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Dear Senator Feinstein:

Like many Americans, I have spent a good portion of the past few days observing, reading about, and discussing the Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito for the position of Supreme Court justice. And, like many Americans, I have been very disturbed by what I have seen.

The position of Supreme Court justice is a unique one in our nation's governmental structure. In no other position is one guaranteed a virtually  unfettered lifetime appointment, almost totally free of any of the usual restraints that accompany political office. A Supreme Court justice, provided he or she does not allow his or her behavior to venture into the realm of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors - something that has never happened in the 217 years of the republic - can rest assured that he or she will be in a position of profound influence and power for the rest of his or her life.

Given the enormous power that attends to the office, it seems only fitting that a position on the highest court in the land be filled with a person who at  a minimum demonstrates a clear, balanced and compassionate understanding of the Constitution and its philosophical, political and moral underpinnings.

Unfortunately, the current nominee has demonstrated none of those. During the course of his confirmation hearings, Judge Alito refused to be pinned down about his views on several critical matters, including a woman's right to choose, and the power of the Executive Branch. He simply insisted that he will keep "an open mind" with regard to all matters brought before him as a Supreme Court justice. He said that all one need do to determine what kind of Supreme Court justice he will be, is to examine his record as an appellate court judge. I have no doubt that at his confirmation hearings prior to being named to the appellate court, that Judge Alito made the same representation about keeping "an open mind."

Samuel Alito's record as an appellate court judge for the past 15 years is rife with opinions which demonstrate beyond any doubt that - contrary to what your colleagues on the other side of the aisle would like to have the American public believe - he does not hold the lives, liberty, health or happiness of Americans in any kind of esteem. In fact, as his record clearly demonstrates, his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, if allowed to prevail, would turn this country into exactly the kind of plutocracy our Founding Fathers sought to overthrow when they signed the Declaration of Independence.

Fortunately for those living in the jurisdiction of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, his colleagues on the bench have seen fit to overrule him in the vast majority of cases. This fact alone demonstrates that Judge Alito - again, contrary to what your colleagues on the other side of the aisle would like to have the American public believe - does not represent the mainstream of American legal thought; in fact, quite the opposite is true. Judge Alito's legal view is a pernicious one which favors the power of corporations and other large institutions (including the Presidency) over the rights of individual Americans.

The seminal document in the history of our great nation, the one which made all others possible, is the Declaration of Independence. In it, the Founding Fathers declared certain truths to be self-evident. Among those truths, they wrote, is the truth that "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

Well, Senator Feinstein, I do not consent. I do not consent, at this truly pivotal moment in our nation's history, when our very liberties are threatened by those who would steal them under color of authority - the very authority that is supposed to derive from the consent of the governed - I do not consent to the abrogation of those liberties.

And you, as a senator, must not consent, either. The Constitution provides that the President may only appoint Supreme Court justices "by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate". You have the power - indeed, the responsibility in this case - to prevent the highest legal authority in this nation from becoming a willing conspirator in the plundering of those liberties for which so many Americans have fought and died over so many years.

Three times, I have voted to entrust you with the responsibility to represent my interests in the United States Senate. Your choice on this nomination is without a doubt the most important one that you have been entrusted with so far. For the good of myself, my family, and the good of all Americans, now and in the future, the choice in this instance is simple: You must vote "No" on the nomination of Samuel Alito for the position of associate justice of the Supreme Court.

Thank you for your consideration.

Signed,

Occams Hatchet

Originally posted to Important if True on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:20 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Well said (none)
    Only problem I tend to see Feinstein giving less and less of damn about what we in Northern California find important.  
    •  I tend to agree (4.00)
      (and I'm from Southern California), but we've gotta put her on notice. None of the votes she has received from Californians is guaranteed, and I sincerely believe this is the single most important vote of her career. If she blows this - after she's been put on notice - there's no more free pass.

      No excuses.

