FRIDAY 4/8/2017 CALL TO ACTIVISM FOR DEMOCRACY!
rip: the u.s. senate, 2017. death by gop.
gorsuch nominated, but at what cost?
"No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate...Breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American." - Mitch McConnell, 2013.
"By rights, McConnell’s tombstone should say that he presided over the end of the Senate. And I’d add a second line: “He broke America.” No man has done more in recent years to undermine the functioning of U.S. government. His has been the epitome of unprincipled leadership, the triumph of tactics in service of short-term power.
In the current cycle of partisan escalation, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster is abolished for all legislation, killing the tradition of unlimited debate in the Senate dating back to 1789. The Founders did this so minority rights would be respected and consensus could be formed — and McConnell (has undone it)" (Dana Milbank - The Washington Post).
We need to tell our Senators that we do NOT support Mitch McConnell's un-American brand of hypocrisy: where he blocks the nomination of Merrick Garland for political reasons, and then nukes a hundred year old rule to nominate Neil Gorsuch.
HOW TO USE YOUR VOICE:
1) Call the Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121
2) To Reach Your Senators, Press 1.
3) Call twice for your two Senators!
Mitch McConnell script
Hello, my name is (YOUR NAME) and I am calling today because I do NOT support how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell handled the Gorsuch nomination. Evoking the nuclear option for Supreme Court justices throws out hundred year old precedent and promises that extreme appointees have an easier time to the bench.
Senator John McCain called such an action stupid. Mitch McConnell himself, in 2013 said breaking the rules to change the rules was un-American. I agree with them.
I believe the GOP has set this country on a dangerous path: where rules don't matter, where investigations can be tainted and purposely stonewalled, and our values are laid by the waste-side for partisan politics. Today, I ask my Senator make their opposition to the nuclear option heard, and to please do whatever is in their power to get our country back on track.
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