An Open Letter to Senator Kerry, As He Lets Us Down Again
By Anthony Wade
January 5, 2005
I received an email today from Senator Kerry. Before you can get into the body he states:
"Tomorrow, members of Congress will meet to certify the results of the 2004 presidential election. I will not be taking part in a formal protest of the Ohio Electors."
Thanks for clarifying that John. This decision reeks of politics. The rationale is insulting to the American people, especially those who voted for you. In the email, Kerry states the reason for not protesting is:
"Our legal teams on the ground have found no evidence that would change the outcome of the election."
No offense Senator, but that is lame, period. You may as well have said, "Because I cannot win I do not care about the rampant voter fraud that I agree took place".
Kerry wraps up the email with some promises about crafting serious legislation to overhaul the voting system in this country, but they are empty words, from a shell of a man I voted for.
The bottom line is that the GOP controls all three branches of government, and the companies that count 80% of our votes. There is no legislation Kerry can introduce that can possibly pass without the consent of the party in control, who will never pass any serious reforms. Why would they? They run it all now!
We have one chance to place the gross violations of election laws in front of the American people. We have one chance to force the corporate media to cover the damn story they have avoided for two months now. That one chance is tomorrow when we need one Senator to stand up, just one.
This moment matters so much to Senator Kerry that he will not even attend the session. The disenfranchisement of thousands of citizens in Ohio, which Kerry admits in the email happened, doesn't even warrant his attendance, let alone his protest.
Thanks for reminding us where you stand sir. This was not about whether you could win. Even if there was film of the GOP burning all democratic votes, they would never overturn the election results. Tomorrow is an opportunity to finally table, in front of the country, all of the shenanigans that went on in Ohio. The Secretary of State of Ohio has actually sent out a fundraising letter BRAGGING about delivering Ohio to Bush. This election smelled worse than the one in 2000 but because you can't win, you won't even attend.
There are thousands upon thousands of people who believed in you Senator Kerry. They spent their hours, their sweat, and their money supporting you. I personally defended you for six straight months, to relentless personal attacks from the GOP machine, lying about you and distorting your record. I did not do this for you Senator; I did it for this country. This election was not about you sir, it was about this country. Maybe you have been in the Senate so long, you have forgotten, but you are supposed to serve the people.
Instead you walk away and with you, you take the faith we had placed in you.
Anthony Wade is co-administrator of a website devoted to educating the populace to the ongoing lies of President George W. Bush and seeking his removal from office. He is a 37-year-old independent writer from New York with political commentary articles seen on multiple websites. A Christian progressive and professional Rehabilitation Counselor working with the poor and disabled, Mr. Wade believes that you can have faith and hold elected officials accountable for lies and excess.
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