(The Big Dog is a little cranky. That’s OK. We all get cranky sometimes. I’m cranky all the time. But he’s right. Sometimes you just gotta cowboy up and do what needs doing. – promoted by jsw)
To the Goddamn People Making Me Nuts…an Open Letter.
[This is meant less for this people at Calitics…but I think it needs circulation. Repost at will. TBD.]
We are in a war. I don’t mean Iraq, athough that’s a reality too, but a war within this party that is driving me completely nuts. (That may not be a far drive according to some…but that’s another story…) We are in a war to Take Back The House and save our Constitution.
I read on a daily basis, Daily Kos, MyDD, SwingState at least and usually several more including My Left Wing. I find more and more Party hatred at exactly the time when we need the unity of all Democrats and Independents more than we have since the Elections of 1968. Oh, you don’t remember the elections of 1968?
I do. Humphry versus Nixon. Kent State. Chicago Convention. Dead, literally, in the Streets. Blood flowing in more than one state. Some of it mine. Continuation of the VN War versus a humane view that might have ended it sooner.
Do you know the margin of victory that carried the Electoral College? Oh that’s right….you don’t remember the election and probably haven’t studied Practical Politics, have you? Oh….you just got into politics in 2002?
Well, my fault for assuming you would at least have studied the exisiting literature on how to win an election.
Nixon, that miserable excuse for a human who was so twisted he scared his own people, won by ONE VOTE PER PRECINCT! Yep. One vote per precinct.
Now we face the possibilty, the good possibility of Taking Back The House, and we spend our time online fucking around with Cegelis and Duckworth….the DCCC being evil…The DLC controlling the Party (when they don’t even have a say)…the Vets running for office being above reproach when the House and Senate used to be nearly universally made up of Veterans and too many other things to recite.
So I’ve got a suggestion:
Get off your asses and get into the streets for some candidate or another and knock on a door. If there isn’t one in your area you can work for then call Francine Busby’s office and volunteer for Virtual Phone Banking or Mike LaFevers office in FL-13 or one you are going to hear a lot about soon Stacey Tallitsch in Lousiana-1 (New Orleans). Get off your ASSES! One vote per precinct made the difference once, it could again in 2006 and 2008.
The difference in 2006 and 2008 won’t be made on the Blogs, much as I love them, but on the streets helping people register to vote, request an Absentee Ballot, making them even remember the election, raise money, making phone calls, sending letters, stuffing envelopes and a hundred other tasks it takes to win a Congressional or Presidential Election.
You can howl at the moon, which is fine after the work is done and the top shelf tequila is out, but not when you really want to make a difference. Making a difference means doing all sorts of things you really don’t want to do.
Doorknocking isn’t fun. Canvassing at a supermarket isn’t fun. Stuffing envelopes isn’t fun. Making 100-200 phonecalls isn’t fun. But those are the things that will win elections!
If you are convinced the Party needs to be re-made…more power to you. But that takes years. Ask Gov. Dean. That is a very long term process. The 2006 elections are only 227 days away! Have you done every thing you can so far?
Most of us haven’t. So get started. It doesn’t have to be a fulltime obsession…give the Candidate a few hours each weekend and the Field Director will think you are a hero!
Be sure we don’t lose by one vote per precinct. If we work hard enough…we can win the House…and then we can start lots of things that will give the Republicans hives! Think investigations. It can’t be done without you.
Remember John Kennedy’s famous line:
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country."
I guess it sounds like bullshit today. It didn’t then…