Saturday, June 21, 2003
Here is Senator John Kerry's letter to MoveOn.org members. I haven't read it yet, so I ain't gonna comment till I do...
OK...Now I am reading it. Read with me...and remember. HE speaks in italics.
Dear MoveOn Members,
Three words sum up why we need to take action today: The Supreme Court. I need you to join me in keeping the Supreme Court out of the hands of right wing ideologues. I am prepared to filibuster, if necessary, any Supreme Court nominee who would turn back the clock on a woman’s right to choose, on civil rights and individual liberties, and on the laws protecting workers and the environment.
This is, of course, an urgent and important thing to do. But even with its urgency, I don't know if it makes a good lead. Lead with your best. This panoply of issues is hardly different that any politician has said since time immemorial. Watch "The Candidate" with Robert Redford. That is, if he lets you. If he does, say that I sent you, and then invite me over. HE is the one who deserves to be President. Unfortunately America doesn't deserve HIM.
But back to Kerry's opening graf... The Bush Residency in unprecented...and he should be unpresidented. Look. The Media is not gonna tell us squat about his true weaknesses. If you don't...switch parties. Or become a talk-show host. Pays better. You ARE on good terms with Mammon, aren't you?
If you agree with me that there should be no equivocation, no double-speak, no avoidance of the issue, then sign my online petition today at:
Most people don't know what equivocation means. As such it may well qualify as a showpoint, for lack of better words. One almost thinks you are trying to tell yourself these things. Leave memos on the fridge. Not here. We do love ya though. Don't get me wrong...
I will deliver this petition to Senate Democratic Leader, Tom Daschle, and the Ranking Democratic Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Pat Leahy, as well as their counterparts on the Republican side of the aisle – Majority Leader Bill Frist and Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch. We will assure that they hear our voices loud and clear that we will oppose a nominee who would turn back the clock on a woman’s right to choose, on civil rights and individual liberties, and on the laws protecting workers and the environment.
Still on the Supreme Court, I see...
What applies to equivocation also applies to those other specialized terms: Daschle, Hatch, bla bla bla.
If you are gonna talk about the Supreme Court...talk about their egregious behavior during the 2000 selection.
The conflicts of interests...those things the media love to bury or avoid altogether.
Mister Senator. Open all your chakras. Compose your message thusly: By using and appealing to the head, the heart, and the body. There is a profound lack of this mixture in the entire canon of western letters, and yet the East mixes and synergizes them almost, and probably, by nature. So far...you are just head.
The criteria are basic: Any person who thinks it’s his or her job to push an extreme political agenda, rather than to interpret the law, should not be a Supreme Court Justice. Any person who thinks it’s his or her job to carry out the President’s political agenda, rather than to provide justice to ordinary Americans, should not be a Supreme Court Justice.
Agreed, but arcana to most. Earth to Senator Kerry...
Make no mistake, we need to take back the White House in 2004 and that’s why I’m running for President. When I’m President there will be no John Ashcroft trampling on the Bill of Rights – but before I become President we must stop George W. Bush from using the Supreme Court to carry out the President’s political agenda, rather than to provide justice to ordinary Americans.
I see you know about the magic of "when". But it is reather presumptuous, don't you think. Don't come off as pompous or as the rightful heir. Sounds too much like Bush, rather than his antithesis.
The differences today are clear: George Bush wants to criminalize the right of women to choose, he’s willing to take us back to the days of back alleys, to gag doctors and to deny families the right to plan and be aware of their choices. And don’t take my word for it: just look at who they’ve already tried to ram down our throats: Judges like Charles Pickering and Priscilla Owen who have long records of opposition to Roe v. Wade, have sought to restrict laws barring sexual discrimination, have supported a ban on interracial marriage, and have worked to narrow laws on gender discrimination. Or Judges like James Leon Holmes who dismissed arguments for the availability of abortion for rape victims claiming that conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami. Each year in America, over 30,000 women become pregnant as a result of rape or incest; snow falls in Miami roughly once every 100 years.
One-trick pony, huh...
I believe America should move forward and advance our right to privacy and equal rights, the civil rights, and the right to choose in this nation.
No one is better at demanding action and holding government accountable than MoveOn.Org – and together we can stop the Bush right-wing juggernaut by mobilizing the United States Senate to reject any Bush Supreme Court nominee hostile to the rights of women to choose.
What can I say. Most disappointing. Do you need a speechwriter? Call me. I could at least add a touch of jocularity to your wooden, canned excuse for a State-of-the-Union address.
No wait. This was just a letter to MoveOn.org. My bad.
But seriously...tell the whole truth. From the top down. Start with that which we are not being told by Bush's media arm...ie FOX, MSNBC, CNN, Washington Post, etc. Go over their heads. You are a Senator of the United States for God's sake. Not a mere pundit or media whore. Act like it. And act ON it. Wanna be a real hero?