Like millions of other Americans, I signed up online for the Organizing for America mailing list during the 2008 election cycle. Organizing for America was the online presence of the Obama campaign, which dipped deeply into activist communities to build its base of support. It was my thinking at the time that this network could become a powerful tool in what I perceived was an epic upcoming battle against the forces of reaction, against the GOP lie machine that keeps using the mainstream media to spam Americans with myths like tax cuts equal jobs, etc etc.
Sadly, the network has turned out have minimal value. Mostly we’ve been asked to support watered down versions of legislation. When it comes to actually taking a stand on any issue, Organizing for America has failed– failed to mobilize, failed to inspire, failed to lead and failed to recognize the progressive values held by millions of ordinary people. I realize that, inherent in this line of reasoning, is an acknowledgment that the man behind the plan (Obama) has failed. Hey, things haven’t worked out and it’s time to Move On. (No pun intended)
So the next time you get an email from OFA, do me and the country a favor and send them a message: Tell them to get out of your life. Unsubscribing is easy; it will take you less than 30 seconds. You click the link at the bottom of the email, and they present you with a form asking for your email address and a comment explaining your reason for leaving. I suggest you leave the comment “I’m a fed up progressive” followed by any custom comments of your own. They need to know that this is a movement, and those words in common will give them something to measure by. (H/T to Mike Stark at Daily Kos for this idea.)