``Together, Roe, Casey (abortion rulings) and their illegitimate progeny have occasioned the slaughter of 35 million children -- 35 million innocents'' - John Ashcroft 1992
Your help is required to Stop the Abominable Nomination of Ashcroft. Fax YOUR or my letter to these Senators: bolds (Judiciary Committee + liberals) first. This is the most important thing you can do in the next 5 years. It’s vital to stop this horror show appointee. E-mails are almost worthless because low level staffers deal with them and they're so disposable. FAX's are the thing- they stick around and may make it to the Senator, when they ask for representative opinion. If you live in their state your opinions have vastly greater weight.
Courage means doing the right thing without the assurance of victory.
Ashcroft is a lying reptile who will use his power to crush civil rights of all types. Just his tactic of delaying Clinton’s judicial appointments for years grossly violated the Constitution.
This President lost the election by 540K, the electoral count by 46; you have no obligation to give him what he wants. He is showing his contempt of you and 70% of the country with this + every appointment (impeachment plotter Ted Olson).
Future historians may look back and say this was where America started the march towards a semi-police state, and will speculate why Democrats allowed a right wing fanatic to become top cop.
STAND UP FOR AMERICA + STOP THIS TRAVESTY
In addition, you might mention something about Norton, who should be seen only on the Honeymooners- although I don’t want to confuse the issue. Norton’s miserable record: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/13/politics/13NORT.html Ashcroft is the nightmare appointee that a Bush regime always had the potential to do. One Nation writer thinks Whitman would disembowel the EPA: http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20010129&s=ireland Repub sample letter below.
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PASTEABLE SENATE FAX LIST (dems + liberal Repubs)
Names relate to same position in faxes; Top 3-4 lines most important
If you must enter faxes as items use a,b,c…, but many programs allow you to paste in a group.
* new Senators
Kennedy Leahy, Wellstone Reed Schumer* Durbin Kohl
Cantwell*, Stabenow*, Corzine*, Biden, Clinton,H* Carnahan* Feingold
Lincoln, Feinstein, Boxer, Murray, Harkin, Kerry, Mikulski
Daschle, Kennedy,P Nelson,Ben* Graham Lieberman Cleland Levin
Inouye Akaka Bayh Landrieu Breaux Sarbanes Rockefeller
Baucus Edwards Conrad Dorgan Torricelli Bingaman Reid
Wyden Hollings Johnson,T Byrd Nelson,Bill* Miller* Carper*
202-224-2417, 202-224-3479, 202-224-8438, 202-224-4680, 202-228-3027, 202-228-0400, 202-224-9787,
202-228-0514, 202-228-0325, 202-228-2197, 202-224-0139, 202-228-0282, 202-228-0043, 608-828-1203,
202-228-1371, 202-228-3954, 202-228-1338, 202-224-0238, 202-224-9369, 202-224-8525, 202-224-8858,
202-224-7895, 202-225-3290, 202-228-0012, 202-224-2237, 202-224-9750, 202-224-0072, 202-224-1388,
202-224-6747, 202-224-2126, 202-228-1377, 202-224-9735, 202-228-2577, 202-224-1651, 202-224-7665,
202-228-3687, 202-228-1374, 202-224-7776, 202-224-1193, 202-224-8567, 202-224-2852, 202-224-7327,
202-228-2717, 202-224-4293, 202-228-5765, 202-228-0002, 202-228-xxxx, 202-228-2090, 202-228-2190
Patrick Kennedy is listed because of his influence with his father, Ted. A filibuster (or threat of) may be necessary.
Chafee,L Collins Snowe Jeffords Grassley Specter Hatch
Not fax now ß
401-453-5294, 202-224-2693, 202-224-1946, 202-228-0776, 202-224-6020, 202-228-1229, 202-224-6331
202-224-2207, 202-224-6519, 202-224-3149, 202-224-1353, 202-228-3997, 202-224-5213
Senate Judiciary Committee
202-224-2417, 202-224-3479, 202-228-3027, 202-228-0400, 202-224-9787, 202-228-0514, 202-224-0139,
202-224-6020, 202-228-1229, 202-224-6331, 202-224-2207, 202-224-6519, 202-224-3149, 202-224-1353
We’ve missed 2-3 Dems- let me know who they are or if any fax numbers are bad (all good that I tried). Most right-wing (75%) Repubs aren’t listed, since they are beyond hope. It might be smart to concentrate on Judiciary Com, but Ashford was a longtime member and was assisted in his most grievous offense, conspiring to delay and permanently block the Presidents appointments to the Fed. Courts by Orin Hatch and others. This was the greatest offense to the Constitution in the last decade (till Impeachment and bushycoup), simply preventing the President from filling Judicial slots and violating the separation of powers. They are among the Ashman’s best buddies. This must be stopped by the Dems in the Senate- maybe by a filibuster (or threat of) by 3 or more committed Senators. That’s why concentrating on Kennedy, Schumer, Wellstone and the women Ashcroft would like to imprison if they violate his religious code, is best. They are in the first 3 rows. The Repubs that might break w the lunatics are in the first row- esp Chafee, who is furious at the right wing defeat at their liberal whip nominee.
We strongly urge you to reject the nomination of John Ashcroft for Attorney General. He is the worst nominee for any cabinet position in the last half-century, way too extreme in philosophy and position to hold this sensitive and powerful position. Top-cop is not the place for someone who would deliberately violate the boundaries of church and state, someone who believes that birth control should be prohibited, let alone abortion, someone who has shown his contempt for the Constitution by conspiring to oppose and delay Judicial nominees for years, someone whose commitment to civil rights and the environment is negligible, someone who would endorse and expand the imprisonment of 2 million citizens by stiffening draconian drug penalties.
Please don’t adhere to the royalist notion that you can’t oppose a fellow Senator, another member of “The Club”. After this tawdry bitter election, that attitude smacks of another form of corruption. Don’t presume you must find a smoking gun to reject Ashcroft: his radical and reactionary principles are sufficient to render him inadequate (like the atrocious Clarence Thomas- we’ve seen the fruit of that bush). Coupled with 1-3 more appointments to the brazen right-wing Supreme Court, a hard-right AG could damage civil liberties in ways that would render America unrecognizable in a decade. The Afghan Taliban and murderous mullahs of Iran demonstrate the risks of the fundamentalist path. Although Ashcroft is congenial and friendly, Advise and Consent isn’t an opportunity to rubber stamp acquaintances - it’s a sworn duty to make sure that unqualified or dangerous candidates aren’t handed powerful executive reins. His promises to defend women’s choice shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Additionally, Ashcroft may be intended to fail: he may be a sacrificial lamb to appease and energize the extreme right-wing, and to give wounded Democrats some red meat to appease their outrage over the foul tricks of this election. It was a gesture of contempt to the vast center of the country and will earn your party undying public and opposition enmity if he somehow is passed. After this bitter election, this is not a time to subscribe to blind party loyalty.
All it would take is for 1 or 2 Republican to state that he will not fly, and Bush would fold. Sen.Boxer, to her enormous credit, has. For the sake of our country, laws, and future, please do so and force Bush to chose a more mainstream candidate.