historic happened yesterday. For the first time since 1877 a member of the
House and a member of the Senate stood up together to object to the outcome of a
This is the first
step on a necessary road toward making sure that everyone is allowed to vote and
that every vote is counted (something we did not see in 2000 or 2004) so the
next time around ALL of us can be confident, when the election results come in,
that they reflect the will of the people, not the whim of mechanical error and
Unlike 2000, when
the black members of Congress were told to sit down and shut up, this time a
senator had the courage to stand with them, as the law requires, to force
Congress to go back to their separate chambers to discuss and debate the issues
surrounding the vote count. Senator Barbara Boxer rose to the occasion and
stood with Ohio Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones and 29 other
Representatives "to cast the light of truth on a flawed system which must be
fixed now." The ensuing debate, at times, became a debate over me and all of you
and the fact that we would dare make the attempt to protect our democracy.
was blown away when Representative Maxine Waters took to the floor and said,
"Mr. Speaker and members, I dedicate my objection to Ohio's electoral votes to
Mr. Michael Moore, the producer of the documentary '9/11' and I thank him for
educating the world on the threats to our democracy and the proceedings of this
house on the acceptance of the electoral college votes for the 2000 presidential
I am honored to the
point of embarrassment because it is Maxine Waters who deserves thanks for
defending our most basic right, not once, but twice.
Coming out of the
gates like this in the very first week of session sent a strong message that we
are not going to be pushed around. If the Republicans think the next four years
are going to be a cakewalk, they've got another thing coming. With Michigan
Representative John Conyers leading the charge, we showed them something not
seen in over 120 years. And we're just getting started!
the tens of thousands of you who called, faxed, and e-mailed Barbara Boxer and
other senators. You have shown the world, with the strength of your convictions,
that the movement toward a truly representative democracy will not be stopped in
its tracks. Yesterday's actions will be marked by history books as a turning
point for the electoral process and for a Democratic Party that has for too long
sat back and taken it on the chin.
Your voices have
echoed all the way up to the hallowed halls of Congress and for that, you
deserve thanks more than anyone.