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A NIGHTMARE on First Street unless we Filibuster Alito

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There is a classic cliffhanger you've probably seen in more than one horror movie and it generally goes like this. One character in the movie is in some kind of a trance under an evil spell, and their inaction or unwitting complicity is required for the evil plan to be fulfilled. And you see the hero of the movie shaking them, and yelling at them, "Snap out of it!" because only by working together can the good and the just prevail. Because it is a movie at the last minute the hero always succeeds in getting the other character to come to their senses and everyone cheers. And that's exactly what is going on right now with the nightmare nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Is "nightmare" too strong a word? Actually, that's the word that Bill Frist used just the other day in referring to their own nominee. For decades they have dreamt of overturning every progressive precedent since the New Deal . . . for privacy rights, for labor rights, for the rights of people to be protected from socially irresponsible corporations, and more. And now they even want to absolve the president himself from having to obey the laws of the people as passed by Congress, with Sam Alito the prime mover and judicial mastermind behind the so-called "unitary executive" theory. That is nothing more than dictatorship with a make-over. A dream to them perhaps, but truly said a very scary nightmare for the rest of us.

However, YOU can put a stop to the destruction of the very foundations of our democracy but speaking out to your senators and demanding they stand up for us at

There you will find a one click for that will send your personal message to all your members of Congress at once, and you can make it a letter to the editor of your nearest daily newspaper all at the same time. You can also instantly look up all their phone and fax numbers right down to their district offices.

Be ye not deceived by the corporate media talking heads who have taken over our airwaves. They speak of "done deals" to try to discourage some from taking action, like zombies in a horror movie. The last thing they want is for more and more of us to suddenly WAKE UP now and realize that we not only DO have the power to put a stop to a reactionary takeover our highest court, we have a DUTY as citizens to do so by telling our senators that they must take a stand and that we will support them for doing so.

Alito's problem is that he is NOT a judge. He is an advocate. He has a lifelong commitment to being an advocate, and here is the important part . . . his supporters are pushing him precisely because THEY believe he will be their advocate. They drop kicked their own Miers because she did not have enough proven fealty to the agenda of the extremist Federalist society or the doctrine of a particular religious group. He is just like Roberts, a stealth nominee who promised to respect the will of the people, but then immediately lurched to the far right to cast his first vote on the Supreme Court to try to strike down the TWICE expressed will of the people by voter initiative in Oregon.

In 1985 Alito stated categorically his belief that a woman's right to privacy is not constitutional. At his hearing he refused to say if he still holds this view, the equivalent of taking the Fifth Amendment. But Robert Bork said the other day that HE believes without a doubt that Alito is still that same guy. His supporters are only interested in installing a lock down vote who will rule as THEY want every time, without regard to the facts, the law or prior precedent. They want our country to be ruled by the kingly decree of their presidential signing statements, one of Alito's own personal brainstorms. And just like Frist, they will admit it even if Alito himself will not. In fact, they are bragging about it.


What Alito's advocates fear the most is that the American people will suddenly come to their senses, that more and more will speak out as they are doing now, and that our representatives will listen and obey the will of the people. That is why they've been in such a hurry to try to hustle this thing though, pushing for it happen "quickly" despite the fact that Sandra Day O'Connor is still on the bench for the duration. But thousands, and tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands ARE speaking out in strong opposition.

Please add your voice to the growing chorus and the people will surely prevail. Together we will dispel the dark cloud over our Supreme Court. Because for people like Bill Frist real participatory democracy would be the worst nightmare of all. That would be a nightmare on a different street, a nightmare on FRIST Street.
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