For starters, Rep. James Lankford can’t figure out if a vote for the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) is a vote for or against the Constitution. This after he has learned of the extensive intrusion into the lives of ordinary Americans (and no I don’t think that’s an exaggeration). Lankford makes this admission after a constituent at one of his town halls tells him an index ranks him as voting for the Constitution 70% of the time, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) 56% and Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) 100% and…he should “be more like Bridenstine.”
I’m going to support Rep. Lankford, kinda/sorta. Everyone in Congress should know that the NDAA as used today is not Constitutional, and maybe all these years later, we should admit it was never Constitutional, and oh yeah, we had the Fourth Amendment before and after 9/11/01.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Terrorism, no terrorism, the NDAA is unconstitutional. The Department of Homeland Security is mammoth and tyrannical. The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting our data at the speed of light, and built a $2 Billion super-secret facility to store it. The Director of National Intelligence is inept and has been publicly embarrassed at least twice. John Brennan, before moving to head the CIA was the President’s National Security Advisor and the discussion about him and that position and what he has done would be long and heated, so must move on, but these are the people directing the NDAA. There is no good news here other than…only two terrorist attacks have happened on U.S. soil since 9/11/01 – the Fort Hood Massacre and the Boston Bombings. Both would have been incredibly easy to stop had all those mentioned above been doing their jobs, so there really is no good news.
Beyond that, Lankford has a point when he asks which pieces of legislation are considered for the index (see the video below). New American says “key” votes are considered. Every ranking systems claims to use “key” votes. What are they?
Looking at The Freedom Index, my Senator James Inhofe ranks 71%. That’s a shocker. Club for Growth ranks Inhofe at 94%, 91% lifetime. Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn ranks 100%, and 95% lifetime.
Senator Inhofe will vote NOT to fund ObamaCare, Coburn will not, Cole will not and it looks like Lankford will follow Cole and Coburn. Coburn, and Cole have stated they think taking a principled stand against funding ObamaCare will backfire. The immense fear running through the Republican ranks is on steroids. I remind these representatives of We The People that if the salaries of Congress and their staffers don’t make it to the mailbox, the government shut-down won’t last long.
Now we’re weighing principled stands on national security and economic security.
In 2012 Inhofe was awarded the Defender of Economic Growth Award for the fourth time (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Republicans planning to vote with Democrats not to defundObamaCare say if government shuts down, Republicans will be blamed, just as they were in the 1980′s shutdown, but as Rush Limbaugh said, we weren’t punished by losing seats. It was media hyping the story, so buck up Lankford and step away from Coburn and Cole.
Lankford has held his House seat two years longer than Bridenstine. Club for Growth ranks Lankford at 80% and 78% lifetime, Cole at 65% and 73% lifetime, Frank Lucas 56% and 68% lifetime. Bridenstine is not yet ranked.
I am not in Rep. Lankford’s district so his constituents have a better feel for his conservatism than I, and maybe some will stop by and weigh-in, but “be more like Bridenstine,” – excellent advice in my opinion. Thanks to intrepid fellow Oklahoman Anita, visit here on Twitter @redrivergrl