Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Email to Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska

Ben Nelson, former Governor of the great Cornhusker State of Nebraska is one of two Senators that represent Nebraskans in the United States Senate. For some unexplained reason, Nelson continues to parade around with the (D) for Democrat in his title (sensu, D-NE). Ben Nelson may have been a Democrat at one point in his life but he sure as hell is not one now.

Throughout the first 18 months of the Obama Administration, this little gutter snipe has bent over backward to accommodate the Republicans in the Senate. He votes with the Republicans FAR more frequently than he does with the Democrats with whom he caucuses.

Ben Nelson is about as much a Democrat as Joe Lieberman the permanent Senator from Tel Aviv is a Democrat.

On Saturday July 31, Nelson became the first Democrat to openly admit that he would oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan to be the next justice of the United States Supreme Court. Nelson made this calamitous statement under the cover of having "heard from Nebraskans" who didn't like her. He never once, apparently, considered all the Nebraskans who wrote in saying they LIKED Kagan.

When I read this news I decided that I had to take some action.

I lived in Grand Island, Nebraska, from January 1987 until late February 1993. I still consider my 6 years in Nebraska as the most productive years of my career with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In many instances I still consider myself a Cornhusker (although I could give a Cheney about their football).

Today I wrote an email to Senator Nelson through his online portal on his official office website. You'll notice that to use this portal to send him messages you have to have a Nebraska address. To contact him I used my first address in Grand Island - 315 Waldo Avenue, Grand Island, NE 68801, and for a phone number I used my old office phone 308-381-5571. I then sent him the following message. You should also if you feel similarly about this travesty:


Dear Senator Nelson (and I use the word "senator" very loosely).

On Saturday July 31, 2010, it was announced through news that you were the first Democratic member of the Senate to acknowledge that you will vote no on the nomination of Elena Kagan to be the next justice of the US Supreme Court.

In the Yahoo news article you claim that your vote against her is because "I have heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms. Kagan, and her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns," Nelson said in a statement issued late on Friday.

Senator Nelson how did you differentiate between comments provided by constituents who support her (like me) and those who oppose her? Now that I have voiced my support will you change back to voting for her? What does it take to get you to vote like a Democrat?

It sickens me to have you as my Democratic Senator from this great state. You are following in the footsteps of James J. Exxon and Bob Kerrey who were fine Democrats. Then you come along and claim to be a Democrat but you vote like a Republican every time something important comes along.

Instead of playing this cat and mouse game with your intelligent constituents (those of us who don't watch the Fox Fiction Channel or listen to Rush) why don't you just come out of the closet? Just come out this afternoon and admit that you are a Republican and that you are giving up your place in the Democratic caucus so you can be just like the rest of those losers on that side of the aisle.

Now is the time for real leadership from Washington and instead of seeing that from you, we the people of Nebraska see you kissing the ass of the Tea Bag Anarchy people and the Fox News watchers. You do this not because its the right thing to do but because you think it will get you re-elected.

You, sir, make me sick to my stomach