House Votes To Support America

Techniguy - 06-17-2006

The House on Friday passed a non-binding resolution in a 256-153 vote that would praise U.S. troops, officially link the Iraq war to the global War on Terror, and reject an "arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment" as not being in the national interest. The House vote follows the Senate's rejection in a 93-6 vote Thursday to a similar proposal that would allow "only forces that are critical to completing the mission of standing up Iraqi security forces" to stay in Iraq in 2007.  Rejecting the Democrat's resolution for a cut and run strategy was a showing of support for the President's plan for Iraq.

To listen to Democrats on the House floor Friday morning, you would think that they were not only out of touch with the American people, but completely out of touch with the news as well, if not reality itself. House Democrats are outraged that the Republicans have forced them to go on record with their opposition to American success in Iraq. But Republicans had the last laugh by showing the country and the world who in Congress supports an American victory over terrorism, and who doesn't.

With statements from Democrats like Pelosi, Murtha, Skeleton, and others saying the mission in Iraq is a complete failure, We can't win this, It was a mistake going into Iraq and bigger mistake to continue fighting there, It's not a part of the War on Terror, It's cost 2500 soldier's lives and that's too many for 3 years of war with no end in sight, and on, and on, and on. In fact, if you read Nancy Pelosi's published statement, you might notice that she is wrong on just about everything she says.  The entire page appears to be written by Abu Musab al Zarqawi before his demise.  When it comes to anti-American propaganda, there doesn't seem to be much difference between Zarqawi and Pelosi, Murtha, Kennedy, Kerry, Boxer, and many others on the radical left in Congress.

It would be nice if Pelosi, Murtha and other liberal Democrats would stop trying to justify their absurd statements by using the name of "the American People". These left wing radicals do not speak for the American people, they speak for a small group socialist traitors who have taken control of the Democratic Party.  They either are relying more on partisan rhetoric than facts in their statements, or they are just incredibly ignorant and short sighted. The American people aren't that stupid and most can see right through this anti-American, anti-war tripe.  They do not represent the thinking of the American people.

These morons who are leading the Democrats and calling the Bush plan for Iraq "a failure" now say "we don't want to stay the course, we want to change the course". But not one of them has offered an alternative plan other than to surrender, and cut and run. They say they want a "timetable for withdrawal", but all that would do is set a commitment for us to desert the Iraqis whether they are ready to stand on their own at that point or not. The other thing it would do (which should be obvious to anyone) is to notify the terrorists that on a certain date, we will be gone and all they have to do is lay low while building up their forces, then they can come out of hiding and raise havoc and take over the country. 

These liberals insist on criticizing everything that Bush does regardless of consequences to our country or our fighting troops. They say they support our troops, but their idea of support is to keep them away from combat, the very thing these men and women signed up to do. Liberals' idea of supporting the troops is a lifetime career of KP and Guard Duty on domestic bases. They never fail to remind us of every 500 increment of combat zone deaths and call 2500 losses in 3 years excessive and unacceptable. It could just as well be 25 instead of 2500, it would still be unacceptable as long as Bush is president. They think nothing of the over 25,000 losses in one day during WWII. But then Bush wasn't Commander in Chief then. 2500 is an unprecedented, extremely low death count for 3 years of fighting, let's put this in proper context.

Nowhere in the Democrat's statements do they even mention the death of Zarqawi, the ensuing raids that are collapsing al Qaeda in Iraq and the insurgency, the formation of a new Iraqi government, the formation of a new Iraqi National Guard which is taking the lead in attacks on insurgents and terrorists, the infrastructure that has been rebuilt including utilities, schools, hospitals, and businesses.  In spite of the setbacks and difficulties, it appears that the Bush plan has been extremely successful. They accuse Republicans of painting a positive picture on Iraq, but all they are doing is trying to paint a negative one. If this effected only domestic politics, it might be acceptable, but that is not the case. This negative slant on everything our country is doing in Iraq is a clear attempt to undermine the president, the military, and our foreign policy by twisting the minds of vulnerable Americans who Democrats hope won't know any better. 

