Dear Sen. ___—
I write to urge that you support the voting rights bills about to be brought before the Senate–or, at the very least, that you support allowing them to be openly and honestly debated, and then decided by roll call vote.
Informed persons both here and around the globe are aware that what’s at stake is the survival of American democracy. Some are praying desperately that it will survive. Others (not just in places like Russia or China, but here in the U.S. as well) are hoping that it will wither and die. Paul Weyrich spoke for the latter when he said, “I don’t want everybody to vote…. [O]ur leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
This is not the time to be coy or ambiguous like George Orwell’s Napoleon the pig, who asserted that “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Weyrich had the courage to make his oligarchic convictions both clear and a matter of public record. We Americans have the right to expect the same courage from our sitting U.S. senators.
Senators often boast that theirs is “the greatest deliberative body in the world.” It’s time now to back that boast. It’s time for US senators to show their fellow Americans and the world whether they agree with Thomas Jefferson that all men are created equal… or with Paul Weyrich and Napoleon the pig that some men are created “more equal” than others.