32 votes

My Florida Republican Congressman's highly suggestive email poll question

My Congressman, Republican Daniel Webster from Florida's 8th District sent out an email poll asking one question:

"Do you believe the use and proliferation of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime is an immediate threat to the national security interests of the United States and warrants military intervention?" (Choose: Yes, No, I Don't Know)

I clicked no and then sent this message via his house.gov email page.

I just checked no in response to your poll question. The way you have formed your question seems to indicate you have already decided to support a war of aggression in Syria. I think you should have ask your question like this:

"Do you believe the security and interests of the United States are not threatened by the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and do you understand that the perpetrators of the chemical attack are not known for certain and that the choice of whose side to support is a choice between the secular government of Assad, which defends the rights of Christians to live and worship freely in Syria and the so-called Free Syria Army which consists of foreign jihad fighters and Al-Queda militants - the same organization responsible for the 9/11 attacks against the United States?"

( ) Yes - I believe that it is irrational to start another war in the Middle East.
( ) No - I believe whatever the US government says this week and have forgotten everything that happened before last week. Please kill some Syrians right away, with normal, moral weapons.
( ) It's too confusing. Where is Syria?

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Steve Dickson's picture

Oklahoma is 6 NO, 0 YES, 1 UNK

I think we've got them worried - all but one (Coburn) has declared themselves a NO on war in Syria. Be nice if we could sweep it...

My Iowa congressman just posted a similar poll..

I am PISSED. These guys keep saying "Assad did it" while offering zero proof. Here's the way Congressman Loebsack worded his poll question:

Do you believe that Congress should give the President authorization for a limited attack against Syria?
(Yes) / (No)

What do you believe the President should do in response to the Syrian government using chemical weapons on its own people?
(Install a no-fly zone)
(Work with international community to take action)
(Attack government military installations)
(Attack only chemical weapons sites)
(The US should stay out of the conflict)

I sent him a VERY strongly worded email demanding a response, and will be standing outside his local office later with a sign calling him out. I'm so sick of this crap!!

And yet, his office states

that he is currently opposed to action in Syria. I urged them, then, to re-word the email, as the current wording establishes the regime's responsbility in the gas attacks as a fact.

He was on Iowa Public Radio today

Repeating the same "Assad did it" lie, while claiming he is "leaning no" on intervention. Loebsack is a bullshit artist through and through.

EDIT: found a link to the audio: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/conversation-us-rep-dave-loe...

Did anybody in Syria even ASK?

We were minding our own business when The Big Bad Man of WWII was running roughshod over Europe. it wasn't until Japan attacked us, and the European Allies ASKED us to help and TBBMOWWII declared war on US, that we got involved.

Has anyone in Syria, on either side, ASKED for the U.S.'s help?

Freedom is my Worship Word!

Yes! Al-Qaida and Al-Nusra in Syria have asked the US

Yes! Al-Qaida and Al-Nusra in Syria have asked the US for help. That makes US action justified!

Linda Cross's picture

letter from my Florida Congressman

D-Bill Nelson: http://www.dailypaul.com/298052/bill-nelson-democrat-for-war

Nice group of Floridians on the DP :)

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.


He's one of our Senators.
Unfortunate for us Floridians,
as he's not a good boy.
As liberal as they come.

And then there's Rubio.
Don't get me started... :-)

I like your signature line!

I am a Proud Ron/Rand RepuliCAN Committeeman!

Exercise Liberty...vigorously!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

Update: Rep Webster is opposed!

Surprise, surprise! My Republican representative from Florida's 10th district (formerly the 8th district - it was changed in Jan 2013) appears set to break his pattern of voting for a bigger, more intrusive and militarily imperialistic federal government.


Though it was probably motivated more by a dread of facing constituents that hate Obama than any real opposition to imperial Washington. Rep Daniel Webster supported George Bush's wars, renewal of the Patriot Act, NDAA, NSA funding, etc.

It's but one reason among

It's but one reason among many that Ron Paul was the scumbag gop's last hope. If you really think something good can come from either democrats or republicans, well, lol to you too:)

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

He is my congressman too

I also responded to this "poll", in addition to calling his DC office and giving his staff an earful. He has voted for the NDAA, the Patriot Act, to raise the debt ceiling, and to fund the NSA amongst many things.... So I don't have to much faith that he will do what is right with this vote either! Not the brightest bulb on the tree this one. ( actually, he did co sponsor "audit the fed" , after years of begging him.... So maybe he gets a little credit there..... Never mind it was an election year.... !)

"I don't know if the world is full of smart men bluffing
or imbeciles who mean it."


For "moral weapons" if choosing to kill, killing is definitely better when using one of these.

At least he's asking.

I've gotten squat from any of my reps. Zero. Not even a town hall meeting. The rep is leaning "no" and the senators are absolutely silent.

Your re-phrasing of the question is as biased....

How about:

Do you believe the use of chemical weapons used in Syria is a threat to our national interest?


Keep it neutral and to the point.

I'd keep it even clearer.

I wouldn't ask it that way either. What, after all, is "our national interest?"

I'd ask, "Do you believe that the civil war in Syria poses any threat to the lives, liberty, or property of the American citizenry?"

THAT's what "national defense" is supposed to be about.

Freedom is my Worship Word!


what an idiot that guy is