An open letter to Senator Susan Collins

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Susan Collins, August 8, 2016:

“I will not be voting for Donald Trump for president. This is not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican. But Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country.”

Two years later, the Republican Party is Donald Trump’s party. He, and the party he controls, are now attempting to impose their values on the Supreme Court.

“Some will say that as a Republican I have an obligation to support my party’s nominee. I have thought long and hard about that, for being a Republican is part of what defines me as a person. I revere the history of my party, most particularly the value it has always placed on the worth and dignity of the individual… It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy.”

Senator Collins, Judge Kavanaugh is a candidate hand-picked by the Federalist Society. He has consistently argued in support of corporations, polluters and the powerful against the interests of working people. He is ideologically in sync with the far right wing of the Republican Party. A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh will be a vote to hand over the Supreme Court to the same forces that have taken over your beloved party.

As recently as July you said: “I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade…” President Trump has promised that Roe v. Wade will be overturned “automatically…because I will put pro-life justices on the court.” Judge Kavanaugh’s pledge to you to respect “settled law” is virtually meaningless. He is an existential threat to a woman’s right to control her own body.

You wrote:

“I had hoped that we would see a “new” Donald Trump… But the unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no “new” Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat.”

Senator Collins, however personally difficult it may be, you have an obligation to not just oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, but to do all in your power to rally the remnants of moderate Republicanism to ensure that he is not confirmed.

The citizens of Maine are counting on you to protect us from the extremists who have captured the Republican Party and have now set their sights on the Supreme Court.

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Letters to the editor (go, team!)


Whatever happened to honor and honesty?

The Washington Post’s ‘Fact-Checker’ has been detailing President Trump’s false or misleading claims since he came into office. As of September 3rd, these claims were at the utterly astonishing level of 4,713 in 592 days. That’s an average of just under 8 a day, partly because the same falsehood is often repeated multiple times.

A President who routinely lies to the American people is the new normal. So it’s not altogether surprising that the closer the record of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, is investigated, the more examples of potential perjury are uncovered. And this is without access to the tens of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh records that the Trump administration is refusing to release to the Senate.

Adherence to the truth is clearly not a quality that carries any weight in the Trump administration so why should he expect it of judges that he nominates to the Supreme Court? But whereas we will have the opportunity in 2020 to hold President Trump accountable for his contempt for the truth, if confirmed Judge Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court for life.

We are almost daily witnessing a meltdown in any sense of honor or honesty at the presidential level. We need to ensure that this virus does not spread to the Supreme Court. Susan Collins must not just vote ‘No’ on Kavanaugh, but must also do all in her power to mobilize the few remaining Senate Republicans who seem to have a sense of right and wrong to do the same.

Nigel Calder, Newcastle Continue reading “Letters to the editor (go, team!)”

She’s not listening. Time for some pointed LTEs.

She’s not listening to our letters and phone calls, but bad publicity scares the daylights out of Senator Collins and her staff. Time for some pointed letters to the editor about her craven hypocrisy on Brett Kavanaugh – but we have to act fast, as in TODAY

The Republican Senate is intent on ramming through Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Our own Susan Collins is a critical vote. It is incumbent on all of us to create a blizzard of opposition letters to the editor over the next week. Please commit to writing at least one letter, starting today. 

There are a number of themes these letters might take. Pick one from below that speaks most to you. If you have a personal story, include it. Keep the letters below 300 words if possible. Send the letters to one or more of the media listed here.

Please don’t be shy, and don’t leave this to others. Need help with a draft? Send it to Nigel Calder – He will be glad to assist, but you need to first create the draft: this must be your letter, not his!

Continue reading “She’s not listening. Time for some pointed LTEs.”

Talking points for LTEs on Brett Kavanaugh

Roe versus Wade (the right of a woman to control her own body and to have access to safe and legal abortion):

  • It has been standard procedure for presidents—regardless of party affiliation—to consult with a bipartisan group of senators prior to choosing a Supreme Court nominee.  President’s Trump’s search for nominees began and ended with a list of names supplied by the Federalist Society, a private group partially funded by right-wing billionaires such as the Koch brothers.  The stated aim of the Federalist Society is to make the courts “unrecognizable.”

Continue reading “Talking points for LTEs on Brett Kavanaugh”