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  •  I have been calling too and, although (13+ / 0-)

    I have not made nearly as many calls as you have, it is clear that every little bit helps.

    The thing is that it can be discouraging with clear victories like yours, or getting a volunteer commitment, or changing a mind seeming to be relatively infrequent. But I think the real value of the phone calling is that it helps get a positive buzz going with so many people contacting each other around the country. Anyone who has been personally contacted and talked to, even if they have already voted, are going to have their energy and enthusiasm lifted no matter what. It becomes contageous and reverberates throughout the community.

    Thanks for the great work.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:11:20 AM PST

    •  I agree (4+ / 0-)

      I think when people get out of their "boxes" - their homes, their TVs, their Playstations, their iPods, etc - and actually start talking to each other, over the phone, in person - that's when we build community.

      Regardless of whom we all vote for, communities like that realize that they can band together and accomplish great things.  They realize that their neighbors aren't the horrible ogres that the media or Fox News likes to scare them about.  They get more involved locally.  They are less likely to be racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, or otherwise frightened of everything but their own shadow.

      The majority has tremendous power in this country, if only we would look around and realize We, the People, are the majority - not the 1%, not the corporations - the average citizens.

      It is so critical in this electronic world that we actually engage with each other.  I'm so glad this campaign is encouraging that.

      •  You said, (4+ / 0-)

        "The majority has tremendous power in this country, if only we would look around and realize We, the People, are the majority - not the 1%, not the corporations - the average citizens.

        It is so critical in this electronic world that we actually engage with each other."

        I agree. To know we are not "on our own" is empowering. I never want a liberal Democrat to have doubts of their feelings and convictions.

        What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

        by Nebraska68847Dem on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 03:06:35 PM PST

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    •  "Divide and Silence" (4+ / 0-)

      For thirty years, I have listened to fat sacks of barf like Rush, et al, tell me that people who hold my values are bad, evil, stupid, dirty hippies, brainwashed half-wits who hate America and live the high life off the backs of other "hard-working" people who are so much better than us because they claim the term "moral."

      I have watched voices that speak my values disappear from discourse on TV and radio, or become drowned out, beaten down, or serve as the whipping boys to those other voices. Thirty years of that has sent a very clear message: if you have "liberal" values, then keep your head down, your mouth shut, and for Gawd's sake, apologize for your moral failings and for being a bad person, because SHAME ON YOU for being liberal (and no, not guilt, but shame, which, if you google "Brene Brown" you'll see the difference. Guilt is what good people feel when they do bad things, shame is what people who are just bad people feel).

      Thirty years of that constant bullshit has made far too many of us afraid to speak up, to connect, to join together and to stand together and to be heard. Sitdownandshaddap, and let yer betters do the thinkin' for ya.

      Internet done busted that all to hell and gone. MoveOn, OFA, Obama, DKos--they hooked us back up to each other, proved to us, without a shadow of doubt, that there's a voice like yours on the other end of the phone or the cable, shows people a face just like yours on the other side of the screen door. More important than a face like yours, a heart and mind like yours, to say YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

      How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

      by athenap on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 03:55:45 PM PST

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    •  I must be a grinch (1+ / 0-)
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      I got annoyed after the second caller called to ask me to do work for Obama and I told them I had a 2 year old daughter to take care of and they still kept bugging me, and then called me back later that week. With the second call I got pissed. The person was tone deaf, obviously. They haven't called me since, thank goodness.

      So, I'd disagree that it generates energy and enthusiasm for Obama. For me, it was annoying and generated resentment.

      Just sayin',  phone bank people need to have a good ear and adapt to the person on the other line, don't just mindlessly follow your little script and ignore what they are telling you. If I had been on the fence, I would have been annoyed enough to vote for Romney out of spite. :O

      •  I hope you will consider (2+ / 0-)
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        that there are a lot of different organizations working to support Obama and they are not allowed to coordinate efforts because of he law. In that situation it is natural to expect that there will be some level of confusion.

        I would also ask you to consider that these people are volunteers and not used to any of this, especially calling people out of the blue to ask them to help, so perhaps they are more married to their scripts than the ideal.

        But they are working for a better America and I think that what they are doing is vital to the campaign. I would urge you to consider that maybe a bit of inconvenience and annoyance is not too great a price to pay to assure that your daughter grows up in an America where her opportunities and rights remain intact. Think how they can be eroded if the Republicans are able to appoint another neo-con to the Supreme Court.

        The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

        by Pirogue on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:39:39 PM PST

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        •  Good point (0+ / 0-)

          Yes. First time they called I thanked them for their work but said I wasn't going to be getting involved this cycle, and made it clear this was the case, even though it was clear he wasn't listening to me and was just walking through a script. Second time, I was nice at first, but when he pressed me I just said no thank you and hung up. Haven't heard back. Good riddance, sick of election crap. Almost over....still need to go vote. :)

      •  we all raise kids (0+ / 0-)

        and do other things at the same time. People been totin' kids out to fields for 1000's of years.

        You can get involved, if you want.

        What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

        by Nebraska68847Dem on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:19:36 PM PST

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        •  Kudos (0+ / 0-)

          Kudos to you if you go out to fields [sic] with your kids, but if the person on the phone had said something so presumptuous, without knowing anything about me or my situation, I would have gotten their name and chewed out their supervisor.

          Stuff like this makes me glad I am registered Independent. I live in NC, have not voted yet. Does this kind of "encouragement" make me more likely, or less likely. to vote for Obama? That should be the question in proselytizers' minds.

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