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Sheryl
- 1637 days ago - truth-out.org
Say what you will about the Republicans, but you cannot fault their tactics when it comes to winning. They are a minority in USA, by the numbers, but they are running the show both politically and economically, and for one reason: they fire up their base.



   

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Past Member (0)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 11:00 am
Oh I know that feeling of opening my inbox to hundreds of Give, Donate, We're Disappointed In You Nancy.
I love my Delete!
Thank you Dandelion
 

Patrick Donovan (344)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 11:02 am
I am ashamed of being Democrat given their BS pleas this election cycle. As the writer states, the fuzzwits who think this is a good idea are dangerous to the success of this year's elections.
 

JL A (281)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 12:31 pm
I've enjoyed looking for those that differ and whose efforts are more respectful. For example, I heard from Alan Grayson this morning for the first time in about a month and I didn't hear from Weiland in SD until after I had donated to him: two who are not in Wall Street's pocket nor spreading doom and gloom. There are some others, too, who have signed related pledges not to accept such funds and who show themselves to be progressive pretty consistently. I also note those whose quest is expressly GOTV efforts. Daily Kos and someone else also had a story along these lines a few days ago and I noted how several campaigns immediately changed their tune and stopped doom and gloom and returned to what I'd seen from them originally.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 1:24 pm
The liberal class—which has shriveled under the corporate onslaught and a Cold War ideology that held up national security as the highest good—once found a home in the Democratic Party, the press, labor unions and universities. It made reform possible.

Now, because it is merely decorative, it compounds the political and economic crisis. There is no effective organized opposition to the rise of a neofeudalism dominated a tiny corporate oligarchy that exploits workers and the poor.

Interested in more please go to:
The Imperative of Revolt
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 2:52 pm
Thx Sheryl, I'm pleased to see you posted this! I had plenty of use for his letter, needed to tell lots of these beggars and so I did! YOU ALL should do that!
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 2:58 pm
Judi,my experience was the exact other way round- zilch from Grayson-contrary to his usual manner-and this morning the very first email from Weiland... (to whom of course I did NOT send WRP's letter ;)) but Pelosi HAD to get it-if only for refusing to participate at the Free & Equal debate ..
 

Athena F (131)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 4:36 pm
thank you
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 4:37 pm
As always, Pitt tells it like it is, and it is dire. I've seen a couple of diaries in Daily Kos by people who are helping with GOTV efforts, and they are, on the one hand, distressed by Democrats who are depressed by all the doom and gloom; yet on the other hand energized by how possible it is to energize others with some factual pep talk and get them getting out the vote themselves. A GOOd caller can do that. I wish I was a good caller, but I never have been, and now telephones trigger my PTSD, I am even worse. If you are good at this, please consider going to Daily Kos and signing up for a shift.
 

Birgit W (160)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 5:10 pm
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.
 

Animae C (508)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 6:13 pm
Thank you Dandelion
 

JL A (281)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 6:37 pm
I've seen what Joanne speaks of, too. And a bit ago I got a PCC call with a recorded message from Grayson asking if I'd sign up for GOTV phone calls (push 1 for yes and 2 for no) and giving a number to call (if you change your mind?). Some preliminary numbers in a number of places indicate such efforts are making a measurable difference.
 

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 8:19 pm
Glad I don't hear from them'
 

. (0)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 8:29 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion. This posting beautifully articulates my resistance to joining the Democratic party, remaining a proud "independent" status, even though the current designation is quite perjorative. "Unenrolled," indeed! I'm a registered voter, haven't missed an opportunity to vote in more than 3 decades, and detest cowardice and enabling with every fiber of my being! Wish members of the Democratic Party would visit Oz: brains, heart and courage would greatly improve their brand. Can't share some of the pithiest comments i give to Democratic urgent pleas for $$$, but i can say that some of my suggestions are probably anatomically in humanoids.
 

. (0)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 8:31 pm
Sorry. That's "probably anatomically unlikely" in humanoids.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday October 25, 2014, 9:49 pm
Noted. Well, Pitt sure got that right! Jon Stewart took them to task quite harshly on The Daily Show. I just sat there nodding and laughing. I probably delete close to 100 of them a day. Funny that it wasn't quite so numerous for several days after The Daily Show piece......They did start up again, but I think it should end this week since the election is coming up shortly.
 

Mary T (356)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 12:23 am
thanks for the article Dandelion - deleting tons of political emails and getting tons of political mailers in the mail; can't wait for November 4th to arrive.
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 5:10 am
Even living in Portugal I get these e-mails,wonder who are selling my e-mail to the Democrats??
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 6:02 am
The way I see it from all the reading I've done, is both Parties are depending on a few with huge donations to keep it going. Most of us are not in that league, in fact there is only a handful of families that are. Was always terrible but we have been drowned out since Citizens United. I have had my email box loaded with requests for donations and if they were truly paying attention to "us" out here they'd know we are all pretty much tapped out.

