by Igor Volsky Posted on October 4, 2014
Guess what, asshats! I do remember that fable. You’ve treated me as if I were a simpering sucker. You may have been right in that assessment, but you were wrong in making your contempt so obvious.
Henceforth I will donate money only to (a) candidates whom I know personally, and (b) campaigns to get money out of politics altogether. Period!
Georgia senate candidate David Perdue told a local radio station on Friday that his Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn may be associated with terrorist organizations though he later admitted that his campaign did not investigate the charge.…
In 2003, MissionFish, an arm of Points of Light, signed an agreement with Ebay that would allow users to donate to charities through MissionFish on a tax-exempt basis. One of the thousands of charities verified by MissionFish is Islamic Relief USA, a group that is not listed on any terrorist watch lists and “remains an eBay Giving Works-approved charity.”
Neil Bush, son of President George H.W. Bush and chairman of Points of Light, has called on Perdue to renounce the spot. “To attack an organization founded by my father, whose integrity is unimpeachable, to smear our organization for political gain, is in my opinion shameful,” Bush said. Nunn has also produced an advertisement that tries to shame Perude for the attack.…
But the businessman isn’t backing down. During an interview with a local NBC affiliate, Perdue dismissed the findings of fact checkers who have called the charge bogus, saying, “the people who debunked it, I’m not sure they’ve investigated.” Asked if his campaign has looked into the charge before producing the ad, Perdue admitted that it had not. “No, that came out of her plan,” he reiterated.
Politics is not a game to us. Consequently, we hate it when we’re treated by politicians as if we were brain-dead suckers, pawns to be manipulated, dairy livestock to be milked for cash, or all three. But that’s precisely the way we’ve been treated during this never-ending 2014 campaign season.
Obviously campaigns sell or barter mailing lists among themselves. And apparently those campaigns use pretty much the same consultants (yak!!!) or templates for solicitation emails. Result? On a typical day this season my Inbox has been jammed with 40, 50, 60, or more email messages pressuring me to send money. Most of the messages are from candidates or their representatives I’ve never even heard of, in races I know nothing about.
The messages are eerily similar. They almost always feature large, bold-face type in bright red and blue colors. They often say how much I personally am supposed to cough up, and just as often they say that if I haven’t signed over a blank check by the deadline du jour Dr. Evil will have enslaved the universe. Here’s an example, a very slightly altered version of an actual message I received this morning:
I checked my <Trash> and <Junk> folders just now. That’s where I automatically redirect this crap. I’ve accumulated over 500 of them in just one week!
The worst thing about this is that the few appeals to which I would otherwise have contributed have been buried in the mountain of doo-doo. You think the little boy who cried wolf caused trouble? How about half-a-thousand boys and girls crying wolf every week?
Oh… Did I mention the telephone solicitations? We keep a list by every telephone. Any individual or organization that calls our house, without our permission, goes on the list. What’s it mean to be on that list? It means no more contributions or other support, for any reason, at any time, for the foreseeable future.
I’ve had it. Yes, I’ll contribute just as much as ever – in time, energy, cash, and in-kind value. But only to local campaigns and candidates I actually know. And only through our local Democratic Club. Screw the national and state organizations that show up every two years to skim off our best human and material resources and then disappear right after the election.
The best permanent organization is the local organization with the deepest, most conscientiously nurtured roots. The best state and national organizations are those that respect, foster, and cooperate with permanent local organizations rather than competing against them.
How the world looks to a liberal:
How the world looks to a conservative: