Sunday, November 19, 2006

Going to Bat for Bolton

Don QuixoteJust for fun, I thought I’d turn the tables on a blog dedicated to stopping Bolton’s nomination. I’m not going to link to it - the knaves - but I will tell you it’s a group affiliated with The World Federalist Movement, those lovely folk dedicated to the takeover of the US by the UN.

Given their agenda, it’s no wonder they find Bolton’s complaints about the sexual abuse and corruption of UN blue birds so offensive. They list his disgust with the UN’s business as usual as one of his “blunders.”

The one-world folks - the transnationalists - want Bolton out of there. And they may well have their way. Bolton was in Washington this weekend, meeting with senators in an attempt to save his ambassadorship. But there are too many vested interests who know how dangerous he is to changing the paradigm; he’s got to go. And there are far too many who are determined to make President Bush look bad, no matter what the cost, even if it’s the further erosion of our soveregnity.

The Administration has sent Bolton’s nomination back up to the Hill anyway. One has to admire them for trying. Bolton is the best thing since Jeanne Kirkpatrick served in the same post. Of the UN, former Ambassador Kirkpatrick said:

As I watched the behavior of the nations of the U.N. (including our own), I found no reasonable ground to expect any one of those governments to transcend permanently their own national interests for those of another country.

I conclude that it is a fundamental mistake to think that salvation, justice, or virtue come through merely human institutions.

Democracy not only requires equality but also an unshakable conviction in the value of each person, who is then equal. Cross cultural experience teaches us not simply that people have different beliefs, but that people seek meaning and understand themselves in some sense as members of a cosmos ruled by God.

The one-worlders, groups like the American-based (as in based right across the street from the UN building) World Federalist Movement, find Bolton offensive? Imagine what they’d do now to Kirkpatrick.

Here’s an amended phone script that one of the stop Bolton sites uses as its prompter for those who call to protest the idea of Bolton’s continuance in office. I changed it a little so you can use it to call in to register your voice for Bolton.
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Word is, the White House may try an end run around the Foreign Relations Committee and do a second recess appointment of Bolton while the swollen plutocrats are off for Christmas. It may give Joe Biden apoplexy. John Kerry will shake his finger and give endless lectures. You and I could write the screeches speeches he will give at the drop of his lucky hat if the Executive branch does appoint Bolton again.

Anyone know if Bolton is financially sound enough to work without pay? Because that is what it will cost him for this work-around of the advise and consent procedures. Unless of course, Representative Jefferson is willing to loan him a little cold cash to tide him over.

In the meantime, here’s what to do: Call and make your voice heard. And let them know what you think of our appropriations for the UN while you’re at it.

Phone Script

When on the phone with Senator’s office, you won’t be speaking with the Senator. You’ll be calling a staff assistant whose job it is to answer the phone, find out what YOU care about, and pass your views along to the Senator.

CALLER: Hello, my name is (name) and I live in (hometown). I’m calling because I want the Senator to support John Bolton. Our U.N. Ambassador has been standing up for the United States and the cause of liberty, and is doing a great job.

STAFF: Assistant will either state the Senator’s position or volunteer to pass along your views.

CALLER: Great, thanks. Let the Senator know I’ll be keeping track of his/her stance on the issue.

Here are the current members of that esteemed and august body, the U.S. Senate, along with their phone numbers. Those listed in red are on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, so they are more important and should be contacted first, since they are the gatekeepers on whether or not this nomination ever reaches the floor. Anyone taking bets with Joe Biden in charge and John Kerry bringing up the rear?

The “web” links are to the contact pages on their individual Senate websites.

