Thursday, July 20, 2006
Sue Kelly Desires a Second Class of Citizens
We celebrated Independence Day a couple of weeks ago. It was a holiday created to honor the courage of those who signed the Declaration of Independence and led the American rebellion against tyrannical rule. Republican hucksters like Sue Kelly like to wrap themselves in the American flag and label themselves as patriots. Deriding those who disagree with their rhetoric as traitors, these disengenuous Republicans love to talk about how others in the world "hate us for our freedoms." Well, Sue Kelly and those of her ilk have no clue what freedom really means. Their idea of freedom is to force Americans to abide by their conservative Republican ideals of morality. For Kelly, and those like her, allow me to refer them to an historic document that was written and signed 230 years ago.
Do we remember this sentence from the Declaration of Independence? Sue Kelly doesn't.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
It is truly shameful for Sue Kelly to have voted for this amendment. She voted for this also in 2004. Sue Kelly *cannot* claim to be a moderate and vote for this amendment. Rep. Kelly is out-of-step with the fair-minded voters of the 19th district and needs to be defeated. It will happen eventually if enough people actually pay attention to how she votes on many issues. Thanks to this blog and www.take19.org for raising this visibility. This is supposed to be a republic where we elect our representatives to represent us -- we don't have to put up with this.
I hope Sue Kelly's staff reads this blog. They certainly don't pay attention to the calls and letters of constituents. If you're lucky, you'll get a form letter reply which is almost always unresponsive. But usually, you don't even get this. We desparately need change in the 19th district.
Yet another reason why Kelly needs to be replaced!
150 representatives, both Republicans and Democrats have done. Neither has she supported federal hate crimes legislation.
These are basic issues which most people in the 19th district agree on.