Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A note from my good friend....John E.

(I'm sharing a private note from a friend.)

Dear Jeff,

President Bush promised to be a "uniter, not a divider." Apparently that was just talk. Under his watch our nation has become bitterly divided, and now, faced with the opportunity to name a Supreme Court nominee who reflects mainstream America, President Bush is making yet another divisive choice, nominating Judge Samuel Alito to the highest court in the land. Alito is a far-from-moderate judge in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia. His record is troubling: he has tried to sharply restrict a woman's right to choose and to eliminate protection for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. He has regularly worked to cut back on protections for the victims of discrimination based on race and sex. Just imagine how he might restrict other essential freedoms if he is allowed to sit on the Supreme Court.

My friend Harry Reid urged President Bush to nominate a moderate, fair-minded candidate to replace Sandra Day O'Connor and specifically warned that nominating Alito would be very troubling. But President Bush did not listen. He chose to please those in his party who seek to sacrifice our rights rather than to do what's right for the country. He's been doing that for five years now, and yesterday's announcement was just more of the same.

That's why I am opposing Alito's nomination. Our nation has gone dangerously off course, and it is now abundantly clear that change will not come from the top down. We must build it from the grassroots up. That's why I have poured my efforts into my Raising the States program to help elect the state and local leaders today who will shape our country tomorrow.

(You don't need to hear the rest of the text....friend to friend stuff). He just asked me for some money, like good friends do. :)

Sincerely, your friend.
John Edwards.


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