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Title: How Bad Are Congressional Republicans?
Source: Lew Rockwell
URL Source: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/12 ... are-congressional-republicans/
Published: Dec 5, 2019
Author: Laurence M. Vance
Post Date: 2019-12-05 01:03:07 by Deckard
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The only conservative magazine that I regularly and religiously read is The New American, where I am a contributing columnist.

The New American does all Americans a great service by publishing “The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution.” The Freedom Index “rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.”

The new edition of the Freedom Index is the first for the 116th Congress, and looks at ten key measures. Scores are derived by dividing a congressman’s constitutional votes by the total number of votes cast and multiplying by 100. So, the higher the score the better.

This edition of the Freedom Index tracks congressional votes in the House on a consolidated appropriations bill, public lands, firearms background checks, Yemen, the Paris Agreement, the Equality Act, a disaster supplemental appropriations bill, indefinite military detention, the budget deal, and a short-term appropriations bill.

It tracks votes in the Senate on abortion funding, public lands, a consolidated appropriations bill, Yemen, a disaster supplemental appropriations bill, an amendment to a supplemental border appropriations bill, war authorization, the budget deal, a spending-cut amendment, and a short-term appropriations bill.

The average House score is 36 percent. The average Senate score is 28 percent. Only two representatives, Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Justin Amash (I-MI), and two senators, Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT), earned a perfect score of 100 percent.

We know that Democrats are worse than horrible. The socialist and statist policies of the Democratic Party are well known. It is the party of liberalism, socialism, progressivism, paternalism, collectivism, abortion, transgender mania, feminism, social justice, economic egalitarianism, big government, organized labor, government regulation, public education, government-mandated employee benefits, environmentalism, an ever-increasing minimum wage, anti-discrimination laws, affirmative action, welfare, higher taxes on “the rich,” income-transfer programs, and wealth-redistribution schemes.

But how bad are congressional Republicans?

Really bad.

There are 197 Republicans in the House, plus Independent Justin Amash, who was a Republican until July. Two Republicans included in the Freedom Index recently resigned (Reps. Duffy of New York and Collins of Wisconsin). Three Republicans have no score on the Freedom Index because they only recently entered the House after winning special elections (Reps. Murphy and Bishop of North Carolina and Rep. Keller of Pennsylvania). This leaves 197 Republicans with a score on the Freedom Index, including Rep. Amash. The average Republican score is 54.35 percent. Forty Republican Representatives scored 30 percent or lower, including one who received a zero.

There are fifty-three Republicans in the Senate. The average Republican score is only 31.75 percent. Twenty-three Republicans senators scored 20 percent or lower, including three who received a zero. Aside from the two Republican senators who scored a perfect 100 percent, only 5 of them scored above 50 percent.

And yet, we will be told next year at election time that we must vote for Republicans to keep those evil Democrats out of office.

When it comes to the important issues of liberty, property, and peace, it is clear that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans, as the Freedom Index makes perfectly clear.

What Lew Rockwell wrote about the Republicans ten years ago is still the gospel truth:

Free-market capitalism serves no more than a symbolic purpose for the Republican Party and for conservatives. Economic liberty is the utopia that they keep promising to bring us, pending the higher priority of blowing up foreign peoples, jailing political dissidents, crushing the left wing on campus, and routing the Democrats. Once all of this is done, they say, then they will get to the instituting of a free-market economic system. Of course, that day never arrives, and it is not supposed to. Capitalism serves the Republicans the way Communism served Stalin: a symbolic distraction to keep you hoping, voting, and coughing up money.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

An Independent's assessment.

At present, the Republicans are better than the Democrats for one main reason: a nominally Republican President, Donald Trump, is in office, and he is doing a lot right.

If either house of Congress is Democrat, Trump can enact no laws. The best he can do is change regulations and issue Executive Orders, but all of that is easily reversed by the next President. To make his agenda law, Trumo needs a Republican Congress.

(Of course, when he HAD a Republican Congress, during the first two years of his presidency, the Republicans were obstructionist, did not pass his agenda at all, kept the investigation against him going with various dark threats, and only passed a tax cut - THEIR agenda, not his. Still, that's better than Democrats actively impeaching him.)

With a Republican Senate, Trump can continue to pack the federal courts with his nominees. Trump has had good success getting his agenda upheld at the Supreme Court level, even as lower courts rule against him all over the place. Mitch McConnell's Senate HAS come through on approving Trump's judges.

Because of those judges, Trump was able to declare an emergency and use military funds to build the Wall. Trumps control over classifications, and the pardon power, etc., have all been upheld. Trump does win the big fights before the courts.

