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Freedom Index: Top Rated Constitutional Congressmen and Senators
The New American ^ | 04 July 2013 | Freedom Index

Posted on 07/04/2013 10:55:35 AM PDT by VitacoreVision




The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution 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 percentages below are cumulative scores are based on key votes from 1999 through 2013. Click on a senator's or representative's name to get a detailed breakdown of his or her voting record.


Senators:

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky - 93%
Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas - 90%
Sen. Mike Lee, Utah - 90%
Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin - 86%
Sen. James Risch, Idaho - 84%
Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona - 82%
Sen. Thomas Coburn, Oklahoma - 82%
Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina - 80%
Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming - 80%
Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida - 80%

Congressmen:

Thomas Massie, Kentucky - Dist.4 - 100%
Jim Bridenstine, Oklahoma - Dist.1 - 100%
Steve Stockman, Texas - Dist.36 - 100%
Justin Amash, Michigan - Dist.3 - 93%
Tom McClintock, California - Dist.4 - 92%
Paul Broun, Georgia - Dist.10 - 90%
Ted Yoho, Florida - Dist.3 - 90%
Ron DeSantis, Florida - Dist.6 - 90%
Raul Labrador, Idaho - Dist.1 - 87%
Jeff Duncan, South Carolina - Dist.3 - 86%
Tim Huelskamp, Kansas - Dist.1 - 85%
John Fleming, Louisiana - Dist.4 - 82%
David Schweikert, Arizona - Dist.6 - 82%
Jason Chaffetz, Utah - Dist.3 - 82%
Tom Graves, Georgia - Dist.14 - 81%
John Duncan, Tennessee - Dist.2 - 81%
Jim Jordan, Ohio - Dist.4 - 80%
Kerry Bentivolio, Michigan - Dist.11 - 80%
Andy Harris, Maryland - Dist.1 - 80%
Dennis Ross, Florida - Dist.15 - 80%
Doug Collins, Georgia - Dist.9 - 80%
Michele Bachmann, Minnesota - Dist.6 - 80%
Richard Hudson, North Carolina - Dist.8 - 80%
Mark Meadows, North Carolina - Dist.11 - 80%
Markwayne Mullin, Oklahoma - Dist.2 - 80%
Trey Gowdy, South Carolina - Dist.4 - 80%
Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee - Dist.4 - 80%
Roger Williams, Texas - Dist.25 - 80%


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My opinion: Potential Presidential candidates should be selected from the people who score 90% and above.
1 posted on 07/04/2013 10:55:35 AM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

how many of those are Democrats? I bet zero.


2 posted on 07/04/2013 11:33:36 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: VitacoreVision
My opinion: Potential Presidential candidates should be selected from the people who have governed large and prosperous institutions such as states, large cities, or large corporations.

No more empty-suited orators please.

3 posted on 07/04/2013 11:34:51 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: VitacoreVision

Perhaps, but I wonder who is behind this scorecard. Do they front for the GOP like CPAC or National Right To Life etc. etc. etc.?????


4 posted on 07/04/2013 11:36:21 AM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: VitacoreVision

Can you do the state governors?


5 posted on 07/04/2013 11:38:09 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: VitacoreVision

Michele Bachmann at 80%? Where is Phil Gingrey (my Congressman)? He should be up near 100%, in my estimation.


6 posted on 07/04/2013 11:42:32 AM PDT by Purrcival (Four more years of OBAMA??????????? I hope this country can survive.)
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To: VitacoreVision

OK, the scores, for Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson (my Senators), I can understand. But no way is Phil Gingrey down near 65%. I’d like to know what criteria they used.


7 posted on 07/04/2013 11:44:24 AM PDT by Purrcival (Four more years of OBAMA??????????? I hope this country can survive.)
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To: VitacoreVision

Congress is a poor place to look for a candidate with executive skills.


8 posted on 07/04/2013 11:44:35 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: VitacoreVision
My opinion: Potential Presidential candidates should be selected from the people who score 90% and above.

