I received an email from Bill Clinton today asking for money to fund Democratic Party politics. This was not good timing on their part, though I didn’t give any money to Democrats over the two-year-long campaign either.
Here is the letter I wrote back. I will post any response I receive, but I’m not holding my breath.
January 12, 2009
Attention staff member who checks the “email@example.com” email account:
Please respond to this email.
Please don’t ask me for anymore money. I clicked on the Unsubscribe button at the bottom of this email and discovered I had been removed in one click. But that was not good enough for me. I’m writing to explain why because there was not any other way I could see to make this into a two-way conversation.
I decided to request removal from any mailing list on which Hillary or Bill Clinton ask me for money. I cannot support the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee until Democrats bring justice and dignity to the United States federal government.
In light of the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza, I am troubled by an article I just read about campaign contributions from defense contractors to Obama and Clinton. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, data from the Federal Election Commission tells a sad story about the militarism we can expect in the next four years from the so-called progressives Obama and Clinton.
In the recent cycle, Obama collected $379,837 from the so-called U.S. ‘defense lobby’ and Clinton took in $146,973. Obama and Clinton collected nearly 40 percent of all contributions to Democratic members of the Senate from the industry.
You definitely don’t need anymore of my money than your power-mad fellow Congressmen are already getting from my tax dollars.
I was disgusted by the “Israel’s defense against terrorism” resolution passed last week and proud that Dennis Kucinich spoke out on the floor of the House last Thursday against funding Israel with “$30 billion in a ten year period for military assistance, without having to abide by any humanitarian principles, international laws, or standards of basic human decency.”
I especially appreciated how he concluded, “Wake Up America.”
The billions of dollars given away to banks and investment firms, the retroactive immunity for warrantless wiretapping, the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay, extraordinary renditions, the inconceivable atrocities at Abu Ghraib… how can Democrats claim to be a party of justice, or of peace? I thought America elected Democrats in 2006 and 2008 because you were going to change things! You are a party of shame. Prove me wrong in 2009 and I will send money. Until then I am waiting…
I hope someone on the staff will respond to this email. And I would appreciate confirmation that I am indeed no longer on your fund-raising list.