a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing

Support for Arlen Specter's stance on filibustering:

Last night I participated in the Move-On PAC's People Speak here in Philly. This event was inspired by Princeton's Filibuster Frist, which ran 384 hours total. It's intended as a visible support to Arlen Specter (R-PA) in his stance to block the intolerably extremist 5% of the Shrubbery's 200 judicial nominees.

The experience was quite moving. Hearing some of the documents that created this country, and that were set out to define how it works, read aloud brought tears to my eyes in many cases. Hearing the thoughts and efforts of both republicans and democrats who were more interested in keeping the process properly balanced and truly representative was astounding. Hearing all the ways in which the actions of the Shrubbery parallel those of old King George (whose actions ultimately pushed this country to create itself) was heartrending.

This morning I sent the following email:

Senator Specter,

I'm writing to you today to express my support for you in your stance to block extremist judicial nominees by way of filibustering.

Filibustering, as I'm sure you know, is a method of countering extremism in our government that was very wisely set up by the founding fathers of this country. It's been used by republicans & democrats alike throughout the decades, and really seems to work to block the most extreme measures from congress.

I'm certain you are even more aware than I am of the rank unsuitability of some of the potential judicial nominees that Herr Bush has set forth. I was very pleased to hear your stance on this matter, and will be very pleased if you hold that stance firmly in the face of republican pressure.

I'm one of your constituents, and I'm glad that you are representing my interests accurately in this case. Please keep up the good work, and do not falter in your resolve to keep the system well-balanced.

Thank you for your time.
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