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As you may know if you have been following any of my diaries over the past few months, I am working with DC for Democracy in a campaign to get individual Members of Congress to sign H Res 543, which would force a debate on Iraq to the House floor.

Although we have had successes -- 112 signatures so far -- there have been many frustrations along the way, mostly in the form of Members staff saying the Member is "being cautious" or  "hasn't made a decision yet." One of my co-campaigners finally felt the need to address our minority leader. Her letter follows...

May 13, 2006

Dear Congresswoman Pelosi,

Recent press reports say the Democratic Party leadership does not see a relationship between:

a) the failed administration policies (blindly supported by the Republican Party loyalists) for a "War WITHOUT END" and

b) winning elections.

This is so very unfortunate because even a blind person can see the very strong connection.  .....

cont'd after the break...

If the Democratic Leadership ever takes the time to HEAR and LISTEN to the front-line grassroots American instead of high-paid so-called political consultants, they will find excessive anger not only with the administration but the lack of substantive actions by the Democrats.  

Let me share with you what one of the common people, not a high paid political consultant has to say:

Caryn Unsicker from Iowa: "I am so disappointed in all of them, Democrats too, for being such cowards. When I think about my son, if he gets hurt, or worse, and it's because of THEIR cowardice..."

Your continual call opposing censuring the President over his decision to invade Iraq in March 2003 appears that you totally disregard the lies the Administration told the American people about Iraq. You totally ignore the resolution to investigate the administration over issues of prewar intelligence and warrantless wiretapping of American Citizens.  Yours and the Democratic Party's silence speaks volumes about your views of justice and truth.  

It is telling how you and the Democratic Party make the time and effort to argue among yourselves about election strategies and how to spend the campaign war chest and yet find no time, effort or desire to tackle the complex challenges of the Iraq quagmire that the administration has created.  

For me, my interpretation of the silence and inability to engage in substantive debate about the Iraq quagmire is as follows:

a)  You and the Democratic Party have joined the President in replacing TRUTH with LIES as an American Value.  

b) You and the Democratic Party have joined the President in replacing JUSTICE with EGO and GREED.

c) You and the Democratic Party have joined the President in positioning, posturing and pandering to self-interests of a small group.

Please tell me my interpretation is wrong.  Please show me that my interpretation is wrong.  Please make me proud to be an American on the world's stage again.

Your adopted slogan, "We can do better" is true.  Please show me that you can do better.

Peace,

jbkim

Originally posted to michelina on Sun May 14, 2006 at 07:40 PM PDT.

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  •  Please do share your thoughts! (9+ / 0-)

    and recs, if you will -- just hoping it will be visible long enough for her to possibly see. Thanks.

  •  do you have any links (1+ / 0-)
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    vawolf

    to those recent reports??

    thanks!

    "No, I understand that. But I - I would really like to have a chance to discuss what you keep telling me what I'm not discussing." -- Rep. Barney Frank.

    by BiminiCat on Sun May 14, 2006 at 07:35:11 PM PDT

    •  i'm checking (0+ / 0-)

      i e-mailed to get the links. i'll post when i hear back.

      •  nothing yet (0+ / 0-)

        still checking??

        "No, I understand that. But I - I would really like to have a chance to discuss what you keep telling me what I'm not discussing." -- Rep. Barney Frank.

        by BiminiCat on Sun May 14, 2006 at 08:23:04 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  sorry, not yet... (0+ / 0-)

          she was going out of town so i hope she gets my email before she leaves...

          •  ok (0+ / 0-)

            let us know when you receive these reports:

            Recent press reports say the Democratic Party leadership does not see a relationship between:

            a) the failed administration policies (blindly supported by the Republican Party loyalists) for a "War WITHOUT END" and

            b) winning elections.

            cause kid oakland says we're mavens and obsessed with the truth.

            thanks!!!

            "No, I understand that. But I - I would really like to have a chance to discuss what you keep telling me what I'm not discussing." -- Rep. Barney Frank.

            by BiminiCat on Sun May 14, 2006 at 09:08:07 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  looks like the letter writer (0+ / 0-)

      came to that conclusion because the articles and reports about the dem. leadership statements do NOT make any connections.

      As for myself, nothing immediately comes to mind as any substantive Dems message to counter the "War Without End".  A non-substantive Dems message seems to be something along the lines of " ... wait till we have the Majority.."

      Does a substantive Dem message come to your mind?

