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October 2017

Friends,

Democrats in the Senate are blocking President Trump’s plan to re-shape our federal courts.

And we need to help Republican leaders stop them.

I’ll explain the tactics the Democrats are using in just a moment.  

Before I do I need you to take two actions to keep the Party of Death from hijacking the President’s agenda and keeping him from fulfilling his election mandate to appoint judges to our federal courts who abide by the Constitution and will protect precious rights and freedoms...in particular the fundamental RIGHT TO LIFE for the unborn and religious liberty for those of us who survived our mothers’ wombs.

Here’s what I’m counting on you to do right now:

1.Click here and ELECTRONICALLY SIGN the letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Chuck Grassly, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

2.CLICK HERE and make a contribution of $25, $50 or more to Priests for Life so we can rally Americans all across the country to flood the offices of Sen. McConnell and Sen. Grassley with postcards, emails, letters and phone calls expressing support for their efforts to break the Democrats logjam and fill the vacancies on our federal courts.

It’s terribly urgent that you take these actions today.  Right now, in fact … before you go on to your next web page.  The reason why is simple. 

There are close to 150 vacancies in our federal courts. 

As of my writing this letter, the Senate has approved a grand total of SIX of President Trump’s nominees to fill these vacancies. 

You read that right:  SIX

There are 45 more of his nominees awaiting Senate confirmation.

Led by Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and other pro-abortion fanatics in the Party of Death, Senate Democrats have slowed the confirmation process to a crawl in hopes of keeping vacancies open until they control the process.  They’re doing this because they know the critical role our courts play in shaping our nation’s laws and policies. 

Ask yourself.  Which Congress …

  • Made abortion-on-demand the law of the land.
  • Re-defined God’s covenant of marriage and legalized so-called “same-sex marriage”.
  • Banned children from praying in public schools or before athletic events.
  • Told students they could no longer read the Bible in school.
  • Removed Ten Commandment monuments and crosses from public lands.

No Congress or elected body passed those laws!

It was the Supreme Court that decreed each and every one.

The sad reality in which we live today is that unelected judges dictate policy that we Americans must obey … or run the risk of being fined and jailed for following our consciences and our firmly held religious convictions.

This is NOT what our Founding Fathers intended. 

Thomas Jefferson was especially fearful of an all-powerful judicial branch.  In 1819 – after serving eight years as our nation’s third President and watching the Supreme Court usurp powers it was never given in the Constitution – Jefferson said:

"The Constitution ... is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please."

Mr. Jefferson foresaw the dangers of what would befall our country once our federal courts were allowed to make laws from the bench.  In a letter he wrote to William Jarvis in 1820, Jefferson warned:

“It is a very dangerous doctrine to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions.  It is one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” 

Sadly, Mr. Jefferson’s prophetic words have come true ... which is why I have written you this most urgent letter.  Our nation’s federal courts now determine how we Americans may act and think.

You know this is true.  How often has a state legislature passed a law designed to protect women and babies from unscrupulous abortionists only to have a federal judge step in and overturn the law.

It’s this power to dictate laws from the bench that convinced former President Obama and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pack our federal courts with pro-abortion, left-wing, liberal judicial activists.

It’s also why current Senate Democrats are fighting President Trump and doing everything in their power to keep him from wresting control of the courts away from “progressive” activists who make laws from the bench and giving it to judges who will abide by the Constitution and return the power of making laws to our nation’s elected representatives.

And there are things Republican Senators can do to stop the Democrats get away with this.

For example, Democratic senators are abusing what’s called the “blue slip” policy.  This is a courtesy that allows the two U.S. Senators who are from the same state as a judicial nominee to give the Senate Judiciary Committee their opinion as to the qualifications of the nominee.  It was never intended that a senator would use the “blue slip” courtesy as a veto.

But that’s exactly how Democrats are abusing the system.  For example:

  • Democrat Al Franken is using his “blue slip” veto to block the confirmation of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.
  • Oregon’s two Democratic senators – Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley – are using it to block Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds from being confirmed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Michigan Democrats Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are using it to block Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The sole reason Democrats are abusing this Senate tradition is because they are determined to resist all things Trump.  Period. 

And they will continue to abuse the system and gum up the works until we raise our voices loud enough and demand that it stop.

Keep in mind, the “blue slip veto” is a relatively recent COURTESY and not a hard and fast Senate rule.  So it can be changed. 

But our friends in the Republican leadership in the Senate need to hear from you; they need to know that the American voters are outraged at Democrat obstructionism and want this practice changed!

And since this is so critical in our fight to end abortion, I’m not going to sit back and allow abortion fanatics in the Democratic Party of Death to impose their will when it comes to who sits on our nation’s federal courts. 

