by Doctor Science
I'm incandescently appalled by Trump's Executive Order yesterday about refugees and visitors from certain Muslim countries. Today I wrote up some scripts for calling my Senators.
The talking point I chose to focus on is the vote to confirm John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security. Of my two Democratic Senators, Cory Booker voted against and Bob Menendez voted for-- the latter, I'm sure, in part in hopes that Kelly would be a moderating influence. Yeah, not so much.
Right before I called, I checked the Senators' websites and discovered that both had released statements opposing the Executive Order (Menendez; Booker). I then edited my script to remove my request that they release a statement, and changed it to thank them. I also thanked them on Twitter for their statements.
I was able to leave a message for Booker, but mailboxes at all of Menendez' numbers (DC, Newark, Barrington) were full. I'll call both of them again on Monday.
For Senator Booker:
I'm a constituent, calling to thank the Senator for his statement about Trump's refugee ban, and for his vote against John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security. I hope, going forward, that the Senator will vote against *all* Trump cabinet nominees, no matter how "reasonable" they seem to be. I also urge you to play hardball with consent decrees, too much is at stake not to.
For Senator Menendez:
I'm a consitutent. I'm calling to thank the Senator for his statement against Trump's Muslim ban.I also called my Representative, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and urged her to make a statement opposing the Executive Order.
The Senator voted to confirm John Kelly for Homeland Security Chief, possibly because Kelly said he was personally opposed to a Muslim refugee ban. The events of the past 24 hours have proved that this was meaningless.
We all make mistakes, but I urge the Senator to make NO MORE when deciding about Trump's cabinet picks. Vote against *all* Trump cabinet nominees, no matter how "reasonable" they seem to be. I also urge you to play hardball with consent decrees, too much is at stake not to.
Everything going to have to be done all over again on Monday, when there are actually people in the offices, but it's a start. I've added my Senators' DC & local phone numbers to my address book (I already had my Rep's there). If you have scripts for use on Republican Senators, please add them.
Now I'm going to make dinner and stay away from the Internet for a while. Except for maybe animal pictures.