As someone who complains frequently about out-of-control government, and armed bureaucrats conducting raids, I read with avid interest an article by Mike Riggs about 15 Republicans who backed an amendment by Senator Rand Paul that would have slowed the FDA’s war on farmers by preventing them from carrying firearms and making warrantless arrests.

Noting that every single Democrat voted to kill the amendment, Riggs lists the 15 senators who voted for it, and against the FDA’s unconstitutional abuse of federal power.  They deserve our gratitude for attempting to defend our freedom from yet another encroachment, and they are a reminder that while such brave souls may not be a majority of the Republican Party, at least they exist there, for there are none to be found in the Democratic Party.

So the good news — which those who believe voting makes no difference should note — is that there are 15 Republicans who have actually demonstrated themselves to be anti-big-government (at least on this issue).

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
John Thune (R-SD)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)

The bad news is that there are 29 Republicans who think expanding unconstitutional powers and siccing the FDA on farmers is a great idea.

From the official record,  here’s the Republican Hall Of Shame:

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Portman (R-OH)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)

That there are so many statist Republicans comes as no surprise, but at least the party is not monolithic the way the Democratic Party is.