The Daily Paul has been archived. Please see the continuation of the Daily Paul at Popular

Thank you for a great ride, and for 8 years of support!
24 votes

Our Republic is Doomed Unless We Unseat Half of Congress


It's real simple. We all know what's going on. We all know what is inevitable: the relentless drive to an overtly lawless, corrupt authoritarian fascist state. If the vote on NDAA didn't tell you anything, nothing will. If you still think congressmen give a flying f$#k what you think, about anything, you can now be officially be classified as delusional.

It is not time to stage armed revolution until all peaceful means have been exhausted. We cannot honestly look ourselves in the mirror and say we tried, really tried, to wrest the body "closest to the people" back to the people. The Founders reasoned that re-election every two years was ample reason to be responsive to popular sentiment. And it is. But this big lever only works if someone reaches up and grabs it.

Going into Spring, it is high time to clearly state what must be done to regain our republic.

The math of governing is simple: it starts with a majority block of votes in the lower house. These lead to leadership positions which can stall or move votes, rules changes, and other procedural power which marks a governing coalition. But with primaries only a year away, how many of the congressmen who voted "yes" on NDAA are being challenged? It would be our own fault and eternal damnation if it were not every one of them.

Let this thread kick off the plans. Announce your candidacy here and hold your first money bomb. Float names for us to contact and implore to run.

We have to start now. They have the money but we have the numbers, and time to organize. Link your local NDAA nullification chapter to active candidacies. These are skeleton organizations, often bipartisan, across freedom loving states that are already in place.

If Rand wins in 2016 he will need a majority to govern. The greatest thing his filibuster accomplished is to show that the love of liberty has not died in the hearts of Americans, no matter how much we moan that it has. People who don't do politics were tuning in. Over a million Tweets were reported. Something was happening.

Make them start defending their votes immediately. Never let them rest. Never let them catch their breath. We must unseat fully one half of Congress in 2016.

NDAA Traitors (we can prosecute them later...)