Note that WITHOUT Trump, the Republicans on their own would NOT build the Wall, would NOT have the largely successful trade war with China, would NOT be shaking down the Allies for their 2% commitment to military spending, and we would NOT have pulled out of Syria. Trump has done a great number of good things, things he ran for office and was elected to do, IN SPITE OF endless resistance and carping by the Republicans.

So, the Republican Party is generally shit. They resist Trump and do not want to do what we elected the man to do. They still hope to slow-walk everything until the end of Trump's time in office.

But the Democrat party is currently shittier shit. They have gone for outright impeachment, and actively seek to block Trump in court.

Given the choice between people actively seeking to destroy the President that We the People elected and will re-elect, and people who passive-aggressively try to block what he is doing and limit the progress to executive orders and regulations that can be reversed, the latter is better.

So, the reason this Independent will vote a straight Republican ticket in 2020, even though the Republicans are crapweasels, is that the Democrats impeached Trump, a naked power grab that ultimately failed, and they MUST be punished for it, and because the Republicans, at least, approve Trump's judges.

It is to be hoped that in his second term, with a Republican Congress again, Trump can finally really advance his legislative agenda.

Vicomte13  posted on  2019-12-05   6:35:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Justin Amash

100 percent douchebag. Fake American. Foreigner.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-12-05   7:41:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

Nothing but bootlicking assclowns & partisan extremists on both sides of the aisle.... No moderate pragmatists... They ALL suck... 'Rats & GOP both... Fuck 'em all.....

Willie Green  posted on  2019-12-05   9:34:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0)

He misspelled Justin's last name. It's Am-ass.

Anthem  posted on  2019-12-05   11:42:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Vicomte13 (#1)

Well said.

Anthem  posted on  2019-12-05   11:43:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#0)

It's a sad commentary on the Republicrat Party that the majority of these weasels vote with the enemies of America: The Democrat Communist Party! If more Americans read the New American and looked at those abysmal voting records we might be able to form a third party and sap the strength of these worthless swamp scum.

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2019-12-07   17:31:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: IbJensen (#6)

The NA is a good publication !!

Do not currently subscribe. What kind of rating do they give Thomas Massie from Ky ?

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-12-09   21:01:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Deckard, GOP a clear and present danger!, YUUUGE threat to America (#0) (Edited)

How Bad Are Congressional Republicans?

At least as bad as the Democrats. The Republicans are a much greater threat to America because they have a NYC libtard Wahhabi, Israel first president who will sign onto anything, or just make up evil & unconstitutional "executive orders".

Bunch of lawless hoodlums, out to rape, loot, and pillage America.



Ron Paul - Lake Jackson Texas Values

Hondo68  posted on  2019-12-09   22:12:57 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Stoner (#7)

Massie is 100%

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2019-12-09   22:42:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: IbJensen (#9)

" Massie is 100% "

Thanks, I thought he would be.

What about Doug Collins, from GA, and Louis Gohmert ? I like both of those guys. There are a few others, but do not recall the names.

Thanks IbJensen. I appreciate your replies !!

Did you ever see a Trim Bulletin ?

Regards, Stoner

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-12-10   13:34:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Stoner (#10)

I have not seen a Trim bulletin.

Doug Collins (G) 60%

Louie Gomert (TX) 79%

And, in case you're interested, Jim Jordan (O) 82%

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2019-12-11   10:12:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: IbJensen (#11)

" Doug Collins (G) 60%

Louie Gomert (TX) 79%

And, in case you're interested, Jim Jordan (O) 82% "

Thanks for the reply IbJensen.

I also like Jim Jordan !

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-12-12   7:44:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Stoner (#12)

These guys are close to the 100%;, but there's so damned few Republicrats that don't vote with the communists that it's frightening. What do you think about a REAL Conservative party? If it could take all the Trump fans it could run the other two out of business.

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2019-12-12   9:11:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: IbJensen (#11) (Edited)

DELETE

Dual post by error

Sorry !

Stoner

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-12-12   10:50:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: IbJensen (#13)

" What do you think about a REAL Conservative party? "

I would LOVE to see one. I have frequently voted third party, simply due to my disgust with the GOP !!

If one could get started, I would go for it. It will not be easy, but I believe it is doable!

And keep all RINO'S OUT !!!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-12-12   10:56:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: IbJensen (#13)

I need to get a new subscription to the NA !

Do you have their subscription phone number handy ?

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-12-12   10:58:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: Stoner (#16)

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Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2019-12-13   8:07:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Stoner (#15)

I believed that Trump might do this in 2020.

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2019-12-13   8:08:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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