  •  Recommended (0+ / 0-)

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

    by vawolf on Sun May 14, 2006 at 07:42:03 PM PDT

  •  Pelosi is less than popular in SF; there is (2+ / 0-)
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    ChemGeek, grayscale

    Draft Matt Gonzalez online petition; he's the Green that almost beat Gavin Newsom for mayor of San Francisco. There are also rumors that another independent is going to run after the primary.

    •  I'm really happy to hear (1+ / 0-)
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      grayscale

      that Matt is running. From what I know, he ran a great race against Newsom. I look forward to seeing Matt force Pelosi to explain how her equivocations are in the best interests of her constituents.

    •  Rumors are pretty much true (1+ / 0-)
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      grayscale

      I hope to be able to talk here more soon on Daily Kos about the independent challenger to Pelosi in the general election.

      Grok Your World
      grok: to understand something in a deep and empathic way

      by John Driscoll on Sun May 14, 2006 at 08:07:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Is this (0+ / 0-)

        that Kangas guy? Can you tell us something about him? I would lean more toward Gonzalez because of name recognition and popularity.

        •  Not the Kansas guy ... (0+ / 0-)

          Who is the Kansas guy, btw?

          Can't really tell you more, except that he has said his first piece of legislation would be articles of impeachment against Bush and Cheney.

          Are you in Pelosi's district?

          A question: why is name recognition this much of a consideration for you? I ask because it seems that any independent who runs against Pelosi will need to have a strong issues orientation to their campaign, and it wouldn't hurt to have a candidate with fresh ideas to raise the discourse out of its fogged-over state.

          Grok Your World
          grok: to understand something in a deep and empathic way

          by John Driscoll on Mon May 15, 2006 at 06:33:28 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I recall seeing (0+ / 0-)

            something on the web about some guy named Kangas or Kalgas or something who wanted to take on Pelosi. I had never heard of him, didn't know what his platform was. Now I can't find the website.

            Gonzalez is known in San Francisco, and he's pretty  popular, especially with young voters. His name can still take him pretty far because of his standing in the mayor's race. He's a Green, or at least he ran as one against Newsom, which is great in my book, because I support the Green platform.

            I agree with you about impeachment proceedings. Pelosi should not have said what she said about impeachment being off the table. That said, what other issues is your candidate offering? As for name recognition, I think Pelosi would be formidable to take on for almost anybody. She's entrenched, has a history here. I think the personality + the issues will get another candidate further in a race like this.

            And, yes, I live in Pelosi's district, and if Gonzalez runs, I plan to work for his campaign.

            So help us out - tell us more about your candidate, or give us a website to visit. There are enough people on dKos who are disgusted with Pelosi and would probably like to know more about alternatives.

            •  'What's the matter with Kangas?' ... (0+ / 0-)

              Actually, what has happened to Kangas? From what I researched online, he was appealing to Greens to sign his nominating papers. Beyond that, I’m not sure how far he got in the process.

              Some more dribs and drabs about my guy: He admires Gavin Newsom, Janet Reilly, Paul Hackett and Russ Feingold. He does, however, differ with Reilly and Feingold in their stances on Iraq and the “war on terror.” And, in general, he certainly feels that the Democrats lack balls — in a figurative sense — and principles — in a very real sense — and intelligence.

              Once the campaign gets off of the ground (I’d like to be able to get things rolling within a matter of days), it will certainly be about national and global issues. So people beyond the district could also benefit from engaging with the campaign.

              Grok Your World
              grok: to understand something in a deep and empathic way

              by John Driscoll on Mon May 15, 2006 at 10:28:27 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

  •  well...I'm not too sure the Democrats... (0+ / 0-)

    have joined the President in replacing JUSTICE with EGO and GREED... Greed ok but ego? What do they have to be egotistical about? Democrat "leaders" lack the guts to even censure, much less impeach. It's absolutely pathetic.

    We need an opposition party; most of the Democrats in office are too wussy to question the Bush administration's right to BREAK THE LAW again and again! More of them wanted Clinton to be impeached than Bush! The more I read, the more it seems like the opposition party is merely joining the GOP in their opposition to the Constitution and the values of America. There's no accountability and nobody even trying to force it except for a few good apples...Feingold and Leahy come to mind.

    Why is it too scary for people to talk impeachment? Are they waiting for Bush's approval to drop below 20%? What am I missing here? WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR "LEADERS"?

  •  Say No to the Silence. Recommend this Diary! (1+ / 0-)
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    michelina

    The House Minority Leader Ms. Pelosi, it seems, may be out to lunch along with the rest of the "scared to death, whatever are we going to do?" crowd.

