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  •  Heartbreaking (4.00)
    Last year, in response to Senator Kennedy's appeal, I sent money to Senator Byrd's campaign.  When I watch Senator Byrd on the floor of the Senate, I am invariably moved to tears.  Tears of joy that we have such a gentleman still willing to represent the people.  Tears of sadness for the corporate interests that have overtaken our government.

    I was stunned to learn Senator Byrd will vote yes to Alito. After a lifetime of serving the people, he will turn his back on half of us (women). He will vote yes to further eroding the checks and balances of this democracy.  He will bow down to political expediency instead of standing for principle.

    My heart breaks.

       

    •  I wonder if Byrd's staff reads Kos (4.00)
      Posts like yours must have some affect. Byrd just seems too good of person for them to not. He made a mistake, and of enough of us remind him, maybe he'll think about it some more.

      "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

      by bewert on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:03:41 AM PST

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      •  I agree. I think the gentlemanly (none)
        instinct to abhor someone making a woman cry kicked in hard when Mrs. Alito cried and he just needs to be reminded that this is a lifetime appointment and that there are serious problems with the nominee.

        I wrote an email telling him so the other day.

        •  making a woman cry (4.00)
          There will be plenty of other women shedding tears in this country before Alito is done with us.

          Of science and the human heart, there is no limit. -- Bono

          by saucy monkey on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:48:24 PM PST

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          •  That wasn't what Sen. Byrd saw. (none)
            He saw Mrs. Alito.  He reacted to the immediate stimulus.  

            All we need to do is get him to temper that reaction with the knowledge that the appointment is a bad idea.  He is taking Alito at face value while Alito is being evasive.  The evasive nature of Alito's answers and the LIFETIME nature of the appointment need to be emphasized to Senator Byrd.

            If Senator Byrd can be made to understand that this man will change the balance of the Supreme Court to the point that it disturbs the checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution, he will vote against the appointment.

    •  I also sent money (4.00)
      and, let me tell you, it was not easy for me to give up that money.  

      I am a single mother who, since Bu$hCo has been in office, takes home less than $2,000/mo.  I have a child with high needs.  My car has over 200,000 miles on it.  I live in a broken down trailer house.  Still, I gave money to Byrd because I appreciated the way he defended the constitution.  Unless he changes his vote, I will give money to his opponent.

      The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

      by TXsharon on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:09:13 AM PST

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      •  TXsharon (none)
        I agree!  Here's my letter to Senator Byrd, emailed, faxed, extra impact hand delivered through http://www.congress.org/....   Monday morning a phone call:

        Dear Senator Byrd:

        Although I am not from your West Virginia, I was moved to subsidize your campaign for reelection after I heard your eloquent speech defending the Constitution on the floor of the Senate last year.  It was a small contribution, but symbolic of my deep admiration and respect for your tireless, persistent fight to save our most precious freedoms.  

        As a champion of our Constitution, I was astonished to learn that you may vote "yes" to confirm Judge Alito for Supreme Court Justice.  I don't know how you could possibly confirm someone who has a long record and history of trampling on the rights of minorities, women, and  individuals vs big monied interests.  

        President Bush could have consulted with Democrats to come up with a nominee who would have had bipartisan support, just as President Clinton did with Senator Orrin Hatch resulting in the nomination of Ruth Ginsberg.  Instead, he chose a divisive candidate whose past rulings are ostensibly extreme and significantly beyond the views of mainstream Americans.

        I watched a good deal of the Senate Confirmation hearings of Judge Alito and became quite frustrated with his non-answers to most questions by the committee.  It was obvious he did not wish to reveal what his past record demonstrates, that he is an extreme right wing ideologue whose interpretation of the law is seriously flawed.  Of particular concern is his extreme view, which he himself developed, of the unitary executive power.  President Bush has cited the unitary executive theory at least 95 times to justify torture, secret prisons, imprisonment of Americans without trial, and warrantees surveillance of all electronic communications of thousands of U.S. citizens.

        Throughout the hearings, Judge Alito refused to condemn this flagrant disregard for the fundamental separation of powers as stipulated in the Constitution.  If a president believes a statute to be unconstitutional, he has the right to challenge it in the courts.  But President Bush simply decided on his own that spying on Americans outside of the FISA court as stipulated in the law was unconstitutional.   So if he feels other laws are unconstitutional, will he continue to break them?  Sir, this is the very definition of a dictatorship.   And this is exactly what Judge Alito believes.

        My grandfather lost a lung to mustard gas in World War I.  My dad fought in both World War II and the Korean War.  My brother and his son both served in the Air Force.  Patriotism runs deep in the bones and veins of our family.  But I am fearful that the sacrifices they and millions of soldiers have made and continue to make in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect our freedom will have been in vain.

        Senator, we are on the verge of a dictatorship.  Judge Alito is the most recent step toward the downfall of our great Nation.  An Alito confirmation will have enormous consequences for decades, condemning America to expanded governmental power and intrusion into our private lives while diminishing the role of Congress.

        Senator, please don't rely on Judge Alito's personal assurances.  Please rely on his record, his speeches, his non-testimony before the Senate Judicial Committee.  

        I urge you to vote "no" on Alito; and "no" on cloture, because a "yes" vote on cloture will result in Alito's confirmation.  Give Senator Frist and President Bush more time to come up with a candidate who will easily receive bipartisan support.

        I will continue to admire you and your support for our constitution, Senator Byrd, but should you decide to confirm Judge Alito, I will no longer be able to continue any monitory support for your reelection.

        Please do the right thing, and stop this very dangerous nominee from ever having the privilege of sitting on the highest court of the land and demeaning our Constitution.

        Thank you.

        ...and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness.

        by rlharry on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:32:12 PM PST

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