Aye D Ackerman, Gary NY 5th
Aye D Altmire, Jason PA 4th
Aye D Andrews, Rob NJ 1st
Aye D Baca, Joe CA 43rd
Aye D Barrow, John GA 12th
Aye D Berkley, Shelley NV 1st
Aye D Berman, Howard CA 28th
Aye D Bishop, Sanford GA 2nd
Aye D Bishop, Timothy NY 1st
Aye D Boren, Dan OK 2nd
Aye D Boswell, Leonard IA 3rd
Aye D Brady, Robert PA 1st
Aye D Brown, Corrine FL 3rd
Aye D Butterfield, G.K. NC 1st
Aye D Capps, Lois CA 23rd
Aye D Cardoza, Dennis CA 18th
Aye D Carnahan, Russ MO 3rd
Aye D Carney, John DE
Aye D Castor, Kathy FL 11th
Aye D Chandler, Ben KY 6th
Aye D Cicilline, David RI 1st
Aye D Connolly, Gerald VA 11th
Aye D Cooper, Jim TN 5th
Aye D Costa, Jim CA 20th
Aye D Courtney, Joe CT 2nd
Aye D Critz, Mark PA 12th
Aye D Crowley, Joseph NY 7th
Aye D Cuellar, Henry TX 28th
Aye D Davis, Susan CA 53rd
Aye D Deutch, Theodore FL 19th
Aye D Dicks, Norm WA 6th
Aye D Dingell, John MI 15th
Aye D Doggett, Lloyd TX 25th
Aye D Donnelly, Joe IN 2nd
Aye D Engel, Eliot NY 17th
Aye D Garamendi, John CA 10th
Aye D Gonzalez, Charles TX 20th
Aye D Green, Al TX 9th
Aye D Green, Gene TX 29th
Aye D Hanabusa, Colleen HI 1st
Aye D Higgins, Brian NY 27th
Aye D Himes, James CT 4th
Aye D Hirono, Mazie HI 2nd
Aye D Hochul, Kathleen NY 26th
Aye D Holden, Tim PA 17th
Aye D Hoyer, Steny MD 5th
Aye D Inslee, Jay WA 1st
Aye D Israel, Steve NY 2nd
Aye D Jackson Lee, Sheila TX 18th
Aye D Keating, William MA 10th
Aye D Kildee, Dale MI 5th
Aye D Kind, Ron WI 3rd
Aye D Kissell, Larry NC 8th
Aye D Langevin, Jim RI 2nd
Aye D Larsen, Rick WA 2nd
Aye D Larson, John CT 1st
Aye D Levin, Sander MI 12th
Aye D Lipinski, Daniel IL 3rd
Aye D Loebsack, David IA 2nd
Aye D Lowey, Nita NY 18th
Aye D Matheson, Jim UT 2nd
Aye D McCarthy, Carolyn NY 4th
Aye D McIntyre, Mike NC 7th
Aye D McNerney, Jerry CA 11th
Aye D Owens, William NY 23rd
Aye D Pascrell, Bill NJ 8th
Aye D Pastor, Ed AZ 4th
Aye D Pelosi, Nancy CA 8th
Aye D Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th
Aye D Peterson, Collin MN 7th
Aye D Rahall, Nick WV 3rd
Aye D Reyes, Silvestre TX 16th
Aye D Richardson, Laura CA 37th
Aye D Ross, Mike AR 4th
Aye D Rothman, Steven NJ 9th
Aye D Ruppersberger, A. Dutch MD 2nd
Aye D Schiff, Adam CA 29th
Aye D Schrader, Kurt OR 5th
Aye D Schwartz, Allyson PA 13th
Aye D Scott, David GA 13th
Aye D Sewell, Terri AL 7th
Aye D Sherman, Brad CA 27th
Aye D Shuler, Heath NC 11th
Aye D Sires, Albio NJ 13th
Aye D Smith, Adam WA 9th
Aye D Sutton, Betty OH 13th
Aye D Sánchez, Linda CA 39th
Aye D Tsongas, Niki MA 5th
Aye D Visclosky, Peter IN 1st
Aye D Walz, Timothy MN 1st
Aye D Wasserman Schultz, Debbie FL 20th
Aye D Waxman, Henry CA 30th
Aye D Wilson, Frederica FL 17th
Aye R Adams, Sandy FL 24th
