Hold Your Congressmen Accountable for Their Freedom Index Votes

Hold Your Congressmen Accountable for Their Freedom Index Votes

 The third "Freedom Index" for the 112th Congress is now available to download.

In order to preserve our freedom under the Constitution, We the People must hold our elected representatives and senators in Congress accountable for their votes on key issues. One good tool for doing that is "The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution," which is published twice a year by The New American magazine.

Each issue of the "Freedom Index" scores all 435 representatives and all 100 senators on ten key votes based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.

The third "Freedom Index" for the 112th Congress was published in the July 9, 2012 issue of The New American. The scores are derived by dividing a Congressman’s constitutional votes (pluses) by the total number he cast (pluses and minuses) and multiplying by 100. Therefore the constitutionally best score is a 100 percent and the worst score is 0 percent. The average House score for this index (votes 21-30) is 47 percent, and the average Senate score is 43 percent. Three Senators — Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho, and John Cornyn of Texas — earned 100 percent, but no one in the House did.

Please click here to view the current "Freedom Index" and look up your representative and senators to see how well they scored. If you need to look up who your representative is based on your address, click here.

Next, send an email to your representative and senators and let them know whether you approve or disapprove of their votes.

Of course, if one of your congressmen scores a 100 percent, let him know you approve of his performance (assuming you agree with the scoring, of course). However, a score of 90 percent or below means that they voted against the constitution one or more times. Be sure you let them know in your message to them that you disapprove of their incorrect votes, and ask them why they voted the wrong way.

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