Open Letter to MoveOn.org
"I do not believe that any political campaign justifies the declaration of a moratorium on ordinary common sense." Dwight David Eisenhower
The old cliche is true: no good deed goes unpunished. I've been a vocal supporter of MoveOn.org from day one, giving money, time and ink. Recruiting friends and strangers to join this century's most effective mobilization of resources to support progressive causes.
Not to mention to bring an end to the disastrous policies and actions of the Right Wing Congress and of course, the Bush administration.
Then MoveOn turns my praise to ashes by endorsing Barack Obama fully 7 months before the nominating convention. Not to mention 3-6 months before some of the biggest primary contests in the country.
Don't tell me "our members chose him." You sponsored an ill-conceived and divisive contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama long before all the facts were gathered, debates held and primary votes counted.
Now you're in the same category as all the "special interests" you claim to abhor. You're raising money for a candidate not yet chosen by Democratic voters. And by the way, had your kangaroo vote endorsed Hillary Clinton, I would be just as furious and disappointed.
You've had a series of impressive successes as a progressive political action group dedicated to protecting all citizens. In your own words, "The MoveOn family of organizations brings real Americans back into the political process." Really?
What about all the undecided voters, those not yet registered or supporting Hillary Clinton? It's still primary season--the Democrat's biggest contest in recent history--and instead of opening MoveOn's political doors to more Americans, you've shut a large segment of them out.
You're cutting your base apart instead of growing and uniting it.
In this critical presidential election MoveOn's most valuable contribution should be--and could have been--to increase the number and commitment of liberal voters and to unite Democrats behind the nominated candidate so we can Throw The Bush Party Out.
Instead, MoveOn sold out. Your pandering support of the Barack Obama Message Machine does a great disservice to your current and future constituency -- and to the Democratic party.
What happens if Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee? MoveOn will have severely damaged its credibility just when it's needed most -- to defeat the dangerously viable candidacy of John McCain.
I'll still be volunteering, donating and voting for liberal candidates and issues, but not through MoveOn.org. Please don't send me another piece of mail about Barack Obama, any other candidates or legislative issues.
I can no longer trust MoveOn.org's judgement and actions. Especially not your commitment to me and to the future of progressive causes.