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Their feet needs the fire of public opinion
Their feet needs the fire of public opinion
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"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, the people grieve." Proverbs 29:2

We are engaged in a battle for the future of America. It is a battle with no single issue, but an attitude that recognizes wrong but doesn't do anything about it. In speaking with friends, family, and fellow citizens one often encounters the same apathy. An apathy that has led us down a very slippery slope.

Instead of righteous indignation from proud sheepdogs; we hear bleats from timid sheep. "They are all crooked so what is the difference?" "I'll let God handle it." "Baaa baaa baaa is their response. Recognizing immoral and unethical behavior in leaders is not enough. Action must be taken to steer us away from our wayward course.

The Almighty gave us standards with which to measure our leaders. The world has tainted many to believe that God wants nothing to do with our government. They wrongly hold to the misconception that the believer shouldn't take part in the process.

This is a lie seeded by the naysayers in our society. We should choose men who will represent us. We wouldn't be in the mess we are in if more Americans followed this simple rule. We are challenged to be the salt and light of the world. This means we are to preserve that which is good and expose that which is evil.

Secular and humanist philosophies have infiltrated and taken root in Washington. A citizenry desensitized to immoral and unethical behavior has allowed this cancer to grow to it's current malignant form. Alabama for the most part has had sensible leaders.

"We the People" can make a difference. It is vital that we make a difference. Take a stand against wickedness in high places. Stand for righteousness, truth, and justice. Faith without action means very little. Stand up and most importantly stand in the gap Alabama.

Carefully read the following votes obtained from The New American magazine's January 5 issues Freedom Index and let them know how you feel. Contact info for Alabama Senators:

  1. Senator Richard Shelby
  2. Senator Jeff Sessions

Border Security - Senate 744 -Senate Majority Leader (loosely defined) Harry Reid (D-NV) offered a motion to kill Senator Rand Paul's amendment to "not allow the processing of this new category called registered provisional immigrants until Congress votes that the border is secure." His amendment would have required that Congress certify every year that the border is secured every year for five years or making progress towards it. Paul's amendment was killed on June 19 by a vote of 61 to 37 (Roll Call 154). It is the duty of Congress to "protect [every state] against invasion per Article IV , Section 4.

  1. Shelby voted in favor of the Constitution.
  2. Sessions voted in favor of the Constitution.

Immigration Reform - Senate 744 - Grants immediate legal status for illegal aliens (Amnesty), new visa programs, and weak border security measures. It was passed on June 27 by a vote of 68 to 32 (Roll Call 168). We need border enforcement not capitulation.

  1. Shelby voted against this sugar coated amnesty measure.
  2. Sessions voted against it also.

Student Loans - Senate 1238; The Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (who never met a waste of tax dollars he didn't like) offered a motion to invoke cloture and end debate on the legislation. It would have extended the 3.4% interest rate on undergraduate Stafford Loans disbursed to students between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2013 to between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2014. It was rejected on July 10, 2013 by a vote of 51 to 49 (Roll Call 171). How dare Reid force a vote on an unconstitutional spending bill. Subsidizing higher education isn't a constitutional mandate.

  1. Shelby voted against it.
  2. Sessions voted against it.

Aid to Egypt - Senate 1243; Transportation HUD Appropriations Bill - Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) made a motion to kill Senator Rand Paul's amendment which would have made the July 3, 2013 overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood puppet Mohamed Morsi's regime considered a coup d'etat. This action would have ended U.S. military aid to Egypt and redirected it to U.S. bridges and infrastructure projects. Paul's amendment was killed on July 31 by a vote of 86 to 13 (Roll Call 195). Foreign aid is not a constitutional mandate.

  1. Shelby voted to continue this waste of tax dollars.
  2. Sessions voted to continue the waste of tax dollars.

Transportation HUD Appropriations - Senate 1243 - Would have provided $54 billion in fiscal 2014 for the Department of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. A total spending package of $5.6 billion more than that under the Sequester. It contained an unconstitutional $19.6 billion for Section 8 rental assistance program. It was rejected on August 1 by a vote of 54 to 43 (Roll Call 199).

  1. Shelby voted against it.
  2. Sessions voted against it.

Continuing Resolution/Defunding Obamacare - House Joint Resolution 59 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid amendment stripped language to defund Obamacare. It was adopted on September 27 by a vote of 54 to 44 (Roll Call 208).

  1. Shelby voted to defund this nightmare.
  2. Sessions voted to defund this nightmare.

Continuing Resolution - House Joint Resolution 59 - To fund the government through November 15, 2013. It passed on September 27 by a vote of 54 to 44 (Roll Call 209).

  1. Shelby voted against the waste.
  2. Sessions voted against the waste.

Continuing Resolution - House Resolution 2775 - Amended by the Senate to end government shutdown. It suspended the federal debt limit through February 7, 2014. It passed on October 16 by a vote of 81 to 18 (Roll Call 219). It was a congressional cave-in to the Empirical President's demands.

  1. Shelby voted against it.
  2. Sessions voted against it.

Debt Limit Increase Disapproval - Senate Joint Resolution 26 - Motion to disapprove of President Obama's wonton suspending of the debt limit was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. It was rejected on October 29 by a vote of 45 to 54 (Roll Call 220).

  1. Shelby voted to rein in the waste.
  2. Sessions voted to rein in the waste.

Employment Non-Discrimination - Senate 815 - Prohibits employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations from discriminating against employees, applicants, or members based on perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. Gives protected status in employment. It does exempt religious organizations but businesses owned by or affiliated with religious organizations. This was a blatant slap in the face of private property rights. It passed on November 7 by a vote of 64 to 32. (Roll Call 232).

  1. Shelby voted against it.
  2. Sessions did not vote.

President Obama is using his pen and delusions of tyrannical grandeur to dismantle our military, shred our Constitution, and destroy everything our Founders fought, bled, and died to build. Congress must take action or resign. It's time we held their feet to the fire. What say you, Alabama? Is your freedom worth the fight?