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Here are some reasons Robert Aderholt is just plain wrong for Alabama and America:
Robert Aderholt's conduct in the 109th Congress:
Rep. Aderholt failed to vote "no" on the Tyranny Act, H.R. 6166. Rep. Aderholt swore a solemn oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. That oath was violated when Rep Aderholt failed to oppose H.R. 6166, which is a direct attack upon the Constitution, and through its attack upon the Constitution an attack upon the freedom of every American and every person living under American jurisdiction.
Passed into law, the Tyranny Act installs undemocratic executive committees without review to designate citizens and noncitizens alike as enemy combatants without standards for proof. It grants George W. Bush amnesty for his current violations of law. It allows the thoroughly untrustworthy George W. Bush supreme authority to decide whether an interrogation technique qualifies as torture. It allows hearsay evidence to be used to convict an accused person. It permits indefinite detention without review.
All of these provisions in the bill are unconstitutional. That makes this bill unAmerican. And Representative Aderholt betrayed the dream of America by allowing this bill to pass into law without a vote of opposition. It bears saying again: Rep. Aderholt has betrayed the dream of America.
By voting "no" on the Farr Amendment, Rep. Aderholt voted to keep Section 102 in H.R. 418, giving a Bush administration bureaucrat the ability to nullify any law without judicial review of that decision. Where we come from, they call that dictatorship.
The Patriot Act is a betrayal of the great American tradition of liberty because it encourages the government to spy on the legal, personal activities of Americans who have not broken the law and for whom there is no demonstrated probable cause to suspect criminal activity. Specifically, the Patriot Act violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which promises that Americans shall not be subject to search and seizure of their persons or their papers without probable cause. The Bush Administration is using that power to grab information out of commercial and public databases and assemble them into a single giant computer database through which the private affairs of every American citizen can be tracked by government officials. Rep. Aderholt failed to vote against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, empowering the Bush administration to continue to dismantle American liberties and erect a Big Brother edifice in their place.
By voting for the Hostettler Amendment to H.R. 2862, Rep. Aderholt voted to keep a ruling of a federal court from being enforced. Why? Because a judge decided that a religious monument on the grounds of the Gibson county courthouse was an unconstitutional endorsement of one religion over others. Rep. Aderholt has apparently decided that any personally distasteful court ruling can be overturned, just because. That's not the rule of law. That's an arbitrary violation of the separation of powers. And, in this case, it allows pushy and vocal religious groups to shove their beliefs down everybody else's throats. That's not just wrong, it is downright unAmerican.
By voting "no" on the Scott Amendment, Rep. Aderholt voted to keep language in H.R. 27 that allows organizations to engage in government-funded religious discrimination in hiring. We had thought that bigotry was old hat, and that the separation of church and state was secure. With this vote, Rep. Aderholt has helped to weaken the constitution and bring bigotry back in style.
To members of Congress, talk of patriotism comes easy. But what about action to preserve what is great about America? What about protecting the symbol of America, the bald eagle itself? On September 29, 2005, a slim majority of member of the United States House of Representatives voted for H.R. 3824, an attack upon the landmark law that brought the American bald eagle back from the brink of extinction. Without the Endangered Species Act, the American bald eagle would probably not exist any more, except on the backs of our quarters and as a graphic on Republican web sites promoting corporate pollution.
<p>We've seen the American bald eagle fly, and we think that it is worth protecting. 229 members of the House of Representatives disagreed. They voted to seriously weaken the protection of endangered species like the American bald eagle. They did it for the sake of profits for big business. A NO vote would have represented a courageous stand for the Endangered Species Act. In a telling betrayal, Representative Aderholt failed to vote NO. For shame.
Rep. Aderholt did not cosponsor H.R. 2412, which would provide more information to the public about contacts between lobbyists and politicians, and which would slow down the revolving door of politics in which politicians move into cushy corporate jobs after they retire in exchange for favors. What is Representative Aderholt's problem with ethics?
Rep. Aderholt did not cosponsor H.R. 40, which would acknowledge the injustices of slavery and racial discrimination and establish a commission to study them.
Rep Aderholt did not cosponsor H.R. 63, which would make Election Day a federal holiday to make it easier to get out and vote.
Rep Aderholt did not cosponsor H.R. 759, which would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions through market-based systems.
Rep. Aderholt did not cosponsor H.R. 550, which would sensibly require the establishment of a backup paper record of votes for those times when electronic voting machines fail. Why is Rep. Aderholt unwilling to protect the bedrock of democracy, Americans' faith that every vote counts?
Rep. Aderholt did not cosponsor H.R. 952, which would put an end to the practice of "extraordinary rendition," in which Bush Administration officials send people into the custody of certain nations, knowing full well (some would say intending) that they will be tortured there. Extraordinary rendition is another stain on the moral clarity of the United States. It is a horrible irony that in a "War on Terror," the United States government would enable the use of terror as a tool. Why is Rep. Aderholt unwilling to stand against American complicity in the use of torture?
Robert Aderholt failed to cosponsor H.R. 1157, which would keep government agents from riffling through your bookstore receipts and library records without your permission or knowledge. Why did Rep. Aderholt stand against privacy, against individual liberty, and with Big Brother? That's not a rhetorical question.
Robert Aderholt did not cosponsor H.R. 1440, which would keep members of the Federal Communication Commission from using their appointed positions to censor cable, satellite or internet programs they consider to be indecent. These "narrowcast" programs are accessed only by those who specifically request them, so why should the government make it their business to keep people from seeing what they want to see? Why has Rep. Aderholt not lent support to this sensible, freedom-defending bill?
We may think we live in modern times, but the U.S. Constitution still does not guarantee that individual rights shall apply equally to men and women. Without such a constitutional guarantee, all it could take is a rogue judge or an emboldened conservative Congress to take women's rights away by a simple majority vote. On the other hand, this nation is still encumbered with unfair legal notions that, all other things being equal, give mothers custody advantages over fathers. The current state of unequal protection is unfair to both women and men, and devalues our common underlying humanity.
Robert Aderholt did not cosponsor H.J. Res 37, which would amend the United States Constitution to simply state the following: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification." It's simple, it's obvious, and it's about time something was done to enshrine this principle in the Constitution for men and women alike. When will Rep. Aderholt take this important stand for equality?
Rep. Aderholt failed to cosponsor H.R. 567, which would preserve and protect the pristine coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from short-sighted, unnecessary development.
Contact Rep Aderholt by E-mail, Phone (at 202-225-4876), or Fax (at 202-225-5587), and ask when these sensible policy priorities will merit his support.