Both Parties know what they should be doing but are not. I did donate to the May Day Super Pac as they had one goal in mind to get people in who promised to vote to get money out of the elections through Election Reform and rid us of Citizens United. Is true on Alan Grayson, as JL A said, didn't see much begging from him however I did get too much from the rest of them. Being an Independent even the Republicans were hitting on me.

As Mary T said, I too will be glad when the elections cycle is over. And that was also mentioned in the piece of Chris Hedges.

Inverted totalitarianism perpetuates politics all the time,” Wolin (political philosophers) said, “but a politics that is not political.” The endless election cycles, he said, are an example of politics without politics, driven not by substantive issues but manufactured political personalities and opinion polls. There is no national institution in the United States “that can be described as democratic,” he said.

(Link left on above comment of mine to read more called Imperative Revolt)

Doesn't it seem like we are on endless election cycles. As one cartoon depicted, A Senator in a room talking to others said, "We spend 90% of our time trying to solicit money so we can keep a job where we spend 90% of our time to solicit money." What kind of a Government is that, no wonder nothing is getting done.
 

Arlene C (28)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 6:14 am
merci dandelion
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:05 am
Yeah Sheryl, I saw that cartoon before and loved it!

Arild- ONCE you ever signed anything, a petition, pledge etc from any dem organisation your email AUTOMATICALLY gets registered at DCCC org and ALL DEMOCRATS, Senators and Reps can conveniently just help themselves out of that pool... and like hell they do!
 

Anne P (174)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:12 am
Amen, WRP (except for the part about drowning puppies at a kill shelter, that wasn't necessary). I too have been bombarded with these ridiculous sky-is-falling Dem emails for months now, but I will not give the DCCC one penny because they abandoned our Democratic challenger for governor here in New Mexico, Attorney General Gary King, as they deemed him "unelectable." What hogwash. With adequate funds to run ads against Governor Susana Martinez (R) and her inept administration, King would have stood a fighting chance, but the DCCC refused to fund his campaign, so we are doomed to another term under "La Tejana," who will continue to destroy our state as only an industry-owned Republican can.
As for WRP's closing warning to the Democratic Party, "when you stand for nothing, you get nothing in return," I couldn't agree more. I have had it with you, Dems. You are useless and spineless and deserve to lose.
 

Connie O (45)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:20 am
I will also be glad when the elections are over and I can stop deleting tons of political emails looking for donations.
Thanks for posting.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:35 am
Anne P-well said!!
Besides-most of us have not forgotten DCCC's CLOSE ties to Wall street, in fact the campaign mgr directly coming from I think it was Goldman Sachs.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:50 am
AND THIS :
These Democratic Senators could cost us the Senate


To Senators Max Baucus, Evan Bayh, Tom Harkin, Tim Johnson and Ken Salazar:


Together you are withholding $15 million in campaign contributions donated by political supporters to put Democrats in the Senate. Stop hoarding campaign cash and help us Save the Senate."

 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:56 am
These Democratic Senators could cost us the Senate


To Senators Max Baucus, Evan Bayh, Tom Harkin, Tim Johnson and Ken Salazar:


Together you are withholding $15 million in campaign contributions donated by political supporters to put Democrats in the Senate. Stop hoarding campaign cash and help us Save the Senate."


sorry, I goofed on ive link- PLEASE SIGN !
While Democratic campaign committees in Washington DC are sending out alarmist emails to activists like you and me saying that “ALL HOPE IS LOST,” there’s a better audience for their pleas ...
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:57 am
geez-last try:
These Democratic Senators could cost us the Senate


To Senators Max Baucus, Evan Bayh, Tom Harkin, Tim Johnson and Ken Salazar:


Together you are withholding $15 million in campaign contributions donated by political supporters to put Democrats in the Senate. Stop hoarding campaign cash and help us Save the Senate."
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:59 am
sorry, we switched to winter time last night, I am obviously already hibernating.. ;)
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 8:06 am
HuffPo article here > http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/23/senate-democrats-fundraising_n_6037296.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2014
 

Freya H (345)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 8:35 am
What's sadder is many progressives, particularly younger people, aren't registered to vote and thus won't vote. Republicans have a fanatical base on which they can rely. We need to get progressives/liberals all stirred up. It may be too late to register for the polls, but if we get enough progressives who are registered, we can still make a difference. If you don't vote, you don't count. Literally.

The Nazi slime needed only a fiercely dedicated minority to take power in Germany. Remember that!
 

Lady Suki (446)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 9:57 am
A thousand times yes. They always give the most gloomy headlines!
 