Given that Obama's rating was 17%, I'd be comparatively happy (if not ecstatic) with anyone who could crack 70% right now.

9 posted on 07/04/2013 11:55:56 AM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: Purrcival


Name: Phil Gingrey
Congress: Georgia, District: 11, Republican
Cumulative Freedom Index Score: 65%


Score Breakdown:
90% (113th Congress: 2013-2014); 75% (112th Congress: 2011-2012); 86% (111th Congress: 2009-2010); 71% (110th Congress: 2007-2008); 43% (109th Congress: 2005-2006); 45% (108th Congress: 2003-2004)
10 posted on 07/04/2013 12:24:53 PM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision; l8pilot; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
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Keep up with what our Congresscritters (House and Senate) are doing. Sign up for the free MegaVote email service here.

We can feel good in South Carolina:

Sen. Tim Scott - 80%
Dist.2: Joe Wilson - 60%
Dist.3: Jeff Duncan - 86%
Dist.4: Trey Gowdy - 80%
Dist.5: Mick Mulvaney - 78%
Dist.6: James Clyburn - 20%
Dist.7: Tom Rice - 70%

We'll have to excuse Rep. Clyburn. He's the only one not a Republican.

Oh, you may be thinking, where's precious Linda? She scored 63%, lowest of everybody except Wilson. I'm sure she's thrilled.

11 posted on 07/04/2013 12:30:24 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: Purrcival
The criteria the Freedom Index uses is the Constitution.

Phil Gingrey voted very poorly in the 110 (71%), 109 (43%), 108 (45%) Congress. You can view the votes by clicking on this link:

Freedom Index: Congressional Scorecard for Phil Gingrey http://www.thenewamerican.com/freedomindex/profile.php?id=G000550
12 posted on 07/04/2013 12:35:14 PM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

Arkansas

Sen. John Boozman - 54% [Sort of R, apparently]
Sen. Mark Pryor - 21% [Dem]
Dist.1: Eric Crawford - 64% [Sort of R, apparently]
Dist.2: Tim Griffin - 66% [Sort of R, apparently]
Dist.3: Steve Womack - 64% [Sort of R, apparently]
Dist.4: Tom Cotton - 70% [Sort of R]

If those were letter grades, none of them would have much to shout about.

Boozman - F
Pryor - F
Crawford - D
Griffin - D
Womack - D
Cotton - D+/C-


13 posted on 07/04/2013 12:53:49 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: VitacoreVision

Since every Congressman and Senator must take an oath of office pledging to uphold the Constitution, shouldn’t every Congressman and Senator who scores lower than 80% on upholding Constitutional principles be considered to have lied under oath?


14 posted on 07/04/2013 1:14:08 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: Nextrush
Perhaps, but I wonder who is behind this scorecard.

The New American is the magazine of The John Birch Society.

15 posted on 07/04/2013 2:09:34 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
My opinion: Potential Presidential candidates should be selected from the people who have governed large and prosperous institutions such as states, large cities, or large corporations. No more empty-suited orators please.

Agreed, and those who are chosen based upon that litmus test should also have a record of good stewardship over their respective institutions.

There have been a number of rotten executives who wound up as our nominee.

16 posted on 07/04/2013 2:25:08 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Purrcival
Where is Phil Gingrey (my Congressman)? He should be up near 100%, in my estimation.

Click through to the article and locate your Congressman's scorecard. Mine really surprised me. He doesn't rank as high as I thought he would.

17 posted on 07/04/2013 2:26:44 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Jean S

That’s a good indicator.

Thank You for the info.

Nobody gets a 100 percent on this I noticed.

Outfits like the CPAC affiliated American Conservative Union give out lots of 100 percents.


18 posted on 07/04/2013 2:44:55 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: Nextrush

Only three congressmen made 100%, no senators.

Congressmen:

Thomas Massie, Kentucky - Dist.4 - 100%
Jim Bridenstine, Oklahoma - Dist.1 - 100%
Steve Stockman, Texas - Dist.36 - 100%


19 posted on 07/04/2013 3:25:24 PM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: Purrcival

The Honorable Phil Gingrey is a squish, most recently supporting the Senate’s gun control bill. He supported it until some folk from Glock spoke to him.

