provided the grunt work for the roadways, the copper mines and the blacksmithing that kept tent cities alive in the 1800s when the rush West was consuming the United States.
Yet today, September 28, 2005, I have absolutely no voice in the United States Senate as a Democrat. Despite John McCain's "maverick" status, I rarely agree with any of his votes. That's why I am joining other progressive activists in this state to defeat arch-wingnut Jon Kyl and get Jim Pederson elected to give voice to my values--my Arizonan values, my American values.
This morning I received two emails that brought big smiles to my face. The first was from John Kerry, who still has my admiration despite his horrible candidacy last year:
I thought to myself, "Alright! Some of the big-guns are helping out with Jim's campaign!"
I got even happier when I checked my email later on today and saw this from Barack Obama, who garners a lot of my respect for his populist messaging:
That final quote was from State Rep. Cheryl Chase, Az District 23. She is on a list of 50 Democrats who are trying to sabotage Jim Pederson's Senate race. I know Ms. Chase's area very well; she hails from a town that is 30 minutes away from the gravesite of my great, great, great, great grandmother. My family still lives nearby. How dare she undercut the hardworking, labor-supporting citizens in her area by spewing forth Republican talking-points?
I am disgusted with people in our party who insist on cutting the throat of those who are fighting for our values. Unless we make it clear to them that we are sick and tired of their attempts to dilute our message, we will forever be the party that stands for nothing.
"Big Tent" has many connotations. To this Democrat, it means that we will stand up for the equality of all Americans regardless of gender, race, sexuality, etc.; anything that diminishes a person's right to a full life in this country should be fought against--hard and relentless. I believe Jim Pederson will carry on that fight.
Why people like Cheryl Chase can't see the harm they are inflicting, I will never know...but I do know that she deserves a barrage of hatemail for her efforts.
Cheryl Chase (DINO-Az District 23)
Phone Number: (602) 926-5030
Fax Number: (602) 417-3123
Address: 1700 W. Washington, Room 128, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Have at it, please, on behalf of my family and the rest of the progressive community in Arizona who are searching for a voice in our government. We've worked too hard to be silenced in the Senate for another six years.