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If you want conservatives to be able to field the best and brightest candidates, there’s something you can do at your Tea Party to make that happen: send the message that sexism and attacks on the children of people you disagree with are career suicide. The way to do that is to make an example of David Letterman, who attacked Gov. Palin and her daughters on June 8 and 9, then made sneering, sham apologies on June 10 and 15. He resumed his attacks only four days later. We MUST do the work required to get David Letterman fired!
Here are two things YOU can bring to your local Tea Party to help get David Letterman fired:
- Copies of contact info in the file at the end of this post. It lists the top executives for CBS and three major Letterman sponsors to show people where to write to get Letterman fired.
- A petition to CBS to fire David Letterman for attacking the children of a politician because he disagrees with her. (The privacy statement for the petitions should let signers know that this list will only be used to present copies to CBS and Letterman sponsors and to keep them informed of the progress of this campaign.)
Whether or not Gov. Palin is your favorite candidate, if we tolerate the degrading and sexist remarks Letterman made about her as looking like a “slutty flight attendant” and his fantasizing about her daughter getting “knocked up” while attending a baseball game with her mother, we are telling every single one of our candidates that when they stand up for us they are putting their children in harm’s way. We also are telling our candidates that when they stand up for us, we will not stand up for them.
This is NOT the way to attract the best and brightest candidates. However, it IS the way to tell our ideological opponents that they can beat us up and take our lunch money whenever they want. And that message will multiply the number and viciousness of the bullies attacking us and our candidates. IT. MUST. STOP. NOW.
That is why it is important to persist in the campaign to get David Letterman fired. It is an extremely efficient and cost-effective way to improve the level of courtesy in public discourse.
If you do not know why there’s such a fuss about Letterman, here are some helpful links:
A Conservative Lesbian: “Apology, schmopology — FIRE DAVID LETTERMAN!” This post explains why Letterman’s attacks on Gov. Palin and her children affect all women and everyone Letterman disagrees with.
A Conservative Lesbian: “Your handy ‘FIRE DAVID LETTERMAN’ kit, part two.” This post explains the hierarchy of things that are the most effective to do to get Letterman fired from an e-mail to me by Sebastian Gray of HillBuzz.
A Conservative Lesbian: “Your handy ‘FIRE DAVID LETTERMAN’ kit, part one.” This post contains video of Letterman’s original insults.
HillBuzz: “Why persistence matters when facing down Corporate America, by Sebastian Gray, for Gray Matters.” This inspiring post will make you invulnerable to defeatist trolls. It explains what to do, why to do it and how persistence ultimately prevails. (Note: HillBuzz is a blog by centrist Democrat gay men in Chicago who campaigned for McCain/Palin after the nomination was stolen from Hillary Clinton. Consider them staunch friends and allies — they’ve earned our trust. Plus they have the most impressive dirt on Obama.)
HillBuzz: “How to write to corporate America.” Excellent lessons in practical activism: “If you want to get through to corporate America, this is the mindset [of persistence] your readers need to have: they will resist you, and try to ignore you, and most definitely laugh at you in their boardrooms…but if you are persistent and you keep writing them, and writing them, and writing them, then you will ultimately scare the living daylights out of them.”
HillBuzz: “We hope Republicans see that the Alinsky-Al Sharpton methods work.” The money quote: “There is absolutely nothing more important than hitting back HARD every time the opponent takes even the slightest swing at you.”
HillBuzz: “The REAL difference between Republicans and Democrats — Dems know how to work the system by Sebastian Gray for Gray Matters.” Money quote: “It will take a month to really hurt David Letterman — a month of sustained letter writing and calling to every one of his advertisers letting them know that their decision to stand with Letterman means they support the notion that statutory rape of a 14 year-old girl is ‘funny,’ and that later calling this same 14-year-old girl ‘one of Eliot Spitzer’s prostitutes’ is also funny.”
To do your part to get David Letterman fired, print and bring letters for your fellow Tea Partiers to sign calling for advertisers to drop their sponsorship of “Late Night with David Letterman” and for CBS to fire David Letterman immediately.
Here is the “Fire David Letterman” Kit, Part 3, as a PDF file that you can print and download — feel free to make copies and distribute them at your local Tea Parties. Be sure and talk to your local Tea Party organizers to ask if you may have a few minutes at the microphone to explain why we MUST get CBS to FIRE DAVID LETTERMAN!:
Update, 7/03/09: Thank you, Smitty, for the “Headline” link to this post from The Other McCain.
Update, 7/03/09: Welcome, Instapundit readers! Thank you, Prof. Reynolds!