and grandchildren’s money out of control even more, was passed by a 64-35 vote in the U.S. Senate, which included McCain and his 17 fellow RINOs voting in favor of it. Including in those 18, were South Carolina Senator and failed presidential candidate Lindsey Graham, the best Senate Majority Leader the Democrats could have, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, the two liberal Republicans from New England, Maine’s Susan Collins and New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, and Alaska’s ultra-progressive liberal Republican Lisa Murkowski. Look up the ratings of these senators on Conservative Review and it is clear they vote with Democrats more often than they do Republicans on budget, taxes, and big government issues. They might as well be Democrats, given how they vote on the most important issues legislated on by the U.S. Senate. McCain himself gets a 35 percent score, and a great of “F” from the Conservative Review Liberty Score.
McCain, who was censured by the Arizona Republican Party in 2014 for being a RINO, has repeatedly smeared 2016 presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, as he did in December of last year. McCain himself was a disaster in 2008 and should never have been nominated, there was no way he could have beaten Obama in that general election. McCain had no conservative agenda to run on, and no vision. He’s a low energy RINO that should have gracefully bowed out of politics more than a generation ago.
Arizona voters can elect someone who will truly represent them, and shake up Washington, and bring a refreshing honesty and conservative principles to Washington D.C. That candidate is Dr. Kelli Ward, and Arizona voters should nominate her in the primary later this summer and retire John McCain.