I get a lot of partisan communications and solicitations for donations, from all sides and through all mediums. It comes with the territory. The messages almost all of them contain are absurd caricatures of their adversaries, and it will come as no surprise to anyone that I've seen no evidence of a tone-down or a fact-up since the "change I could believe in" election of 2008. Policy has moved, but not politics.
But I received one such piece the other day that's particularly notable for the irony--hence this post. It happens to be from the Democrats. Senator Charles Schumer and Democratic Party Headquarters, on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, sent to a misspelled version of me an alarmist warning about the "Radical Right's" imminent takeover of the U.S. Senate. The Cracker Jack prize inside the envelope was a notepad with the following line printed at the top of every sheet: "Stand with President Obama for Lasting Change: Silence GOP Lies."
Really? That's the change we can believe in? Like I'm going to jot down a note on that and leave it for a work colleague or the UPS guy. I wonder what the actual President Obama would do with this. My last thread of civic faith says he tears it up--that's what I did.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Can't Anybody Here Play This Change?
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I was working today and noticed that same pad of paper on a customer's table. I did not get to look at it closely as I was a guest in her house and I didn't want to snoop, but I did notice the words "silence GOP lies" on it and "stand with obama" and I couldn't believe what I was reading. Has the democratic party never heard of the first amendment? "Silence" as an action word should never be used in politics. Thats how we know we are really in trouble, when one party thinks it would be ok to "silence" another party, or any other voice. It's just so wrong. I wanted to take a picture of it so I could find out who made it, but didn't get to and so I searched for it on google instead and you have answered my question. Thank you!
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