The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Last Stand

I just wrote a letter to one of the last Republicans to avoid taking a public stance on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. The link above will take you to a page that will allow you to write him. Please do so. Here's the text of my letter:

The pending vote on the nomination of Samuel Alito represents a potential sea change in American politics. Recalling your emotional reaction to the nomination of John Bolton to the United Nations, I felt compelled to write to you as a man of principle who is more interested in the good of the nation than partisan gain.

As you are well aware, the Republican party is currently mired in charges of corruption and incompetence. The burden of such charges weighs even more heavily upon the state of Ohio.

Now the nation is faced with a would-be lifetime appointee to the highest court in the nation whose most likely contribution to history will be the furtherance of power placed in the hands of a ruling party that increasingly appears to prize power and wealth above the rule of law or the welfare of the nation.

Although I am not one of your constituents, I implore you to vote your conscience on this issue, and stand against Alito's publicly declared support for a 'unitary executive' who operates outside the law. Fight for the vision of our nation's founders and say no to a president who functions as a monarch. Senator, please say no to the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Other good people to write are Senators Olympia Snowe, Jim Jeffords (who I've also written), and Mary Landrieu (I've written her, too). You can find their websites in just seconds through Google.