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We have become the victims of our own delusions. Men and women in power (both parties) through distortions of the mind have welded upon us the chains of oppressive policies. They have steered us towards a very slippery slope that we must course correct.

The Founders knew very well that the power of government is dangerous regardless of who wields it. They foresaw that elected leaders often become the people's worst enemy. Prior to the birth of the Bill of Rights citizens were told"you can or you will." Following its bloodstained enactment the the government was told "you shall not." Somewhere along the way those like our current cabal of red and blue charlatan leaders lost sight of this.

Those we have sent to Washington to represent us mostly have their own greed and self interest at heart. With each passing abridgement of freedom or abrogation of a right; we become less a citizen and more a subject. What is our recourse for this dangerous trend? Thomas Paine said it best; "Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

In refusing to put a halt to the ever increasing kingly tendencies of our not so glorious leader; Congress is aiding and abetting an imposed form of government. They through ineptitude and/or malice have fostered an out of control bureaucracy. They are guilty of violating our Constitution as much as the President through silent consent.

We must endeavor to hold them accountable for every trespass against that sacred document. We must give praise where praise is due and chastisement when needed. Failure to secure these hard fought freedoms for future generations deserves a pink slip come election time. The same holds true regardless of the office whether local, state, or federal. Each must be called to account for their actions. We have a duty to our children to boldly say no more. It's time to stand in the gap for Alabama and the nation.

President Obama is slowly but surely destroying this great nation one freedom at a time. He is dismantling the greatest nation on earth in the name of Progressivism. He is replacing the liberties America's sons and daughter fought, bled, and died for with his own twisted vision. Our alleged representatives all too often turn a blind eye to his lust for power.

Take heed of the following votes of your respective Alabama member of the House of Representatives. Let them know how you feel. The following votes were compiled by The New American magazine in it's January 6 issue; The Freedom Index.

Alabama delegation of the House of Representatives:

  1. Rep. Jo Bonner (Retired) Hold Rep. Bradley Byrne to a higher standard.
  2. Rep. Martha Roby (R)
  3. Rep. Mike Rogers (R)
  4. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R)
  5. Rep. Mo Brooks (R)
  6. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R)
  7. Rep. Terri Sewell (D)

Indefinite Military Detention - House Resolution 1960 Defense Authorization Bill - Proposed amendment by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) would have eliminated indefinite military detention of any person in the United States, it's territories, or possessions, under the 2001 Authorization for Use of military Force. It would have required the immediate transfer of detained persons to a trial in a civilian court. It was rejected on June 13, 2013 by a vote of 200 to 226 (Roll Call 228). Freedom loving people have long held that detention without trial is a violation to the right of Habeas Corpus (Fourth Amendment) and the right to a speedy and public trial (Sixth Amendment). The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allows the President to circumvent these protections with the designation of "enemy combatant - a blatant abuse of power.

  1. Bonner voted to violate the Constitution.
  2. Roby voted to violate the Constitution.
  3. Rogers voted to violate the Constitution.
  4. Aderholt voted to violate the Constitution.
  5. Brooks voted to violate the Constitution.
  6. Bachus voted to violate the Constitution.
  7. Sewell surprisingly voted to uphold it.

Farm and Food Programs - House Resolution 1947 - Would have authorized around $939 billion through fiscal year 2018 for federal farm aid (subsidies), nutrition assistance (food stamps), rural development, etc...Would have restricted eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and would have allowed drug testing of applicants. It was rejected on June 20, 2013 by a vote of 195 to 234 (Roll Call 286). None of these programs are Constitutionally based spending and are based solely upon maintaining the nanny state.

  1. Bonner voted for wasteful spending.
  2. Roby voted for wasteful spending.
  3. Rogers voted for wasteful spending.
  4. Aderholt voted for wasteful spending.
  5. Brooks voted for wasteful spending.
  6. Bachus voted for wasteful spending.
  7. Sewell again surprisingly voted against it.

Offshore Oil and Gas - House Resolution 2231 (The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act). Allows for increased energy exploration and production on the Outer Continental Shelf and provide for equitable sharing of energy production revenue for all coastal states. It passed on June 28, 2013 by a vote of 235 to 186 (Roll Call 304) Exploring and utilizing our own resources would help our economic growth and independence.

  1. Bonner voted for American prosperity.
  2. Roby voted for American prosperity.
  3. Rogers voted for American prosperity.
  4. Aderholt voted for American prosperity.
  5. Brooks voted for American prosperity.
  6. Bachus voted for American prosperity.
  7. Sewell voted against American interests.

Purchase of Russian Helicopters for Afghan Security Forces - House Resolution 2397 - Amendment proposed by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) to defund Department of Defense purchase of 30 MI-17 helicopters. Bypassing Congress they awarded a $553.8 million contract (can you say Sequester) to the Russian state owned export firm Rosoboronexport. With so many internal needs it is ludicrous to throw tax dollars away like this. It was rejected on July 23, 2013 by a vote of 346 to 79 (Roll Call 390).