Aye R Aderholt, Robert AL 4th
Aye R Akin, Todd MO 2nd
Aye R Alexander, Rodney LA 5th
Aye R Amodei, Mark NV 2nd
Aye R Austria, Steve OH 7th
Aye R Bachus, Spencer AL 6th
Aye R Barletta, Lou PA 11th
Aye R Bartlett, Roscoe MD 6th
Aye R Barton, Joe TX 6th
Aye R Bass, Charles NH 2nd
Aye R Benishek, Dan MI 1st
Aye R Berg, Rick ND
Aye R Biggert, Judy IL 13th
Aye R Bilbray, Brian CA 50th
Aye R Bilirakis, Gus FL 9th
Aye R Bishop, Rob UT 1st
Aye R Black, Diane TN 6th
Aye R Blackburn, Marsha TN 7th
Aye R Bonner, Jo AL 1st
Aye R Bono Mack, Mary CA 45th
Aye R Boustany, Charles LA 7th
Aye R Brady, Kevin TX 8th
Aye R Brooks, Mo AL 5th
Aye R Broun, Paul GA 10th
Aye R Buchanan, Vern FL 13th
Aye R Buerkle, Ann Marie NY 25th
Aye R Calvert, Ken CA 44th
Aye R Camp, Dave MI 4th
Aye R Canseco, Quico TX 23rd
Aye R Cantor, Eric VA 7th
Aye R Capito, Shelley WV 2nd
Aye R Carter, John TX 31st
Aye R Cassidy, Bill LA 6th
Aye R Chabot, Steve OH 1st
Aye R Cole, Tom OK 4th
Aye R Conaway, Michael TX 11th
Aye R Cravaack, Chip MN 8th
Aye R Crawford, Eric AR 1st
Aye R Crenshaw, Ander FL 4th
Aye R Culberson, John TX 7th
Aye R Davis, Geoff KY 4th
Aye R Denham, Jeff CA 19th
Aye R Dent, Charles PA 15th
Aye R Dold, Bob IL 10th
Aye R Dreier, David CA 26th
Aye R Duffy, Sean WI 7th
Aye R Ellmers, Renee NC 2nd
Aye R Emerson, Jo Ann MO 8th
Aye R Farenthold, Blake TX 27th
Aye R Fincher, Stephen TN 8th
Aye R Fitzpatrick, Michael PA 8th
Vote Party Representative District
Aye R Fleischmann, Chuck TN 3rd
Aye R Fleming, John LA 4th
Aye R Flores, Bill TX 17th
Aye R Fortenberry, Jeff NE 1st
Aye R Foxx, Virginia NC 5th
Aye R Franks, Trent AZ 2nd
Aye R Frelinghuysen, Rodney NJ 11th
Aye R Gallegly, Elton CA 24th
Aye R Gardner, Cory CO 4th
Aye R Gerlach, Jim PA 6th
Aye R Gibbs, Bob OH 18th
Aye R Gibson, Christopher NY 20th
Aye R Gingrey, Phil GA 11th
Aye R Gohmert, Louie TX 1st
Aye R Granger, Kay TX 12th
Aye R Graves, Sam MO 6th
Aye R Griffin, Tim AR 2nd
Aye R Grimm, Michael NY 13th
Aye R Guinta, Frank NH 1st
Aye R Guthrie, Brett KY 2nd
Aye R Hall, Ralph TX 4th
Aye R Hanna, Richard NY 24th
Aye R Harper, Gregg MS 3rd
Aye R Hartzler, Vicky MO 4th
Aye R Hastings, Doc WA 4th
Aye R Hayworth, Nan NY 19th
Aye R Heck, Joseph NV 3rd
Aye R Hensarling, Jeb TX 5th
Aye R Herger, Wally CA 2nd
Aye R Herrera Beutler, Jaime WA 3rd
Aye R Hultgren, Randy IL 14th
Aye R Hunter, Duncan CA 52nd
Aye R Issa, Darrell CA 49th
Aye R Jenkins, Lynn KS 2nd
Aye R Johnson, Bill OH 6th
Aye R Johnson, Sam TX 3rd
Aye R Jordan, Jim OH 4th
Aye R Kelly, Mike PA 3rd
Aye R King, Pete NY 3rd
Aye R King, Steve IA 5th
Aye R Kingston, Jack GA 1st
Aye R Kinzinger, Adam IL 11th
Aye R Kline, John MN 2nd
