Support a filibuster
Yesterday, Senator Ted Kennedy and I told our colleagues that we supported a filibuster of Judge Alito's nomination for the Supreme Court. And we weren't alone. But the bottom line is that it takes more than two or three people to filibuster successfully. It's not "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." If you want to stop Judge Alito from becoming Justice Alito, use your own email list and organize. We can't just preach to our own choir. We need to prove to everyone - from our friends and neighbors to our fellow Senators - that the American people know Judge Alito will take our country in the wrong direction, and they expect something to be done about it...
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...So I'm asking you to join Senator Kennedy, me, and concerned citizens across America who are signing this petition to support a filibuster. If there was ever a time to forward an email on to friends and family, this is it. One way or another, we're going to find out in the next few days if Judge Alito is going to become Justice Alito. You know where I stand. The time to make your voice heard is now. So please sign this filibuster petition and get as many friends as you can to do the same.
If Judge Alito gets on the Supreme Court, it will be an incredible mistake for America. And remember, this is one mistake that we can never take back.
I voted against Justice Roberts, but I feel even more strongly about Judge Alito. Why? Rather than live up to the promise of "equal justice under the law," he has consistently made it harder for the most disadvantaged Americans to have their day in court. He routinely defers to excessive government power no matter how much government abuses that power. And, to this date, his only statement on record regarding a woman's right to privacy is that she doesn't have one.
There isn't a shred of doubt in my opposition to Judge Alito's nomination. I spent a lot of time over the last few years thinking about what kind of person deserves to sit on the highest court in the land, so I don't hesitate a minute in saying that Judge Alito is not that person. His entire legal career shows that, if confirmed, he will take America backward. People can say all they want that "elections have consequences." Trust me, I understand. But that doesn't mean we have to stay silent about Judge Alito's nomination.
President Bush had the opportunity to nominate someone who would unite the country in a time of extreme division. He chose not to do this, and that is his right. But we have every right -- in fact, we have a responsibility -- to fight against a radical ideological shift on the Supreme Court. This nomination was a sellout to the demands of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. The president gave no thought to what the American people really wanted - or needed. So now that the president and Judge Alito have proven they won't stand up for the majority of Americans, we have to stand up. We have to speak out. That's the true meaning of "advice and consent."
Obviously, we all know this is a heavy uphill climb, and Kerry needs all the ammo we can muster. So if you can all be sure and take a second out from phoning and emailing to sign and also forward to everyone you know, well, every little bit helps.
More filibuster ammo, courtesy of the DU front page:
Suggestion from Kerry's Office: Who to Call NOW for Filibuster
Posted by bettyellen
Added to homepage Thu Jan 26th 2006, 05:38 PM ET
thanks to Jackster
jackster (1000+ posts) Thu Jan-26-06 04:45 PM
Just talked to Kerry's office in Boston....
I was told that Reid is on board for the filibuster - but calls need to be made to Landrieau, Salazar, Johnson, and Byrd BY EVERYONE no matter your location.
Robert Byrd (WV)
311 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: http://www.byrd.senate.gov/....
FAX: (202) 228-0002
Mary Landrieu (LA)
724 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/....
FAX: (202) 224-9735
K. Salazar (CO)
UNITED STATES SENATE WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: http://salazar.senate.gov/....
FAX: (202) 228-5036
Johnson, Tim- (D - SD) Class II
136 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm
Also, worth a shot:
Susan Collins (ME)
461 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Web Form: http://collins.senate.gov/.... /
FAX: (202) 224-2693
Olympia Snowe (ME)
154 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-1946
FAX: (202) 224-1946