It is subversive, it is treasonous, when done during time of war.  It would never have been allowed prior to the Kennedy/Johnson Vietnam war.  I don't care what your personal feeling on the war are, if you are an American, it is your patriotic duty to support your country during wartime.  It is unforgivable to cast your country as the evil while casting the enemy as the innocent victim.  If that is the way you feel, then just fake it or keep quiet, going public isn't going to get you your way, but will only harm the entire country.  Speaking out against your own country's war effort in this just war, can only be motivated by a desire for defeat, and when that desire is expressed by public officials on the world stage, that is nothing less than treason.  Those who engage in these treasonous activities must be held accountable, if not by law, then at the ballot box in their next bid for reelection.

John Murtha says that Iraqi's were better off under Saddam Hussein than they are now. He points, as an example, to Anbar province where he claims citizens have only one hour of electricity each day. Well, if true, then why is that? Is that supposed to be our fault? Anbar province has been under control of al Qaeda terrorists and insurgents for some time now, the very people we are fighting against. That one hour Murtha refers to is the time that lapses between when we restore the power grid, and when the insurgents blow it up again. The same thing applies to the oil pipelines.  When terrorists are gone from Anbar province, then public utilities will be more reliable.  They will never be gone if we don't defeat them but cut an run instead as Murtha wants.  Does he think al Qaeda will provide utilities for Iraqis in Anbar?

At one time, we had oil flow and electrical power up to better than pre-war standards, but now the very people we are going after have been attacking utilities on a daily basis including oil, water, and electricity. They will continue with these cowardly attacks until we kill or capture them all, and there is no way that setting a timeline for withdrawal is going to change that. Our exit strategy is, and must be, in the words of Ronald Reagan; "We win, they loose", then we can leave.

So if this House Resolution is "non-binding" and doesn't really change anything, then what good is it? What it does, is present the House position on the war in Iraq in official terms with the following effects:

This is the message we are sending to the enemy from our Congress. If they have been encouraged with hope and comforted by the defeatist statements made by liberal Democrats in Congress and the media, then this resolution should set them straight. If they think the big mouth liberal media darlings are going to have their way and cause this great country to surrender to terrorism, and cut and run from Iraq, then these House and Senate resolutions send a different message than the one they have been getting from media propaganda. The message is; pack your bags and start running because we won't stop until we get you. That's quite a different message than they are used to hearing from congressional liberals who tend to hog the mics and media cameras.

Below is the House resolution and a breakdown on the congressional votes for supporting a winning strategy in Iraq and rejecting the liberal "cut and run" strategy. You will see that all but 6 Democrat members of the senate opposed their own Senate resolution, I have not listed details here, this page is on the House vote. I have listed the 6 Senators who supported the Democrat's resolution for retreat, which should come as no surprise to anyone. I have also listed the House Republicans who did not vote to support the House resolution. 42 House Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for the House resolution, but keep in mind that most of these Democrats are up for reelection this year. This would seem to indicate that they really do, somewhere in their heads, know what the people want, but only care about it during an election year. 


H. RES. 861 SUMMARY

Whereas the United States and its Coalition partners will continue to support Iraq as part of the Global War on Terror: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives--


House Republicans Who voted against the Resolution:

Ron Paul (TX),   Jim Leach (IA),   John Duncan (TN)

House Republicans who voted "Present" (Neither support or oppose): 

Walter Jones (NC),   Thaddeus McCotter (MI)

The following Senators voted for American surrender to terrorists, in the Senate:

Boxer (D-CA)
Byrd (D-WV)
Feingold (D-WI)
Harkin (D-IA)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)



FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 288
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)


      H RES 861      YEA-AND-NAY      16-Jun-2006      11:17 AM
      QUESTION:  On Agreeing to the Resolution
      BILL TITLE: Declaring that the United States will prevail in the Global War on Terror, the struggle to protect freedom from the terrorist adversary

