|Sent on:||Monday, March 31, 2014 9:26 PM|
Hold Your Congressmen Accountable for Their "Freedom Index" Scores
We live at a time when our federal government routinely usurps powers not granted
to it by the Constitution. This is leading to an increasingly totalitarian
government that routinely infringes on our basic rights.
The solution is for more and more voters to hold their representatives and
senators in Congress accountable to the Constitution. Fortunately, The New American newsmagazine has been publishing "The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on
the U.S. Constitution" for nearly 30 years. "The Freedom Index"
provides scorecards for every member of Congress on ten key votes four times
every two-year session of Congress.
You can help return our federal government to its constitutional moorings by
using the "Freedom Index" to learn how constitutionally your
representative and two senators are voting, taking the appropriate actions to
influence them to vote constitutionally, and then spreading the word to others
in your sphere of influence about how to use the "Freedom Index" to
hold their congressmen accountable to the Constituton.
You can access the online "Freedom Index" by clicking on
"Voting Index" in the menu bar on either JBS.org or
TheNewAmerican.com, or by clicking on the graphic at left. Clicking on an
individual congressman's name takes you to a page with a photo of the
congressman along with his average "Freedom Index" score for each
Congress he has served in, all the vote descriptions for each vote cast from
the original print "Freedom Indexes," and a link for each vote
description to a page showing how all the members of the House or Senate voted
on that roll call vote.
Once you're on the "Freedom Index" page a single click on the "Past Members" menu item takes you to a similar "Freedom Index" page with cumulative scores for past members of
Congress who have served fairly recently. Clicking on one of these past members' names gives you a new page with all the same details described in the previous paragraph.
Our latest online "Freedom Index" includes the second report on the 113th
Congress (which appeared in the print version of The New American for January 6, 2014) with
ten votes scored for the House and ten for the Senate. These will be the first
ten votes you see when you click on an individual congressman's name in the
online "Freedom Index" and scroll down to see the detailed voting
Please contact your senators and representative to bring their
online "Freedom Index" voting record to their attention along with
thanking them when appropriate and asking for explanations when appropriate.
Remember that it is your responsibility as a voter to hold your senators and
representative accountable to the Constitution.