They Get Letters

7 comments June 25th, 2006at 12:48am Posted by Eli

I’m still pissed at Arlen Specter.

I’m sure I’m wasting my time, but if there is anything remotely human left inside that degraded, soulless husk, I would be remiss not to attempt to reach it. So…

Dear Senator Specter,

I read with interest your question, or perhaps lament, asking why it takes a newspaper investigation to get the Bush administration to comply with the law, and I have an answer for you.The answer is you, Senator Specter. You are the reason that this administration flouts the law on a regular, ongoing basis.

Every time the NSA or the CIA or any other government agency, or President Bush himself, is exposed as doing something illegal, you make a big show of questioning it, or saying that it is “troubling”, or even holding hearings to get to the bottom of it. And then you fold. You always fold. Instead of holding the administration accountable for the illegal actions you decry, in the end you seek ways to whitewash them, or even to make them legal. What incentive does the administration have to abide by the Constitution and the laws of the land if they know that the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee is going to give them a free pass every time?

You do not get to throw up your hands and ask why this is happening. It is happening because you, the Constitution’s principal guardian in the Senate, allow it to happen. For the sake of all of us, for the sake of your own self-respect, for the sake of this country of ours and the Constitution that makes it great, I beg you to please take a good, long, hard look in the mirror. Run your fingers along your back and get reacquainted with your spine. For if you do not start to take your responsibilities seriously, you will go down in history as the man who let the rule of law slip away, the man who allowed America to devolve from a great democracy into a third-rate dictatorship. Is that really what you want as your legacy? To be remembered as the man who betrayed American democracy?

I understand that you have an obligation to your party. But your obligation to your country must come first.



I’ll probably tinker with it a bit more before I send it, but that’s the general gist of it. I just had to get it out of my system.

UPDATE: I have swapped in the final post-tinkering version.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Favorites,Politics,Specter,Wankers


  • 1. four legs good  |  June 25th, 2006 at 2:07 am

    That’s a great letter.

    And he may even listen since you’re one of his constituents.

  • 2. spork_incident  |  June 25th, 2006 at 8:38 am

    Nicely done.

    My dealings with Snarlin’ Arlen’s office have been, without exception, unpleasant.

    Believe it or not, Li’l Ricky’s staffers are always nice to deal with.


  • 3. Eli  |  June 25th, 2006 at 11:11 am

    Thanks, guys. I fear it may be a bit overripe, so I may try to tone it down a mite. Not much, tho.

    Not like it’ll make a lick o’ difference, but hey, at least he can’t say he wasn’t warned.

  • 4. selise  |  June 25th, 2006 at 11:08 pm

    excellent letter.

    think it would also make a great letter to the editor…

  • 5. flory  |  June 26th, 2006 at 1:59 am


    Don’t tinker too much. You don’t want it sounding too edited.

  • 6. Eli  |  June 26th, 2006 at 7:19 am

    Thanks! I’ve updated it with the final version. I didn’t change a whole lot.

  • 7. Multi Medium » 7/4 &hellip  |  February 6th, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    […] Structurally, I believe the Constitution does about as fine a job of checking Executive powers as is humanly possible. The Founders understood that politicians’ lust for power is as immutable and constant as gravity, and used that fact to craft a balance, much as an architect or engineer factors in the pull of gravity when they design a building. Where their vision failed them was when Republicans in Congress began to make common cause with Republicans in the White House, to the extent of willingly yielding all their power to the Executive. No matter how far President Bush pushes the limits of his Executive powers (ignoring Constitution and law; using signing statements to override the will of Congress), Congress goes along with it. Occasionally they make some noise about expressing grave concerns, but they never actually act on it (I’m looking at you, Arlen). […]

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