Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Scoreboard Based on the US Constitution

How do your elected officials uphold their oath of office? The scoreboard rates politicians based on their voting record and adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty and traditional foreign policy of avoiding entangling alliances. The highest score that can be achieved is 100%.

Politicians are required to take only one oath to represent us and their position is based solely on this oath. Because we are a Republic form of government and are ruled by law; the US Constitution, the oath specifically ties to the document they are enforcing and protecting.

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.

Some well known politicians below and how they scored

In Ohio
Dennis Kucinich 33%
Betty Sutton 0
George Voinovich 50%
Sherrod Brown 30%

National Politicians
John McCain 0
Barack Obama 0
Hillary Clinton 0
Joe Biden 14%
Ron Paul 100%
Chris Dodd 14%
John Kerry 14%
Nancy Pelosi 0

Politicians honoring their oath 100% In the House and Senate
Arizona John Shadegg 100%
Arizona Jeff Flake 100%
California Ed Royce 100%
California Dana Rohrabacher 100%
California John Campbell 100%
Colorado Thomas Tancredo 100%
Georgia Lynn Westmoreland 100%
Georgia Tom Price 100%
Georgia Paul Broun 100%
Texas Ron Paul 100%

This constitutes less than 2% of our 535 representatives who are doing their job. No member of the Senate scored 100%. Senators sit for a term of 6 years. And Congress sits for only a two year term. This may explain why Congress voted against the banks in the recent bank bail out and the Senate didn't fear the people and voted for it. It may be time to address term limits and change Senators to two years as well.

Only Presidential Candidates in the 2008 Election with 100% adherence to his oath of office

Texas Ron Paul 100%

If the oath of office doesn't matter to you, i.e., you are voting for anyone with a lower score than 1%, please explain in the comments, in detail why you feel the US Constitution and this oath aren't important to you.

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