    What I mean to say is that I doubt anyone on her staff will read this diary and if they do "they will be too afraid" to post a response.

    If by chance they find the “courage to respond” demand answers to your questions. Don't accept anything less!

    It up to everyone who isn't a corporation or special interest group to hold your politicians accountable by demanding that they ignore the lobbyist and listen to the voice of individual concerns like those of the person from Iowa.

    This is called restoring the phrase "We the People" to the Constitution. That is the first step that has to happen if America is to have any kind of Democratic future.

    I urge everyone who reads this diary to recommend this diary so it stays on the list until mechelina receives an answer from Ms. Pelosi.

    Say No to the Silence and Demand Answers Now!

    The Kingdom of Infinia' is just a tool to be used when no other tool works. Using the right tool makes the even the hardest job simple to accomplish.

    by hmsjo on Sun May 14, 2006 at 08:05:57 PM PDT

    •  Right On! (0+ / 0-)

      Definitely will demand answers -- that's the reason she wrote this.

      They are OUR Party, and they answer to US!

      Listen up, stand up, speak up -- or get outta the way.

      •  Ever get that feeling (0+ / 0-)

        that the only time someone is home is when they need a buck or two. Funny how that only works one way isn't it.

        The Kingdom of Infinia' is just a tool to be used when no other tool works. Using the right tool makes the even the hardest job simple to accomplish.

        by hmsjo on Wed May 17, 2006 at 02:53:02 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Excuse my ignorance please (0+ / 0-)

    What exactly is an "open letter?"  Is this something posted publicly, but not sent personally to the intended recipient?  Or is it a term used to publicize a private correspondance?

    Sorry, I've always wondered what exactly this means.

    Thanks in advance.

    •  I'm not sure if your question is serious, but... (0+ / 0-)

      Open letter: a letter of protest; addressed to one person but intended for the general public

      link

      "The danger of repression is greater than the danger of debate."

      by Valtin on Sun May 14, 2006 at 08:30:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The public square of today (0+ / 0-)

      is the Internet. In the far past open letters were posted on the doors of temple, churches etc... An open letter is a document available for reading by any one posted in a public place.

      Today websites, blogs etc... have transformed the meaning of the public square to having a multitude of venues wherein anyone can post an "open letter" to someone else.

      In posting an open letter common courtesy would normally dictate that if it addressed to public person such as a politician that either an email copy of the open letter be sent or copy be provided by snail mail to that person.

      In this case Ms. Pelosi has stated that she has delegated one of her staffers to reading the diaries on this site. So this would be a logical place for the posting of an open letter to her.

      However it is not necessary to notify the person who the open letter is addressed to but it is considered good manners and is a reflection a person's personal ethics and judgment.

      Hope that answers your question.

      The Kingdom of Infinia' is just a tool to be used when no other tool works. Using the right tool makes the even the hardest job simple to accomplish.

      by hmsjo on Sun May 14, 2006 at 08:43:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Pelosi supports investigations, possible impeach! (0+ / 0-)

    Consider this:

    What would the Democrats legislative agenda look like if they captured the House in 2006? According to the Washington Post, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would "raise the minimum wage, roll back parts of the Republican prescription drug law, implement homeland security measures and reinstate lapsed budget deficit controls."

    In addition, a Democratic House "would launch a series of investigations of the Bush administration, beginning with the White House's first-term energy task force and probably including the use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Pelosi denied Republican allegations that a Democratic House would move quickly to impeach President Bush. But, she said of the planned investigations, 'You never know where it leads to.'"

  •  some heartening numbers here (0+ / 0-)

    Please show me that you can do better.

    Enjoy these numbers!  (A recent poll that shows how many everyday Americans support impeachment and the rule of law outlined by the U.S. Constitution.)  Enjoy!
    Impeach!

    The numbers.

    PS
    Lieberman and Harman are in trouble.
    They have to respond to the progressive netroots now and WAKE UP!

    Peace

  •  Pelosi is Establishment (1+ / 0-)
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    grayscale

    With a capital E.

    San Franciscans (where I work, living in a suburb of that great city) are too tolerant of Pelosi's sell-out policies (Patriot Act, Iraq War, etc.). It is the narcissism of having one of our own in a top leadership position.

    She hasn't even brought home the pork.

    We should dump her and all the moderate-conservative Democrats.

    "The danger of repression is greater than the danger of debate."

    by Valtin on Sun May 14, 2006 at 08:33:01 PM PDT

  •  Those of us in San Francisco who enjoy voting for (1+ / 0-)
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    grayscale

    who we want with ranked choice voting hope the rest of the country catches on fast.

