Last week, thanks to people like you, thousands of Americans across the country spoke out against efforts by Republican leaders to silence their voices in Washington. Tomorrow morning, when our vitally important johnkerry.com ad appears in USA Today, I will send a copy to every one of my Republican colleagues. When I do, I want to tell them that the number of people standing behind the ad's powerful message now stands at over 200,000. Help us get there.
See the ad - and count yourself among those personally supporting its message.
Tens of thousands of johnkerry.com activists have already called their Republican Senators opposing GOP leaders' efforts to invoke the so-called "nuclear option" on the confirmation of federal judges. This Republican plan is part of a disturbing pattern in which a handful of Republican leaders seek the ability to do whatever they want, whenever they want, without regard to principle.
We have to act because America can't afford to go where they're trying to take us.
The Republican drive to silence our voices in Washington is in high gear. House Leader Tom DeLay has led a no-holds-barred drive to silence all opposing voices in Congress. He also engineered a highly partisan effort to force the redrawing of congressional districts in Texas - funded by heavy-handed tactics that led to the indictment of three close DeLay associates. And last week, DeLay issued an ominous threat that federal judges (appointed by both Democratic and Republican Presidents) who dared to defy his wishes in the Terry Schiavo case will have to "answer for their behavior."
Making President Bush's judicial nominations immune to a Senate filibuster is the next step in the GOP's arrogant, out-of-control grab for power. If Senator Frist, the Senate Majority Leader, can convince enough Republican Senators to go along, the nomination and confirmation of judges will become a tightly-controlled, one-party affair.
We're calling on Republican Senators to persuade their party's leaders not to pursue this reckless course.
If you haven't done so already, please act to personally support our call for an end to the wide-ranging Republican assault on constitutional principles.
Thanks for helping with this vital and time-sensitive effort.
P.S. Remember, when I send our USA Today ad to my Republican colleagues tomorrow morning, I want to tell them that its message has been personally backed by over 200,000 people. You can help us reach that goal. Please sign now - and, after you do, please forward this e-mail to your friends, neighbors, and family.
cross posted in gop_vigilence, jewish_dems, and bluedonkey