We are talking about a new petition For a Special Prosecutor on Torture, directly to President Obama. As well as an e-mail campaign urging the Press to start pressing the Pres on the question of investigating torture. Today, let’s deal with the President part.
There are many approaches and tones possible.
From Yo, Barry!
You Imperialist Running Capitalist Dog, we are petitioning you to…
We need to set the right tone, include the right facts, but not too many of them. We need to make People eager to sign the petition, the easiest way to do that is to use impressive rhetoric. But we also need the petition to have the desired effect on those in power. On the off chance that they might actually READ it, lol.
Imo, the main thrust has to be The Rule of Law. Should we also appeal to morality?
Beyond that, should we be accusatory and include polite language about cover-ups and collusion and accessory after the fact?
Do we act as supplicants to Power? Pleading for Justice?
Do we act as citizens seeking justice? Demanding Justice?
Do we threaten, or implore, or a little of both?
Above all, what would be the most effective? For both audiences?
Share your thoughts!