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2007/2/18

John McCain: For Roe v. Wade Before He Was Against It

@ 10:51 PM (87 months, 7 days ago)

It must be that time again.  What time is that, you ask?  Why, that would be Republican presidential primary season, when the GOP whores pandering to their social conservative base, bring out the big old boogie monster known as Roe V. Wade.

John McCain is currently at bat.

In South Carolina today, he says he believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned.  He told a crowd "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."

Now let us rewind back to August 1999, when he held a different view.  Then, he said of Roe V. Wade "I'd love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary.  But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations."

I'd like for every "social conservative" who wants Roe V. Wade overturned, to ponder this one thought:

Since January 2001, your party controlled EVERY branch of government, until the Democrats regained control of the legislative branch last month.  In other words, your party had six years in which they controlled the entire government, and could have overturned Roe V. Wade.  Yet, they failed to do so.  Why do you think that is? 

Perhaps it's because those that control your party, really aren't interested in overturning Roe v. Wade. Pehaps it's because they WANT Roe v. Wade out there as an issue, in every election cycle. It helps them get money from YOU, if they are able to send out fundraising literature in every election that says "help us overturn Roe v. Wade."

McCain: Roe v. Wade should be overturned (John McCain's 2007 view on Roe V. Wade)

McCain Softens Abortion Stand (John McCain's 1999 view on Roe V. Wade)

 

THIS is supporting the troops? (Downright disgusting conditions at Walter Reed)

@ 10:10 PM (87 months, 7 days ago)

George Bush loves to make the occassional stop at Walter Reed for the politically expedient photo ops with our heros wounded on the battlefield.

Instead of worrying about getting the photo ops, though, perhaps he could show the troops he REALLY supports them, by doing something about the disgusting conditions at Walter Reed.  No American who wears the uniform, should be subjected to these type of conditions at the army's top medical facility.

From a Washington Post article about the pathetic conditions at Walter Reed:

Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan's room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.

This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Iraq last February with a broken neck and a shredded left ear, nearly dead from blood loss. But the old lodge, just outside the gates of the hospital and five miles up the road from the White House, has housed hundreds of maimed soldiers recuperating from injuries suffered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Forced to battle the system at Walter Reed

Wounded soldiers face neglect, frustration at Army’s top medical facility