Wednesday, September 28, 2005
The Stench of Political-Corporate Corruption
San Antonio lawyer David Van Os, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Texas Attorney General in the 2006 elections, issued this statement today on the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas:
"It is a sad day for our great country when a public prosecutor of impeccable reputation finds cause to indict the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives for criminal conspiracy to corrupt the political processes by which the people govern themselves in our great democracy. It is an even sadder day for the great state of Texas when the accused is a Congressman from Texas and the indictment charges that felonies were committed in the capital city of Texas for the purpose of corrupting Texas elections.
"For much too long a time, unholy connections between the financial power of corporate money and the political power of self-serving politicians have produced bucketfuls of slime whose putrid stink fouls our noble experiment in self-government. In this first and greatest of Constitutional democracies, every branch and level of government belongs exclusively to the people. The people are the government. When power-hungry politicians and money-hungry corporations join together to hijack the public instruments of government so as to promote private gain for themselves and their cronies, they betray the very essence of free government and breach every trust reposed in government by its owners, the people.
"The stink of special-interest government is not a partisan problem; it is a problem for all and a crisis for democracy. Self-promoting politicians and their corporate allies who subvert democratic institutions into tools of self-serving power must be exterminated like pests wherever they infect the houses of self-government. Government at all levels and in all branches must be restored to the people. This is a moral imperative of our time.
"Those who cry, 'Politics!' over today's indictment do not know Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle. Those of us who know him know that he is a public prosecutor of peerless integrity. With Ronnie Earle, justice is scrupulously nonpartisan, unless you want to call him a partisan for the public interest. The historical record will show that the public figures he has prosecuted include many more Democrats than Republicans, such as a popular Democratic Attorney General of Texas and a powerful Democratic Speaker of the Texas House. All Texans and Americans who love democracy should applaud the unfailing courage of Ronnie Earle in pursuing the interests of the people against the self-interests of the powerful.
"The relationships between Congressman DeLay and his corporate cronies did not grow in a vacuum. For too long we the people have been far too permissive and forgiving about the evils of political and corporate cronyism. We must all join together to cleanse the stench of self-dealing from every nook and cranny of the body politic."
posted by snarko! at 3:53 PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Join Our Fight
Dear Fellow Citizen and Friend:
I have a notion, which some would call quaint, that politics in our democracy is about people first. Since the spring, I have been working very hard to talk with and listen to grassroots voters across Texas, and all of you have proven to me that the support base for this campaign is deep, broad, and enthusiastic.
I thank you, everyone, for your incredible dedication to truth, justice, and democracy. But now a time has come when I must seriously talk to you about money.
If you believe, as I do, that Texans are entitled to an Attorney General who knows that his Constitutional duty is to be the People's Lawyer, please act now to support your belief. If every person reading this contributed only $10 to this campaign, we'd be an unstoppable force fighting for justice.
Democracy is going to be a dead duck if people like you and me continue to let big-money sugar daddies control the democratic political process. We have to make it happen. Nobody is going to do it for us. If we think self-governing egalitarian democracy is a good thing in the world, then it is a moral imperative that we turn things around.
No contribution is too small. Campaigns like ours are built by thousands of working class families that believe in democracy through small donations—not $1,000 dinner plates.
Through most of the spring and summer, your help with funds has kept me on the campaign trail, spreading our good word to folks across the state, and there has been enough money to launch a campaign office with minimal staff. However, the campaign's bank account is now at a low point. We—working Texans—can't afford for me to discontinue my campaigning. I know you will not let that happen.
Checks may be made out to "Van Os for Attorney General" and mailed to the campaign:
Van Os for Texas Attorney General
c/o David Van Os
419 Burr Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
You may make a one-time donation of any amount of your choice online through PayPal. In addition, please consider signing up for a regular monthly donation of an amount of your choosing. This is the easiest way to do your part to sustain this campaign. If every supporter of this campaign signed up for as little as a $10 recurring monthly donation, I would never have to ask for money again. I would be able to spend all of my time with the people, communicating the mission of this campaign, discussing issues and fighting for justice for Texans.
Permanent records of all transactions are carefully kept by the campaign, and will always be available for you to confirm your transaction.
I trust the people. If I didn't, there would not be any point to my working as hard as I am. I know you will come through in our mutual desire to restore Texas to the people who own it. I know you want to see a People's Lawyer sitting in the Attorney General's office.
My sincerest personal regards,
David Van Os
posted by snarko! at 1:33 PM
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