Friday, January 27, 2006
PLEASE CALL, FAX & EMAIL OUR SENATORS
On Thurs I called every single Dem senator on my cell phone, urging them TO VOTE NO ON ALITO and to answer John Kerry's call TO FILIBUSTER. It took over 3 hrs to do so, but I felt I had to do it, just as I called every single Ohio office of Senators DeWine & Voinovich last wk, despite them both being GOPers. I will be faxing every single senator-- Dem and Repub alike-- to implore them to vote no on Alito and for the Dems to filibuster. Here are the numbers for every senator's DC phone number and DC fax. This link here also includes a "cover letter" to send to make it very easy if you fax and/or email. Here is my letter... PLEASE do the same. It certainly can't hurt to at least try. I have to look my kid in the eye and tell her I did everything I could... can you?
Dear United States Senator:
Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court must be rejected. He respects neither our Constitution, nor the Congress, nor the rule of law.
He will expand Presidential power beyond what is appropriate or constitutional. He helped forge the strategy of Presidential 'signing statements' as a way of allowing the President to ignore laws he does not like; he will clearly permit Presidential lawbreaking such as the illegal warrentless NSA eavesdropping, through the use of perverse legal arguments and novel sophistry. Such a mind has no place on the Supreme Court.
He will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. A glance at past statements makes this clear. He feels an animosity towards women's sovereignty. As the parent of a 3 year old daughter, this is beyond horrifying to me.
He has lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee (previously, about committing to recuse himself from Vanguard cases; and now, obviously, about the Concerned Alumni of Princeton). Lying to the Senate should alone disqualify him from consideration to any Judgeship.
And, not least, he belonged to an organization committed to keeping blacks and women out of Princeton, and bragged about this as recently as 1985.
We cannot accept this nominee on the Court. I need not remind you that the Supreme Court is the last court of resort for the individual citizens of our United States. It is the keystone of our national fairness. Judge Alito is actively unfair, as his record shows. He can damage a great many lives. I implore you to reject his nomination to the Supreme Court, even if it involves invoking the filibuster. Senators -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- need to stand up for principle -- and to be SEEN by the whole country as standing up for principle. Our way of life -- whereby ALL citizens are ruled by laws, not by men -- is worth it.
A scared Ohio parent, citizen & registered voter