Conservative Record For Kirkpatrick Is Wishful Thinking

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Editor:

A not-so-recent article in the Payson Roundup discussing Ann Kirkpatrick’s indefensible vote for the Obamacare Bill referred to her as having one of the more “conservative” voting records among congressional Democrats.

Whether this term was wishful thinking on the part of the reporter or simple parroting of a Kirkpatrick P.R. person, it effectively demonstrates the absurdity of the use of the term “conservative” in the political arena today.

An examination of Ann Kirkpatrick’s votes on 30 of the issues that have come before the 111th Congress shows that she votes in accordance with “adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements” (The New American, July 5, 2010) 27 percent of the time. Let’s ignore the average Republican vote of 78 percent and Congressman Ron Paul’s 100 percent and the fact that no Republican has a worse voting record than Ann’s, and just consider Democrats. Their average is 12 percent.

Ann is, obviously, above that. Seventeen Democrats have a better voting record, five the same, leaving 227 with worse records. That means she is in the top 9 percent of her Democrat class. Wow! That should be good enough for at least a B+ in “conservative!”

Or, we could just consider Congress as a whole with “Constitutionalist” as the criteria. At 27 percent, Ann rates a more rational (although less politically correct) F-.

If Americans are to regain their individual liberty through limited government, voters must regain control of the terms of the debate, and limit political descriptions to realistic terms such as Constitutionalist, Socialist, Marxist, Fascist — terms with substance — and forgo the Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, leftist, progressive, and any other terminology that allows those who despise our U.S. Constitution to hide behind meaningless, self-defined facades.

Terry Putnam

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