I decided to take a different tack tonight. Instead of just posting news not found easily in the MSM, I am looking at various GOP voting records, specifically in areas in which the GOP vote lock step on issues that are not in the best interest of our nation on various levels. In looking at random voting records, I have found that the GOP vote together, like a mindless bunch of sheep, on just about everything, because someone upstairs tells them to. Or, they are too cowardly to fight the bullies.
You are either for us or against us, right?
The President, when declaring war on Afghanistan, the home and safe haven for Osama Bin Laden, announced to the world in direct and very black and white terms, Âyou are either for us or against us.Â He told the world that we would hunt down terrorists who threaten our national security with every resource available to us. No efforts or means would be spared to ensure the safety and well-being of American citizens.
All of our federal, state and city elected officials rallied around the cause. The people from every walk of life in the U.S. united and put differences aside for a higher and more noble cause. There were no longer Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Liberals, Conservatives, Progressives, or Red or Blue States. We were all the same Â we were Americans Â moms, dads, grandparents, children, friends, relatives, colleagues and co-workers Â all of us sharing similar values and goals driven by a collective quest to remain free of terror attacks that threatened the fabric of our lives at home.
What happened since then? How did we become so divided? Surely no one is comfortable or happy with the divisive political environment in which we now live, when one has to be cautious in discussing political topics with family, friends or colleagues for fear of driving a rift between loving, meaningful, and/or cordial relationships.
What unfortunately materialized is, that in our hour of greatest need and threat, the president and his administration were not entirely honest with America. Somehow the administration became obsessed with Iraq. For some mysterious reason, the focus shifted from Afghanistan to Iraq.
It is common knowledge now that Iraq was not a threat to our national security in either the short or long term.
Yet, over 1800 of our children, spouses, relatives and friends have lost their lives there.
It is the job of our elected officials to hold the President accountable and in check. Why did no one in the GOP, the party who hold the majority in both Houses, step up to the plate? They had the power and influence to do so, yet they stood silent.
Did they lack the courage or were they merely slipping back into old habit of partisan politics? Bitter partisan politics are not good for America.
The people of this country need to ask their elected officials are you for us or against us?
It seems that most are not completely for us.
It is highly disturbing to find that a majority of Republicans voted against legislation that is supposed to protect us against future acts of terrorism.
For example, ALL REPUBLICANS EXCEPT FOR THREE VOTED NO on an amendment to the Dept. of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2005 proposed by Senator Byrd which reads - To provide funds for the Transportation Security Administration, United States, Coast Guard, and the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness. (S.AMDT 3649, Amends H.R. 4567 submitted 9/14/04, proposed 9/14/04.)
No? Deny funds to help ensure our safety?
Three Republicans, Senators Allen of Virginia, Snowe of Maine and Specter of Pennsylvania voted Yes.
Fortunately a few Republicans have transcended partisan politics and are truly concerned for the well-being of our country.
Is it about safety or politics?
We need representatives who will step up, take responsibility, and vote on issues that are in the best common interest of we the people.
Elected officials work for the people who put them in office. They do not work for an administration, lobbyists or donors.
It is obvious that we need change very badly.
Get rid of the GOP and Bush, Inc. sooner than later. They aren't for you and they aren't for me. LS
Now, onto news not easily found in the you know where.
EVEN A RIGHT WING CONSERVATIVE SUGGESTS BUSH SHOULD BE IMPEACHED.
Not because of the horror of Iraq, mind you. Pat Buchanan wants Bush impeached because of his failure to do anything to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, south of the border, into our country. Er, Mr. Buchanan, you don't get it. The economy in the great state of Texas (among other border states) is based upon exploiting the poor and miserable who seek a better life for themselves and their families...It is true that the flow of immigration is taxing the health care and education systems of our state, but the big fat cats don't care as long as they get richer... We have become a state of Les Miserables, indeed. Welcome to the reality of your own idealogy, Mr. B. LS
Found, where else, but on Raw Story.com
RIGHT WING CONSERVATIVE SUGGESTS BUSH SHOULD BE IMPEACHED
MORE TROUBLE IN GOP PARADISE
A Republican Congressman joins Democrats in backing Downing Street Memo Bill.
OK, between the Homeland Security Amendment mentioned above, and this article, we have a total of 4 Republicans who do not always vote the way their corrupted and/or bullied party tells them to. LS
From the Des Moines Register On line.
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JOINS DEMOCRATS IN BACKING DSM BILL
THE REALITY OF THE BUSH/CHENEY/RUMSFELD SCREW UP
Keep on having fun on your ranch in Crawford, Mr. President, while you wreak havoc on the lives of Americans.
Look at what you have done.
Paralyzed young soldier and his wife join Cindy Sheehan in Crawford. This heartbreaking. From Brad's Blog.
ANOTHER VICTIM OF BUSH'S SCREW UP