  1. Bonner voted to waste your tax dollars.
  2. Roby voted to waste your tax dollars.
  3. Rogers voted to waste your tax dollars.
  4. Aderholt voted to waste your tax dollars.
  5. Brooks voted to waste your tax dollars.
  6. Bachus voted to waste your tax dollars.
  7. Sewell voted to waste your tax dollars.

U.S. China Joint Military Training Exercises - House Resolution 2397 - Amendment proposed by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) would have prohibited funds "to be used for U.S. military exercises which include any participation by People's Republic of China." It was rejected on July 24, 2013 by a vote of 137 to 286 (Roll Call 404). China, a self proclaimed enemy of the United States sent three warships to Pearl Harbor for a joint drill with the U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser U.S.S. Lake Erie on September 6, 2013. Chinese People's Liberation Army Chi-Com troops were boots on the ground for a Joint Disaster Management Exchange with the U.S. Army Pacific, Hawaii Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  1. Bonner voted for collaborating with our enemy.
  2. Roby voted for collaborating with our enemy.
  3. Rogers voted for collaborating with our enemy.
  4. Aderholt voted to prohibit funding these exercises.
  5. Brooks voted for collaborating with our enemy.
  6. Bachus voted for collaborating with our enemy.
  7. Sewell voted for collaborating with our enemy.

Military Intervention - House Resolution 2397 - Amendment proposed by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) would have prevented funding of military actions after December 12, 2014 carried out pursuant to the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. As Rep. Schiff stated; "The Constitution vests the Congress with the power to declare war and the responsibility to appropriate funds to pay for it. It is our most awesome responsibility and central to our military efforts overseas. We owe it to the men and women we send into combat to properly define and authorize their mission, and my amendment would effectively give Congress the next 16 months to do so." It was rejected on July 24, 2013 by a vote of 185 to 236 (Roll Call 410).

  1. Bonner voted to surrender Constitutional authority.
  2. Roby voted to surrender Constitutional authority.
  3. Rogers voted to surrender Constitutional authority.
  4. Aderholt voted to surrender Constitutional authority.
  5. Brooks voted to surrender Constitutional authority.
  6. Bachus voted to surrender Constitutional authority.
  7. Sewell voted to surrender Constitutional authority.

NSA Surveillance of phone Records - House Resolution 2397 - Amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) would have ended the blanket collection of phone records under the misnamed Patriot Act. It was rejected on July 24, 2013 by a vote of 205 to 217 (Roll Call 412). Those who voted against this measure have no respect for the Fourth Amendment.

  1. Bonner voted to allow Constitutional violations.
  2. Roby voted to allow Constitutional violations.
  3. Rogers voted to allow Constitutional violations.
  4. Aderholt voted to allow Constitutional violations.
  5. Brooks voted to allow Constitutional violations.
  6. Bachus voted to protect the Constitution.
  7. Sewell voted to allow Constitutional violations.

Congressional Approval of Federal Regulations - House Resolution 367 - Requires agencies of the Executive Branch to to obtain approval from Congress before enacting any proposal deemed to be "major rules." This includes any proposal likely to cost more than $50 million, have an adverse effect on the economy, rules made regarding the implementation of a carbon tax, and Obamacare rules. It passed on August 2, 2013 by a vote of 232 to 183 (Roll Call 445). President Obama is setting himself up as dictator through the use of the pen and Executive Orders. He is the reason the Founders wrote the separation of powers into the Constitution.

  1. Bonner voted for maintaining the separation of powers.
  2. Roby voted to maintain the separation of powers.
  3. Rogers voted to maintain the separation of powers.
  4. Aderholt voted to maintain the separation of powers.
  5. Brooks voted to maintain the separation of powers.
  6. Bachus voted to maintain the separation of powers.
  7. Sewell voted to enable the kingly acting President.

Continuing Resolution/ Defunding Obamacare - House Joint Resolution 59 - Provided continuing appropriations to fund government operations from October 1, 2013 to December 15, 2013. It passed on September 20, 2013 by a vote of 230 to 189 (Roll Call 478).

  1. Bonner no vote.
  2. Roby voted to defund Obamacare.
  3. Rogers voted to defund Obamacare.
  4. Aderholt voted to defund Obamacare.
  5. Brooks voted to defund Obamacare.
  6. Bachus voted to defund Obamacare.
  7. Sewell voted in support of the Obamacare nightmare.

Continuing Resolution (RINO Cave In) - House concurred in a Senate amendment that rewrote House Resolution 2775. It passed on October 16, 2013 after being offered by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) on the 16th day of the government shutdown. 87 Republicans threw away the ideal of the rule of law and derailed efforts to defund the failed Obamacare scam.

  1. Bonner no vote.
  2. Roby voted for the rule of law.
  3. Rogers voted for the rule of law.
  4. Aderholt voted for the rule of law.
  5. Brooks voted for the rule of law.
  6. Bachus voted for Obamacare.
  7. Sewell voted for Obamacare.

Time to put aside the labels of (R) or (D) or Red or Blue. If these elected officials violate their oaths of office and turn on the Constitution they must be held accountable. What say you, Alabama? Will you hold the feet to the fire?

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