Aye R Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Aye R Lance, Leonard NJ 7th
Aye R Landry, Jeff LA 3rd
Aye R Lankford, James OK 5th
Aye R Latham, Tom IA 4th
Aye R Latta, Robert OH 5th
Aye R Lewis, Jerry CA 41st
Aye R LoBiondo, Frank NJ 2nd
Aye R Long, Billy MO 7th
Aye R Lucas, Frank OK 3rd
Aye R Luetkemeyer, Blaine MO 9th
Aye R Lungren, Daniel CA 3rd
Aye R Manzullo, Donald IL 16th
Aye R Marchant, Kenny TX 24th
Aye R Marino, Tom PA 10th
Aye R McCarthy, Kevin CA 22nd
Aye R McCaul, Michael TX 10th
Aye R McCotter, Thad MI 11th
Aye R McHenry, Patrick NC 10th
Aye R McKeon, Buck CA 25th
Aye R McKinley, David WV 1st
Aye R McMorris Rodgers, Cathy WA 5th
Aye R Meehan, Patrick PA 7th
Aye R Mica, John FL 7th
Aye R Miller, Candice MI 10th
Aye R Miller, Gary CA 42nd
Aye R Miller, Jeff FL 1st
Aye R Murphy, Tim PA 18th
Aye R Neugebauer, Randy TX 19th
Aye R Noem, Kristi SD
Aye R Nugent, Richard FL 5th
Aye R Nunes, Devin CA 21st
Aye R Nunnelee, Alan MS 1st
Aye R Olson, Pete TX 22nd
Aye R Palazzo, Steven MS 4th
Aye R Paulsen, Erik MN 3rd
Aye R Pearce, Steve NM 2nd
Aye R Petri, Tom WI 6th
Aye R Platts, Todd PA 19th
Aye R Poe, Ted TX 2nd
Aye R Pompeo, Mike KS 4th
Aye R Price, Tom GA 6th
Aye R Quayle, Ben AZ 3rd
Aye R Reed, Tom NY 29th
Aye R Rehberg, Denny MT
Aye R Reichert, David WA 8th
Aye R Renacci, James OH 16th
Aye R Rigell, Scott VA 2nd
Aye R Rivera, David FL 25th
Aye R Roby, Martha AL 2nd
Aye R Rogers, Hal KY 5th
Aye R Rogers, Mike AL 3rd
Aye R Rogers, Mike MI 8th
Aye R Rooney, Thomas FL 16th
Aye R Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana FL 18th
Aye R Roskam, Peter IL 6th
Aye R Ross, Dennis FL 12th
Aye R Runyan, Jon NJ 3rd
Aye R Ryan, Paul WI 1st
Aye R Scalise, Steve LA 1st
Aye R Schilling, Bobby IL 17th
Aye R Schmidt, Jean OH 2nd
Aye R Schock, Aaron IL 18th
Aye R Scott, Austin GA 8th
Aye R Scott, Tim SC 1st
Aye R Sensenbrenner, James WI 5th
Aye R Sessions, Pete TX 32nd
Aye R Shimkus, John IL 19th
Aye R Shuster, Bill PA 9th
Aye R Smith, Adrian NE 3rd
Aye R Smith, Chris NJ 4th
Aye R Smith, Lamar TX 21st
Aye R Southerland, Steve FL 2nd
Aye R Stearns, Cliff FL 6th
Aye R Stivers, Steve OH 15th
Aye R Sullivan, John OK 1st
Aye R Terry, Lee NE 2nd
Aye R Thompson, Glenn PA 5th
Aye R Thornberry, Mac TX 13th
Aye R Tiberi, Pat OH 12th
Aye R Turner, Michael OH 3rd
Aye R Turner, Robert NY 9th
Aye R Upton, Fred MI 6th
Aye R Walden, Greg OR 2nd
Aye R Webster, Daniel FL 8th
Aye R West, Allen FL 22nd
Aye R Westmoreland, Lynn GA 3rd
Aye R Whitfield, Ed KY 1st
Aye R Wilson, Joe SC 2nd
Aye R Wittman, Robert VA 1st
Aye R Wolf, Frank VA 10th
Aye R Womack, Steve AR 3rd
Aye R Yoder, Kevin KS 3rd
Aye R Young, Don AK
Aye R Young, Todd IN 9th

