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Case in point:  New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, voted against the recent bill that would have strengthen Background Checks in order to purchase weapons at Gun Shows.

Ayotte's rationale for her Nay Vote:  'This will lead to a National Gun Registry.'

One of Ayotte's Constituents has taken the time to say 'Hold on there Senator -- Not so fast!'


Letter:  Ayotte is supposed to work for us, not the NRA

For the Concord Monitor

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


I’m sorry, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, but I call b.s. on your supposedly setting the record straight about your vote on strengthening background checks (“I voted to expand background check system,” Monitor Forum, May 7).

Please, your constituents are not stupid! You gave a bogus reason for voting against the Manchin-Toomey amendment (fear of a national registry) even though that was specifically excluded in the wording.

The bill you did vote for was a National Rifle Association-backed one that experts said would actually weaken the background check system and allow more severely mentally ill access to guns.




[...]
Please, you are supposed to work for us -- the vast majority of your constituents who want to strengthen background checks -- not the gun industry fronted by the NRA.


Catharine F.

Sanbornton, New Hampshire


What this proves is that Citizens know how to investigate an Issue and even read a fact-based summary of a proposed bill,

-- and apparently Senators like Ayotte DO NOT.  

Apparently they only know how to read NRA talking points, and hope those they in-fact mis-represent, are too stupid to notice.


In this small-scale case in Democracy, I think the Citizen got the better of the exchange.

Because afterall the vast majority of Citizens aren't as dumb as Republicans think they are.

They can bet on it.



Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:01 AM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  If you are so inclined (13+ / 0-)

    There are a few other sell-out senators out there,
    probably not looking forward to hearing from you:


    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Manchin-Toomey Amendment No.715 to S.649 Roll Call Vote
    We think it is important to clearly display the roll call vote for the Yeas and Nays in regard to the Manchin-Toomey Amendment looking to expand on Background Checks providing additional gun control measures. [...]
    Alexander (R-TN), Nay
    Ayotte (R-NH), Nay
    Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
    Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
    Baucus (D-MT), Nay
    Begich (D-AK), Nay
    Bennet (D-CO), Yea
    Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
    Blunt (R-MO), Nay
    Boozman (R-AR), Nay
    Boxer (D-CA), Yea
    Brown (D-OH), Yea
    Burr (R-NC), Nay
    Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
    Cardin (D-MD), Yea
    Carper (D-DE), Yea
    Casey (D-PA), Yea
    Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
    Coats (R-IN), Nay
    Coburn (R-OK), Nay
    Cochran (R-MS), Nay
    Collins (R-ME), Yea
    Coons (D-DE), Yea
    Corker (R-TN), Nay
    Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
    Cowan (D-MA), Yea
    Crapo (R-ID), Nay
    Cruz (R-TX), Nay
    Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
    Durbin (D-IL), Yea
    Enzi (R-WY), Nay
    Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
    Fischer (R-NE), Nay
    Flake (R-AZ), Nay    
    Franken (D-MN), Yea
    Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
    Graham (R-SC), Nay
    Grassley (R-IA), Nay
    Hagan (D-NC), Yea
    Harkin (D-IA), Yea
    Hatch (R-UT), Nay
    Heinrich (D-NM), Yea
    Heitkamp (D-ND), Nay
    Heller (R-NV), Nay
    Hirono (D-HI), Yea
    Hoeven (R-ND), Nay
    Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
    Isakson (R-GA), Nay
    Johanns (R-NE), Nay
    Johnson (D-SD), Yea
    Johnson (R-WI), Nay
    Kaine (D-VA), Yea
    King (I-ME), Yea
    Kirk (R-IL), Yea
    Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
    Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
    Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
    Leahy (D-VT), Yea
    Lee (R-UT), Nay
    Levin (D-MI), Yea
    Manchin (D-WV), Yea
    McCain (R-AZ), Yea
    McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
    McConnell (R-KY), Nay
    Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
    Merkley (D-OR), Yea
    Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
    Moran (R-KS), Nay    
    Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
    Murphy (D-CT), Yea
    Murray (D-WA), Yea
    Nelson (D-FL), Yea
    Paul (R-KY), Nay
    Portman (R-OH), Nay
    Pryor (D-AR), Nay
    Reed (D-RI), Yea
    Reid (D-NV), Nay
    Risch (R-ID), Nay
    Roberts (R-KS), Nay
    Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Rubio (R-FL), Nay
    Sanders (I-VT), Yea
    Schatz (D-HI), Yea
    Schumer (D-NY), Yea
    Scott (R-SC), Nay
    Sessions (R-AL), Nay
    Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
    Shelby (R-AL), Nay
    Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
    Tester (D-MT), Yea
    Thune (R-SD), Nay
    Toomey (R-PA), Yea
    Udall (D-CO), Yea
    Udall (D-NM), Yea
    Vitter (R-LA), Nay
    Warner (D-VA), Yea
    Warren (D-MA), Yea
    Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
    Wicker (R-MS), Nay
    Wyden (D-OR), Yea
    You even can us the more direct Hey-Senator route:

    Contact a Senator.