His instincts regarding liberty could be better.

Paul Broun is the most conservative person running in the primary for Saxby’s seat, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting him.


20 posted on 07/05/2013 5:11:27 AM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: Nextrush

I agree with YOU with a BIG “BUT” which is that ASSUMING this particular report is “honest” I think it is an EXCELLENT tool for us to use to understand these people we send up there. I thank the poster for posting!

Now when I see Massie, Bridenstine or Stockman (100 % ers) stand up in the well and speak, I will have enhanced interest in what they say.


21 posted on 07/05/2013 6:52:08 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: VitacoreVision

Flake and Rubio shouldn’t be anywhere near the “top ten” in the Senate - they’re both Gang of 8 and need to be defeated.


22 posted on 07/05/2013 7:53:03 AM PDT by M. Thatcher
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To: M. Thatcher; All

” Flake and Rubio shouldn’t be anywhere near the “top ten” in the Senate - they’re both Gang of 8 and need to be defeated.”

IMO, Flake & Rubio are traitors to the United State of America.

I give them 0 %


23 posted on 07/05/2013 10:36:28 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: M. Thatcher

It only appears that someone like Marco Rubio is in the top 10 for Senators, but that’s just because most everyone else, mainly Democrats, completely failed on the Constitution.

Rubio only scored an 80% and that’s just terrible.


24 posted on 07/05/2013 12:28:23 PM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

This means nothing. The only thing that counts is knowing the person and how he thinks. Votes are so controlled that they rarely demonstrate what the candidate believes. Normally they can. Vote the leanings of their district because the vote is a sure loser or winner and the leaders let them know that.


25 posted on 07/05/2013 2:11:50 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: VitacoreVision

Glad to see Tom McClintock on the list. If the California were sane, such as before the 1986 immigration amnesty that changed politics in California forever, Tom would be governor instead of the lefties we’ve had in the statehouse — and that includes Gov. Arnold.

Gas tax just went up three cents July 1st due to a long ago policy passed by Gov. Arnold — with two more increases in the future due to this same policy.

Idiots.


26 posted on 07/05/2013 2:33:51 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (Due to the current economic situation, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off!!)
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To: VitacoreVision

My opinion .... Jettison the GOP and go Tea Party. The Tea PArty really has the Dems scared. It’s populist and it cuts out their Republican cronies.

Federalization could not continue if we made Congress de-facto coalition type house. With as little as 10% house members and 5 tea party Senators the Tea Party would become a major player and deal maker on legislation.

They would have to forego any committee assignment promises and refuse to caucus with either the DEM or GOP. As they grow and as their influence becomes apparent, then they can do their horse trading for committee assignments.


27 posted on 07/05/2013 3:45:44 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Nextrush

Yes, and some issues are more important than others. Rubio should be at 25% based on immigration alone. Maybe drop another 5 points based on his lying about what’s in the bill. I don’t buy this score card.


28 posted on 07/05/2013 7:46:18 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Jean S

The New American is the magazine of The John Birch Society.

It’s probably a better gauge than most.


29 posted on 07/05/2013 7:48:23 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: MrEdd

Congress is a poor place to look for a candidate with executive skills.

Where else do you look? Most governors and Senators are too dirty from doing what it takes to win in the urban areas and the corporate leaders are all about crony capitalism.


30 posted on 07/05/2013 7:51:26 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Democrat_media

I don’t know, but I counted 13 who scored zero.

All 13 were Democrats.


31 posted on 07/06/2013 12:12:51 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Democrat_media
how many of those are Democrats? I bet zero.

Okay, so now we know. I clicked through on all of them.

Not one single Democrat in the list. Not one.

32 posted on 07/06/2013 12:18:10 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: VitacoreVision

I don’t care what you say, I love my Congressman, Chris Stewart, District 2-Utah. He’s a Veteran, a great author, and a stellar conservative.

But I appreciate your work here! Thank you.