      We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor -The Declaration of Independence

      by occams hatchet on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:45:24 AM PST

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  •  Lots of great points to send the Judiciary Cttee (4.00)
    Not as spam or a forward, but I hope people refer to the points you made when they contact Senators, whether members of the Judiciary Committee or as Senators who may be voting on scAlito's confirmation should his confirmation come to the floor. (Contact Senators via the (via the Senate site or throughThomas, whatever's easiest on your browser.)
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    Thanks for posting this.
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    If the wingnut cause is just, why all the weaseling? Anyone? Bueller? scAlito?

    by Peanut on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:41:38 AM PST

    •  Thanks, peanut, and (4.00)
      this is definitely being sent to Feinstein and Boxer. This guy MUST be filibustered. We have nothing to lose, except our liberties.

      We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor -The Declaration of Independence

      by occams hatchet on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:47:02 AM PST

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      •  Hi five, Secret librul handshake, Jocklike ass-pat (none)
        ... and a 4 for the tip jar!
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        Not a huge DiFi fan usually, but I thought she did well during the hearings. (Dick Durbin and Russ Feingold were top notch; DiFi, Schumer and Sen Teddy were right up there.)
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        I think they got across what needed to be done. Anyone expecting scAlito to melt like the wicked witch having water thrown, or for the idiot-media's stupid GOPrano crime family standard that he didn't cop to his egregious past might be disappointed.
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        But that's not how we should be approaching this. It's up to scAlito to prove himself worthy of the highest court in the land. He didn't, he just tried to dodge and hide the many many ways in which he falls short.
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        He can't possibly be the best candidate to fill O'Connor's place, so we should keep looking.
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        If the wingnut cause is just, why all the weaseling? Anyone? Bueller? scAlito?

        by Peanut on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:58:48 AM PST

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        •  Back atcha, and (none)
          He can't possibly be the best candidate to fill O'Connor's place

          Well, obviously not - that would've been Harriet Miers. How do I know this? Why, the President himself said so.

          <snark>

          Unrelenting Truth!

          HOO-rah!

          We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor -The Declaration of Independence

          by occams hatchet on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:06:10 AM PST

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  •  I will not vote for Feinstein (4.00)
    unless she promotes the fillibuster.

    Period.

    This will be her last chance.

    I hope all Californians will join me.

    Alito means Bush finishes his term. Alito means abortion rights will vanish. Alito means corporatocracy for the next 50 years.

    Period.

    Feinstein may be planning to retire? If she opposes the fillibuster, she'd better.

    I'm sick of dinos scuttling the most critical issues of our time.

    I will vote for anyone who can remove Feinstein from office.

    And that includes a 1-term Republican.

    100% serious. I think that Dems like Feinstein and Nelson have dismantled our democracy by undercutting dems on the most critical issues.

    It's actually strategically smarter for us if their seats were held by Republicans... at least in this circumstance. And this circumstance is becoming the rule rather than the exception.

    We need unity in the party to fight this neo-fascism. I'm talking reality-based thinking. I'm talking about safeguarding our civil rights.

    We need a petition from Kos' Californians to tell Feinstein how we feel.

    We will withold her vote if she betrays us again.

    Can someone who can frontpage or get recommended please post a California poll on this?

    I think that would be a good idea.

    And all Californians need to call Feinstein in DC and tell her the option.

    Fillibuster... or lose her seat in congress.

    U.S. blue collar vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1999 it was 1:475.

    by Lode Runner on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:58:30 AM PST

  •  If enough of us keep saying it (none)
    loud enough, it CAN happen.
  •  Spread the word tip: use your dKos sig (none)
    Link to worthy diaries like this one using your dKos sig, or pass a link to family/pals with your email sig. I do that instead of a FWD that might clutter their email box or get caught by their filters. (Plus, it respects people's time and gives them the option of what/when to read alternative news and views.)
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    A dKos sig gets attached to all your posts currently being read onsite, so a link there can help direct people to a diary that might otherwise get lost in the 'explosive diarhya' that sometimes happens here.
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    I'm just sayin.
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    If the wingnut cause is just, why all the weaseling? Anyone? Bueller? scAlito?

    by Peanut on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:15:20 AM PST

  •  Recommended <eom> (none)

    U.S. blue collar vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1999 it was 1:475.

    by Lode Runner on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:33:49 AM PST

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