Yeas Nays PRES NV
Republican 214 3 2 12
Democratic 42 149 3 7
Independent   1    
TOTALS 256 153 5 19
 
---- YEAS    256 ---


Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Baker
Barrett (SC)
Barrow
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Bass
Bean
Beauprez
Berman
Berry
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehlert
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Bono
Boozman
Boren
Boswell
Boucher
Boustany
Bradley (NH)
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Burgess
Buyer
Calvert
Camp (MI)
Campbell (CA)
Cantor
Capito
Cardoza
Case
Castle
Chabot
Chandler
Chocola
Coble
Cole (OK)
Conaway
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Cramer
Crenshaw
Cubin
Cuellar
Culberson
Davis (KY)
Davis (TN)
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal (GA)
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Drake
Dreier
Edwards
Ehlers
Emerson
English (PA)
Etheridge
Everett
Feeney
Ferguson
Fitzpatrick (PA)
Flake
Foley
Forbes
Fortenberry
Fossella
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gingrey
Gohmert
Goode
Goodlatte
Gordon
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Green, Gene
Gutknecht
Hall
Harris
Hart
Hastert
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Herseth
Higgins
Hobson
Hoekstra
Holden
Hostettler
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Inglis (SC)
Issa
Istook
Jenkins
Jindal
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
Kuhl (NY)
LaHood
Larsen (WA)
Latham
LaTourette
Lewis (KY)
Linder
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Lucas
Lungren, Daniel E.
Lynch
Mack
Manzullo
Marchant
Marshall
Matheson
McCarthy
McCaul (TX)
McCrery
McHenry
McHugh
McIntyre
McKeon
McMorris
Melancon
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Moore (KS)
Moran (KS)
Murphy
Musgrave
Myrick
Neugebauer
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nunes
Osborne
Otter
Oxley
Pearce
Pence
Peterson (MN)
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Poe
Pombo
Porter
Price (GA)
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Radanovich
Ramstad
Regula
Rehberg
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Salazar
Saxton
Schmidt
Schwarz (MI)
Shadegg
Shaw
Shays
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shuster
Simmons
Simpson
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Sodrel
Souder
Spratt
Stearns
Sullivan
Sweeney
Tancredo
Taylor (MS)
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thompson (MS)
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Walden (OR)
Walsh
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

---- NAYS    153 ---


Abercrombie
Ackerman
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Becerra
Berkley
Blumenauer
Brady (PA)
Brown (OH)
Brown, Corrine
Butterfield
Capps
Capuano
Cardin
Carnahan
Carson
Clay
Clyburn
Conyers
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (AL)
Davis (CA)
Davis (FL)
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Dicks
Doggett
Doyle
Duncan
Emanuel
Engel
Eshoo
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Ford
Frank (MA)
Gonzalez
Green, Al
Grijalva
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Holt
Honda
Hooley
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
Johnson, E. B.
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kucinich
Langevin
Lantos
Larson (CT)
Leach
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Maloney
Markey
Matsui
McCollum (MN)
McDermott
McGovern
McKinney
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Michaud
Millender-McDonald
Miller, George
Mollohan
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Murtha
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Paul
Payne
Pelosi
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sabo
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sanders
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schwartz (PA)
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Skelton
Slaughter
Solis
Stark
Strickland
Stupak
Tanner
Tauscher
Thompson (CA)
Tierney
Towns
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson
Watt
Weiner
Wexler
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn

---- ANSWERED “PRESENT”    5 ---


Boyd
Jones (NC)
McCotter
Miller (NC)
Sherman

---- NOT VOTING    19 ---


Bachus
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Burton (IN)
Cannon
Carter
Cleaver
Dingell
Evans
Gutierrez
Johnson, Sam
Kilpatrick (MI)
Lewis (CA)
Nussle
Reichert
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Waxman
Wilson (NM)


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