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I got my MoveOn alert this morning in my email and, yet again, the Repulsive Republican in the White House is making an asinine, self-serving decision. I am not inclined toward any particular Party, but I am definitely, consistently repulsed by the delusional mentality of the average Republican. I’m sure there must be SOME Republicans out there who actually THINK and FEEL beyond their Wallets and Self-Preservation?
Hello? <<<<HELLO>>> (huge echo)
Well, there must be SOME Republicans who don’t want such extremes, so I am in great hopes for a balance to come among the Parties.
Anyway, here is our letter from MoveOn. Read and follow through…
I know these kinds of things may seem very ineffective, but I just don’t know what else to do to help contribute to a more inclusive world, but to make my voice/vote known.
Sighhhh… not that it makes that much difference when you have a political party in power who are freely and openly stealing oil, land, rights, and elections.
LETTER FROM MOVEON:
In the past weeks, Republicans and Democrats have called on President Bush to nominate a moderate for the Supreme Court—someone who would honor the legacy of independent Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. But last night, President Bush nominated Judge John Roberts, a far-right lawyer and corporate lobbyist, to fill her post on the Supreme Court.
We’ve got to stop Roberts. He opposed clean air rules and worked to help coal companies strip-mine mountaintops. He worked with Ken Starr (yes, that Ken Starr), and tried to keep Congress from defending the Voting Rights Act. He wrote that Roe v. Wade should be “overruled,” and as a lawyer argued (and won) the case that stopped some doctors from even discussing abortion.
Join our urgent petition to let our senators know we expect them to oppose John Roberts right now at:
This is one of the most important domestic fights of President Bush’s career. We can win—Americans overwhelmingly want a moderate judge. But to win, we need to get the word out early that Roberts is out of the mainstream.
After you’ve signed, please send this message on to your friends and colleagues. We need to fight back against the misinformation that the Bush administration is putting out.
John Roberts has little experience as a judge—he was only appointed in 2003. But he’s got a lot of experience as a corporate lobbyist and lawyer, consistently favoring wealthy corporations over regular Americans.
Here’s a list of some of the things that make Roberts the wrong pick for the Supreme Court:
Wrong on environmental protection:
Roberts wants to limit the scope of the Endangered Species Act, and in papers he wrote while in law school he supported far-right legal theories about “takings” which would make it almost impossible for the government to enforce most environmental legislation.
Wrong on civil rights:
Roberts worked to keep Congress from defending parts of the Voting Rights Act.
Wrong on human rights:
As a appeals court judge, Roberts ruled that the Geneva Convention doesn’t apply to some prisoners of war.
Wrong on our right to religious freedom:
Roberts argued that schools should be able to impose religious speech on attendees.
Wrong on women’s rights:
Roberts wrote that “Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overruled.” He also weighed in on behalf of Operation Rescue, a violent anti-abortion group, in a federal case.
President Bush could have chosen many fair-minded and independent jurists to replace Sandra Day O’Connor. Instead, he chose a corporate partisan loved by Bush’s right-wing base but out of step with the rest of the country.
Tell your senators they need to stop John Roberts now, at:
We’ll be in touch soon about next steps. For now, please help us gather as many voices as possible to keep the Supreme Court fair. And thanks for everything you’re doing.
–Ben, Tanya, Justin, Jennifer and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
END OF MoveOn LETTER
In addition, I received this from the wonderful AirAmerica Radio:
Dear Air America Radio listeners,
Here’s how it used to work whenever the Bush Administration found itself in a bad spot: the media would start reporting the scandal; Democrats and reasonable Republicans would call for justice to be done; and then the White House would simply change the channel. Right Wing talk radio and television have always been the key. The White House knew its talking points would be faithfully delivered to tens of millions of homes, cars, workplaces every day, while the original scandal was never to be spoken of again.
The White House tried to change the channel again last night with its rushed nomination of John Roberts for the Supreme Court. Now America is supposed to forget that a traitor is operating freely in the White House – a traitor who just happens to be the President’s closest aide and advisor, Karl Rove.
But here’s what’s different now: Air America Radio is on the job.
Yes, in the weeks ahead our hosts will tell you everything you need to know about the battle for the Supreme Court, as well as the other pressing issues that face this country and that you care so deeply about. But we’re not going to forget Karlgate (or “Traitorgate” as our Randi Rhodes calls it) until Karl Rove is out of the White House and the President has been held to account.
Here are highlights of how our hosts have been keeping up the pressure on the White House by framing the issue and keeping millions of listeners informed. You can expect much more of this in the weeks to come:
The Rachel Maddow Show – “Rove’s response about Joe Wilson, ‘Because he’s a Democrat’…”
Morning Sedition – “This is about calling the Neocon Death Cult out on a lie.”
The Al Franken Show – “There’s perjury, too – that’s also a crime…”
The Randi Rhodes Show – “The President cannot fire Karl Rove…that would be like Pinocchio would fire Geppetto…”
The Majority Report – “It’s very easy to get caught up in how nefarious the Bush Administration is…”
Now that the White House is trying to change the channel, we need you now more than ever to help us keep the pressure on the White House to fire Karl Rove, even while we join the fight over the Supreme Court.
Sign our petition, and please ask all of your friends to join in as well: http://airamericaradio.com/rove/
Why is it so important to keep up the pressure over Karlgate? Because this is not just about the blind partisanship and arrogance that caused this Administration to seek revenge on Joe Wilson for blowing the whistle on its bogus reasons for going to war. It’s about a justification made of lies for a war that has cost thousands of precious lives. It’s about the utter destruction of our standing in the international community, soaring budget deficits, the diversion of funds to pay for the war, and the loss of our civil and human rights.
Looking carefully at the politics of the last 15 to 20 years, it’s clear that the power of Right Wing talk radio was a driving force that allowed this extremist government to come to power and cause this mess. Now Air America Radio is talking back – and with your help, we’ll keep up the drumbeat until justice is done.
Thank you, Air America Radio