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

I Can See How Congress Is To Blame, But WE Voted Them In..

We need to do a better job when we go to vote...

Yea it would be a good start.


Garan's picture

I think there is a lot more to it than that.

Some things that come to mind that would effect Congress voting behavior are:

  • Candidates may misrepresent themselves.
  • Vote tallies are not always accurate.
  • Political campaigns may only present a fraction of what the candidate stands for.
  • There is no way to really get to know a candidate well enough to trust them on every issue.
  • Washington may change people.
  • Congressmen may be privy to 'information' that scares and manipulates them.
  • Congressmen may be mislead and misinformed.
  • Congressmen may be isolated from who they represent (and obviously aren't speaking with enough people they represent).
  • Congressmen don't have time to review everything they are expected to vote on.
  • At least some of these Congressmen are actually really stupid and appear to be incapable of independent thought.
  • At times, Congressmen are roped into bad decisions; blind voting budgets for items too secret for Congressmen to know, for instance.
  • Politics
Cyril's picture

I can think of another bullet to add to your enumeration :

I can think of another bullet to add to your enumeration :

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Garan's picture

Maybe it's the number of people represented.

I read your cross comment.
It made me think...

A paycheck and benefits might become more important than making good decisions for a representative when there isn't much of a connection with the represented.

In a small town, a mayor might receive good benefits, but if they start doing wrong they are surrounded by small community that can directly affect him/her.

At the federal level, that kind of job pressure doesn't exist probably because given represented individual amounts to a much smaller slice of the voting pie.

The amount of people represented at each tier of government has ballooned immensely since the representative system was first created.

The ratio of representatives to the number of people represented is probably key, just like the study that found that schools above a certain size perform poorly in comparison to the smaller schools.

So, maybe what is needed is a smaller number of people that a senator is actually responsible to, like (I have to say) an additional level of federal representation at the state or district level that focuses on federal issues and has the ability to designate federal representatives based on the subject matter being voted upon. I guess I'm just adding that last part, because no one person can accurately represent the views of a large number of people.

An additional idea is to have a representative body made up of issue-voting representatives. That way people can vote for a human rights representative separate from a fiscal policy representative.

I guess I'm rambling now, but those are some ideas.

I understand your frustration,

Nationalism will get you nowhere, fast. Focus on city and county elections.

The National Government is too big already. Change your local governments with honest, virtuous, representatives, that are convinced that they can make it without suckling on the national tit.

That's true small government. Secession from the National Government will never happen until you get your community on board. Imho.

Good topic Sue

But you have the wrong year, that is the vote for fiscal year 2012.
Here is the vote for fiscal year 2013:


Solid article showing Rand Paul and Diane Feinstein of all people facing off against John McCain on the indefinite detentions on American soil:

Despite the objection, Feinstein still votes Aye....totally gutless, as did John McCain.

Please stop wasting time

focusing on congress! Do you all want to be fighting this battle for the next 20 years? Can we try to free just one small portion of the country... for starters?

Those names

Really should be noted.

With so much disinfo floating around, black and white votes like this help clarify things.

You can only wonder why they

You can only wonder why they hate the American people so much.

Bush Said It Best

They hate us for our freedom. I didn't realize he meant US politicians.

That's totally correct

Because that's what the system has become, corrupt 'party line' politics, where a handful of individuals dictate policy, and the "go along to get along" mentality is rewarded.
All this brought about by public apathy and a misguided loyality and allegiance to the two major political parties.
Time to shine a spotlight on this corruption, and demand accountability.
"Hold their feet to the fire" (RP), good advice I'd say.

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.

Party Lines?

There are no parties. There is one ruling class, they pretend to be "on the right" or "on the left" in order to fool us into thinking we've been given a voting choice.

In reality, it doesn't matter which side gets elected, they always obey the same agenda. Bigger government, more debt, less individual freedom. The "left" grows government by increasing the welfare state, the "right" does so by growing the military industrial complex. Both sides always vote together on things like the NDAA, patriot Act, CISPA, etc.

The only issues on which they pretend to disagree, are those which they can use to divide the public, but which have no real effect on their power (such as abortion, gay marriage, prayer in schools, etc).

Of course

And that is how they achieve total control, by promoting the illusion of left and right, of R's and D's, because they 'own' both. There is no left and right..only in the minds of the masses.
There-in lies the weakness of the ruling elite, the political system is the interface between the agenda of those in control and the population they seek to manipulate and dominate.
Politicians are pawns, but the 'system' is essential to achieve their ultimate objective..for at least now.

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.

If You Throw Them Out

Then the Fed will be sure to print enough money (and funnel it to the proper interests) in order to elect similarly-minded replacements. The power to steal the world's wealth is not subject to electoral whims.

Over the past year, I've come to realize that the constitutional Republic we all cherish no longer exists. I'm beginning to think it has been that way for the last 100 years. Your vote doesn't matter. Which party gets elected, doesn't matter. Your "representatives" do not represent your interests. They don't fear removal from office, because If you succeed in "throwing them out", they have cushy six-figure jobs waiting for them on the other side. Anyone not fooled by the 2-party lie is bribed into cooperation. Anyone who refuses the bribe is subject to non-stop character assassination from the state-run media machine. The system is perfect, so long as the general public continues to believe the lies. Trust me when I say that the public desperately clings to those lies for comfort (I certainly used to).