    It eliminates the "spoiler" problem and allows us to build an alliance of progressive parties.

    Voting against Pelosi will not be voting in a Republican unless the field gets really big.

  •  HRC 391? (0+ / 0-)

    Pelosi should be backing HRC 391, sponsored by DeFazio (D OR) with 34 cosponsors.

    The bill conveys the sense of Congress that Bush MUST come to Congress for authorization prior to attacking Iran.

    •  H Res 543 AND HRC 391 (1+ / 0-)
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      goinsouth

      DeFazio also signed 543.

      The thing is, nobody on either side wants to sign it in bc (OMG!) they would have to debate Iraq and come up with some real plans to get the heck out.

      Every day they delay, the more people die.

      I was at the Eyes Wide Open exhibit on the Mall Saturday -- when I see a woman sobbing on ground beside her fiance's boots, another laying prone on the ground for hours hugging her son's boots, and men staring, taking it in, thinking about their cousin, or nephew over there right now....

      And I just look across the Mall to that big white dome and say "what is wrong with you??"

  •  Nancy, let me make this perfectly clear. (1+ / 0-)
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    grayscale

    We, the people, want the motherfucker impeached.  If you don't, step aside.

    If we're dumb. Then God is dumb. And maybe a little ugly on the side.

    by Ghost of Frank Zappa on Sun May 14, 2006 at 09:32:25 PM PDT

  •  And what about Feingold? (1+ / 0-)
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    peace voter

    a)  You and the Democratic Party have joined the President in replacing TRUTH with LIES as an American Value.  
    b) You and the Democratic Party have joined the President in replacing JUSTICE with EGO and GREED.
    c) You and the Democratic Party have joined the President in positioning, posturing and pandering to self-interests of a small group.

    Surely, you can't lump him in with the appeasers.

  •  What Recent Press Reports, from where, FOX? (0+ / 0-)

    I think the Democrats can do better, but I also think it's foolish to equate them with the Republicans; you're simply parroting Republican talking points when you do. Broad generalizations are almost always useless. I live in the Bay Area and drive around with a bumper sticker that says Impeach Bush; I wouldn't describe myself as a moderate, but I'm not with you on the subject of running Pelosi out. I wish more of the Dems would sign on to the censure motion, but I think you're open letter lacks substance and, consequently, value—points A, B, and C are especially broad and exaggerated. You're letter would make more sense if it focused on your efforts to get Congresswoman Pelosi to sign on to House Res. 543. You don't even mention it in the body of the letter. I'm not convinced she isn't listening, either, since she's one of the congress people who publish here and because she's been fighting for things like net neutrality.  There is some need to pull the center along with us, if we turn into Neo-lefties, demanding our agenda and ignoring the center, we lose.  The Right has focused on changing the middle, moving it to the Right. We have to focus on moving it back toward the Left if we want real change. That’s not to say that the Dems haven't lacked courage, they have. I just feel like there’s a way to pull together instead of apart and you’re letter, to me, is about pulling apart.

    •  Pelosi signed H.Res. 543, however (0+ / 0-)

      there's no evidence of this House Minority Leader making the case to rest of Dems to sign on.

      •  Exactly right (0+ / 0-)

        The letter writer is not (nor am I) trying to run her out -- many commenters are suggesting this, mostly those who live in her district.

        Pelosi did sign 543, but she is doing nothing to whip the other Dems to sign.

        Also, to address your comment re not enough about 543 in the letter -- to be fair, for my co-organizer, 543 is one of several straws which finally broke the camel's back. She wrote this personally, not on behalf of DC for Democracy.

        And pulling the Party apart? I believe that is why she said "Please tell me my interpretation is wrong" and that we can do better.

  •  Pelosi needs her confidence back (0+ / 0-)

    That's all I ask - get that bounce in your step "no whining, just winning" attitude back.

    She got caught saying Dems would not impeach - if she had her game face on, the silly politically unwise statement would not have escaped her lips.

    I wish she would take on the persona of Mrs. Huxtable from the Cosby Show. The mom who knows what everybody is up to even when she's not there to see it. Lately, unfortunately, Pelosi has looked frazzled, off-center, and slightly freaked out. That is not someone feel safe with - not someone voters will put in charge.

    She needs to project confidence. Somebody do something!!!

    •  do u have links to her stmts? (0+ / 0-)

      one of the blog posts is asking the letter-writer for sources of the inability of the Dem leadership to make the connection between failed administration policies and winning elections.  The letter-writer hasn't answered yet.  

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