A very slim chance exists that the people of Tampa Bay and the nation can deny Judge Alito from becoming the next justice to serve on the Supreme Court. This has occurred because many people have contacted the nations Senators and encouraged them to vote against Alito. They know it’s a certainty that Alito can not be defeated by a floor vote. Which has prompted a number of Senators to use the filibuster as a tool to block Alito’s confirmation. We the American public must encourage the Senators to filibuster. That gives the people of Tampa Bay and the nation one remaining tool. If you have not contacted your Senator, now is the time to do so.
This is very encouraging because perhaps America is awakening from its deep slumber. Perhaps they have heard, seen, and read enough to have concluded that Alito will not serve the interest of the ordinary citizen. Equipped with the knowledge that he will serve the interests of corporate America. Along with all those lobbyists who write legislative bills for our Congress. Sensing that our government does not belong to the American people anymore. Knowing that Senators are owned by giant corporations, lobbyists and fundamentalists religious groups that make up the religious right. Knowing now, that one tool remains, America is encouraging the Senate to filibuster Alito’s confirmation before the full Senate.
The Senate becoming aware that the individual American citizen is the most powerful voice in America through the power of the vote. They just might be willing to cross corporate America, their vast army of lobbyists, and the religious right. Who combined are destroying the social fiber of this nation. Take for instance the powerful pharmaceutical empire who were able to get congress to pass a law making it illegal for the government to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug prices. That was an act of violence against the American people which disrupts the nations social fiber. Its the kind of power against the American people that a person like Alito favors. With Alito on the Supreme Court the people of Tampa Bay and the nation can expect their pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness to be severely damaged. Contact your Senator and encourage them to filibuster Alito’s nomination. That is the only way that we the people have left to defeat Alito. Along with all those forces that work against the best interest of the common ordinary America citizen.
A President of this country many years ago had a plaque sitting on his desk which said, “the buck stops here.” We all understand that analogy to be a play on words for accepting responsibility. For this time in history, the “buck stops hear” means with us the American voter. It’s up to us to take responsibility for our country. If we fail, then we can expect a greater proliferation of special interests groups running our government. As little as a year ago the nations capital housed around 1,400 lobbyists. It’s estimated that around 15,000 lobbyists park themselves in the nations capital today. With all the perks these lobbyists provide our congress. Which includes filling their campaign banks accounts with huge amounts of money. Which all works to get corporate America favorable legislation which most often is not in the interest of the ordinary American citizen. Also making it impossible for the nation to have an independent congress free of special interest groups. Politicians know the formula which is one of having deeps pockets filled with lobbyists money, or one can not win an election. That is precisely the formula Alito favors. What we have today is a government that operates as a pay to play legislative process. Here is how one lobbyists expressed herself. Her name is Hilary Rosen. She is a lobbyists with the Recording Industry Association of America. An industry that spends around $15 billion getting its way with congress. She said, “when I give $1,000 or $2,000 to a law maker. I want him to listen to my business proposition. And when I help organize an event that raised $50,000 0r $100,000, you bet I expected their vote.” When these various special interest groups are through with our congress the cost is estimate to cost the American public $27 billion. (source Mark Shields columnist and analyst for Newshour with Jim Lehrer and the St Petersburg Times.)
That is not government by and for the people. It is government by the influential for the few. It’s time for the American people to end this charade called government by and for the people. It’s time we create a government representative of the best interest of the people, and not the influential who now own our government. The immediate step is to encourage Senators to filibuster Alito’s confirmation.
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