Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives considered whether to terminate the National Security Agency’s (NSA) unconstitutional collection and analysis of innocent Americans’ phone records. Representative Justin Amash (R-MI 3rd) introduced an amendment to a defense appropriations bill which would have de-funded the NSA’s illegal program. The bill would not have affected legitimate, targeted national security search warrants or wiretapping.
The Amash amendment failed by a narrow 205-217 vote. President Barack Obama (D) and his administration went into a frenzy in the lead-up to the vote, joined by both Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, urging members to vote against it.
Ninety-four Republicans and one hundred eleven Democrats voted in favor of the amendment and, by extension, the Fourth Amendment. One hundred thirty-four Republicans and eighty-three Democrats voted instead to continue allowing the shredding of the Bill of Rights.
I shouldn’t have to remind our esteemed representatives that they have each sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Two hundred and five members of House of Representatives—including my own representative, Frank Wolf (R-VA 10th)—violated that oath yesterday. In a sane world, they would be impeached and removed from office. In this world, the best we can hope for is that enough voters remember this and send these men and women packing in 2014. They have violated our trust, and do not deserve to hold high office.
Read on for a list of our anti-liberty representatives. See if yours is on the list and, if they are, let them know what you think of their betrayal.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)
Johnson, E. B.