Meet The Congresspeople Who Voted Against Jack Nicklaus
By mustang6560 on 4/26/12
The United States House of Representatives recently voted 373-4 to award Jack Nicklaus the Congressional Gold Medal. Even though the overwhelming majority of congresspeople voted AYE, the four congresspeople who voted NAY caught the eye of Deadspin.com writer Patrick Burns, who decided to find out who voted against the bill and why.
Rep. Justin Amash:It makes sense to bestow the Golden Bear, who is one of the best (if not THE best) golfer of all time, with one of the highest civilian awards, especially if you consider the fact Arnold Palmer and Byron Nelson are among the recipients. But, as the saying goes, "Hatas gon hate.
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Rep Jason Chaffetz is a rep here in Utah and I can't stand him. Just google him and you will see why, all he cares about is being in the news
In all honesty I don't have a problem with any of the reasons given above and if the award in the past was for those that have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the USA then maybe a new type of award should be made.
A new civilian award for people dedicating their lives to a given field I'm sure would be acceptable.
For the record all politicians are self serving parasites.
Duke of Hazards says:
@cvargo - I hear you on despicable politicians. there's this young 33yo guy near where I live running for congress that's currently on the school board in the district where my wife teaches. typical career politician and huge d-bag. always late to the board meetings and during her school's graduation ceremonies (middle school), he was texting on his phone the whole time sitting under a canopy that him and some other school board members demanded from the principal while everyone else got to stick it out in the sun.
sorry for rant. some politicians try to serve the public and make things better, others are just, as BlameMe so eloquently put it... self-serving parasites
To Rep Reid Ribble, you say "As members of Congress we need to be doing real work...", so when are you going to start ?
I agree with the 4 who voted against it. IMHO, the "highest" civilian award should not be given to someone because of their acting skills, athletic ability or popularity. According to Wikipedia:
"A Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the United States Congress and is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. The decoration is awarded to an individual who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States."
Who's next? Snookie?
I wonder if Sir Nick Faldo would agree.
yea i agree with KVSmith59
Matt F says:
+1 for KVSmith
I think Rep. Justin Amash is confused with the Congressional Medal of Honor, given to Military hero's. As stated the Gold Medal is a civilian award.....As a Nation we need to encourage and support our citizens and Congress taking 5 min. to vote to give one of our great golf ambassador's to the world our highest civilian honor...I have no problem with that.
Kurt the Knife says:
I admire Jack for what he has achieved.
I served our country vowing my life in service.
I don't know that Jack lay his life on the line for this honor.
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