From my in-box:
From: John Kerry [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 2:22 PM
To: Kathryn Lopez
Subject: One Hand Tied Behind Your Back
Let’s make our principles crystal clear right out of the box.
We will never support a Supreme Court nominee intent on reversing Roe v. Wade and undoing critical civil rights protections. And we will never accept a double standard that says, on a decision vital to America’s future, President Bush’s most extreme supporters can campaign all-out while you and I are urged to be silent.
I am asking you to endorse and help pay for a powerful message that will appear in the days ahead in newspapers across the country. Show the President and the Senate just how strongly you feel about protecting our fundamental freedoms:
From the range of choices the White House is currently considering, America and the Constitution would be best served if President Bush chooses a nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O’Connor, who was named to the Court by no less of a conservative than Ronald Reagan and approved unanimously by the United States Senate.
But President Bush’s most extreme supporters are demanding a nominee who doesn’t think or act anything like Justice O’Connor. They want a rigid ideologue who will reverse what President Bush has called the “settled law” of Roe v. Wade, one who will support their efforts to use the Supreme Court as a battering ram to undo decades of progress on civil rights, Roe v. Wade, and privacy.
They want something else as well.
They want you and me to participate in this momentous debate about fundamental freedoms with one hand tied behind our back. They actually expect us to step aside while they roll over our rights. Let’s prove that we will never let that happen.
While they unleash a multi-million dollar advertising campaign on behalf of President Bush’s choice in close coordination with the White House, you and I are supposed to remain silent — lest we be charged with “rushing to judgment.”
While they conduct a no-holds-barred effort to brush aside any and all questions about the nominee’s record and his or her commitment to protecting individual freedom, you and I are supposed to be silenced for fear of being called “obstructionists” and cowered by their threat to revive the “nuclear option.”
That’s worse than unacceptable. It’s un-American, and it’s not how we carry on public debate in the greatest democracy on earth. Show them that, with the future of the Supreme Court on the line, we won’t stand on the sidelines:
I know I can count on your support in making the following commitment: I will insist on a complete and full examination of the record of President Bush’s nominee. And, if that nominee is intent on reversing Roe v. Wade and essential Supreme Court protections for civil rights, I will use every option I have as a United States Senator to keep that nominee off the Court.
P.S. Don’t let them silence our voices. Go out in your community and spread the word along to everyone you know by passing on this message. We must all commit ourselves to standing up for Roe V. Wade and our civil rights.