P A (117)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 10:04 am
From the article
"If Democrats acted like Democrats, they might enjoy the same level of support from their own base...but instead, the people are presented with this eternally timid "Please Don't Hurt Me" coalition, afraid of the word "Liberal," and certainly addicted to the Wall Street/Defense/Petroleum money swelling their coffers. You ain't broke, despite that barrage of emails to the contrary.

"You support fracking while giving lip-service to climate change? You want Keystone XL approved, despite the fact that it will run the world's dirtiest fuel through our breadbasket and over our main aquifer in a pipeline that is dead-bang guaranteed to leak? You endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement? You're satisfied with the barren lack of accounting meted to the Wall Street brigands who stole our future? You're down with a third war in Iraq?"

I completely agree - they are embarrassing.

 

Penelope Ryan (178)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 10:26 am
THanks SHeryl, so right on. ELections have come down to super-pacs and who has the most dark money. TY supreme ct, for destroying this nations freedom of choice.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 11:59 am
Pat YESS they are and that's why they NEED TO BE TOLD they are!
and please friends,do not overlook my above comment and PETITION! Look who's sitting on the $$$$$ !!
 

Edwin M (346)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 12:45 pm
As I've said before, if I donated to every email I get daily with the warnings of "urgent", "doomed", unwinnable, from democratic politicians from all over the country,I would be living on the street in a cardboard box. I have also received notices that I am delinquent on my donations compared to the last fund raising campaign. I have cancelled many subscriptions especially those from all the states where I do not reside and when they ask me why I am unsubscribing I won't repeat here because depending on how disgusted and annoyed I am at their unrelenting badgering for money my replies have on some occasions been a little salty. Thanks Sheryl.
 

Janet R (38)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:01 pm
I'm getting these emails daily and I'm deleting them daily. But, those of you who say you are fed up with the Democrats, what's the alternative? Everyone in America but the 1% is going to be in deep doo-doo if the Republicans control the House and the Senate. That is not an acceptable risk so again, they are the lessor of the 2 evils. I don't see that much difference between them but at least the Democrats respect women and will get them my vote.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:07 pm
Edwin-that reason for unsubscribe box is PRECISELY where i always put my link to WRP's open letter! they WILL read it-sooner or later!
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:12 pm
If EVERYONE in America gets in "deep doo doo" for 4 more years, you can BET they'll do the right thing, finally, next time around or sooner, after the cardbox house crashed completely-perhaps the best and only solution for people to wise up.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 1:18 pm
Stats show that this year, 3rd party candidates are most likely to REACH OR EXCEED the 6%-that's A GOOD sign, go figure, it's maths, how many 4 years cycles have you ALREADY lived with deep doo doo-and getting worse- a few more cycles and "the fringe" WILL be front runners and serious competition for the 2 sucker parties so maybe ,maybe the dems will finally get their act together then.. when stuff is getting to their core.. still useless with any of the bought puppets.
 

Melanie LeBel (87)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 2:38 pm
Im glad you shared and getting people involved. if we can do anything. the smallest changes count.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 4:21 pm
I agree Angelika. When people like Janet states, what is the alternative. Look to your Independent and 3rd Parties. They are not beholden to the Big Money and are not bought out and sold out, they depend solely upon your vote. If enough people turn their backs on Parties not representing them, then they can gain a better person via this way. If the other Parties want to maintain their edge then they best get going......I personally am tired of all of the broken promises.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 5:17 pm
I remember well how many years of fighting it took e.g. our Green party to finally reach the 5%, which is our threshold to enter any parliament-and how established they have become today, sitting in so many govts. incl. federal coalitions.
I dare a prognosis your independents and 3rd parties will move forward FAST once people become fully aware of being confronted with yers or decades of more and new wars! Just hope and pray Panetta's words of 30 -THIRTY- years! will NOT prove true!
 

JL A (281)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 5:57 pm
In the past couple days close to half I receive from candidates have been focused on newspaper endorsements and no longer doom and gloom. One CA paper explicitly compared funding between the candidates (mega donations, PACs and corporations, etc. vs. thousands of small individual donors mostly in the district and CA)--that is some of the value of donating to lesser known progressives running for House.
 

Janis K (129)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:08 pm
Thanks, signed
 

S J (124)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 7:11 pm
thanks Dandelion
 

Charlene Rush (79)
Sunday October 26, 2014, 9:24 pm
This is much simpler than it appears.
If the Democrats would stop playing defense, I might get somewhere.

I believe in 'fair play', but you don't have to shoot yourself in the foot to get there.
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Monday October 27, 2014, 12:52 am
Noted and shared. I have to say, I was laughing from the very beginning of this article and I needed a little laughter after reading and talking about the very wealthy for so long.

