Sunday, May 22, 2005

"There's Nothing Wrong With This Country That a One Party System Wouldn't Fix!"

I used to make that joke a lot.

That joke's humor was rooted in the idea that such a thing is so contrary to the United States of America and its unique system of government that it could never happen.

Never say never. The Republicans (whose rhetoric is designed to make anyone who is not a Republican bear the stigma of being anti-troops, anti-American, and anti-Christian...And therefore discredited as a viable political entity) came to office as the result of a fluke in 2000 and have been taking aggressive steps to crush forever any voice of opposition ever since. They accuse Democrats of being power mad and at the same time are doing everything they can to see that they never loose any power...ANY POWER, ever again. How can a party dedicated to the eradication of any check or balance to their power accuse anyone else of being power mad? Because they are banking on your voting based on your fear of terrorists and homosexuals and nothing else.

W can't allow them to obtain a hammer lock on all three branches of government.

Not if we want the America even liberals used to love to have a chance of survival. I double dog dare every single non-Republican out there to defend this country exactly the same way those radical right wing evangelicals were defending Terry Schaivo.

Please, I beg you, do not allow the elimination of the filibuster....The only power the minority has to balance the power of the majority...Don't help by inaction these political bullies to take us one giant step closer to the unimaginable...a one party system.

Call your government officials and tell them how you feel. Sign the MoveOn PAC's emergency petition to stop the "nuclear option" the far right wing's plan to seize absolute power to stack our courts -– and I hope you will sign too.

Starting Monday, the petition will be delivered straight to Congress every three hours until the final vote, and many of our comments will be read aloud on the Senate floor.

Please sign right now at:

Why is this an emergency?

This Tuesday, the Senate will vote on Republican Leader Bill Frist's "nuclear option" to break the rules of the Senate and give the Republican Party absolute control over appointing federal judges.

For 200 years the minority's right to filibuster has kept our courts fair, by making sure that federal judges needed to get at least some support from both sides of the aisle before they were given life time appointments.

If Frist eliminates the filibuster, his next step would be to force far right partisan judges onto the powerful U.S. Courts of Appeals. The real targets, however, are the four seats on the Supreme Court likely to become vacant in the next four years.

With that much power on the Supreme Court, the far right could strike down decades of progress on labor rights, environmental protections, reproductive rights, and privacy.

The "nuclear option" will live or die by a final vote, probably on Tuesday, and the vote is still way too close to call. There are at least 6 moderate Republicans still on the fence and only 3 more votes needed to win. If we can get enough of our voices into congress and into the streets in the next 72 hours, we can still save our courts.

Please take a minute to join me and sign the emergency petition today, and keep the "THEOCRATIC ELITE"* and the "Biblically Correct"* from making this a country the Founding Fathers would never be able to recognize.

Thank you--and act today! And tomorrow! And every day!

*I have coined these terms to combat the terms "Democratic Elite" and "Politically Correct" frequently used by Right Wing pundits to cast our concerns in the light of a political fringe group of "whacos" and nut-jobs. Please spread the use of these terms "liberally" when referring to their efforts at political dominance. If they can use terms like that to discredit us, we should be able to do the same thing to equal effect. I was appalled to hear Rush Limbaugh actually say on his show last week that the Democrats were advancing an "anti-Christian" agenda. We have to stop this dangerous and radical trend, or one day soon in this country you won't be able to call yourself a Christian if you are not a Conservative, or an American if you are not a Republican. Isn't that the kind of nation we are allowing our young men and women to be killed to eliminate from the world political landscape?


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