Massie votes _against_ supporting NATO

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples

In a bi-partisan show of unity of purpose, the United States House on Tuesday passed a resolution in support of NATO. The resolution, H.Res.831, called on the United States government to “uphold the founding democratic principles of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and establish a Center for Democratic Resilience within the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.”

The resolution passed the House 362 to 63, with all the Dems voting for it, joined by most of the Republicans.

But, in a not-too-surprising move, 63 of the House Republicans voted against the resolution. In other words, they voted AGAINST supporting NATO.

Why? Who knows? Maybe they are big Putin supporters. Maybe they don’t like some of the countries in NATO. Maybe they just enjoy being on the wrong side of history.

And in a move that was not surprising at all, our own dear Thomas Massie was one of the 63 who voted No. He voted against a fairly anodyne resolution that expresses support for NATO.

I mean, this is not a controversial resolution. It’s like approving a resolution in support of the armed forces, or in support of moms and apple pie.

And yet Massie votes No.

In the midst of a war on NATO’s border; when Ukrainians are standing up to the Russian army, in the midst of horrible destruction and war crimes; when Putin would love nothing more than to destroy NATO –

Massie votes No.

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In case Rep. Massie hasn’t heard, we are in a battle for democracy and against authoritarianism ... and NATO is one of the key players in that battle. To vote against supporting NATO is, in essence, choosing the side of the dictators and fascists.

I think, in his haste to be a contrarian, Mr. Massie did not think through what side in this battle he was aligning with.

But let’s be clear, Mr. Massie – by voting against NATO, you are helping Vladimir Putin.

Think you might want to change your vote?

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Bruce Maples

Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. (Read the rest of his bio on the Bruce Maples Bio page in the bottom nav bar.)


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