Antonin Scalia (CLICK FOR SCOTUS CONTACT INFO)STAN'S LETTER TO DNC CHAIR McAULIFFE
Supreme Court of the United States
Washington, DC 20543
February 15, 2001
Dear Justice Scalia:
As the third generation in my family to serve this country as a U.S. Army officer, a father of 4 patriotic, law-abiding Americans and husband to a dedicated public school teacher in Houston, Texas, I grieve over the loss of our beloved Democracy at your hand.
You have shamelessly usurped the power of the American people and suspended Democracy with your Bush v. Gore decision and politicized a court and process the American people have venerated for generations.
Your damage to our system is irreparable. To have caused one American vote to have gone uncounted, irrespective of the outcome, is an act of nothing short of treason, requiring your resignation in shame. The tens of thousands of uncounted Florida votes demands that you vacate your office immediately and suffer the contempt of the American people for having stolen their precious and most basic right. A right the Freedom Riders in the South died for; a right the persevering women of the Suffrage Movement sacrificed for. A right the people of this land are taking to the streets to restore. Hear us. You will soon see us in awesome numbers.
Your legacy is betrayal of your own people.
Stanley M., Houston, TX
Terry McAuliffe, Chair (CLICK FOR MORE CONTACT INFO)
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
February 15, 2001
I am visiting today in conjunction with my trip to deliver 5 letters, a copy attached, to Justices (erroneously titled) of the Supreme Court.
My home base is Houston, Texas where I organize my precinct 148 for Democrats and our Congressman Ken Bentsen. I am also a co-organizer of a non-partisan, non-profit group, tied to Project Vote, dedicated to mobilizing low income African American and Latino voters, to change the balance of power in Harris County, Texas. I have been a progressive Democratic activist for over 30 years and professionally directed the communications for 35 Texas Democrat candidates (70% win rate) from the court house to the Texas State House, Congress and Texas Party Chairmanship, in the 70's. I have been a delegate to most of our State conventions for those thirty+ years and have organized several Democratic clubs in Texas and Utah. In short, I'm a grass roots organizer.
I came here to congratulate you for having the courage to speak the truth about November 2000, that month in infamy when our Democracy was suspended. I mourned that by traveling to DC on J20 from Houston to join 30,000+ people on the streets. I am leaving you a T-shirt I wore at that protest (violating Nation Magazine's copyrighted cover page graphic !).
Our party failed us in November and December with their mute voice over the injustice in Florida and then with the Supreme Court. Elie Wiesel said it best: "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." You have renewed my faith in the party.
Now is the time for action fueled by our rage, which will not remit until the injustice is rectified. Permit me to suggest some action by The Party:
1. Create vocal groups in each State and Congressional District where we have wobbly Senators and Congresspersons, who will relentlessly remind them that we must not appease and we must resist where un-Democratic legislation is at stake.
2. Create working groups (of which I would like to be a part, if travel expenses could be covered) to vigilantly work editorial boards and press rooms of sell-out Corporate media, print, internet and electronic, who must be persistently reminded that we are living in a state of suspended Democracy, not Presidential business-as-usual. And, to them our Party message must be sold.
3. Create a VOTER BILL OF RIGHTS education program, launch and assist funding for every State Party to educate all voters/potential voters, particularly in low income and "minority" communities, to assure that we all know our rights, in detail, from registration through casting a vote and having our votes counted. Let it never be said that any American is ignorant of or intimidated by the process of exercising their most precious democratic right.
4. Launch a "TRUTH COMMISSION" consisting of people like you, James Carville and others like him who will lead and enunciate the resistance in all public forums to the erroneous Plutocratic pitch that "we need to move on", as if this election was legally and fairly resolved. It must be repeated over and over for the next 4 years that these are not normal times and this is not business as usual until we have the consent of the democratically governed.
Thanks for the opportunity to share some thoughts.NEXT: ALERT! Help Me Find Mr. Congeniality
Stan M., Houston, TX