33 posted on 07/06/2013 8:05:46 AM PDT by District13 (I miss my country!)
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To: District13
Rep. Chris Stewart voted for CISPA. That's not good. This violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Rep. Chris Stewart has a Freedom Index Score of 70%.


H R 624: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection (CISPA) Act
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr624

What is CISPA?

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). This legislation (H.R. 624) would further legalize the massive sharing of private-user online data by Internet companies with federal government agencies, such as the National Security Agency (NSA), that has already been happening for years. As Robert X. Cringely posted in his article "The CISPA Circus: Send in the Clowns" on InfoWorld.com on April 19, the day after the CISPA bill passed in the House: "The problem with CISPA is that in its current form it's still vague and ripe for abuse. It absolves corporations of being responsible for what happens to the data they've collected. It allows data sharing with the entire federal government, not just the parts responsible for ensuring our safety. It circumvents other laws designed to limit governmental access to private information. And it can be deployed for a wide range of perceived threats that have nothing to do with attacks on our nation's infrastructure."

The House passed CISPA on April 18, 2013 by a vote of 288 to 127 (Roll Call 117). We have assigned pluses to the nays because the massive sharing of private citizens' online data by Internet companies with federal government agencies authorized by this bill violates "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" as set forth in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.
34 posted on 07/06/2013 8:15:36 AM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

Well, if you read his books - i.e., the series entitled “the great and terrible” - you can see that Congressman Stewart has a thorough understanding of the issues that matter most to us. He’s new to the House. Give him time. Thanks again for your work. Keep it up!


35 posted on 07/06/2013 8:18:30 AM PDT by District13 (I miss my country!)
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To: VitacoreVision
seems about right.
36 posted on 07/06/2013 8:23:42 AM PDT by Drawn7979
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To: VitacoreVision

This is about Chris Stewart’s books:
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Chris+Stewart+The+Great+And+Terrible&FORM=RESTAB

This is about his qualifications to serve in Congress:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3037604/posts

(Former bomber pilot)


37 posted on 07/06/2013 8:23:45 AM PDT by District13 (I miss my country!)
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To: VitacoreVision

And liberals hate him (Chris Stewart who only earned 70% from you earned 0% from liberals):
http://thatsmycongress.com/house/repStewartUT2113.html

If you have any of the same opinions as liberals about my Congressman, maybe you should take another look. Just sayin’.

Plus he’s only been there 5 months. Thanks.


38 posted on 07/06/2013 8:30:22 AM PDT by District13 (I miss my country!)
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To: VitacoreVision
Jeff Flake and Marc Rubio.....shame on them. They have no constituency left because they abet the invasion of the US. That's the NUMBER ONE ISSUE. No other conservative issues survive without that.

Is it "conservative" to bare-a** lie to voters?

39 posted on 07/06/2013 8:33:20 AM PDT by grania
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To: VitacoreVision

Cruz should have had higher than 90%. Is Rand Paul so different from Ron Paul that he is uniting the constitutionalists? he did vote to confirm Kerry and Hagel and he did state that Obama deserved some lee way with his nominees.


40 posted on 07/06/2013 9:54:23 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: Nextrush

Listed John Birch Society as friends and affiliates and I think it is also a libertarian site


41 posted on 07/06/2013 9:58:38 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: Nextrush

Since The New American is a publication of the John Birch Society, it is probably just a matter of time until posting from it is banned on FR, or possibly the JBS is more responsible these days.

The other drawback of conspiracy and anti-Semitic resources being allowed on a website is that kooks will completely take over unless there are hard restrictions on them.

I guess we’ll find out.


42 posted on 07/06/2013 10:07:46 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

I’m very Pro-Israel and so is The New American and the John Birch Society.


43 posted on 07/06/2013 10:40:21 AM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: jjotto
The New American even calls out the PLO as Terrorists.