    Today's Roll Call Vote for more Gun Registration Obstruction
    by jamess -- Apr 17, 2013

  •  I have to disagree (12+ / 0-)

    My job as a transit supervisor has me in daily contact with the citizens of Madison, Wi.. Great city with a great University, but in having conversations with people, most don't know or give a damn.. My biggest fear is we will continue to lose ground because so many don't care or take the trouble to find out the truth..

  •  A more important person to take issue with is (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RUNDOWN, diffrntdrummr

    Reid....what a weak sniveling asshole.  He is a problem from beginning to end.  

  •  Some citizens (6+ / 0-)

    aren't as dumb as Republicans think they are.

    But most citizens in our crap economy are struggling to survive, and many of them don't see the connection between politics (or, at least, their being informed about or even engaged in politics) and their existential struggle. Doesn't make make them stupid, but it might make them "dumb," as in politically mute and therefore political ciphers.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:30:46 AM PDT

    •  We elect representatives because that's more (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      a2nite, tuesdayschilde, psnyder

      efficient than everyone taking a hand in managing our public affairs.
      However, probably because they have a predilection for dictatorship and monopoly, the Cons prefer to define representation as "to take the place of" rather than the more appropriate "act on behalf of." That is, the Congress is supposed to engage in agency and promote the interests of the electorate, not themselves. Those that are incapable of serving as agents need to be dismissed and replaced.

      Until the advent of universal suffrage, not only was the electorate significantly restricted, but most information about how the state actually works was withheld. The characterization of voting as a privilege was not a happenstance. Public officials wanted the vote to satisfy so citizens would not take a closer look at what they were up to.
      Let's not forget that all the natural resources that have been depleted got that way because they were doled out to familars and cronies to exploit. Railroad magnates did not get rich laying track.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:52:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  You can't fix dumb (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, diffrntdrummr, jamess

    But people still vote for politicians like her.

  •  My daughter usually asks me about stuff her (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, jamess

    in-laws are passing around.

    Obama Serves 14-State Governors With Warnings of Arrest: And why is this not front page news?
    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 11:57

    Barack Hussein Obama had served 14-State Governors in the United States, National Security Letters (NSLs) warning that the Governor’s actions in attempting to form “State Defense Forces” needs to be halted “immediately” or they will face arrest for the crime of treason.

    The two Governors leading this move are: Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota; and Rick Perry, Governor of Texas. Both of these State Governors stated they have: “…deep fear the President is destroying their Nation.”

    This is a fluid and still developing situation that warrants close attention. here if you must click.

    They don't even bother to update their scare letters. This has been going around since Pawlenty was actually Governor of Minnesota.

    Validate my parking Validate my parenting Validate my politics Validate my religion And I will be happy.

    by 88kathy on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:57:15 AM PDT

  •  Citizens aren't as dumb as the rotten rqdical Rs (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jamess
  •  You can fool some of them all of the time (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    unfangus, a2nite, TrueBlueMajority, jamess

    we call those people Conservatives.

    But you can only fool all of the people some of time.

    We call those people beltway villagers because they are paid to be fooled.

    But since the rest of us are neither GOP fools nor paid to be GOP fools, this shit no longer flies.

    I am beginning to think that the non Foxbot population of America has tuned out the wingnuts who cry wolf, and that, obviously, is a massive disaster for any hopes of growing the GOP beyond their dying rural and southern base of aging angry white people.

    But you are right, Jamess, and I think this is an example of what Bill Maher said when he declared that the "GOP base is too stupid to understand their own dogwhistles, so now their pundits and pols have to spell it out for them" (paraphrased). The bullshit that keeps the GOP in a permanent stasis of fundraiser donation making terror no longer works on anybody who wasn't already a McCain/Palin voter, and THAT is what the death of the Republican party looks like.

    So here we are, with Republicans unable to fool anyone new. A fool is born every day. The GOP is counting on that.

    Regulate banks, not vaginas

    by MinistryOfTruth on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:20:50 AM PDT

  •  Citizens vote these people in (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, diffrntdrummr, jamess

    Dumb

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