On Sending Gonzales the Constitution

Several weeks ago I received an e-mail from the John Edwards campaign asking for signatures for a petition they wanted to send to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. What sort of petition?

They wanted to send him a ginormous copy of the United States Constitution. Because, clearly, Gonzales had never read it.

As long-time readers know I’m supporting Edwards for president, and I’ve sent a donation to his campaign. And when his campaign wanted more signatures, I posted the message here on the blog.

Here’s the latest. They’d like to reach fifty thousand names:

John EdwardsDear Allyn,

A few weeks ago, we asked you to join us in signing your name to our petition calling for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. We promised that if we received over 40,000 signatures, we would deliver a giant copy of the Constitution—with your signatures—to Gonzales to remind him of his constitutional obligations.

You are one of 45,307 supporters to sign your name—and we thank all of you who passed this along to friends and family. Over 5,100 of you are brand new to the campaign and we couldn’t be happier to welcome you!

Here’s the plan: Monday, September 17, 2007 is Constitution Day. It celebrates the day our Constitution was signed in 1787. We know it’s not the most famous national holiday, but we think it’s a perfect moment to remind Gonzales about his constitutional obligations as Attorney General. And what better way to celebrate it than to deliver an extra large copy of our Constitution, with all your signatures, directly to him!

We’re waiting for Washington officials to come back from vacation before we deliver our Constitution to Gonzales—a document we think he needs to read a few more times before vacating his office for good!

Here’s what you can do:

(1) Forward this email to coworkers, friends, bowling buddies, your book club and anyone else you can think of to help us reach 50,000 signatures.

(2) Keep your eyes peeled for an e-mail in the coming weeks spelling out the details of the delivery to Gonzales on Constitution Day in September.

It’s time we send Gonzales a message he can’t ignore. And he won’t be able to ignore this.

Thank you for all your support and hard work.


Jonathan Prince
Senior Advisor, John Edwards for President
John Edwards '08

As I wrote three weeks ago, adding your name to this isn’t an Edwards thing. Gonzales broke the law. He’s lied to Congress. He bullied a man on his sickbed in the hospital. And his defence seems to be that he’s out of the loop and/or stupid.

As an aside, I didn’t know there was a Constitution Day. In retrospect, it makes complete sense — of course there would be a day where we would commemorate the signing of the Constitution. “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union…” and however the rest of it goes — I had to memorize it in junior high school, but that was back in 1985.

Send the Bush crime family a message. Add your name to the Constitution. Tell Alberto Gonzales he’s a disgrace.

It’s the right thing to do. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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