The Big Picture

[Note: Friends of Justice is a personal blog. I speak only for myself.]

Dear Friend of Justice,

Over the past few days I have received many email messages imploring me to see “the big picture,” to hold my nose, and to vote for Martha Coakley.

I can’t do that. The issue is just too personal for me.

I still go into prisons. I still correspond with prisoners. I still speak with prisoners on the telephone.

And I’ve come to know the people who love them: their spouses, their children, their parents, their friends.

The pain and suffering caused by Martha Coakley and her ilk is beyond measure.

I cannot say to these people: “I am sorry but I must vote for someone who built her career on injustice. I must look at ‘the big picture.’ And in ‘the big picture,’ little people like you just don’t matter.”

Has my personal involvement in these cases affected my judgment?

I certainly hope so.

Those of you who don’t personally know any prisoners or their families have the luxury of looking at “the big picture.”

I do not. I hope some of you can understand.