July 4, 2013: Hold Your Congressmen Accountable for Their Freedom Index Votes
Hold Your Congressmen Accountable for Their Votes
Independence Day is always a good time for reflecting on our system of government and how we need to do a better job of holding our elected representatives in Congress accountable. If you're thinking along these lines, then our new online Freedom Index is just the thing for you. You can also access the new online Freedom Index by clicking on "Voting Index" in the menu bar on either JBS.org or TheNewAmerican.com.
After seeing our new online Freedom Index based on the Constitution with cumulative voting scores for all 100 senators and 435 representatives listed by state for the years 1999-2013, one of our longtime members told his friends, "This has to be seen to be believed."
Please take a look for yourself. We think you'll agree.
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 new online Freedom Index includes the first Freedom Index report on the 113th Congress (which will appear in the print version of The New American for July 22, 2013) 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 record.
This new online Freedom Index should be a big help for grassroots activists to hold their congressmen accountable for their votes.
Scroll down to 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.
We recommend that you go to the online Freedom Index (click on image above) and look at how your senators and representative have been voting so that you can personalize your email message to them with questions about their actual votes. Be aware that the one email message goes to both of your senators and your representative, so you'll need to add something like "Attn: Rep. Blank" somewhere near the beginning of your email message in order to direct a question to your representative. Ditto for your senators.
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