Your recent gentle dismissal of remarks made by Joe Lieberman is the cause for this letter. I am a life long Democrat and have never voted for a split ticket in my voting history. I mention this only to provide whatever bona fides I have as a Democratic constituent. As you are aware, the Democrats regained majorities in both houses of Congress largely if not singularly upon the promise that our Party would set the machine in motion for withdrawal from Iraq. I was disappointed in the recent supplemental funding bill outcome as it relates to the Iraq and continued obedience to our despotic President's war agenda. But I am willing to be patient enough to provide you the opportunity to exercise leadership and execute the promise that was made to us, your constituents. But there is a cancer in the midst of the Democratic caucus and it must be addressed. Failure to do so will bring sickness, death and ruination in my carefully considered, but humble opinion.
As you also know, recent polling has shown that those that identify as Democrats are 85 to 90 percent in favor of withdrawal from Iraq. Those same percentages are reflected in the disposition of these Party members about a possible military action against Iran. No voice is heard from the Democratic Congressional benches of the House or Senate contrary to these stark and overwhelming feelings of your constituents. But there is ONE.
One, who by our leave and permission is permitted to share our majority power (slight as it may be) to stand in open rebellion against the vast majority of his constituents, Americans and especially Democrats concerning the US Middle East Policy and specifically as it related to Iraq and Iran. The One is Joe Lieberman, the Senator that DEFEATED the Democratic Party nominee from Connecticut. Indeed, his campaign against our Party nominee not only hurt the Democratic Party, especially in Connecticut but possibly with others as this race ended up distracting and drawing attention of resources that could have been more effectively used against the opposition. The One – Joe Lieberman – robbed you of a Democratic seat and now uses his placement in that seat as leverage against your interests as leader and against my Party.
Joe Lieberman is in rebellion against the Party who he wishes to caucus with and the Party that has graciously permitted him to ally himself with. No more.
Senator Reid – in the name of the leadership that you claim to have in the Senate, this One’s affiliation with our righteous and important cause must come to an end on the charge of DISLOYALTY. His recent threats against the state of Iran are in keeping with Dick Cheney not you, the Democrats and if it matters, me. Joe Lieberman has threaten to disassociate himself and join the Republican caucus – more DISLOYALTY. The One defends the President and evidently supports the concept and theory of the "unitary executive" in questionable understanding of our Constitution.
For these acts of Party DISLOYALTY it is time ...well past time to accept the mind of the people of the State of Connecticut, the vast majority of Americans and especially Democrats that this war MUST END and Joe Lieberman is in rebellion against our party on this issue. Joe Lieberman is a part of our Party now by invitation and he has worn out his welcome. You must demonstrate your leadership and allegiance to the Party faithful in carrying out our agenda against "the would be king", George W. Bush and take a step that signals your continued commitment to end the war. Lieberman’s fidelity to the "supposed monarch" and HIS WAR is cause enough for me and I shall not list his other offenses – though they are many. YOU MUST ACT!
Here is what I implore you to do:
EXPEL Senator Lieberman from the Democratic Caucus and do so immediately. This One needs no warning or call to repentance. Expel him NOW.
STRIP him of his Committee Leadership and Committee assignments. If the other party wishes to have his pathetic soul then let them have him. His philosophy, integrity and commitment to the United States is more in keeping with their ideas about such things anyway. However, they would be wise to reject him as well as unreliable and disloyalty are traits not easily washed off. But they can have him, undeserving pariah that he is!
EXPRESS NO SORROW over these actions as they are deserved and REQUIRED.
I feel that this is the only reasonable way to demonstrate our commitment to the path of peace and carry out our agenda of OUT OF IRAQ – NOW in light of the failure to confront the President adequately on the supplemental funding bill. You can start by acting against the ONE disloyal caucus member that you do have power over.
Sincerely a loyal Democrat,
P.S. This letter is openly posted at Daily Kos and the following have added their voice to my letter by poll and comment