AlabamaR  Jeff Sessions(202) 224-4124web
 R  Richard C. Shelby(202) 224-5744web
AlaskaR  Lisa Murkowski(202) 224-6665web
 R  Ted Stevens(202) 224-3004web
ArizonaR  Jon Kyl(202) 224-4521web
 R  John McCain(202) 224-2235web
ArkansasD  Blanche L. Lincoln(202) 224-4843web
 D  Mark L. Pryor(202) 224-2353web
CaliforniaD  Barbara Boxer(202) 224-3553web
 D  Dianne Feinstein(202) 224-3841web
ColoradoR  Wayne Allard(202) 224-5941web
 D  Ken Salazar(202) 224-5852web
ConnecticutD  Christopher J. Dodd(202) 224-2823web
 D  Joseph I. Lieberman(202) 224-4041web
DelawareD  Joseph R. Biden Jr.(202) 224-5042email
 D  Thomas R. Carper(202) 224-2441web
FloridaR  Mel Martinez(202) 224-3041web
 D  Bill Nelson(202) 224-5274web
GeorgiaR  Saxby Chambliss(202) 224-3521web
 R  Johnny Isakson(202) 224-3643web
HawaiiD  Daniel K. Akaka(202) 224-6361web
 D  Daniel K. Inouye(202) 224-3934web
IdahoR  Larry E. Craig(202) 224-2752web
 R  Mike Crapo(202) 224-6142web
IllinoisD  Richard Durbin(202) 224-2152web
 D  Barack Obama(202) 224-2854web
IndianaD  Evan Bayh(202) 224-5623web
 R  Richard G. Lugar(202) 224-4814email
IowaR  Chuck Grassley(202) 224-3744web
 D  Tom Harkin(202) 224-3254web
KansasR  Sam Brownback(202) 224-6521web
 R  Pat Roberts(202) 224-4774web
KentuckyR  Jim Bunning(202) 224-4343web
 R  Mitch McConnell(202) 224-2541web
LouisianaD  Mary L. Landrieu(202) 224-5824web
 R  David Vitter(202) 224-4623web
MaineR  Susan M. Collins(202) 224-2523web
 R  Olympia J. Snowe(202) 224-5344web
MarylandD  Barbara A. Mikulski(202) 224-4654web
 D  Paul S. Sarbanes(202) 224-4524web
Massa.D  Edward M. Kennedy(202) 224-4543web
 D  John F. Kerry(202) 224-2742web
MichiganD  Carl Levin(202) 224-6221web
 D  Debbie Stabenow(202) 224-4822web
MinnesotaR  Norm Coleman(202) 224-5641web
 D  Mark Dayton(202) 224-3244web
MississippiR  Thad Cochran(202) 224-5054web
 R  Trent Lott(202) 224-6253web
MissouriR  Christopher S. Bond(202) 224-5721web
 R  James M. Talent(202) 224-6154web
MontanaD  Max Baucus(202) 224-2651web
 R  Conrad Burns(202) 224-2644web
N. CarolinaR  Richard Burr(202) 224-3154web
 R  Elizabeth Dole(202) 224-6342web
N. DakotaD  Kent Conrad(202) 224-2043web
 D  Byron L. Dorgan(202) 224-2551email
NebraskaR  Chuck Hagel(202) 224-4224web
 D  E. Benjamin Nelson(202) 224-6551web
NevadaR  John Ensign(202) 224-6244web
 D  Harry Reid(202) 224-3542web
New HampshireR  Judd Gregg(202) 224-3324web
 R  John E. Sununu(202) 224-2841web
New JerseyD  Frank R. Lautenberg(202) 224-3224web
 D  Robert Menendez(202) 224-4744web
New MexicoD  Jeff Bingaman(202) 224-5521email
 R  Pete V. Domenici(202) 224-6621web
New YorkD  Hillary Rodham Clinton(202) 224-4451web
 D  Charles E. Schumer(202) 224-6542web
OhioR  Mike DeWine(202) 224-2315web
 R  George V. Voinovich(202) 224-3353web
OklahomaR  Tom Coburn(202) 224-5754web
 R  James M. Inhofe(202) 224-4721web
OregonR  Gordon H. Smith(202) 224-3753web
 D  Ron Wyden(202) 224-5244web
PennsylvaniaR  Rick Santorum(202) 224-6324web
 R  Arlen Specter(202) 224-4254web
Rhode IslandR  Lincoln Chafee(202) 224-2921web
 D  Jack Reed(202) 224-4642web
S. CarolinaR  Jim DeMint(202) 224-6121web
 R  Lindsey Graham(202) 224-5972web
S. DakotaD  Tim Johnson(202) 224-5842web
 R  John Thune(202) 224-2321web
TennesseeR  Lamar Alexander(202) 224-4944web
 R  William H. Frist(202) 224-3344web
TexasR  John Cornyn(202) 224-2934web
 R  Kay Bailey Hutchison(202) 224-5922web
UtahR  Robert F. Bennett(202) 224-5444web
 R  Orrin G. Hatch(202) 224-5251web
VermontI  James M. Jeffords(202) 224-5141web
 D  Patrick J. Leahy(202) 224-4242email
VirginiaR  George Allen(202) 224-4024web
 R  John Warner(202) 224-2023web
W. VirginiaD  Robert C. Byrd(202) 224-3954web
 D  John D. Rockefeller IV(202) 224-6472web
WashingtonD  Maria Cantwell(202) 224-3441web
 D  Patty Murray(202) 224-2621web
WisconsinD  Russell D. Feingold(202) 224-5323web
 D  Herb Kohl(202) 224-5653web
WyomingR  Michael B. Enzi(202) 224-3424web
 R  Craig Thomas(202) 224-6441web

Make your voice heard. Even though we are up against a hubristic bunch, it is important to do the principled thing. They won’t even admit they listen, but they do. Their lifeline depends on it.


Vicktorya said...

Great Dymphna:

No time like the present to keep Bolton at the Bat.

The 910 Group will focus on this (as well as its other missions -- I'll post the link here on GoV to the 910 Forum.)

Good to have the telephone list like this -- very handy -- and we can use it for the next action campaign!

Anonymous said...

The two senators that we should focus on are Voinovich and Hagel. Chafee will vote against Bolton out of pure spite, he lost his reelection bid. Those are the two key members on the Foreign Relations Committee. I doubt any Democrat will vote for him.

Dymphna said...

Don't foget this list will stale date in January.

We'll find a new list then and post that. Much easier than going thru the Library of Congress. Though that is a good website, it's good to have it all in one place.

Dymphna said...


Voinovich seems to think more of Bolton than he did.

The pubs don't have the #s, though, even if it were to reach the floor.

I'm curious to see how the Exec branch handles this. Ol' George has dug his heels in and I'm betting that one way or another, Bolton will be a presence in Turtle Bay.

How does "Ambassador-at-large" sound? More grist for the impeachment plans, dontcha know...

El Jefe Maximo said...

Completely agree with you, linked here and will call.

Carl in Jerusalem said...

Whether or not Bolton has money, Claudia Rosett has started a campaign to pay his salary.

James Higham said...

The one-world folks - the transnationalists - want Bolton out of there.

Therefore Bolton must, by definition, be supported.

benning said...

I emailed both of my Senators, here in Florida, asking them to support Bolton's re-nomination. We'll see.

I'm particularly interested to see Martinez' actions in regard to this.