I left a message in Pleasanton. The DC staffer said Congressman McNerney supports the First Amendment (hooray!) but that he found the ad "in poor taste." Um, excuse me? The Congress of the United States of America has time to condemn ads they find "in poor taste"? That is totally unacceptable. There's a war in Iraq, thousands of children without health care in the US (President Bush is planning to veto children's health insurance, by the way), and a million other ACTUAL PROBLEMS to deal with. HELLO?! God. What did we elect these people for? Not this.
If you think this is a waste of time and YOUR taxpayer money, tell your Congressperson so. Here's the info from MoveOn.org.
They didn't condemn Vice President Cheney when he falsely connected Al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein.1
They didn't condemn Colin Powell when he lied about WMD to the United Nations.2
They didn't condemn President Bush when he started eavesdropping on American citizens without a warrant.3
They didn't condemn President Bush and the Republicans when they attacked Sen. John Kerry's war record.4
They didn't condemn Sen. Saxby Chambliss when he ran ads comparing triple-amputee and war hero Max Cleland to Osama bin Laden.5
They still haven't done enough to slow this dreadful war or protect our troops.6
But a few hours ago, your representative voted in the House to join the Senate in condemning a MoveOn.org newspaper ad.7
Enough. Can you call Congressman Jerry McNerney—tell him to stop voting on useless resolutions and force an end to the war?
Congressman Jerry McNerney
Then, please report your call by clicking here:
Republicans are hoping to use this to destroy us. Some Democrats are so afraid of being attacked that they're joining in a right-wing smear campaign.
Well, they need to know that we're not going to quiet down.
When you call, tell them that we're going to keep giving voice to the majority of Americans who want the war to end. We're going to keep the pressure on every scared Democrat and every pro-war Republican. We're going to demand they stand up—and turn them out of office if they don't. And we will never stand down until we have a majority of Congress with the guts to stand up for what's right.
If it's late where you are and the D.C. office is closed, make sure to call tomorrow.
Thanks for all you do.
–Eli, Ilyse, Daniel, Justin and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
1. "Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed," The Washington Post, June 16, 2004
2. "Powell calls pre-Iraq speech a 'blot' on his record," USA Today, September 9, 2005
3. "Judge rebukes wiretap program," MSNBC, August 18, 2006
4. "Lawyer Quits Bush-Cheney Organization," Washington Post, August 26, 2004
5. "Political Veteran," Washington Post, July 3, 2003
6. "Democrats Fall Short in Effort to Shift Course of Iraq War," The New York Times, September 19, 2007
7. "House Condemns MoveOn.org's Petraeus Ad," Associated Press, September 26, 2007
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