Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Friday, August 10, 2007

Figuring out my 'representation'

I just read my recent 'megavote' mailing, and I am... frankly mystified.

There are two bills specifically that I would have expected my representatives (in the Senate and the House) to vote exactly the opposite of the way they voted. It would appear now that my 'Blue Dog' Democrat is actually to the right of Senator Lugar (R-IN.)

First the Senate voted to pass the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act - the very bill Bush plans to veto (I guess he doesn't like children?)

Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed this bill that would add 3 million lower-income children to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Sen. Richard Lugar voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Evan Bayh voted YES......send e-mail or see bio


Thankfully Evan Bayh voted with the Democrats, and I was pleased to see the Senator Lugar supported this as well.

Now to check the vote of my Congressman, Baron Hill, for the House version of this same bill:

Children’s Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 - Vote Passed (225-204, 4 Not Voting)

The House voted for this bill that would expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, adding up to 5 million children to the program.

Rep. Baron Hill voted NO......send e-mail or see bio

Huh?

It passed and it appears the majority of Democrats voted for it... what gives?

Now on to the FISA bill that has so many of us, well, upset. Senator Lugar actually refrained from voting, and Senator Evan Bayh - Democrat - voted in favor of it:

Protect America Act - Vote Passed (60-28, 12 Not Voting)

The Senate passed this bill which would temporarily expand the executive branch’s authority to spy on suspected foreign terrorists without a court order, when communications are passing through the U.S.

Sen. Richard Lugar voted Not Voting......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Evan Bayh voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Meanwhile, I've already written about the epic 'Blue Dog betrayal' of the Democratic Party on this very vote when it went before the House:

Protect America Act - Vote Passed (227-182, 23 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill which would temporarily expand the executive branch’s authority to spy on suspected foreign terrorists without a court order, when communications are passing through the U.S.

Rep. Baron Hill voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

So what am I to make of this?

It appears... that Senator Lugar, my only REPUBLICAN representative is in favor of insuring children - even though the president is not - and my Blue Dog congressmen - DEMOCRAT - is somehow against this children's coverage, apparently siding with the president.

My Republican Senator Lugar also refrained from voting against the FISA bill - and no, I don't know why and probably should call and ask.

Both of my DEMOCRATIC representatives voted to give total and now LEGAL wiretapping authority to Alberto Gonzales (the very guy the Democrats are supposedly preparing to impeach - or so they say,) so that they could head off on vacation for the entire month of August.

If you were me -- wouldn't you be confused?

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