We CANNOT afford to let this imperial presidency continue

This is sure a heartbreaking time for the human race, and keeping up with all the horrible news is weighing on all our hearts.

What is keeping me going is the hope and the expectation that in November, voters in America will send a strong message that we need to move in a new direction; that 'stay the course' is not an option either in foreign policy or domestic policy.

And that hope is coming from YOU -- my supporters -- who keep responding to PAC for a Change in such a generous and enthusiastic way. Whether it's signing petitions, emailing legislators, or contributing to our PAC and our candidates, you are a key part of this movement for change.

When I founded "PAC for a Change" some years ago, little did I know how badly we would need change in every corner of our government.

Well, it's 99 days until the mid-term elections and we must stay focused, stay strategic and -- even when it's frustrating -- keep our eyes on the prize. And that prize is taking back the Congress.

We CANNOT afford to let this imperial presidency continue. The Bush Administration wants to rule, not govern; they see Congress -- and therefore the American people -- as an annoyance.

That's why there is NO accountability. They just do what they want. Even when the President signs bills, he usually adds the caveat, in writing, that he may not follow the law he just signed!

Our privacy rights are at stake; the very lives of our men and women in uniform are at stake; our environment is at stake; our fiscal future is at stake; the American dream is at stake.

Barbara Boxer
I know I don't have to tell you all this because you know it all too well, but I feel it's important to keep these high stakes before us!

So to our task at hand.

Congratulations to Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Democratic Senate candidate in Missouri, who won our online vote as to whom our PAC for a Change community would support next.

Claire needs us, and in the coming days I will email you more about her race -- which is pivotal, to put it mildly.

Just to give you one more example of the hypocrisy we face every day: Last week, I managed opposition to a bill called the "Child Custody Protection Act."

In essence it says if a minor goes to her grandmother, or her clergy person, or a loving, caring adult -- because she is afraid to tell her parents of a pregnancy and get their consent -- that caring adult can be sued and put in jail if he or she takes the young woman across a state line. Reseach shows that most women go to their parents already, and those who don't usually come from violent homes.

No exceptions were in the bill until I fought and fought all day last Tuesday to force the Republicans to take away all the rights of a father who raped his daughter. Can you believe it? Their bill would have allowed the rapist father to sue the grandmother in such a case, yet it would have allowed him to take the daughter across state lines.

They first tried to stop me from offering my amendment. Senator Feinstein had an amendment to exempt grandparents and clergy but because the Senator was ill and not present, they would not allow anyone else to offer the amendment.

I tell you all this because here we have a crowd running every branch of the government who tells the American people THEY have the values that ought to be rewarded at the polls, and yet they would put a grandmother in jail and allow a father guilty of incest to retain all his rights.

Honestly!!! I need you now more than ever.

So stay with us. Help us. And I'll be back in touch soon.

Barbara Boxer

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