To the editor:
The New American magazine compiles a record of congressional votes twice annually. The record evaluates the overall voting record of Congress and is called The Freedom Index.
This scorecard rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. Overall the 113th Congress scored an average of 39 percent. Pathetic.
Looking at individual congressman scores, I am alarmed to find my congressman, Todd Young, to have scored 47 percent. I worked with a man years ago who taught me never to expect what I did not inspect, still true today. America is being run into the ground by these congressmen.
I expect an Indiana Republican to be scoring a lot higher on this voting index. Congress will no doubt say this method of scoring is not fair, but, when your oath of office is preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States they establish the standard to be measured by.
Incidentally, Sen. Dan Coats scored 60 percent, and Sen. Joe Donnelly scored 13 percent. I am not advocating throwing any of these people out of office, but I am suggesting hopefully we the voting public start to look at voting records and rely less on rhetoric.
Contact your congressman and senators please, and tell them you expect better performance. Without us, they do not go back to Washington. I would encourage you to go to the New American website to better understand how this index is created. Without doubt those scoring low on the index will cry foul, remind them this is just a recap of their voting record. Some in other states scored above 90 percent, and to them I say God bless and thank you, I hope to extend the same words next index to my congressman and senators.
Dr. Charles Landon