It’s absolutely essential to the survival of our country that our nation’s judges respect the Constitution, understand that they are to INTERPRET laws passed by elected representatives (as opposed to making laws from the bench) and protect the rights and freedoms of all Americans, especially the fundamental right to life for all Americans, born and unborn.

But I need your help to make this happen.  Specifically I need you to:

  • ELECTRONIICALLY SIGN the two letters Priests for Life has written; one for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and one Sen. Chuck Grassly, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Your signature can have real impact with these two powerful Republican senators because both of them have publicly expressed their growing frustration with the Democrats and their stalling tactics. 

In fact, they’ve already hinted that it may be time to change the way the “blue slip” policy is used today and go back to its original purpose, which was to allow home-state senators to use the “blue slip” to give their opinion of a nominee … but NOT to kill the nomination completely. 

Your letters – along with the hundreds of thousands of others Priests for Life intends to get your fellow pro-life Americans to sign and mail – can give Senators McConnell and Grassley the backing they need to follow through with their plan, bust up the Democrats’ logjam and allow President Trump to re-shape our federal courts for generations to come. 

It’s time to get behind President Trump and work with him to advance his agenda … especially his pro-life agenda. 

And the only good way to do that is for Senate Republicans to do whatever is necessary to get the President’s judicial nominees confirmed! 

Your electronically signed letters will help make that happen. 

I cannot overstate the importance of you taking care of this TODAY!  Right now in fact … before you hit the delete tab and go on to your next web page.

There’s no more important pro-life action you will take today than electronically signing your letters.

That’s because President Trump has a very small “window of opportunity” to get his nominees confirmed to various federal courts.  And with close to 150 vacancies on these courts the potential to change the shape, direction, philosophy and impact of our federal judiciary is huge.  When President Obama took office, the vast majority of the federal courts were controlled by Republican-appointed judges, but when he left office, he had reversed that to vast Democrat control.

Now, President Trump can change it back again!

The Democrats know this.

That’s why they are employing as many stalling tactics as they can because they want to keep as many of these vacancies open for as long as possible in the hope that they will be back in control of the Senate after the 2018 mid-term election.

If they do, President Trump has zero chance of getting any of his nominees confirmed to any court.  Which means our federal courts would continue to hand down rulings that advance the liberal, secular policies … most especially its agenda to keep abortion-on-demand the law of the land.

So time is of the essence.  The clock is ticking and the 2018 elections will be here before you know it. 

We’ve got to support the GOP leadership to act now … while they still can. 

And your electronically signed letters to Senators McConnell and Grassley are designed to do just that.

But it’s going to take more than just you and the Priests for Life family to back Republican leaders to take the necessary action to get President Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed to our nation’s federal courts.

So in addition to enlisting your support today Priests for Life needs to recruit hundreds of thousands of your fellow pro-life activists to contact the GOP leadership and press them to do what they were elected to do; namely:

Work with President Trump and help him transform the judicial system and fill it with men and women who respect the Constitution and will protect the rights of all Americans; and in particular the right to life for our unborn brothers and sisters.

It’s going to take hundreds of thousands of dollars to carry out this campaign.  That money will allow Priests for Life to:

  • Contact pro-life Americans directly in their homes and give them postcards to sign and mail (just like the two I sent you today).
  • Produce high-powered videos and post them on Facebook and YouTube where millions of people – especially young people – will watch them and get involved in this project.
  • Send emails to tens of thousands of pro-life activists urging them to take specific actions to defeat the Democrats’ efforts to keep the President’s nominees from ever serving on a federal court.
  • Produce special 30- and 60-second radio spots for Catholic stations alerting listeners to what the Democrats are doing and urging them to help Republican senators get President Trump’s judicial appointments confirmed NOW.

Those are just four ways Priests for Life is taking the lead on this important fight.

But I’m going to need your immediate and generous financial help to carry this out.  So please …

CLICK HERE and make the very best donation to Priests for Life that you can today.

Given the time-sensitive nature of this project and its crucial importance – getting pro-life judges onto our federal courts – I’m hoping you can make a contribution of $25 or hopefully even $50. 

If all you can give is $10 or $15, that’s fine.  Every dollar will help.

The key, though, is that you act today. 

As I mentioned a moment ago, we have a very small window of opportunity to get this done.  Come the 2018 mid-term elections, if the Democrats were to win control of the Senate, it would end any chance we have of working with President Trump to re-shape our nation’s federal court system.

But we’re not going to let them do that!

As freedom-loving, pro-life Americans we must take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  So please help today. 

And while I await what I know will be your very best donation to this vital project, I will continue to pray for you and remember you at each Mass I offer; as will all the priests of Priests for Life.  Thank you for your quick action and may God bless you.

Father Frank Pavone 
National Director, Priests for Life 

 

NOTE: If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to Priests for Life and send it to us at PO Box 236695, Cocoa, FL 32923. If you have any questions, call us toll-free at 888-735-3448. 

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