No lie, I deleted 335 emails (that came in today) from my inbox before I could even get started tonight; and it takes time to delete them and I don't even have to particularly look at them all that hard. Geez, the beggars ... damn! Yeah, I just love the way I'm getting the "FINAL NOTICE" emails too or the ones that say "Don't You Delete This!" Hell, I can't delete them fast enough. Sometimes they're the voice of doom and gloom and then other times, they try to sound positive; then they throw some poll at you; it's just one BS email after another. I'm so glad to know that everyone else is getting them too and that it's not just me deleting the damn things and not giving them money. Yay!

Thanks Sheryl for the very funny article. I know it had some important things to say as well, but I just loved it and still have a smile on my face.
 

JinnySITEISSUES L (33)
Monday October 27, 2014, 7:41 am
Great article.....thanks so much for posting Dandelion.
 

Gene J (287)
Monday October 27, 2014, 8:56 am
"...but it wasn't a bill collector. It was the DCCC, using shock tactics against the people it sought to suck money from."

I've given plenty of money to various candidates I support. But I banned the DCCC from my mailbox for exactly this reason. This bombardment of negativity is not going to help and it truly is not only way too much but way to ridiculous as well. Unsubscribe actually works. Offending your base is not the same thing as firing it up. I agree with so many of the comments above. This was a terrible idea to begin with and I have to wonder if all of the people whose names they are using actually agreed to have them attached to "FINAL NOTICE" emails. Progressive candidates will still get my vote but the DCCC will not.
 

divergent r (309)
Monday October 27, 2014, 12:00 pm
Spammed by the President, ,, a new bumper sticker I'm thinking of having made, thanks Dandelion
I too delete hundreds of final notices everyday, my inbox just popped up with another 78..ugh
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday October 27, 2014, 1:47 pm
As others have said, will be glad when this election is over and we can view the damage. I dare not get my hopes up too high.
 

Don H (45)
Tuesday October 28, 2014, 7:40 am
I think we should ask ourselves, "Who was the architect of this strategy?" Was it another Republican posing as a Democrat? It wouldn't surprise me in the least.

The party needs to abandon their ties with Third Way. They need to stop supporting new trade deals and anti human austerity proposals like Chained CPI. The Democratic Party should have held the Wall Street criminals accountable. These things would have garnered far more support than their failed e-mail bomb strategy.
 

Julie C (29)
Tuesday October 28, 2014, 6:49 pm
Yep, I'm with individual progressive candidates, and candidates helping candidates, but I'm fed up with the DCCC. I don't know how many times I've inadvertently ended up on their list and had to unsubscribe. That "Final Notice" crap bugs the hell out of me. I don't owe any politician anything. There are several who have earned my respect and money.
 

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday October 29, 2014, 8:44 am
Whats even MORE annoying ,nasty really, is they don't even bother to inact the UNSUBSCRITIONS, I repeated my unsubscribe already three times with DCCC-each time including the LINK to WRP's letter- but STILL KEEP getting their nearly daily emails with evermore alarming, outrageous subject lines!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday October 29, 2014, 8:50 am
I think the DCCC shot itself in the foot. Thankful I un-subscribed and it stop soon. I know sometimes it states that it takes a few days to a few weeks process on some places I un-subscribed. Not sure why some need so much extra time and others can do it straight away, unless they hope you'll change your mind.

Yesterday I had Bill Clinton call my house, along with AARP, and Charlie Crist.......and more. Wasn't I a popular one. Between my emails, my snail mail, and my telephone.......I'll be glad when this election cycle is over with. I have no real hope anything will improve greatly, so it is more of an annoyance at this point. I will vote but until a lot of people do more homework in this Country I'm not expecting much. Guess we'll soon know what damage was done.
 

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday October 29, 2014, 9:03 am
I received a CONFIRMATION note EACH TIME I un-subscribed with DCCC! suckers!
Yeah, learn whatt DAMAGE was done-again! you got that right! Ad I just WISH anyone would try to call me-overseas-LMAO.
 

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday October 29, 2014, 9:08 am
Don H- since they DID NOT do alll that, and more, what does that tell you/us about them?!!
 

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday October 29, 2014, 6:27 pm
Thanks for the article Dandelion. I am Canadian, but used a CA address on a few petitions - I am ever sorry I did that. I also get a lot of dire needs for money in my inbox every day, even though I have unsubscribed to almost all every day.
I guess I have such distaste for everything the Republicans seem to stand for and all the billionaires lining their pockets - so actually I guess it is they with the $$ that will be having all the say about running the country. I heard a good one the other day "The American dream is only real in your dreams".
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday October 30, 2014, 7:55 am
You got that one correct. Comedian George Carlin said something along those lines before he died. He said, "The reason they call it the American Dream is you have to be asleep to believe it."
 

Angelika R (143)
Thursday October 30, 2014, 8:51 am
Everyone with their eyes OPEN have long been calling it the American Nightmare...
 

BackSoon Fowler (33)
Wednesday November 5, 2014, 6:17 am
Noted.
 
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