It's been at least a couple of years since I first learned about the unconscionable injustices perpetrated upon Don Siegelman. This former Democratic Alabama Governor was in prison at the time. He had been targeted by Bush appointees on a mission to bring him down. There is so much evidence indicating how this was done to him that an objective person would draw no other conclusion. Governor Siegelman was accused of taking a bribe, and that just didn't happen. You don't have to take my word for it. There are whistleblowers who have come out and told what they know. There are 91 former states' attorneys generals going to bat for him. And law professors. And journalists. And bloggers. And lay people.
In this country, which is supposed to be a great democracy, I will never for the life of me understand why Don Siegelman's case is dragging on for so, so long. I get why the Bush Administration wasn't going to give Governor Siegelman a fair shake. That president's politically-motivated appointees wanted to shut down this good Alabaman, good Democrat, good American, good man!
But we're into President Obama's ninth month in office, and the silence from this Democratic, allegedly-fair administration is deafening.
If we progressives don't stand up for one of our own, how can we expect candidates of good social conscience to run for office? How can we sleep at night knowing we didn't make every effort to see that Governor Siegelman is acknowledged, exonerated and given a chance to get his life back in order? This upstanding former Governor of Alabama has spent his many years in politics fighting for civil rights, justice and fairness for the people of his state and beyond. Please go to the link below to send a message to the Obama Administration on behalf of Don Siegelman. It's the least any of us can do.
Marilyn Noyes is a native Los Angeleno with a background in market research and advertising. She's a political activist and member of Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles. Marilyn is an artist who shoots abstract photography and an animal lover (more...
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