Wednesday, January 05, 2005

My Kerry Just Wrote Me A Letter

3,000,000 people received a message from Senator John F. Kerry today. I hope all 3,000,000 of those people take the time to call some Senators, as he asks. And you know what? I'm thinking that we should add all of these phone numbers to our speed dial lists. We'll call them and call them and call them until they give us what we want: proof that our votes count and proof that donkeys and elephants will stay out of the henhouse. But, later for that, here's the Kerry letter, if you weren't one of the lucky 3,000,000. My further comments are below it.

Dear Ron,

No American citizen should wake up the morning after the election and worry their vote wasn't counted. No citizen should be denied at the polls if they are eligible to vote. And, as the greatest, wealthiest nation on earth, our citizens should never be forced to vote on old, unaccountable and non transparent voting machines from companies controlled by partisan activists.

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.

Despite widespread reports of irregularities, questionable practices by some election officials and instances of lawful voters being denied the right to vote, our legal teams on the ground have found no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

But, that does not mean we should abandon our commitment to addressing those problems that happened in Ohio. We must act today to make sure they never happen again.

I urge you to join me in using this occasion to highlight our demand that Congress commit itself this year to reforming the electoral system. A Presidential election is a national federal election but we have different standards in different states for casting and counting votes. We need a national federal standard to solve the problems that occurred in the 2004 election. I will propose legislation to help achieve this.

Florida 2000 was a wake up call. But the Republicans who control Congress ignored it. Will they now ignore what happened in 2004?

There are nearly 3,000,000 of you receiving this email. We accomplished so much together during the campaign. Now let's use our power to make sure that at least one good thing comes from the voting rights problems of the 2004 election. If we want to force real action on election reform, we've got to demand that congressional leaders hold full hearings. Make sure they hear from you and help hold them accountable.

Speaker Dennis Hastert: 1-202-225-0600 Leader Bill Frist: 1-202-224-3135

And please report that you've made your call right here: John

I want every vote counted because Americans have to know that the votes they stood in line for, fought for, and strived so hard to cast in an election, are counted. We must make sure there are no questions or doubts in future elections. It's critical to our democracy that we investigate and act to prevent voting irregularities and voter intimidation across the country. We can't stand still as Congressional leaders seek to sweep well-founded voter concerns under the rug.

Please join with me in calling Speaker Hastert and Leader Frist and telling them that you want action on election reform now.

A recent report from Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) reveals very troubling questions that have not yet been answered by Ohio election officials. I commend the Democratic National Committee for its announcement this week that the DNC will be investing resources and reaching out to non-partisan academics in a long term study of Ohio voting irregularities. I am only sorry that we haven't seen the same from Ohio Secretary of State Blackwell and GOP officials.

Congress must play a positive, proactive role on this issue. That's why I will soon introduce legislation to reform our election system, ensuring transparency and accountability in our voting system and that all Americans have an opportunity to vote and have their vote counted.

Please remember to let us know that you made your call when you're done. We're hoping to ensure House and Senate leaders' offices hear our demand for action on election reform in meaningful way. Please take a moment to let us know you have made your call here: John

Thank you, John Kerry

P.S. Thanks to all those who participated in our USO "phone home" campaign last week. The totals are coming in from the USO, and they are thrilled with your generosity and support for our brave men and women in uniform. We will send you totals as we get them.

So, yeah, I gotta agree with the Bloggerman in that Kerry does seem lately to be communicating in mysterious ways. The decorated war hero has become the king of ambiguity. But I like that. It keeps us on our toes. Makes us think.

I know that many people who have worked hard these last two months - for but without the party - are probably disappointed with the gist of this letter. But I'm not. I know he might have really won. And I know he knows he really might have won. But the truth is there is "no [hard] evidence that would change the outcome of the election." I love the way he wrote that he won't be taking part in a "formal" protest. And I especially love that he didn't object to anyone else objecting.

A greater good can come out of this (provided Operation Revelation isn't commenced by the Neocons and that the 22nd Amendment isn't repealed). By playing the martyr, Senator Kerry could help bring about significant election reform. But remember what I've been saying. It's the lawyers of America that we need to aid us in this endeavor. Kerry is a Democrat, and we need to keep both parties off of the election boards and off of the rules committees and off of the enforcement agencies. I doubt any Democrat (or Republican; it goes without saying, but I did anyway, nyahnyahnyah) will ever go that far.

Fuck. I am a little distressed at the idea that two of our best presidents never got a chance to do anything. The truth is that these last two candidates would have been among the most liberal presidents we ever had and who knows how much our country has lost by their forced concessions.

There are reports that as many as six senators will be formally objecting in our nation's capital tomorrow (the news is on Bloggerman and since you all have that site bookmarked I don't have to provide a link). There better not be any fucking anthrax scares tomorrow, Mr. Rove. I see right fucking through you.


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