There is no question that the results of the Presidential Election sent me into a tailspin. And I can’t help but feel that I am in an eddy, spinning, spinning, spinning out of control.
No, I am not going to do anything that I will regret – except change my party affiliation to that of a Republican in the election in 2018 so I can vote against all the “balless” people running for office. That I might regret – temporarily, but I can always change it back if I can even find a candidate that I support. (Just to throw it out – how about Robert Kennedy Jr?)
Yes, I have been signing petitions ever since the election, but I decided to keep track of those received for the past day.
Know how many there have been? Want to venture a guess? How does 20 sound?
I don’t mind signing those petitions if I believe in what is trying to be accomplished, but here is what rubbed me the wrong way. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE PETITIONS HAS ASKED ME FOR MONEY! Every single one! Some asked for as little as $3; some even had $5600 listed.
Are they kidding?
Some are asking for a monthly contribution; some are asking for a weekly contribution. What is wrong with this system that in order to have your voice heard you have to donate to the cause? And what makes things even worse is almost all of those 20 requests are from organizations that I support – Planned Parenthood, Daily KOS, Move-on.org, Kamila Harris, Cory Booker, Martin Heinrich, Watchdog, Sierra Club, Change.Org, World Wildlife, AARP, DCCC and on and on and on.
So what’s the answer?
Not to sign the petitions? Because there is no way in hell that I can – or will – contribute to these causes. Not because I do not believe in them, but because I do not have the money that is being asked for.
Does my signature mean anything if I don’t contribute? Do they still submit my name if there is not a dollar sign in front of it?
And, as if the petition drive isn’t enough, I received three calls yesterday – Sunday – with very pushy people telling me that unless I “contributed to the cause” things would become worse than they are now. I hung up on these solicitors more frustrated than before and understanding just how nauseating it can be to be “on the other side.”
While we are at it – let me also say a word about the “pollsters” that are calling also. Their questions are so one way – trying to tell me what a great job Issa is doing; how Hunter is being misinterpreted – (“after all, he is a war veteran…..”) and then asking me my opinion of “do you support him”?
I just hope that somewhere – soon – this frustration changes into one of glee and happiness. I don’t know if I can take another 1409 days of this administration without thinking of running for office myself! (I can see it now – “Great-Grandmother runs for President in her Motorized Wheel Chair!”.
I sure hope there’s an answer before that happens.