A Bad Investment: US Funding, Training PLO Terrorists
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/1179-a-bad-investment

Who's Who in Terrorism
http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/15209-who-s-who-in-terrorism

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PLO/al-Fatah. For nearly four decades, the PLO has been the largest, wealthiest, and most politically connected terrorist organization in the world. For most of that time, it was held in the firm grip of Yasser Arafat's iron fist. But Arafat was not the fierce, independent actor he posed as; he was completely dependent on the Soviet KGB and its surrogate Warsaw Pact intelligence services for arms, training, logistical support, funds, and direction. His KGB handlers included Vasali Samoylenko, Vladimir Buljakov, and Soviet "Ambassador" Alexander Soldatov. Arafat's closest friend and head of PLO intelligence, Hani Hassan, was actually an agent of the DIE, the Romanian subsidiary of the KGB.

Former DIE chief General Ion Pacepa reported in a 2003 Wall Street Journal article:

I was given the KGB's "personal file" on Arafat. He was an Egyptian bourgeois turned into a devoted Marxist by KGB foreign intelligence. The KGB had trained him at its Balashikha special-ops school east of Moscow and in the mid-1960s decided to groom him as the future PLO leader. First, the KGB destroyed the official records of Arafat's birth in Cairo, replacing them with fictitious documents saying that he had been born in Jerusalem and was therefore a Palestinian by birth.

During the 1960s and '70s, Arafat and the PLO did not hide their Marxist ideology and openly proclaimed their solidarity with the Soviet Union, Communist China, Communist Cuba, and every other Marxist dictatorship. But in recent years, as communist-backed "Islamic fundamentalist" groups like Hamas have gathered more popular support, the PLO leadership has attempted to portray itself as authentically Muslim. It has adopted more religious rhetoric and used Muslim names and symbols, even naming Islam as the official and exclusive religion of Palestine in the 2003 Palestinian constitution. Since Arafat's death in 2004, veteran PLO hand Mahmoud Abbas has tried, unsuccessfully, to fill his shoes.

Hamas swept to power in the 2006 parliamentary elections (winning 76 seats to Fatah's 43), and in June 2007 Hamas' military took control of the Gaza Strip in a series of gun battles through the streets of Gaza's cities that left 120 people dead and hundreds more wounded. Three of the four so-called Quartet of Middle East peace brokers — the United States, United Nations, and European Union — announced their I backing for Abbas and the PLO and their rejection of Hamas. The remaining member of the quartet, Russia, has been playing both sides. During the last week of July, Mahmoud Abbas visited Putin in Moscow, seeking his endorsement. Putin gave it, but didn't rule out continuing negotiations and relations with Hamas. "I want to assure you that we will support you as the lawful leader of the Palestinian people," Putin told Abbas at their July 31 meeting.
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Just a couple of many examples.
44 posted on 07/06/2013 10:47:59 AM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: jjotto

The JBS was demonized in the 1960’s and its belief system that setting up what we now call a “New World Order” was pro-Communist was not right.

But the reality remains that business and political elites are now building a world system of government.


45 posted on 07/06/2013 1:54:00 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: Nextrush

The persistent claim that Pres. Eisenhower was a communist agent is what destroyed the JBS reputation.


46 posted on 07/06/2013 1:57:00 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto
Quote: The persistent claim that Pres. Eisenhower was a communist agent is what destroyed the JBS reputation.
It was an out-of-context partial quote by Robert Welch in the early 1950s written in a private then-unpublished research paper years before the creation of the John Birch Society.
47 posted on 07/06/2013 2:27:33 PM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: VitacoreVision

Welch’s claims about Eisenhower are historical. Welch published “The Politician” in 1963. William F. Buckley and the salvagers of modern conservatism were not mistaken in their attitude toward the JBS.


48 posted on 07/06/2013 2:39:50 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: VitacoreVision

I have met my congressman Steve Stockman, and after talking to him, I’d bet 5 bucks he is a Freeper.


49 posted on 07/06/2013 2:43:15 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: VitacoreVision

Anyone want to top my congressman Steve Stockman? Just so he could stick in the eye of Obama and the libs, he raffled off an AR-15!!!!!


50 posted on 07/06/2013 2:46:59 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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