For exposure.

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.

This should be the main thing we are talking about -

...activism wise. So far I don't know of any 2014 Liberty candidates.

Release the Sandy Hook video.

Dead right

Notice how many important and relevant posts, like this one, slip under the radar with only a handful of views.

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.

Darrell Issa Too?

He gave off a good impression in the little I've seen of him. Oh well.

People must see this list. The hardest to do is to break the Founders I believe said, peoples' natural affection for their own congressman. He might be nice. He might be good on some things. But he stabbed you in the back.

Release the Sandy Hook video.

The people have a list!


If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Yep. Turn them into playing cards collect them trade them

..seriously we should have a spread-sheet of which of the NDAA traitors has a challenge and where we need to find one. BTW please post congressional candidacies against the traitors here, be they Democrat or Republican.

Release the Sandy Hook video.

Garan's picture

..or 3rd party.

No party is best.

How does one restore the republic

if one does not have a political party?

Garan's picture


I don't know if it can actually be done.

Yet, ideally, a person could simply present themselves and their views.
They would be judged individually.

They wouldn't need to be grossly categorized into one of two bins (Democrat, Republican).

From what I've experienced, the first thing a person does when they enter a party is lie, when they agree to the platform.

I read the Republican platform in my state (all the other's in attendance didn't even bother).

The platform was a self-contradicting hodge-podge of incompatible and inconsistent ideals. It would be impossible to agree to the platform without misrepresenting yourself.

It all starts with a lie.

However, an individual can genuinely represent a consistent view without contorting to a political party, and they could be elected based on what they believe.

We don't need parties. However, there are other practical issues I am only vaguely aware of, such as campaign finance and various requirements.

Because the way the system is

We do need parties. I fought very hard for 33 years, and NEVER once considered joining the GOP or Democratic Party.

You say it all starts with a lie.. here's a lie.. that you can beat the system without a party. Ron Paul was RIGHT ON about the GOP.

The GOP is ours because the Neocons have NO new blood.. there are no new world order Republicans FIGHTING to "take the GOP". It is us, and it is exciting, because those of us who joined the GOP, are advancing, and working hard to make Ron Paul proud (and Rand Paul president). We will win, and America will be liberated from a corporate NWO and constitutinal government will be restored.

We're doing it. I just assumed my elected seat in january, with hundreds of more like me.. we are just getting started.. we have sat through the committees and BS, and withstood the dirty politics and we're wearing the4m down and OUT of the GOP.

I have no problem representing myself.. as far as the party platform.. that is their LIE, not mine.. mine is to right it though changing the by-laws and that is what we are doing.

Ron Paul couldn't do it alone and Rand Paul won't have to.. just stay where you are, keep ypour critical eye against us, take every opportunity to doubt us and share us your apathy.. because we KNOW, we are winning, with or without you.

As Ron Paul said, "Do what YOU want". We are.

Garan's picture

I totally agree and understand.

I am just speaking towards what is currently in place and what the current experience is in joining the GOP.
I am also highlighting the idea that when a person votes for an individual in a political party, they don't always know what they are getting, and the current (..or just recent) GOP platform may be indicative of the overall problem of misrepresentative candidates.

I guess my main point was just to remind the previous commentor to include 3rd parties when referring to political parties. I just think it is a good to habitually keep 3rd parties in the conversation.

However, I have an over-all concern is that taking over the GOP is not enough. That we should have an eye towards replacing the 2 party system. Otherwise, the GOP can be taken over once again, and liberty lovers may go by the wayside. Basically, make the system less prone to abuse.

B.T.W. I'm helping some with the GOP changes as well.
But, yeah. I've got to try and not nay-say too much. :)

I'm not opposed to third parties

and I understand what you are menaing: more voices and choices.. that's a good thing.. but when you get on a gop committee, and it's a liberty committee.. it's like DP is real life and I love it, and why I continue to encourage others to have what I have. :D