“Ron Paul Did Not Vote for MLK Day”- TheRoot.com
“In a blog entry at Atlantic magazine, Ta-Nehisi Coates examines GOP presidential contender Ron Paul’s House voting record and determines that he did not cast a vote in favor of MLK Day. Coates conducted the research after a rumor erupted on Twitter during the GOP debates in New Hampshire on Saturday that Paul voted in favor of the legislation.
… But first here’s Ron Paul on Martin Luther King Day in his newsletters:
“Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.”
… Paul’s supporters link to his Yea vote on this 1979 bill as evidence that he supported an MLK Holiday:
“TO AMEND H.R. 5461, MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY, BY DESIGNATING THE THIRD MONDAY IN JANUARY RATHER THAN JANUARY 15 AS THE LEGAL HOLIDAY.”
But this actually isn’t the bill for the holiday. The text doesn’t even claim that. More importantly, the date is wrong. This vote was taken on December 5, 1979. The vote for the King holiday was actually taken on November 13, 1979:
The bill was called up in the House on Tuesday, November 13, 1979 … When the final vote was taken, 252 Members voted for the bill and 133 against — five votes short of the two-thirds needed for passage.
I’m sorry to report that one of those Nay votes, as you can see here, was cast by one Ronald Paul. I’m sorry to further report that Paul again voted no on the 1983 bill that passed.” via- http://www.theroot.com/buzz/ron-paul-did-not-vote-mlk-day?wpisrc=root_more_news
So who exactly is govtrack.us?
According to the webiste, it was launched in 2004 by Joshua Tauberer as a hobby. It enables it’s users to track the bills and votes of members of U.S Congress, allowing the users to check voting records and attendance relative to peers. http://www.govtrack.us/about.xpd
-Here’s the thing.
- GovTrack is not an official government website nor is it affiliated with government or the library of congress.
- GovTrack is paid though advertising.
- GovTrack misrepresents itself as being the absolute source for voting records and information, which it is not.
- GovTrack does not report 100% accurate information regarding Ron Paul and are inconsistent with the actual records of the Library of Congress, news reports and newspaper articles relating to these specific times/events.
- Anyone can look up these records via the Library of Congress, which posts all these records online already. http://www.loc.gov/index.html
- There is no reason to use a third party to get the information.
“I’m a civic hacker, which means finding creative technological solutions to real world problems.” - Joshua Tauber
Tauber is also a longtime Ron Paul supporter and campaign donor. GovTrack is now a company that is run by many people who do in fact post correct information tracking actual votes, but not all of their information is truthful or consistent with actual findings. Why? You’ll have to ask the “civil hacker”/Ron Paul fan who owns the company for that answer.
There’s a difference between civil hacking and criminal hacking but Paultards just don’t get it. Much like Ron Paul, they too have a nasty reputation. They seem to have a habit of lying, and using botnet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botnet to spam the web with fake support, statistics & fake information about their cult leader, Ron Paul
Manson. As with any other cult member, a Paultard will go to great lengths in effort to defend/excuse King Ron Paul tard, often times crossing the line in desperation.
Some Examples Of Paulbot Hacking & Spamming:
So when it comes to honest records about Ron Paul, govtrack.us is not the answer. You’ll notice when Paultards try to disprove negative facts about his crappy record, they’ll direct you to a post on govtrack.us as “proof” but if you go straight to the source, you’ll see it’s a lie. http://www.loc.gov/index.html
Another good resource is http://www.votesmart.org/about/history for honest tracking of voting records, attendance, and evaluations.