It's because I find myself in agreement with votes cast by most of Maryland's representatives. That evening the House voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act. I can see the Senate voting for it, since it contains language desired by the White House, but the House of Representatives, supposedly controlled by the GOP? Really? In its so-called "war on terror", it denies anyone - ANYONE - the right to due process, trial by jury, and habeas corpus. One just has to be a "suspect". That includes us pro-life people.
In Maryland, Donna Edwards, Chris Van Hollen, John Sarbanes and Elijah Cummings, all Democrats, opposed this. See the roll call. While I don't know their reasons, I appreciate their "nay" votes. Also having the good sense to oppose this is Andy Harris, freshman congressman of the eastern shore. I find myself disappointed in Roscoe Bartlett's "aye" vote. He has aligned himself with the likes of Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz - and a very surprising and disappointing array of Republicans! What kool-aid did they drink???
Let us recall some words of Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Not only that, they usually forfeit both.